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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

Barksdale AFB delayed reporting, March 5

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March 4, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Team Barksdale

Base leadership has implemented a delayed report time of 0900 on 5 March due to anticipated inclement weather across the region. Please remain reachable via phone and monitor local news and this page for updates.

Airmen seeking clarifications should contact their immediate supervision.

This delay applies across the base and will impact services to include: the Child Development Center, Airman Leadership School and shopping at the Exchange and AAFES. The Bell Fitness Center, main Shopette and Dining Facility will remain open.
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Mighty Deuce celebrates excellence during annual awards ceremony

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March 4, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Members of 2nd Bomb Wing gathered to celebrate its cream of the crop at an annual awards ceremony at Sam's Town Hotel and Casino, Friday, Feb. 27.

More than 300 people were in attendance, including 42 nominees. Nominees and their guests attended a private ceremony earlier in the evening where they were presented with medallions.

"You are all winners here tonight because you continue to take the legacy of those who have gone before you and you carry it forward," said retired Maj. Gen. James W. Graves, former commander of Barksdale's 917th Wing and the evening's guest speaker. "You make our United States Air Force the pride of our nation and the envy of the world every day, in every way and in everything you do. Congratulations to each and every one of you."
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Luncheon honors ˆGreatest Generationˆ

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March 3, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The annual World War II luncheon honored veterans at Hoban Hall here, Feb. 27.

The luncheon was hosted by the 2nd Bomb Wing and the Retiree Activities Office to pay respect to veterans of World War II. Around 500 veterans, family members and guests attended the annual event, where more than 140 veterans were honored.

"We recognize and honor our veterans annually because each year it may be the last time," said retired Col. Steve dePyssler, Retiree Activities Office director. "This could possibly be the last event as the average age of the WWII veterans present this year was 90 years old."
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20th BS deploys in support of continuous bomber presence campaign

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March 3, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Barksdale aircrew, maintainers and B-52H Stratofortresses deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam March 3, in support of U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence campaign.

PACOM's rotational strategic bomber presence in the region has surpassed its 10 year mark providing a significant capability that enables our readiness and commitment to extended deterrence, assures our allies, and strengthens regional security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

"This time around we are replacing our own brothers and sisters from the 96th Bomb Squadron," said Senior Master Sgt. Walter Leitnaker, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant superintendent. "The 20th Bomb Squadron and 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit are rolling out to replace them."
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Winter weather strikes, these Airmen step up

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March 3, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Snow, sleet, and freezing rain wasn't enough to slow down hundreds of mission-essential Airmen across the base last week who braved adverse weather conditions to keep the mission moving forward.

The difficult weather began with a freezing rain in the early hours of Feb. 23, and continued through Feb. 25, causing havoc on local infrastructure and resulting in multiple agency closures across local government - to include schools. The 2nd Bomb Wing leadership followed suit, issuing guidance for units to operate under minimal manning.
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Tech Expo displays latest technology offered to military

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March 2, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Barksdale’s best maintainers recognized for service in 2014

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February 27, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The 2014 Maintenance Professional of the Year awards ceremony was held at the Weapons Load Training facility Feb. 20.

The ceremony, held annually for more than 10 years, recognizes the 2nd Bomb Wing's top performers in the maintenance career fields across the base.

"This is a good way to recognize [Airmen] not just at the flight, but at the group level," said Tech. Sgt. Adam Levandowski, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons expediter who emceed the event.

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Incremental early release, Feb. 25

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February 25, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Team Barksdale:

An incremental early release has been implemented. Please engage your supervision for details on how this applies to you.

Details of base services:
- Bell Fitness Center will remain open
- Child Development Center will remain open until the last child is picked up
- Dining facility will remain open
- Base Exchange and commissary will close at 1 p.m.
- Medical clinic and pharmacy will close at 1 p.m.
- Legal assistance is closed.
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Barksdale AFB Extends Weather-Related Closures for Safety

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February 24, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

After evaluating current weather conditions and local roads, base leadership
has extended Barksdale's current posture for a second day. On Feb. 24, only
mission essential personnel, as identified by unit commanders, should
physically report for duty. All others are encouraged to stay in their
quarters and remain reachable via telephone.

Closures on base include the medical clinic, base Exchange, legal
assistance and Child Development Center. The Bell Fitness Center, shopette,
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Barksdale AFB delayed reporting 24 Feb

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February 23, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Due to continued inclement weather, base leadership has authorized a delayed start time of 10:00 a.m., Feb. 24, 2015. Airmen are encouraged to engage their immediate chain of command for clarifications or to raise any family issues stemming from school or other local closures.     

Base services, to include medical facilities, the Child Development Center and the base Exchange, will be open. Bodcau Gate will also be open during its normal hours of operation.
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Barksdale AFB closed due to inclement weather

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February 22, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Due to inclement weather, only mission essential personnel - as determined by unit commanders - should report for duty Feb. 23, 2015. All others should remain in their quarters and be within reach via telephone. Base services, to include medical facilities, the Child Development Center and the main Exchange will be closed.

This action is being taken out of concern for the safety of our Airmen and their families, according to Col. Craig Harding, 2nd Bomb Wing Mission Support Group commander.
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Resurrection of the Ghost Rider

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February 19, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

After almost seven years of slumber, a sleeping giant awakened in the Arizona desert. It prepared to take flight Friday the 13th from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, on a historic journey to resume the mission for which it was created; provide strategic long-range bomber support anywhere in the world, at any time.

Emerging from the crowd that gathered to watch the historic event was Mr. Jerry Fugere, an 80 year old veteran, native of Tucson and an aspiring 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) tour guide of the notorious Boneyard. Fugere's connection with this B-52 Stratofortress called "Ghost Rider" began in 1962 at Homestead AFB, Fla., when he accepted the jet as a young crew chief. It arrived straight from the Boeing assembly line with just 17 flying hours on it. He became its first crew chief.
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Bomber FIP brings B-52 training overhaul

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February 19, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Aviators arriving here this week for their Initial Qualification Training on the B-52H Stratofortress, will begin using a newly-approved working syllabus thanks to a recent training overhaul.

The overhaul was a result of the Air Force Global Strike Command Bomber Force Improvement Program, which sent five teams to visit the bomber units this summer, where they identified challenges associated with performing bomber duties and worked with Airmen to propose solutions.

The Bomber FIP Operations team recognized the need to reprioritize B-52's mission sets and lead the combat air forces in mission sets critical to combating adversaries in 2020 and beyond.  The team recommended to Lt. Gen. Wilson a reevaluation of B-52 priorities and changes to B-52 training guidance, aligning the mission closer with the challenges of the future.  The overall goal of the training overhaul is to improve the quality of combat aviators graduating the FTU by improving inst
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Wingman Toolkit: tools to build healthy, balanced lifestyles

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February 18, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

As military members, Airmen wear multiple hats and deal with challenges as they try to balance their personal and professional lives. The Wingman Toolkit can provide a way to help anyone resolve any challenges they may come across.

The Wingman Toolkit is an Air Force Reserve initiative to empower Airmen and their families to sustain healthy, balanced lifestyles using the four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness. Although, tailored for Reservists, the toolkit expanded to total force to include active duty, civilians, spouses and dependents.
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Cable Dawgs mark the spot

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February 12, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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