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Barksdale Dorm Management strives to provide better quality of life for Airmen

Jim Parker, local contractor, cuts a piece of wood to be used with the installation a window in a dormitory on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 25, 2014. The 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron Dorm Management office is in the process of renovating various dorms on Barksdale as a way to promote a better quality of life for Airmen.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sean Martin)

Jim Parker, local contractor, cuts a piece of wood to be used with the installation a window in a dormitory on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 25, 2014. The 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron Dorm Management office is in the process of renovating various dorms on Barksdale as a way to promote a better quality of life for Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sean Martin)

Thomas Sapling, local contractor, drills holes to install an explosion proof window in a dormitory on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 25, 2014. The windows are being installed as a way to cut down on energy rates. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sean Martin)

Thomas Sapling, local contractor, drills holes to install an explosion proof window in a dormitory on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 25, 2014. The windows are being installed as a way to cut down on energy rates. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sean Martin)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- The 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron Dorm Management office is in the process of renovating various dormitories on Barksdale as a way to promote a better quality of life for Airmen.

Maintaining a high quality of life for Airmen is one of the main goals for the 2nd CES dorm management office.

"We are responsible for 10 dormitories on Barksdale," said Tech. Sgt. Dontaevious Barber, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron unaccompanied housing superintendant. "We strive to make quality of life as best as it can be for Airmen living here by performing various upgrades throughout the year."

Currently, four dorms are being renovated.

"All appliances such as stoves, fridges, washers and dryers are being replaced in Building 4261, Stratofortress and Building 4263, Hercules," said Barber. "All the washers and dryers must be changed out every five years as part of our quality of life upgrades."

Building 4640, Stratojet and Building 4664, Dragon windows are being replaced with explosion proof windows. This will also cut down on energy rates, added Barber.

Cameras are also being installed in all 10 dorms as a safety measure for Airmen and their belongings.

"We will be able to closely monitor the dorms in an attempt to prevent things from happening and also give Airmen an added sense of security," said Barber. "There will also be long range cameras installed to monitor the parking lot as well."

This will, in turn, allow us to better police the dorms and maintain their integrity, added Barber.

"A lot of Airmen are working 12-hour shifts and at the end of the day they want a place that they can call home," said Barber. "It will allow them to have a sense of empowerment knowing they have a well-kept place to come home to, relax, and call their own."

The benefits of these upgrades also allow 2nd CES dorm management to take pride in what is theirs.

"Those of us who work in dorm management care about these Airmen and at the end of the day that is what it's all about," said Barber. "Our main objective is to make sure our personnel are well taken care of because without these Airmen, we would not be able to complete the mission, put bombs on target and get planes in the air."

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