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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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. honored

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January 21, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

More than 70 members of Team Barksdale showed their support for civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a commemorative worship service here Jan. 15.

The event, under the theme "Called to serve," began with a worship service by a local praise team, followed by a message from guest speaker James McMenis, local pastor.

"You and I gather here today, black and white, old and young, as diverse as this assembly is, we gather together to honor Dr. King as a testament to his legacy and the plan that God had for him," said McMenis.
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Youth may show signs of harmful relationships

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

February is the month for "lovers", but did you know that it is also Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month?  Setting aside an entire month to boost awareness reflects our growing understanding that violence within relationships often begins during adolescence.

In the United States, teens and young women experience the highest rates of relationship violence of any other group.  This should be particularly concerning for parents, given that adolescence is already such a vulnerable, impressionable time. 
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Speak up, speak out to prevent sexual assault

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

What if someone could say one phrase or take one action and sexual assaults would be reduced?  Would you participate in a program like that? 

The reality is that by speaking out when someone makes an inappropriate comment or engages in an inappropriate behavior, you are making an impact on creating an environment where sexual assault is less likely to occur. 

The same is true when a person speaks up and defends someone from a harassing comment or gesture.  These actions place potential offenders on notice that those behaviors are unwelcomed in the Air Force community. 
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Biomedical Sciences Corps celebrates 50th Anniversary

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

The Air Force recognizes the achievements of the men and women who comprise the Biomedical Sciences Corps by designating Jan. 26 to 30, 2015, as BSC Appreciation Week. 

This year is noteworthy as it marks the 50th Anniversary of the Biomedical Sciences Corps.

The BSC's roots date back to 1917, when the Sanitary Corps was established to combat infectious diseases. The Army Medical Administrative Corps followed three years later. 

In 1949, the Air Force Medical Service was officially established.  The Air Force Medical Service continued to expand over the next two decades and in 1965, the Biomedical Sciences Corps was born.  Over the past 50 years, the BSC continued to expand its range of personnel to include a wide variety of medically-trained professionals.
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Renovation coming to Dental Clinic

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January 16, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The Maj. Gen. George Kennebeck Dental Clinic will undergo a four-phase facelift beginning the last week of January.

The renovation will bring increased operational space, from 37 to 40 dental treatment rooms, a streamlined layout for patient treatment, and an increase of 1,800 square feet of space for customers.

The clinic was built in 1974, and named in honor of the first Assistant Surgeon General for Dental Services.  The general footprint for the building has remained unchanged and reflected a patient flow from the 1970s.  Much has changed in 41 years and only minor upgrades have been completed since 1974. 
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IG inspections aim to improve quality of life in workplace

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January 15, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron underwent an Inspector General inspection this week to maintain operations at maximum efficiency and better the quality of life in the 2nd LRS workplace.

Inspectors, who worked with the 2nd Bomb Wing IG during the inspection, speak with Airmen and their leadership to determine how the squadron is operating and how their processes can be improved in accordance with Air Force regulations.

"We'll go review their [Air Force Instructions] and ask questions, sometimes from their [Management Internal Control Toolset] checklists, their own self-inspection checklists and also from topics directed from the 2nd LRS commander himself," said Maj. Matthew Gross, 2nd BW medical logistics officer. "We're helping the commander assess his organization both from an outside perspective and on the inside by talking with the individuals themselves and the feedback they provide."
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Bomb load competition sharpens skills

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January 13, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Teams from the 20th and 96th Aircraft Maintenance Units went head-to-head here Friday in the 2nd Bomb Wing's quarterly load competition.

Barksdale Airmen regularly compete against one another to determine which team is most proficient at loading a B-52H Stratofortress with a variety of ordnance.

"These rivalries help breed competitive excellence," said Staff Sgt. Justin Phillips, a squadron load crew chief with the 2nd Maintenance Group. "The competitions encourage teams to hone their skills, gaining expertise that keeps us sharp and ready to perform at the top of our game."
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“Use or lose” leave deadline approaches

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January 13, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The maximum amount of leave days a service member can accumulate will drop from 75 to 60 as of Oct. 1.

The 75-day leave carryover policy was implemented in 2008 due to the high operations tempo, said Victor Bosko, Pentagon G-1 Compensation and Entitlements Division. "Everybody was complaining about losing leave," he said about troops at that time. "The policy was geared at easing some of the optempo stress."

The policy was originally set to revert back to a 60-day maximum Sept. 30, 2013, but the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act extended the 75-day carryover to Sept. 30, 2015.
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Senior Airman Eli Cook Memorialized

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January 13, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Barksdale Airman STEP promoted

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January 11, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

On Dec. 17, 2014, Staff Sgt. Brett Merchant, 2nd Communications Squadron client service center supervisor, walked into work like it was any other day.

After distinguished visitors left and the office prepared for the weekend, Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Mazzone, 2nd Bomb Wing command chief, snuck into the room to surprise Merchant with technical sergeant stripes. 

Merchant was promoted through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program.
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Gifted and Talented Showcase deadline approaching

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January 8, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

For the third year, the Airman and Family Readiness Center is hosting the Gifted and Talented Competition, and the deadline for submission is set for March 3.

Team Barksdale children ages 3-18 are eligible to compete in visual arts, photography, literature, film production and dance choreography all inspired by this year's theme, "Becoming a better me in 2015."

"We are exploring talent that's out there," said Sabrina Evans, school liaison officer. "We are aiming to teach children the power of submitting their work, integrity and values."
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Anti-bullying campaign event scheduled Jan. 15

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January 8, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Statistics show the number one form of violence in schools today is bullying.

One out of 10 school dropouts and 15 percent of school absences are directly related to repeated bullying and bullying fears respectively.

"It takes everybody to stop bullying," said Stephanie Reyes, Airman and Family Readiness Center chief. "It takes the whole community--parents, children, teachers and administrators working together."

As part of their community-wide effort to end bullying the A&FRC will host an anti-bullying conference here, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.
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Missed appointments hurt mission readiness

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January 8, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The 2nd Medical Group is asking the people of Barksdale for their help to prevent missed appointments.

"Our goal at the 2nd MDG is to attend to the healthcare needs of Barksdale's Airmen and their families by providing the best possible medical care," said 2nd Lt. Willie Jones, a 2nd MDG group practice manager. "When people make last-minute cancellations or simply don't show up for a scheduled appointment, it has a measurable negative impact on everyone's access to services and can adversely affect readiness levels."
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Military spouses complete Nurse Assistance program courtesy of A&FRC

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January 8, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Sitting in the stands one would never guess the woman getting ready to walk across the stage to receive her certificate just said goodbye to her husband who she won't see for the next six months.

The sacrifices she's made during his 10-year career go unnoticed by those around her, but that doesn't matter today. She's just gained a skillset she can take with her wherever the Air Force decides to send her family.

The freedoms given up by a military spouse can sometimes be overlooked. However, the Airman and Family Readiness Center did not overlook the four women who recently received their certified nurse assistant certificate.
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2nd LRS Airmen participate in open ranks inspection

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January 6, 2015 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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