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Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron hone their skills on Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, April 11, 2018. The firefighters practice dousing a simulated aircraft fire in a realistic, but controlled environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

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Mr. William Avants, 307th Operations Support Squadron range operations officer, gives an update to Col. Robert VanHoy at Claiborne Range near Alexandria, Louisiana, March 12, 2018. Avants provided a group of Airman an extensive tour of the range’s operations and capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Guderyon, a traditional reservist with the 307th Maintenance Squadron, stands in front of one of the B-52 Stratofortress bombers at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, March 3, 2018 where he serves as a structural maintenance mechanic. During his civilian time, Guderyon, is also studying to gain his doctorate in Biology of Aging at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

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Members of the 307th Operations Support Squadron prepare for a water survival training class in Shreveport, Louisiana, May 2, 2018. The unit requires aircrew from the 307th Bomb Wing to complete a variety of activities that simulate a waterborne event. The routine refresher training also helps Airmen of the OSS test equipment that might be used in such an occurrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cody Burt)

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A member of the 307th Bomb Wing’s Development and Training Flight peers into the inside of a B-52H Stratofortress during a Center of Influence Tour on Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, March 3, 2018. The Development and Training Flight allows newly enlisted members the chance to learn about the Air Force and prepare for military life prior to going to basic military training. This tour also allowed students from Pineville High School and members of the 307th Development and Training Flight to learn more about the 307th Bomb Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

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Citizen Reserve Airman from the 307th Civil Engineering Squadron evaluate an improvised explosive device using video during a training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 10, 2018. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists deploy a remote controlled robot that sends real-time imagery to them from a safe distance. With that information, the best course of action can be determined. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sgt. Cody Burt/Released)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kapricia Reynolds, 307th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle equipment maintenance mechanic, takes aim at a target during weapons training at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Jan. 30, 2018. Airman from the 307th LRS qualified on the M4 Carbine as part of their standard military training. Members of the 307th Security Forces Squadron spent several days in January teaching weapons courses and monitoring the firing range for a variety of weapons qualification courses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

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Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 307th Bomb Wing apprehend Tech. Sgt. Starlight Lesher, 307th Security Forces Squadron craftsman, during an active-shooter exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Jan. 6, 2018. Lesher played the role of the shooter during the exercise. Such scenarios allow Airman to maintain skills in reducing or eliminating casualties in the unlikely event of a shooting on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cody Burt/Released)

Col. Courtney Hamilton, 307th Bomb Wing vice-commander, stands outside a T-38 Talon Feb. 14, 2018.  Hamilton made the transition to the bomber community after 18 years as an F-15 Eagle fighter pilot and a T-38 instructor pilot.  (courtesy photo)

Col. Courtney Hamilton, 307th Bomb Wing vice-commander, stands outside a T-38 Talon Feb. 14, 2018. Hamilton made the transition to the bomber community after 18 years as an F-15 Eagle fighter pilot and a T-38 instructor pilot. (courtesy photo)

A National Warplane Museum C-47 performs a flyby at the Niagara Falls International Airport before participating in a Heritage Flight on June 7, 2018, Niagara Falls, N.Y. The museum is a voluntary organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of World War II and Korean War era military aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)
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A National Warplane Museum C-47 performs a flyby at the Niagara Falls International Airport before participating in a Heritage Flight on June 7, 2018, Niagara Falls, N.Y. The museum is a voluntary organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of World War II and Korean War era military aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Anderson, vice commander of the 307th Bomb Wing, tries to avoid being sprayed with water by family and friends at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, June 1, 2018. Anderson had just completed his ‘fini flight’ which is a military aviator's last flight with his assigned unit or before retirement from the service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Maxwell Daigle/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Anderson, vice commander of the 307th Bomb Wing, tries to avoid being sprayed with water by family and friends at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, June 1, 2018. Anderson had just completed his ‘fini flight’ which is a military aviator's last flight with his assigned unit or before retirement from the service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Maxwell Daigle/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kyle Graff throws a pitch to a member of the 307th Maintenance Squadron munitions section during a squadron softball game on June 2, 2018, Barksdale AFB, La. The game pitted munitions against maintainers, with munitions winning 14-5. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kyle Graff throws a pitch to a member of the 307th Maintenance Squadron munitions section during a squadron softball game on June 2, 2018, Barksdale AFB, La. The game pitted munitions against maintainers, with munitions winning 14-5. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A U.S. Coast Guardsmen teaches Ashley Henning and Mario Chavez about the mission of Buffalo Sector of the USCG at Niagara Falls, New York, May, 31 2018.  Henning and Chavez, along with 28 other civilian leaders from the Greater Shreveport/Bossier City area, took part in a Civic Leader Tour hosted by the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York.  The tour allowed the leaders to learn more about Air Force and other military units outside Louisiana.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)
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A U.S. Coast Guardsmen teaches Ashley Henning and Mario Chavez about the mission of Buffalo Sector of the USCG at Niagara Falls, New York, May, 31 2018. Henning and Chavez, along with 28 other civilian leaders from the Greater Shreveport/Bossier City area, took part in a Civic Leader Tour hosted by the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York. The tour allowed the leaders to learn more about Air Force and other military units outside Louisiana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

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A runner celebrates as he finishes the 5K Color Blast at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, April 28, 2018. The race was part of the 307th Bomb Wing’s annual Family Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Maxwell Daigle/Released)

A B-52 Stratofortress heads to the runway prior for an early morning sortie Sept. 19, 2018 at RAF Fairford, England.  Four Air Force Reserve units and one active duty unit came together to launch multiple sorties from the base for Ample Strike 18 and as part of the Bomber Task Force rotation in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)
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A B-52 Stratofortress heads to the runway prior for an early morning sortie Sept. 19, 2018 at RAF Fairford, England. Four Air Force Reserve units and one active duty unit came together to launch multiple sorties from the base for Ample Strike 18 and as part of the Bomber Task Force rotation in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Dane McKenzie, 343rd Bomb Squadron electronic warfare officer, is all smiles after arriving at Fairford, England, Sept. 5, 2018.  McKenzie overcame a variety of obstacles in his civilian and military life to achieve his dream of flying with the Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Dane McKenzie, 343rd Bomb Squadron electronic warfare officer, is all smiles after arriving at Fairford, England, Sept. 5, 2018. McKenzie overcame a variety of obstacles in his civilian and military life to achieve his dream of flying with the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

Mrs. Susan d’Olive talks with U.S. Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Bryan Bailey, 93rd Bomb Squadron commander, prior to a flight on a B-52H Stratofortress, Sept. 21, 2018 at  Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Mozena’s father, Lt. Charles d’Olive, was a pilot assigned to the 93rd Pursuit Squadron in France during World War I and was the last ace of that conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele)
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Mrs. Susan d’Olive talks with U.S. Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Bryan Bailey, 93rd Bomb Squadron commander, prior to a flight on a B-52H Stratofortress, Sept. 21, 2018 at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Mozena’s father, Lt. Charles d’Olive, was a pilot assigned to the 93rd Pursuit Squadron in France during World War I and was the last ace of that conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jasmine Williams, a munitions systems technicians assigned to the 343rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, catches a glimpse of a B-52 Stratofortress landing at RAF Fairford, England, Sept. 7, 2018.   She was on hand as part of Ample Strike 18 and the Bomber Task Force operating out of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jasmine Williams, a munitions systems technicians assigned to the 343rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, catches a glimpse of a B-52 Stratofortress landing at RAF Fairford, England, Sept. 7, 2018. She was on hand as part of Ample Strike 18 and the Bomber Task Force operating out of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress receives fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during an air-refueling mission off the coast of Norway, Sept. 15, 2018. The purpose of the flight was to conduct theater familiarization for aircrew members and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of our military forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Milano)
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A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress receives fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during an air-refueling mission off the coast of Norway, Sept. 15, 2018. The purpose of the flight was to conduct theater familiarization for aircrew members and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of our military forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Milano)

U.S. Air Force Reserve Col. Robert VanHoy, 307th Bomb Wing commander, visits a terminally ill child at the Children’s Center orphanage on Sept 13, 2018, Ostrava, Czech Republic. VanHoy is in Ostrava to support the NATO Days air show, and as with years past, members of the 307th BW have always made time to visit the center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele)
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U.S. Air Force Reserve Col. Robert VanHoy, 307th Bomb Wing commander, visits a terminally ill child at the Children’s Center orphanage on Sept 13, 2018, Ostrava, Czech Republic. VanHoy is in Ostrava to support the NATO Days air show, and as with years past, members of the 307th BW have always made time to visit the center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele)

An Air Force Reserve Command B-52H Stratofortress displays the flag of the Czech Republic as it arrives at the Ostrava Airport on Sept. 13, 2018. The aircraft is assigned the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La., and is supporting the NATO Days airshow on Sept. 15-16, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele)
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An Air Force Reserve Command B-52H Stratofortress displays the flag of the Czech Republic as it arrives at the Ostrava Airport on Sept. 13, 2018. The aircraft is assigned the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La., and is supporting the NATO Days airshow on Sept. 15-16, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele)

The drage chute of a B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base awaits collection at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 5, 2018.   The jet is in the U.K. in support of AMPLE STRIKE 18, a Czech-led exercise involving 19 NATO allies and partners.  The exercise is designed to test interoperability with Joint Terminal Air Controllers from multiple countries. Citizen Reserve Airmen and their active-duty counterparts from multiple units are working together at RAF Fairford to support bomber operations during the exercise.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/not released)
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The drage chute of a B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base awaits collection at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 5, 2018. The jet is in the U.K. in support of AMPLE STRIKE 18, a Czech-led exercise involving 19 NATO allies and partners. The exercise is designed to test interoperability with Joint Terminal Air Controllers from multiple countries. Citizen Reserve Airmen and their active-duty counterparts from multiple units are working together at RAF Fairford to support bomber operations during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/not released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Terence Lewis, a Metals Technology Specialist assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron, repairs a bolt thread on a B-52 Stratofortress engine starter Aug. 4, 2018 at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.  Airmen in the metal technology shop have the education and equipment to take precision measurements and create unique tools to strengthen and correct worn metal components on the jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Terence Lewis, a Metals Technology Specialist assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron, repairs a bolt thread on a B-52 Stratofortress engine starter Aug. 4, 2018 at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Airmen in the metal technology shop have the education and equipment to take precision measurements and create unique tools to strengthen and correct worn metal components on the jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware)

A B-52 Stratofortress with the 340th Weapons Squadron takes off over Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Dec. 11, 2018.  Members of the 340th WPS took part in the biannual Weapons School Integration exercise.  They were supported maintainers from the 307th Bomb Wing and 2nd BW from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.  The maintainers regularly leverage experience and manpower in the total force integration model.   The WSINT provided war time scenarios to enhance maintainer and air crew readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)
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A B-52 Stratofortress with the 340th Weapons Squadron takes off over Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Dec. 11, 2018. Members of the 340th WPS took part in the biannual Weapons School Integration exercise. They were supported maintainers from the 307th Bomb Wing and 2nd BW from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The maintainers regularly leverage experience and manpower in the total force integration model. The WSINT provided war time scenarios to enhance maintainer and air crew readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dwayne Slack, 307th Maintenance Group deputy commander, hugs his wife, Cathi, after completing a flight aboard a B-52 Stratofortress at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Jan. 24, 2018.  Slack has served as a Reserve Citizen Airman for more than 30 years, originally enlisting in 1988. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dwayne Slack, 307th Maintenance Group deputy commander, hugs his wife, Cathi, after completing a flight aboard a B-52 Stratofortress at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Jan. 24, 2018. Slack has served as a Reserve Citizen Airman for more than 30 years, originally enlisting in 1988. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

David Miller smiles as he gives a speech after being presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Award at Nacogdoches, Texas, Oct. 13, 2018. This presentation came 50 years after he earned the award for his actions during a tour in the Vietnam War. During his time there, he intercepted enemy radio communications that saved countless American lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cody Burt/Released)
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David Miller smiles as he gives a speech after being presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Award at Nacogdoches, Texas, Oct. 13, 2018. This presentation came 50 years after he earned the award for his actions during a tour in the Vietnam War. During his time there, he intercepted enemy radio communications that saved countless American lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cody Burt/Released)

Christopher Steinsholt, 307th Maintenance Group honorary commander, and his son, Benjamin, watch a B-52 Stratofortress take off from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Oct. 13, 2018.  The two were enjoying a B-52 static tour when they spied another jet leaving on a routine training mission.  Earlier in the day, Christopher Steinsholt was inducted as the 307th MXG honorary commander.  He is a former B-52 crew chief with 10 years of service in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware)
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Christopher Steinsholt, 307th Maintenance Group honorary commander, and his son, Benjamin, watch a B-52 Stratofortress take off from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Oct. 13, 2018. The two were enjoying a B-52 static tour when they spied another jet leaving on a routine training mission. Earlier in the day, Christopher Steinsholt was inducted as the 307th MXG honorary commander. He is a former B-52 crew chief with 10 years of service in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware)

Two local civic leaders from the Shreveport-Bossier City area celebrate on the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Oct. 9, 2018.  They were part of a group learning more about the Air Force mission in the community.  All leaders toured a B-52 Stratofortress and had the opportunity to speak with active-duty and Reserve Citizen Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)
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Two local civic leaders from the Shreveport-Bossier City area celebrate on the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Oct. 9, 2018. They were part of a group learning more about the Air Force mission in the community. All leaders toured a B-52 Stratofortress and had the opportunity to speak with active-duty and Reserve Citizen Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joanna Mitchell, 307th Operations Support Squadron commander, stands at attention during a change of command ceremony for the unit at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Nov. 3, 2018.  Mitchell has more than 2300 flight hours, including 273 combat hours. She holds two three degrees and is a graduate of the Air War College. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cody Burt)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joanna Mitchell, 307th Operations Support Squadron commander, stands at attention during a change of command ceremony for the unit at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Nov. 3, 2018. Mitchell has more than 2300 flight hours, including 273 combat hours. She holds two three degrees and is a graduate of the Air War College. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cody Burt)

U.S. Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Shawn Werchan is interviewed by local media at the General Zdenek Skarvada elementary school on Sept. 12, 2018, Ostrava, Czech Republic. Werchan is a B-52H Stratofortress pilot assigned to the Air Force Reserve 307th Bomb Wing and is in Ostrava to support the NATO Days airshow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele)
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U.S. Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Shawn Werchan is interviewed by local media at the General Zdenek Skarvada elementary school on Sept. 12, 2018, Ostrava, Czech Republic. Werchan is a B-52H Stratofortress pilot assigned to the Air Force Reserve 307th Bomb Wing and is in Ostrava to support the NATO Days airshow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Terence Lewis, a Metals Technology Specialist assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron, demonstrates the capability of an OMAX 55100 JetMachining Center at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 4, 2018.  The water jet is one of several precision machines that allow Airmen to take a repair or fabrication project from start to finish with regard to design and assembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Terence Lewis, a Metals Technology Specialist assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron, demonstrates the capability of an OMAX 55100 JetMachining Center at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Aug. 4, 2018. The water jet is one of several precision machines that allow Airmen to take a repair or fabrication project from start to finish with regard to design and assembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware)

Demel takes over as 307th BW command chief
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Chief Master Sgt. Darren Demel took over as 307th Bomb Wing command chief during the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Max Daigle)

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