Barksdale AFB, LA 71110, USA


Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide


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.


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


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.


Barksdale becomes safe haven for evacuated Airmen, aircraft

Story by SrA Curtis Beach on 10/14/2016

Barksdale Air Force Base acted as a safe haven from severe weather associated with Hurricane Matthew along the East Coast for more than 400 personnel and 100 aircraft from Oct. 4-11.

Barksdale Airman shoots for All-Air Force Basketball Team

Story by SrA Damon Kasberg on 10/14/2016
Airman 1st Class Daryl Parker Jr., 608th Air Operations Center offensive duty technician, enlisted into the Air Force a year after graduating from Northside High School, Warner Robins, Georgia.

He joined seeing a good future for himself.
"I wanted to serve my country," Parker said. "I also wanted to see the world, meet great people and make myself better."
While Parker believed the military would give him many opportunities, he also thought he would have to give up his passion.
"I love basketball," he said. "When I enlisted I had no idea the military was so big into sports and that I would be able to complete the mission and do what I love. I could see myself doing this for twenty plus years."
Thanks to Parker's on-the-job work ethic, continuous efforts to maintain physical fitness, and his level of basketball skills, his leadership saw him as a prime candidate to try out for the All-Air Force Men's Basketball Team.
"He's one of the best Airmen we have," said Tech. Sgt. Gayle Feist, 608th AOC NCO in-charge of weather specialty team. "He's constantly working to help others with their training and stays up-to-date on his own. He exceeds all the standards and deserved the opportunity."
With his leadership's support, Parker submitted his paperwork for consideration, and on Oct. 7, he found out he had been selected for tryouts.
"I will be super happy if I make it," Parker said. "It's something on my checklist that I want to accomplish. If I don't, it's not the end of the world. Tomorrow is always better and I will continue to try again until I do."
Now Parker will travel to San Antonio, Texas, where he will compete against 29 other Airmen to earn a spot on the team.

Meet the new operations group commander

Story by SrA Jaeda Tookes on 10/13/2016

"As the group commander, my goal is to continue to build on the changes that have already been made in the intercontinental ballistic missile community as a whole and Malmstrom specifically," said Feugate Opperman.

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