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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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2nd SFS trains during response scenarios

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


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Team Barksdale soars through Global Thunder 15

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October 29, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command, 8th Air Force, 2nd Bomb Wing and 307th Bomb Wing participated in Exercise Global Thunder 15 from Oct. 17 to 28.

Exercise Global Thunder 15 is U.S. Strategic Command's annual field training and battle staff exercise, designed to exercise all mission areas with primary emphasis on nuclear command and control.

"Our people did incredible work throughout Global Thunder," said Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2nd Bomb Wing commander. "Whether it was launching sorties across the world, or implementing a local barrier defense plan, we demonstrated our readiness and ability to support the nation's strategic deterrence capability."
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Have a thrilling, safe Halloween!

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October 29, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Halloween is the time of the year when everyone enjoys a good scare, but not from the potential dangers children and adults face on this frightful night.   

To ensure a fun and safe experience, parents should take measures before and after their children go out and collect goodies.

Trick-or-treating hours for Barksdale will be Oct. 31 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; the Pumpkin Patrol will be ensuring the safety of children around the base by patrolling throughout housing.
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The Source keeps Airmen Fueled to fight

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October 28, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

As lines form and word spreads, the source prepares for another busy day serving flightline Airmen, keeping them fueled and ready to accomplish he mission.

The Source uses a new and innovative system to provide flightline Airmen with a variety of items ranging from healthy options such as deli wraps to the more popular items such as their half-pound burgers in more time efficient way.

"When we were tasked to provide the source as an alternative to the flight line kitchen we had contractors with fast food experience come in and help us," said Tony Flowers, Barksdale club general manager. "We wanted a system designed to provide quality food, freshly prepared as quickly as possible."
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NDI keeps B-52s mission capable

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October 28, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Much like doctors use X-rays, Magnetic Resonance Imagining and other diagnostic equipment to identify unseen problems, aircraft are no different.

The 2nd Maintenance Squadron Nondestructive Inspection flight uses test equipment to inspect both parts and equipment vital to the service of the B-52H Stratofortress.

"Just because an item has been on the aircraft for a while doesn't mean it needs to be replaced," said Staff Sgt. Joshua Martinez, 2nd MXS NDI assistant NCO in-charge. "By inspecting and verifying a part is defect-free, we can expand the longevity of the B-52 by ensuring vital aircraft parts are mission ready."
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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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