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Aug. 15, 2008

Veterans honor fallen Airmen

More than 20 Barksdale Airmen attended the Veterans of Foreign Wars memorial commendation presentation for Raider 21 at the 8th Air Force Museum August 12. VFW representatives, Kenneth Koval of the 5951 Chapter and Phil Volz, commander of the VFW District 12, presented the plaques to Col. West Anderson, 2d Bomb Wing Vice Commander, during the

Aug. 15, 2008

AAFES Gas Stations Extend Discount to Drivers Who Use a Military Star Card

Army & Air Force Exchange Service gas stations in CONUS, Alaska and Puerto Rico are being programmed to reflect a discount of three cents a gallon for drivers who pay with a Military Star Card. "Anytime a customer uses a bank issued debit or credit card, the retailer pays a portion of the transaction to a third party financial institution," said

Aug. 14, 2008

Going back to school

School officials from 22 Bossier Parish Schools met with parents and children at the base Youth Center July 31st to prepare for the new school year. Parents had the opportunity to meet with their children's principals and learn about the changes made over summer vacation, including athletic programs, and dress codes with a fashion show for each of

Aug. 6, 2008

Barksdale chief saves life at base pool

A chief master sergeant from Barksdale received Bossier City's highest lifesaving honor for resuscitating a 12-year-old girl after nearly drowning in a base pool. Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Gisel, 2d Communications Squadron, was awarded Bossier City Fire Department's Citizen's Lifesaving Award by Fire Chief Sammy Halphen for his heroic acts during a

Aug. 6, 2008

Barksdale cyclists roll into Iowa

Members of the Barksdale Air Force Base Cycling Team journeyed to Iowa July 18 to participate in the 36th Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. RAGBRAI, a non-competitive cycling event consisting of a seven-day bike ride across the state of Iowa, starts at the western edge of the state and ends on the eastern edge. Each day cyclists stopped

July 31, 2008

Airmen catch volunteer spirit, team with Special Olympics

More than 75 members from Barksdale Air Force Base spent their Saturday morning helping make a difference in someone else's life. On July 26 the Airmen volunteered to help athletes compete at the Special Olympics Louisiana state unified bowling competition and state swim competition. "Volunteering gives you a true sense of accomplishment," said

July 25, 2008

Honoring the Airmen of Raider 21

The Barksdale community joined family and friends Friday to honor the Airmen of Raider 21, a B-52 that crashed off the coast of Guam leaving no survivors. Attendees packed the Hoban Hall memorial service to pay tribute to the lives of Maj. Christopher Cooper, Maj. Brent Williams, Capt. Michael Dodson, 1st Lt. Robert Gerren and 1st Lt. Joshua

July 25, 2008

Candlelight vigil held for crew of Raider 21

More than 40 people turned out at dusk Thursday, July 25th, for a candlelight vigil held in honor of the six Airmen of Raider 21. The enlisted spouses group, headed by Kim Shomo and Rachel Penwell organized the event at the North Gate in front of a collection of flowers, ribbons and cards placed there by the public. Chaplain (Col.) David Reeson

July 23, 2008

Col. George T. Martin

36th Medical Group, Andersen AFB, Guam

July 23, 2008

1st Lt. Robert D. Gerren

Lieutenant Gerren graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saginaw Valley State University with a 4.0 grade point average. He entered active duty service on May 20, 2004 upon graduation from officer training school. Whilst at OTS he earned a small arms marksmanship ribbon. Lieutenant Gerren attended joint undergraduate navigator training at Pensacola,