Air Force Global Strike Command, Malmstrom Air Force Base- Decorated U.S. Army Ranger Howard 'Mad Max' Mullen MSGT ret. arrived here Tuesday evening. The temperatures had dropped into the thirties, wind was coming out of the north at 5-10 mph... there was a mix of clouds overhead keeping from Max the true 'big sky' night time effect that this state has to offer.
What an amazing trip so far on the American 300 "Never quit series the Ranger Perspective Tour" along with my good friend and founder of the American 300 Warrior Tours Robi Powers. This has been a none stop journey, better yet a whirl wind tour and at times felt as if I was conducting extended combat operations with little sleep.
We are guests of Air Force Global Strike Command. The first leg of the trip took us to Barksdale AFB, in Shreveport LA, home of USAFGSC and 2nd Bomb Wing along with the Stratofortrous Bomber. As we arrived on post the first thing that caught my eyes were the B-52‘s... parked on the tarmac and flying overhead. My mind drifted back to when I was a kid growing up, watching the old black and white movie: "Doctor Strange Glove" starring; James Earl Jones, George C. Scott, Peter O' Tool, and Sam Pikins. It was a classic Cold War Era film and I fondly recalled the scene where the nuke was caught in the bomb bay door and Sam Pickins straddle it in an attempt to release it, eventually riding it down to earth like a cowboy in true glory.
On a serious note, looking at the bombers I wondered how many of those air frames flew missions over North Vietnam during the massive bombing campaign over Hanoi titled "Operation Linebacker I & II".
After dropping of our bags in the room we wasted little time moving out to meet the Airman. Our first stop was a visit with the Air Force Security Force who have the responsibility of providing base security of the bombers, installation, and gate access.
We were met at there brand new Security Force Headquarters where we we giving a tour of their brand new state-of-art Armory. The armory was one of the best maintained and organized armores I have seen on a military installation. As I spoke to the young Airman I could see he took a lot of pride in his work and he gave us a detailed and very professional briefing.
The next stop was with the Air Force Special Response Team (SRT). I shared with them my experience as I spoke on leadership, team work the the awesome responsibility of the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO). We covered combative’s and had a little fun going over some techniques.
We visited the Guard Post, rode patrol, and participated in a demonstration
exercise, where we role played being searched. I can say that what caught my eye during this trip was the youth if these Airman and the tremendous responsibility placed upon their shoulders. Highly professional, courteous and respectful. There is so much more I could say about these fine Air Force young men and woman I met, so stay tuned.. there will be so much more to follow... like how you can drive 8.5 hours through northern Montana , spend 11.5 hours away from Malmstrom AFB... to visit the outstanding young men and women of today’s Air Force Global Strike Command Missile Alert Facilities.
This is Mad Max signing off for now.