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May 26, 2009

Cadets tour Barksdale

Nineteen cadets from the Air Force Academy will tour Barksdale Air Force Base as part of the Operation Air Force program starting May 31 through June 18. The cadets came to Barksdale from the academy in order to gain experience that will guide them in their future Air Force career. The OAF program consists of both the Air Force Academy and Reserve

May 26, 2009

Airmen utilize Wingman Policy, avoid DUI

The first alcohol-induced incident occurred Jan. 14. A civilian under the influence violently crashed his truck into Barksdale's West Gate at 3:35 a.m. Airmen need to utilize other options of transportation to get home safely. Barksdale's mobile security force units responded to the scene and upon arrival immediately checked to see if the

May 26, 2009

Dorm renovations improve Barksdale Airmen's quality of life

Four base dormitories are being renovated and upgraded in order to improve the safety and quality of life for Barksdale's Airmen in unaccompanied housing. The first move into upgraded housing is scheduled for February. Renovations include newly painted walls and ceilings, new carpet and furniture, new bathroom appliances and vanities as well as

May 26, 2009

School liaison officer eases transition

When military families permanently change stations there are many things to do; move in, process units, learn to navigate the new base and adjust to a new office. With all the tasks to complete thinking about enrolling children in school adds to Airmen's already full plate. This is where the school liaison officer can assist you. Theresa Marvin is

May 26, 2009

Pedestrians, drivers adhere to safety

Drivers and pedestrians alike should adhere to all safety measures to ensure dangerous situations are avoided at all costs. Not yielding to pedestrian crossings and alert route lights are two of the most common violations on base. According to Willie Larry, ground safety specialist, a pedestrian-crossing is an area where drivers should use extreme

May 26, 2009

Maintenance Group commander bids farewell

Colonel Steven Shinkle, 2d Maintenance Group commander, will retire from the Air Force Aug. 1 after 32 years of service to the United States of America. Before he leaves, he took some time to say good bye to the Airmen who have served with him and thank you to his family who has been by his side throughout his career ... My priorities have always

May 20, 2009

Barksdale supports Special Olympics

Barksdale Airmen teamed up with the local community to assist more than 350 athletes from Caddo Parish Schools and the Shreveport Parks and Recreation program during the Special Olympics May 7 at Northwood High School in Shreveport, La. The event was previously held once a year and is now held three times annually -- once each for Bossier and Caddo

May 20, 2009

Air show announcer takes the stage

Barksdale has hosted hundreds of thousands of people during its Defenders of Liberty Air Shows. While the faces in the crowd and aircraft in the sky may change, over the past 14 years, one air show supporter has served as a constant and key performer during the annual open house. Before the opening note of the National Anthem is sung, Larry

May 13, 2009

Tippin concert rocks Barksdale air show

Country Music Artist Aaron Tippin came to the 2009 Defenders of Liberty Air show to entertain Airmen and their families during a free concert on Mother's Day. Mr. Tippin started the day with a rigorous workout with one of Barksdale's own physical fitness buffs, Staff Sgt. Darnell Moss. "It's a privilege to be able to come out here and workout with

May 12, 2009

Talent show rocks Stripes Lounge

More than 30 active duty members and civilians attended a talent show sponsored by Barksdale's First Four Airman's Association April 24 at the Stripes Lounge. There were seven acts during the event, including dancing, singing and comedic performances. First, second and third place prizes were awarded to the top three acts of the night. According to