Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has ordered the deployment of 13 additional aircraft to join other U.S. aircraft participating in NATO's Operation ALLIED FORCE.
The additional U.S. Air Force air assets include eight B-52Hs from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; two B-52Hs from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.; two E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft from 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; and one EC-130 Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center (ABCCC) aircraft from the 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
The deployment fulfills in part an earlier request for more aircraft from Gen. Wesley K. Clark, commander in chief, U.S. European Command, and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe (SACEUR). The aircraft will support increased operational requirements identified by Clark in his earlier request.
The aircraft will begin deploying to Europe early next week.