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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

2nd SFS conducts Active Shooter training

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March 30, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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307th RED HORSE Reservist actions save life

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March 30, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

For the average worker, leaving the house every day doesn't lead to becoming a hero. However, for our Nation's First Responders that possibility is always there, as is the chance for disaster.

When Bowie County Sheriff Deputy Kenny McMillen, who is also an Air Force Reservist assigned to the 307th RED HORSE at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., started the graveyard shift on Mar. 8, 2015, it began like any other. Within hours that would all change.

In the early morning of March 9, McMillen was dispatched through 911 to back up Deputy Michelle Carrier at a house fire.
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Women’s History Month Luncheon: Weaving stories, lives

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March 26, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

A luncheon honoring Women's History Month was held here, March 24, to focus on sharing the stories of women's lives and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder.

Louisiana House of Representative Barbara Norton was the guest speaker for the event and used this year's theme to encourage women in the military to never quit, just as the women who paved the way for them never quit.

During her speech, Norton displayed photos of important women she holds in high regard. The first photo was first lady Michelle Obama, the second, Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American congresswoman, and lastly, Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2nd Bomb Wing commander.
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Wing poster to be revamped

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

The 2nd Bomb Wing is calling on creative Airmen to redesign its wing poster.

The wing poster is a source of pride for Barksdale's Airmen that represents its people and mission.

"The 2nd Bomb Wing is a historic combat unit with proud Airmen performing a strategic mission.  We are just as relevant in 2015 as the day our wing was established," said Chief Master Sgt. Tommy Mazzone, 2nd BW command chief. "We have many ways to capture the pride of our Airmen and our mission; stories, photos and videos are only some...our wing poster is another."
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Commissary eyes new deli, bakery contracts

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

Customers have seen empty shelves at the deli and bakery counters at the Barksdale Commissary since March 20.

The Defense Commissary Agency has terminated two Nayyarsons Corp. contracts, affecting deli and bakery services across 22 commissaries nationwide.

"It was a decision made in the best interest of our customers," said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph Jeu. "I want our customers to know we're working diligently to get services back to normal."

The Barksdale Commissary anticipates approximately 60 days until full deli and bakery operations resume, but Mr. Ralph Buras, the commissary officer here, has interim plans to meet customers' needs. The deli and bakery operations are expected to resume early June.
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New BAH policy means changes to renterˆs insurance

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

Effective Jan. 1, renters insurance will no longer be included in basic allowance for housing in privatized housing.

BAH rates will solely be based on local costs for rent and utilities in each military housing area. 

"In response to the renter's insurance elimination from BAH, the Air Force elected to remove any requirements previously included in any privatized housing project to provide renters insurance to on-base military tenants at no cost," said Brig. Gen. Timothy Green, Headquarters Air Force, Director of Installations and Mission Support.
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Key Spouse program critical to Barksdale mission

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

Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, hosted Barksdale's first Key Spouse summit March 18 and 19 here.
Goodwin opened the summit with a story about a key spouse who noticed a situation-in-need and ended up helping another spouse whose husband was deployed.
"The purpose of the Key Spouse Summit was to disseminate information," said Goodwin. "We want people to know how they can fill this critical role in the mission of our wing and how we can utilize our key spouses and spouse force to help our Airmen enable the mission."
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Practice personal safety, security

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

With more information than ever available in the public realm, everyone has the responsibility to safeguard sensitive information, both on the job and at home. Information that may seem harmless by itself can be pieced together with other information to form a more complete and sometimes harmful picture by our adversaries.

There are a few steps Airmen and their families can take to help ensure their personal safety and security.

Social Media

Social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be a great tool to stay in touch with family and friends. However, with so much content online and so many life events to share, it is easy to forget that unwanted eyes may be watching.
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AFAF 2015 kicks off March 23

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

The 2015 Air Force Assistance Fund kicks off March 23 to provide Airmen with financial assistance.

The AFAF is raises funds for charitable affiliates that provides support in an emergency, with educational needs or a secure retirement home for widows or widowers of Airmen.

"Our goal is to raise $75,000 this year," said Master Sgt. Priscilla Lopez-Lucas, 2nd Operations Support Squadron installation program officer. "The money will provide interest-free loans in times of need through the agencies that fall under the AFAF."
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Year of the Leader Proclamation Signing

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March 20, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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What to do during reveille, retreat and taps

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

Death and taxes are often cited as two things that are certain. Military members might add the daily playing of Reveille, Retreat and Taps to that list.

Reveille is the raising of the flag signifying the start of the official duty day and Retreat is the retirement of the flag, signifying the end of the official duty day. Both serve as a ceremony to honor the flag. Taps signifies "lights out" at the end of the day.

According to Air Force Instruction 34-1201, "Protocol", if the base flies the U.S. flag continuously for 24-hours with only Reveille or Retreat played, but no action with the flag, individuals are not required to stop and salute. If Reveille or Retreat is followed by the national anthem or "To the Color" or the flag is being lowered or raised, rendering courtesies is mandatory.
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Barksdale Airman sings her way to the top

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

When Airman 1st Class Briér DePriest submitted her audition tape to the 2015 Worldwide Talent Search, she didn't expect to be selected to attend live auditions for the prestigious Tops in Blue, the Air Force's premier touring music group - but she was.

And when DePriest flew to San Antonio to compete in the 10-day audition, she didn't expect to be offered a job as one of Tops in Blues' newest performers - but she was.

"I'm on cloud nine," said DePriest, a client systems technician with the 608th Air Communications Squadron. "I still can't believe it. I've wanted this for so long and I can't believe it's really happening."
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Hydraulics Airmen keep B-52 parts moving

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


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Guidelines provide means for private organization success

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

Many Airmen are involved with private organizations, which represent the interests of a group of individuals, that are both military and non-military related such as the Enlisted Spouse Group, First Four Airmen Association and Team 5/6.

Private organizations must follow a set of rules and guidelines in order to organize events, conduct fundraisers and use facilities on base.

"All private organizations must have written approval from the installation commander before they can operate on base," said Maj. Amer Mahmud, 2nd Bomb Wing Staff Judge Advocate. "Additionally, it is left to the Force Support Squadron to monitor and administer the private organization program."
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Weapons School trains Airmen for war

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March 17, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Students converse in hushed whispers as they pore over a hundred details, planning the perfect strike mission deep into enemy territory.

Planning sessions like these are common occurrences at the 340th Weapons Squadron, a tenant unit on Barksdale Air Force Base. The 340th WPS offers select B-52H Stratofortress instructors advanced instruction and training on the nation's premier strategic heavy bomber.

"We take instructors from all three crew positions of the B-52 and we expose them to enhanced, graduate-level tactics," said Maj. Dennis "Chet" Cummings, 340th WPS director of operations. "We also introduce them to all the other Combat Air Force players, so they get integration with fighters, other bombers, airborne command and control assets, surveillance aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft like the MQ-9 Reaper. This helps prepare them for any joint operations they might encounter throughout their careers."
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