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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

Air Force service contract experts

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

At the end of an Airman's service contract or enlistment, he or she is left with a choice; stay in or get out.

The re-enlistment's office at the 2nd Force Support Section helps these Airmen figure out what they should choose.

"We help everyone who comes in our door with what the best option for them is," said Airman 1st Class Jamison Orielly, 2nd FSS career development apprentice. "We monitor and maintain all of Barksdale Airmen enlistments. When someone is entering their enlistment window, we notify them."
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Fire fighting equipment maintenance

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June 19, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Even machines need to be taken care of, 2nd MDG medical maintainers take care of it

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June 19, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Maintaining avionic systems

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June 18, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Barksdale children put on a show

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June 18, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Maintaining communication between land and air

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June 18, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Virtual training, real results

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June 14, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The resources needed to refuel and maintain a plane just so aircrew can receive real-life parachute training would cost millions of dollars a year.

Instead, aircrew personnel receive their parachuting training inside a simulator, which gives them experience similar to the real thing.

"This training is used for our aviators in the event of an in-flight emergency where they can't land the plane," said Tech. Sgt. Mike Slaton, 2nd Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist. "Their parachutes are designed to get them from their malfunctioning plane to the ground safely."
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Barksdale Firefighters complete annual training

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June 14, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Chaplains, A&FRC programs help Airmen maintain resiliency

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June 14, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Maintaining mission readiness and resiliency can take a toll on both Airmen and their families, but two base organizations are here to help.

The Chaplain and the Airman & Family Readiness Center provide services to help Airmen and families regardless of life or relationship issues.

"Basically, any aspect of life, any major life change that you would have, there's something at the A&FRC for you," said Stephanie Reyes, Chief of the A&FRC. "Our programs include the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Wounded Warrior, Casualty and Survivor Benefits, Exceptional Family Member-Family Support, Financial Readiness, Personal & Work Life Education, Personal & Family Readiness, Relocation Assistance, School Liaison Office, Spouse Employment, Transition Assistance and Volunteer Resource."
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Barksdale to host first ever alphARace

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June 14, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

A natural terrain and man-made obstacle course race is scheduled to be held for base and local community members on the East Reservation, July 12.

The 2nd Force Support Squadron's Outdoor Recreation office is partnering with alphARace, Inc., to design a course that will bring both communities together for some healthy competition.

"Runners can expect the most difficult terrain on base," said Paul D. Williamson, outdoor recreation manager. "This is a very challenging course with multiple water and mud challenges, which enhance the difficulty of already established obstacles."
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Help is available with free PTSD screening

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June 14, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

A free post-traumatic stress disorder screening will be available for Airmen, families and retirees at the Base Exchange June 20.

The screening is part of the "Military Pathways" program the result of joint efforts by the Department of Defense and the non-profit organization, "Screening for Mental Health,"
According to the Military Pathways website, the program is available online, over the phone, and at special events held at installations worldwide.

The event is being held to raise awareness of PTSD and encourage individuals to recognize and seek help if they are experiencing symptoms.
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Barksdale Top 3 scholarship deadline approaching

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June 14, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Base Airmen between the enlisted pay grades E-1 to E-6 will have three more days to apply for a textbook scholarship through the Barksdale Top 3.

The organization is offering three $100 scholarships for Airmen currently enrolled or enrolling in the current semester with an accredited college or university.

"The scholarships are for textbooks, so the scholarships are a huge financial aid," said Master Sgt. Stephanie Newbern, Barksdale Top 3 scholarship committee lead. "These scholarships are there to help service members get what they need for their classes."
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BUFFs ready for launch

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June 13, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Auto Hobby hosts Car & Bike meet

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June 12, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Barksdale Airmen recognized for 2012 accomplishments

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June 12, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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