2ND OPERATIONS GROUP


MISSION: “Develop and provide combat-ready B-52 aircrew in support of nuclear deterrence and global operations SAFE…SECURE…EFFECTIVE…to support the President of the United States and Combatant Commanders.”

VISION: “American Airmen with special trust and responsibility for the most powerful weapons in our Nation’s arsenal…an elite, highly disciplined team.”

Priorities: Mission, Airmen, Pride



ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Commander in Chief Installation Excellence Certificate of Recognition
  • Brigadier General Castle Award/Fairchild Trophy
  • AFGSC Aviation Resource Management (ARM) Award
  • AFGSC General Jumper Award for Excellence in Integration Warfighting
  • AFGSC Chief of Safety Aircrew Distinction Award
(Current as of September 2018)


Related Articles

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    Airmen from the 96th Bomb Squadron conducted a funeral flyover in memory of retired Air Force Col. John V. (“Giovanni”) Corbisiero, during his internment July 31, 2020, at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Colo.
  • Keeping his feet on the ground to put planes in the sky

    The feeling of the rumble of the B-52H Stratofortress is a highlight for some maintainers who work tirelessly to keep them flying, but for one Airman, the excitement in the pit of his stomach was replaced by an inexplicable pain.
  • A legacy of wings

    Alone, with a few weeks’ worth of clothes and food packed into his 1991 Nissan Maxima, 16-year-old Nathan Cooper made the two-day drive from Nevada to Montana to enroll in flying lessons out of the local airport on the weekends. At the time, learning to fly was a passion he grew up with, but it hadn't yet dawned on him that this trip would end up being his start down the road of a family tradition.
  • Bombers project power from the Last Frontier, once again

    He who holds Alaska holds the world. U.S. Army General Billy Mitchell first uttered those words in his 1935 testimony to Congress. Considered by many to be one the founding fathers of the U.S. Air Force, the World War I pilot declared what military aviators in the far north now know to be true—Alaska’s strategic location is second to none.
  • B-52s demonstrate bilateral, joint force integration in Indo-Pacific

    Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers integrated with the Koku-Jieitai, or Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fighters and U.S. Navy E/A-18G Growlers over the Sea of Japan, June, 17.
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    U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers returned to the Indo-Pacific region June 14 to conduct bomber task force operations out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
  • AFE face-off with COVID by making masks

    As Barksdale’s health protection measures increased in response to COVID-19, face masks are now required to be worn inside the base exchange, commissary and other base facilities. With Airmen being restricted to shop only on base, the need for face masks has increased.
  • Preparing the future: 11th BS continues to train

    With the responsibility of training the next generation of warfighters, the 11th Bomb Squadron is entrusted with preparing new B-52H Stratofortress aircrew to face any and every adversary. So, it’s fitting that the 11th BS is continuing it’s training in the face of the current global pandemic, COVID-19.
  • Where every sortie begins and ends

    Barksdale is home to the more than 65-year-old backbone of the United States’ strategic bomber force, the B-52H Stratofortress. There are numerous components that all work together to ensure this aircraft can take flight at any given time, but one office in particular is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the B-52s have a safe place to land and take off. This office is the 2nd Operations Support Squadron airfield management office, who work day in and day out to provide the 2nd Bomb Wing with a reliable, capable and competent airfield environment.
  • NBA HOF’er Karl Malone visits Barksdale

    NBA Hall of Famer and Louisiana native, Karl Malone, toured Barksdale during a visit to the base Feb. 5-6, 2020. A two time NBA MVP, 14-time NBA all-star and second ranked all time point scorer, Malone spent time with Airmen, toured facilities and even took a ride in a B-52H Stratofortress.
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    Nearly 30 Airmen sit in a small auditorium, all wearing in green flight suits. Most of them are quiet, waiting for something to happen. They are surrounded by white walls, covered in pictures of aircraft, symbols of old military units and Honor Boards. Suddenly a loud voice yells “Room, tench hut!” and everyone stands as a new man in the same green flight suit walks in and tells everyone to sit down. “Welcome Class 20-1, welcome to the B-52,” announced Lt. Col. Richard Ruliffson, 11th Bomb Squadron commander.
  • Barksdale and Minot: Epitome of Interoperability

    Two B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale and two B-52s from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, teamed up for an exercise Nov. 21, 2019.
  • Air power from the tower

    A proficient and highly functional air traffic control tower is a cornerstone to the ever ready fleet of B-52H Stratofortresses here at Barksdale, but the cornerstone of the air traffic control tower is the cohesion of the Airmen who work atop the tower.
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    Airmen with the 2nd Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment flight line section work around the clock to revise, equip and maintain modules designed to bring aircrew back home in case of survival situation. Survival modules are a self-sustaining lifeline designed provide the aircrew with 72-hours of supplies and tools needed to survive in any environment around the globe until the members are rescued.
  • Love of flying: a rare reunion for pilot couple

    The Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air and Space Show, brought together over 80,000 families and spectators from the Ark-La-Tex region May 18 and 19, 2019 to witness a full weekend of military and civilian aircraft performances and displays. For one Air Force family, a trip to the air show held more significance than just a weekend of entertainment.
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    Airmen from the 96th Bomb Squadron and the 2nd Maintenance Squadron returned after a six-month deployment to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence.
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    Bombers, fighters and refuelers filled the flight line as they seek refuge from force of nature named Hurricane Florence. After the all-clear from their home bases, they departed just as organized as they arrived.
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