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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kevin Khanthavongsay, 489th Maintenance Squadron B-1B Lancer crew chief, communicates with B-1 pilots at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 22, 2016. The 489th MXS Airmen maintained 100 percent of their sorties with no maintenance issues for 13 straight months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kedesha Pennant)

489th MXS make perfection the norm
Do you know what it means to be 100% mission capable? If not, you sure could learn a thing or two from the 489th Maintenance Squadron, the B-1B Lancer’s first and only Air Force Reserve unit. The recently reactivated unit has maintained 100 percent of their sorties due to no maintenance issues for 13 straight months. The 489th Bomb Group, which
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2016
U.S. Air Force Col. Denis Heinz, 489th Bomb Group commander flies a B-1B Lancer, March 19, 2016, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The 489th Bomb Group, an Air Force Reserve unit, has been active for five months and has completed all of their scheduled sorties and missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shannon Hall/Released) 489th Bomb Group: Where are they now?
After being inactive for 70 years, the 489th Bomb Group was re-activated Oct. 17, 2015. The 489th BG is the first and only B-1B Lancer Air Force Reserve unit.The 489th BG's mission is to forge unrivaled total force warriors, providing full-spectrum expeditionary support and lethal B-1 combat capability, with a vision of executing innovative
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2016
U.S. Air Force Reserve Col. Denis Heinz, commander of the 489th Bomb Group, presents the 345th Bomb Squadron’s guidon to Lt. Col. Brian McClanahan on Oct. 17, 2015 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. McClanahan assumes command of the 345th Bomb Squadron, the only B-1 bomber unit in the Air Force Reserve. The 345th Bomb Squadron is assigned to the 489th Bomb Group which falls under the 307th Bomb Wing. The 307th Bomb Wing is the only dual bomber mission wing in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Laura Siebert/Released) 489th Bomb Group reactivates after 70 years
Bail out!  Bail out!  Bail out!   This is what Lieutenant Colonel Leon Vance, a 489th Bombardment Group crewmember, screamed from the cockpit of the B-24 bomber to his crewmembers.  His partially amputated foot had become wedged behind the pilots’ seat when the plane was hit with flak while leading a successful bomb run over Wimereaux, France.  The
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2015
Maj. Maury Kent, 917th Wing Operations Support Flight, wing weapons officer, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., poses in front of a B-52 Stratofortress on the ramp with his wife Cheryl at Barksdale AFB, Dec. 6, 2008. Maj. Kent recently made a move from the 93rd Bomb Squadron to the 47th Fighter Squadron. After training on the A-10 Thunderbolt, Maj. Kent will return the here as a fighter pilot for the 47th FS. (Courtesy photo) Wrong number, Major changes
Sidetracked by a wrong number and subsequent job offer, the lifelong dream of flying the A-10 Thunderbolt is finally back on track for Maj. Maury Kent, 917th Wing Operations Support Flight, wing weapons officer. Maury Kent was actually trying to call the 47th Fighter Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., looking for a job in 1999, when he got
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2009
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