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Oct. 12, 2011

Barksdale EET helps keep the grade

Trained to expect the unexpected and be prepared for the unknown, Barksdale Airmen are constantly having their skills tested through numerous base exercises.The job of testing their actual level of readiness belongs to Barksdale's Exercise Evaluation Team.Knowledgeable in an array of topics and specific career fields, the 182 EET members across the

Oct. 6, 2011

Command Post takes charge

The 2nd Bomb Wing Command Post provides continuous support to the bomber mission here. Airmen at the command post are the nerve center of all activity on base.A recent Major Accident Response Exercise offered a glimpse of how important the expertise of the command post Airmen is to the Barksdale mission. They were on their toes Oct. 5 as tornado

Oct. 6, 2011

Wildfires

Wild fires, wild land fires, forest fires and woodland fires are all common names associated with fires that are fueled by weather, wind and dry underbrush. These fires can uncontrollably burn acres of land and destroy everything in their path within minutes. According to www.nationalgeographic.com, "On average, more than 100,000 wildfires clear 4

Sept. 30, 2011

A day in the life of a new Airman

Compared to basic training and technical school, the operational side of the Air Force is a totally new experience for Airmen reporting to Barksdale for their first duty station.Airman Rebecca Hernandez, 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, is one of many new Airmen here. She arrived on base Aug. 20 and is enjoying the Air Force lifestyle thus far,

Sept. 23, 2011

Barksdale closes out fiscal year 2011

At the beginning of each fiscal year, Oct. 1, the Air Force receives funding for defense related expenditures. But before that occurs, the previous year's funding must be spent or allocated, this time of year is known as the end of year closeout."The money comes from multiple sources," said Richard Compton, 2nd Contracting Squadron. "Some of the

Sept. 22, 2011

Barksdale Airman trains Iraqi technicians, focuses on self improvement

Deployments are what a person makes of them. Working long hours is expected, but sometimes it's what an individual does in their off time that sets them apart from their peers. Some choose to hit the gym hard, take self improvement courses, or work to further their education. At Combat Operating Base Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq, one aircrew flight

Sept. 16, 2011

Vehicle operations move Barksdale Airmen

Crew chiefs are to aircraft what vehicle operators are to motor vehicles, and the 2nd Bomb Wing depends on their specialized knowledge to keep the vehicles on base up and running.Vehicle operators, assigned to the 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, support approximately 17 types of vehicles including: aircrew buses, sedans,

Sept. 16, 2011

A day in the life of the NCO-in-charge of the Armory

No Airman deploys unprepared-when they leave they do so with all the equipment necessary to do their job. This includes the piece of equipment that could save their lives one day; their weapon, and Barksdale's 2nd Security Forces Squadron armory makes sure every Airman has the basic necessities to protect themself while deployed. Staff Sgt. Sherman

Sept. 16, 2011

Green Flag - East hosts unit from Singapore

On Barksdale Air Force Base, Hangar 13 is home to Green Flag - East. While the Green Flag building is a permanent fixture on Barksdale, its function or the diverse capabilities the people assigned there bring to U.S. and allied forces may not be immediately clear.Green Flag - East is a series of continuous exercises run by a detachment of the 548th

Sept. 9, 2011

A day in the life of a primary care physician

It's 8 a.m. and an Airman is sitting alone in an exam room. There is a knock at the door and a physician walks in. "What seems to be the problem?," he asks. The Airman coughs and points to his throat. The physician reaches for a tongue depressor, "Alright, open wide and say 'AHH'."All Airmen have been to the family health clinic at one point in