This story from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar is about Minot Air Force Base's B-52s being the first B-52s in the Air Force to employ the brand-new conventional rotary launcher upgrade in combat operations. The upgrade allows the B-52 to carry more smart bombs.
The test was requested by the B-52 Program Office at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, to comply with a recent mandate from the Air Force Safety Office according to members of the 772nd Test Squadron who oversee BAF operations. The mandate states all Air Force weapons platforms will conduct Electromagnetic Environmental Effects evaluations.
Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard M. Clark has been nominated to become commander of Third Air Force and promotion to lieutenant general.