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Ellsworth Airmen join Operation Odyssey Dawn

A B-1B Lancer takes off in support Operation Odyssey Dawn from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 27, 2011.   This mission marked the first time the B-1 fleet has launched combat sorties from the continental United States to strike targets overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- A B-1B Lancer takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., in support Operation Odyssey Dawn, March 27, 2011. This mission marked the first time the B-1 fleet has launched combat sorties from the continental United States to strike targets overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)

Airmen of the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare a B-1B Lancer to support Operation Odyssey Dawn on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 27, 2011.   Their work was made especially difficult by severe weather conditions including snow, ice, and freezing fog. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Airmen from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare a B-1B Lancer to support Operation Odyssey Dawn on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 27, 2011. Their work was made especially difficult by severe weather conditions including snow, ice, and freezing fog. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)

Airmen from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron transfer a two thousand pound bomb from a weapons trailer to the load jammer in preparation of Operation Odyssey Dawn at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 26, 2011. Once secure on the load jammer, the two thousand pound bomb will then be loaded into the aircraft bomb bay. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kasey Close)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Airmen from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron transfer a 2,000-pound bomb from a weapons trailer to the load jammer at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 26, 2011, in preparation of Operation Odyssey Dawn. Once secure on the load jammer, the 2,000-pound bomb will be loaded into the aircraft bomb bay. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kasey Close)

Airmen from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work to de-ice a B-1 in preparation for Operation Odyssey Dawn at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 26, 2011. This mission marked the first time the B-1 fleet has launched combat sorties from the continental United States to strike targets overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Adam Grant)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Airmen from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work to de-ice a B-1 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 26, 2011, in preparation for Operation Odyssey Dawn. This mission marked the first time the B-1 fleet has launched combat sorties from the continental United States to strike targets overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Adam Grant)

Airmen of the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare a B-1B Lancer to support Operation Odyssey Dawn on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 27, 2011.   Their work was made especially difficult by severe weather conditions including snow, ice, and freezing fog. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Airmen from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepare a B-1B Lancer to support Operation Odyssey Dawn, March 27, 2011. Their work was made especially difficult by severe weather conditions including snow, ice and freezing fog. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)

Airmen from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron transfer a two thousand pound bomb from a weapons trailer to the load jammer in preparation of Operation Odyssey Dawn at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 26, 2011. Once secure on the load jammer, the two thousand pound bomb will then be loaded into the aircraft bomb bay. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kasey Close)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Airmen from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron transfer a 2,000-pound bomb from a weapons trailer to the load jammer at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 26, 2011, in preparation for Operation Odyssey Dawn. Once secure on the load jammer, the 2,000-pound bomb will be loaded into the aircraft bomb bay. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kasey Close)

Airmen of the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare a B-1B Lancer to support Operation Odyssey Dawn on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 27, 2011.   Their work was made especially difficult by severe weather, including four inches of snow; glare ice, and freezing fog. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Airmen from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepare a B-1B Lancer to support Operation Odyssey Dawn, March 27, 2011. Their work was made especially difficult by severe weather, including four inches of snow; glare ice and freezing fog. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)

Members of Ellsworth Air Force Base 28th Munitions Squadron, assemble two thousand pound bombs in preparation for Operation Odyssey Dawn at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 26, 2011. Ellsworth Airmen generated several aircraft and hundreds of weapons to provide the combat configuration needed halfway around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kasey Close)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Members of the 28th Munitions Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., assemble 2,000-pound bombs in preparation for Operation Odyssey Dawn, March 26, 2011. Ellsworth Airmen generated several aircraft and hundreds of weapons to provide the combat configuration needed halfway around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kasey Close)

Two Airmen from the 28th Munitions Squadron, load a two thousand pound bomb in preparation for Operation Odyssey Dawn at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 26, 2011.  With less than 48 hours of notice, members of the 28th Bomb Wing generated hundreds of weapons and subsequently launching several aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kasey Close)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Two Airmen from the 28th Munitions Squadron load a 2,000-pound bomb at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., in preparation for Operation Odyssey Dawn, March 26, 2011. With less than 48 hours notice, members of the 28th Bomb Wing generated hundreds of weapons and subsequently launched several aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kasey Close)

Airmen of the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, load a two thousand pound bomb into a B-1B Lancer aircraft bomb bay on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 27, 2011.  With less than two days from first notice to takeoff, Ellsworth Airmen generated hundreds of weapons for several aircraft to support Operation Odyssey Dawn. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)
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ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Airmen of the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, load a 2,000-pound bomb into a B-1B Lancer aircraft bomb bay on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 27, 2011. With less than two days from first notice to takeoff, Ellsworth Airmen generated hundreds of weapons for several aircraft to support Operation Odyssey Dawn. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- B-1B Lancers from the 28th Bomb Wing launched early Sunday, March 27 from their home station of Ellsworth Air Force Base to strike targets in Libya in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.

"Nearly 700 Ellsworth Airmen are currently deployed around the world supporting existing overseas contingency operations," said Col. Jeffrey Taliaferro, 28th Bomb Wing commander, "But this week, the nation called again, and the Airmen of Ellsworth rallied and answered."

With less than two days from first notice to takeoff, Ellsworth Airmen generated several aircraft and hundreds of weapons to provide the combat configuration needed halfway across the globe. A challenging task in the best of conditions, their work was made especially difficult by dismal weather, including four inches of snow, glare ice, and freezing fog.

"Our Airmen make Airpower look easy," Colonel Taliaferro said, "but it is hard work -- blood, sweat, and commitment across the whole wing -- that put bombs on target on the other side of the world."

A no-fly zone was imposed by the United Nations in Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorizes military action in order to ensure the protection of the Libyan people and compliance with the conditions of the resolution. This strike was in support of the international coalition's overall goals to protect Libyan civilians targeted by Colonel Qadhafi and his forces, reduce the Libyan regime's ability to defy the no-fly zone, and enhance protection of coalition air forces responsible for implementing it.

While the specific targets of this historic mission could not be disclosed, officials stated that coalition forces are striking targets that pose a direct threat either to the civilian population or to partner nation aircraft enforcing the no-fly zone. Targets such as Libyan military sites and air defense systems have been carefully selected to reduce their attack capabilities while minimizing risk to the civilian population.
Of note, this mission marked the first time the B-1 fleet has launched combat sorties from the continental United States to strike targets overseas.
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