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Barksdale inducts newest honorary commanders

Nine honorary commanders were inducted at the Barksdale Club, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Jan. 19, 2018.

Nine honorary commanders were inducted at the Barksdale Club, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Jan. 19, 2018. The Honorary Commander program partners commanders with local community leaders. Honorary commanders will spend time with their associated unit learning about the base’s mission and the Airmen who defend the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

The 2nd Bomb Wing inducted nine honorary commanders during a ceremony at the Barksdale Club Jan. 19, 2018.

The Honorary Commander program partners Barksdale unit commanders with local community leaders, to increase the public’s understanding of the base, its mission and its Airmen, while strengthening the relationship between Barksdale and the Shreveport and Bossier City communities.

“Our mission requires trained and ready Airmen, and their readiness is largely dependent on support from this great community," said Col. Ty Neuman, 2nd Bomb Wing commander. “The Honorary Commander program is one more way we can bring the Airmen and the community together to build an even stronger relationship between the two.”

The program participants will spend time with their associated units, learning about the base’s mission and connect Airmen to the local community.

Barksdale leadership selects from among candidates who can positively impact public support for the base, such as:

  • Non-federal elected or appointed officials
  • Mayors
  • Chamber of commerce-type group members
  • Principals of local schools
  • Military Affairs Committee members
  • Others with positive influence in the community

The next round of honorary commander induction nominations are from now until March 5.

For more information, or to submit a nomination of someone who would serve well as an honorary commander, contact the 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs at 2BW.PA@us.af.mil.