BARKSDALE AFB
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110, USA

RELOCATION/WELCOME GUIDE

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Information

Our Military

  Location Barksdale Air Force Base is in the northwest corner of Louisiana (Bossier Parish) in Bossier City, Louisiana. Bossier City’s sister city, Shreveport, lies just across the Red River in Caddo Parish. The base is 190 miles east of Dallas and 204 miles west of Jackson, Mississippi. The region,

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

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

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.

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

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 can

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. Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Shreveport-Bossier City because they provide

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. To

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.

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Homecoming: Barksdale Airmen return from Qatar, fight against ISIS

Story by SrA Curtis Beach on 03/23/2017 More than 400 Airmen returned to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., after a six-month deployment to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, March 20-21. While deployed, Barksdale Airmen joined U.S. Air Forces Central Command in the mission to

A 10,000 Hour Love Affair

Story by TSgt Theodore Daigle on 03/07/2017 Love has a funny way of creeping up on a person. Just ask Lt. Col. Steven R. Smith, 93rd Bomb Squadron flight instructor. Yesterday, Smith exceeded the 10,000 hour mark in the B-52 Stratofortress, a jet he now loves.Smith's deep affection for the

First leg of Lt. Dan Band tour: Barksdale

Story by A1C Stuart Bright on 03/06/2017 Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band performed a concert at Barksdale Air Force Base on March 3, 2017. The Lt. Dan Band, named after Sinise's character in the movie "Forrest Gump," travels to military installations to raise morale for service members and
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