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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 Youth Center celebrates month of the military child

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March 29, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Children are the driving force to our future, yet the military child sometimes makes a bigger contribution to their communities, families and even their nation.

Former Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger realized this and in 1986 designated April as "The month of the military child."

With many military parents heading out to fulfill their military roles by deploying, going on a temporary duty assignment and moving to a new base can make growing up a challenge for many children.
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2 MDSS Pharmacists help keep Barksdale healthy

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March 28, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Maintaining the ground equipment

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March 28, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Framing Lasting Images

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March 27, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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2 FSS food service specialists fill up Team Barksdale

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March 26, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Barksdale kicks off Air Force Assistance Fund

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March 25, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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2 MXS Structural Maintainers keep B-52 in top shape

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March 25, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Ready for take-off

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March 25, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Barksdale Reserve unit passes critical test

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March 25, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The 307th Bomb Wing reached an unprecedented milestone by becoming the first Reserve unit in the history of the Air Force to become nuclear certified after passing its Initial Nuclear Surety Inspection on March 18, 2013, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

The 343rd Bomb Squadron and 707th Maintenance Squadron, units under the 307th BW, are tasked to support the 2nd Bomb Wing's nuclear and conventional missions through the auspices of the Total Force Initiative. The 307th BW Airmen underwent five days of intense inspection to certify it is qualified to perform the U.S. Air Force nuclear mission.
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Sprung a leak? 2 CES Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Airmen keep you dry

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


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Barksdale golf course provides recreational opportunities

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


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You want it, we have it: 2 LRS provides for Team Barksdale

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


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Award-winning fireman renders selfless service

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

Master Sgt. Benny Baladez, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron, deputy fire chief, recently won the Robert A. McAllister Fire Fighter Heroism Award, given for individual acts of heroism above and beyond the call of duty during a deployment in Shendand, Afghanistan, February 2012.

Baladez will represent the Air Force at the Department of Defense Fire and Emergency Services awards competition. This is the 18th year the Air Force and DOD has recognized its outstanding performers for their heroism, dedication to duty, outstanding achievements and contributions to the fire service profession.
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B-52 gets new Sniper Pod

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

The 2nd Bomb Wing made its first live run with a new addition to the aging bomber.

With constant upgrades bringing the more than 60 year old bomber into the 21st century, the addition of the sniper pod gives the B-52H Stratofortress better integration with ground forces and laser guided bombs for precision strike capability.

"This flight was the first time that the 2nd BW has used the sniper pod with live ordinance like the LGB," said Capt. Ryan Allen, 20th Bomb Squadron radar navigation instructor. "This pod gives a faster response time to our targets. What would normally take me 30 to 40 button presses in five minutes now only takes me a few seconds to actually target and drop munitions."
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Refueling, firetruck maintainers ensure mission readiness

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


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