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307th Bomb Wing hosts reunion

Poster Celebrating the 307th Bomb Wing's 75th Anniversary and reunion.

Poster Celebrating the 307th Bomb Wing's 75th Anniversary and reunion.

A group of 307th Bomb Wing Alumni tour the Red River in Shreveport, La. March 30, 2017 during a reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Wing. The reunion included alumni from wars such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Cold War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

A group of 307th Bomb Wing Alumni tour the Red River in Shreveport, La. March 30, 2017 during a reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Wing. The reunion included alumni from wars such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Cold War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Earl McGuire, 307th Bombardment Group veteran, looks at storage tanks used for brewing beer at the Red River Brewing Co., Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. The 307th Bomb Wing celebrated their 75th Anniversary by taking alumni on a tour of Shreveport and Bossier City, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

Earl McGuire, 307th Bombardment Group veteran, looks at storage tanks used for brewing beer at the Red River Brewing Co., Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. The 307th Bomb Wing celebrated their 75th Anniversary by taking alumni on a tour of Shreveport and Bossier City, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

Jared Belville (left), Red River Brewing Co. managing partner, and John Roach (right), Korean War 307th Bombardment Group veteran, shakes hands during a tour of the Red River Brewing Co. in Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. The 307th Bomb Wing celebrated their 75th Anniversary by taking alumni on a tour of Shreveport and Bossier City La, and hosting a gala to honor its bomber heritage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

Jared Belville (left), Red River Brewing Co. managing partner, and John Roach (right), Korean War 307th Bombardment Group veteran, shakes hands during a tour of the Red River Brewing Co. in Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. The 307th Bomb Wing celebrated their 75th Anniversary by taking alumni on a tour of Shreveport and Bossier City La, and hosting a gala to honor its bomber heritage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

Jared Belville, Red River Brewing Co. managing partner, takes alumni of the 307th Bomb Wing on a tour of the Red River Brewing Co. in Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. The 307th Bomb Wing celebrated their 75th Anniversary with a reunion that included alumni from wars such as World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

Jared Belville, Red River Brewing Co. managing partner, takes alumni of the 307th Bomb Wing on a tour of the Red River Brewing Co. in Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. The 307th Bomb Wing celebrated their 75th Anniversary with a reunion that included alumni from wars such as World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

A 307th Bomb Wing veteran, looks at storage tanks used for brewing beer at the Red River Brewing Co. Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. The 307th Bomb Wing was originally under Strategic Air Command in 1954 at Lincoln Air Force Base, Nebraska. While at Lincoln, the 307th functioned as a Combat Ready Unit, conducting combat training missions and maintaining an alert force commitment, both at Lincoln and overseas bases, until its deactivation on March 25, 1965. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

A 307th Bomb Wing veteran, looks at storage tanks used for brewing beer at the Red River Brewing Co. Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. The 307th Bomb Wing was originally under Strategic Air Command in 1954 at Lincoln Air Force Base, Nebraska. While at Lincoln, the 307th functioned as a Combat Ready Unit, conducting combat training missions and maintaining an alert force commitment, both at Lincoln and overseas bases, until its deactivation on March 25, 1965. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

Dale Stickrath, World War II 307th Bombardment Group veteran, trades stories with another veteran at the Red River Brewing Co. Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. In 1942, 27 B-24 Liberators from the 307th Bombardment Group took part in one of the longest mass-raids of that era which earned them the name “The Long Rangers.” The now, 307th Bomb Wing celebrated their 75th Anniversary with alumni from wars such as World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

Dale Stickrath, World War II 307th Bombardment Group veteran, trades stories with another veteran at the Red River Brewing Co. Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. In 1942, 27 B-24 Liberators from the 307th Bombardment Group took part in one of the longest mass-raids of that era which earned them the name “The Long Rangers.” The now, 307th Bomb Wing celebrated their 75th Anniversary with alumni from wars such as World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

A 307th Bomb Wing alumni signs a book on the history of the 307th Bombardment Group during a reunion icebreaker event at the Shreveport Convention Center, Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. The 307th BW hosted a reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the unit and included alumni from wars such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Cold War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

A 307th Bomb Wing alumni signs a book on the history of the 307th Bombardment Group during a reunion icebreaker event at the Shreveport Convention Center, Shreveport, La., March 30, 2017. The 307th BW hosted a reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the unit and included alumni from wars such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Cold War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Current and former members of the 307th Bomb Wing toured the 2nd Bomb Wing’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. March 31, 2017. The 307th BW hosted a reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the unit and included alumni from wars such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Cold War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Current and former members of the 307th Bomb Wing toured the 2nd Bomb Wing’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. March 31, 2017. The 307th BW hosted a reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the unit and included alumni from wars such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Cold War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Airmen assigned to 2nd Bomb Wing Security Forces Squadron’s Military Working Dogs gave a demonstration of the dog’s abilities to alumni of the 307th BW during a base tour on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. March 31, 2017. The 307th BW hosted a reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the unit and included alumni from wars such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Cold War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)
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Airmen assigned to 2nd Bomb Wing Security Forces Squadron’s Military Working Dogs gave a demonstration of the dog’s abilities to alumni of the 307th BW during a base tour on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. March 31, 2017. The 307th BW hosted a reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the unit and included alumni from wars such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Cold War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Lt. Col. William Groves, assigned to the 93rd Bomb Squadron, 307th Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., tells a group of 307th BW alumni about the B-52 Stratofortress during a base tour on Barksdale AFB, March 31, 2017. The alumni were invited to the base for a tour during a reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)
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Lt. Col. William Groves, assigned to the 93rd Bomb Squadron, 307th Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., tells a group of 307th BW alumni about the B-52 Stratofortress during a base tour on Barksdale AFB, March 31, 2017. The alumni were invited to the base for a tour during a reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Bob Taylor, a 307th Bomb Wing alumni, views the interior of a wheel well on a B-52 Stratofortress during a base tour on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. March 31, 2017. The base tour was part of a 307th BW hosted reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the unit and included alumni from wars such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Cold War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)
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Bob Taylor, a 307th Bomb Wing alumni, views the interior of a wheel well on a B-52 Stratofortress during a base tour on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. March 31, 2017. The base tour was part of a 307th BW hosted reunion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the unit and included alumni from wars such as World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Cold War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- The 307th Bomb Wing hosted a reunion March 30 - April 1 celebrating its 75th anniversary of the wing.

More than 80 alumni and family attended the three-day reunion, including eight of the 42 remaining 307th World War II veterans, Veterans from the Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict and Cold War were also present.

The alumni and their families had the opportunity to tour the local area, and Barksdale Air Force Base. The base tour included demonstrations from the 2nd Bomb Wing’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Military Working Dogs, a B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress static display and a visit to the Global Power Museum.

The highlight of the reunion was a gala to honor the past and current members of the wing.

“We were honored to be joined by the warriors from every conflict since World War II,” said Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander. “Having the alumni here and getting to hear their stories and experiences, gives our airmen a chance to know their heritage, where they come from and helps us to reinvigorate our pride and esprit de corps in the wing.”

The gala Saturday night, celebrated the history of the 307th Bomb Wing. Cox presented each World War II veteran with a coin during the event.

The 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated in 1942 by the Army Air Corps Combat Command after an attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into war with Japan. In 1942, 27 B-24 Liberators from the 307th Bombardment Group took part in one of the longest mass-raids of that era which earned them the name “The Long Rangers.”