MacDill broadens global strike

A B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from MacDill AFB, Fla., for refueling support Nov. 4, 2019.  The KC-135 delivers rapid global mobility and air refueling to extend the capabilities for global strike and strategic deterrence missions.

A B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from MacDill AFB, Fla., for refueling support Nov. 4, 2019. The KC-135 delivers rapid global mobility and air refueling to extend the capabilities for global strike and strategic deterrence missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Michelle Christensen, a 63rd Air Refueling Squadron pilot, operates the controls of a KC-135 Stratotanker during a refueling mission Nov. 4, 2019.  Christensen successfully completed her first flight, while providing air refueling support to the national global strike and strategic deterrence mission.

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Michelle Christensen, a 63rd Air Refueling Squadron pilot, operates the controls of a KC-135 Stratotanker during a refueling mission Nov. 4, 2019. Christensen successfully completed her first flight, while providing air refueling support to the national global strike and strategic deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

A B-52 Stratofortress assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill AFB, Fla., for refueling support Nov. 4, 2019.  The KC-135 delivers rapid global mobility with air refueling to extend the capabilities for global strike and strategic deterrence missions.

A B-52 Stratofortress assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill AFB, Fla., for refueling support Nov. 4, 2019. The KC-135 delivers rapid global mobility with air refueling to extend the capabilities for global strike and strategic deterrence missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Costine, a 63rd Air Refueling Squadron evaluator boom operator refuels a B-52 Stratofortress, Nov. 4, 2019. The KC-135 crew from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., delivered air refueling support to bolster the global strike capabilities of the B-52 assigned to Barksdale AFB, La.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Costine, a 63rd Air Refueling Squadron evaluator boom operator refuels a B-52 Stratofortress, Nov. 4, 2019. The KC-135 crew from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., delivered air refueling support to bolster the global strike capabilities of the B-52 assigned to Barksdale AFB, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

A B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., descends after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from MacDill AFB, Fla., Nov. 4, 2019.  The KC-135 delivers rapid global mobility and air refueling to extend the capabilities for global strike and strategic deterrence missions.

A B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., descends after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from MacDill AFB, Fla., Nov. 4, 2019. The KC-135 delivers rapid global mobility and air refueling to extend the capabilities for global strike and strategic deterrence missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

The boom tail flashes of the 6th Air Mobility Wing (AMW) and the Air Force Reserve’s 927th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) are displayed on all KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The 6th AMW was redesignated as the 6th ARW Sept. 30, 2019. The 6th ARW is in the process of updating its boom tail flashes to reflect the wing’s new designation.

The boom tail flashes of the 6th Air Mobility Wing (AMW) and the Air Force Reserve’s 927th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) are displayed on all KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The 6th AMW was redesignated as the 6th ARW Sept. 30, 2019. The 6th ARW is in the process of updating its boom tail flashes to reflect the wing’s new designation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

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