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  • Stand-off Munitions Application Center brings efficiency to force

    For more than a year, the 608th Air Operations Center has provided a unique capability to the Department of Defense through the Stand-off Munitions Application Center, an integrated initiative focused on efficiently building stand-off strike capabilities into the operations plans of combatant commands."We cannot afford to do business in such a
  • Bomber FIP brings B-52 training overhaul

    Aviators arriving here this week for their Initial Qualification Training on the B-52H Stratofortress, will begin using a newly-approved working syllabus thanks to a recent training overhaul.The overhaul was a result of the Air Force Global Strike Command Bomber Force Improvement Program, which sent five teams to visit the bomber units this summer,
  • Eighth Air Force commander welcomes in the new year

    Mighty Eighth,Welcome back!  I hope you enjoyed some well-deserved down time after the tireless efforts and dedication you displayed throughout the last 12 months.......you certainly earned it.It is a great pleasure to echo Secretary James' announcement that 2015 will be free from involuntary force management programs. As we approach our desired
  • Tuskegee Airmen visit Barksdale, honored at Duck Commander Independence Bowl

    Two Tuskegee Airmen visited with Airmen here and were the guests of honor during the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., Dec. 27.During their visit to Barksdale, Homer Hogues and Calvin Spann spoke to aviators and maintainers about Barksdale's mission. At the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl, the two represented the
  • Forty sorties

    Battling harsh winds and temperatures 20 degrees and below for several days, operations and maintenance Airmen joined together to successfully fly 40 out of 40 sorties during Prairie Warrior surge week, Nov. 17-20, on Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate conventional capabilities in a realistic training
  • AF approves special pay for nuclear career fields

    Assignment incentive pay and special duty assignment pay for select total force nuclear career fields became effective Oct. 1, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James' recent announcement."The purpose of these special pays is to incentivize Airmen to volunteer for and perform duties in a particular career field, location and/or
  • Fly away home

    The skies over Minot Air Force Base have been quiet and empty since breaking ground on the new runway, sending the Minot birds south. However, as construction comes to a close Team Minot is preparing for a BUFF homecoming.Col. Jason Armagost, 5th Bomb Wing commander, along with base and community leaders, celebrated the opening of the new Minot AFB
  • Sixth Castle Coombe mess cup comes home

    The sixth Castle Coombe mess cup made its way back home to the Eighth Air Force headquarters on Barksdale Air Force Base Sept. 15.The Castle Coombe Mess Punch Bowl, or Eaker Bowl, became a heraldic symbol for the Eighth Air Force, linking the Mighty Eighth to its historical past.The history behind the cups began in 1943 when eight officers stood