Air Force Global Strike Command - Units - Eighth Air Force

Eighth Air Force

Headquarters, Eighth Air ForceBarksdale AFB, Louisiana

Eighth Air Force supports U.S. Joint Forces Command, and is designated as U.S. Strategic Command's Task Force 204, providing on-alert, combat-ready forces to the president. The mission of "The Mighty Eighth" is to safeguard America's interests through strategic deterrence and global combat power. Eighth Air Force controls long-range nuclear-capable bomber assets throughout the United States and overseas locations. Its flexible, conventional and nuclear deterrence mission provides the capability to deploy forces and engage enemy threats from home station or forward positioned, anywhere, any time. The 8th Air Force motto is "Deterrence through strength, global strike on demand."

  • 2d Bomb Wing – Barksdale AFB, Louisiana (B-52H)
11th Bomb Squadron
20th Bomb Squadron
96th Bomb Squadron
  • 5th Bomb Wing – Minot AFB, North Dakota (B-52H)
23d Bomb Squadron
69th Bomb Squadron
  • 509th Bomb Wing – Whiteman AFB, Missouri (B-2)
13th Bomb Squadron
393d Bomb Squadron
394th Combat Training Squadron
  • AFGSC Direct Reporting Units (DRU)
576th Flight Test Squadron – Vandenberg AFB, California
  • The Missouri Air National Guard 131st Bomb Wing is a traditional associate unit of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, flying the B-2 Spirit. If federalized, it is gained by Eighth Air Force.
  • The Air Force Reserve 307th Bomb Wing is a traditional associate unit of the 2d Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, flying the B-52 Stratofortress. If activated, it is gained by Eighth Air Force

The B-2 Spirit is a long-range nuclear and conventional stealthy bomber. The bomber can fly at high subsonic speeds at altitudes that can reach 50,000 feet. Its unrefueled range is at least 6,000 nautical miles. The B-2 brings massive firepower, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through the most challenging defenses.

The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, nuclear and conventional heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions. The bomber can fly at high subsonic speeds at altitudes reaching 50,000 feet. It has an unrefueled combat range in excess of 8,800 miles. It can carry precision-guided ordnance with worldwide precision navigation.

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