A Century of Service
By Master Sgt. Ted Daigle, 307th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
/ Published December 04, 2017
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --
--BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La.
It was a bittersweet moment for the 307th Bomb Wing as members bid a farewell to three Airman with more than 100 combined years of experience.
Senior Master Sgt. Darren Ellingwood, 307th Operations Support Squadron intelligence superintendent retired from the wing to pursue a career with Air Force Global Strike Command after serving more than 31 years in the military. Ellingwood supported over 1,100 combat missions and helped deliver more than 9.7 million pounds of weapons on enemy forces during his career.
Master Sgt. Edward Fairchild, 707th Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance expediter, retired after 36 years of service, having first enlisted in 1986. He started working with the A-10 Thunderbolt II at England Air Force Base, La., and ended his career with the B-52 Stratofortress here.
Technical Sgt. Christopher Marien, Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic started out his Air Force career at England AFB before transferring to Barksdale AFB. Although stationed in Louisiana throughout his 34 year, Marien supported multiple overseas combat operation during that time. He was also a member of the base honor guard and is credited with helping to begin the 917th honor guard team.
All three Airmen were in the 917th Wing before it transitioned to the 307th Bomb Wing.