Barksdale Air force Base

Barksdale Air Force Base announces all-female crews

Mar 22, 2016

For the first time in Air Force history, two all-female crews of B-52s will fly training missions Tuesday, March 22. 

KATE ARCHER KENT

Twenty-five years ago, the U.S. and its allies launched Operation Desert Storm to free Kuwait from an invasion by Iraq. What was confidential at the time was that the opening mission of the war was launched from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Commentator Gary Joiner profiles the top-secret air combat mission nicknamed "Secret Squirrel."

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.

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.

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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