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June 22, 2012

To the lab!

Thousands of Airmen, dependents and retirees visit the base clinic every day. Most only see the waiting room or the patient's room, however more work goes on in the laboratory long after a patient has left. The 2nd Medical Support Squadron laboratory draws blood, obtains urine samples or throat swabs when requested by a doctor. These samples can

June 21, 2012

Mentors make a difference one child at a time

One Barksdale Airman is making a difference in a young man's life by participating in a mentorship program.Since being stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Staff Sgt. Jason Greenwell, 372nd Training Squadron Field Training Detachment electronic warfare systems instructor has worked with 13-year-old La'Torri Simmons for about four

June 14, 2012

Saving lives, Barksdale lifeguards

As it gets hotter, members of Team Barksdale often visit the base pools to cool off and relax.Even though swimming and playing in the water can be fun, it can also be dangerous and it's up to the lifeguards to safeguard those who are out there to have a good time."My job is to make sure everybody is safe," said Kasey Schluter, head lifeguard and

June 13, 2012

The uncanny X-ray Airmen

Peering into the human body might sound like a super power out of a comic book, but to these Airmen it's a part of their everyday job. These Airmen blast X-radiation, more commonly known as X-rays, into the human body through the use of specialized machines to see the deepest parts of the body and provide medical imaging to doctors."We receive

June 8, 2012

HVAC/R keeps Barksdale cool

With the arrival of summer and the intense Louisiana heat, Barksdale Airmen fight to keep cool. An air conditioned building is one comfort Airmen enjoy, but when it breaks down, who is there to fix it?The HVAC/R flight conducts repairs and regular check-ups on the base's ventilation and air conditioning systems and employs 33 professional mechanics

June 7, 2012

Eating for life

As the Air Force continues to downsize, each Airman becomes more vital to the mission which means it's more important now than ever to ensure Airmen are focused on their total well-being. One aspect of well-being that is sometimes overlooked is maintaining a healthy diet."Diet plays a bigger role than most people think," said Leah Beckham, Health

June 7, 2012

2 CES engineers and architect keeps Barksdale on top

With more than 140 base renovation, construction and demolition projects this fiscal year alone, the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron Programming Flight is hard at work taking Airmen's ideas for base improvement and making them a reality.With the recent addition of the Air Force Global Strike Command, certain changes in infrastructure have become

June 1, 2012

Selfless Airmen showing P.R.I.D.E.

"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention," said Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet.Every year, 62 million Americans volunteer countless hours at their local schools, hospices, animal and homeless shelters, and community centers. Airmen also contribute their time in their local communities."The men and women of

May 24, 2012

PRP keeps Barksdale mission ready

The ability to be called upon to perform the mission at a moment's notice is in every Airman's job description. But for the more than 1,400 Airmen that are part of the Personnel Reliability Program here, it's much more than that, as they are held at even higher standards. It's their duty. The purpose of PRP is to ensure only reliable personnel

May 24, 2012

First Term Airmen's Center

When Airmen arrive at their first duty station, they may have to adjust to the new environment. The core values, Airmen's Creed and Air Force song have all been drilled into their brains, but they know little about the operational Air Force.During their transition from technical school to their first base, Airmen face many changes in responsibility