Barksdale Air force Base

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.

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.

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