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Oct. 16, 2017

The greatest wealth is health

Health is such a valuable commodity in this day and age. It is something that is frequently overlooked or taken for granted until it is threatened.

July 24, 2017

Barksdale Rocks!

Barksdale Rocks! No, really. It’s a fact. Tracy Elms started hiding painted rocks around Barksdale to get “kids and adults off the couch” and involved in “a game of hide and seek that never ends,” according to the Barksdale Rocks Facebook page.

June 23, 2017

Making a difference in Barksdale through financial peace

Financial Peace Military (FPM) is celebrating its first anniversary in Barksdale as it continues to bring hope to our Airmen and their families! Within the past year, over sixty Barksdale Airmen have attended FPM, and the military team of volunteers who have the heart to make a difference in Airmen’s lives is growing as they hook arms with the Chaplains in this crusade in impacting Barksdale through this life-changing course.

June 14, 2017

P.T.S.D. - Why people avoid mental health treatment

The stigma of seeking help for mental health conditions exists in our general population and within the military community. Stigma can cause a person to deny symptoms, delay seeking care or stop them altogether from beginning treatment. During the month of June (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month) we are encouraging you to be part of the solution. Having a greater understanding and awareness of PTSD can help service members and others recognize symptoms, and seek help and save lives.

April 3, 2017

Changing the lives of our Barksdale Airmen with financial peace

Thirty Air Force Airmen and spouses from across Barksdale recently graduated from Financial Peace Military. This nine module course is available to service members and their families. It covers a variety of financial topics using financial author, radio host and motivational speaker Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace Military” as a basis. It is within the Chaplains’ stewardship program, which is a full-spectrum approach to financial management.

Nov. 29, 2016

Barksdale's privately owned firearms policy

If you are interested in bringing your privately owned firearm to Barksdale Air Force Base, there a few things you should know.

April 6, 2016

Making Time for Your Airmen

I originally wrote this commentary in 2013, and updates have found their way into the base papers at my two previous duty stations as I departed to my next assignments. In reviewing this message it seems relevant to re-visit as it is easy to forget among the demands competing for our attention. As I prepare to depart Barksdale, it is my sincere hope this message resonates with leaders at all levels, as it is our duty to care for our Airmen.

March 28, 2016

Trailblazing Women in Government: Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was born in El Paso, Texas, March 26, 1930, but spent a large amount of her youth on her family’s ranch in Arizona.

March 3, 2016

Women’s History Month: its origin, importance

The significant roles women play in our nation cannot be ignored or overemphasized. In fact, in many societies, women are defined as the foundation through which the social establishment is anchored.

March 3, 2016

Animal Bites Prevention

During the month of January 2015, three animal bites were reported for Team Barksdale. A year later this number grew to five cases reported in the first month of 2016, and one of these cases was from a wild animal, the rest were domestic dogs.