Barksdale AFB
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110, USA


Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide


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,


This northwest part of Louisiana likes to bill itself as “Louisiana’s Other Side,” meaning that the flavor of life in Shreveport-Bossier City 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&rsquo

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 region, 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 September 2014, Money Magazine put Bossier City at No. 7 a

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 for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana,

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. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the


Locals say they have the best of both worlds in Shreveport-Bossier City, enjoying big-city services without giving up that small-town feel. Take a dip in the wavepool at Splash Kingdom Waterpark, for instance, or tee off at one of 16 courses in Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail. Don’t miss the


K-9 Airman gone but not forgotten

Story by TSgt Daniel Martinez on 09/28/2017 BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LA. -- A tearful goodbye became a celebration of life for one of Barksdale's former security forces K-9's. Retired military working dog, Febe, was given full military honors after being euthanized for having terminal prostate and bladder cancer. "Febe'

A medal for a hero

Story by A1C Stuart Bright on 09/28/2017 On August 15, 2017, in Shreveport La., Senior Airman Austin Northcott, 26th Operational Weather Squadron weather journeyman, saved a man's life by preforming CPR until he had regained a pulse, treated him for shock and looked after him until emergency medical services arrived.

Hearing the Airmen's voice

Story by A1C Tessa Corrick on 09/27/2017 For Lee, having an enlisted background helped influence this idea. When he was an Airman, Lee sometimes felt like his personal opinions didn't matter and wanted to do something to change that for his Airmen. "They are doing the majority of the work
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