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KSLA News 12 Editorial: April 15, 2013 - Change happens

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In the military, change happens.

We witnessed that a few days ago, when the A-10 fighter jets flew out of Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City for the last time.

These planes had been a fixture in the skies overhead for 2 decades as they did routine training runs. It was exciting to see them.

Now, the planes, pilots and their support crews have moved on to other bases. It was a strategic decision based on threats in the Pacific and Asia.

With this realignment, it is even more important to focus or attention on the other significant missions at the base: the B-52s and the Global Strike Command. They play an important part in our nation's defense.

As we look to the future, other opportunities to expand the mission at Barksdale will surely come along.

The Air Force has proved to be a good neighbor, and the ArkLaTex has proved to be a good home.

I'm James Smith.

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