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Major units stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base include the 2d Bomb Wing, the 2d Mission Support Group and the 2d Operations Group, the Mighty Eighth Air Force, and Global Strike Command Headquarters.

2d Bomb Wing
The 2d Bomb Wing traces its lineage to the 1st Day Bombardment Group, one of the earliest aerial bomb units in US service, organized in 1918. The 1st DBG participated in World War I’s Battle of Saint Mihiel, one of the first major US actions of that war, and the first with a substantial US air units attack mission: the 1st DBG successfully bombed their target with a minor loss. Shortly before the end of the war, the 1st DBG flew in one of the largest bombing raids of the war. After the war, the 1st DBG demobilized and was reorganized as the 2d Bombardment Group.

The 2d Bombardment Group spend the inter-war years sharpening the practice of American bombing, participating in exercises and tests of air power, including General Billy Mitchell’s demonstration on US Navy hulks, sinking the USS Virginia (with one hit) and USS New Jersey. Other tests involving the 2d BG included a successful 600 mile bombing run exercise (a long way for the time), in bad weather, a tour of South American countries, and one of the first US humanitarian airlifts, of medical supplies to Chile. In 1938 the 2d BG was the first to receive the B-17 Flying Fortress, later one of the principle bombers of World War II. In 1939 the unit was redesignated the 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy).

In 1942, with the US entering World War II, the 2d expanded and geared for war, initially flying anti-submarine patrols, then participating in Allied operations in North Africa and Italy, before flying missions into Austria. During a hard campaign over Austria the 2d Bomb Group earned two DUCs in two days, 24 and 25 February 1944, having successfully remained in formation and bombed targets in spite of being greatly outnumbered by enemy interceptors on two missions. The 2d BG was inactivated in 1946, after serving briefly as part of the Allied occupation force.

The 2nd was reactivated in 1947 as the 2d Bomb Group (Very Heavy), along with the establishment of the 2d Bomb Wing, with the new B-29 Superfortress and a nuclear munitions mission. In 1951 the 2d Bomb Group was inactivated in another Air Force reorganization.

The 2d Bomb Group remained inactive until 1991, when the end of the Cold War led to a general US forces reorganization. The 2d Bombardment Wing continued, and was assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base in 1963, where it has remained since. In late 1991 the 2d Operations Group was reactivated as part the 2d Bomb Wing, to participate in Operation Desert Storm, during which the 2d flew a record-breaking 35 hour mission from US airfields to opponent targets in Iraq. Since then this sort of mission has become standard, with missions flown in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today the 2d Bomb WIng flies the long-established workhorse of the Air Force, the B-52 Stratofortress.
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2nd Operations Group 318-456-5063/5089
The 2nd Operations Group has three bomb squadrons and one operations support squadron. None of the 2nd OG’s squadrons are the 2nd bomb squadron - they retain their historic unit names, as they are all among the oldest and most distinguished bomb squadrons in the US Air Force. The 11th, 20th, and 96th Bomb Squadrons were established to fight in World War I, and distinguished themselves in that war, the peace between wars, and in World War II, and continue to carry a proud lineage forward in the 21st Century.
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11th Bomb Squadron 318-456-2923
The 11th Bomb Squadron started as the 11th Aero Squadron, one of the oldest air units in US service. The 11th Aero Squadron was one of the active mission units of the 2d Bomb Group, and participated in the Battle of Saint Mihiel in World War I, in General Mitchell’s demonstration of air power in the 1920s. After a period of inactivation, the 11th BS was assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group, and under this group flew in World War II in the Pacific Theater against enemy Japanese forces in Indochina and China. These missions from British India and later from China earned the 11th Bomb Squadron a DUC for missions into French Indochina (Vietnam). The 11th inactivated in November of 1945.
In the 1950s the 11th reactivated as a missile squadron, and was inactivated; this happened again in the 1980s. In 1994 the 11th Bomb Squadron was reactivated as a bomb squadron, and assigned to Barksdale AFB, to fly B-52s for Global Strike Command.
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20th Bomb Squadron 318-456-5038
The 20th Bomb Squadron started as the 20th Aero Squadron, in World War I, and was one of the squadrons involved in the USA’s first bombing missions, at the Battles of Saint Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne Offensive. After the war, the squadron was reformed as the 20th Squadron (Bombardment), and was one of the main bombing squadrons in General Billy Mitchell’s demonstrations of air power in the 1920s. In the 1930s the 20th became the first (and for about a year the only) heavy bomb squadron in the US military. One of the tests of US air power in the period was the 1938 exercise interception of the SS Rex, an ocean liner over 700 miles from shore; the liner was successfully intercepted, which the US Navy objected to; the Army Air Corps was then restricted to overland flying with a 100-mile offshore limit.
In World War II, the 20th Bomb Squadron flew missions over and through North Africa, later into Italy, and eventually into Austria. It was over Austria that the 20th earned two DUCs in two days, having flown on target and successfully against targets despite being greatly outnumbered by enemy interceptors.
During the Cold War the 20th Bomb Squadron was on alert, flying B-52 Stratofortresses, a mission they thankfully never had to execute. Since the start of the Global War on Terror the 20th Bomb Squadron has flown missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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96th Bomb Squadron 318-456-5679
The 96th Bomb Squadron was the first bomb squadron in US service, and one of the first in flying, originally the 96th Aero Squadron, established in 1917 at Kelly Field, Texas, as the US prepared to enter the ‘Great War’. The 96th AS flew the first bombing missions of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, flying French Breguet 14 biplane bombers to successfully target German positions from an altitude of about 4000 meters. The 96th went on to be part of the largest US air operation of the war, at the Battle of Saint Mihiel, and then at the Battle of Meuse-Argonne. The 96th was demobilized at the end of the war, but not inactivated, and continued in the new US Air Service.
Between wars the 96th helped develop US airpower, and was one of the squadrons used by General Billy Mitchell to demonstrate the potential of airpower, successfully sinking two captured German Navy ships, a light cruiser in one demonstration, and a battleship in another, both before Navy demonstration attacks could successfully sink the targets.
In World War II, the 96th at first performed anti-submarine patrols, then participated in the North African campaign, Italian campaign, and continued with strikes deep into German occupied Europe. The 96th was one of the bomber units awarded two DUCs in two days after missions into Austria, successfully bombing targets in the face of vastly more numerous enemy interceptors. The 96th was briefly inactivated after the war, and reactivated as an SAC nuclear bomber unit from 1947 to 1963, when it was inactivated again.
The 96th Bomb Squadron was reactivated in 1993 to fly missions against Iraq as part of the ongoing operations there, and has continued in service since, flying missions in the Global War on Terror and for ongoing readiness missions.
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2nd Mission Support Group 318-456-3113
26th Operational Weather Squadron 318-529-2600
2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 318-456-3302/3308
2nd Maintenance Squadron 318-456-1839/1843/1847/1851
2nd Munitions Squadron 318-456-2611
2nd Civil Engineering Squadron 318-456-4856/9848
2nd Communications Squadron 318-456-2525
2nd Comptroller Squadron 318-456-2768/4257
2nd Contracting Squadron 318-456-2774
2nd Force Support Squadron 318-456-5777
2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron 318-456-4108/8509
2nd Operations Support Squadron 318-456-5089
2nd Security Forces Squadron 318-456-4449
340th Weapons Squadron 318-529-2013/2004
372 TRS Training Detachment 5 318-456-8589
49 TEST Squadron 318-529-4900
548th CTS 318-529-2100
2nd Medical Group 318-456-6111
2nd Aerospace Medical Squadron 318-456-6721
2nd Dental Squadron 318-456-6718
2nd Medical Operations Squadron 318-456-5373
2nd Medical Support Squadron 318-456-7330
2nd Aerospace Medical Support Squadron 318-456-6586
Global Strike Command Headquarters (HQ GSC) 318-456-8341/9466
The modern Global Strike Command is the inheritor of the mission of Strategic Air Command, a command created after World War Two to provide nuclear deterrence and perform nuclear mission if called for. Since the end of the Cold War the deterrence mission has declined, and SAC was reorganized as Global Strike Command, with a modified mission.
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HQ 8AF 318-529-1135
The Mighty Eighth Air Force was established in 1942 as VIII Bomber Command, the first command with the then new mission of attacking strategic enemy assets and production centers. VIII Bomber Command flew out of the United Kingdom into German-occupied Europe, and particularly Germany itself. VIII Bomber Command units pursued a great many missions over Europe. In 1944 VIII Bomber Command and related units were reorganized as Eighth Air Force. Shortly after the Eighth launched Operation Argument, also known as Big Week, a massive bombing mission targeting German air force materiel, which caused enough damage that the enemy relocated aircraft production. The many missions of the Eighth Air Force greatly contributed to the destruction of German aircraft production, oil production, and hundreds of enemy fighters. The Eighth earned 17 Medals of Honor, 220 Distinguished Service Crosses, and 442,000 Air Medals, with 261 fighter aces among the escorts and 305 gunners on the bombers themselves.
After the War, the experience of the Mighty Eighth made it an obvious core unit of the newly established Strategic Air Command, in charge of the USA’s nuclear defense. In addition to these duties, the Eighth flew missions in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and various operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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AF Audit Agency Area Audit Office 318-456-5227
AFLSA Judicial Area Defense Council 318-456-8355
AFOSI 318-456-3881
Defense Commissary Agency 318-456-8410
Defense Investigative Service 318-746-5548
Defense Reutilization and Marketing 318-456-8898
Det 2, USAF Weapons School 318-456-1469
DET 3, 29th Training System Squadron 318-456-3662/5388
Military Entrance and Processing Station MEPS 318-671-6093
Navy ROICC 318-456-2326
Navy Seabees 318-456-2410
Navy Seabees 318-456-2410
Navy Seabees 318-456-2410
Navy Seabees 318-456-2410

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