KSLA Salutes

  Barksdale AFB facility officially named after Tech Sgt. Joshua Kidd

On Friday morning Tech Sergeant Joshua Kidd's family, friends and fellow Airmen all came together to honor him.

  KSLA Salutes: Barksdale trains new dentists in advanced program

Fleet Reserve Association holding a $5,000 essay contest

  Barksdale Air Force dentists graduate from training

  KSLA Salutes: Navy veteran builds custom models for veterans

  KSLA Salutes: Col. Steve dePyssler celebrates his 100th birthday

  KSLA Salutes: From clay to bronze

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VA MISSION Act allows veterans to access urgent cares

  KSLA Salutes: Purple Heart Lost and Found

KSLA Salutes: Surviving the unimaginable

  KSLA Salutes: Vet Centers Celebrate 40 years of service

  KSLA Salutes: Vet recalls storming the beaches of Normandy

  ArkLaTex Veterans travel to Alaska to compete in 2019 Golden Age Games

  KSLA Salutes: Woody’s Home for Veterans

It's a place for veterans who would otherwise be forgotten.

  Memorial Day Honor Ceremony May 30 in Shreveport

The event recognizes Memorial Day’s original date of May 30.

  Memorial Day deals, events in the ArkLaTex

As people across the nation honor the fallen on Memorial Day, events will be held in the ArkLaTex.

  Flags in veterans cemetery wave in honor of our fallen heroes

More than two dozen volunteers help place banners at gravesites

  Regenerated B-52 “Wise Guy” arrives at Barksdale Air Force Base

  Service with a smile; Celebrating OBVAMC Nurse

'The Divine 9 Youth Tour’ stops at Barksdale Air Force Base

B-52s deploying to Middle East amid threats of “possible attack"

Parking lot overhaul complete at Shreveport VA

Former BAFB commander promoted to brigadier general

  Drill helps airmen prepare for worst-case scenario leading up to air show

Protecting you and your family, that's the goal of Thursday's drill at Barksdale Air Force Base.

  KSLA Salutes: 8th AF & J-GSOC Field Grade Officer of the Year

Maj Brian Marlow's efforts and willingness to go the extra mile earned him the title of combined 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Field Grade Officer of the Year.

  KSLA Salutes: A hero’s goodbye, honoring a Vietnam veteran

Donald Dean volunteered to fight in Vietnam and while he lived his post Army life under the radar, the few who knew him and even complete strangers ensured he received a hero's goodbye.

  KSLA Salutes the 2019 AF Female Athlete of the Year: “All you really need is a good pair of running shoes”

The 2019 Air Force Female Athlete of the Year award was presented Maj. Amy Natalini, director of headquarters 8th Air Force's commander's action group at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

KSLA’s Marie Waxel receives national military reporting award

The Military Reporters & Editors Association, the preeminent organization for media professionals specializing in national security, announced Wednesday that Marie is one of the winners in their 2018 competition for defense journalism.

  Global Strike Command airmen test launch unarmed Minuteman III missile

ICBM’s reentry vehicle traveled about 4,200 miles to the Marshall Islands

  KSLA Salutes an airman who helps keep the mission connected

“He’s always hard charging, going right after it," his commander says

  KSLA Salutes: Instructors use VR to train aircrews for worst case scenarios

As virtual reality technology continues to evolve and improve, a team at Barksdale Air Force Base is using VR to train crews for the worst case scenario.

  Woman helps military spouses like her adapt, overcome change

KSLA Salutes the AFI BAFB Spouse of the Year, who is helping change the lives of military families through employment and volunteer opportunities for other spouses.

  Purple Up: KSLA Salutes the Military Club at Cope Middle

Cope Middle School celebrates Military Kids

  Women veterans seminar offers information and empowerment

The 2nd annual Women's Veterans Seminar took place at Wyndam Garden Inn on Friday and Saturday. The seminar was presented by the Women Veterans of the Arklatex and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 30 and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.

Byrd students donate blankets to OBVAMC

The Key Club at C.E. Byrd High School made a big donation to ArkLaTex veterans.

  KSLA Salutes: The masterminds behind the missions

They're the masterminds behind the missions, SMAC earns coveted title of 8th AF & J-GSOC Team of the Year.

  Service to country & community: Barksdale airman goes above and beyond

The saying goes, it is better to give than to receive. For one Barksdale Airman that phrase never rang more true.

Korean War vet back home in Mississippi 68 years after his death

It’s been 68 years in the making, but now Korean War hero and Mississippi native James P. Alvin Shaw is back home in the Magnolia State to be laid to rest.

  Barksdale Bombers win Mudbugs adult hockey league title

The Bombers won the Mudbugs adult league championship Sunday night at George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in a three-game series.

  Supporting others in, out of uniform: 8th Air Force recognizes Airman of the Year

The sight of Air Force aircraft in the air over Shreveport-Bossier City is a little more special for those who work to support their missions

  One team, one fight: 8 AF & J-GSOC Civilian OTY

Did you know there are more than 170-thousand civilians who directly support the Air Force? Their dedication to the mission is the same as those in uniform. One of those civilians was honored for going above and beyond his call of duty to ensure the safety of those in the sky.

Barksdale B-52s support exercises in England

Six B-52 Stratofortresses and more than 450 personnel from BAFB were deployed

BAFB Prepares for annual Mud Run

Runners will make their way to Barksdale Air Force Base on April 6 with one goal in mind: to get down and dirty.

Red River Brewing names beer after local deploying unit

"To be able to work within our muse to create a beer for the unit is one of the coolest things that we’ve done so far.”

  KSLA Salutes: Expanding The Warrior Network family

Expanding The Warrior Network's family, a look inside their new facility.

  KSLA Salutes: Lives changed and lives saved

Dogs can help people feel better by providing companionship. In some cases, they not only change lives, but save lives. Such is the case with an ArkLaTex veteran.

  KSLA Salutes: These heroes work 12 stories above Barksdale AFB’s flight line

KSLA Salutes the air traffic controllers at Barksdale Air Force Base, people who help ensure that the pilots and other crew members get home safely.

Calling all women veterans: Seminar to offer fellowship, empowerment

Calling all women veterans: Register now for the first Women Veterans Informational Seminar.

  Countdown to 2019 Defenders of Liberty Air Show

Months before the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show takes flight at Barksdale Air Force Base, organizers spend countless hours preparing for a two-day event that will dazzle thousands of visitors.

  KSLA Salutes: Celebrating the American Legion

The American Legion turns 100 this year, and legionnaires across the country are preparing for their centennial celebration.

  Shreveport MEPS Salutes Black History Month

Shreveport’s Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) held their annual black history month program on Friday.

  KSLA Salutes: Project 4 Hope

Veterans helping veterans. Ouachita Regional Veterans Association (ORVA) has a vision of ending homelessness in the ArkLaTex. More than two dozen volunteers spent their Saturday in Arcadia, helping to clear land for what will soon become a community for homeless veterans.

OBVAMC celebrates National Salute to Veteran Patients Week

Community members and the Shreveport Mudbugs help Overton Brooks VA Medical Center celebrate National Salute to Veteran Patients Week.

  KSLA Salutes: Leading by example, service above self

Leading by example while committing to serve his country. An ArkLaTex native is making a big impact in others’ lives, both in and out of uniform.

  KSLA Salutes: Providing lifesaving links in and out of uniform

A Natchitoches woman spends her days ensuring others can live. using the tools she learned in the military, putting people and the mission first.

  Local barbershop hosts free haircut event for vets

Veterans were treated to a free haircut courtesy of the African American Parade Committee.

Disabled Veterans of Louisiana make generous donation to Bossier Parish Schools

The Disabled Veterans of Louisiana made a generous donation to Bossier Parish Schools Wednesday afternoon.They donated $25,000 to help with the district’s JROTC program in all schools.

  BAFB announces 2019 air show headliners

The Barksdale Air Force Base Air and Space show will be back May 18-19, 2019.

  KSLA Salutes: Dad surprises son at school

An 8-year-old boy got the surprise of his life when his dad, who serves in the armed forces, surprised him at school on Friday afternoon.

  You can send birthday cards to make WWII vet’s birthday special

A World War II veteran from Marlow is turning 93 on April 17th and his family is already trying to get cards sent to him for his birthday to surprise him.

  KSLA Salutes: Combining Service & Dreams

With each pop of color, Johnson leaves her mark and helps fuel the fight.

  REPORTS: Dates set for Barksdale’s 2019 Air Show

According to the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council website, the 2019 Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show and Open House is set to take place May 18-19.

Pre-schooler surprised by military dad home from deployment

After months apart, the two finally got to share a long embrace.

  KSLA Salutes: Beard & Blade Grooming Company

An Air Force veteran passes along and teaches the gentlemanly art of caring for oneself inside his Shreveport store.

More than 40 troops return from deployment

More than 40 personnel of the 200 plus Airmen deployed from the 307th Bomb will soon return.

BAFB to host 5th annual SRA Bryan Bell Memorial 5K

Barksdale Air Force Base will host the 5th Annual Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell Memorial 5K on base, Friday, January 18th.

ArkLaTex civil rights icon to speak at Barksdale AFB

Barksdale Air Force Base is hosting a Dr. Martin Luther King Luncheon.

  KSLA Salutes: Barskdale Bombers

Part of balancing the demands of life in the United States Air Force, is finding time for hobbies and interests. For some airmen — that means life on the ice.

  KSLA Salutes: Cooking with love at Shreveport’s VA

There’s a man at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center — known simply as Chef.

  Nation’s oldest World War II veteran, Richard Overton, dies at 112

Richard Overton died Thursday evening at a rehab facility in Austin, TX, according to a family member.

Airman surprises family for Christmas

A Mississippi family’s Christmas was extra-special this year after the return of a beloved older brother.

  KSLA Salutes: From the Vegas Strip to the pulpit

a chaplain at Barksdale Air Force shares his unique path to ministry.

  KSLA Salutes: New MEPS Commander

Late this summer our cameras were there for the change of command at Shreveport's Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).After nearly six months on the job, we caught up with the new commander to see how he's adjusting to his new role, helping young recruits prepare for a life of service.

  KSLA Salutes: Putting the ‘bite’ in fight

Putting the ‘bite’ in fight. Airmen in the dental flight are often referred to as the unsung heroes, aiding airmen of every rank in the best oral habits.

  BAFB West Gate Project near completion

Earlier this year, Barksdale AFB made changes to the West Gate area to increase security, slow traffic and quicken the process of visiting the base.

  NWLA WWII veteran celebrates 100th Birthday

NWLA WWII Veteran turns 100 years old.

  OBVAMC Homeless Programs helps veterans ‘gear up’ for winter

It was a full house Thursday at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center as more than 100 veterans were treated to new boots and warm clothes.

Remains of southeast Oklahoma man being returned to family

The remains of an Army private who was just 21 years old when he went missing in 1950 will be returned to his family.

  Local dental office collecting candy for troops

Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care in Bossier City is collecting Halloween candy for Barksdale airmen and women who are stationed overseas.

  KSLA SALUTES: Air Force veteran honored 50 years after his heroic efforts in the skies over Vietnam

An Air Force veteran honored 50 years after his heroic efforts in the skies over Vietnam helped save thousands of lives.

  OBVAMC Celebrates Veterans Day

Community members joined hospital staff and community members to honor our nation's veterans, especially those here in the ArkLaTex.