ABILENE, TX – The Biden Administration has ordered bombers from Abilene be sent to Norway for the first time in a move that is suspected to send a clear message to Russia that the US military is capable of operating in an area close to the Russia's border.
According to KTXS, on Feb. 9, four US Air Force B-1 bombers and approximately 200 personnel from Dyess Air Force in Texas will be deployed to Orland Air Base in Norway for the next three weeks for missions along the artic circle.
In the recent past US Airforce mission near the Artic where based out of the United Kingdom. This move is suspected to show russia how quickly the US will be able to react to potential Russia aggression.
"Operational readiness and our ability to support allies and partners and respond with speed is critical to combined success," said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of US Air Forces in Europe and Africa.
The Defense Department has been deeply concerned about Russian military moves to shut off potential access to the Arctic for natural resources and maritime access as it continues to militarize the Arctic region.
"Recent Russian investments in the Arctic include a network of offensive air assets and coastal missile systems," warned Barbara Barrett, secretary of the Air Force during the Trump administration when the Air Force made public how it would deal with the Arctic last summer.
For the last several months, the Pentagon has operated similar groups of B-52 bombers in the Middle East as a means of demonstrating the ability of the US to quickly move military assets to potentially tense regions. These bombers missions take weeks to plan so the Norway deployment has been in the works for some time, officials say.
The administration hopes this will send a message to Moscow that he plans to be “tough” on Russia and Russia-American Affairs.