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MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- A Malmstrom missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site.  The section was picked at random for a "glory trip," or a test launch, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in August.  The launch allows Malmstrom and Vandenberg officials to observe a launch to gather data on the weapon system's performance, accuracy and reliability.  To prepare for the test launch, the missile maintenance team removed the payload shroud, missile guidance set and propulsion system rocket engine.  The booster is coming from Hill AFB, Utah.  The ICBM parts from Malmstrom and the booster from Hill will be reassembled at Vandenberg.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman John Parie) AFGSC working toward seamless transition with mission transfer
Air Force Global Strike Command will gain missile wings at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.; Malmstrom AFB, Mont.; and Minot AFB, N.D. when it assumes control of 20th Air Force and the ICBM mission Dec. 1. The 576th Flight Test Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., as well as the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.,
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Ann Mitchell, Maj. Gen. James M. Kowalski, Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz and Chief Master Sgt. Jack Johnson consider a presentation by retired Gen. Gregory S. Martin during the Air Force Global Strike Command senior leader off-site meeting to develop a mission and vision statement for the new command Oct. 16 in Vicksburgh, Miss. Ms. Mitchell is the director of installations, logistics and mission support for Air Force Global Strike Command, General Kowalski is the AFGSC vice commander. General Klotz is the AFGSC commander, and Chief Johnson is the command chief for AFGSC. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Asselin) Air Force Global Strike Command leaders release command's mission, vision
Air Force Global Strike Command officials gathered to zero-in on the organization's course, as well as review and discuss guidance from national leaders regarding the creation, stand-up and objectives for the command Oct. 15 through 17 near the National Military Park in Vicksburg, Miss. Facilitating the working sessions was retired Gen. Gregory S.
0 11/03
2009
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. - A B-52H Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., soars through the elements during the rapid launch portion of Prairie Vigilance 09-7 here April 29. Prairie Vigilance is a combined-wing nuclear operational readiness exercise designed to demonstrate safe, secure, reliable nuclear weapons standards and procedures.  A sequence of 12 B-52s successfully launched confirming the Air Force’s agile ability to respond when called upon.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lee A. Osberry Jr.) Minot bomb wing commander relieved of duty
The commander of the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., was relieved of command Oct. 30 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command. Col. Joel S. Westa was removed by Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter, commander of 8th Air Force. Colonel Westa assumed command in November 2007. Colonel Westa was not relieved for any alleged misconduct
0 11/03
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Eighth Air Force 8th Air Force transfers non-bomber units, continues Nuclear Enterprise Transformation
Eighth Air Force reached a milestone in its Nuclear Enterprise Transformation today with the transfer of its non-bomber units to 9th and 12th Air Forces.Under this unit reassignment, 12th AF gains the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.; and the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force
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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D.-- Col. Charles E. Patnaude, 5th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col Michael Cardoza, 69th Bomb Squadron commander, during the 69th’s activation ceremony here, Sept. 3. The new squadron was established to provide each B-52 Wing with two active-duty combat coded squadrons, which will give the Air Force “bench depth” to rotate the squadrons across the mission sets as recommended in the Defense Science Board Report. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lee A. Osberry Jr.) 69th Bomb Squadron reactivates at Minot AFB
The 69th Bomb Squadron was reactivated during an activation ceremony here Sept. 3. The new unit is the fourth operational B-52H Stratofortress squadron in the Air Force and joins the 23rd Bomb Squadron as the second squadron at Minot. Barksdale Air Force Base, La. has two operational B-52 units, the 20th and 96th. The new squadron was established
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Air Force Global Strike Command, stood up Aug. 7 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., will provide combat ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike operations in support of combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force graphic) Air Force stands up Global Strike Command
The Air Force stood-up a new major command to oversee all of its nuclear forces in an activation ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 7. Air Force Global Strike Command will provide combat ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike operations in support of combatant commanders. "This week we achieved a major
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Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter, 8th Air Force commander, unveils the plaque for the newly dedicated Eighth Air Force Eaker Air & Space Operations Center at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 15. (U.S. Air Force photo/Carla Pampe) Eighth Air Force dedicates Air Operations Center
The 8th Air Force Air and Space Operations Center got a new name Wednesday when it was dedicated to one of "The Mighty Eighth's" most legendary leaders. In a ceremony presided over by 8th Air Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter, the AOC was officially renamed The Eighth Air Force Eaker Air & Space Operations Center, named for Gen. Ira C.
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Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter, 8th Air Force Commander. Eighth Air Force commander greets Airmen of 'The Mighty Eighth'
I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to continue to serve in Eighth Air Force. I know firsthand all the great things the men and women of "The Mighty Eighth" are doing, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to lead this great organization. It is certainly an exciting time for 8th Air Force! In the last few months, we've witnessed the
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Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter, receives the Eighth Air Force flag from Gen. John D.W. Corley, commander of Air Combat Command, as he assumes command of Eighth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) June 1. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Maj. Richard Komurek) 'The Mighty Eighth' changes command
Leadership of Eighth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) changed hands June 1 when Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter assumed command from Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder Jr., becoming the 48th commander of "The Mighty Eighth." Gen. John D.W. Corley, commander of Air Combat Command, presided over the ceremony, with Gen. Kevin Chilton, commander of U.S. Strategic
0 6/02
2009
Default Air Force Logo JFCC Global Strike gets new commander
With a salute and the words, "Sir, I accept command," Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter took command of the Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike from Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder, at 10:30 a.m., in a change of command ceremony here today. Lt. Gen. Elder will have a retirement ceremony following the 8th Air Force change of command ceremony to
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