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June 3, 2011

Summer is here, keep safety in mind

The sun is setting and the sky is bursting with colors slowly fusing together. Under the Louisiana sunset rests a B-52H Stratofortress, its shadow provides shade for the sweat-soaked Airmen working underneath. The Airmen have been working for 11 hours and still have more to go to complete their mission. Completely drained, one Airman crosses the

June 3, 2011

Brother and sister in arms

Have you ever met someone who grew up in the state of 'everywhere'? How about someone who is referred to as a 'military brat'? For military members who grew up in military families, their service is not only a way of life; it's the only way they know how to live.Staff Sgt. Christopher Lalich, an RQ-4 network technician stationed at Beale Air Force

June 3, 2011

FTAC prepares airmen for career

Months of schooling and technical training lead up to an airman's first assignment, but before they can put that training to use at their first base, airmen must attend a nine-day long course--First Term Airman Center.Barksdale FTAC provides a structured program to transition airmen from a training environment to the mission-oriented Air

May 25, 2011

Barksdale Natural Resources office works to protect Airmen, animals alike

At first glimpse walking into the Natural Resources office, it's perhaps more clear what this department's purpose is than any other location on base. From gophers to wolves, bobcats to ducks, deer to alligators, the taxidermy displays catch visitors' attention when they first enter the building.The department name, Natural Resources, comes across

May 20, 2011

United in strength: 2011 Armed Forces Day

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department--the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders were asked to drop sponsorship of

May 20, 2011

Memorial Day: remembering, honoring RAIDR 21

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to their country. As this day approaches, Barksdale remembers the tragic loss of aircrew RAIDR 21 July 21, 2008.Aircrew from Barksdale were deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron in 2008. A B-52H Stratofortress, call sign

April 1, 2011

Buying for the best

The men and women of the 2nd Contracting Squadron are responsible for the acquisition of supplies, services, construction, architect-engineering design and utilities to support the 2nd Bomb Wing, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command and associate units. A channel for support, the 2 CONS develops acquisition strategies, leverages needs and

Feb. 11, 2011

Another day, another deployment

In a post 9/11 Air Force, deployment is a near certainty. Airmen are required now more than ever to venture into harm's way in order to complete the mission. With the reinvigoration and modernization of the United States' nuclear arsenal, members of Air Force Global Strike Command are no exception.The stress that comes with a deployment is felt

Jan. 21, 2011

HARM office keeps aircrew mission-ready

The responsibility of the nation's nuclear arsenal falls under the control of Air Force Global Strike Command, and a large portion of that mission rests on the shoulders of the aircrew designated to fly the aircraft. However, before the B-52 can leave the runway, there are many things that must happen behind the scenes to give the mission a green

Jan. 14, 2011

Air traffic controllers: eyes in the night

High above the flight line, hours after most Airmen have gone home for the night, Airman 1st Class Courtney Johns watches diligently from the control tower to ensure the safe execution of the night's flying missions.Airman Johns, an air traffic controller with the 2nd Operations Support Squadron, is part of an elite team of Airmen entrusted with