After passing his 1000 flying-hour milestone in the B-2, Lt. Col. Ryan Bailey, 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, stands proudly with members of the 131 Maintenance Group at Whiteman Air Force Base, August 23, 2014. “Today’s flight is about the superb maintenance Airmen in the 131st and 509th Bomb Wings,” Bailey said. “It’s really a 100,000-hour flight because it takes well over 100 hours of great maintenance for every flight hour.” Pictured l to r: Sr. Airman Robert Hawkins III, Sr. Airman Christopher Frye, Lt. Col. Ryan Bailey, Airman 1st Class Ethan Davis, Sr. Airman Jesse Moore, Airman 1st Class Colter Laucks and Master Sgt. Craig Kuzara. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany Cannon/ RELEASED)

Missouri Air National Guard pilot reaches 1000 flying-hour milestone in B-2 stealth bomber

B-2 Spirit pilot Lt. Col. Ryan Bailey
B-2 Spirit pilot Lt. Col. Ryan Bailey, 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, shows the certificate of achievement recognizing his 1000 flying-hour milestone at the end of a B-2 training mission at Whiteman Air Force Base, August 23, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany Cannon/ RELEASED)

By Tech. Sgt. Traci Payne,

131st Bomb Wing Public Affairs

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – The landing gear touched down and the aircraft skimmed down the runway just as it had many times before. This time, though, a routine flying mission became a major achievement for the 131st Bomb Wing as well as a career milestone for Lt. Col. Ryan “Poacher” Bailey, a Missouri Air National Guardsman who surpassed 1,000 flying-hours in the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber here Saturday.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Wesley Martinez, 509th Maintenance Squadron egress technician, removes screws from mission commander hatch at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 12, 2014. The hatches must be removed for inspections on the ACES II ejection seats to ensure serviceability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released)

Providing a second chance with a turn of a wrench

Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry
509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — The 509th and 131st Maintenance Squadron egress shop works hand-in-hand, maintaining each B-2’s egress system to ensure they function properly for pilot safety.

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Blake, 509th Maintenance Squadron egress systems supervisor, performs environmental sensor test at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 5, 2014. The environmental sensor is used to accurately read aircraft airspeeds and altitudes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry/Released)

“We swap out the emergency equipment, maintain all explosive time changes and ensure there are no defects on the ejection seats,” said Staff Sgt. Paul Blake, 509th MXS egress system supervisor. “If there is a crack or damage, we pull the seats and repair them. It’s important for us to repair the seats because failure to pay attention to detail could result in the seat’s inability to function in the time of need.”

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Every Airman Has A Story

Every Airman Has A Story: A1C David Torres

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has said repeatedly that every Airman has a story to tell.

Airman 1st Class David Torres of Barksdale AFB, La., uses dance as an outlet. A prior background dancer for performers in New Orleans, Torres now works in the 2nd Maintenance Group as an aircraft analyst. He is quick to say that the Air Force has taught him a lot of lessons that dance couldn’t, but explains how dancing helps him express himself and relieve stress and that he has no plans of giving it up anytime soon.

 

341st MW LRS

341st Logistics Readiness Squadron

When entering the 341st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance shop, one may notice the buzz of pneumatic impact wrenches, the faint shadow of an Airman through mist while he pressure washes a mud-covered Humvee, or the all-to-familiar auto shop smell of oil and gas.

With nearly 600 vehicles in the wing fleet there isn’t a day where these Airmen don’t get a little grease under their fingernails.

On average, the vehicle maintenance shop works on about 12 to 28 vehicles per week, some having hundreds of thousands of miles on the odometer.

Despite the high miles and age of the vehicles, most are in decent condition and only come in for routine maintenance.

Barksdale Air Force Base hosts Civil Air Patrol summer encampment.

Barksdale Hosts Civil Air Patrol – Louisiana Wing

Every summer Barksdale Air Force Base hosts the Louisiana Wing of Civil Air Patrol, introducing the cadets to aspects of military life including basic military procedures, customs and courtesies, and drill. Various squadrons around Barksdale taught the cadets fundamental tools of their job. Check out what the cadets learned from squadrons like S.E.R.E. — Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape.