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Feb. 23, 2012

Bowling center provides activities for Barksdale community

The sound of pins scattering echoes throughout the building as members of Team Barksdale gather to enjoy quality time together. High-fives are used to celebrate strikes, and when the ball rolls past the single pin that was left in the lane, the crowd gives the bowler their sympathy with a pat on the shoulder.The Barksdale Bowling Center provides

Feb. 23, 2012

ITT takes Team Barksdale on a trip

Here in "Fun Central", hundreds of colorful pamphlets are on display, showcasing smiling families, a famous mouse and beautiful landscapes.The Information, Tickets and Travel office has a plethora of information and tickets for Team Barksdale members wanting to take advantage of local events, trips or out-of-state vacations."We provide local and

Feb. 17, 2012

Energy managers find ways to save money

Every utility in your house, from the lights to the shower, run at your convenience. But where does the energy come from, and who's in charge on base of managing those utilities on a daily basis? That responsibility falls under the Barksdale energy manager. John McLaughlin, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron base energy manager, is in charge of all

Feb. 10, 2012

Silent destruction

As the masses celebrate Black History Month, there is a lesser known observance taking place in the month of February. Unlike the celebration of influential figures throughout history however, the subjects of this observance could be destroying homes from the inside, and residents may not even know it.February is Termite Awareness Month, and marks

Feb. 9, 2012

President's Day

President George Washington's Birthday, commonly known as President's Day, is thought of by many people as just another day off from work or school. The holiday is actually intended to honor and respect our nation's first commander-in-chief.According to the National Archives, President's day was originally introduced in 1880 and expanded in 1885 to

Feb. 9, 2012

Aerospace Ground Equipment keeps B-52s up and running

Airmen of the 2nd Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight are responsible for the equipment that helps keep the B-52H Stratofortress operational.The equipment they support includes bomb loaders, munitions trailers and lights that are used at night. They also provide the aircraft with electrical power that starts the engines and

Feb. 3, 2012

Combat Arms Airmen prepare others for deployment

The room is dark; it's easy to feel the small breeze of air pass by as Airmen from the 2nd Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms team prepare for various war scenarios. As the entire wall in front of them lights up with graphics, shots are fired. Thirty-two rounds later, four terrorists are dead.Welcome to the Engagement Skills Trainer. The EST is a

Feb. 2, 2012

Consequences Deter DUIs

A common scene found on the weekends is Airmen relaxing downtown after a hard week of work. There's dancing and drinking, and then it's finally time to go home. Some Airmen walk back to their cars and think to themselves, "I can still drive"; and think they drive even better when they're drunk. Next thing they know, they see the flashing lights of

Jan. 27, 2012

Aerospace...Up, Up, and Away

There's a fire in the cockpit. Smoke seeps quickly into the air ducts of the aircraft. The flight crew attempts to escape as quickly as possible, but sometimes that isn't enough. First responders are quick to examine the crew to prevent them from passing out due to lack of oxygen.Members of the 2nd Aerospace Medical Squadron are familiar with this

Jan. 26, 2012

A day in the life of a B-52 pilot

His alarm clock rings long before the sun comes up. Pushing snooze isn't an option, as this B-52H Stratofortress pilot has a mission to fulfill. His morning briefings begin at 4 a.m.Capt. Kristopher Rorberg, 2nd Operations Support Squadron instructor pilot, is ready to complete any mission put in front of him. "I've always wanted to join the Air