KSLA Salutes

  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.

  Month of the Military Child: Brooke Johnson

  KSLA Salutes: The Air Force Historian

  KSLA Salutes: The Dragon’s Lair

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

  KSLA Salutes: Dog tags fill Ruston Memorial Garden

  Shreveport VA launches new mobile app for veterans

Continued Coverage

West Point Military Academy hosts leadership workshop for students

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

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

Veterans get homemade meal, gifts on Valentine’s Day

  KSLA Salutes: Shreveport Mudbugs visit Overton Brooks VA Medical Center

  KSLA Salutes: NBA legend Karl Malone visits Barksdale AFB

  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

  Barksdale Exchange pays 9 families’ Christmas layaway tabs

  KSLA Salutes: Greatest showman at Barksdale Air Force Base

  New changes in effect for those visiting Barksdale Global Power Museum

  KSLA Salutes: Broadway Swim

  KSLA Salutes: SUSLA’s veteran helper

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.

  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: Shreveport Area Radio Kontrol Society

If you’ve ever wanted to fly a plane, there’s a club that lets you do just that all from the ground.

KSLA Salutes: NWLA art teacher creates historic mural inside school

The mural depicts the iconic photograph of the moment six United States Marines raised the American Flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

  KSLA Salutes: Barksdale trains new dentists in advanced program

"Residency blew my expectations out of the water,” one new dentist says

Fleet Reserve Association holding a $5,000 essay contest

Students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to submit a 350-word or less essay centered around their theme “What My Vote Will Mean to Me.”

  Barksdale Air Force dentists graduate from training

The new graduates will head out to their new bases in England, Korea, Texas, Missouri and Colorado.

  KSLA Salutes: Navy veteran builds custom models for veterans

What started out as a hobby five years ago, quickly grew into full scale job. Since he's started, he's made nearly 300 models mostly for veterans.

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

The party will feature speakers including Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, and Louisiana Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy.

  KSLA Salutes: From clay to bronze

“There may be five monuments to women veterans from all five services in our whole United States of America. This is the first one for Louisiana and the first for this whole section of the country so this is historical.”

VA MISSION Act allows veterans to access urgent cares

The VA MISSION Act allows vets to go to any urgent care or walk-in care provider in the VA's network.

  KSLA Salutes: Purple Heart Lost and Found

It’s our country’s oldest and most recognized service medal.Since 1932, 1.8 million Purple Hearts have been awarded.

KSLA Salutes: Surviving the unimaginable

Ron Chatelain is the most decorated living soldier in Louisiana history.

  KSLA Salutes: Vet Centers Celebrate 40 years of service

This week VA Vet Centers across the country celebrate 40 years of service to our veterans and their families.

  KSLA Salutes: Vet recalls storming the beaches of Normandy

An ArkLaTex World War II veteran recalls what it was like to storm the beaches of Normandy 75 years later and shares his story with others.

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

ArkLaTex veterans takeoff for 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

The bomber joins "Ghost Rider" in being resurrected from "boneyard" in Arizona

  Service with a smile; Celebrating OBVAMC Nurse

As we celebrate National Nurses week, we’re highlighting the special work of those who serve our veterans.

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

It included an up close look at a B-52, K-9 demonstration and discussions on educational and career goal setting.

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

Two of the bombers are expected to leave Tuesday from Barksdale Air Force Base.

Parking lot overhaul complete at Shreveport VA

Major upgrades now complete to at a parking lot at the Shreveport VA facility.

Former BAFB commander promoted to brigadier general

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.