Barksdale extends its ‘mission critical’ status

All base facilities, including commissary and base exchange, remain closed until further notice
Snow at Barksdale Air Force Base on Feb. 17, 2021
Snow at Barksdale Air Force Base on Feb. 17, 2021(BAFB)
Updated: Feb. 17, 2021 at 8:26 AM CST
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BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — Access to Barksdale Air Force Base will remain limited to essential and emergency personnel until at least Friday, Feb. 17.

The installation announced the extension of its mission critical status Tuesday afternoon.

And on Wednesday morning, the base announced roads going to and from the base are no longer safe to use.

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Posted by Barksdale Air Force Base on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Roads on and around the base remain iced over. And Barksdale Air Force Base’s Weather Flight is predicting that the next storm will bring another 2-3 inches of snow that will transition to freezing rain and ice pellets by the middle of Wednesday morning.

So Barksdale leaders are advising people to stay indoors and avoid driving unless an emergency arises.

Meantime, the 2nd Civil Engineering Squadron will prioritizing road preparation and recovery efforts on bridges, gates and main intersections on the base.

Barksdale leaders also say:

  • The 2d Civil Engineering Squadron continues to work on maintaining the water supply and has issued a boil advisory in line with Bossier City and Shreveport.
  • Call Barksdale Inn at (318) 456-3091 if you need emergency lodging on base.
  • The West (Main) gate remains open 24 hours a day.
  • The Bodcau gate is open during normal operating hours.
  • The North and Industrial gates remain closed.
  • All base facilities — including the commissary, base exchange, child development center (CDC) and 2nd Medical Group — also remain closed until further notice.
  • The 2nd Medical Group will work to reschedule missed appointments and prioritize prescription refills once roads are passable.
  • The Red River Dining Facility continues to operate under holiday hours.
  • All base facility managers are monitoring buildings for leaks and other damage and are watching for excessive ice buildup on power lines.
  • Monitor the base’s website and its Facebook page for updates.

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