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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

Max Matlock becomes Barksdale’s newest B-52 Crew Chief

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

Children's dreams know no boundaries. They may want to be a doctor, firefighter or even a pirate or ninja. As they grow older, however, their dreams become more realistic.

Maxwell Matlock, 10, a child diagnosed with a life threating cancer, known as T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, dreams of becoming an Airman, and while that may be out of reach now, Barksdale maintainers did their best to push him in the right direction.

"I found out about him about a year-and-a half-ago. I coached him in baseball and wanted to do something special for him," said Tech. Sgt. Mark Haines, 2nd Maintenance Group maintenance operation center NCO in-charge. "Anytime you get the chance to make a difference in a kid's life, it's something that we all should fight for. I live my life for every day; trying to make a child's life better. To do that for Max means a lot."
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Senior enlisted leader emphasizes importance of NCO corps

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

The Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke at the Joint Noncommissioned Officer Dining-In at Hoban Hall, here Dec. 17.

More than 150 Airmen attended the Dining-In, which was the capstone event of a two-and-a-half-day seminar on professional development for NCOs and petty officers, honoring the establishment of the NCO and Petty Officer corps 238 years ago.

"Our armed forces requires an NCO corps that continues to bring riveting strength, a multi-faceted skill, and a grit to carry a heavy load," said U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, SEAC. "You're not only a defender of society, noncommissioned and petty officers, but rather you are a vigorous group that has raised the standard of Americans to everything we represent; honor, selflessness, courage, integrity, respect, and humility to mention a few."
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Team Andersen pays tribute to fallen Airmen during Linebacker II ceremony

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

Team Andersen held its 42nd annual Linebacker II Remembrance Ceremony at Arc Light Memorial Park Dec. 18 for Andersen-based service members who lost their lives in support of Operation Linebacker II in 1972.

Seventy-five Airmen lost their lives during the operation including 33 who were lost from 15 downed B-52 Stratofortress bombers. Base leadership made remarks at the event commemorating Operation Linebacker II. The operation also referred to as the "11-Day War," was conducted from Dec. 18, 1972 to Dec. 29, 1972 during the Vietnam conflict. After peace talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam failed, U.S. President Richard Nixon ordered the bombing of North Vietnam to bring the North Vietnamese government back to the negotiating table.
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Mighty Deuce welcomed AFGSC leadership

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

Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, visited the 2nd Bomb Wing Dec. 15 to 17 to meet the Airmen who accomplish the mission of the Mighty Deuce.

During the two-day tour, Airmen spoke to Wilson about their mission and how they contribute to the overall readiness of the 2nd BW. The Airmen were also given a chance to ask the general questions.

Throughout his visit, Wilson posed the question to Airmen, "Is there anything I can do to make your life better?"
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Barksdale Officer’s Spouse’s Club helps support Team Barksdale

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

The Barksdale Officers' Spouse's Club is one of many non-profit organizations that support Airmen and their families here.

The organization also fosters friendships and camaraderie among spouses as well as helping to build confidence and understanding of the military lifestyle from the spousal perspective.

"Our mission is to create a supportive, comfortable arena for our members to explore social connections, volunteerism and educational opportunities," said Amy Waring, BOSC president. "Currently we have more than 80 members."
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Meal card holders see new food purchase limits

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

The Red River Dinning Facility and The Lift have implemented new food purchase limits for meal card holders as of Dec. 3.

These limits were implemented to prevent abuse of the Essential Station Messing system, reduce waste and regulate supply stocks while reducing the cost for the base.

"Waste is a big issue here," said Tech. Sgt. Vincent Sims, 2nd Force Support Squadron NCO in-charge of dining facility. "We have folks coming in here ordering multiple eat some of the food and throw away the rest. That happens here daily."
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Weather squadron offers spouse orientation

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

The 26th Operational Weather Squadron offered a Key Spouse Program orientation for spouses of first-term Airmen of their squadron here Dec. 9.

The Key Spouse Program is an organization of appointed, volunteer spouses helping other spouses. It is a program which offers peer-to-peer support to families.

"We are hosting our very first mass orientation today," said Claire Alexander, Key Spouse Program mentor. "We have such a high volume of first-term Airmen who come here straight out of tech school that we decided we were going to start bringing in spouses and getting them familiar with the Air Force, the squadron, what their spouses do and explain how they play a part in that, what their role is."
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ADAPT to take back control of your life

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December 10, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

There's a fine line between being a casual drinker and having an alcohol problem that can damage your career and family life.

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program offers evaluations, educational briefings, outreach activities and treatment for substance abuse and gambling.

"We don't want our Air Force family to be misusing substances which include both drugs and alcohol," said Capt. Stephen Thayer, 2nd Medical Operations Squadron ADAPT program manager. "Therefore our program provides both prevention services as well as treatment."
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Lodging through the ages

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

Barksdale's historical lodging has provided service members and their families quality and affordable suites for more than eight decades.

What started out in 1934, as just 26 rooms in Holtzen Hall grew to seven buildings with 189 rooms available for lodging needs.

"Our purpose is to provide transient quarters for personnel on temporary duty," said George Featherston, 2nd Force Support Squadron lodging general manager. "We also provide lodging for families that are in the process of changing duty stations and Department of Defense employees who are travelling."
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DMBA-based supplements pulled from base shelves

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

As of October multiple workout stimulants containing DMBA, also known as AMP citrate, Pentergy, and others, has been pulled from shelves at Exchange and GNC stores on military installations.

According to the Human Performance Resource Center, service members should avoid products containing DMBA due to the fact that there is no reliable, scientific safety studies conducted on it, and its health effects are unknown.

"Although no studies have been conducted on DMBA, its chemical make-up is almost identical to that of DMAA which has already been banned by the Food and Drug Administration," said Shay McElveen, 2nd Aerospace Medical Squadron health promotion specialist. "While most of these supplements claim to help with weight loss and body sculpting, there is always the possibility of harmful effects to the body."
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Fallen Airman Bryan Bell honored

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

Family of the late Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell gathered to pay tribute to the fallen hero at the fitness center named in his honor here Dec. 5, 2014.

Bell, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron, tragically lost his life from injuries sustained when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan Jan. 5, 2012.

Team Barksdale and Bell's family and friends came out to take part in the first ever SrA Bryan R. Bell 5K Memorial Run, which will now be an annual event.
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Fitness center provides popular workouts

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

The Barksdale Fitness Center continues to implement new programs to stay current with the latest workouts.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, the top 5 fitness workouts are body weight training, high-intensity interval training, educated and experienced fitness professionals, strength training and personal training.

"Consistently updating exercise routines and workouts prevents the individual from getting bored," said 1st Lt. Robert Lavarnway, 2nd Force Support Squadron fitness and sports chief. "It forces the body to adapt to new workouts as well as use some untrained muscle fibers, thus inflicting change on the human body physique."
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Vet clinic provides care for Barksdale’s pets

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


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In the nick of time

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

What started out as a normal shift for Staff Sgt. James Bryant III, 2nd Security Forces Squadron shift supervisor, quickly changed when he noticed a car moving slowly.

Bryant distinguished himself by outstanding achievement and received the Air Force Achievement Medal when he put his life in danger to save the life of another Airman.

"On a day-to-day basis, I control entry or exit on Barksdale, ensuring all standards are kept, from ID passes, to ensuring customs and courtesies by my Airmen," said Bryant. "On this particular day, I was doing my daily checks when I looked out my window and observed a vehicle moving slowly."
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Team Barksdale remembers Dye

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December 6, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

With heavy hearts, 2nd Bomb Wing leadership confirmed the loss of one of their own this morning at a press briefing at the Barksdale Global Power Museum Dec. 6.

Airman Alec Dye, a crew chief from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, went missing near Tarague Beach, Guam early on Dec. 1. On Dec. 3, remains were recovered on the beach near where he went missing, and on Dec. 4 those remains were confirmed to be Dye's.

"The news is beyond sad and our team is mourning the loss of one of our own," said Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2nd Bomb Wing commander. "As great as our pain is though, it pales in comparison to the loss that is felt by the Dye family and all of those who loved and knew Alec, and we want to ensure that they know that we are here to help them and support them in any capacity."
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