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Nov. 10, 2011

A day in the life of a HAWC rep

Hit the ground running. That's what health and wellness center representatives here do every single day. It's their job to keep Airmen and their families informed about ways to get healthy and fit so they can accomplish the mission at Barksdale."One of the most important steps to accomplishing the mission is meeting Air Force fitness expectations,"

Nov. 4, 2011

A day in the life of bay-orderly Airmen

Picking up trash and cleaning laundry rooms isn't a job everyone looks forward to, but someone has to do it. Those who pick up the responsibilities here are easily identified by fluorescent safety vests and blue latex gloves.In an effort to keep the dorm areas sparkling, dorm management works with the squadrons and flights on base to organize a

Oct. 31, 2011

GAS GAS GAS

More than 40 Barksdale Airmen receive gas mask fit tests every Thurs. from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Bio-Environmental Engineering building on base. All gas mask fit tests are mandatory for both in-processing and deploying Airmen to ensure they are properly prepared in case of a chemical disaster or attack.These tests are performed by the 2nd

Oct. 27, 2011

Crew chiefs make it happen

Before a B-52H Stratofortress can take off, the aircraft has to be inspected, checked and repaired. Though it may not sound like much, ensuring every part of a 40 ft. tall 159 ft. long aircraft with a wingspan of 185 ft. is no easy task. "It takes a special kind of person with a lot of patience to perform the maintenance we do out here on a daily

Oct. 20, 2011

AFSA takes care of Airmen

The Air Force Sergeants Association has been fighting for enlisted rights for more than 50 years. From an Airman basic to a chief master sergeant, AFSA is the voice in front of Congress for all enlisted personnel.According to the Barksdale AFSA website, it was risky to enlist in the military during the middle part of the 20th century, because

Oct. 20, 2011

Legal guides Airmen through will creation

Life is full of surprises and curveballs can come your way at any moment. The legal assistance office here is ready to help Airmen and their families prepare as best they can to deal with those surprises. Capt. Anna Magazinnik, 2nd Bomb Wing chief of legal assistance, oversees the will process for interested parties on base. A will is a legal

Oct. 20, 2011

Barksdale Airmen discover educational opportunities

Hundreds of Barksdale Airmen gather in classrooms on-base, off-base and on-line during their free-time to take advantage of the numerous education benefits available to them through the Air Force.Taking classes to earn associates, bachelors and masters degrees from various educational institutions are a few of the educational opportunities

Oct. 13, 2011

Come rain or shine

Sitting in a chair surrounded by four computer monitors, Senior Airman Gary Graeff studies endless charts and maps of the southeast United States. The color-coded maps with seemingly random markings mean nothing to most people, but he sees everything he needs to perform a critical mission here at Barksdale. Part scientist and part psychic, Graeff

Oct. 13, 2011

Do you have a plan?

Severe weather here in the Ark-La-Tex ranges from dangerous thunderstorms with tornadoes, hail and lightning to freezing rain and ice storms, to the existing drought plaguing the region. Should the weather in the area turn dangerous, it is important to have a family readiness plan in order to stay safe and protect your loved ones. "A family

Oct. 13, 2011

307th takes wingman concept up a notch

Wingmanship, dedication and pride are just a few of the qualities shared by Airmen, both active and reserve, assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron here.The active-duty Airmen are part of a Total Force Integration. TFI is used to integrate active and reserve Airmen into a consolidated force to ensure the Barksdale mission is effectively and