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Nov. 20, 2018

Strengthening community ties through innovation

“Innovation is the hallmark of the United States Air Force,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, during a 2017 Air Force Association conference. “From time to time it is important to refresh our science and technology strategy, to step back from the programs and problems of today and project 10 or 20 years into the future.” In May 2018, the 2nd Bomb Wing hosted a Spark Tank event, developed to provide Airmen a platform to share their potentially ground-breaking ideas that they have developed in hopes of receiving funding for their concepts and supporting the same values Wilson explained.

Nov. 16, 2018

Air Force family: Taking care of Tyndall, displaced Airmen

On Oct. 10, 2018 , Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle with racing winds and powerful rain causing damage to homes, businesses and other structures. During its duration, this category four storm directly impacted Tyndall Air Force Base, destroying parts of the base, displacing Airmen and their families. Through the recovery process, Barksdale was able to play a few different roles in the relief and rebuilding efforts.

Nov. 14, 2018

COMMENTARY: Thanksgiving

As we enter upon the Thanksgiving season many of us are heading to the grocery stores, planning our meals and dishes, and gearing up to deal with family members we may or may not like.

Nov. 13, 2018

Former Chief’s legacy lives on with street naming

Barksdale honored a man who served over 50 years of combined active duty and Department of Defense civil service by dedicating a street to him. Al Benner Street, which now runs between two Fabrication Flight buildings, was renamed after retired Chief Master Sgt. Alvin Benner, during a ceremony on November 7, 2018.

Nov. 9, 2018

COMMENTARY: Containing the Cactus

The cactus inside of my brain twists and tangles my thoughts as the spikes rip through my skin and contaminate my mind. The cactus is my anxiety.

Nov. 8, 2018

One piece of the maintenance puzzle: the crucial role of E & E

When the B-52 Stratofortress flies, it reaches well over 10,000 feet, soaring through an atmosphere with diminished oxygen levels and deadly atmospheric conditions.

Nov. 8, 2018

COMMENTARY: Native American heritage month

Chief Seattle of the native Suquamish and Duwamish people once said, “All things share the same breath. The beast, the tree, the man. The air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.”

Oct. 31, 2018

You’re not alone: Part two

He was charming and funny. She was an outgoing new Airman who had just arrived at her first duty station. Their friendship grew into something more romantic. Her friends warned her of him right off the bat, but she saw a side to him no one else did. He made her feel loved. It all seemed bearable to her until one day, it wasn’t.

Oct. 31, 2018

COMMENTARY: Take care of yourself

My college roommate once said something like, “You can’t please everybody, so you have to take care of yourself.”

Oct. 30, 2018

Tales of terrible tails

Over the years, the B-52 Stratofortress has endured damage from many different types of threats. Things like hostile fire, foreign object debris, and more. But none stand up to the terrible…ferocious…small…gremlins.