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Exercise tests Barksdale’s readiness

Senior Airman Timothy Pierce and Senior Airman Paul Donahue, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew members, load munitions on a B-52H Stratofortress during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 21, 2020.

Senior Airman Timothy Pierce and Senior Airman Paul Donahue, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew members, load munitions on a B-52H Stratofortress during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 21, 2020. The 2nd Bomb Wing conducts exercises to ensure the ability to present uncompromising combat capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

A 2nd Maintenance Groupcrew chief leads a B-52H Stratofortress as it is “cart started” during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 25, 2020.

A 2nd Maintenance Groupcrew chief leads a B-52H Stratofortress as it is “cart started” during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 25, 2020. Exercises of this sort ensure the 2nd Bomb Wing is able to provide the nation with winning combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

Barksdale Airmen run to a B-52H Stratofortress during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 25, 2020.

Barksdale Airmen run to a B-52H Stratofortress during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 25, 2020. Exercises of this sort ensure the 2nd Bomb Wing is able to provide the nation with winning combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

Senior Airman Devin Jodway, 2nd Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, poses for a photo during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 25, 2020.

Senior Airman Devin Jodway, 2nd Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, poses for a photo during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 25, 2020. Exercises of this sort ensure the 2nd Bomb Wing is able to provide the nation with winning combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lillian Miller)

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of a readiness exercise Sept. 25, 2020.

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of a readiness exercise Sept. 25, 2020. The 2nd Bomb Wing conducts exercises to ensure the ability to present uncompromising combat capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of a readiness exercise Sept. 25, 2020.

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of a readiness exercise Sept. 25, 2020. The 2nd Bomb Wing conducts exercises to ensure the ability to present uncompromising combat capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

B-52H Stratofortresses taxi to the flightline to takeoff during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 25, 2020.

B-52H Stratofortresses taxi to the flightline to takeoff during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 25, 2020. Exercises of this sort ensure the 2nd Bomb Wing is able to provide the nation with winning combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)

Airmen “cart start” a B-52H Stratofortress during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 25, 2020.

Airmen “cart start” a B-52H Stratofortress during a readiness exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 25, 2020. The 2nd Bomb Wing conducts exercises to ensure the ability to present uncompromising combat capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

Barksdale executed an exercise to test the readiness of all sides of the 2nd Bomb Wing, Sept. 21 to 25, 2020.

 

Exercises of this sort ensure the 2nd BW is able to provide the nation with winning combat power.

“This recent event is about being prepared to meet the wing’s mission requirements, training and practice,” said Joshua Cormier, 2nd BW inspector general wing exercises director. “Similar to exercising your muscles, exercising the wing and tenant units strengthens the readiness of the force.”

This exercise showed the capabilities of the 2nd BW. From medical to maintenance, all aspects of Barksdale were tested.

“We really hit the mark with driving home our mission statement, ‘We provide the nation with winning combat power,’” Cormier said. “‘Through conventional and nuclear global strike, through worldwide deployable Airmen, through a resilient and flourishing community, we are resilient, ready and responsive! We are Libertatem Defendimus… the defenders of liberty!’”