By Airman 1st Class Lillian Miller
2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
It’s that time of year when Santa needs to don his notorious red hat as he prepares to fly world wide. Just as Santa needs his hat, the pilots need their helmets.
The 2nd Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment will stay in the local area and work through the holidays to ensure that they complete their role in the mission.
“I can’t do my job without AFE,” said Capt. Matt Guasco, 340th Weapons Squadron director of operations and B-52 pilot. “We, as aviators for the B-52, are the endgame of the bigger mission and we wouldn’t be able to complete the mission without them.”
AFE manage and maintain the equipment of over 300 air crew members. AFE engages with multiple agencies base wide, for example, they inspect gas masks from the 2nd Civil Engineering Squadron fire department.
“I have met a ton of people in my career,” said Airman 1st Class Matt Harris, 2nd OSS AFE apprentice. “It’s so cool because everyone has their own story.”
All members of Team Barksdale have their own story and their own way to celebrate the holidays, whether they are with their families or their Air Force family.
“This is my first Christmas in the Air Force and in Louisiana,” said Airman 1st Class Jack Tisdale, 2nd OSS AFE apprentice. “I feel like I am part of the family and I look forward to the holidays in Barksdale.”