Whether the airmen and canine’s from the 2nd Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog unit on Barksdale are safeguarding the installation or deploying downrange, they work side-by-side to defend and protect.
“We really only have one planet to call home," said Kate Hasapes, Barksdale’s Environmental Program Manager. "It's important for us to make sure we are doing a good job of keeping everyone in the community safe , keeping the base in their regulatory requirements, and making sure our environment is happy and healthy.”
Compared to the U.S. population, both deployed and non-deployed Veterans had a higher risk of suicide. The Armed Services Arts Partnership, or ASAP, is a non-profit organization working to bring that number down through comedy and other artistic endeavors that build confidence and a sense of community.
"“One of the most important things I learned was to rely on other people,” Clark said. “I know it’s hard for some people to rely on others. I also learned you have to be able to rely on yourself and your training."
Before overseeing over 300 buses, bus operators and making sure nearly 14,000 students make it safely to and from Bossier Parish schools, retired Lt. Col. David Hadden served in the United States Air Force.
He credits Grambling State University prepared Coward for success in his various military occupations, from when he was a logistics officer, where he organized the first deployment and distribution flight to now, as the director of inspections, organizing readiness exercises.
"Best decision I made in my life," Johnson said. "I’ve been able to do all types of humanitarian projects in Africa and Japan. To be able to touch so many lives was the best part of service for me, as well as being able to protect my family here at home.”
Overton Brooks VA Hospital states Williams has several accolades and has been merited awards including the Navy and Marine Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Many of us love to watch military homecoming videos, especially those surprising family members around the holidays. A unique program at Barksdale Air Force Base makes that possible for Airmen stationed there.