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Feb. 4, 2009

Wing and a prayer

In a long overdue award ceremony Feb. 2 an American hero was presented the Army's Distinguished Service Cross for leading a formation of B-24s on an extremely dangerous mission during World War II. Then-Capt. Walter T. Holmes, operations officer for the 68th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force, was stationed in Libya when he

Jan. 29, 2009

The French connection: France's general visits Barksdale

French Lt. Gen. Gilles Desclaux, France's commander in chief of air defense and air operations, visited Barksdale January 25 to 28 on behalf of the 8th Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder, to discuss ongoing operations and to fly in a B-52. "France as a country is considering participating back in with NATO operations so this gave us a

Jan. 28, 2009

ACC commander visits Barksdale

Gen. John D. W. Corley, Air Combat Command commander, paid a visit to Barksdale Air Force Base Jan. 26 and 27. Senior leadership from Barksdale's 8th Air Force, 2d Bomb Wing and 917th Wing greeted their commanding officer before he set out to tour the base and meet with Airmen. Gen. Corley's schedule consisted of various mission briefs, visits to

Jan. 23, 2009

Barksdale force support brings fun to Airmen’s doorstep

While the base may seem like an all work, no play environment, Barksdale personnel should know that one of the nicest playgrounds is in their own backyard. Airmen need not to leave base for a lively weekend and have more than 30 on-base activities to keep Airmen entertained. "Outdoor recreation is ridiculously underpriced to attract Airmen and

Jan. 23, 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

Jan. 23, 2009

Royal Air Force returns to Barksdale

More than 160 Royal Air Force members arrived Jan. 12 to participate in a joint, international exercise; Green Flag East. Green Flag is a series of pre-deployment exercises for units that perform close-air support and precision-guided munitions delivery. These exercises are held both here and Fort Polk, La., for the Eastern United States and at

Jan. 23, 2009

Barksdale prepares for readiness inspection

Barksdale's phase one conventional operational readiness exercise wrapped up Jan. 14. The three-day long exercise's objective was to accomplish the movement of more than 900 Barksdale personnel and over 10 tons of equipment in preparation for the upcoming inspection. "This was a test of our capability to perform within certain timeliness," said

Jan. 20, 2009

Barksdale congratulates January promotees

To Staff Sergeant: Johann Barco Robert Causey Gustavo Cousse Kregg Edwards Robin Gibson Desiree Jackson Robert Kern Adam Madrid Larry Mattson Rachel Morones Marshall Nall Michael Norton James Pye Francisco Riveraruiz Kristopher Rowan Paul Simmons Sumira Smith Michele Street Christopher Supanchick Darnelle Sutherland Vincent Sweet Bryan Tune Zachary

Dec. 16, 2008

917th Wing sets Buff Smoke on fire – takes four of the top five awards

The 917th Wing took top honors at the five day Buff Smoke competition held here at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., from Dec. 1 to 4 with an awards ceremony held Dec. 5. Buff Smoke is a competition hosted by 2d Bomb Wing and is designed to help B-52 aircrews, crew chiefs, load crews, and maintainers sharpen their combat skills and has been held off

Dec. 16, 2008

Airmen hustle for ham

As the Christmas season approaches, the fitness center found a healthy way to celebrate the holiday. The Ham Haul, which has been held for the past seven years, proves to be one of the most popular 5Ks at Barksdale. "We are expecting more than 600 runners; it's going to be cold out," said James Dich, fitness center director, "I can't think of a