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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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Tops in Blue Rocks Barksdale

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October 21, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Dental Squadron provides cavity fighting tips

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

As ghosts, witches and superheroes stock up on candy, Air Force dental professionals highlight the risks of tooth decay and advise children to maintain proper dental hygiene this Halloween.

With candy being a major part of trick-or-treating, 2nd Dental Squadron Airmen provide tips on how to fight cavities. 

"Any sugar or carbohydrate is going to be converted to an acid by the bacteria in your mouth," said Staff Sgt. Amanda Perkins, 2nd Dental Squadron NCO in-charge of preventative dentistry. "Every time you eat or drink, those bacteria will turn into acid for 20 minutes."
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Tops in Blue Rocks Barksdale

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


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Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visits Barksdale

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


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Fire Prevention week promotes fire safety

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


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2014 Flu Vaccination

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


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Cable Dawgs keeps Airmen talking

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

Airmen from the 2nd Communications Squadron cable and antenna systems flight work daily to install and maintain Barksdale's communications highway.

By installing and maintaining fiber optics, copper and coaxial lines, cable and antennae systems specialists, also known as cable dawgs, ensure Airmen can communicate with each other in order to accomplish the mission.

"Basically we lay down the foundation for everyone to communicate," said Airman 1st Class John Murphy, 2nd CS cable and antenna systems maintainer. "Our main function is to keep everyone together and talking."
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Fire Prevention week promotes fire safety

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


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2014 Flu Vaccination

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


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AF updates voluntary education programs for FY15

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

Active-duty Airmen who want to take advantage of military assistance programs for voluntary education in the coming academic year will experience several changes beginning Oct. 1.

Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online, or AF COOL, will take the place of the military tuition assistance, or MilTA, certification program for enlisted and total-force Airmen seeking certifications. Military tuition assistance guidance will be updated.

"Education is what keeps our Airmen and our Air Force at the leading edge of change," said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody. "This is a valuable benefit that Airmen have a responsibility to manage, whether it's keeping their GPA up or meeting all the deadlines for applications."
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Fire Muster

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


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No water, no fuel, no gas, no problem!

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

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron utilities flight work daily to maintain and perform safety checks on fuel and utilities systems, keeping Barksdale ready to fight.

By maintaining more than $38 million worth of equipment, the utilities flight provides fuel, water and natural gas needed to run air and ground vehicles, Barksdale facilities, training simulators and equipment.

"On a daily basis we are out checking and maintaining the utility systems on base," said Tech. Sgt. Jon Crandell, 2nd CES water and fuels systems NCO in-charge. "Keeping these systems running is necessary to maintain our nuclear deterrence capacity."
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AF releases criteria for new service medal

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

Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James' May 27, 2014, authorization.

The medal will be awarded to individuals for their direct support of nuclear deterrence operations.

"This service medal provides a clearly visible way to recognize the dedication and professionalism of our Airmen who are the guardians of our nation's nuclear deterrence. Because of our success, often times nuclear deterrence operations can be overlooked as a critical function," said Col. Zannis Pappas, the missile operations career field manager. "The medal acknowledges the special challenges faced by those Airmen charged with supporting the nuclear enterprise and will be a point of pride by all who wear it."
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Comptrollers manage millions to uphold deterrence mission

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

Without cash flow, a budget and financial management, the deterrence mission would come to a grinding halt. Airmen wouldn't have a salary to live on, and the B-52H Stratofortress would become essentially an 185,000 pound paperweight.

Last fiscal year, the 2nd Comptroller Squadron managed more than $123 million in regard to personnel salaries, facility projects, mission, training, commodities and more in order to maintain Barksdale's military strength and reputation as the Mighty Deuce.
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Victim Advocates provide selfless service to Airmen

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October 3, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

When an Airman is assaulted, and whether they choose to report a restricted or unrestricted case, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate program is in place to be a support avenue.

Victim advocates are active-duty military members certified by the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program. They are selected by the installation's Sexual Assault Response Coordinator to provide essential support, liaison services and care to victims.

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