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Barksdale has proudly served the Ark-La-Tex for more than 68 years. As a key Air Combat Command base, Barksdale has a pivotal role in providing a large part of the nation’s deterrent force. The “Mighty Eighth” Air Force, of World War II fame, is headquartered at the base. Barksdale is home to the 2nd Bomb Wing, 2nd Operations Group, 2nd Maintenance Group, 2nd Mission Support Group, the 2nd Medical Group, Eighth Air Force Museum and the Air Force Reserve’s 917th Wing.

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Birthday Ball on the Bayou

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September 16, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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EPR writing class to enforce bullet content, impact

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September 16, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Around 10 Airmen participated in an enlisted performance report writing class held at the education center Sept. 9.

The monthly course, developed to standardize EPR writing across the 2nd Bomb Wing, teaches Airmen the fundamentals of bullet-writing.

"The overall goal of this class teaches Airmen how to create the most impactful EPR," said Master Sgt. Marquet Johnson, career assistance advisor and EPR writing class instructor. "If you use the fundamentals of writing an action, impact and result, you can write an excellent bullet."
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Operation Hero to kick off Sept. 27

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September 16, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The Airman & Family Readiness Center is scheduled to host the annual Operation Hero beginning 10 a.m., Sept. 27 at the Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell Fitness Center.

Operation Hero is a mock deployment intended to give children ages 5 to 15 a better understanding of the deployment process during a day of mission briefs, mobility processing and other deployment related activities.

"Children will go through a deployment line the same way our Airmen do," said Tech. Sgt. Kimberly Fleming, A&FRC readiness NCO. "By experiencing it themselves, they will have a better idea of what happens when their parents deploy."
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Force Improvement Program continues to move forward

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September 15, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen continue to see positive changes in the nuclear force being made through the Force Improvement Program.

During her address at the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference, Sept. 15, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James talked about those improvements and nuclear incentive pays coming for select Airmen who perform or support the nuclear mission.

AFGSC is pursuing two mechanisms for awarding incentive pay - the Special Duty Assignment Pay and Assignment Incentive Pay. Both officers and enlisted members serving in certain career fields in the nuclear enterprise will receive up to $300 per month.
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Separation flows smoother with preparation

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September 11, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Eventually, every Airman will permanently hang up their uniform for the last time. Separation is an obstacle every military member will face, and it's all about how well you prepare prior to the expected date.

The Airman and Family Readiness Center provides resources to Airmen in preparation for a smooth transition from military to civilian life.

"We want to make sure when Airmen separate from the military, they have the tools they need to be successful for their next adventure or endeavor," said Stephanie Reyes, chief of the A&FRC.
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AF implements static EPR closeout dates

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September 11, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The Air Force announced a series of changes to the enlisted evaluation and promotion systems July 31.

The first change to be implemented will include static enlisted performance report closeout dates, or SCOD, for each grade and is set to eliminate the change of reporting official process.

Evaluation system changes are focused on purposefully evolving the enlisted evaluation system to ensure job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion, according to a letter to Airmen from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody. The changes will occur in stages during the next 18 months for the active duty Air Force and 30 months for the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.
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Command chief emphasizes honesty, communication

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September 11, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

While attending college, he worked a part-time job, but in 1990, he took the first step of a 24-year journey when he walked into a military recruiter's office.

"The Air Force seemed to fit my personality and allowed me to challenge myself mentally and physically," said Chief Master Sgt. Tommy Mazzone, 2nd Bomb Wing Command Chief. "I love what I do for a living. I love serving my country and the people I work with."

After graduating basic military training, Mazzone began his Air Force career in the Air Force's largest enlisted career field, while stationed at F.E. Warren, Wyo.
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Air Force revamps AEF

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September 9, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1.

The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a consistent Air Force capacity to the warfighter.

While the construct was approved in April 2013 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the first deployments under this construct will be October 2014. Under the revised AEF construct, installations will deploy larger numbers of Airmen from the same unit under a 1:2 deploy-to-dwell ratio for active component, ACS Airmen. The revised construct establishes an 18-month battle rhythm where an Airman may deploy for six months and be home for 12. This will allow wings to more effectively posture their forces to meet global mission requirements as well as continue home station training.
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Operation Warm-Heart raises funds for upcoming holiday season

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September 8, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Barksdale's Operation Warm-Heart annual fundraiser will take place in front of the base commissary during the month of September, Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The OWH program grants the First Sergeant's Council the ability to assist Airmen and their families in need of financial assistance. It is a month, long event dedicated to raising money to benefit Airmen during the holidays and throughout the year.

"The program allows the first sergeants and the community to give back, Airmen to help fellow Airmen and unites the Barksdale Community," said Master Sgt. Chad Kraus, First Sergeant's Council president.
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Nobody likes “That Guy”

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September 8, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Being "That Guy" is something no one wants to become. It is a look that many people find unattractive and immature.

The "That Guy" campaign has two goals: to reduce alcohol abuse and to raise awareness of the negative short-term social consequences of excessive drinking.

"That Guy" is an outreach effort for Airmen of all ages and ranks to help people recognize when they may be engaging in high risk or hazardous activities while drinking alcohol," said Tech. Sgt. Aaron Hurd, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Treatment NCO in-charge.
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National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month begins

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September 4, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, and Airmen are reminded of resilience resources available to them on and off base.

With suicide being a major issue in today's military, Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month aims to prevent as many unnecessary deaths as possible caused by risk factors such as a history of mental illness, legal and financial issues, hopelessness, relationship problems and a lack of social support.

"Knowing the signs is very important," said 1st Lt. Sadie Denoncourt, 2nd Medical Operations Squadron psychiatric nurse practitioner. "If you don't recognize them, there is a missed opportunity to help somebody."
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2014 101 Critical Days of Summer wraps up with message of prevention

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September 4, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The Air Force's 101 Critical Days of Summer ended Labor Day, and Airmen continue to keep vigilance in mind and not become a victim of a preventable mishap.

This year's 101 Critical Days of Summer brought a total of 17 reportable mishaps, down from last summer's 22.

"Our purpose was to raise awareness over the summer to minimize or prevent mishaps," said Richard Knowles, 2nd Bomb Wing ground safety manager. "Our job is mishap prevention and how to mitigate risk."

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96th BS deploys in 10th year of bomber presence campaign

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September 4, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Barksdale pilots, aircrew, maintainers and B-52H Stratofortresses deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, this week continuing their commitment to the Asia-Pacific's stability and security.

Air Force Global Strike Command's deployment of long-range heavy bombers to Andersen AFB, demonstrates the command's ability to conduct missions and exemplifies commitment to providing global vigilance, reach and power.

"We're deploying in support of Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence to perform the deterrence and assurance mission in the pacific theater," said Lt. Col. Jason Horton, 96th BS commander. "It's a wonderful opportunity for the 96th Bomb Squadron to participate in some operational missions, and I anticipate that we'll get some high quality training while we're out there. I think that we will have a great opportunity to integrate with our joint partners and some coalition allies while in the pacific theater."
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2014 Global Strike Challenge

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August 28, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Brass in Blue perform for veterans

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August 27, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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