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Aug. 21, 2012

Protecting the flightline and its resources

Security forces personnel are posted throughout Air Force base's to ensure the safety and well being of all personnel, their families and base assets 24/7.Airmen from the 2nd Security Forces Squadron here are also vigilant in patrolling and monitoring the flightline, ensuring the restricted area is secure at all times."Our patrols on the flightline

Aug. 16, 2012

MX shines during Combat Hammer

The flightline teems with activity as load crews carefully transport weapons from trailers to aircraft, playing their part in an exercise meant to improve the effectiveness of guided munitions carried by the B-52H Stratofortress.Exercise Combat Hammer, following the lifespan of guided munitions from build-up to impact, is underway here, evaluating

Aug. 15, 2012

The Eagles Strike

With the roaring arrival of 12 F-15E Strike Eagles of the 389th Fighter Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, their equipment and maintenance crew, exercise Green Flag East officially starts on Barksdale. The empty halls at the 548th Combat Training Squadron are now filled with the hustle and bustle of a unit about to deploy.Working

Aug. 15, 2012

Engines: fix it or ship it

It takes eight jet engines capable of producing roughly 136,000 pounds of thrust to get a 92.5 ton B-52H Stratofortress off the ground.To keep all eight engines running smoothly, Airmen from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight work day and night. "We service the engine the same way you would your car," said Staff Sgt. Raymond

Aug. 13, 2012

Enlisted Airmen get their wings

Many Airmen join the Air Force with the intent to fly, but with the rigorous competitive process applicants go through, fewer still make the cut to be selected for these jobs. "I started out as a B-52 crew chief and spent four years working on the aircraft before commissioning through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and reaching my current

Aug. 9, 2012

Supporting the flightline

Airmen from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support section give B-52H Stratofortress maintainers the tools they need to work on the flightline.The 2 AMXS support section distributes, receives, inspects and inventories tools and equipment used on the flightline in order to keep the B-52 mission ready."Airmen in support check tools in and out

Aug. 9, 2012

No substitute for experience

Across the Air Force, aircraft maintenance and communications Airmen are expected to correct some of the most technically advanced issues faced in today's military. Although they attend in-depth technical training, sometimes experience really is the best teacher.Air Force Engineering and Technical Services is a program that employs several hundred

Aug. 6, 2012

The other pharmacy

In order to continue supporting the Barksdale mission, Airmen on the flightline and shops around base need certain materials to perform their jobs.The Hazardous Material Pharmacy, or Hazmart, stores, tracks and distributes chemicals and materials that may pose a health or environmental hazard."We track every chemical that comes on base, from

Aug. 1, 2012

Locked and loaded

Of the many specialties within the security forces career field, one section ensures our defenders are properly armed and equipped to protect Barksdale.Airmen from the 2nd Security Forces Squadron armory maintain accountability of all weapons issued to and used by 2 SFS personnel."We issue out all of the weapons carried by the officers on

Aug. 1, 2012

Support's the best!

For Airmen about to deploy there are many things they must do before boarding the aircraft that takes them into the wild blue yonder. Tasks such as weapons issue, medical appointments and a gas mask fitting are just a few of the items on an Airmen's pre-deployment checklist.The 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron mobility flight is responsible for