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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

Heavy equipment making moves

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June 11, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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NDI: Invisible to the naked eye

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June 7, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Maintenance Airmen Phase out Discrepancies

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June 6, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Sculptures assist dentists, make bright smiles

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June 6, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Museum renovations update old exhibits

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June 5, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Visitors to the Barksdale Global Power Museum will soon enjoy updated exhibits thanks to the efforts of the museum staff and volunteers.

New initiatives include rebuilding and renovating rooms to highlight historic events, aircraft, places and people from Barksdale.

"Our goal is for our visitors to learn something new every time they walk into the museum," said Amy Russell, museum director. "My staff and I have been working to keep the rooms and display items up to date and ever changing."
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Weather team protects base resources, life

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June 5, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

When clouds roll in, the sky turns black, and sirens wail warnings of inclement weather, a dedicated team of Airmen work together to protect resources and life.

Weather forecasters from the 26th Operational Weather Squadron and the 2nd Operation Support Squadron weather flight use weather information to predict potential weather patterns that can impact the Barksdale mission and people.

"We take information that we receive from the 26th and coordinate with the pilots to let them know of any possible weather problems during their flight," said 1st Lt. Scott Vaughn, 2nd OSS weather flight officer. "The combined effort between us and the 26th also helps us to take that same information and issue weather alerts to the base."
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Airmen from Moody participate in Green Flag East

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June 5, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Barksdale reaches out to tornado victims

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June 4, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Several 707th Maintenance Squadron Airmen stationed here quickly organized an Oklahoma Disaster Donation Drive at the Barksdale Exchange May 30-31, after news that a category EF-5 tornado hit their home state.

With 16 volunteers working in shifts over the two days and the support of the Friends of Family Support from the Airman and Family Readiness Center, the Airmen set up the donation station and began handing out fliers and taking in goods.

"Most of us [in the 707th] are from Oklahoma and since we're so far from home, we wanted to find a way to help," said Tech. Sgt. Cody Wood. "I contacted a donation station in Moore, Okla., ground zero for the tornado, to get a list of items that were really needed."
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Mechanics on duty at Auto Hobby Shop

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June 3, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Mechanics on duty at Auto Hobby Shop

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June 3, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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No gas? Feet on the street

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May 31, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Even in perfect condition, the mighty B-52H Stratofortress is nothing more than a static display suitable for tourist photo ops without a precious resource that only the Water and Fuels Systems Maintenance Flight can sustain.

Without filtered, dry fuel, aircraft are permanently grounded.

Water and Fuels Systems Maintenance, part of the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron, is a combination of active duty, reserve and civilian team members.

"Our mission is to maintain all of the base's fuel facilities," said William Koff, Liquid Fuels Section foreman. "If we didn't do this, we wouldn't fly airplanes, we wouldn't fuel any cruise missiles, we wouldn't drive any of the vehicle fleet, and we wouldn't be able to start any emergency generators."
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340 WPS unveils memorial

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May 31, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The 340th Weapons Squadron held a memorial service honoring four deceased B-52H Stratofortress Weapons School graduates here, May 26, 2013.

Col. Charles Patrum, Maj. Steven Andrews, Lt. Col. Emmet Drumheller and Lt. Col. Christopher Kaiser were honored for their service and sacrifice by the 340th WPS.

"After the death of [Kaiser] in 2011, we got a hold of a repository of contact information of the graduates and notified them that a graduate died," said Lt. Col. Kurt Schendzielos, 340th WPS commander. "On the day of Kaiser's funeral, we had a flyover, but didn't have anything beyond that. After doing more research, we discovered there were three more graduates who have passed away. We wanted to do something that would memorialize the graduates who have fallen."
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A, B, C – which is needed for me?

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May 31, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Deployments and temporary duty assignments are a part of life within the Air Force.

When Airmen have to go, mobility Airmen from the 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron ensure the right bags are packed.

"We issue Airmen what they need for where they are going," said Master Sgt. Lataska Brown 2nd LRS individual protective equipment NCO-in-charge. "We keep track of more than 10,500 items in our warehouse that we use for the Airmen's readiness."

The mobility section packs and prepares three different classes of bags that Airmen might need. From A-Bags, or general use bags; B-Bags, or cold weather bags; and C-Bags, or chemical warfare bags, the dedicated professionals take care of the Airmen that come through mobility for what they need.
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Barksdale’s Child Development Centers among best in nation

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May 31, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

According to Child Care Aware of America, Department of Defense child care centers are the best in the nation, so military members can feel more at ease about how the level of care their children will receive when they drop them off at one of Barksdale's child care facilities.

The Barksdale CDC has an east and west campus that operate as a single entity. The CDC meets the needs of active-duty service members and civilians. Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve families can also receive service while they are activated and working here.
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Furloughs cause new commissary hours

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May 30, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

Government civilian furloughs required by sequestration will result in the Barksdale Commissary closing an additional day each week.

Scheduled to begin July 8 and run through September 30, the commissary will be closed Tuesdays in addition to Mondays.

The Barksdale commissary is not alone in closing down an extra day during the week. The decision to close affects almost all commissaries with a few overseas exceptions.

According to a statement to installation commanders from the Defense Commissary Agency Director Joseph Jeu, the days chosen to close are DeCA's slow sales days and closing these days helps to minimize the impact on customers.
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