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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

North Gate re-opens

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


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Career Assessment leads Airmen on the right path

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

Every third Friday of the month, the Airman and Family Readiness Center offers Airmen separating within 365 days a career assessment workshop, which provides them with information on jobs that best suit their needs.

Over the next couple of years, many Airmen will be separated from the Air Force due to force reductions, which is why it is more important than ever to start planning for life after the military.

"The career assessment workshop is the first step in our seven step cycle, which prepares military personnel in their transition process," said Charlotte Hikes, A&FRC community readiness technician. "Based on their assessment scores, we can plan a career path that suits the individual."
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BUFF on a Stick receives a makeover

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


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BUFF on a Stick receives a makeover

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


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Vehicle maintenance keep wheels rolling

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April 17, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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2nd AMXS Airmen build shop from ground, up

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April 17, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Through potential blood, sweat and okay, maybe not tears, Airmen from the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron recently opened a new support section built with their bare hands to improve the flow of flightline maintenance activities.

From crew chiefs to weapons loaders and hydraulics to electronic warfare technicians, the Airmen who form the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Support section come from several Air Force Specialty Codes who work on the flightline. The Airmen rotate periodically to gain a different perspective maintaining the support equipment rather than just working with it to perform maintenance on the B-52H Stratofortress.
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Barksdale Honor Guardsmen always remain ready

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

Covering a 53,000 square mile area for ceremonies between Texas and Louisiana, the Barksdale Honor Guardsmen must remain ready and proficient at all times.

The primary mission of the Honor Guard is to provide military funeral honors for active duty, veteran and retired Air Force personnel. They also perform various ceremonies for base organizations.

"Other ceremonial performances include presenting the colors, sabre cordons for award ceremonies and prisoner-of-war/ missing-in-action remembrance tables," said Tech. Sgt. Aaron Porter, Barksdale Honor Guard NCO in-charge.
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Fitness organizations to benefit Airmen, community at large

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

There are several ways Barksdale Airmen can improve on both their fitness assessments and help the community at large.

Non-profit groups and organizations such as Team Red, White and Blue, and the Barksdale cycling group encourage Airmen to take charge of their fitness, help each other and their communities.

"Team RWB is a veteran's outreach organization that ties veterans to their communities," said Lt. Col. Bryan Patchen, 11th Bomb Squadron director of academics and chapter captain of Team RWB in Shreveport. "We're made up of veterans, active-duty and civilians and there are no requirements to join. The goal is to enrich lives."
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Drug take-back program reduces abuse risk

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

Individuals will be able to safely dispose of prescription medicines in a no-questions asked drug take-back event, to be held at the Exchange April 23 and 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The 2nd Security Forces Squadron and the 2nd Medical Group Drug Demand Office will collect expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs in an effort to rid individuals and households of a potential safety hazard.

The program aims not only to lower personal health risks, but also environmental risks.
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Spring is here…and so are allergies

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

Winter has ended and Barksdale is quickly moving into warmer weather, springtime activities and fun in the sun.

But with all of the fun comes the adversary of the season: Allergies. The average temperature is expected to be 75 degrees and sunny with a 100 percent chance of itchy eyes, runny noses, sneezing and nasal congestion.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website, allergies impact one out of five Americans.

Many people suffer from symptoms only during certain months. These seasonal allergies can include grasses, trees and weeds.
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Beyond the microbes: 2nd LRS, 2nd CES work together

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

With more than 760 government vehicles used on Barksdale, ground fuel is an important but often forgotten element to maintaining the Air Force mission.

Airmen with the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron and 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, who use teamwork to monitor and supply the fuel keeping Barksdale's vehicle fleet moving more than 1.8 million miles, recently discovered a possible contamination in a biodiesel tank.

"We work hand-in-hand with the 2nd LRS fuels management flight, also known as the Petroleum, Oils and Lubricants flight, to deliver fuel to the Barksdale vehicle fleet," said Bill Koff, 2nd CES liquid fuels maintenance superintendent. "With this partnership, we are able to provide quality fuel used by almost every aircraft, government vehicle and pieces of ground equipment. POL has laboratory technicians who routinely check the quality of the fuel within the tanks. If they notice that something isn't right with the fuel due to water, contaminatio
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Electrical systems flight powers Barksdale

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

An Airman crosses the street to avoid a large puddle as he walks to work on a brisk Thursday morning. Spring thunderstorms are common in Louisiana, so the Airman paid no attention to the weather until he entered the workplace and flipped the light switch.

Nothing.

Perhaps the thunderstorm knocked out the power or the fuse had blown. He wouldn't be waiting in the dark long - the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems flight was already hard at work restoring power to the building.
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3rd Annual Thunder on the Bayou

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


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National Public Health Week

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April 2, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

For nearly two decades, Public Health professionals have united communities nationwide each April to celebrate National Public Health Week. While the theme may change from year-to-year, our core commitment has remained the same, which is: Public Health and Prevention.

This year during NPHW April 7 - 11, we will focus on our core commitment with a theme of "Public Health: Start Here." It sounds simple and it really is. Public heath starts at home, from nutrition, to safety precautions and emergency preparedness. As a community, the first step we take towards public health is in the comfort of your own home.
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Airmen have resources to stop sexual assault

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April 2, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is nationally recognized in April, often involving events to raise awareness and prevention of the crime.

This year, Barksdale will recognize SAAM with the theme, "Live Our Values: Step Up To Stop Sexual Assault."

"The underlying message is simple, everyone has a role in preventing sexual assault," said Senior Airman Natasha Haynie, Sexual Assault and Prevention Response assistant. "This month, [we] partner with leaders in their efforts to strengthen a climate which cultivates mutual respect, trust, team commitment, and professional values."
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