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  • Striking the enemy: WSO’s train to fight

    B-52’s and bombs, the two are synonymous when it comes to Barksdale’s global strike capabilities, but what often goes unrecognized, are the men and women inside the plane who actually employ those weapons. Without the skilled Airmen who earn the title of weapons system officer, the lethal B-52H Stratofortress ceases to have its deadly capabilities.
  • NBA HOF’er Karl Malone visits Barksdale

    NBA Hall of Famer and Louisiana native, Karl Malone, toured Barksdale during a visit to the base Feb. 5-6, 2020. A two time NBA MVP, 14-time NBA all-star and second ranked all time point scorer, Malone spent time with Airmen, toured facilities and even took a ride in a B-52H Stratofortress.
  • US, Japan bomber-fighter integration showcases alliance, global power projection

    U.S. Air Force aircraft from the Pacific theater and the continental United States integrated with the Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force or JASDF) to conduct bilateral and theater familiarization training near Japan Feb. 3.
  • Secret Squirrels celebrate 29 years

    Members of Operation Senior Surprise, better known as Secret Squirrel, celebrated the 29th anniversary of the historic mission.
  • CSAF visits Minot Air Force Base

    Gen. David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, visited Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Jan. 2-3, 2020. During his tour, Goldfein visited both 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing Airmen to recognize career fields that cover shifts 24/7.
  • Air Force leadership conducts privatized housing tour at Barksdale

    The Honorable John W. Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, and Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, visited Barksdale Jan. 6, 2020 to conduct a privatized housing tour. The tour familiarized the leaders with the current condition of privatized base housing here, aligning with current Air Force efforts to improve the Military Housing Privatization Initiative Program for the service.
  • Dyess Airmen complete BACE exercise

    Airmen from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, completed a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 10 – 12, 2019.The training is part of a Dyess AFB initiative to develop and improve the ability to rapidly deploy B-1B bomber aircraft, personnel
  • Mighty Eighth honors 100-yr-old WWII vet

    Eighth Air Force historian, Lane Callaway, right, presents a letter of appreciation and commemorative coin on behalf of Maj. Gen. James Dawkins, Jr., 8th Air Force commander, to Army Air Corps First Lt. John Willis, Jr., at his home in Minden, La., Dec. 10. Willis is a World War II vet who was assigned to the 728th Bomb Squadron and is a
  • Wesselhoeft survives WWII U.S. bombing, later joins unit

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (ret) Adolf Wesselhoeft tells what is was like growing up during the World War II and later as a member of 8th Air Force during a presentation at the History Center in Bossier City, La., Dec. 8, 2019. As a child of German immigrants (but born an American citizen), he and his parents were made to live in a U.S. internment
  • Bombers to conduct Agile Combat Employment exercise

    From Dec. 10-12, 2019, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, will conduct an off-base “Bomber Agile Combat Employment” (BACE) exercise (formerly Bomber Task Force Experiment #2) at Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Texas.  The exercise is designed to develop and test Dyess AFB’s ability to deploy aircraft to austere or unfamiliar locations on short notice in
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