Proudly serving the Ark-La-Tex region for more than 80 years, Barksdale Air Force Base is in the northwest corner of Louisiana in Bossier City. 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 also has easy access to other major cities in Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.
Barksdale Air Force Base is home to the 2nd Bomb Wing and the Air Force’s major command, Air Force Global Strike Command. AFGSC, activated in August 2009, provides combat-ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strikes to support combatant commanders. Barksdale is also home to the Air Force Reserve’s 307th Bomb Wing. The “Mighty Eighth” Air Force, of World War II fame, is headquartered at the base as well.
The base has developed from simple cotton fields in the early 1930s into a major source of revenue and employment for the region, including Shreveport and Bossier City. It encompasses more than 22,000 acres, 20,000 of which are used for recreation and as a game preserve.
Barksdale serves a large population made up of more than 6,000 active-duty and reserve personnel, 5,657 military family members, and more than 4,700 civilian employees (appropriated, nonappropriated and contract). In addition, Barksdale services thousands of retirees and their family members living within a 50-mile radius of the base.
Barksdale Air Force Base’s total economic impact was approximately $812 million in 2015.