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Air Force Makes Official Announcement on Cyber Command

After lots of speculation the Air Force has made it official, announcing the new cyber command to be placed at Barksdale Air Force Base. The new mission has many implications for the base, and the entire area, mainly economic, as 10,000 new jobs are expected to be generated from the initial phase. The news of the Air Force choosing Barksdale as the "temporary" choice was made unofficially public a few days ago when Air Force Secretary, Michael Wynne visited Bossier City. Today however, at the pentagon, Wynne made that statement official, which opens up a few doors for Bossier City leaders. Mayor Lo Walker says the official announcement allows him and city leaders to go ahead with the actual purchase of 58 acres located near Bossier Parish Community College. The thousands of people expected to move to the area as a result does pose a challenge, concerning where they will live. The Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation tells the Air Force that this area can handle the initial 10,000. But there is some concern over the expected growth of the cyber command. The Executive Director of the Foundation says the Shreveport Bossier area, unlike the national trend, shows potential to grow.
Story by Fred Childers
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