Barksdale Air Force Base
The host unit at Barksdale Air Force Base is the 2d Bomb Wing (2 BW), the oldest bomb wing in the Air Force. It is assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command’s (AFGSC) Eighth Air Force (8 AF). Equipped with about 44 B-52H Stratofortress bombers, 2 BW provides flexible, responsive global combat capability and trains all Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Force Reserve Command Boeing B-52 Stratofortress crews.
The 2nd Bomb Wing conducts the primary mission of Barksdale Air Force Base with three squadrons of B-52H Stratofortress bombers – the 11th Bomb Squadron, which is the training squadron, the 20th Bomb Squadron and the 96th Bomb Squadron. Together they ensure the 2nd Bomb Wing provides flexible, responsive, global combat capability, autonomously or in concert with other forces, and trains all Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Force Reserve B-52 crews. The Deuce provides our nation with strategic deterrence capabilities and devastating global combat air power–anytime, anywhere.
There are 14,581 active duty, reserve, civilian personnel, military families, and retirees assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base.
Any members who have moved duty locations before or are not separating or retiring are asked to complete self-counseling through a system called the Defense Personal Property System. Once the member’s shipment is booked, the member will be notified and a carrier will be assigned to their shipment. When members arrive to their destination, they may have their property delivered directly to their home. For members who don’t want direct delivery to their home, they are authorized storage for up to 90 days. To ensure household goods and property are not damaged during travel, TMO provides quality assurance inspectors.
For members who wish to ship their pets, they must ensure their pets are up-to-date on all vaccinations. Members are responsible for all expenses related to pet shipment and must comply with carrier regulations. For more information, contact TMO at 456-5338, or visit their office on the third floor of the Mission Support Group building at 801 Kenney Ave.
The Military Personnel Section provides combat and community support by delivering personnel and mission-sustaining quality of life services to our Airman. We operate multiple services from DEERS/ID Cards to Career Development, including outbound assignments, retirements and reenlistments. Our services extend to awards and decorations, passports and evaluations.
DEERS/ID CARD: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm
All other MPS services: Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm
DEERS/Military ID Cards: 318-456-3710 or 318-456-4129
In an effort to eliminate and reduce customer wait times and increase process efficiency, the 2nd Comptroller Squadron finance customer service team has implemented new and improved methodology to meet the demanding customer service needs of Team Barksdale and the 14,000 members of the Shreveport/Bossier City Military Community.
For those new to Barksdale Air Force Base, please take a moment to review some of the links and documents provided here to ease your transition to Louisiana. Much of the information required for newcomers and individuals PCSing can be found through this site, allowing you to accomplish your needs with one less in/outprocessing appointment.
PCS In-Processing Briefing: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
PCS Out-Processing Briefing: Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Customer Service Counter Hours:
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed on holidays, AFGSC Family Days and Wing Training Days)
Civilian Pay hours: Appointments available Tuesday – Thursday, call 318-456-4465 or 318-456-4772 for availability.
To contact the Barksdale Finance Customer Service office with questions, call 318-456-4733 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit http://www.barksdale.af.mil/Units/Finance-Customer-Service/
The Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV) is 8 miles from base. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is 211 miles from base, which is about a 3.5-hour drive by car. The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, TX is 224 miles away or about a 4-hour drive by car.
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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Louisiana school, a child must be at least 4 years and 7 months old before the start of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
Active duty residents who live on base with school age children now have the option to send their child to any school in Bossier Parish up to the school’s functional capacity.
Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB) resident school of choice (k-12) forms for military families living on the base are available for pickup on May 1 at the School Board Annex II. Please pick up and complete the applications and bring them along with a military ID, proof of residence, and a copy of your lease for approval to:
Bossier Parish School Board, Annex II,
316 Sibley Street, Benton, LA 71006
For assistance contact Ms. Judy Willcox at email@example.com, or call (318) 549-5040. Once the application has been approved you may take it to the school you selected and register your student. If student is transitioning from one school level (elementary to middle, middle to high) a new application must be submitted with appropriate documentation:
Proof of residence (housing letter or copy of lease)
Parent/student must provide own transportation
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Louisiana Child & Family Services (281) 795-0642
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Louisiana Department of Health (225) 342-9500
Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana (318) 900-7866
Highway Patrol (504) 310-7000
Base Operator (318) 456-1110
Airman & Readiness Center (318) 456-8400
Chapel Services (318) 456-2111
Family Child Care (318) 456-3354
Barksdale AFB Youth Programs (318) 456-3448
Mental Health/Substance Abuse (318) 456-6000
Base Education Office (318) 456-2615
Barksdale Family Housing (318) 747-2723
Temporary Lodging (318) 456-3091
Travel Management Office (TMO) (318) 456-5338
Medical Appointment Line (318) 456-6555
Family Advocacy (318) 456-8021
School Liaison Officer (318) 456-4098
Immunization Clinic (318) 456-6740
Outdoor Recreation (318) 456-3426
2nd Medical Group Pediatrics (318) 456-6744
Dental Clinic (318) 456-6719
West Gate Visitor Information (318) 456-3580
Public Affairs (318) 456-1015
Arts & Crafts (318) 456-3140
Commissary (318) 456-8263
Barksdale Family Housing offers the quality living your family deserves with the pricing and flexibility your family needs. This family-friendly location on base is made up of three neighborhoods. Amenities include a pool, 22 playgrounds, multiple resident events and a staff dedicated to serving you. On-base active duty residents receive their school of choice within the highly-rated school system.
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In Bossier City, the summers are hot and oppressive; the winters are short, cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 38°F to 93°F and is rarely below 26°F or above 99°F. The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 28 to September 22, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is August 12, with an average high of 93°F and low of 74°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 27 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 63°F. The coldest day of the year is January 8, with an average low of 38°F and high of 56°F.
The wetter season lasts 3.7 months, from March 15 to July 5, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on June 11. The drier season lasts 8.3 months, from July 5 to March 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on September 20.
Barksdale Air Force Base is located in Bossier City in Bossier Parish on the northwestern border of Louisiana. The population of this area is approximately 69,000. Bossier City is located on the eastern bank of the Red River and is closely tied economically and socially to its larger sister city, Shreveport, on the opposite bank.
The city hosts four riverboat casino gambling resorts along the east bank of the Red River: Margaritaville, Horseshoe, Boomtown, and Diamond Jack’s. Horse racing and gambling on slot machines is also available at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.
In Bossier City you will find a unique mix of retail shops, restaurants, cultural attractions, casinos, horse racing and much more. From the natural beauty of the Red River to the new shopping centers, Bossier City is home to some of Bossier Parish’s most unique attractions. Be sure to visit Louisiana Boardwalk for outlet shopping, dozens of unique restaurants, the Louisiana Boardwalk Stadium 14, and fun events for the whole family.
Visit the Shreveport Aquarium to travel through brightly colored coral reefs, creaking shipwrecks, dark ocean caves and tropical lagoons. Get up close and personal with sharks, rays, jellyfish and a host of other cool creatures in one of their many touch tanks.
Chimp Haven sits on 200 acres of prime forested land in Keithville, Louisiana, just southwest of Shreveport. With a staff of just under 50 individuals, Chimp Haven has created new beginnings for almost 300 chimpanzees.
Cypress Black Bayou, in Benton, Louisiana, is a full service recreation area that includes swimming, camping, cabins for rent, fishing piers, a zoo, and much more.
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