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Aug. 18, 2011

Back to School Safety

It's that time of the year again; the time when kids are headed back to school. Each year, at this time, there are many reports of children being injured or even killed by darting between cars, not using cross-walks or by motorists simply not being observant enough. However it's not just the responsibility of the motorists, parents are also

Aug. 18, 2011

2 LRS keeps Barksdale Airmen protected

Sitting at an office desk is an Airman in a full Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology with a gas mask suctioned to his face. He's a new Airman and this is his first exercise."Luke, I am your father!"We've probably all done it. Imitated the voice of the infamous "bad guy", Darth Vader, from Star Wars in our gas masks while breathing

Aug. 18, 2011

Emergency Management: Barksdale's response team

Those who have been at Barksdale long enough likely remember 2009 as a difficult year. It was a year that saw a tornado and a flood descend upon the base. Fast forward to 2011 and Barksdale is still here, healthy and thriving.Its recovery can be attributed to the quick response and diligent efforts of many different base organizations, including

Aug. 12, 2011

Wolf Pack meets Buff challenge

In 1958, a gallon of gas cost 30 cents, a mid-sized house could be purchased for $18,000 and Barksdale Air Force Base received its first B-52 Stratofortress. Since then, the aircraft has seen many changes and undergone several tests and upgrades.For the past 25 years, upgrading the B-52H Stratofortress has been the mission of the 49th Test and

Aug. 11, 2011

Hard-wired

Dust covered everything in the small, dimly lit closet. The stale smell permeated the room as if it had not been accessed in decades. The only evidence of human activity here, aside from the layers of black marker graffiti on the cracked paint, was the massive tower of plastic and wires dividing the already cramped workspace in half. This little

Aug. 4, 2011

Developing X-rays from the bat cave

Sitting in a small white room with no windows on a cold examining table, metal instruments everywhere, is a nervous male patient, uncomfortably dressed in a too-small floral fabric gown.A young doctor comes into the room, holds up a black and white image excitedly in front of the patient and says, "Bad news is your x-ray showed a broken rib. Good

July 28, 2011

A day in the life of a chaplain assistant

The faint sound of footsteps grow louder as they approach a door. The footsteps stop and keys jingle as a heavy wooden door slowly creaks open. The light spills across the floor, slowly stretching toward the front of the room. A silhouette standing in the door way is suddenly replaced with an Airman as the chapel lights flicker on.Staff Sergeant

July 22, 2011

A day in the life of a chaplain

The smell of fresh coffee fills the morning air as an Air Force Chaplain sits in a chair basking in silence, preparing for the day's tasks. He grabs his cup and heads out the door not knowing what the day may hold for him.Capt. Richard Holmes, member of the 2nd Bomb Wing Chaplain Corps, starts his day at approximately 5 a.m. On some mornings, he

July 14, 2011

Egress: (noun) a place or means of going out, exit.

A B-52 aircrew prepares for a routine flight and all systems are "go". This mission, like many other missions, will likely end with little to no adversity, or so everyone thinks.Somewhere over the pacific, an engine catches fire. The pilots try to stabilize the plane but to no avail. They're losing altitude fast. Lucky for them, there is an entire

July 14, 2011

Barksdale animal clinic serves best friends and co-workers

A pet getting loose is a hazard every animal owner has to deal with. A pet getting hit by a car is a rarer and much more serious prospect. It happened to one Barksdale family dog just a few weeks ago. There wasn't time to get the dog to an off-base animal hospital. Luckily for that pooch and his family, the vet clinic on Barksdale was equipped to