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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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Vet clinic treats Barksdale’s furry friends

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May 9, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine

The Veterinary Treatment Facility keeps Barksdale's furry companions in excellent health by providing comprehensive veterinary services with state-of-the-art technology.

The VTF is accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association, and the VTF's vision is to provide high-quality care at affordable prices and to see patients in a timely manner while ensuring they receive compassion, patience, and top quality medical care.

By providing these services, the VTF takes care of more than just household pets.
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If the seal is broken, you’ll be choking

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May 9, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Cleaners, Alterations ensure Barksdale Airmen look sharp

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May 9, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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Barksdale Airmen recognized for their accomplishments

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May 8, 2013 in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana by clevine


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You need it, they move it

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


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Mighty Eighth 8k

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


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Food for Airmen on the Go

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


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Phase Airmen ensure next 450 flight hours

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

The B-52H Stratofortress is a massive 185,000 pound aircraft, and every piece of it is crucial to the accomplishment of the mission.

Simply, the fault of any one part of the aircraft can lead to fault in other parts, and when lives and mission objectives are on the line, flying a defective aircraft is not an option for Barksdale.

The Phase Inspection hangar is where Barksdale keeps the Buff in top condition.

Every 450 flight hours, the B-52H Stratofortress undergoes a full inspection where parts are removed, disassembled, inspected and repaired or replaced as necessary and reassembled.
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2 MXS Airmen keep the BUFF’s fuel systems working

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


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Radiology and the human body

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


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PMEL keeps Barksdale on target

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

The Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory is responsible for keeping Barksdale's equipment precisely calibrated to achieve optimum accuracy and performance when used properly.

The laboratory has a small staff, but they have an important effect in virtually every area of Barksdale's day-to-day operations.

From medical equipment to B-52H Stratofortress gauges, PMEL ensures that any equipment that can produce a measurement is traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
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Preschoolers show ‘service before self’ at Trike-A-Thon

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

The Barksdale Child Development Center West hosted its annual Trike-A-Thon for preschoolers and their sponsors April 25.

The Trike-A-Thon is a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and allows parents and sponsors to donate money for a child's participation in the event.

Participating children receive various prizes depending on the amount of money raised such as T-shirts, toys and umbrellas. During the event, preschoolers will rode tricycles around an outdoor track in support of children who are unable to go outdoors with riding toys.
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Don’t get swept away: Flooding and the risks

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

While, spring brings warm weather and longer days, it also brings a variety of conditions including heavy rains, severe weather and clogged drainage systems that can increase flood risk.

The 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management team offer advice on what to do before, during and after flooding on or off base.

"One of the best ways to prepare for flooding or any natural disaster is to have a disaster preparation kit and a plan," said Tech. Sgt. Shawn Jamison, 2nd CES emergency management NCO in charge training. "Another way to prepare is know the different flood terms are and what to do during the different alerts."
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Social structure is critical well-being

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

Editors note: This is part four of a five-part series on Comprehensive Airman Fitness.

No matter how hard someone works to make sure everything goes smoothly, there are some things that are beyond our control. Dealing with these stressors is tough, but it can be made easier with a strong, supportive group in your corner.

The social pillar of Comprehensive Airman Fitness stresses the importance of a person's social circle as part of their overall well-being.
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B-52 pilot aims for pilot physician

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

He is a pilot on the B-52H Stratofortress and a flight surgeon.

He is Capt. Dave Prakash; and, in less than two months, hopes to become a pilot physician. It's a title held by less than 12 Air Force pilots.

"In the past 20 years of military service I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most brilliant, patriotic, and talented people the United States has to offer," said Col. Blake Lollis, 2nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron commander. "Capt. Dave Prakash is one of those people."
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