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Senior Airman David Hammett, 2nd Maintenance Squadron Avionics Flight, tests an antenna from a B-52H Stratofortress on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 10. During the test, the antenna rotated just as it would inside the nose of a B-52 to replicate actual working conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chad Warren)(RELEASED) Eyes in the sky
Of all the intricate systems at work on a B-52H Stratofortress, perhaps none is as widely relied on and used as the avionics system.Multiple capabilities of the aircraft rely on the sensitive equipment that makes up the avionics system, and Airmen from the 2nd Maintenance Squadron Avionics Flight ensure this equipment is prepared to carry out any
0 7/11
2012
Airman 1st Class Michael Romanyak, 2nd Maintenance Squadron, cuts a rivet in the tail section of a B-52H Stratofortress on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 2. Romanyak enjoys riding dirt bikes and competing in local Motocross competitions in his spare time. According to Romanyak, the activity helps him come back to work refreshed and ready to support the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Micaiah Anthony)(RELEASED)
MX Dirt Pilots
After a long week working on the flightline, in hangars and offices, a few of Barksdale's Airmen unwind by soaring through the Ark-La-Tex skies, but not by aircraft.The small group of Airmen 'catch some air' by hitting the local tracks on dirt bikes."There are about 10 people on base that ride," said Airman 1st Class Michael Romanyak, 2nd
0 7/03
2012
Staff Sgt. Louie Bennett, 2nd Maintenance Squadron accessories flight aircrew egress technician, inspects an ejection seat upper harness attachment cable for abrasions and cuts on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 26. The cable is used to pull aircrew members back into their seats as they eject from an aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Gonsier)(RELEASED)
No margin for error
The life of every Airman is vital to the mission, which makes protecting those lives a priority.Airmen from the 2nd Maintenance Squadron accessories flight aircrew egress are entrusted with ensuring aircrew are able to eject from an aircraft if the need arises."My job is to maintain B-52 ejection seats and hatches," said Staff Sgt. Louie Bennett, 2
0 6/29
2012
Aircrew from the 20th Bomb Squadron prepare to board a B-52H Stratofortress on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 28. Though the need for a 24-hour alert aircrew is not often necessary, aircrews still train and practice alert procedures and quick departures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Micaiah Anthony)(RELEASED) Aircrews, ready to roll
The B-52H Stratofortress is known for its longevity, reliability, global reach and wide array of weaponry. However, without aircrew ready for battle, the B-52 would just be an expensive static display.Though the need for having a scheduled 24-hour alert aircrew is not often necessary, aircrews still train and prepare for alert conditions."When
0 6/29
2012
Staff Sgt. Steven Romel, 2nd Medical Support Squadron hematology NCO in charge, inspects and prepares blood samples for testing on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 19. The integrated chemistry machine tests the blood's content for the proper chemicals and blood cell count. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Moua)(RELEASED) To the lab!
Thousands of Airmen, dependents and retirees visit the base clinic every day. Most only see the waiting room or the patient's room, however more work goes on in the laboratory long after a patient has left. The 2nd Medical Support Squadron laboratory draws blood, obtains urine samples or throat swabs when requested by a doctor. These samples can
0 6/22
2012
Staff Sgt. Jason Greenwell, 372nd Training Squadron Field Training Detachment, poses with mentee, 13-year-old La'Torri Simmons. Greenwell has volunteered as Simmons' mentor for the past four years as part of the Lighthouse after-school program. (Courtesy Photo)
Mentors make a difference one child at a time
One Barksdale Airman is making a difference in a young man's life by participating in a mentorship program.Since being stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Staff Sgt. Jason Greenwell, 372nd Training Squadron Field Training Detachment electronic warfare systems instructor has worked with 13-year-old La'Torri Simmons for about four
0 6/21
2012
Head lifeguard Kari Anne Griffin observes swimmers at the North Pool on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 11. Base lifeguards are mostly students who dedicate their summer helping ensure the safety of Team Barksdale members and their families who visit the pools on base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Gonsier)(RELEASED)
Saving lives, Barksdale lifeguards
As it gets hotter, members of Team Barksdale often visit the base pools to cool off and relax.Even though swimming and playing in the water can be fun, it can also be dangerous and it's up to the lifeguards to safeguard those who are out there to have a good time."My job is to make sure everybody is safe," said Kasey Schluter, head lifeguard and
0 6/14
2012
Airman 1st Class Christina Blanco, 2nd Medical Support Squadron radiology technician, adjusts the settings on an X-ray machine on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 11. The machine emits X-radiation to capture an image of the internal structures of the human body to provide doctors a way to see inside the body to locate possible injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Moua)(RELEASED) The uncanny X-ray Airmen
Peering into the human body might sound like a super power out of a comic book, but to these Airmen it's a part of their everyday job. These Airmen blast X-radiation, more commonly known as X-rays, into the human body through the use of specialized machines to see the deepest parts of the body and provide medical imaging to doctors."We receive
0 6/13
2012
Staff Sgt. Nathan Day and Senior Airman Ricky Ball, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration technicians, review schematics for one of the recently installed chillers on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 7. New heating and cooling units are routinely brought in when needed and installed to maintain Barksdale?s aging heating and cooling systems. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Moua)(RELEASED)
HVAC/R keeps Barksdale cool
With the arrival of summer and the intense Louisiana heat, Barksdale Airmen fight to keep cool. An air conditioned building is one comfort Airmen enjoy, but when it breaks down, who is there to fix it?The HVAC/R flight conducts repairs and regular check-ups on the base's ventilation and air conditioning systems and employs 33 professional mechanics
0 6/08
2012
Song Su McNeese, 2nd Force Support Squadron, places fruit on the serving line in the Red River Dining Facility on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 6. Keeping a variety of fruit on the line gives patrons the option to add healthy side items to their meals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chad Warren)(RELEASED) Eating for life
As the Air Force continues to downsize, each Airman becomes more vital to the mission which means it's more important now than ever to ensure Airmen are focused on their total well-being. One aspect of well-being that is sometimes overlooked is maintaining a healthy diet."Diet plays a bigger role than most people think," said Leah Beckham, Health
0 6/07
2012
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