Army Gen. David Petraeus, who has been tapped to take command of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, had words of praise for the B-1B bomber and its contributions to the counterinsurgency in that nation during his Senate nomination hearing, June 29, 2010. He called the B-1 "a great platform" because it "carries a heck of a lot of bombs," has "some very good" intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance capabilities, and "can loiter for a good time." Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) asked Petraeus, who currently heads US Central Command, about the B-1. Thune's state is home to the 28 B-1s of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Here a B-1 takes off from Ellsworth.
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