Headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base in the communities of Bossier City and Shreveport, La., 8th Air Force is one of two active duty numbered air forces in Air Force Global Strike Command. The mission of the "Mighty Eighth" is to safeguard America's interests through strategic deterrence and global combat power. The flexible, conventional and nuclear strategic mission gives 8th Air Force the ability to deploy forces and engage enemy threats both from home station or forward positioned, anywhere and at any time.
Our motto is "Deterrence through strength, global strike on demand."
2nd Bomb Wing Exceptional warriors ready now to provide responsive, flexible and accurate bomber combat power and expeditionary combat support to warfighting commanders... anytime... anywhere. 917th Wing The 917th is a composite wing which operates both the A-10A Thunderbolt II and the B-52H Stratofortress. Located at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., the Wing employs approximately 1,600 Air Force Reserve personnel. The mission of the 47th Fighter Squadron is to train student pilots to fly the A-10. The primary mission of the 93rd Bomb Squadron is to conduct strategic heavy bombardment and maritime operations in the B-52.
5th Bomb Wing Known by its nickname, the Warbirds, the 5th Bomb Wing is part of Air Force Global Strike Command as well as the host wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The bomb wing and its fleet of B-52H Stratofortress bombers serve as part of the Air Force's conventional and strategic combat force. The men and women of the wing are capable of flying anywhere around the world and delivering a wide range of precision-guided bombs and munitions. Excellence is the daily standard and is echoed by its motto, "Guardians of the Upper Realm."
509th Bomb Wing Whiteman Air Force Base is home of the most technolgically advanced bomber, the B-2 Spirit. The B-2 brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses.