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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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Barksdale Air Force Base News

Vehicle Ops delivers mission readiness

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July 22, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Sun Tzu once said, "The line between disorder and order lies in logistics."

The 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operations flight maintains Team Barksdale's logistical order by delivering parts to maintainers, aircrew to the B-52H Stratofortress, government-owned vehicles, or GOV's to customers and more.

"We do a lot of documented cargo," said Staff Sgt. Quentin Irvin, 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron assistant NCO in-charge of vehicle operations control center support. "We pick up parts from supply and take them to any of the 456 delivery locations, which can range from anything from zip ties for the parachute shop to parts for the B-52's landing gear. We deliver classified items, engine cowlings and more."
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2nd MSG holds ATSO rodeo

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July 18, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The 2nd Mission Support Group recently held an Ability to Survive and Operate rodeo on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 10, 2014.

Various units came together, during this one-day exercise and performed combat oriented tasks such as Self-Aid Buddy Care, Post Attack Reconnaissance sweeps and unexploded ordnance detection and recognition.

"Today we met at Hoban Hall at 6 a.m. and started with an intelligence and scenario brief," said Col. Patrick Matthews, 2nd MSG commander. "We then convoyed out to the simulated deployed site. Once we arrived, our objective was to set up a bare base in a country where there were simulated terrorist threats."
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2014 Multicultural Day celebration

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July 18, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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26th Operational Weather Squadron Change of Command

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July 18, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Crew chief relives glory days with first aircraft

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July 18, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

A life in the military often leaves its Airmen with more than military training; it also leaves lasting memories and friendships.

Michael Gorman, a former crew chief, have fond memories of "Miss Piggy," an A-10A Thunderbolt II 76-0520, and his first as aircraft as a dedicated crew chief.

"I crewed 76-0520 with the 358th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., from 1979 to 1983," he said. "She was known as Miss Piggy to me. She was a great aircraft and although I worked on other A-10s, she was the only one I can remember by her tail number. She was my first."
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AFMS celebrates 65th Birthday with summer safety

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

This month the Air Force Medical Service celebrates its 65th birthday. On July 1, 1949, the Air Force established a medical service with officer personnel components of Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Medical Service, Air Force Nurse and Women's Medical Specialist Corps.

Coinciding with the AFMS birthday, July is also Health Innovation Month. The 2nd Medical Group has safety tips for summer.

"With the summer season in full effect it is important to be aware of the hazards and dangers of water activities," said Lt. Col. Prudence Anderson, 2nd MDG health care integrator. "Teaching children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible is essential to keeping them out of danger."
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2nd SFS Change of Command

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


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Fitness center hosts Freedom 5K fun run

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


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Flip My Food visits Barksdale

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


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96th Bomb Squadron change of command

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July 7, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Man vs machine in an all-out battle royal

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June 30, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Tucked away in a remote corner of the 2nd Maintenance Squadron phase hanger, a three manned shop takes on the machine.

Much like Paul Bunyan battled against the steam saw in a popular children's story, these Airmen battled against a one-man build up machine to see who was faster.

"A couple of weeks ago we held a competition to prove just who's the fastest, the man or the machine," said Senior Airman Kenneth York, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, crewchief. "It was a two versus one battle royal. Two built a tire for the B-52H while another used our tire machine. In the time it took one team to build a single tire the old way, the machine built three."
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Airmen and Soldiers participate in joint combat scenarios

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June 25, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Green Flag East provides unique training opportunities for the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., which trains soldiers in highly realistic combat environments. It is controlled by the 548th Combat Training Squadron, which is headquartered at Fort Polk and has a detachment here.

Green Flag East is one of two U.S. locations in charge of training and continuing the development of simulated combat operations held between Barksdale and Fort Polk, La., to employ close air support and hone communication between air and ground forces.
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Multicultural Day to celebrate diversity

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June 25, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Airmen and their families will be able to celebrate diversity at the annual Multicultural Day event to be held at Hoban Hall, July 11.

Multicultural Day events are held to celebrate diversity and educate the military community on different histories, lifestyles and cultures.

Many groups on Barksdale have contributed to the six-month planning and preparation for this year's sixth annual event. One group is Barksdale's Equal Opportunity office.

"It's important for military members and civilians to understand that we are products of our environment," said Tech. Sgt. Ashley Winstead, 2nd Bomb Wing Equal Opportunity advisor. "We come from different places, cultures and backgrounds. This day gives us an opportunity for individuals who don't know about other's lives to learn and understand and be able to work together better to accomplish the mission."
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Self-help efforts saves $50K

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June 20, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Recently the Barksdale Stripes Club staff worked more than 160 man-hours to complete a self-help renovation which saved more than $50,000.

The Ceremonial Room, formerly used by the Barksdale Inn as a reception desk, was renovated to assist Barksdale Airmen with retirements, changes of command, promotions and commander's calls.

"After lodging moved back into their main facility, we were left with an empty meeting room," said Tony Flowers, Barksdale Club general manager. "We decided to renovate the space to help compensate for the lack of space for these types of ceremonies at the main club."
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Fuels lab ensures clean, reliable fuel

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June 19, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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