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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

Airmen selected for Air Force World Class Athlete Program

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August 26, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Two Eighth Air Force Airmen have shown their fitness talents and were chosen to take part in the Air Force World Class Athlete Program.

2nd Lt. Anthony D'Errico, 608th Air Operations Center executive officer, will attend the soccer program and 1st Lt. Katherine Ward, 608th AOC deputy chief intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance deputy chief, will attend the running program.

The WCAP provides active duty, national guard and reserve Air Force personnel the opportunity to train and compete at national and international sports competitions with the ultimate goal of selection by a group of scouts to the U.S. Olympic team.
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Barksdale Airmen set to compete in Defender’s Cup

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August 26, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Twenty-four Barksdale Airmen will head to San Antonio, to compete in the 2014 Defender's Cup, Aug. 28.

The Defender's Cup is an annual Department of Defense-wide soccer tournament where military personnel from around the world, representing their base, compete against other bases.

"Through a strenuous and difficult process, I was able to choose 22 Airmen from more than 60 who tried out," said Staff Sgt. Jezrell Zimmerman, Barksdale Futbol Club head coach.

Last year, the Barksdale Futbol Club lost all three games, but the team learned a lot from defeat, and believes this year's team will be successful.
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Airmen sharpen CBRN knowledge through survival skills class

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


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Barksdale participates in MITO exercise

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

Ten B-52H Stratofortress bombers took part in a minimum interval takeoff exercise, or MITO, showcasing ground and aircrew's abilities, here Aug. 14.

During a MITO, each aircraft is equipped with eight starter cartridges filled with gunpowder, that allows the engines to start up faster than a normal takeoff.

"We are practicing for a real world event; if something were to happen, this is how Barksdale would respond," said Senior Airman Mitchell Dexter 96th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aircraft powerplant general. "We use starter carts so we are able to get the engines started faster than using traditional methods, which allows us to get the planes started and taxing within minutes from the alert call."
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B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities during PANAMAX 14

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August 12, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command recently took advantage of a multinational U.S.. Southern Command-led exercise to hone their long-range reconnaissance capabilities.

The 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, flew a B-52 Stratofortress bomber on a nonstop mission from the United States to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations Aug. 12 during PANAMAX 2014 - an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise series that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal.
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Air traffic control provides safe passage for B-52

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August 12, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

B-52H Stratofortress pilots fly potentially dangerous missions, but they must be careful of more than just weather patterns while in the air. Air traffic controllers are responsible for maintaining precise safety measures to protect the 185,000 pound heavy bomber against birds, other aircraft and more.

The 34 air traffic controllers assigned here provide valuable safety and environmental support to B-52 aircrews and keep watch over them on the ground and in the air.

"We are responsible for a five-mile radius around the base up to 2,500 feet," said Master Sgt. Matthew Munao, 2nd Operations Support Squadron interim chief controller. "We also disseminate weather reports, information and airfield conditions to the pilots."
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Barksdale helps local community stay cool

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August 8, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Airmen from the 2nd Maintenance Group, along with KSLA News 12, have teamed up to help the local community through Operation Beat the Heat.

Operation Beat the Heat, hosted by the Caddo Counsel on Aging, helps to provide fans to elderly people, in the surrounding area, who may not have air conditioning or cooling units.

The idea started with Tech. Sgt. Matthew Warner, 2nd MXG quality insurance inspector, watching the news one morning before work.

"They were showing a small clip of people donating fans to the elderly," said Warner. "This got the wheels spinning in my head and I thought this would be a great thing for Barksdale to participate in."
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AFE: The Last to Let You Down

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August 6, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Aircrew members perform a dangerous job, flying for long hours in potentially dangerous areas. When an aircrew has no choice but to egress from the aircraft, they place trust in the Airmen who maintain the equipment that will keep them alive.

The 2nd Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment parachute and helmet sections maintain life-saving equipment hoping the aircrew never needs to use it.

The parachute section, or chute shop, is responsible for the parachutes and survival kits meant to bring the aircrew to safety in the case of an egress.
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2nd MDG gets a facelift

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August 6, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The 2nd Medical Group is undergoing renovations to promote a healthier and more accommodating environment for patients.

The original clinic that supported the 2nd MDG was built in 1971 and although it received a major remodel in 2010, there were still some areas left to improve.

Capt. Matthew Gross, 2nd Medical Support Squadron medical logistics flight commander, is responsible for managing more than seven facilities that belong to the 2nd MDG.

"The 2nd Aerospace Medical Squadron is one of the facilities currently receiving much needed improvements," Gross said. "Wallpaper is being pulled down, walls are being repainted and the floors and carpeted areas are being redone as well."
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Hunting class to promote ethics, outdoor safety

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August 5, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Airmen and their families interested in obtaining a hunting license will soon have a chance to apply on Barksdale.

The 10-hour Louisiana Hunter Education classroom course will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29, and from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 30, covering orientation, environmental hazards and situations, hunter ethics and firearm safety.

"The course teaches you gun and hunting safety," said Paul Williamson, hunter education course instructor. "The course is designed for everyone who hasn't had a hunter education class. Primarily, the class is set up for the young hunter, but any age group can attend."
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Goodwin assumes command of 2 BW

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August 1, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Col. Kristin Goodwin assumed command of the 2nd Bomb Wing during a change of command ceremony at Hoban Hall on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 1.

As the new 2nd BW commander, Goodwin is responsible for providing B-52H Stratofortress aircraft, aircrew, and associated support personnel and resources to conduct global bomber operational taskings.

Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, 8th Air Force commander, was the presiding officer.
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Twentieth anniversary of record-setting flight around the world

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August 1, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

You may remember what you had for breakfast yesterday, but what about lunch 20 years ago? Warren Ward, a captain and aircraft commander at the time, remembers.

"I had a reputation for smoking meat, so I provided the crew a 10 pound brisket for an inflight culinary experience," Ward, deputy chief of Programming Division at Air Force Global Strike Command, said. "Our radar navigator Steve Pomeroy, who had some ties to Italy, cooked a very large lasagna. We brought some pretty good eats."
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2nd Mission Support Group change of command

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


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Providing reliable, quality equipment to deploying Airmen

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July 23, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Vehicle Ops delivers mission readiness

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July 22, 2014 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Sun Tzu once said, "The line between disorder and order lies in logistics."

The 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operations flight maintains Team Barksdale's logistical order by delivering parts to maintainers, aircrew to the B-52H Stratofortress, government-owned vehicles, or GOV's to customers and more.

"We do a lot of documented cargo," said Staff Sgt. Quentin Irvin, 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron assistant NCO in-charge of vehicle operations control center support. "We pick up parts from supply and take them to any of the 456 delivery locations, which can range from anything from zip ties for the parachute shop to parts for the B-52's landing gear. We deliver classified items, engine cowlings and more."
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