KSLA Salutes

  KSLA Salutes: Honoring the late Army Sgt. Craig Nelson

"As Gold Star Families ... that’s really all we ask. Just don’t forget them”

  KSLA Salutes: LaTech students, professor create new N-95 mask

  KSLA Salutes: The Flyover

  Month of the Military Child: Wheeler/McClain siblings

  Month of the Military Child: Drew Millen

  Month of the Military Child: Trevor Greenwood

  Month of the Military Child: Paige Helfinstine

Continued Coverage

  ArkLaTex E.R. nurse given military sendoff at funeral

  Month of the Military Child: Naomi & Andrew Boothe

  KSLA Salutes: Air Force Reservist heads to New York to help fight against COVID-19

  Month of the Military Child: Cadeyn & Avarey White

  Month of the Military Child: Andrew Sarvis

  Month of the Military Child: Nathan & Hannah Addison

  Month of the Military Child: Dylan Sandy

Every weeknight on KSLA News 12 at 5, we are recognizing children who come from military families here in the ArkLaTex.

  KSLA Salutes: BAFB launches new web series to help answer questions about COVID-19

“My favorite (question) was will we be different after this and that was a really profound discussion that is ongoing."

  Month of the Military Child: Alexandra Hutchins

Every weeknight on KSLA News 12 at 5, we are recognizing children who come from military families here in the ArkLaTex.

  Month of the Military Child: the Ortiz sisters

Every weeknight on KSLA News 12 at 5, we are recognizing children who come from military families here in the ArkLaTex.

  Month of the Military Child: Christian & Claire Eguia

  Month of the Military Child: Tani Marie & Gabriel Keyth Biacan

  Month of the Military Child: Carlos Espino

  Month of the Military Child: Eros Carozzi

  KSLA Salutes: The Kindness Krewe Initiative

  Month of the Military Child: Isabella, Lucas, Ethan & Justin

  Month of the Military Child: Brinley Beening

Every weeknight on KSLA News 12 at 5, we are recognizing children who come from military families here in the ArkLaTex.

  Month of the Military Child: Charlotte Jones

Every weeknight on KSLA News 12 at 5, we are recognizing children who come from military families here in the ArkLaTex.

  Month of the Military Child: Bennett Drew

Every weeknight on KSLA News 12 at 5, we are recognizing children who come from military families here in the ArkLaTex.

  KSLA Salutes: The road to becoming a nurse

“You still have to go in every day with that smile on your face. You can’t go in like 'I’m sad, I’m scared, I don’t want to be here,' you know”

  Month of the Military Child: Jordon White & Karrington Matthews

Every weeknight on KSLA News 12 at 5, we are recognizing children who come from military families here in the ArkLaTex.

  Month of the Military Child: Brooke Johnson

Every weeknight on KSLA News 12 at 5, we are recognizing children who come from military families here in the ArkLaTex.

  KSLA Salutes: The Air Force Historian

"We write the official history of whatever echelon of command we’re assigned to."

  KSLA Salutes: The Dragon’s Lair

It's a place where Airmen have the chance to become bards, clerics, druids, monks or even paladins.

  KSLA Salutes: Montford Point Marine recounts service during World War II

Cleauthor Sanders was just 17-years-old when he left his home in Mansfield, Louisiana in 1944 to join the United States Marine Corps.

  KSLA Salutes: Dog tags fill Ruston Memorial Garden

There are over 550 dog tags of veterans who are living, currently serving, those who died in action, or who those became missing or prisoners of war.

  Shreveport VA launches new mobile app for veterans

A new app is now available for veterans to access more information about their benefits and resources.

West Point Military Academy hosts leadership workshop for students

Cadets held an all day workshop speaking to students about leadership skills, values and ethics.

  KSLA Salutes: Cinderella’s Closet marks a year on BAFB

The nonprofit lets military wives, dependents find a dress for that special event and all for free

BPCC hosting military art reception and panel discussion on Feb. 19

Panelists will discuss post traumatic stress disorder and how veterans can use are as a creative outlet to help combat it.

Veterans get homemade meal, gifts on Valentine’s Day

Veterans receiving care inside the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center were served a loving, homemade Valentine’s Day gift on Friday morning.

  KSLA Salutes: Shreveport Mudbugs visit Overton Brooks VA Medical Center

“They protect us and that’s something that’s really important for our country and that’s why we’re able to play hockey. I mean I’m thankful for it and I know all the guys here are also thankful for it.”

  KSLA Salutes: NBA legend Karl Malone visits Barksdale AFB

“I can’t even put it into words. Just being out there and having one of the masters of pick and roll use me as a somebody in the drill is pretty cool, and getting to learn from him first hand is really nice.”

  KSLA Salutes: NWLA military servicemen receive ‘quilts of love’

Quilts of Valor has presented over 200,000 quilts to veterans across the country.

  KSLA Salutes: New B-52 bomber mural graces downtown Mansfield

The entire mural was free handed on a 30 by 90 foot long building. It only took the artist, Matthew Yerby, 16 days to complete.

  KSLA Salutes: BPCC unveils new military art exhibit

This exhibition will be on display for the next couple of months with the hopes that it will not only spark conversation but inspire other veterans and military personnel to consider using art as an outlet.

  KSLA Salutes: BPSO Deputy splits time with the National Guard

“I actually went to basic training when I was still in high school. I was a junior when I left, came back and finished my senior year and left back to do more training.”

  KSLA Salutes: The USMC Liaison

In the fall of 1997, Kattie Hollay left her home for boot camp. She now works for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce as the military liaison.

  Barksdale Exchange pays 9 families’ Christmas layaway tabs

Organizers focused on military youths because they have family members deployed during holidays

  KSLA Salutes: Greatest showman at Barksdale Air Force Base

Tech Sgt. Will Bracy is quite the entertainer.

  New changes in effect for those visiting Barksdale Global Power Museum

Visitors must now fill out a museum access pass 30 days prior to their visit.

  KSLA Salutes: Broadway Swim

Swim’s paintings line the walls of his home — but this self-taught artist has been painting since he served in the Army back in 1952.

  KSLA Salutes: SUSLA’s veteran helper

“Each veteran has a story and sometimes they want to share it to somebody who’s interested and can relate to that story," said Veterans Upward Bound Director, Urina Holt.

After 30+ years, Barksdale unit switches from M9 to M18

And the 2nd Security Forces Squadron made the change in firearms months ahead of schedule

  KSLA Salutes: African American twins are first to be promoted to rank of Lieutenant Colonel on the same day

“All of our promotions are on the same day. First Lieutenant, Captain to Major to Lt. Colonel all on the same day."

KSLA Salutes: Warrior Network hosts annual Thanksgiving feast for military families

“The feast is older than the Warrior Network,” said Chief Operating Officer, Eric Hoffman. “It started with a group of people coming together saying let’s serve military folks that can’t go home for thanksgiving.”

Retired B-52 crew chief reunites with his aircraft

Once an airman, always an airman

  KSLA Salutes: Veteran uses academy to create budding barbers

Students are eager to learn inside VH Barber & Styling Academy in Bossier City — and instructors like Vanette Harris are more than willing to help.

  The Good Stuff: Mission — Sharing A.J.’s story

"We were there when they dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. We had to back off a few miles, afraid of that stuff coming off of it."

  High school diplomas awarded to 3 war veterans

“I’ll be proud of it. I’ll mount it on the wall,” one says; “I never thought I would get one,” says another

  Assessing veterans’ needs on this Veterans Day

Many veterans fall through the cracks with high rates of everything from substance abuse to suicide

  Veterans Day deals and specials

Many local and national businesses honor those who served and those still serving with special meal deals for Veterans Day.

  KSLA Salutes: ‘Quilt Queens’ use love of sewing to help veterans

Across the country — thousands of quilts are made by volunteers like the Quilt Queens and presented to veterans and active-duty military through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Volunteers needed to create holiday cards for veterans

If you are looking to honor a veteran this holiday season — there’s an opportunity coming up just for you.

Part of Arkansas highway now honors fallen war hero

Capt. Arthur LeJohn “Bo” Felder, 3 other Arkansas soldiers died in a mortar attack in Iraq

  Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall helps ArkLaTexans honor family members, friends they lost in the war

The wall — a 3/5 replica of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. — holds the names of more than 58,000 men and women who died during the Vietnam War

  KSLA Salutes: Veteran uses vlog to spotlight local musical artists

“I want to turn this into one of the biggest brands in the world — not just Shreveport. I want to go worldwide”

KSLA Salutes: Haughton opens Veterans Therapy Health Garden, Walking Trail

Six by six planter boxes will be located throughout the trail, and will help veterans cope with post traumatic stress, depression and other health issues

  Civil service illustrator uses her love of art, Air Force

“When I went to West Point Academy they had never had a woman in the graphics department and I was the first woman and the only woman there."

  KSLA Salutes: Major Frances Mercado

Her 13 years of service soon had her doing everything from working as a professional military instructor to currently serving as an intercontinental ballistic missile operator with Global Strike Command.

  KSLA Salutes: Air Force Hispanic Heritage Luncheon

“We want you to be different. We want you to be who you are and not be afraid to hide."

  KSLA Salutes: The Master Instructor

Bossier sheriff's Sgt. Jeremy Haas is a pretty funny guy — until he’s not

  KSLA Salutes: Surviving the crash

Friday, Oct. 4 marks 30 years that a four man crew aboard a B-1 Bomber from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, crash-landed safely.

  KSLA Salutes: Shooting for Woody’s Home for Veterans

The winner Saturday will not be just the person with the most shots, but also the veterans who benefit from them

  Veterans Celebration Committee to honor 11 veterans

Veterans Celebration Committee set to honor 11

  KSLA Salutes: Honoring Tech Sgt. Joshua Kidd

The community has worked hard to honor and remember Kidd’s life.

Overton Brooks VA honors POW/MIA with remembrance ceremony

William Moore, a World War II veteran and former prisoner of war, was in attendance.

  KSLA Salutes: Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 celebrates its 100th birthday

One hundred years ago on Sunday is when Post 14 applied for its charter.

  KSLA Salutes: Baking the next bite

Her journey as a chef began right after high school in 1997 when she joined the Air Force.

  KSLA Salutes: Writing the next chapter

After Kristine Goodfellow's best friend and their family moved to another Air Force base in 2001 — she decided it was time to write her first book.

  KSLA Salutes: Brigadier General Gerald Goodfellow

The former weapons system officer currently holds the world record for the fastest nonstop flight around the world with refueling in the B-1 Bomber.

  KSLA Salutes: Marine hits the road to try and erase race

Carlen Charleston decided he wanted to spend the next three years traveling across the country sharing more about his non-profit “ERASE Races: The American Unity Movement.”

  KSLA Salutes: Staff Sgt. Latasha Andrew

“We have 5,300 active-duty personnel here. I make sure that everybody comes in on time to get their dental exams and treatments done.”

  KSLA Salutes: Serving in the skies

These days — if Cody McNeely’s not flying Blackhawks with the National Guard — he’s inside a Life Air Rescue helicopter transporting the injured to ArkLaTex hospitals.