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Barksdale Air Force Base

Military Mission

Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) is located approximately five miles east-southeast of Bossier City. The host unit is the 2d Bomb Wing (2 BW), the oldest Bomb Wing in the Air Force. It is assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command's Eighth Air Force. The 2 BW is equipped with the B-52H Stratofortress bomber and trains all Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Force Reserve Command B-52 crews.

The 2BW, which was assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command in February 2010, conducts the primary mission of Barksdale with three squadrons of B-52H bombers - the 11th Bomb Squadron, which is the training squadron, the 20th Bomb Squadron and the 96th Bomb Squadron. Air Force Global Strike Command provides combat ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike operations in support of combatant commanders. Forty-four 44 B-52s also are assigned to the 2BW.

More than 15,000 active-duty, Air Force Reserve members and civilians make up Barksdale's workforce.

Joint Land Use Study Planning Process

The two primary goals of the JLUS are to protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens living and working near Barksdale and to protect the operational and training mission of the installation. These goals can be accomplished through the community’s improved understanding of the flight and other operations at the base and improved local land use and airspace planning. The JLUS served as the basis to recommended changes to regulatory and non-regulatory policies regarding compatible land uses and airspace capacity around Barksdale, allowing the community to better manage encroachment concerns and incompatible land uses near the base.

The Bossier City Metropolitan Planning Commission is the JLUS project sponsor on behalf of the jurisdictions surrounding the installation. The Planning Commission works closely with Barksdale and neighboring Bossier Parish, Caddo Parish, and the Town of Benton to ensure compatible development near the installation.

Implementation Strategy

The JLUS was completed in January 2009. As part of the JLUS implementation, the community has appointed a Barksdale retiree to the Bossier City Zoning Board. Bossier City also is planning a military overlay zoning district for the Benton Road corridor northwest of the base to guide compatible development.

Community Website: www.bossiercity.org/files/ApplicationsForms/mpc/downloads/Barksdale_JLUS_Report_Final-2009.pdf

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