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Barksdale Air Force Base

Barksdale Air Force Base
B-52H bomber tail number 60-053 from the 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. proudly displays the American flag as it taxii's out on a local training mission.
Military structure
NameBarksdale Air Force Base
Part ofAir Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC)
In use1931-Present
Controlled by 
2d Bomb Wing

Barksdale Air Force Base

Airport information
Elevation51 m (166 ft)

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Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 4.72 mi (7.6 km) east-southeast of Bossier City, Louisiana.

The host unit at Barksdale is the 2d Bomb Wing (2 BW), the oldest Bomb Wing in the Air Force. It is assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command's (AFGSC) Eighth Air Force (8 AF). The 2 BW is equipped with the B-52H Stratofortress bomber, and provides flexible, responsive, global combat capability, autonomously or in concert with other forces, and trains all Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Force Reserve Command B-52 crews.

Barksdale AFB was established in 1932 as Barksdale Field and is named for World War I aviator and test pilot 2nd Lieutenant Eugene Hoy Barksdale (1896 1926). The 2d Bomb Wing is commanded by Col. Timothy Fay. Its Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sergeant Joe Ann G. Pace.

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