BARKSDALE AFB
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110, USA

RELOCATION/WELCOME GUIDE

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Information

Our Military

Barksdale Air Force Base is home to the 2nd Bomb Wing and the Air Force’s major command, Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). AFGSC, activated in August 2009, provides combat-ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strikes to support combatant commanders.

Welcome

This northwest part of Louisiana likes to bill itself as “Louisiana’s Other Side,” meaning that the flavor of life in Shreveport-Bossier is “a little Cajun,” like much of the southern part of the state, and “a little Texas,” like the big state just to the west. So, it’s a mix of diverse and exotic food tastes, wildly different music styles and a relaxed attitude.

Getting To and Around

In 2007, Money Magazine rated Shreveport as one of America’s best places to live, based in part on its efficient highway system. Add to that train lines, boats, public and private bus services, and a regional airport, and you will find that traveling to, from or around the area is easy.

Housing and Real Estate

The dense pine woodlands and lazy rivers and bayous of the Shreveport-Bossier City region offer newcomers an ideal place to call home. Residents of northwest Louisiana enjoy a low cost of living, low housing costs and low unemployment rates, all of which contribute to a high standard of living. The local cost of living is only 90.7 percent of the national average, and property values have remained stable or continued to grow despite the national real estate crash, according to the North Louisiana Economic Partnership. The Shreveport-Bossier City area is also the most affordable location in the state of Louisiana.

Employment & Economy

Shreveport is the hub of business and tourism in the Ark-La-Tex, where the borders of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet. Shreveport and Bossier City enjoy a diversified economy that continues to expand, to the point that in February 2016, Money Magazine put Bossier City at No. 7 as one of the best places in the country to find a good job; two years earlier, Forbes magazine ranked Shreveport-Bossier City among the “Best Opportunity Cities.”

Health Care

There are many health care services in Shreveport-Bossier City for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana, www.lahealthcarenav.com, can help walk applicants through the maze of choices.

Family Resources

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

Education and Academics

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Shreveport-Bossier City, along with information about local libraries and higher education. Private schools, charter schools and home schooling are available to children as well.

Living

Locals say they have the best of both worlds in Shreveport-Bossier City, enjoying big-city services without giving up that small-town feel. Whether you’re looking for an urban vibe or a quieter atmosphere, recreational opportunities abound — something for everyone.

News READ MORE

Barksdale Airman saves local man's life, awarded medal for valor

Story by SrA Curtis Beach on 08/18/2016

For Kimberly Farmer, 2nd Medical Support Squadron laboratory technician, her end-of-the-day routine was about to collide with a life or death situation.

Colombians kick off Green Flag East in Louisiana

Story by Capt. Bryan Bouchard on 08/16/2016

The Colombian contingent arrived Aug. 13 and immediately started engaging with their U.S. Air Force counterparts in order to prepare for the two-week exercise.

Barksdale Exchange Shopper Wins Vacation Prize Package

Story by Conner Hammett on 08/15/2016

Jimmie Williams, of Shreveport, La., was selected at random from more than 12,800 Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers worldwide who entered to win a stay at one of more than 2,000 resort locations worldwide plus a Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 two-piece luggage set, Sony a6000 mirrorless camera and $2,500 Exchange gift card.

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