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  • Where every sortie begins and ends

    Barksdale is home to the more than 65-year-old backbone of the United States’ strategic bomber force, the B-52H Stratofortress. There are numerous components that all work together to ensure this aircraft can take flight at any given time, but one office in particular is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the B-52s have a safe place to land and take off. This office is the 2nd Operations Support Squadron airfield management office, who work day in and day out to provide the 2nd Bomb Wing with a reliable, capable and competent airfield environment.
  • 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.
  • History in the making: final CALCM missile package retired

    The sun has set on an integral component of the United States long-range strategic bombing capabilities as the final Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) package was downloaded and disassembled at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Nov. 20, 2019. Initially beginning design in 1974, the CALCM missile has been employed in combat operations to include Desert Storm, Desert Strike, Desert Fox, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Decades later, the final missile package was disassembled to become demilitarized.
  • Best with what they’ve got: A new life for old parts

    Just like every other aircraft, parts on a B-52H Stratofortress age, get damaged and become unserviceable. One detachment on base has developed a way to take those unusable parts and create hands-on training opportunities for maintainers.
  • 5th MXS CPI: Teamwork makes the dream work

    Last week, members of the 5th Maintenance Squadron began planning a way to decrease the time it takes to maintain a B-52H Stratofortress in between every 450 flight hours, known as a phase inspection, at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.Known as the continuous process improvement (CPI), the plan will increase efficiency throughout a phase
  • USSTRATCOM deputy commander visits Team Minot

    During a three-day visit, United States Navy Vice Adm. David Kriete, U.S Strategic Command deputy commander, got a first-hand look at how Airmen from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, contribute a combat-ready force to America’s global military posture, Jan. 28-30.   The admiral was able to see aspects from both the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st
  • 23rd EBS deploys to Pacific

    As part of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission, Airmen with the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron recently deployed from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
  • 5th AMXS competes in Load Crew of the Quarter Competition

    Members of the 5th AMXS competed in a Load Crew of the Quarter Competition at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Two weapons load crews, representing the 23rd and 69th Bomb Squadrons, were timed on their ability to efficiently load an inert munition onto a B-52H Stratofortress. The 5th AMXS hosted the competition to showcase their attention to detail, teamwork, precision and bomb loading proficiency.
  • Return to Sender: Original Aircrew Returns to Minot

    Brad Foote and Bill Sims, retired Lieutenant Colonels and, respectively, radar navigator and electronic warfare officers, flew one of the first B-52H Stratofortress bomber’s into Minot Air Force Base in 1961. Now, nearly 57 years after their initial flight to Minot, Foote and Sims return to see the 2018 Northern Neighbors Day Air and Space Show on
  • 5th OSS: packing parachutes, saving lives

    Airmen from the 5th Operations Support Squadron parachute shop pack back-automatic and drag parachutes at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. The aircrew flight equipment flight is responsible for maintaining and inspecting all life-saving equipment on the B-52H Stratofortress prior to each mission, and are on-duty for each take-off and landing to correct any potential aircrew-related equipment issues. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)
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