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Offutt crews have ears on Russian troop build-up during Ukraine flights
If Russian forces invade Ukraine in the coming weeks, some Offutt-based air crews may be among the first to know.
Two RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft from Offutt Air Force Base’s 55th Wing (plus a third from Great Britain’s Royal Air Force) are part of a growing wave of reconnaissance aircraft from U.S. and allied nations flying just beyond the Russian frontier, watching and listening for signs of war.
“There’s been a spike in the RC-135 operations in Eastern Europe, and over Ukraine,” said Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska, who commanded the 55th Wing a decade ago and who now serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
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