Barksdale Air force Base


Thu November 6, 2014

Air Force Secretary joins hundreds of airmen for competition at Barksdale Air Force Base

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presents the very first Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal to 1st Lt. Victoria Fort, a missile combat crew instructor from the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., during Air Force Global Strike Command’s Global Strike Challenge.
Credit Senior Airman Benjamin Gonsier / U.S. Air Force photo

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Serve Medal to 25 airmen at Barksdale Air Force Base Wednesday as part of the closing ceremony of Air Force Global Strike Command’s fourth Global Strike Challenge.

More than 350 airmen competed in categories such as ballistic missile operations, helicopter maneuvers and security force procedures.

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Fri May 3, 2013

B-17 bomber comes to Shreveport, despite no air show

Credit Sam Bulgar

An iconic airplane of World War II, the B-17, will touch down at Shreveport Downtown Airport on Friday, May 3, and be open for tours and flights around Shreveport/Bossier.  It’s owned by the Gulf Coast Wing, a unit of the Commemorative Air Force. Historian Christopher Ebdon of Houston said this B-17 is one of three still in existence, and the only one still flying. It was used by the Navy for early warning radar. Ebdon said it came off the assembly line, along with another B-17, that is displayed on the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base.

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Thu March 14, 2013

Barksdale museum rebirth aims to touch a wide audience

Barksdale Global Power Museum director Amy Russell stands in an updated exhibit featuring artifacts from the home of 2nd Lt. Eugene Hoy Barksdale, the namesake of Barksdale Air Force Base.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Thousands of visitors go through the Barksdale Global Power Museum each month. Director Amy Russell is charged with renovating the museum, and some exhibits haven’t been changed out since it opened in 1978. Through the updates, Russell aims to make the museum resonate with a wide audience.

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Wed March 13, 2013

Barksdale museum gets a big makeover

Barksdale Global Power Museum director Amy Russell stands in front of scaffolding in an exhibit space that is being redone and modernized.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Barksdale Global Power Museum is undergoing a transformation. The exhibits, some dating back to 1978, are being redone and modernized. Eventually, they’ll tell a cohesive story about the role of Barksdale Air Force Base through time and the heritage of the bomber.

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Tue February 19, 2013

History Matters: On Barksdale's history through the decades

Commentator Gary Joiner pays tribute to Barksdale Air Force Base on its 80th anniversary this month.

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