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A B-52 Stratofortress deployed to RAF Fairdford, England from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., prepares to air refuel with a KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall, England June 11, 2014, over the United Kingdom. The B-52 fuel tank can hold up to 312,197pounds of fuel during the refueling mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths/Released) B-52s, B-2 execute refuel over UK

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B-52 Stratofortresses from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La, and 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., taxi toward the runway at Royal Air Force Base Fairford, United Kingdom, June 7, 2014. The B-52s flew over the coast of Normandy, France to honor Service members who fought and sacrificed their lives on D-Day 70 years ago on June 6, 1944. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) Eighth Air Force honors D-Day and 'The Greatest Generation'
On June 6, 1944 more than 11,000 aircraft, including strategic heavy bombers and fighters from the Eighth Air Force, played a key role in D-Day, supporting Allied troops as they stormed the beaches at Normandy, gaining a foothold in German-occupied Western Europe that would gradually expand and lead to the Liberation of Paris in August 1944.Seventy
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Staff Sgt. Harley Phillips, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron debrief assistant NCO in-charge, examines a photograph in the 96th Bomb Squadron Heritage Room on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 9, 2014. Airmen in the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron have collected photos, posters and other items as well as donated their time to create the room’s legacy and provide a reminder to Airmen of their storied history. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Raughton) Maintaining a legacy: 2nd AMXS continues WWI heritage
There's one room in the 96th Bomb Squadron that shows Airmen not just maintaining aircraft, but maintaining and recording their heritage by volunteering off-duty time and resources to the special place displaying their lineage.The 96th BS Heritage Room is not only a reminder to the maintainers' long, storied history, but is a product of the
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Default Air Force Logo Eighth Air Force Commander's Vector 2014
Maj. Gen. Scott A. Vander Hamm, 8th Air Force commander, recently released his vision, in a memorandum dated 29 April, for the future of the Mighty Eighth in continuing the stewardship of the Air Force's top mission.The commander's emphasis is to safeguard America's interests through strategic deterrence and global strike on demand.His vision is to
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RAF ALCONBURY, United Kingdom – Tech. Sgts. Jeffrey Empson and Christopher Ackerman, 423rd Air Base Group Honor Guard, fold the U.S. flag during a ceremony for retired Tech. Sgt. Emil Dihlmann at the RAF Alconbury flagpoles Oct. 26. Dihlmann served at RAF Alconbury from 1943 to 1945 and he had such fond memories of his time there that his family asked if they could spread his ashes on the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Stives) World War II veteran takes final trip to where memories were made
For many members of the military, there is that one base or one assignment you really enjoy or will remember for the rest of your life - for retired Tech. Sgt. Emil Dihlmann, that place was in the United Kingdom at RAF Alconbury. Dihlmann enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps when he was 25 years old and served as a radio operator on the B-17 Flying
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HELMDON, United Kingdom – Members of the 422nd Air Base Group and village of Helmdon look at old photos and documents of the crew of the Sharon Belle, who lost their lives in a crashed in at the Astwell Castle Farms in 1943. The village and 422nd Air Base Group held a ceremony in honor of the 327th Bombardment Squadron, VIII Bomber Command, Airmen killed Nov. 30, 1943, when they left RAF Poddington on a bombing mission to Germany, and their plane crashed at Astwell Castle Farms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chrissy Best) 422nd ABG, Helmdon village honor those lost almost 70 years ago
November 30, 1943, started out as a typical English day in Helmdon, United Kingdom - dark, damp, cloudy and the sun was just starting to break over the horizon - but all of that changed at 8:19 a.m."My father left our cottage, at Astwell Castle Farm, after breakfast to continue the day's work," said Derek Ratledge, who was 8 years old in 1943. "As
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Commander of U.S. Strategic Command Gen. C. Robert Kehler presents a guidon to Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, the new Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, and Task Force 204 commander, during a promotion and change of ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 23, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph A. Pag?n Jr.) Maj. Gen. Vander Hamm takes helm of Mighty Eighth
Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm took command of Eighth Air Force Oct. 23 in a ceremony here presided over by U.S. Strategic Command commander Gen. C. Robert Kehler.Vander Hamm, who was also promoted to the rank of major general during the ceremony, replaces Maj. Gen. Stephen Wilson."I want you to know what a privilege it is to serve as your commander,"
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Maj. Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, commander, Eighth Air Force, met with Airmen throughout the 5th Bomb Wing during his visit to Minot Air Force Base, Sept. 3-6. Wilson also addressed Airmen in an all-call, where he stressed the importance of every Airman’s individual contribution to the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Crawford) Wilson expresses confidence in Team Minot
As his last visit to Minot Air Force Base in his current position, the Eighth Air Force commander met with Airmen throughout the 5th Bomb Wing and visited several construction projects, Sept. 3-6. In addition to visiting ongoing projects, Maj. Gen. Stephen W. Wilson toured the new air traffic control tower and base operations building, which he
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Staff Sgt. Cecily Yandell, 2nd Medical Operations Squadron immunizations technician, greets Chief Master Sgt. Terry West, 8th Air Force command chief, during his visit on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 20, 2013. The mission statement of the 2nd Medical Group is to provide the reliability of global war fighters by optimizing their health and that of the Barksdale community with medics prepared to execute their professional responsibilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sean Martin) 8th AF command chief visits 2nd Bomb Wing

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RAF ALCONBURY, United Kingdom – Two of the B-17 Flying Fortresses that were damaged by an explosion at RAF Alconbury on May 27, 1943, sit on the flightline. Nineteen United States Army Air Force 95th Bombardment Group Airmen were killed and 21 others were injured when a 500-pound bomb detonated on the flightline. A memorial plaque was placed in their honor at Alconbury Airfield May 27, 2013. (Photo courtesy AFRA) Memorial marks lives lost 70 years ago at RAF Alconbury
Nineteen members of the "Mighty Eighth" Air Force's 95th Bombardment Group, United States Army Air Force, who lost their lives 70 years ago where honored during the dedication of a memorial plaque in their honor at Alconbury Airfield May 27. The event commemorated the day when, at about 8:30 p.m. May 27, 1943, USAAF ground personnel were arming
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