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May 21, 2010

Profile of an award-winning First Sergeant

Master Sgt. Keisha Yarbrough is no stranger to helping others. Growing up in New Haven, Conn., in the 1970's, Sergeant Yarbrough volunteered after school and on weekends helping under privileged children at the local boys and girls club. She spent her time helping kids with their homework and being there to listen when they needed a friend.Fast

March 25, 2010

Airfield systems Airmen keep aircraft flying

Most know that maintenance on aircraft and its systems are vital to mission effectiveness and safety. However, there are airfield systems that are used to launch and land aircraft safely. Who maintains those systems?The 2d Communications Squadron's airfield systems maintenance technicians, maintain these airfield systems, which are used to keep

Sept. 5, 2008

Mr. and Mrs. staff sergeant

Ten years ago, a boy and a girl met at Eastwood High School in El Paso, Texas; today, the two are happily married with two children and stationed here. Senior Airman John Vega, 26, 11th Bomb Squadron intelligence, and Senior Airman Sonia Vega, 27, 2d Medical Squadron immunizations clinic technician, are those high school sweet hearts that met all

Sept. 22, 2007

Dental residents keep Barksdale Airmen healthy

Most people don't enjoy making a trip to the dentist. But when Barksdale Airmen take a trip to the 2d Dental Squadron, they could be helping four residents fill their requirements in several specialties. Capt. (Dr.) Marie Brancato, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Daniel Savett, Maj. (Dr.) Jill Cherry, and Lt. Col. (Dr.) Lori Everett are attending a year-long

May 29, 2007

Vehicle maintenance keeps base’s wheels turning

Overseeing and maintaining a vehicle fleet worth more than $45 million is no menial task, but for one flight here, it's business as usual. The 2d Logistics Readiness Squadron's vehicle management flight has 78 Airmen and civilians split up into three separate functions: the main shop, where technicians deal with specialized equipment, such as

May 14, 2007

2d Munitions Squadron: Airmen sending their best

In a squadron made up of more than 700 Airmen, sometimes it's hard to see where you fit in the big picture. The 2d Munitions squadron is one of the larger squadrons at Barksdale, and like any other squadron, it performs a vital part of the wing's mission. Its main mission is to receive, maintain and, when necessary, provide the firepower that makes

May 14, 2007

Extreme car wash

Every week many people spend an hour or more washing their car, shining the tires, cleaning the windows and vacuuming out trash. But what if your vehicle had a wingspan of 185 feet and was 159 feet long? It would take much longer - eight hours longer actually. Airmen from the 2d Maintenance Squadron and 2d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron take on this

March 1, 2007

Dirty Work: Fuel system repair

It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it. The B-52 uses a lot of fuel to fly its missions; the jet can carry 47,975 gallons. To carry this monstrous amount of fuel, it has a total of 12 fuel tanks, or cells, throughout the aircraft. The men and women who maintain these cells crawl in and out of the tanks almost daily and can attest to their job

Feb. 20, 2007

ARMS doing the legwork: 20th BS flight has excellence in all they do

Today's Air Force is consistently evolving and Airmen are constantly adapting and overcoming challenges they are asked to perform. The 20th Bomb Squadron's Aviation Resource Management office is no exception. Master Sgt. Clayton Miller, 20th BS, ARMS manager and senior enlisted manger for the squadron, along with Airman Kyle Robbins, 20th BS ARMS,

Aug. 9, 2006

Ripped Off: The Story of No. 61-023

It looks like any other B-52 sitting on Barksdale's parking apron but serial No. 61-023 has a past that is almost beyond belief. 42 years ago this jet was used for a flight test to examine the effects of turbulence at varying altitudes and airspeeds. The flight was supposed to be routine. However, it almost turned tragic after the jet lost almost