Last B-52 gunner to retire

Chief Master Sgt. Rob Wellbaum is the last B-52 gunner in active service and he will retire today at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Chief Master Sgt. Rob Wellbaum, 15th Operations Group superintendent, and his family pose in front of a KC-10 Extender.  (Courtesy Photo)

Chief Master Sgt. Rob Wellbaum, 15th Operations Group superintendent, and his family pose in front of a KC-10 Extender. (Courtesy Photo)


He had accumulated more than 1,000 hours on the B-52 before the guns were phased out from the bomber in 1992.

  1. Scott Everly says:

    An end in American air defense. Father was a B-17 pilot, drafted again for Korea. Still living and still refusing to fly. Last Gunner is an end of erea of dedicated, fierce support by heroes for their crews, and mission. Thanks.

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