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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

Phase Airmen keep B-52s ready to fight

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November 24, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Out of the frying pan: Tips for a safe Thanksgiving

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

As Thanksgiving approaches home-grown chefs are reminded of the dangers associated with cooking and are given tips on how to avoid accidents coming this holiday.

Thanksgiving brings families and friends together to share a meal, conversation and laughter, but the holiday also brings an increased fire risks.

"Thanksgiving is peak season for home fires," said Staff Sgt. Brian Whitener, 2nd Civil Engineers Squadron NCO-in charge of fire prevention. "Due to home cooking fires, there are three times as many fires as in a normal day."
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Military Family Month recognizes sacrifice, duty

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

The U.S. Census Bureau reported, in their Oct. 3, research, there were more than 115 million households in the U.S.

With service members making up less than one percent of the population, the number of military families is barely visible when thrown in the mix of civilian household numbers; however, they stand out when discussing their sacrifice and responsibility.

"The selflessness of our military families tells a story of unfailing duty and devotion," said President Barack Obama in his 2014 Presidential Proclamation for Military Family Month. "Through long deployments, difficult separations, and moves across the country and overseas, spouses and partners put their careers on hold and children take on extra responsibilities.  With grace and resilience, families endure the absence of loved ones and shoulder the burdens of war.  And when battle ends and our service members return home, their families support their transition and recovery."
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North Gate Inbound Lane Closure, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 19

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

North gate inbound traffic lane is scheduled to close from1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 19 for barrier maintenance. Outbound traffic will be re-routed during these times.

Drivers are urged to make arrangements to use the West gate or East gate during these times.


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AADD urges Airmen to make responsible choices

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

While the holidays are just around the corner and social gatherings become more common, the Airmen Against Drunk Driving council reminds Airmen to be responsible and make good decisions.

AADD is an Airmen-run, volunteer organization designed to provide rides as back-up plans to Airmen who have been drinking when their initial plan for getting home safely falls through. Volunteers man the AADD hotline from 11 p.m. until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, holidays, and various other days.
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Aircraft surgeons repair and replace B-52 skin and bones

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


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Barksdale Airmen lead community training for Ebola response

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

While the risk of an Ebola outbreak here remains low, 2nd Medical Group Airmen led training Nov. 14 with local civilian emergency medical services responders and hospital staff members in order to pre-emptively strengthen coordination efforts and increase awareness of procedures in the event they are needed.

The training derived from materials developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and focused on effectively employing the protective gear that would be worn by responders.
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Stuff the turkey, not yourself

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

Editor's note: This is part three of a four-part series on Thanksgiving at Barksdale.

The Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell Fitness Center hosted the Turkey Trot 5K fun run, Nov. 14, 2014 here.

The 3.2 mile run served as reminder for Airmen to keep health and fitness in mind while enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving meal.

"The Turkey Trot is our Thanksgiving-themed 5K and to stay in the spirit of the holiday, the raffle prizes were turkeys," said Staff Sgt. David Goloven, 2nd Force Support Squadron fitness specialist.
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Thanksgiving: showing appreciation

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

Editor's note: This is part two of a four-part series on Thanksgiving at Barksdale.

The Airmen's Creed states "I will never leave an Airman behind," and Master Sgt. Nader Chebaro believes no Airman should be left behind for the holidays.

The First Sergeant's Council will be volunteering their services and supporting Barksdale Airmen during the upcoming holiday to ensure no one is left behind. The majority of Barksdale's leadership can relate to the young Airmen staying on base for Thanksgiving.
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DOD, Air Force nuclear force reviews consistent with force improvement efforts

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November 14, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The Secretary of Defense announced the results of the Nuclear Enterprise Review during a press briefing at the Pentagon, Nov. 14.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who ordered the comprehensive reviews of the entire nuclear enterprise earlier this year, said the reviews found systemic problems based on a lack of focus and resources.

"America's nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective," Hagel assured, stating the DOD has been taking action on the challenges over the past several months. "The nuclear mission plays a critical role in ensuring the nation's safety. No other enterprise we have is more important."
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Barksdale hosts 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior hunt

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November 14, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The Barksdale Wounded Warrior Association hosted a hunt for six wounded service members Nov. 7 to 10 at Barksdale AFB.

This hunt was the third annual event put together to provide a stress-free, relaxing weekend through camaraderie and rehabilitation.

According to Bill Lee, 2nd Civil Engineering Squadron hazardous material waste manager and Wounded Warrior hunt event coordinator, the event is sponsored by the local community.

"We bring them in on Friday and host a dinner with some of our local sponsors to show appreciation to the wounded warriors," said Lee. "It's cool that we take people who aren't from here, and people who don't know them gather to show support and step up to provide all of their needs for the hunt."
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2nd SFS conducts combatives instructor qualification course

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November 13, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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An Airman’s Thanksgiving away from home

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November 13, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Editor's note: This is part one of a four-part series on Thanksgiving at Barksdale.

Thanksgiving is a holiday for families to come together, enjoy a delicious feast and give thanks. However, not every Airman will be able to make it home this year.

First term Airmen may not have the opportunity to go home and celebrate Thanksgiving due to their work schedule, insufficient funds or accrued leave.

"I have a big family in Florida and we usually get together at my uncle's house to have a traditional meal, watch football and play games outside," said Airman 1st Class Michael Restrepo, 2nd Communications Squadron. "Thanksgiving is all about being with family and enjoying each other's company."
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2014 Veterans Day Parade

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


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Emergency Management conducts CBRN practice

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


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