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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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Cannibalism prevents mission blockade

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May 23, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

One thing that both aircraft and support equipment have in common is the need to be maintained, and sometimes this means that worn or broken parts need to be replaced.

But where can the Air Force turn when a plane needs to be repaired immediately and the parts are not on-hand or have been discontinued.

"Parts for the B-52 can sometimes be limited due to its age," said Tech. Sgt Regis Redding, 2nd Maintenance Operations Squadron NCO- in charge deficiency and analysis. "In those cases or in the case of backordered parts we can [cannibalize] parts from other aircraft that are down for extended maintenance or other issues. But, canning is a last ditch effort to get the plane flying again."
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Joint unit training provides better integration

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May 23, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

In the event of a strategic incident on or off installation, teamwork between different base agencies can mean the difference between an incident and tragedy.

Recently, Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron and 2nd Medical Group teamed up to train for these possiblities.

"Basically we are pretending that we had an airplane crash with some type of nuclear or radiation hazard present and taking the appropriate measures to identify what type of protective equipment is needed and possible after incident care for responders and people affected by the scenario," said Tech. Sgt. Bobbie Joe Perry 2nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron bio-environmental flight chief. "This exercise helps protect the health of the community and responders. We learn how each other work and what needs to be done to minimize exposure and injuries.
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FSS supports the best

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May 23, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Barksdale EOD participates in Mountain Warfare Training

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May 22, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Airmen in the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight are selected to undergo training at the U.S. Marine Corp Mountain Warfare Training Center.

The mission objective is basic familiarization with mountainous environments.

"All MWT evolutions are designed with a culminating exercise that incorporates overnight operations in mountainous environments and re-enforce all training tasks accomplished throughout the evolution," said Master Sgt. James Martin, EOD Flight superintendent.
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Computer doctors treat broken, faulty electronics

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May 21, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Stethoscopes, Scalpels, Scanners its Medical Logistics

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May 21, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Armed Forces Day Kids Run

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May 20, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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2 CS Airmen keep Barksdale networked

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May 17, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Medal of Honor recipient honored by Barksdale

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May 16, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Hard work, teamwork make splash with redesigned pool

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May 16, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Barksdale members will soon have a redesigned pool for summer fun, exercise and relaxation. The North Gate pool is planned to open May 24, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m., followed by the annual Pool Bash at 6 p.m. The newly redesigned pool will not only look better but be safer for the environment.

"We [2nd Civil Engineer Squadron] rebuilt the shower rooms, added a concession stand, added a slide and converted the chlorine pool to a salt water pool," said Master Sgt. Christopher Clark (Title). "The salt water pool will save more than $11,000 a year on chemicals to keep the pool clean for guests. Guests of the pool will also like the added benefit of no chlorine because salt water is easier on clothes, eyes, skin and more."
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Briefing helps Airmen make informed AF career decisions

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May 16, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

A year to 15 months before an Airman's 4-year or 6-year enlistment ends, they are required to attend a briefing.

The briefing, Informed Decisions, shows Airmen the benefits of reenlisting and the consequences of separating from the Air Force to pursue civilian enterprises without proper preparation.

"The Informed Decisions briefing gives first and second term Airmen the info they need to make the right decision on whether they want to stay in the military or get out," said Master Sgt. Marquet Johnson, career assistance advisor and the briefing leader. "It gives them factual information on Air Force pay and benefits and all of the AF services included in Airmen's entitlements due to their enlistment.
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Airman rugby player sets standard of excellence

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May 16, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Staff Sgt. Joseph Senteno has a chance to make history.

Having won the Air Force Global Strike Outstanding Airman of the Year award, the 2nd Comptroller Squadron budget analyst continues a streak of excellence by being selected from a pool of more than 60 Airmen who tried out for the AF Rugby team in Las Vegas. Senteno will soon compete at the national level, and eyes will be on him to see if he's good enough to play for Team USA in the 2016 Olympic Games.

How does an Airman get such an opportunity?
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Ride safe, drive smart, motorcycles are everywhere

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May 16, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Warmer weather brings flowers, rain, outdoor sports and activities and even a few fatalities. With rising temperatures, many motorcyclists are knocking off the winter dust and heading off into the sunset on their two-wheeled iron stallion.

According to a 2011 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 8 million motorcyclists are registered across the U.S., from those riders more than 4,000 have lost their lives. Forty-nine percent of those fatalities involved another vehicle.
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2 MXS Fab Flight provide preventative maintenance for the BUFF

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May 16, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Storing and issuing parts needed for mission success

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May 15, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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