Holiday letter to Airmen of the Mighty Eighth 2017

A B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit fly near Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. The bombers participated in the flyover as part of the Eighth Air Force’s 75th anniversary events. Former and present bomber Airmen from across the country celebrated the anniversary by partaking in various event to honor the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Sagar Pathak)

A B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit fly near Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. The bombers participated in the flyover as part of the Eighth Air Force’s 75th anniversary events. Former and present bomber Airmen from across the country celebrated the anniversary by partaking in various event to honor the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Sagar Pathak)

Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, Eighth Air Force commander, meets Delayed Entry Program Air Force recruits during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. Department of Defense service members, DEP family members, and guests witnessed approximately 97 Air Force recruits took the Oath of Enlistment, along with Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard recruits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, Eighth Air Force commander, meets Delayed Entry Program Air Force recruits during the Memorial Day weekend National Salute to America’s Heroes Miami Air and Sea Show at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-Locka, Fla., May 26, 2017. Department of Defense service members, DEP family members, and guests witnessed approximately 97 Air Force recruits took the Oath of Enlistment, along with Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard recruits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A B-1B Lancer soars over Miami Beach, Fla., during the Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show in Miami Beach, Fla., May 27, 2017. The airshow featured various aircraft representing each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, including ground personnel to educate the public and airshow attendees about their respective branch’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A B-1B Lancer soars over Miami Beach, Fla., during the Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show in Miami Beach, Fla., May 27, 2017. The airshow featured various aircraft representing each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, including ground personnel to educate the public and airshow attendees about their respective branch’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Raymond Odom, 93-year-old World War II veteran, attends a presentation held in his honor at Arbor Rose Assisted Living Facility in Farmerville, La., Feb. 2, 2017. Odom, an 8th Air Force airplane sheet metal worker, lost his dog tags overseas during the war. In May 2016, his dog tags were discovered in England, and sent to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., where they were presented to him by the 8th Air Force commander, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Raymond Odom, 93-year-old World War II veteran, attends a presentation held in his honor at Arbor Rose Assisted Living Facility in Farmerville, La., Feb. 2, 2017. Odom, an 8th Air Force airplane sheet metal worker, lost his dog tags overseas during the war. In May 2016, his dog tags were discovered in England, and sent to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., where they were presented to him by the 8th Air Force commander, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, presents 93-year-old World War II veteran Raymond Odom with his dog tags at Arbor Rose Assisted Living Facility in Farmerville, La., Feb. 2, 2017. Odom was assigned to the 8th Air Force during WWII, and was presented his dog tags that were misplaced in 1945. The dog tags, found in England, made their way across the pond to Barksdale Air Force Base to be presented to Odom during an 8th Air Force 75th Anniversary official ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, presents 93-year-old World War II veteran Raymond Odom with his dog tags at Arbor Rose Assisted Living Facility in Farmerville, La., Feb. 2, 2017. Odom was assigned to the 8th Air Force during WWII, and was presented his dog tags that were misplaced in 1945. The dog tags, found in England, made their way across the pond to Barksdale Air Force Base to be presented to Odom during an 8th Air Force 75th Anniversary official ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Greg Carter, a deputy missile combat crew commander-airborne from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, launches a simulated Minuteman III missile aboard a U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury during Glory Trip 220 above the Pacific Ocean, April 25, 2017. Glory Trip is an operational test launch which continues a long history of launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., used to verify, validate and improve the capability of the nation’s ICBM force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Greg Carter, a deputy missile combat crew commander-airborne from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, launches a simulated Minuteman III missile aboard a U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury during Glory Trip 220 above the Pacific Ocean, April 25, 2017. Glory Trip is an operational test launch which continues a long history of launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., used to verify, validate and improve the capability of the nation’s ICBM force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

Retired Tech. Sgt. John Carpenter, Eighth Air Force World War II veteran, center, stands during the singing of the national anthem during a Mighty Eighth Heritage 8K held at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., April 26, 2017. Approximately 100 Airmen and their family members ran in honor of Eighth Air Force veterans as a way of recognizing and remembering the services and sacrifices they made for their country. The run served as one of the many events held in commemoration of the Eighth Air Force’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Retired Tech. Sgt. John Carpenter, Eighth Air Force World War II veteran, center, stands during the singing of the national anthem during a Mighty Eighth Heritage 8K held at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., April 26, 2017. Approximately 100 Airmen and their family members ran in honor of Eighth Air Force veterans as a way of recognizing and remembering the services and sacrifices they made for their country. The run served as one of the many events held in commemoration of the Eighth Air Force’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A B-2 Spirit flies over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during a retreat ceremony in honor of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary Feb. 2, 2017. The 8th Air Force, headquartered at Barksdale AFB, hosted a variety of events throughout the week to honor and commemorate its 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A B-2 Spirit flies over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during a retreat ceremony in honor of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary Feb. 2, 2017. The 8th Air Force, headquartered at Barksdale AFB, hosted a variety of events throughout the week to honor and commemorate its 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

The Headquarters Eighth Air Force building was dedicated in honor of General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle during a series of events at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017, in commemoration of the Eighth Air Force’s 75th anniversary. On May 5, 2017, the official plaque was hung in the foyer to represent the new name of the building: General Doolittle Hall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

The Headquarters Eighth Air Force building was dedicated in honor of General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle during a series of events at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017, in commemoration of the Eighth Air Force’s 75th anniversary. On May 5, 2017, the official plaque was hung in the foyer to represent the new name of the building: General Doolittle Hall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Chelea Wight, an analysis engineer from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, monitors the status of a simulated Minuteman III missile aboard a U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury above the Pacific Ocean during Glory Trip 220, April 26, 2017. Glory Trip is an operational test launch which continues a long history of launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., used to verify, validate and improve the capability of the nation’s ICBM force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Chelea Wight, an analysis engineer from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, monitors the status of a simulated Minuteman III missile aboard a U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury above the Pacific Ocean during Glory Trip 220, April 26, 2017. Glory Trip is an operational test launch which continues a long history of launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., used to verify, validate and improve the capability of the nation’s ICBM force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

A B-52 Stratofortress flies over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during a retreat ceremony Feb. 2, 2017. A B-2 Spirit, B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress participated in the flyover as part of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary events. Former and present bomber Airmen from across the country celebrated the anniversary by partaking in various event to honor the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg)
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A B-52 Stratofortress flies over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during a retreat ceremony Feb. 2, 2017. A B-2 Spirit, B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress participated in the flyover as part of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary events. Former and present bomber Airmen from across the country celebrated the anniversary by partaking in various event to honor the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

Airmen of the Mighty Eighth,

 

This year we celebrated 75 years of Bomber Legacy. Our re-organization going into 2018 will only make us stronger. 

 

Like the Airmen that came before, you are heralds of liberty that allow our great nation to celebrate the holiday of our choice with as many fireworks as possible. 

 

Thank you for standing ready to defend our interests with deadly global reach – anytime, anywhere! 

 

This was an outstanding year. I am proud of you. Come back in 2018 ready to rock!

 

Fights on!

 

Tom