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Headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base in the communities of Bossier City and Shreveport, La., Eighth 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 through strategic deterrence and global strike on demand. The flexible, conventional and nuclear strategic mission gives Eighth 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 "Peace Through Strength."

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#OnThisDay 1964: The Western Development Division Rock was dedicated by General Bernard Schriever and Gen. Jimmy Doolittle at the site of the original WDD Headquarters in Inglewood, Calif. (pictured here), to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Air Force ballistic missile program. #BonusFact: The granite rock came from a Minuteman launch site at Vandenberg AFB.
Growing up in Gilroy, California, she had everything a girl could wish for: money, designer clothes and so much more. Shortly after high school graduation, her father took everything from her and kicked her to the streets. Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Jauregui, Air Force Space Command enlisted aide to the deputy commander, was determined to make her life right but struggled to get there. She talked about her past to fellow Airmen during Storytellers at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, March 30, 2018. “What I learned is that life is hard,” Jauregui said. “It literally takes one second to wreck your entire life. I almost joined a gang and did drugs and that would have ruined my entire life.” Jauregui remembers when her cousin prevented her from joining the gang, and told her not to make a bad decision that would negatively impact her life just because she was having a bad day. She made the right decision. #TuesdayThoughts Read Jauregui's amazing story by clicking the link below. https://go.usa.gov/xU2Fj
#OnThisDay in 1595: Johannes Kepler published Mysterium cosmographicum, "Mystery of the Cosmos," in which he described an invisible underlying structure determining the orbits of the six known planets. His model was based on five convex regular solids. The path of each planet lay on a sphere separated from its neighbors by touching an inscribed polyhedron. An inscribed cube separated the spheres of the outermost planets, Saturn and Jupiter. Inside the path of Jupiter, an inscribed tetrahedron contained the sphere for Mars. Spheres for Earth, Venus, and Mercury were nested, respectively, within a regular dodecahedron, icosohedron, and regular octahedron. Later, more scientifically complete orbital data would fit Kepler’s model surprisingly well. #SpaceFact
For the past 60 years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has continually helped the United States Air Force maintain a technological edge against our advarsaries. Together with the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL, a fusion of ideas is leading to newly highlighted innovations.
#OTD in 1985: the 2d Space Wing was activated at Falcon Air Force Station. @SchrieverAFB
Calling all #Airmen storytellers! Create your own recruiting video for the 2018 “We Are Airmen” contest. Finalists will earn a trip to the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference in National Harbor, MD, Sept 17-19! For more info visit the link below.
When Margaret Ann Atkins first sat down with Tech. Sgt. Michael Smith, Officer Accessions recruiter at Scott Air Force Base, she knew exactly what she wanted to do in the Air Force Reserve. Without hesitation, Atkins expressed her interest in working with the space mission and requested that Smith look into it for her. “Maggie’s first interview was one of my first officer accessions interviews, so I did not know what to expect,” said Smith. “She had a passion for the Air Force Reserve that you do not see very often anymore. She quickly met all of the qualifications and we started the interview process for careers.” Read the full story here: https://go.usa.gov/xU2MM
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Rutherford assumes command of the 13th Space Warning Squadron during a change of command ceremony, June 13, 2018, at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska. Rutherford succeeds outgoing commander Lt. Col. Joel Lane in a ceremony presided over by Col. Devin Pepper, 21st Operations Group commander, 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.Pepper spoke on the unique dynamics Rutherford will encounter as commander of the 13th SWS total force team. He stated the job is a lot of responsibility for one commander, but with a team consisting of active duty, Air National Guard, department of defense civilians and contractors, they aren’t alone. The 13th SWS provides space situation awareness and tactical warning of ballistic missile attacks against the United States and Canada as part of the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System. The squadron is a geographically separated unit of the 21st SW. Read more about the change of command here: https://go.usa.gov/xU2MP
It was a pretty typical day for Airman 1st Class Nicholas Biekert, 30th Space Communications Squadron client systems technician. He was at the gym playing basketball, when he received a call from his supervisor, Tech. Sgt. Adam Roush, NCO in charge of client systems, asking him to stop by his office. For Biekert, the phone call was likely to confirm one thing; he was probably going to deploy, since he was an alternate for five other Airmen in his unit. “I was thinking, is it good or bad news?” recalled Biekert. “Then he told me ‘It depends on how you feel about the world, there’s a humanitarian effort for 30 days in Puerto Rico.’ Immediately, I was like sign me up. I only had a day or two to get out of here so I dropped everything and was on a plane.” Read the full story by clicking the link. https://go.usa.gov/xU2Mj
Now these are our types of #fireworks! Thank you to all the men and women who ensure our safety and freedom year round. Have a safe and happy #4thofJuly! Happy birthday, America! 🇺🇸🚀
Growing up in Gilroy, California, she had everything a girl could wish for: money, designer clothes and so much more. Shortly after high school graduation, her father took everything from her and kicked her to the streets. Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Jauregui, Air Force Space Command enlisted aide to the deputy commander, was determined to make her life right but struggled to get there. She talked about her past to fellow Airmen during Storytellers at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, March 30, 2018. “What I learned is that life is hard,” Jauregui said. “It literally takes one second to wreck your entire life. I almost joined a gang and did drugs and that would have ruined my entire life.” Jauregui remembers when her cousin prevented her from joining the gang, and told her not to make a bad decision that would negatively impact her life just because she was having a bad day. She made the right decision. #TuesdayThoughts Read Jauregui's amazing story by clicking the link below. https://go.usa.gov/xU2Fj
Calling all #Airmen storytellers! Create your own recruiting video for the 2018 “We Are Airmen” contest. Finalists will earn a trip to the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference in National Harbor, MD, Sept 17-19! For more info visit the link below.
As we get ready for the #4thofJuly, don’t forget to think #safetyfirst when it comes to grilling, driving and fireworks. Thanks for the tips, Dr. Love! Have a safe and happy Fourth of July everyone! #IndependenceDay
Col Jack Fischer recently spoke with Civil Air Patrol cadets on being a United States Air Force #astronaut and his time at the International Space Station. His advice to the students: “You have to be ready for the opportunities when they come your way.” #MotivationMonday
Our AFSPC Airmen are awesome! Congrats to Senior Airman Brittany Cason from the 18th Space Control Squadron, part of the Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing on being selected as a finalist for the Air Force Times 2018 Airman of the Year award! Each day, about 50 kilometers above the Earth, more than half a million pieces of orbiting space junk whiz at speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour. And if any one of them follows the wrong path, it could cause serious ― or even catastrophic ― damage to a satellite or spacecraft in orbit. But last winter, an eagle-eyed Senior Airman Brittany Cason stopped just that from happening, spotting a potential collision, saving a Russian satellite and averting a potential international incident. Though the 22-year-old Cason ― a space console operator and line instructor in the 18th Space Control Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California ― joined the Air Force less than four years ago, she’s already impressed her supervisors with her drive and determination to excel. For that reason and for her exceptional volunteer service off duty, Cason was selected as a finalist for the Air Force Times 2018 Airman of the Year award.
The Air Force’s new Employee Assistance Program provides civilian employees and their families with free, confidential resources and support to help manage normal everyday life challenges that may affect job performance and personal well-being. The AF EAP/Worklife4You bundle of services and resources provides support on two levels: AF EAP provides counseling, financial and legal services, whereas Worklife4you provides a “concierge-like” service to help assist with every day stressors, no matter how large or small. Additionally, individuals have access 24/7 via 1-800-222-0364 and online. To read more about the services offered by AF EAP/Worklife4You, click the link below.
At 38 years old, Ruiz recently scored his 11th consecutive 100 on his fitness assessment, a rare and difficult achievement. “I like to test and push myself. I like to set new, realistic goals.” #MondayMotivation
The 50th Operations Group welcomed new leadership during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Congrats Col. Walsh on assuming command! Read more about the change of command below.
The Air Force’s new Employee Assistance Program provides civilian employees and their families with free, confidential resources and support to help manage normal everyday life challenges that may affect job performance and personal well-being. The AF EAP/Worklife4You bundle of services and resources provides support on two levels: AF EAP provides counseling, financial and legal services, whereas Worklife4you provides a “concierge-like” service to help assist with every day stressors, no matter how large or small. Additionally, individuals have access 24/7 via 1-800-222-0364 and online. To read more about the services offered by AF EAP/Worklife4You, click the link below.
For our Security Forces teams, every day is #BringYourDogToWorkDay! #DYK military working dogs are used in patrol, drug and explosive detection, and specialized mission functions for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies?
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