Getting Here

  • Military Personnel Section

    The Military Personnel Section provides combat and community support by delivering personnel and mission-sustaining quality of life services to our Airman. We operate multiple services from DEERS/ID Cards to Career Development, including outbound assignments, retirements and reenlistments. Our services extend to awards and decorations, passports and evaluations.

    DEERS/ID CARD Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm
    All other MPS services Monday - Friday, 9am - 4:30pm

    DEERS/Military ID Cards
    Active Duty Retirements and Separations 
    Active Duty Outbound Assignments
    Active Duty Promotions
    Active Duty Reenlistments
    Force Management

  • River's Edge Welcome Center

    The River’s Edge Welcome Center is open by appointment only Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is a one-stop-shop for all in-processing needs.

    The center provides face-to-face help to Airmen and their spouses with the Airman & Family Readiness Center representatives, 2nd Medical Group patient administration, Barksdale School Liaison officer, TMO personal property counselor and 2nd Comptroller Squadron financial operations supervisor.

    The welcome center appointment line can be reached at 318-456-0956. All incoming Airmen are encouraged to bring in their family to their appointment.

    For now, all patrons and workers of the welcome center are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. All patrons are also being screened with a questionnaire recommended by the 2nd MDG.

Barksdale Air Force Base

Gate Information

Barksdale currently operates four gates for admittance onto the base. Three on the main base and one on Barksdale's East Reservation to accommodate east-side residents.

At the end of the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge is the west gate. This is the main gate to the base: Manned by our elite security forces personnel, this gate is the point at which visiting individuals are granted access via a temporary visitor's pass to Barksdale AFB. This gate is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

At the end of Northgate Rd. you will find the Bossier Gate. This is the north gate. This is the easiest way to access the Barksdale Lodging office, for those who are in need of temporary lodging.

Barksdale's East Gate is located off Industrial Dr. on the northeast side of the base. This gate is intended to service those individuals residing in either of the two housing areas located on the east reservation and for those who live the subdivisions to the north of the base.

(West) Shreveport Gate Normal Hours:
  +  24 Hour Operation
(West) Shreveport Gate Visitor's Center:
  +  5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 7 days a week
(North) Bossier City Gate:
  +  5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday
Closed Saturday 
(Industrial) East Gate, East Gate Visitor's Center and search area:
  +  5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Friday
  +  5:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday
Bodcau Gate:
  +  5:45 a.m. to  10 p.m. 7 days a week
NOTE: When visitor centers are closed, the west gate will write visitor passes. Please contact 318-456-3580 with any questions.


Please use this page as a guide to become acquainted with the Barksdale and the educational, recreational and service facilities available here. We have made every attempt to ensure the information in this guide is current. Some information may be subject to change. Updates will be made as new information becomes available.

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