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Chief Master Sgt. Brian Hornback, Air Force Global Strike Command command chief, performs a pre-flight inspection with the assistance of Airmen from the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., March 7. Hornback got the opportunity to relive his junior enlisted days as a B-52H Stratofortress crew chief during a recent visit to the 2nd Bomb Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)

Chief Master Sgt. Brian Hornback, Air Force Global Strike Command command chief, performs a pre-flight inspection with the assistance of Airmen from the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., March 7. Hornback got the opportunity to relive his junior enlisted days as a B-52H Stratofortress crew chief during a recent visit to the 2nd Bomb Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)

Chief Master Sgt. Brian Hornback, Air Force Global Strike Command command chief, prepares to marshal a B-52H Stratofortress with Airmen from the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., March 7. Hornback got the opportunity to relive his junior enlisted days as a B-52 crew chief on a recent visit to the 2nd Bomb Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)

Chief Master Sgt. Brian Hornback, Air Force Global Strike Command command chief, prepares to marshal a B-52H Stratofortress with Airmen from the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., March 7. Hornback got the opportunity to relive his junior enlisted days as a B-52 crew chief on a recent visit to the 2nd Bomb Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Chief Master Sgt. Brian Hornback, Air Force Global Strike Command command chief, toured the 2nd Bomb Wing where he visited the different squadrons that make up the wing March 7.

Additionally the chief got to relive his days as a junior enlisted Airman and launch the 2nd BW's former command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Larry Malcom for his fini-flight.

"I got a chance to go back to my roots and launch a B-52H," said Hornback. "My boss [Lt. Gen. James Kowalski] is an old B-52 pilot and I am an old B-52 chief. He gets to come and fly and I wanted to try my old job again."

Even though the chief hasn't worked on the flightline for more than 20 years the 2nd BW gave the command chief a chance to work with today's crew chiefs.

"This was a great experience. It feels great to do something that I enjoyed," said Hornback. "The only thing that has changed since I was on the flightline is that the crew chiefs are smarter and better looking than I was at their age. Many of the Airmen who are working this plane have a degree which is more than I had when I came in."

Even after more than two decades the B-52 can still bring a sense of pride to those who have worked with it.

"This airplane is incredible," he said. "I started on it back in 1985 and the airplane I started on is actually assigned here at the Mighty Deuce now. Coming back to rub elbows with the Airmen doing the same thing I did is incredible. It makes this old chief a happy old chief."