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Air Force Global Strike Command, activated Aug. 7, 2009, is a major command headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base. AFGSC is responsible for the nation’s three intercontinental ballistic missile wings, the Air Force’s entire bomber force, to include B-52, B-1 and B-2 wings, the Long Range Strike Bomber program, Air Force Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) systems, and operational and maintenance support to organizations within the nuclear enterprise. The command’s mission is to provide strategic deterrence, global strike and combat support.


Headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, Eighth Air Force is one of two active-duty numbered air forces in Air Force Global Strike Command. The mission of the “Mighty Eighth” is to safeguard America’s interests through strategic deterrence and global combat power. Its flexible, conventional and nuclear strategic mission gives Eighth Air Force the ability to deploy forces and engage enemy threats both from home station or forward positions, anywhere and at any time.


The 2nd Bomb Wing is the largest bomb wing in Air Force Global Strike Command and part of the historic Eighth Air Force. The history of the wing is nearly as old as American air power itself. Beginning in World War I, the unit was established by the American Expeditionary Forces as the first effort in aerial bombardment.

The mission of the 2nd Bomb Wing is to provide the United States with combat-ready airmen and B-52s for nuclear deterrence, global strike and combat support operations. The 2nd Bomb Wing conducts the primary mission of Barksdale Air Force Base with three squadrons of B-52H Stratofortress bombers — the 11th Bomb Squadron, which is the training squadron; the 20th Bomb Squadron; and the 96th Bomb Squadron. Together they ensure the 2nd Bomb Wing provides flexible, responsive, global combat capability, either autonomously or in concert with other forces. The wing trains all Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Force Reserve B-52 crews.


The 307th Bomb Wing operates the B-52H Stratofortress and employs approximately 1,400 Air Force Reserve personnel. The wing was reactivated at Barksdale on Jan. 1, 2011, with the 93rd and 343rd bomb squadrons. The wing is assigned 18 B-52H Stratofortress aircraft.

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