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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Maintainers and crew chiefs with the 509th Maintenance Squadron and 131st Bomb Wing prepare to perform a Foreign Object Debris walk before starting their day, Sept. 28, 2010. FOD mishaps can potentially result in extensive aircraft damage, ultimately hindering the Air Force's flying mission. To counter such events, crew chiefs, maintainers and other personnel working on the flightline take responsibility for eliminating FOD to keep the aircraft safe and the flying mission soaring. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenny Holston)(Released) 


Whiteman Airmen ensure aircraft safety with FOD checks
As the sun peeked over the aircraft hangers, and the morning dew dripped from the parked aircraft on the Whiteman Air Force Base flightline, Air Force Global Strike Command maintainers, and crew chiefs were found stretched across the aircraft ramp standing side-by-side with plastic bags in hand. This was a sign of only one thing -- foreign object
0 10/05
2010
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – Maj. Gen. Floyd Carpenter, Eighth Air Force commander, speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony on the $25 million renovation to the new Eighth Air Force Headquarters building on Barksdale Air Force Base Oct. 4. The renovation project covers more than 77,000 square feet of office space. Once completed, the headquarters will be equipped with the modern, state-of-the-art communications and information security systems needed to support one of our nation’s most important missions – the mission of nuclear deterrence and global strike operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Stives) Eighth Air Force breaks ground on new headquarters building
Maj. Gen. Floyd Carpenter, Eighth Air Force commander, speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony on the $25 million renovation to the new Eighth Air Force Headquarters building on Barksdale Air Force Base Oct. 4. The renovation project covers more than 77,000 square feet of office space. Once completed, the headquarters will be equipped with the
0 10/04
2010
SHREVEPORT, La. – Members of the Eighth Air Force dragon boat team paddle to the starting line for their first race of the day Sept. 11. The team competed against 26 other teams during the 2nd Annual Red River Dragon Boat Festival held at the River View Park in Shreveport, La. The races feature 41-foot-long dragon boats that hold 21 team members, Eighth Air Force finished second in last year’s race. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Stives) Eighth Air Force competes in dragon boat races
More than 20 members of the Eighth Air Force competed in the 2nd Annual Red River Dragon Boat Festival dragon boat races Sept. 11 in downtown Shreveport, La. "Dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water sports today and this is an exciting new way we can enjoy our Red River," said John Coutret, the event chairperson.The festival provided
0 9/20
2010
Maj. Gen. William Chambers answers questions during the Nuclear Enterprise panel discussion Sept. 13, 2010, during the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Oxon Hill, Md. Other panelists were Gen. Roger Brady, United States Air Forces in Europe commander, Maj. Gen. C. Donald Alston, 20th Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Floyd Carpenter, 8th Air Force commander, and Brig. Gen. Everett Thomas, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. General Chambers is assistant chief of staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) Generals discuss nuclear enterprise at annual conference
Four generals comprised the nuclear enterprise panel at the 2010 Air Force Association Conference and Technology Expo to answer questions from Airmen and civilians Sept. 13 here.Gen. Roger A. Brady, the U.S Air Forces in Europe commander; Maj. Gen. Donald Alston, the 20th Air Force commander; Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter, the 8th Air Force
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2010
Maj. Gen. Floyd Carpenter, 8th Air Force commander, speaks with Airmen deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam during a meet and greet at the base theater Aug. 30, 2010. During the meet and greet General Carpenter expressed his appreciation a job well done in support of the 36th Wing and U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nichelle Anderson) 36th Wing hosts 8th Air Force commander
Airmen from the 36th Wing took an opportunity recently to show the Commander of 8th Air Force, Maj. Gen. Floyd Carpenter, a bit of hospitality and an in-depth view of the mission here.The mission of the Mighty Eighth is to safeguard America's interests through strategic deterrence and global combat power. The flexible, conventional and nuclear
0 9/10
2010
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE, Mo. - WHITEMAN AIR FORCE, Mo. - Brig. Gen Scott Vander Hamm salutes Maj. Gen. Floyd Carpenter, 8th Air Force commander, after the transfer of the 509th Bomb wing guidon from Brig. Gen. Robert Wheeler to Gen Vander Hamm, during the change of command here, Monday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)
Brig. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm assumes command of 509th BW
Brig. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm assumed command of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo., in a ceremony Aug. 23, transferring the leadership of America's only B-2 wing from Brig. Gen. Robert Wheeler.Maj. Gen. Floyd Carpenter, 8th Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony, commending the accomplishments of General Wheeler, and challenging
0 8/30
2010
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Construction crew members tear down an old dormitory building here July 27. In a continued effort to improve the quality of life for Minot Airmen, the Air Force has put forth a plan to either replace or remodel existing dormitories on base. The demolition of this dorm helped to make room for newer living quarters for incoming Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael J. Veloz) New dorms improve Airmen morale, enhance Eighth Air Force mission
Across the Eighth Air Force, renovation and construction products for quality of life improvements to dormitories for single Airmen at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Minot AFB, N.D., and Barksdale AFB, La., are currently underway."Quality of life is an on-going project of the Air Force community," said Chief Master Sgt. Brian Hornback, Eighth Air
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Staff Sgt. Daniel Santell and Staff Sgt. Jose Baez-Sauri, members of the 2d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew, direct a trainer cruise missile into place for load on a B-52H Stratofortress during the weapons load portion of the Global Strike Challenge Aug. 17. More than 400 Airmen from 2d Bomb Wing and B-52 Stratofortress were able to compete in this year?s challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Amber Ashcraft) (RELEASED) Maintenance Airmen compete in Global Strike Challenge
Approximately 20 of Barksdale Air Force Base's finest maintenance Airmen competed in the first Global Strike Challenge Aug. 17 to 18.Months of training prepared Barksdale competitors to compete against more than 400 bomber-crew Airmen from: Minot Air Force Base, N.D.; Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.; Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; and Ellsworth Air
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BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Capt. Ryan Allen, 20th Bomb Squadron radar navigator, does a pre-flight check on a weapon during the Bucc Smoke competition Aug. 3. The 20th BS weapons and tactics, scheduling and training flights have worked closely to plan, schedule and design the tactical objectives for the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Y. Bateman)(RELEASED)

Barksdale's Buccaneers compete to participate in Global Strike Challenge
Barksdale Air Force Base's 20th Bomb Squadron "Buccaneers" recently competed in the second annual Bucc Smoke competition from Aug. 3 to 6 to determine the key players who will compete in the Air Force Global Strike Command Challenge in November.The competition allowed the aircrew to not only take part in extra training but employ like they
0 8/09
2010
A B-52 Stratofortress receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker in support of exercise Rim of the Pacific July 10, 2010, over the Pacific Ocean.  RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve interoperability.  The B-52 is from the 20th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and the KC-135 is assigned to the 465th Air Refueling Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kamaile O. Long) 'Mighty Eighth' delivers global combat power
Global Strike Command aircrews flew more than a dozen B-52 Stratofortress combat training missions recently with forces from 14 partner nations as part of the 2010 Rim of the Pacific exercise, commonly known as RIMPAC.B-52 Stratofortress aircrews and maintainers from the 20th Bomb Squadron here and the 23rd Bomb Squadron at Minot AFB, N.D.,
0 8/06
2010
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