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Barksdale Air Force Base

April 4, 2018

COMMENTARY: Longer waits, safer gates

Every service member has a duty to defend the constitution of the United States. In order to do this, we support a variety of missions throughout the four branches of service. However, these missions are put in jeopardy if our security is compromised. A renewed focus on security across the Air Force caused leadership to review base security procedures and, in places, change security measures. While these new measures may be inconvenient, they ensure we can keep Barksdale safe and complete its mission. We understand that there have been major changes to the flow of traffic onto base and our Security Forces Defenders are making every effort to keep traffic moving smoothly. Because the new security posture will be in place for the foreseeable future, it is important we all take steps to adjust.

Dec. 21, 2017

More than I asked for

I left home for the first time in my 20 years of living on Jan. 10, 2017, to become an Airman. I saw the Air Force as an opportunity to better myself through professionalism, education and experience. As a first generation Airman I went in blind, but I knew what I wanted and I wasn’t going to let anything get in my way. However, I was not prepared for the emotional rollercoaster I had strapped myself into. After two flights and a bus ride, I finally arrived at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. As soon as the bus stopped, the doors swung open and a military training instructor ran us off. We made our way into a small room filled with crates overflowing with backpacks, shower shoes, reflective belts and other essential supplies for trainees. Once we were rushed through and loaded up, we were corralled into a giant auditorium filled with what felt like over 1,000 people. The silence in that room was chilling.