Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana


Barksdale AFB West Gate. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Barksdale Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located three miles east of the central business district of Bossier City,Louisiana and ten miles east of Shreveport, Louisiana. The base was named in honor of World War I aviator and test pilot 2nd Lieutenant Eugene Hoy Barksdale.

The host wing at Barksdale is the 2d Bomb Wing (2 BW) of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). It is also the home of Headquarters, Eighth Air Force (8 AF) and the Air Force Global Strike Command. Barksdale is a war fighting headquarters constantly ready to deploy global air power and command an air operation wherever needed. The 2nd Bomb Wing is the oldest and largest wing in the world, always ready to use its B-52 Stratofortress bombers to deter, defend against, and defeat enemy aggression by providing global combat capability.

Immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Barksdale provided a safe haven for President George W. Bush on his return flight to the nation's capitol. Shortly thereafter, the National Command Authority called upon the base to provide substantial forces to spearhead the Global War on Terrorism. Operating from multiple overseas locations, Barksdale warriors and B-52s, both active and reserve alike, played a key role in Operation Enduring Freedom. Today, the soldiers of Barksdale continue to serve at both home and abroad in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Location/Driving Directions

Barksdale AFB is located in Bossier City, Louisiana, and provides easy access to other major cities in Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. Interstate 20 runs East/West through Shreveport/Bossier City with Jackson, Mississippi 220 miles to the east and Dallas, Texas 185 miles to the west. Little Rock, Arkansas is 175 miles northeast of the metropolitan area and Interstates 49S and 10E provide access to the "Big Easy", New Orleans, 300 miles to the southeast.

If you arrive by air, Shreveport Regional Airport is located at 5103 Hollywood Avenue, west of downtown Shreveport. Jet service is provided by Delta, American, Northwest, or Continental. US Airways also provided service.

Upon leaving the airport, cross Hollywood Avenue to Monkhouse Drive. Take Interstate 20 East through Shreveport and into Bossier City. Take exit 20 C to Barksdale Boulevard. At the sixth traffic light make a left turn through the Shreveport Gate into Barksdale Air Force Base. This is the main gate and is open 24 hours daily.

Driving to Barksdale:

From the east on I-20, take Exit 22, Airline Drive, turn left at the traffic light. Take another left at the next light onto Old Minden Road (LA-72). Stay in the right lane as it merges onto Northgate Drive, ending at the Bossier gate of Barksdale (open 24 hours daily).

From the west on I-20E, take US 71S/Barksdale Boulevard Exit 20C. Turn left at the sixth traffic light onto Barksdale through the Shreveport Gate (open 24 hours daily).

From the south on I-49, exit onto Bert Kouns Industrial Loop and travel east to 70th Street crossing the Red river into Bossier City. Turn left at the intersection of 70th Street and U.S. Highway 71. Continue through five traffic lights. Turn right into Barksdale via the Shreveport Gate (open 24 hours daily).

Main Phone Numbers

Airman 1st Class Chelsey Bain, 96th Bomb Squadron Aviation Resources Manager. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Senior Airman Ryan S. Ivacic

Base Operator (318) 456-1110 DSN: 781-1110

2d Medical Group - Central Appointments/Primary Care 318-456-6555 DSN: 781-6555

2d Medical Group Clinic 318-6163 DSN: 781-6111

AAFES Administrative Office 318-741-3243

Arts & Crafts Center 318-456-3140 DSN: 781-3140

Barksdale Command Post 318-456-2151 DSN: 781-2151

Barksdale Education Liaison Officer 318-456-4959 DSN: 781-4959

Barksdale Lodging 318-456-3091 DSN: 781-3091

Barksdale Youth Center 318-456-3448 DSN: 781-3448

Base Exchange 318-752-9227

Child Care for PCS 318-456-8609 DSN: 781-8400

Child Development Center 318-456-4139 DSN: 781-4139

Civilian Personnel 318-456-3288 DSN: 781-3288/3709

Dental Clinic 318-456-4017 Phone: 318-456-4018

Education and Training Center 318-456-2615 DSN: 781-2615

FAMCAMP (East Reservation) 318-456-2679 DSN: 781-2679

Family Child Care Coordinator 318-456-8912 DSN: 781-8912

Family Support Center 318-456-8400 DSN: 781-8400

Housing Office 318-456-4791 DSN: 781-4791

Optometry - Eye Clinic 318-456-6555

Patient Advocate - Base Medical Facility 318-456-6362

Pharmacy, Main 318-456-6230 DSN: 781-6230

Pharmacy, Refill 318-456-8348

Preschool - On base 318-456-3776 DSN: 781-3776

TRICARE Dental Program 1-800-866-8499

TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy Phone: 1-866-363-8667

TRICARE Out of Area Care Line Phone: 1-866-899-1157

TRICARE Referral Management Center 318-456-6562 DSN: 781-6562

Youth Center 318-456-3448 DSN: 781-3448

Population/Major Units Assigned

Members of the 20th Bomb Squadron. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Barksdale serves a large population made up of over 7,800 active duty and reservists, 7,700 military family members, and over 2,150 civilian employees (appropriated and nonappropriated). In addition, Barksdale services approximately 40,000 retirees and their family members living within a 50 mile radius of the base.

The "Mighty 8th" Air Force, of World War II fame, is headquartered at the base. Barksdale is home to the 2d Bomb Wing, 2d Operations Group, 2d Maintenance Group, 2d Mission Support Group, the 2d Medical Group, Eighth Air Force Museum (which maintains the historical aircraft and artifacts that grace the base) and the Air Force Reserves 917th Wing.

Temporary Lodging

The Barksdale Inn. Photo courtesy U.S.Air Force

Barksdale AFB has several types of temporary lodging available for members and their families.

Temporary lodging is available off base in commercial hotels, however, it's quite expensive. Rooms are in the range of $45 to $80 per night. If you are on orders you will only be allowed to lodge commercially if sufficient quarters are not available, and a statement of non-availability is issued by the Barksdale lodging front desk. Lodging staff will then assist you in finding available quarters and provide directions to those facilities.

Pets are not allowed in any base lodging facilities. Kennel and boarding arrangements may be made with one of several facilities in the local area. The lodging office can provide you with a list for your convenience. Due to limited availability, please make your reservation well in advance.

To contact Lodging: Front Desk call (318) 456-3091 DSN: 781-3091. For reservations all (318) 456-3091 ext: 5592/5594 DSN: 781-3091.


Airmen arriving at Barksdale AFB should report to the Billeting Office, just inside the North Gate at 555 Davis Avenue, and notify their respective sponsor. Sponsors will meet arriving airmen, escort them to their unit personnel offices and then to the First Term Airmen's Center (FTAC). The FTAC is part of the Barksdale Enlisted Mentoring Center located in room 209 of Building 5345. Airmen are assigned to the FTAC for a total of 30 calendar days, including their squadron in-processing

Barksdale AFB has 729 housing units for those that are authorized government family quarters - 594 for noncommissioned officers and the remaining 135 for officers. 401 are located on Main Base and 328 are located on East Reservation.

Houses on the main base were originally built in 1932 and 1959, and 172 new houses completed in 1998. The large, two-story units on the main base depict French colonial settings. These homes were placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in April 1992, along with more than 200 buildings on the main base that make up the Barksdale Historic District. All of the units on the East Reservation are 8 miles from the main base. Floor plans are available at the housing office.

All ranks are eligible to live in military family housing. Waiting times vary based on time of year and category of housing eligibility. Most families can expect to wait for quarters 18 to 24 months or more. Eligibility for housing is based on grade, family composition and date of application.

There are no mobile home spaces on base. Housing referral personnel do maintain a list of mobile home parks off base. Applications for base family housing can be made before arrival by mailing a completed Department of Defense Form 1746, with a copy of your orders assigning you to Barksdale, to the family housing office.

Housing for unaccompanied enlisted members is handled by Consolidated Dormitory Management. All dormitories house people in grades E-1 through E-4 (space required); E-5 and above may live off base. Before attempting to find off-base housing, contact the family housing office, located in Bldg. 3433 on Montgolfier Boulevard, or call 456- 4791. Housing referral specialists have information available on sales and rentals by owner and realtor. They also provide general information concerning VA and FHA loans, area schools, shopping and furniture leasing companies. Unaccompanied officers reside off base.

Point of Contact for base housing is the Community Manager, The Landings at Barksdale, 104 Shreveport Rd. (318) 747-2723.

Child Care

Joyce Milton, the chef at the Barksdale Child Development Center, serves children graham crackers and milk during snack time. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Airman 1st Class Brittany Y. Bateman

The Child Development Center at Barksdale AFB is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and certified by the Department of Defense. Child care is offered for working parents-both military and DoD civilians. Child care services for children ages six weeks to five years of age, are provided Monday through Friday from 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The center, located on Kenny Avenue, has 15 fully-equipped activity rooms and a large kitchen. All meals served are in compliance with USDA nutrition guidelines. A large outside fenced area with age-appropriate equipment and shaded canopies is available.

The center includes an accredited pre-school program for 3- to 5-year-olds separating and monitoring children according to age.

Parents must register their child and bring current immunization records prior to the first visit. For more information call commercial (318) 456-4139 or DSN 781-4139.

The family child care program provides care for children ages six weeks to 12 years in a home environment. This program is available for parents wishing to have child care in a smaller setting. Family child care providers are limited to caring for no more than six children at any given time. Providers receive the same training as he caregivers working in the child development center and are inspected monthly to ensure they are providing quality care for all children.


Barksdale Homeschool group meeting at bowling alley. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The School Liaison Officer (SLO) is located in the 2d Mission Support Group Building at 841 Fairchild Ave, room 105. The hours are from 0730 to 1630 Monday through Friday. For after hours emergencies the SLO can be reached at 422-5579.

In the Caddo Parrish there are over 70 public schools and in Bossier Parish there are over 35 public schools. Military children are spread through both parishes depending upon their residence. Children residing on base will most often attend Waller or Kerr Elementary, Rusheon Middle School and Bossier High School.

Caddo Magnet High is a college preparatory school for academics and performing arts. It is nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a Silver Medal winner (in the top 3% of high schools) and by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School (for academic superiority). Parents wishing to send their children to Caddo Magnet MUST live in Caddo Parish. Mission Essential Personnel forced to live on base may request a waiver to send their children to the school of preference.

There are a variety of private schools in the Shreveport-Bossier City. Most of these schools have a religious affiliation or relationship to a certain denomination.

BAFB Homeschoolers offesr a monthly Mom's Meeting to encourage homeschool moms as they educate their children at home. They have monthly activities that include field trips as well as group and family outings. They also have an active teen group that meet together monthly for various activities

Medical Care

Barksdale AFB Clinic. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The clinic at Barksdale AFB provides primary care on a Monday through Friday, duty day basis through an open – access appointment system, providing care the day it is needed without need for future appointments except for follow-up and some prevention visits. For in-house specialty and community referrals, the 2d Medical Group operates in accordance with TRICARE access standards; 24 hours for urgent care, seven days for routine care and 30 days for wellness and specialty appointments. TRICARE Prime members are enrolled to the 2d Medical Group. Non-TRICARE Prime beneficiaries are seen on a space-available basis.

The local medical community has a full array of health care services, and the 2d Medical Group utilizes civilian medical facilities for specialty care referrals when the service is not available in-house. TRICARE Prime enrollees have their referral needs managed by the TRICARE Service Center, located in the Barksdale Clinic. Active duty referral needs are managed by the Managed Care Office, located in the same area as the TRICARE Service Center. The phone number is 456-6572. After hours, the TRICARE beneficiary phone number is 1-800-406-2832

Dental care services are available to active duty military only. Only emergency dental care is offered to other eligible individuals. Sick call treatment for dental emergencies can be obtained by calling the Dental Clinic from 7:00-7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, duty days at 456-4018. True emergencies involving pain, bleeding or swelling should call 456-4018 anytime during business hours. After hours, if dental advice is needed, contact the ambulance service at 456-6163.