Top Military Advisors Visit Barksdale Air Force Base [Audio][Photos]
Barksdale Air Force Base got a visit from a Joint Chiefs of Staff Senior Enlisted Advisor and a Strategic Command Senior Enlisted Leader this week.
Sgt. Major Bryan Battaglia and Sgt. Major Patrick Alston took a tour of Overton Brooks Veterans Administration Medical Center in Shreveport, and talked with Airmen during the Striker Stripe professional development seminar on base.
That's a forum designed for leaders within the junior non-commissioned officer ranks throughout the Air Force Global Strike Command.
The SEAC's interacted with leaders, warriors, veterans, military families and the Shreveport-Bossier community. They're making such visits all across the country.
Air Force Global Strike Command Master Sgt. Brian Hornback told me the visits were part of the 2007 event, and are meant to help continue the highest standards of professionalism in the Air Force.
"From a Washington perspective, when you look at all the reports and surveys that went into the 2007 event, we're meeting those checklist items, if you will, of restoring a culture and continuing to strengthen the nuclear enterprise within the United States Air Force."
Sgt. Hornback says Barksdale got "high praise" from the advisors on the community support they receive from Shreveport-Bossier.
Barksdale has the nuclear deterrence mission as well as global strike operations that not only include the B-52 bombers, but other weapons systems throughout the Air Force.
However, Barksdale's B-52s provide the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command a huge variety of options, according to Hornback.
"We provide Airmen executing those missions everyday, and Centcom in Central Command and also in the Pacific Command and the European Command. On average every rotation across air force global strike we put roughly, 900 to 1,300 people out in those missions for geographic combatant commanders, and Barksdale's a big player in that, " he said.