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Reserve bomber crew participates in first nuclear exercise

U.S. Air Force Col. Jonathan Ellis, 307th Bomb Wing commander, "coins" aircrew prior to their leaving Barksdale Air Force Base, La., for Minot AFB, N.D., April 19, 2013. The aircrew is assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron, and is participating in a nuclear exercise after becoming the first Air Force Reserve squadron to receive their nuclear certification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jonathan Ellis, 307th Bomb Wing commander, "coins" aircrew prior to their leaving Barksdale Air Force Base, La., for Minot AFB, N.D., April 19, 2013. The aircrew is assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron, and is participating in a nuclear exercise after becoming the first Air Force Reserve squadron to receive their nuclear certification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Chris Robinson, 343rd Bomb Squadron pilot, prepares to board a 2nd Bomb Wing B-52H Stratofortress at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in support of a nuclear exercise at Minot AFB, N.D., April 19, 2013. The 343rd BS is the only nuclear certified squadron in the Air Force Reserve and this will be their first time to participate in a nuclear exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Chris Robinson, 343rd Bomb Squadron pilot, prepares to board a 2nd Bomb Wing B-52H Stratofortress at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in support of a nuclear exercise at Minot AFB, N.D., April 19, 2013. The 343rd BS is the only nuclear certified squadron in the Air Force Reserve and this will be their first time to participate in a nuclear exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Christ Robinson, kneeling, and Capt. Drew Baird, look over the aircraft forms of a 2nd Bomb Wing B-52H Stratofortress prior to a sortie, April 19, 2013, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Robinson and Baird are assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron and are flying to Minot AFB, N.D., to be a part of a nuclear exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Christ Robinson, kneeling, and Capt. Drew Baird, look over the aircraft forms of a 2nd Bomb Wing B-52H Stratofortress prior to a sortie, April 19, 2013, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Robinson and Baird are assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron and are flying to Minot AFB, N.D., to be a part of a nuclear exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

Aircrew assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., prepare to leave for Minot AFB, N.D., to participate in a nuclear exercise, April 19, 2013. The 343rd BS is assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale, and is the only nuclear certified squadron in the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

Aircrew assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., prepare to leave for Minot AFB, N.D., to participate in a nuclear exercise, April 19, 2013. The 343rd BS is assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale, and is the only nuclear certified squadron in the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lucas Guthrie and Airman 1st Class Jacob Ranum, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, prepare to marshal a B-52H Stratofortress prior to a sortie, April 19, 2013, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The aircraft is participating in a nuclear exercise at Minot AFB, N.D., and is piloted by aircrew assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron at Barksdale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lucas Guthrie and Airman 1st Class Jacob Ranum, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, prepare to marshal a B-52H Stratofortress prior to a sortie, April 19, 2013, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The aircraft is participating in a nuclear exercise at Minot AFB, N.D., and is piloted by aircrew assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron at Barksdale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A 2nd Bomb Wing B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., for Minot AFB, N.D., to participate in a nuclear exercise, April 19, 2013. The B-52 is piloted by an Air Force Reserve aircrew assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron at Barksdale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A 2nd Bomb Wing B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., for Minot AFB, N.D., to participate in a nuclear exercise, April 19, 2013. The B-52 is piloted by an Air Force Reserve aircrew assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron at Barksdale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)