BARKSDALE AFB, LA (KSLA) - The 307th Bomb Wing welcomes Chief Master Sgt. Darren L. Demel as its command chief.
As command chief, he will advise wing commander Col. Robert VanHoy on matters influencing the health, morale, welfare and effective utilization of the wing’s reserve enlisted airmen.
“We are excited about having Chief Demel join the wing,” VanHoy said. “His practical experience and knowledge of the bomber mission will further the excellence that our Long Rangers lend to the total force.”
The Kansas native started his Air Force career as a B-52 Stratofortress crew chief. He now returns to the bomber community after serving as command chief of the 931st Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas.
As the sole bomb wing in the Air Force Reserve Command, the 307th Bomb Wing, along with its active associate partners, provides all B-52 Stratofortress formal training for the Air Force.
Additionally, with its active-duty counterparts, it provides combat-ready aircrew, maintenance and combat support personnel for nuclear and conventional global operational taskings.
It is the only unit in the Air Force operating both the B-52 and the B-1 Lancer simultaneously.