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  • PT test pushed to July, more updates forthcoming

    When assessments resume, the three-component fitness test (1.5-mile run, 1 minute of push-ups and sit-ups) will be reset with scores calculated on a new three-component scoring table. In addition, work is underway to separate scoring into five-year age groups as opposed to the previous 10 – for example, age groups will start at <25, 25-29 years old, 30-34, years old, etc.
  • Department of the Air Force moves Physical Fitness Assessments to April 2021, removes waist measurement from composite score permanently

    To ensure social distancing practices remain in place during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to give Airmen and Space Professionals time to prepare, testing was delayed from October to January and is now further delayed to April.
  • B-52 Schoolhouse pushes through pandemic

    B-52 Stratofortress Formal Training Unit Class 20-02 graduated during a ceremony here Dec. 4, the final class to graduate this year.The 93rd Bomb Squadron and 11th BS administer the formal training program and continue to supply the Air Force with a timely and steady stream of new B-52 aircrew, despite the on-going COVID 19 pandemic.“The pandemic
  • The Next Big Thing? Barksdale Training Next edges toward the future

    Maj. Mark Budgeon developed Barksdale Training Next as a comprehensive training system to help individualize instruction for B-52 students while helping instructors improve training through data gathering and analysis.
  • Revolutionizing Aircrew training through virtual reality

    A new virtual reality trainer is one step closer to potentially transforming the way B-52 Stratofortress student pilots train for combat. The Virtual Reality Procedures Trainer, released during a milestone demonstration of its capabilities July 7 at StrikeWerx in Bossier City, Louisiana, may even change the entire Air Force bomber community’s approach to training.
  • Force Support Squadrons amplify Team Barksdale

    Collaboration between the 2nd and 307th Force Support Squadron has created new opportunities for active-duty and Reserve Citizen Airmen here.
  • Laser Guided Bombs back in the belly of the B-52

    Reserve Citizen Airmen and active-duty Airmen teamed up to test Laser-Guided Bomb Units on the Conventional Rotary Launcher. It is the first step in trying to use the munitions from the bomb bay of the jet. It has been a decade since they were last employed in this manner.
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