The Special Operations exercise involves Green Berets and other elite troops and will take place in southwestern United States.
Master Sgt. Michael Maroney is looking for a girl he pulled from flooded New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
"Are our innovations any good? No... our innovations are [expletive] great."
Authorities said he traveled from Egypt to Turkey in an attempt to reach Syria after being fired from his last job as an airplane mechanic based in the Middle East.
The bomber is the first Air Force plane to be approved to use the 2,000-pound Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range.
A top Air Force general won't rule out that the service may someday need an "A-X" plane, a new aircraft capable of performing close-air support.
The Air Force also will designate some F-15 and F-16 squadrons as close-air support units.
The move amounts to a 'back-door' retiring of some of the planes, eight U.S. senators said.
Highly classified, the program is one of the Air Force's top priorities -- and its most expensive.
One F-16C fighter crashed following an Oct. 20 collision, and another landed with part of its wing missing.