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2nd Bomb Wing wins Castle Award

By Airman 1st Class Lillian Combes 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs


The 2nd Bomb Wing was awarded the Brig. Gen. Frederick W. Castle Memorial Award March 30, 2018, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

The Castle Award is an annual trophy created in honor of Castle and the heroic acts he portrayed Dec. 24, 1944. Castle was the air commander and leader for more than 2,000 heavy bombers during a campaign against German airfields.

 “Our bombers and bomber Airmen impact the Globe,” said Chief Master Sgt. Teresa Clapper, 2nd Bomb Wing command chief. “We flew missions in almost every combatant command and our Airmen are deployed around the globe. While all that is happening our home station mission doesn’t stop.”

Barksdale Airmen take the wing’s mission of nuclear deterrence, combat power and combat support to global levels.

“I am very proud to serve with each of these professionals,” said Clapper. “Thank you for your commitment to service, the sacrifice of your families, and your dedication to mission accomplishment. You are World Class Airmen… Leading the Way!”

Barksdale Airmen work around the clock to maintain and ensure the B-52 Stratofortress is mission capable daily.

Barksdale Airmen provide support and work in partnership with Air Force Global Strike Command, 8th Air Force, 307th Reserve Bomb Wing and 32 other mission partners.

Castle’s legacy includes manning aircraft that came under attack by German fighters. With one engine out and two engines on fire, Castle ordered his crew to bailout, but he stayed at the controls to allow his crewmembers an opportunity to escape. After a final attack, his Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress plunged earthward, carrying Castle to his death. For his intrepidity and willing sacrifice Castle was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.