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8 AF celebrates 75 years

A B-1B Lancer soars over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in commemoration of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary Feb. 2, 2017. The modern day 8th Air Force traces its lineage to VIII Bomber Command, which came to life Feb. 1, 1942. Former and present bomber Airmen from across the country celebrated the anniversary by partaking in various event to honor the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A B-1B Lancer soars over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in commemoration of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary Feb. 2, 2017. The modern day 8th Air Force traces its lineage to VIII Bomber Command, which came to life Feb. 1, 1942. Former and present bomber Airmen from across the country celebrated the anniversary by partaking in various event to honor the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Bomber Airmen from across the country gather around the 2nd Bomb Wing flag pole for a retreat ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2016. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, spoke at the retreat ceremony, which was followed by an in-trail formation of a B-1, B-2 and B-52 bomber flyover. The flyover took place as part of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Bomber Airmen from across the country gather around the 2nd Bomb Wing flag pole for a retreat ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2016. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, spoke at the retreat ceremony, which was followed by an in-trail formation of a B-1, B-2 and B-52 bomber flyover. The flyover took place as part of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A B-1B Lancer soars over the 2nd Bomb Wing headquarters building at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in commemoration of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary Feb. 2, 2017. The modern day 8th Air Force traces its lineage to VIII Bomber Command, which came to life Feb. 1, 1942. Former and present bomber Airmen from across the country celebrated the anniversary by partaking in various event to honor the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

A B-1B Lancer soars over the 2nd Bomb Wing headquarters building at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in commemoration of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary Feb. 2, 2017. The modern day 8th Air Force traces its lineage to VIII Bomber Command, which came to life Feb. 1, 1942. Former and present bomber Airmen from across the country celebrated the anniversary by partaking in various event to honor the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

A B-2 Spirit flies over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during a retreat ceremony in honor of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary Feb. 2, 2017. The 8th Air Force, headquartered at Barksdale AFB, hosted a variety of events throughout the week to honor and commemorate its 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A B-2 Spirit flies over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during a retreat ceremony in honor of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary Feb. 2, 2017. The 8th Air Force, headquartered at Barksdale AFB, hosted a variety of events throughout the week to honor and commemorate its 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A B-2 Spirit flies over the 2nd Bomb Wing headquarters building during a retreat ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. Three bombers participated in the flyover as part of a celebration of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary. Various events took place throughout the week to honor the anniversary, to include a building dedication, memorial run, Word War II dog tag presentation and a gala hosted by a local support organization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A B-2 Spirit flies over the 2nd Bomb Wing headquarters building during a retreat ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. Three bombers participated in the flyover as part of a celebration of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary. Various events took place throughout the week to honor the anniversary, to include a building dedication, memorial run, Word War II dog tag presentation and a gala hosted by a local support organization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A B-52 Stratofortress flies over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during a retreat ceremony Feb. 2, 2017. A B-2 Spirit, B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress participated in the flyover as part of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary events. Former and present bomber Airmen from across the country celebrated the anniversary by partaking in various event to honor the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg)

A B-52 Stratofortress flies over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during a retreat ceremony Feb. 2, 2017. A B-2 Spirit, B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress participated in the flyover as part of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary events. Former and present bomber Airmen from across the country celebrated the anniversary by partaking in various event to honor the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg)

A B-52 Stratofortress flies over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during a retreat ceremony Feb. 2, 2017. A B-2 Spirit, B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress participated in the flyover as part of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary events. Other events, such as a building dedication, memorial run, World War II dog tag presentation and a gala hosted by a local support organization, took place throughout the week to honor and celebrate the past and future of the “Mighty Eighth.”  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A B-52 Stratofortress flies over Barksdale Air Force Base, La., during a retreat ceremony Feb. 2, 2017. A B-2 Spirit, B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress participated in the flyover as part of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary events. Other events, such as a building dedication, memorial run, World War II dog tag presentation and a gala hosted by a local support organization, took place throughout the week to honor and celebrate the past and future of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A building dedication and cake cutting ceremony takes place at the 8th Air Force headquarters building on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. The event took place as part of the 8th Air Force’s 75th diamond anniversary events. Other events, such as a memorial run, all-bomber flyover, and a local community-sponsored gala were held to commemorate and celebrate the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

A building dedication and cake cutting ceremony takes place at the 8th Air Force headquarters building on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. The event took place as part of the 8th Air Force’s 75th diamond anniversary events. Other events, such as a memorial run, all-bomber flyover, and a local community-sponsored gala were held to commemorate and celebrate the past, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, speaks during a building dedication and cake cutting ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. The 8th AF headquarters building was dedicated to General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle as part of the Eighth’s 75th diamond anniversary events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, speaks during a building dedication and cake cutting ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. The 8th AF headquarters building was dedicated to General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle as part of the Eighth’s 75th diamond anniversary events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Barksdale Air Force Base honor guard members participate in a building dedication and cake cutting ceremony at Barksdale AFB, La., Feb. 2, 2017. On Feb. 1, the 8th Air Force celebrate its 75th diamond anniversary and hosted various events throughout the week to commemorate and honor its past, present and future Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)
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Barksdale Air Force Base honor guard members participate in a building dedication and cake cutting ceremony at Barksdale AFB, La., Feb. 2, 2017. On Feb. 1, the 8th Air Force celebrate its 75th diamond anniversary and hosted various events throughout the week to commemorate and honor its past, present and future Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Tech. Sgt. Robin Samolinski, 8th Air Force executive assistant to the command chief, speaks during a building dedication and cake cutting ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. The 8th AF headquarters building was dedicated to General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle during a series of 8th AF 75th diamond anniversary events. On Feb. 1, the Eighth celebrated its 75th anniversary, and former and current “Mighty Eighth” Airmen from across the country came to Barksdale AFB to take part in the celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)
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Tech. Sgt. Robin Samolinski, 8th Air Force executive assistant to the command chief, speaks during a building dedication and cake cutting ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. The 8th AF headquarters building was dedicated to General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle during a series of 8th AF 75th diamond anniversary events. On Feb. 1, the Eighth celebrated its 75th anniversary, and former and current “Mighty Eighth” Airmen from across the country came to Barksdale AFB to take part in the celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Chief Master Sgt. Alan Boling, 8th Air Force command chief, and Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th AF commander, unveil a plaque during a building dedication ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. The 8th AF headquarters building was dedicated to General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle during a series of 8th AF 75th diamond anniversary events. On Feb. 1, the Eighth celebrated its 75th anniversary, and former and current “Mighty Eighth” Airmen from across the country came to Barksdale AFB to take part in the celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)
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Chief Master Sgt. Alan Boling, 8th Air Force command chief, and Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th AF commander, unveil a plaque during a building dedication ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. The 8th AF headquarters building was dedicated to General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle during a series of 8th AF 75th diamond anniversary events. On Feb. 1, the Eighth celebrated its 75th anniversary, and former and current “Mighty Eighth” Airmen from across the country came to Barksdale AFB to take part in the celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

The 8th Air Force headquarters building was dedicated to General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle during a series of 8th AF 75th diamond anniversary events at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. Doolittle commanded the 8th Air Force during World War II and led the historic air combat mission known today as the Doolittle Raid. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)
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The 8th Air Force headquarters building was dedicated to General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle during a series of 8th AF 75th diamond anniversary events at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. Doolittle commanded the 8th Air Force during World War II and led the historic air combat mission known today as the Doolittle Raid. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, participates in a cake cutting ceremony with a former 8th AF commander, Gen. James McCarthy, (retired), and Airman 1st Class De’Andre Pool, 608th Air Operations Center administration apprentice, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. Various events, such as a memorial run, building dedication, cake cutting ceremony, and a local organization sponsored gala, took place to honor and commemorate the former, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth”. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)
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Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, participates in a cake cutting ceremony with a former 8th AF commander, Gen. James McCarthy, (retired), and Airman 1st Class De’Andre Pool, 608th Air Operations Center administration apprentice, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 2, 2017. Various events, such as a memorial run, building dedication, cake cutting ceremony, and a local organization sponsored gala, took place to honor and commemorate the former, present and future Airmen of the “Mighty Eighth”. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower)

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