LSU Shreveport will host its annual Veterans Day commemorative program on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the flagpole in the center of campus. The program will feature Yancy Mailes as the guest speaker.
Mailes is the director of the Air Force Global Strike Command History and Museums Program, Barksdale Air Force Base. He is responsible for establishing policy and preserving the Command’s institutional memory and its material heritage.
The Command’s nine wings control the nation’s entire inventory of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft. Therefore, he is responsible for ensuring that historians concentrate on documenting recent history (both at home station and in the deployed area) while maintaining the Command’s unclassified and classified archives, and answering leadership and public inquiries.
He also directs the Command’s heritage program through museum exhibits, heritage displays, well-maintained airparks, and educational outreach programs, and he is responsible for Command’s Air Force Art Program.
Mailes began his professional career in 1987 with the F-117 Stealth Fighter program and became an USAF historian in 1996. During his career, he was deployed numerous times including stints as the Operation Southern and Northern Watch historian and in 2003 he deployed to Iraq, where he documented the history of the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing. Most recently, he served as the historian for the only high-altitude reconnaissance wing operating in southwest Asia.