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Lt. Dan Band plays the northern tier

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Posted: 8/18/2014

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

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B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

A B52-H Stratofortress lands at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, after a nonstop sortie from the United States to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility Aug. 12, 2014. The 15.5-hour long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission, flown by a seven-person aircrew from Barksdale's 96th Bomb Squadron, was part of a scenario to defend the Panama Canal from myriad threats during PANAMAX 2014. A U.S. Southern Command-sponsored event, forces from 17 nations participated in PANAMAX, which contributes to interoperability, and builds the capabilities of participating nations to plan and execute complex multinational operations. For Air Force Global Strike Command, the live-fly exercise sortie was an opportunity to familiarize aircrews with the U.S. Southern Command region, exercise aerial command and control procedures, and hone ISR capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jannelle Dickey)
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Posted: 8/13/2014

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B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

Aircrews from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., attend a step brief at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Aug. 11, 2014. Following the brief, a B-52H Stratofortress and seven-person crew from Barksdale’s 96th Bomb Squadron, flew a nonstop, 15.5-hour round-trip intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission from the United States to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations as part of PANAMAX 2014, an annual, U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise. PANAMAX 2014 is designed to develop and test participating nations' capabilities to respond and support a wide variety of air, land, sea, space and cyber missions as a unified force. For Air Force Global Strike Command, PANAMAX was an opportunity to familiarize aircrews with the U.S. Southern Command region and train in a unique mission set not normally associated with bomber operations. “The B-52 can be modified with additional equipment that allows it to be an especially valuable ISR platform because of its ability to conduct long-range surveillance flights,” said Lt. Col. Robert Bender, chief of AFGSC's Current Operations Branch. “PANAMAX is an excellent opportunity for our aircrews to exercise these capabilities in an operational training environment.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Imwalle/ Released)
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Posted: 8/12/2014

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B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

A B-52H Stratofortress returns home to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 12, 2014 following a 15.5-hour sortie from the United States to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations during PANAMAX 2014. An annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise, PANAMAX focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. “The Panama Canal is one of the most strategically and economically crucial pieces of infrastructure in the world,” said Col. Gregory Julian, U.S. Southern Command spokesman. “The 17 partner nations participating in this exercise benefit from the collaborative efforts to ensure the safety and security of the Panama Canal and this exercise is designed to test their responsiveness, foster cooperation, and increase interoperability among them.” The B-52 sortie, which originated at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, was the only live military asset used in the primarily simulated exercise. For Air Force Global Strike Command, PANAMAX provided an opportunity to familiarize aircrews with the region and train in long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations – a unique mission set not normally associated with bomber operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Gonsier)
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Posted: 8/12/2014

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B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

A B52-H Stratofortress lands at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, after a 15.5-hour nonstop sortie from the United States to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility Aug. 12, 2014. The long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission was part of a scenario to defend the Panama canal from myriad threats during PANAMAX 2014, a multinational U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise. Forces from 17 nations participated in the annual exercise, which contributes to interoperability, and builds the capabilities of the participating nations to plan and execute complex multinational operations. For aircrews, the ability to work in an unfamiliar environment, hone ISR capabilities, and test aerial command and control capabilities during PANAMAX was invaluable. “I had only worked in the SOUTHCOM AOR once before this exercise,” said Capt. Jonathan Morse, one of two aircraft commanders on the mission. “[PANAMAX] allowed crewmembers that have not operated in a different area of operations to gain valuable experience and bring that back to the B-52 community. I believe it also made SOUTHCOM better aware of our capabilities and confident that they can call upon our B-52s when in need.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Gonsier)
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Posted: 8/12/2014

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B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

A B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 96th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, sits ready for departure from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prior to a mission to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations Aug. 11, 2014. Assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, the aircraft and seven-person aircrew participated in PANAMAX 2014, an annual, U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. For Air Force Global Strike Command, PANAMAX was an opportunity to familiarize aircrews with the region and train in long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations – a unique mission set not normally associated with bomber operations. “In order to maintain the readiness of our forces, it is important to provide the opportunity for them to train and operate their capabilities in various geographical locations and environments,” said Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, commander of 8th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), located at Barksdale Air Force Base, and the Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, located at Offutt, Air Force Base, Nebraska. “Having a U.S. bomber presence and participation in a variety of multinational and joint exercises also demonstrates U.S. commitment and capability and contributes to security at home and abroad.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Imwalle/Released)
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Posted: 8/12/2014

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B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

Airmen from the 96th Bomb Squadron, prepare a B-52H Stratofortress for takeoff at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prior to a 15.5-hour sortie to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations Aug. 11, 2014. Assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, the aircraft and seven-person aircrew participated in PANAMAX 2014, an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise designed to provide multinational interoperability training in complex operations. For Air Force Global Strike Command, PANAMAX was an opportunity to familiarize aircrews with the region and train in long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations – a unique mission set not normally associated with bomber operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Imwalle/Released)
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Posted: 8/12/2014

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Fit Food Fest

Team Malmstrom members play a game of cornhole during Malmstrom’s Fit Food Festival at Dorm 740’s pavilion Aug 1. In addition to complimentary food, Airmen had the opportunity to partake in more than five different activities and events throughout the course of the day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Collin Schmidt)
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Posted: 8/6/2014

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One team one fight

Chief Master Sgt. Melissa Permar, 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron security forces manager, speaks with 791st MSFS Airmen, during a morale visit to the missile complex in North Dakota, July 30, 2014. “When you go out to see the defenders and maintenance Airmen working together it’s very evident that they make a cohesive team,” Permar said. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephanie Morris)
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Posted: 8/5/2014

AFGSC MosaicAFGSC Mosaic
AFGSC Mosaic

Air Force Global Strike Command celebrates its 5th year anniversary as a command, Aug. 7, 2014, a milestone made possible by Airmen! (AFGSC Graphic)
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Posted: 8/5/2014

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5th MUNS prepares for GSC

Senior Airman Brenton Biggs, 5th Munitions Squadron munitions journeyman, builds a munitions assembly conveyor on Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The MAC is designed to provide a mobile capability to rapidly assemble and disassemble conventional munitions, and provide a means to load and unload from the munitions handling trailer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brittany Y. Bateman)
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Posted: 8/4/2014

Lucky Lady IV crew before Global Power 94-7Lucky Lady IV  ...
Lucky Lady IV crew before Global Power 94-7

Crew of the Lucky Lady IV pose with their B-52H before embarking on Exercise Global Power 94-7, Aug. 1, 1994. From left to right: Col. James Hawkins, Capt. Terrence O'Grady, Capt. Todd Callahan, Capt. Russell Maclean, Capt. Stephen Pomeroy, Capt. Andre Mouton.
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Posted: 7/31/2014

    

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