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Airmen from the 2nd Maintenance Squadron wash the tail section of a B-52H Stratofortress in the corrosion hangar on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 23. The aircraft wash typically takes 32 Airmen 12 hours to complete. After the wash, the B-52 was moved to the phase hangar for a 14-day inspection and then returned to the flightline to continue supporting the Barksdale mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Micaiah Anthony)(RELEASED) Bathing the BUFF
Like any other night, maintenance Airmen head into work for their swing shift, but instead of their Airman Battle Uniforms, the Airmen filter through the hangar in shorts, t-shirts and boots. This non-traditional work attire is needed so maintenance Airmen can don their proper protective equipment easily and comfortably. These Airmen have a long,
0 9/07
2012
Airman 1st Class Michael Thompson, 2nd Maintenance Squadron engine management scheduler, organizes engine jacket files on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 22. The files are used to keep track of the maintenance and inspection history of each engine. Along with paper files, engine management Airmen use the integrated management system and the comprehensive engine management system to track the engines and the maintenance performed on them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Micaiah Anthony)(RELEASED) Engines: managing the maintenance
Like any engine, aircraft engines need maintenance, but the Air Force does more than just maintain engines, it has dedicated units to manage and monitor their aircraft's engines to ensure they are mission ready.Airmen from the 2nd Maintenance Squadron Engine Management Office play a key role in supporting the mission by ensuring the B-52H
0 8/24
2012
Default Air Force Logo Junior Achievement gains stripes, bars support
"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand." The Chinese proverb has many variations repeated by many societies but the message still remains the same; an individual must be taught something in order to retain the skill.A world-wide program is dedicated to doing just that for school children and teens, and
0 8/23
2012
Weapons loaders from the 2nd Maintenance Operations Squadron prepare munitions for loading on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 15. The munitions were being loaded onto a B-52H Stratofortress to be dropped at a bombing range in Utah for Exercise Combat Hammer. The exercise evaluates the employment of precision guided munitions to ensure the weapons are fully functional and mission capable. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Ashcraft)(RELEASED)
Aircrews showcase B-52 capability
From medical personnel to maintainers, every unit on base plays a role in supporting the core mission of the 2nd Bomb Wing - using the B-52H Stratofortress to put bombs on target anywhere on the globe. When the BUFF is called into action, exercises such as Combat Hammer ensure that it is able to do so with deadly precision."The mission of the 86th
0 8/22
2012
Staff Sgt. Vernard Warner, 2nd Security Forces Squadron, talks on the phone while watching surveillance video at the 2 SFS complex on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 10. The 2 SFS monitors all of the gates on base as well as the entrances to the flightline to ensure there are no unauthorized entrances. If someone were to breach the base or flightline perimeter, the 2 SFS would alert the Airmen on patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Gonsier)(RELEASED)
Protecting the flightline and its resources
Security forces personnel are posted throughout Air Force base's to ensure the safety and well being of all personnel, their families and base assets 24/7.Airmen from the 2nd Security Forces Squadron here are also vigilant in patrolling and monitoring the flightline, ensuring the restricted area is secure at all times."Our patrols on the flightline
0 8/21
2012
Senior Airman Erin Bernik, 2nd Maintenance Operations Squadron weapons standardization section, attaches an inert GBU-31 joint direct attack munition to a lift on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug 14. The weapon load is part of exercise Combat Hammer, meant to evaluate the generation and employment of guided munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chad Warren)(RELEASED) MX shines during Combat Hammer
The flightline teems with activity as load crews carefully transport weapons from trailers to aircraft, playing their part in an exercise meant to improve the effectiveness of guided munitions carried by the B-52H Stratofortress.Exercise Combat Hammer, following the lifespan of guided munitions from build-up to impact, is underway here, evaluating
0 8/16
2012
Maj. Paul Sieger and Capt. Michael Hefferly, 389th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle pilot and weapon system operator, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, conduct pre-flight checks on their F-15E Strike Eagle on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug 14. Sieger and Hefferly are preparing to fly to Fort Polk, La., to support Army units with close air support for exercise Green Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Moua)(RELEASED) The Eagles Strike
With the roaring arrival of 12 F-15E Strike Eagles of the 389th Fighter Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, their equipment and maintenance crew, exercise Green Flag East officially starts on Barksdale. The empty halls at the 548th Combat Training Squadron are now filled with the hustle and bustle of a unit about to deploy.Working
0 8/15
2012
Airmen from the 2nd Maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight look at technical orders for maintaining a TF33/P-103 turbofan engine on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 13. In the event an engine requires major maintenance, propulsion Airmen must arrange for the engine to be shipped to the Maintenance Depot at Tinker AFB, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Micaiah Anthony)(RELEASED) Engines: fix it or ship it
It takes eight jet engines capable of producing roughly 136,000 pounds of thrust to get a 92.5 ton B-52H Stratofortress off the ground.To keep all eight engines running smoothly, Airmen from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight work day and night. "We service the engine the same way you would your car," said Staff Sgt. Raymond
0 8/15
2012
B-52H Stratofortress? sit on the flightline awaiting maintenance on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 9. The B-52H is one of many airframes potential aircrew can choose from during Undergraduate Pilot Training. With its ability to strike anywhere around the globe, the B-52H has stood the test of time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Moua)(RELEASED) Enlisted Airmen get their wings
Many Airmen join the Air Force with the intent to fly, but with the rigorous competitive process applicants go through, fewer still make the cut to be selected for these jobs. "I started out as a B-52 crew chief and spent four years working on the aircraft before commissioning through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and reaching my current
0 8/13
2012
Airmen from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support section distribute and receive equipment from Airmen who were working on the flightline on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 8. The 2 AMXS support section distributes, receives, inventories and inspects the equipment used to maintain the B-52H Stratofortress and is responsible for more than 21,000 tools valued at $15 million. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Gonsier)(RELEASED)
Supporting the flightline
Airmen from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support section give B-52H Stratofortress maintainers the tools they need to work on the flightline.The 2 AMXS support section distributes, receives, inspects and inventories tools and equipment used on the flightline in order to keep the B-52 mission ready."Airmen in support check tools in and out
0 8/09
2012
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