KSLA Salutes

  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."

  Veterans Day deals and specials

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

Volunteers needed to create holiday cards for veterans

Part of Arkansas highway now honors fallen war hero

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

  KSLA Salutes: Veteran uses vlog to spotlight local musical artists

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

  Civil service illustrator uses her love of art, Air Force

  KSLA Salutes: Major Frances Mercado

  KSLA Salutes: Air Force Hispanic Heritage Luncheon

  KSLA Salutes: The Master Instructor

  KSLA Salutes: Surviving the crash

  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

  KSLA Salutes: Baking the next bite

  KSLA Salutes: Writing the next chapter

  KSLA Salutes: Brigadier General Gerald Goodfellow

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

  KSLA Salutes: Staff Sgt. Latasha Andrew

  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.

  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.