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July 8, 2011

Barksdale's Recovery Care Coordinators program aids ill, injured Airmen

It's been one year since Barksdale implemented the Recovery Care Coordinators program here affecting numerous injured and ill military members. The RCC program, which was developed to help aid seriously wounded and ill Airmen, including members of the Reserve and Guard components and their families, has now helped just shy of 100 military members

July 8, 2011

A cut above the rest

Crossing through the glass doors into the well lit room, the buzz of simultaneous hair clippers drowns out the sound of the televisions. Customers thumb through old, tattered magazines as they wait for their number to be called. A thin, white-haired man calls from the back corner of the room. "32," he calls out to the waiting patrons. Scissors in

June 30, 2011

Barksdale Airman recounts IED attack

Several engines roar through the night air, accompanied with several thumps, slams and thuds as military members pile into vehicles. A senior airman who serves as a medic climbs into an armored vehicle with her gear. The convoy begins its long journey to its destination. The days' duties of dealing with life outside the wire take its toll on the

June 30, 2011

The 'luckiest, unlucky' firefighter

After a six-month tour in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, one member of the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department was ready to go home. He made numerous phone calls back to the states to ensure everything was ready for his arrival, he had his bags packed and was only hours from take-off when everything changed.Tech. Sgt. John Knight doesn't consider

June 30, 2011

Mitigating weather-related risks: Barksdale Weather Flight warns Airmen of severe storm conditions

At any given time, dozens of Barksdale Airmen are at work outside-- on the flightline under B-52s, training the working dogs, on site at construction projects throughout the base. Supporting the Barksdale mission can subject Airmen to the elements, but when inclement weather strikes, it's the job of the Barksdale Weather Flight to ensure base

June 29, 2011

A day in the life of an ALS instructor

Non-commissioned officers are considered the "backbone" of any military branch, but before any airman can become an NCO in the Air Force, they have to attend Airman Leadership School where they are mentored and trained by ALS instructors to become leaders.More than 450 airmen step through the doors of ALS every year at Barksdale and after five

June 23, 2011

Dogs are an Airman's best friend

Early every Saturday morning when most people are still at home in bed or watching Saturday morning cartoons with their children, Staff Sgt. Samantha Plemons is entering a dark room. She can hear the distant sound of dogs barking and whining and smell animal hair and pet food in the air. The 2nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron force health management

June 17, 2011

Cycling for a purpose

It's 4:45 a.m., there's no chirping outside the window, the birds aren't even awake yet. A 2nd Medical Group Laboratory Technician slips out of bed quietly as his wife and four children sleep. His work doesn't start until 7:30 a.m. but he utilizes his time to relax and prepare to get there. By 6:30 a.m. and the sun's rays are peeking over the

June 17, 2011

Bioenvironmental engineers protect health of Airmen

Ask an airman what they know about bioenvironmental engineering and the answer is simple-- gas mask fit tests.The statement is true, bioenvironmental engineering performs 1,453 gas mask fit tests for Barksdale each year. That's more than 100 fit tests per month--an important test as gas masks are the first line of defense against chemical and

June 10, 2011

From burgers to salads—Barksdale DFAC focuses on healthier food items

One burger, a serving of French fries, a glass of soda and piece of cake for dessert- yes it sounds enticing, but add condiments and you're looking at a mouth-watering meal of nearly 1,000 calories.With a focus on fitness, more and more Airmen are saying "no thank you" to high-calorie, high-fat meals, and are instead lining up for healthier food