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  • Air Force leadership conducts privatized housing tour at Barksdale

    The Honorable John W. Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, and Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, visited Barksdale Jan. 6, 2020 to conduct a privatized housing tour. The tour familiarized the leaders with the current condition of privatized base housing here, aligning with current Air Force efforts to improve the Military Housing Privatization Initiative Program for the service.
  • Bombs and BMX: Finding a balance between work & life

    For some, the key to a good work-life balance includes the addition of hobbies to their day-to-day life. Whether it is reading, video games, golf or paintball, the list can go on and on. For Senior Airman Marshall Sutton, 2nd Maintenance Group weapons lead crew member, his hobbies come with two wheels and are raced on dirt track.
  • Welcome to the BUFF

    Nearly 30 Airmen sit in a small auditorium, all wearing in green flight suits. Most of them are quiet, waiting for something to happen. They are surrounded by white walls, covered in pictures of aircraft, symbols of old military units and Honor Boards. Suddenly a loud voice yells “Room, tench hut!” and everyone stands as a new man in the same green flight suit walks in and tells everyone to sit down. “Welcome Class 20-1, welcome to the B-52,” announced Lt. Col. Richard Ruliffson, 11th Bomb Squadron commander.
  • Sensory Santa comes to Barksdale

    Every winter, millions of kids across America celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. Some go ice skating, others make gingerbread homes and many visit Santa to reveal what they want for Christmas. Seeing Santa has become an American tradition that usually results in a picture-perfect moment for parents but for some families, unfortunately the bright lights, noise and long lines in a public venue can be overstimulating.
  • Why I am getting out of the Air Force and you shouldn't stop me

    When I first signed my name on the dotted line to serve my country, I had all these crazy, outlandish ideas of what I thought my Air Force experience was going to be. Well, spoiler alert, they didn't come to fruition, but what I got was a million times better than anything I could've ever imagined. The Air Force has not only introduced me into a career field that I will forever love, but it has taught me so many things about myself and realistically helped shape me into the person I am today.
  • 2nd SFS switch to M18

    More than 30 years ago, the M9 Beretta entered service into the military, but on November 30, the 2nd Security Forces Squadron will arm up with the M9 for the final time. Instead, they will begin carrying the M18 Modular Handgun System, a shorter, more compact weapon. The change is expected to enable defenders to complete their jobs more efficiently and effectively, according to the 2nd SFS Combat Arms team.
  • Barksdale and Minot: Epitome of Interoperability

    Two B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale and two B-52s from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, teamed up for an exercise Nov. 21, 2019.
  • History in the making: final CALCM missile package retired

    The sun has set on an integral component of the United States long-range strategic bombing capabilities as the final Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) package was downloaded and disassembled at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Nov. 20, 2019. Initially beginning design in 1974, the CALCM missile has been employed in combat operations to include Desert Storm, Desert Strike, Desert Fox, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Decades later, the final missile package was disassembled to become demilitarized.
  • Once an Airman, always an Airman: retired B-52 crew chief reunites with aircraft

    When an Airman takes off their uniform for the final time, the values, experiences and memories don’t just disappear, they are imbedded within them for life. Those memories were entirely evident in the eyes of retired Staff Sgt. Mark James, former Barksdale B-52H Stratofortress crew chief, who was reunited with his former aircraft during a visit to the base.
  • Barksdale wins best bomb wing

    Global Strike Challenge 2019 concluded with Air Force Global Strike Command announcing the winners at a scoreposting event here, Nov. 20. Global Strike Challenge is the world's premier bomber, intercontinental ballistic missile, helicopter operations, maintenance and security forces competition.
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