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  • Air Force leadership conducts privatized housing tour at Barksdale

    The Honorable John W. Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, and Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, visited Barksdale Jan. 6, 2020 to conduct a privatized housing tour. The tour familiarized the leaders with the current condition of privatized base housing here, aligning with current Air Force efforts to improve the Military Housing Privatization Initiative Program for the service.
  • 2nd SFS switch to M18

    More than 30 years ago, the M9 Beretta entered service into the military, but on November 30, the 2nd Security Forces Squadron will arm up with the M9 for the final time. Instead, they will begin carrying the M18 Modular Handgun System, a shorter, more compact weapon. The change is expected to enable defenders to complete their jobs more efficiently and effectively, according to the 2nd SFS Combat Arms team.
  • History in the making: final CALCM missile package retired

    The sun has set on an integral component of the United States long-range strategic bombing capabilities as the final Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) package was downloaded and disassembled at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Nov. 20, 2019. Initially beginning design in 1974, the CALCM missile has been employed in combat operations to include Desert Storm, Desert Strike, Desert Fox, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Decades later, the final missile package was disassembled to become demilitarized.
  • Gen. Ray tours 2nd BW, fosters competition culture in Airmen

    Gen. Tim Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, toured the 2nd Bomb Wing during an official visit Oct. 8. Although AFGSC is headquartered at Barksdale, this was Ray’s first official visit since taking command in August 2018. Ray’s wife, Rhonda, also took time to tour the base and interact with Airmen and employees at various locations across base.
  • Air Force Wounded Warrior Program ambassador visits Barksdale

    Retired Chief Master Sgt. Neil C. Jones, Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program ambassador, visited Barksdale to share his story of struggle and resilience Sept. 27, 2019. As a former explosive ordnance disposal technician who has endured divorce, serving his country as a single father, and the loss of friends, Jones shared his story of how the AFW2 Program has helped him through the struggles.
  • Breaking the cycle

    He could’ve followed the destructive path of a young man who was raised in an unstable environment like his and ended up in jail or possibly dead. During his childhood, Senior Master Sgt. Neco Johnson, 2nd Munitions Squadron first sergeant, was faced with many challenges, from family issues and a compromised home setting to a heavy presence of drug use in his community of St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Love of flying: a rare reunion for pilot couple

    The Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air and Space Show, brought together over 80,000 families and spectators from the Ark-La-Tex region May 18 and 19, 2019 to witness a full weekend of military and civilian aircraft performances and displays. For one Air Force family, a trip to the air show held more significance than just a weekend of entertainment. With duty stations more than 200 miles apart, Maj. Natasha E. Blankenship, a C-17 Globemaster III pilot with the 183rd Airlift Squadron in Jackson, Mississippi, and her husband, Maj. John R. Blankenship, a B-52 Stratofortress pilot with the 96th Bomb Squadron here, were reunited as Natasha Blankenship flew a C-17 from Jackson into Barksdale to be put on display as part of the air show.
  • AFGSC Outstanding Airmen of the Year recognized

    Air Force Global Strike Command’s six Outstanding Airmen of the Year award winners pose with other Airmen from AFGSC at the AFGSC Outstanding Airmen of the Year award ceremony April 15, 2019, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The ceremony was hosted in honor of six Airmen who were selected as the most outstanding Airmen throughout AFGSC. (U.S. Air
  • 2019 BTF comes to an end

    More than 450 personnel and six B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, returned home following a short-term deployment to RAF Fairford, England, in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force in Europe, April 11, 2019. The BTF deployment enabled theater integration and training with joint partners, allied nations and other U.S. Air Force units, to further enhance bomber interoperability in the theater.
  • Strengthening community ties through innovation

    “Innovation is the hallmark of the United States Air Force,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, during a 2017 Air Force Association conference. “From time to time it is important to refresh our science and technology strategy, to step back from the programs and problems of today and project 10 or 20 years into the future.” In May 2018, the 2nd Bomb Wing hosted a Spark Tank event, developed to provide Airmen a platform to share their potentially ground-breaking ideas that they have developed in hopes of receiving funding for their concepts and supporting the same values Wilson explained.
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