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  • KSLA Salutes: WWII Veteran William 'Bill' Flores; Faith, family & fighting for our country

    KSLA Salutes: WWII Veteran William 'Bill' Flores; Faith, family & fighting for our country

    Saturday, August 25 2018 8:54 PM EDT2018-08-26 00:54:30 GMT
    WWII Veteran, William 'Bill' Flores /Source: KSLA News 12WWII Veteran, William 'Bill' Flores /Source: KSLA News 12

    Bill Flores and his twin brother left their small community in DeSoto Parish after high school to help serve in the war efforts.

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    Bill Flores and his twin brother left their small community in DeSoto Parish after high school to help serve in the war efforts.

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  • Global Strike welcomes new commander at BAFB

    Global Strike welcomes new commander at BAFB

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-08-21 23:24:22 GMT
    Air Force Gen. Timothy Ray takes command of Air Foce Global Strike Command as outgoing commander Gen. Robin Rand looks on Aug. 21. (Source: KSLA News 12)Air Force Gen. Timothy Ray takes command of Air Foce Global Strike Command as outgoing commander Gen. Robin Rand looks on Aug. 21. (Source: KSLA News 12)
    USAF Gen. Timothy Ray takes command of Global Strike as outgoing commander Gen. Robin Rand looks on/Source: KSLA News 12USAF Gen. Timothy Ray takes command of Global Strike as outgoing commander Gen. Robin Rand looks on/Source: KSLA News 12

    Just a few hours after being promoted as the Air Force's newest four-star general, Gen. Timothy Ray took command of Air Force Global Strike Command.

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    Just a few hours after being promoted as the Air Force's newest four-star general, Gen. Timothy Ray took command of Air Force Global Strike Command.

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  • KSLA Salutes: Reunion held for Vietnam veterans involved in Operation Linebacker II

    KSLA Salutes: Reunion held for Vietnam veterans involved in Operation Linebacker II

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 6:45 AM EDT2018-08-21 10:45:37 GMT
    Philipp Blaufuss recalls missions in the B-52 during Operation Linebacker II/Source: KSLA News 12.Philipp Blaufuss recalls missions in the B-52 during Operation Linebacker II/Source: KSLA News 12.

    A special group of Vietnam veterans gathered for a reunion this past weekend at Barksdale Air Force Base. 

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    A special group of Vietnam veterans gathered for a reunion this past weekend at Barksdale Air Force Base. 

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  • Texas native takes command of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

    Texas native takes command of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

    Monday, August 20 2018 11:56 PM EDT2018-08-21 03:56:18 GMT
    Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr. takes command of the Eighth Air Force (Source: KSLA News 12)Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr. takes command of the Eighth Air Force (Source: KSLA News 12)
    Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr. takes command of the 8th Air Force/Source: KSLA News 12Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr. takes command of the 8th Air Force/Source: KSLA News 12

    "I couldn't be happier with such a historic unit to be taking over. It's steeped in history and heritage starting in World War II."

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    "I couldn't be happier with such a historic unit to be taking over. It's steeped in history and heritage starting in World War II."

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  • KSLA Salutes: WWII Veteran John Hay

    KSLA Salutes: WWII Veteran John Hay

    Friday, August 17 2018 3:23 PM EDT2018-08-17 19:23:08 GMT
    96-year-old WWII veteran John Hay recalls time in the Navy/Source: KSLA News 1296-year-old WWII veteran John Hay recalls time in the Navy/Source: KSLA News 12
    96-year-old WWII veteran John Hay recalls time in the Navy/Source: KSLA News 1296-year-old WWII veteran John Hay recalls time in the Navy/Source: KSLA News 12

    From small towns in Texas and Louisiana to sailing the open water — World War Two veteran John Hay has seen it all.

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    From small towns in Texas and Louisiana to sailing the open water — World War Two veteran John Hay has seen it all.

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  • Local DAV Chapter gives big boost to female veteran monument fund

    Local DAV Chapter gives big boost to female veteran monument fund

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 7:56 AM EDT2018-08-15 11:56:28 GMT
    Miniature bronze statue of the monument to be built /Source: KSLA News 12Miniature bronze statue of the monument to be built /Source: KSLA News 12

    The local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans made a big donation towards the fund raising efforts for a female veterans monument.

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    The local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans made a big donation towards the fund raising efforts for a female veterans monument.

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  • KSLA Salutes: BAFB's Airman's Attic

    KSLA Salutes: BAFB's Airman's Attic

    Friday, August 3 2018 3:48 PM EDT2018-08-03 19:48:21 GMT
    BAFB Airman's Attic designed to help young airmen get out on their own/Source: KSLA News 12BAFB Airman's Attic designed to help young airmen get out on their own/Source: KSLA News 12
    BAFB Airman's Attic designed to help young airmen get out on their own/Source: KSLA News 12BAFB Airman's Attic designed to help young airmen get out on their own/Source: KSLA News 12

    As the price of clothing and other necessities increase, there is one group that strives to lessen that burden on military families — it's called the Airman's Attic.

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    As the price of clothing and other necessities increase, there is one group that strives to lessen that burden on military families — it's called the Airman's Attic.

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  • NWLA Highway dedication set to honor Mansfield soldier KIA

    NWLA Highway dedication set to honor Mansfield soldier KIA

    Wednesday, July 25 2018 8:51 AM EDT2018-07-25 12:51:52 GMT
    Source: Vazquez FamilySource: Vazquez Family

    A stretch of road in Mansfield will soon be renamed to honor the life and legacy of an ArkLaTex soldier killed in action.

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    A stretch of road in Mansfield will soon be renamed to honor the life and legacy of an ArkLaTex soldier killed in action.

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  • Remembering the crew of 'RAIDR 21'

    Remembering the crew of 'RAIDR 21'

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:20:15 GMT
    Photos of the crew of RADIR 21 on display at the Global Power Museum/Source: KSLA News 12Photos of the crew of RADIR 21 on display at the Global Power Museum/Source: KSLA News 12

    Standing room only Friday morning,  at the Barksdale Global Power Museum, as Barksdale Air Force Base held a remembrance ceremony for the crew of the “Louisiana Fire.”

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    Standing room only Friday morning,  at the Barksdale Global Power Museum, as Barksdale Air Force Base held a remembrance ceremony for the crew of the “Louisiana Fire.”

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  • KSLA Salutes: NWLA Veterans Home

    KSLA Salutes: NWLA Veterans Home

    Friday, July 27 2018 8:36 PM EDT2018-07-28 00:36:40 GMT
    The Bossier City Facility opened back in 2007/Source: KSLA News 12The Bossier City Facility opened back in 2007/Source: KSLA News 12

    The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs operates five veterans homes located across Louisiana, designed specifically for providing the best care possible for our nation's veterans.

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    The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs operates five veterans homes located across Louisiana, designed specifically for providing the best care possible for our nation's veterans.

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  • Shreveport MEPS holds change of command

    Shreveport MEPS holds change of command

    Friday, July 27 2018 8:24 PM EDT2018-07-28 00:24:08 GMT
    Change of Command Ceremony at Shreveport MEPS /Source: KSLA News 12Change of Command Ceremony at Shreveport MEPS /Source: KSLA News 12
    Change of Command Ceremony at Shreveport MEPS /Source: KSLA News 12Change of Command Ceremony at Shreveport MEPS /Source: KSLA News 12

    The Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) is under new command.

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    The Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) is under new command.

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  • World War II veteran Olan Wise dies; he was 100 years old

    World War II veteran Olan Wise dies; he was 100 years old

    Tuesday, July 24 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-07-24 04:04:28 GMT
    Olan Wise shared stories with KSLA's Marie Waxel just a few days before he turned 100 years old back in February 2018/Source: KSLA News 12Olan Wise shared stories with KSLA's Marie Waxel just a few days before he turned 100 years old back in February 2018/Source: KSLA News 12
    Olan Wise shared stories with KSLA's Marie Waxel just a few days before he turned 100 years old back in February 2018/Source: KSLA News 12Olan Wise shared stories with KSLA's Marie Waxel just a few days before he turned 100 years old back in February 2018/Source: KSLA News 12

    His funeral is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Benton. The service will be preceded by visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton. 

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    His funeral is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Benton. The service will be preceded by visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: 8AF Commander, Maj. Gen. Bussiere

    KSLA Salutes: 8AF Commander, Maj. Gen. Bussiere

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:52:07 GMT
    Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th AF Commander/Source: KSLA News 12Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th AF Commander/Source: KSLA News 12

    Major General Thomas Bussiere has had his eyes on the sky since his 16th Birthday. 

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    Major General Thomas Bussiere has had his eyes on the sky since his 16th Birthday. 

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  • Shreveport church collecting donations for troops

    Shreveport church collecting donations for troops

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 1:30 PM EDT2018-07-11 17:30:07 GMT
    (Source: KSLA)(Source: KSLA)

    Troops overseas will soon get special care packages from one Shreveport church.

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    Troops overseas will soon get special care packages from one Shreveport church.

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  • BAFB Airman named "Airman of the Year" by AirForce Times

    BAFB Airman named "Airman of the Year" by AirForce Times

    Friday, June 29 2018 11:27 PM EDT2018-06-30 03:27:26 GMT
    (Source: Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis/Air Force)(Source: Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis/Air Force)

    An Airman at Barksdale Air Force Base is making waves after being named as 2018's Airman of the Year.

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    An Airman at Barksdale Air Force Base is making waves after being named as 2018's Airman of the Year.

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  • KSLA Salutes: WWII veteran, Bronze Star recipient Roy Buckner

    KSLA Salutes: WWII veteran, Bronze Star recipient Roy Buckner

    Thursday, June 28 2018 11:17 PM EDT2018-06-29 03:17:33 GMT
    World War II veteran Roy Buckner shares a smile as he reflects on his return home from overseas. (Source: KSLA News 12)World War II veteran Roy Buckner shares a smile as he reflects on his return home from overseas. (Source: KSLA News 12)

    They were four men who fought and served in World War II, of whom only three returned home. They were the Texas Band of Brothers. Now only one remains. And 96-year-old Marine Corps platoon Sgt. Roy Buckner, a Bronze Star recipient, has managed to condense a lifetime of memories into one book.

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    They were four men who fought and served in World War II, of whom only three returned home. They were the Texas Band of Brothers. Now only one remains. And 96-year-old Marine Corps platoon Sgt. Roy Buckner, a Bronze Star recipient, has managed to condense a lifetime of memories into one book.

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  • Funeral services announced for Broken Bow Marine, Jordan Smith

    Funeral services announced for Broken Bow Marine, Jordan Smith

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 12:29 PM EDT2018-06-27 16:29:14 GMT
    Jordan Smith (Source: Brumley Funeral Home)Jordan Smith (Source: Brumley Funeral Home)

    Funeral services for a 19-year-old Broken Bow Marine will be held on Wednesday, June 27 in Oklahoma. 

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    Funeral services for a 19-year-old Broken Bow Marine will be held on Wednesday, June 27 in Oklahoma. 

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  • Sorority donates fans to NWLA Veterans Cemetery

    Sorority donates fans to NWLA Veterans Cemetery

    Friday, June 22 2018 3:08 PM EDT2018-06-22 19:08:21 GMT
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorors with Cemetery Director Ken Epperson/Source: NWLA Veterans CemeteryDelta Sigma Theta Sorors with Cemetery Director Ken Epperson/Source: NWLA Veterans Cemetery

    A generous donation to the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery will help keep families and friends cool during services and other programs in the heat of the summer.  The Shreveport Alumnae Chapter, of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., donated two 30" barrel fans Thursday, June 21. 

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    A generous donation to the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery will help keep families and friends cool during services and other programs in the heat of the summer.  The Shreveport Alumnae Chapter, of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., donated two 30" barrel fans Thursday, June 21. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: Texas soldier killed during WWII to be buried in hometown Saturday

    KSLA Salutes: Texas soldier killed during WWII to be buried in hometown Saturday

    Friday, June 22 2018 2:49 PM EDT2018-06-22 18:49:06 GMT
    Army SSGT Leo J. Husak, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for/Source: Husak FamilyArmy SSGT Leo J. Husak, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for/Source: Husak Family

    A soldier killed in Germany during World War II will finally be laid to rest in his family's cemetery this weekend. Army Staff Sgt. Leo Husak was killed in action in 1945. 

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    A soldier killed in Germany during World War II will finally be laid to rest in his family's cemetery this weekend. Army Staff Sgt. Leo Husak was killed in action in 1945. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: BAFB Chute shop, 'The last to let you down'

    KSLA Salutes: BAFB Chute shop, 'The last to let you down'

    Friday, June 22 2018 2:48 PM EDT2018-06-22 18:48:07 GMT
    Barksdale airmen inspect survival kits & ejection seats/Source: KSLA News 12Barksdale airmen inspect survival kits & ejection seats/Source: KSLA News 12

    There's a select group of airmen on Barksdale that serve as the lifeline to those who fly in the sky. They're often the unsung heroes in times of emergency. 

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    There's a select group of airmen on Barksdale that serve as the lifeline to those who fly in the sky. They're often the unsung heroes in times of emergency. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: Vietnam Veteran Ernest DeWolf, Jr

    KSLA Salutes: Vietnam Veteran Ernest DeWolf, Jr

    Friday, June 22 2018 2:40 PM EDT2018-06-22 18:40:28 GMT
    Vietnam Veteran Ernest DeWolf, Jr shares stories of helping others and his time in Vietnam with KSLA's Marie Waxel/Source: KSLAVietnam Veteran Ernest DeWolf, Jr shares stories of helping others and his time in Vietnam with KSLA's Marie Waxel/Source: KSLA

    At 17-years-old, Ernest DeWolf, Jr enlisted in the U. S. Air Force.  

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    At 17-years-old, Ernest DeWolf, Jr enlisted in the U. S. Air Force.  

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  • BAFB 2BW under new command

    BAFB 2BW under new command

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 8:55 AM EDT2018-06-19 12:55:21 GMT
    Col. Michael Miller, 2nd Bomb Wing Commander/Source: BAFBCol. Michael Miller, 2nd Bomb Wing Commander/Source: BAFB

    More than 500 airmen and community leaders filled a hanger at Barksdale Air Force Base Monday, to witness the ceremonial change of command for the 2nd Bomb Wing.

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    More than 500 airmen and community leaders filled a hanger at Barksdale Air Force Base Monday, to witness the ceremonial change of command for the 2nd Bomb Wing.

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  • LA. Gov proclaims "Louisiana Women Veterans Day"

    LA. Gov proclaims "Louisiana Women Veterans Day"

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 4:38 PM EDT2018-06-13 20:38:02 GMT
    (Source: Gov. John Bel Edwards)(Source: Gov. John Bel Edwards)

    On Tuesday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards proclaimed June 12 as Louisiana Women Veterans Day.

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    On Tuesday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards proclaimed June 12 as Louisiana Women Veterans Day.

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  • KSLA Salutes: Surviving Vietnam and saving lives at home

    KSLA Salutes: Surviving Vietnam and saving lives at home

    Friday, June 8 2018 3:36 PM EDT2018-06-08 19:36:57 GMT
    Retired USAF Capt Gary Hughes flew 210 combat missions in Vietnam/Source: HughesRetired USAF Capt Gary Hughes flew 210 combat missions in Vietnam/Source: Hughes

    A Vietnam veteran came home with the goal to save lives back in the states after a near brush with death before even heading overseas. 

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    A Vietnam veteran came home with the goal to save lives back in the states after a near brush with death before even heading overseas. 

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  • Deployed father surprises his daughter during her graduation

    KSLA Salutes: Deployed Dad surprises daughter during her graduation from Hope High

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-05-16 02:46:54 GMT
    Lt. Col. Charles Conway and his daughter Ja’Brea Conway at her graduation from Hope High School. (Source: KSLA News 12)Lt. Col. Charles Conway and his daughter Ja’Brea Conway at her graduation from Hope High School. (Source: KSLA News 12)

    He kept telling his daughter he wished he could be there but was on deployment in Afghanistan. Then guess who popped up during her graduation from Hope, Ark., High School.

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    He kept telling his daughter he wished he could be there but was on deployment in Afghanistan. Then guess who popped up during her graduation from Hope, Ark., High School.

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  • Veterans group presents $26K in scholarships to 19 students

    Veterans group presents $26K in scholarships to 19 students

    Monday, June 4 2018 8:48 PM EDT2018-06-05 00:48:20 GMT
    (far left) retired Air Force Lt. Col. George Finck, scholarship program organizer; (middle) retired Air Force Col. Mike Dilda, president Ark-La-Tex MOAA Chapter;  and (far right) retired Air Force Col. David Lay, secretary Ark-La-Tex MOAA Chapter.(far left) retired Air Force Lt. Col. George Finck, scholarship program organizer; (middle) retired Air Force Col. Mike Dilda, president Ark-La-Tex MOAA Chapter; and (far right) retired Air Force Col. David Lay, secretary Ark-La-Tex MOAA Chapter.

    An ArkLaTex veterans group presented $26,000 in scholarship to 19 graduating seniors during a banquet Saturday night at Barksdale Air Force Base. 

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    An ArkLaTex veterans group presented $26,000 in scholarship to 19 graduating seniors during a banquet Saturday night at Barksdale Air Force Base. 

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  • Welcome home: 11 Barksdale airmen return from Guam

    Welcome home: 11 Barksdale airmen return from Guam

    Friday, July 13 2018 4:39 PM EDT2018-07-13 20:39:19 GMT
    "It feels so good to have her home. I missed my baby," Shreveporter Carolyn Johnson said as she hugged her daughter Nicole. (Source: Melissa Kakareka/KSLA News 12)"It feels so good to have her home. I missed my baby," Shreveporter Carolyn Johnson said as she hugged her daughter Nicole. (Source: Melissa Kakareka/KSLA News 12)

    Welcome home, airmen!

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    Welcome home, airmen!

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  • KSLA Salutes: Texas soldier killed during WWII is coming home

    KSLA Salutes: Texas soldier killed during WWII is coming home

    Friday, June 22 2018 1:11 PM EDT2018-06-22 17:11:37 GMT
    Army SSGT Leo J. Husak, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for/Source: Husak FamilyArmy SSGT Leo J. Husak, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for/Source: Husak Family

    A soldier killed in Germany during World War II is making his long-awaited return home to Texas. It's a homecoming 73 years in the making. "We had come back from school and the family had just received the telegram that he was missing in action. So when we got home it wasn't a happy situation, both my mother and father were crying." John Husak remembers vividly the day the Army reported his brother missing. That was February 1945. Nine month's later, the Army declared him ...

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    A soldier killed in Germany during World War II is making his long-awaited return home to Texas. It's a homecoming 73 years in the making. "We had come back from school and the family had just received the telegram that he was missing in action. So when we got home it wasn't a happy situation, both my mother and father were crying." John Husak remembers vividly the day the Army reported his brother missing. That was February 1945. Nine month's later, the Army declared him ...

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  • 'To honor with dignity' KSLA Salutes BAFB Honor Guard

    'To honor with dignity' KSLA Salutes BAFB Honor Guard

    Friday, June 1 2018 2:59 PM EDT2018-06-01 18:59:02 GMT
    Members of BAFB Honor Guard practice funeral detail to ensure perfection & grace/Source: KSLA News 12Members of BAFB Honor Guard practice funeral detail to ensure perfection & grace/Source: KSLA News 12
    Members of BAFB Honor Guard practice funeral detail to ensure perfection & grace/Source: KSLA News 12Members of BAFB Honor Guard practice funeral detail to ensure perfection & grace/Source: KSLA News 12

    There's a heaviness that never becomes routine when dealing with loss of a life. For a select few airmen on Barksdale Air Force Base, their job is to show honor and reverence for the fallen. 

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    There's a heaviness that never becomes routine when dealing with loss of a life. For a select few airmen on Barksdale Air Force Base, their job is to show honor and reverence for the fallen. 

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  • Caddo Parish JROTC Cadets take part in annual 'Cadet Leadership Challenge'

    Caddo Parish JROTC Cadets take part in annual 'Cadet Leadership Challenge'

    Friday, June 1 2018 2:51 PM EDT2018-06-01 18:51:06 GMT
    Caddo Parish JROTC cadets take part in STEM classes at LSUS as part of annual summer camp/Source: KSLA News 12Caddo Parish JROTC cadets take part in STEM classes at LSUS as part of annual summer camp/Source: KSLA News 12
    Caddo Parish JROTC cadets take part in STEM classes at LSUS as part of annual summer camp/Source: KSLA News 12Caddo Parish JROTC cadets take part in STEM classes at LSUS as part of annual summer camp/Source: KSLA News 12

    Caddo Parish Army JROTC cadets hit the first two weeks of summer break running. Several hundred cadets from all Caddo Parish schools are taking part in their annual 'Cadet Leadership Challenge' or 'Summer Camp' as they call it.  

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    Caddo Parish Army JROTC cadets hit the first two weeks of summer break running. Several hundred cadets from all Caddo Parish schools are taking part in their annual 'Cadet Leadership Challenge' or 'Summer Camp' as they call it.  

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  • Portion of Mansfield highway named in memory of soldier KIA

    NWLA roadway to honor Mansfield native KIA

    Friday, June 1 2018 2:27 PM EDT2018-06-01 18:27:12 GMT
    SSG Richard Vazquez, KIA November 2013/Source: FamilySSG Richard Vazquez, KIA November 2013/Source: Family
    SSG Richard Vazquez, KIA November 2013/Source: FamilySSG Richard Vazquez, KIA November 2013/Source: Family

    A stretch of road in Mansfield will soon be renamed to honor the life and legacy of an ArkLaTex soldier killed in action. A portion of Louisiana Highway 175 will be known as "Staff Sergeant Richard Lee Vazquez Memorial Highway." 

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    A stretch of road in Mansfield will soon be renamed to honor the life and legacy of an ArkLaTex soldier killed in action. A portion of Louisiana Highway 175 will be known as "Staff Sergeant Richard Lee Vazquez Memorial Highway." 

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  • KSLA Salutes: Remembering NWLA native KIA

    KSLA Salutes: Remembering NWLA native KIA

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 3:36 PM EDT2018-05-29 19:36:12 GMT
    SSG Richard 'Rich' Vazquez, KIA 13 NOV 2013/Source: FamilySSG Richard 'Rich' Vazquez, KIA 13 NOV 2013/Source: Family

    An ArkLaTex native died after being critically wounded by a roadside bomb in 2013. The 28-year-old Special Forces Green Beret was serving his third tour in Afghanistan. KSLA Salutes the late Staff Sgt. Richard Lee Vazquez.

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    An ArkLaTex native died after being critically wounded by a roadside bomb in 2013. The 28-year-old Special Forces Green Beret was serving his third tour in Afghanistan. KSLA Salutes the late Staff Sgt. Richard Lee Vazquez.

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  • KSLA Salutes: Keithville veteran celebrates 90th Birthday

    KSLA Salutes: Keithville veteran celebrates 90th Birthday

    Friday, May 25 2018 3:31 PM EDT2018-05-25 19:31:47 GMT
    Retired U.S. Army SSG Harold Lewis/Source: FamilyRetired U.S. Army SSG Harold Lewis/Source: Family

    Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Harold Lewis,  of Keithville, Louisiana is celebrating is 90th Birthday on Friday. 

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    Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Harold Lewis,  of Keithville, Louisiana is celebrating is 90th Birthday on Friday. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: After 75 years, Marine makes trip home to be buried next to his mother in LA

    KSLA Salutes: After 75 years, Marine makes trip home to be buried next to his mother in LA

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:09 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:09:36 GMT
    The late World War II Marine 2nd Lt. Harvel Lee Moore (Source: Moore's family)The late World War II Marine 2nd Lt. Harvel Lee Moore (Source: Moore's family)

    After 75 years, a World War II Marine is finally coming home. The late 2nd Lt. Harvel Lee Moore, killed in the Battle of Tarawa, is being escorted to Chatham to be laid to rest next to his mother. 

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    After 75 years, a World War II Marine is finally coming home. The late 2nd Lt. Harvel Lee Moore, killed in the Battle of Tarawa, is being escorted to Chatham to be laid to rest next to his mother. 

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  • Pre-Memorial Day ceremony for fallen military men, women

    Pre-Memorial Day ceremony for fallen military men, women

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:01 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:01:47 GMT
    (Source: KSLA News 12)The Caddo Parish Commission held the ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Caddo Parish Courthouse. (Source: KSLA News 12)(Source: KSLA News 12)The Caddo Parish Commission held the ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Caddo Parish Courthouse. (Source: KSLA News 12)
    (Source: KSLA News 12)(Source: KSLA News 12)

    Dozens of people in northwest Louisiana spent Thursday morning honoring the fallen military men and women in a Pre-Memorial Day ceremony. 

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    Dozens of people in northwest Louisiana spent Thursday morning honoring the fallen military men and women in a Pre-Memorial Day ceremony. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: For love & honor, surviving Vietnam

    KSLA Salutes: For love & honor, surviving Vietnam

    Monday, May 21 2018 4:20 PM EDT2018-05-21 20:20:23 GMT
    SFC Jimmie Brown (Ret.) U.S. Army/Source: Brown familySFC Jimmie Brown (Ret.) U.S. Army/Source: Brown family

    Retired Sergeant First Class Jimmie Brown served 20 years in the U.S. Army, but most know him as Pappy. Three of those years he lead a special forces recon squad, fighting their way through the jungles of Vietnam.  

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    Retired Sergeant First Class Jimmie Brown served 20 years in the U.S. Army, but most know him as Pappy. Three of those years he lead a special forces recon squad, fighting their way through the jungles of Vietnam.  

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  • KSLA Salutes: Vietnam veterans memorial dedicated at Camp Joy

    KSLA Salutes: Vietnam veterans memorial dedicated at Camp Joy

    Friday, May 18 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-05-19 01:34:59 GMT
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Camp Joy/Source: KSLA News 12Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Camp Joy/Source: KSLA News 12

    A special dedication took place at Camp Joy on Friday to show veterans just how much their service and sacrifice means. 

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    A special dedication took place at Camp Joy on Friday to show veterans just how much their service and sacrifice means. 

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  • ArkLaTex veterans group awarded for efforts to honor military members

    ArkLaTex veterans group awarded for efforts to honor military members

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 3:23 PM EDT2018-05-15 19:23:37 GMT
    Source: The Veterans Celebration CommitteeSource: The Veterans Celebration Committee

    The Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourism Bureau awarded the Veterans Celebration Committee with the 2018 Tourism Partner Award.

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    The Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourism Bureau awarded the Veterans Celebration Committee with the 2018 Tourism Partner Award.

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  • 'Chains for Vets' raises $10K for struggling veterans

    'Chains for Vets' raises $10K for struggling veterans

    Saturday, May 12 2018 5:21 PM EDT2018-05-12 21:21:48 GMT
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos

    Scores of people from across the ArkLaTex converged off Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport on Saturday to compete in a disk golf fundraiser.

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    Scores of people from across the ArkLaTex converged off Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport on Saturday to compete in a disk golf fundraiser.

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  • KSLA Salutes: Retired Air Force couple to celebrate Golden Anniversary

    KSLA Salutes: Retired Air Force couple to celebrate Golden Anniversary

    Saturday, May 12 2018 3:53 PM EDT2018-05-12 19:53:04 GMT
    The Air Force brought Kevin & Amy Clifford together, in July they will celebrate 50 years of marriage/ Source: Clifford familyThe Air Force brought Kevin & Amy Clifford together, in July they will celebrate 50 years of marriage/ Source: Clifford family

    You could say Kevin and Amy Clifford were destined to be together.

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    You could say Kevin and Amy Clifford were destined to be together.

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  • BAFB group prepares to march for the fallen on Memorial Day

    BAFB group prepares to march for the fallen on Memorial Day

    Friday, May 11 2018 9:47 PM EDT2018-05-12 01:47:18 GMT
    Honor The Fallen Barksdale, is gearing up for a special Memorial Day event to honor those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country/Source: FacebookHonor The Fallen Barksdale, is gearing up for a special Memorial Day event to honor those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country/Source: Facebook
    Honor The Fallen Barksdale, is gearing up for a special Memorial Day event to honor those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country/Source: FacebookHonor The Fallen Barksdale, is gearing up for a special Memorial Day event to honor those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country/Source: Facebook

    The group, Honor The Fallen Barksdale, is gearing up for a special Memorial Day event to honor those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 

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    The group, Honor The Fallen Barksdale, is gearing up for a special Memorial Day event to honor those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 

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  • Barksdale Officers' Spouses' Club awards $20K in scholarships

    Barksdale Officers' Spouses' Club awards $20K in scholarships

    Friday, May 11 2018 3:32 PM EDT2018-05-11 19:32:00 GMT
    2018 BOSC Scholarship recipients/Source: BOSC2018 BOSC Scholarship recipients/Source: BOSC

    The Barksdale Officers' Spouses' Blub (BOSC) handed out $20,000 in education scholarships to Barksdale children and spouses during their annual awards dinner on Tuesday night.

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    The Barksdale Officers' Spouses' Blub (BOSC) handed out $20,000 in education scholarships to Barksdale children and spouses during their annual awards dinner on Tuesday night.

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  • Members of 34th Engineer Battalion reunite, honor lives of fallen vets

    Members of 34th Engineer Battalion reunite, honor lives of fallen vets

    Saturday, April 28 2018 11:21 PM EDT2018-04-29 03:21:14 GMT
    (Source: Christian Piekos/KSLA News 12)(Source: Christian Piekos/KSLA News 12)

    Dozens of Vietnam veterans made their way to downtown Shreveport to honor their fellow servicemen killed in the line of duty.

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    Dozens of Vietnam veterans made their way to downtown Shreveport to honor their fellow servicemen killed in the line of duty.

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  • Shreveport MEPS Staff wear jeans with a purpose

    Shreveport MEPS Staff wear jeans with a purpose

    Friday, April 27 2018 4:34 PM EDT2018-04-27 20:34:35 GMT
    Shreveport MEPS Denim Day 2018/Source: Shreveport MEPSShreveport MEPS Denim Day 2018/Source: Shreveport MEPS

    On Wednesday, April 25, staff and volunteers at the Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) participated in National Wear Denim Day. 

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    On Wednesday, April 25, staff and volunteers at the Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) participated in National Wear Denim Day. 

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  • Barksdale couple makes same rank at Lieutenant Colonel

    Barksdale couple makes same rank at Lieutenant Colonel

    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:40 PM EDT2018-04-27 03:40:36 GMT
    Jenn & Shane Garrison after being promoted to Major, October 2013/Source: Garrison FamilyJenn & Shane Garrison after being promoted to Major, October 2013/Source: Garrison Family

    Couples making rank together is not unique in the Air Force, but what makes the Garrisons distinct is both made the same rank on the same cycle for the second time in their careers.  

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    Couples making rank together is not unique in the Air Force, but what makes the Garrisons distinct is both made the same rank on the same cycle for the second time in their careers.  

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  • KSLA Salutes: Ageless Aviation Dream Foundation

    KSLA Salutes: Ageless Aviation Dream Foundation

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:29:42 GMT
    (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)(Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)

    A group of Texarkana seniors got to take to the skies, thanks to a nationwide non-profit organization.

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    A group of Texarkana seniors got to take to the skies, thanks to a nationwide non-profit organization.

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  • LA Tech earns Military Friendly school designation

    LA Tech earns Military Friendly school designation

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 11:11 AM EDT2018-04-18 15:11:36 GMT

    For the fifth year in a row, Louisiana Tech University has landed the badge as a Military Friendly School.

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    For the fifth year in a row, Louisiana Tech University has landed the badge as a Military Friendly School.

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  • KSLA Salutes: BAFB program aids victims of sexual assault

    KSLA Salutes: BAFB program aids victims of sexual assault

    Friday, April 6 2018 4:27 PM EDT2018-04-06 20:27:04 GMT
    April Frans oversees Barksdale's SAPR program/Source: KSLA News 12April Frans oversees Barksdale's SAPR program/Source: KSLA News 12

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and across the country sexual assault survivors and advocates are encouraging victims to embrace their voice. It's no different on Barksdale Air Force Base. 

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    April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and across the country sexual assault survivors and advocates are encouraging victims to embrace their voice. It's no different on Barksdale Air Force Base. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: Barksdale's Sexual Assault Theater Group

    KSLA Salutes: Barksdale's Sexual Assault Theater Group

    Friday, April 6 2018 4:25 PM EDT2018-04-06 20:25:55 GMT
    SATG actors perform skit on Sexual Assault Awareness/Source: KSLA News 12SATG actors perform skit on Sexual Assault Awareness/Source: KSLA News 12

    Since 2014, Barksdale's Sexual Assault Theater Group has turned awareness training into an interactive theater. 

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    Since 2014, Barksdale's Sexual Assault Theater Group has turned awareness training into an interactive theater. 

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  • Army veteran on mission to rid Shreveport-Bossier of junk

    Army veteran on mission to rid Shreveport-Bossier of junk

    Monday, March 26 2018 9:21 PM EDT2018-03-27 01:21:39 GMT
    Windell Bonner has been selected as the first ever JDog of the Year our of nearly 130 franchises nationwide. (Source: KSLA News 12)Windell Bonner has been selected as the first ever JDog of the Year our of nearly 130 franchises nationwide. (Source: KSLA News 12)
    Windell Bonner has been selected as the first ever JDog of the Year our of nearly 130 franchises nationwide/Source: KSLA News 12Windell Bonner has been selected as the first ever JDog of the Year our of nearly 130 franchises nationwide/Source: KSLA News 12

    He served his country, now he's serving our community.  A Minden native has turned his passion for recycling into a small business.  

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    He served his country, now he's serving our community.  A Minden native has turned his passion for recycling into a small business.  

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  • KSLA Salutes: Tianna Andrews, a Bossier sheriff's deputy who helps others through service

    KSLA Salutes: Tianna Andrews, a Bossier sheriff's deputy who helps others through service

    Thursday, March 22 2018 7:14 PM EDT2018-03-22 23:14:03 GMT
    Through the Air Force, then education and now to law enforcement, Bossier sheriff's Deputy Tianna Andrews helps and serves others. (Source: KSLA News 12)Through the Air Force, then education and now to law enforcement, Bossier sheriff's Deputy Tianna Andrews helps and serves others. (Source: KSLA News 12)

    Through the Air Force, then education and now law enforcement, Bossier sheriff's Deputy Tianna Andrews helps and serves others.

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    Through the Air Force, then education and now law enforcement, Bossier sheriff's Deputy Tianna Andrews helps and serves others.

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  • KSLA Salutes CCM Teresa Clapper leading by example

    KSLA Salutes CCM Teresa Clapper leading by example

    Thursday, March 15 2018 9:31 PM EDT2018-03-16 01:31:55 GMT
    CCM Teresa Clapper shares her U.S.A.F journey with KSLA's Marie Waxel/Source: KSLA News 12CCM Teresa Clapper shares her U.S.A.F journey with KSLA's Marie Waxel/Source: KSLA News 12

    There are often more events, than hours in the day for Chief Master Sergeant Teresa Clapper. 

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    There are often more events, than hours in the day for Chief Master Sergeant Teresa Clapper. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: Sandy Franks

    KSLA Salutes: Sandy Franks

    Friday, March 9 2018 4:04 PM EST2018-03-09 21:04:37 GMT

    Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Sandy Franks had a remarkable military career — a career made possible by female trailblazers before her.

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    Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Sandy Franks had a remarkable military career — a career made possible by female trailblazers before her.

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  • Barksdale AFB expect job growth, thankful for community support

    Barksdale AFB expect job growth, thankful for community support

    Tuesday, March 6 2018 8:13 PM EST2018-03-07 01:13:25 GMT
    Col Ty Neuman delivers state of the base address. (Source: KSLA News 12)Col Ty Neuman delivers state of the base address. (Source: KSLA News 12)
    Col Ty Neuman delivers state of the base address/Source: KSLA News 12Col Ty Neuman delivers state of the base address/Source: KSLA News 12

    During Tuesday’s visit Installation and 2nd Bomb Wing, Commander Colonel Ty Neuman delivered a state of the base address. 

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    During Tuesday’s visit Installation and 2nd Bomb Wing, Commander Colonel Ty Neuman delivered a state of the base address. 

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  • Bossier WWII Veteran dies at 91

    Bossier WWII Veteran dies at 91

    Thursday, March 1 2018 9:15 PM EST2018-03-02 02:15:56 GMT
    Patriot Guard Riders & Bossier Parish Sheriff's Posse stand guard as family & friends say their final farewells to WWII Veteran Paul Spears/Source: KSLA News 12Patriot Guard Riders & Bossier Parish Sheriff's Posse stand guard as family & friends say their final farewells to WWII Veteran Paul Spears/Source: KSLA News 12

    Family and friends said their final goodbyes Thursday afternoon to World War II Veteran Paul Spears Junior.  

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    Family and friends said their final goodbyes Thursday afternoon to World War II Veteran Paul Spears Junior.  

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  • From refugee to warrior, escaping war-torn Vietnam

    From refugee to warrior, escaping war-torn Vietnam

    Thursday, March 1 2018 8:45 PM EST2018-03-02 01:45:39 GMT
    CMSgt Phuoc Phan will retire in June after 30 years in the U.S. Air Force/Source: KSLA News 12CMSgt Phuoc Phan will retire in June after 30 years in the U.S. Air Force/Source: KSLA News 12
    CMSgt Phuoc Phan will retire in June after 30 years in the U.S. Air Force/Source: KSLA News 12CMSgt Phuoc Phan will retire in June after 30 years in the U.S. Air Force/Source: KSLA News 12

    When Chief Master Sergeant Phuoc Phan retires in June from Barksdale Air Force Base, he will have served 30 years in the U.S Air Force.  His journey began at 8 years old, and only made possible by those who served in Vietnam.  

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    When Chief Master Sergeant Phuoc Phan retires in June from Barksdale Air Force Base, he will have served 30 years in the U.S Air Force.  His journey began at 8 years old, and only made possible by those who served in Vietnam.  

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  • Shreveport MEPS celebrates Black History Month

    Shreveport MEPS celebrates Black History Month

    Wednesday, February 28 2018 4:44 PM EST2018-02-28 21:44:31 GMT
    Distinguished guest from the community and the children from Westwood Elementary School at MEPS celebration/Source: Shreveport MEPSDistinguished guest from the community and the children from Westwood Elementary School at MEPS celebration/Source: Shreveport MEPS

    The Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) celebrated and honored African American contributions within the Shreveport community. 

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    The Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) celebrated and honored African American contributions within the Shreveport community. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: BAFB Combat Arms Training

    KSLA Salutes: BAFB Combat Arms Training

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:15 PM EST2018-02-23 02:15:10 GMT
    BAFB airmen shoot M-4 carbines during Combat Arms Training/Source: KSLA News 12BAFB airmen shoot M-4 carbines during Combat Arms Training/Source: KSLA News 12
    BAFB Airmen shoot M-4 carbines during Combat Arms Training/Source: KSLA News 12BAFB Airmen shoot M-4 carbines during Combat Arms Training/Source: KSLA News 12

    Bullets raced down range, as each Airman took aim from the line, firing at their targets. 

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    Bullets raced down range, as each Airman took aim from the line, firing at their targets. 

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  • KSLA Salutes World War II Veteran Olan Wise

    KSLA Salutes World War II Veteran Olan Wise

    Friday, February 16 2018 12:02 PM EST2018-02-16 17:02:40 GMT
    Olan Wise in Washington, D.C. on the Brookeshire's Heroes Flight in 2017/Source: NWLA Veterans HomeOlan Wise in Washington, D.C. on the Brookeshire's Heroes Flight in 2017/Source: NWLA Veterans Home

    There's not a corner of the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home World War II veteran Olan Wise hasn't explored.  "I don’t hurt nowhere, the only thing wrong with me is from here up, my eyes, my voice is getting week, outside of that I’m fine," said Wise, "I’ve never smoked, I’ve never drank, I’ve never cursed." 

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    There's not a corner of the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home World War II veteran Olan Wise hasn't explored.  "I don’t hurt nowhere, the only thing wrong with me is from here up, my eyes, my voice is getting week, outside of that I’m fine," said Wise, "I’ve never smoked, I’ve never drank, I’ve never cursed." 

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  • Mardi Gras themed packages allow deployed troops to celebrate in Afghanistan

    Mardi Gras themed packages allow deployed troops to celebrate in Afghanistan

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 2:17 PM EST2018-02-13 19:17:34 GMT
    Troops in Afghanistan celebrate Mardi Gras/Source: Louisiana Heroes Project FacebookTroops in Afghanistan celebrate Mardi Gras/Source: Louisiana Heroes Project Facebook

    At the start of carnival season, the Louisiana Heroes Project, a non-profit based out of Alexandria, started to collect beads, trinkets and other Mardi Gras supplies to send to our troops on overseas.  

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    At the start of carnival season, the Louisiana Heroes Project, a non-profit based out of Alexandria, started to collect beads, trinkets and other Mardi Gras supplies to send to our troops on overseas.  

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  • KSLA Salutes: New power in the sky

    KSLA Salutes: New power in the sky

    Friday, February 9 2018 4:50 PM EST2018-02-09 21:50:51 GMT
    Designers say the B-21 will have a wing similar to the B-2 seen in the photo above/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12Designers say the B-21 will have a wing similar to the B-2 seen in the photo above/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12

    Teams are now working with aerospace contractor Northrop Grumman to develop the B-21A Raider-- a high tech aircraft with modern stealth capabilities. 

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    Teams are now working with aerospace contractor Northrop Grumman to develop the B-21A Raider-- a high tech aircraft with modern stealth capabilities. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: The backbone of America's bomber fleet

    KSLA Salutes: The backbone of America's bomber fleet

    Friday, February 9 2018 4:06 PM EST2018-02-09 21:06:19 GMT
    B-52 preparing for takeoff at Barksdale AFB/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12B-52 preparing for takeoff at Barksdale AFB/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12

    For more than 60 years, the B-52 has been the backbone of the strategic bomber force. If all goes well, the legendary jet has decades left to live. 

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    For more than 60 years, the B-52 has been the backbone of the strategic bomber force. If all goes well, the legendary jet has decades left to live. 

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  • DAV Chapter donates to women veterans monument fund

    DAV Chapter donates to women veterans monument fund

    Friday, February 2 2018 3:07 PM EST2018-02-02 20:07:56 GMT
    Sandy Franks accepts donation from DAV Chapter 30 members for the women's veteran monument/Source: KSLA News 12Sandy Franks accepts donation from DAV Chapter 30 members for the women's veteran monument/Source: KSLA News 12

    The group is working towards erecting a bronze statue at the Veterans Memorial at the Bossier City Municipal Complex, in honor of all female service members.  

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    The group is working towards erecting a bronze statue at the Veterans Memorial at the Bossier City Municipal Complex, in honor of all female service members.  

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  • KSLA Salutes: Barksdale Officers' Spouses' Club

    KSLA Salutes: Barksdale Officers' Spouses' Club

    Thursday, February 1 2018 9:10 PM EST2018-02-02 02:10:04 GMT
    Military life can be stressful for the entire family, especially for spouses who work hard to keep things together and as normal as possible.  (Source: KSLA News 12)Military life can be stressful for the entire family, especially for spouses who work hard to keep things together and as normal as possible.  (Source: KSLA News 12)

    Military life can be stressful for the entire family, especially for spouses who work hard to keep things together and as normal as possible.  

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    Military life can be stressful for the entire family, especially for spouses who work hard to keep things together and as normal as possible.  

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  • KSLA Salutes: Shreveport-Bossier Disabled American Veterans Chapter

    KSLA Salutes: Shreveport-Bossier Disabled American Veterans

    Thursday, January 25 2018 9:11 PM EST2018-01-26 02:11:13 GMT
    Veterans from the Shreveport-Bossier DAV Chapter host BINGO Wednesday nights & Friday afternoons/Source: KSLA News 12Veterans from the Shreveport-Bossier DAV Chapter host BINGO Wednesday nights & Friday afternoons/Source: KSLA News 12

    KSLA Salutes takes us inside an ArkLaTex Bingo Hall. A place where you combine fun, fellowship and giving to those who've served.  "These people are fun, they're interesting, they're all from different walks of life they're just good people," said Vietnam veteran Michael McTiernan.  Most Wednesdays and Fridays you can find McTiernan at the BINGO Hall on Shreveport-Barksdale Highway. No, he's not playing, he's working.  "I really enjoy doing it, it's a ...

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    KSLA Salutes takes us inside an ArkLaTex Bingo Hall. A place where you combine fun, fellowship and giving to those who've served.  "These people are fun, they're interesting, they're all from different walks of life they're just good people," said Vietnam veteran Michael McTiernan.  Most Wednesdays and Fridays you can find McTiernan at the BINGO Hall on Shreveport-Barksdale Highway. No, he's not playing, he's working.  "I really enjoy doing it, it's a ...

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  • KSLA Salutes: Roots for Boots helps bridge gap between airmen, civilians

    KSLA Salutes: Roots for Boots helps bridge gap between airmen, civilians

    Thursday, January 18 2018 7:25 PM EST2018-01-19 00:25:14 GMT
    BAFB's Roots For Boots program gives first term airmen a host family to help integrate them into the local community and branch out from base (Source: Roots For Boots)BAFB's Roots For Boots program gives first term airmen a host family to help integrate them into the local community and branch out from base (Source: Roots For Boots)

    Imagine being away from home for the first time, trying to adjust to military life and in a city you know nothing about. That's what it's like for hundreds of first term airmen who are stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base.  Many of them stay on base, because they don't know where to go or what to do when they leave, and that's where Roots For Boots comes in. It's a program designed to help bridge the gap between the airmen and local community.

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    Imagine being away from home for the first time, trying to adjust to military life and in a city you know nothing about. That's what it's like for hundreds of first term airmen who are stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base.  Many of them stay on base, because they don't know where to go or what to do when they leave, and that's where Roots For Boots comes in. It's a program designed to help bridge the gap between the airmen and local community.

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  • BAFB hosts annual SRA Bryan Bell Memorial 5K

    BAFB hosts annual SRA Bryan Bell Memorial 5K

    Friday, January 12 2018 7:52 PM EST2018-01-13 00:52:27 GMT
    2018 SRA Bryan Bell Memorial 5K/Source: KSLA News 122018 SRA Bryan Bell Memorial 5K/Source: KSLA News 12

    Not even Friday's freezing temperatures could keep family and friends from running in honor of one of Barksdale's fallen soldiers.  Dozens of runners filled the SRA Bryan Bell Fitness center to honor it's namesake. 

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    Not even Friday's freezing temperatures could keep family and friends from running in honor of one of Barksdale's fallen soldiers.  Dozens of runners filled the SRA Bryan Bell Fitness center to honor it's namesake. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: NWLA Veterans Cemetery

    KSLA Salutes: NWLA Veterans Cemetery

    Friday, January 12 2018 3:34 PM EST2018-01-12 20:34:25 GMT
    NWLA Veterans Cemetery, Keithville, LA/Source: KSLA News 12NWLA Veterans Cemetery, Keithville, LA/Source: KSLA News 12

    There are 147 National Cemeteries in the U.S. reserved for military members and their spouses. Four of them are in the state of Louisiana, one right here in our own backyard. 

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    There are 147 National Cemeteries in the U.S. reserved for military members and their spouses. Four of them are in the state of Louisiana, one right here in our own backyard. 

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  • Eighth AF command honors WWII vet during its 75th Anniversary

    Eighth AF command honors WWII vet during its 75th Anniversary

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 3:56 PM EST2018-01-10 20:56:40 GMT
    Lloyd Ponder WWII Veteran & POW/Source: Eighth Air Force Public AffairsLloyd Ponder WWII Veteran & POW/Source: Eighth Air Force Public Affairs

    In commemorating the 8th Air Force's 75th anniversary, officials with the command traveled to Natchitoches to honor one of their own.

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    In commemorating the 8th Air Force's 75th anniversary, officials with the command traveled to Natchitoches to honor one of their own.

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  • KSLA Salutes: Remembering Army Sgt. Craig Nelson

    KSLA Salutes: Remembering Army Sgt. Craig Nelson

    Friday, December 29 2017 12:35 PM EST2017-12-29 17:35:44 GMT
    (Source: KSLA News 12)(Source: KSLA News 12)

    Hundreds of recruits form the ArkLaTex and surrounding area vow to protect our freedoms inside a room at Shreveport MEPS. 

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    Hundreds of recruits form the ArkLaTex and surrounding area vow to protect our freedoms inside a room at Shreveport MEPS. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker

    KSLA Salutes: Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker

    Wednesday, December 27 2017 2:33 PM EST2017-12-27 19:33:42 GMT
    Bossier Mayor shares service stories with KSLA News 12's Marie Waxel/Source: KSLA News 12Bossier Mayor shares service stories with KSLA News 12's Marie Waxel/Source: KSLA News 12

    Mayor Lo Walker has served Bossier City for more than 30 years now, but before he ventured into politics, he served his country in the Air Force. 

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    Mayor Lo Walker has served Bossier City for more than 30 years now, but before he ventured into politics, he served his country in the Air Force. 

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  • Arkansas plants memorial trees in honor of WWI veterans

    Arkansas plants memorial trees in honor of WWI veterans

    Friday, December 15 2017 5:27 PM EST2017-12-15 22:27:11 GMT
    (Source: KSLA/Fred Gamble)(Source: KSLA/Fred Gamble)

    The Arkansas State World War One Centennial Committee and the Department of Arkansas Heritage will donate 75 trees for each Arkansas county to honor veterans who fought and died during WWI.  

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    The Arkansas State World War One Centennial Committee and the Department of Arkansas Heritage will donate 75 trees for each Arkansas county to honor veterans who fought and died during WWI.  

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  • KSLA Salutes: BAFB Public Affairs

    KSLA Salutes: BAFB Public Affairs

    Friday, December 15 2017 4:27 PM EST2017-12-15 21:27:15 GMT
    SrA Da Cunha working on a project inside BAFB's public affairs shop/Source: KSLA News 12SrA Da Cunha working on a project inside BAFB's public affairs shop/Source: KSLA News 12

    From documenting history to serving as a liaison with civilian organizations — the Air Force Public Affairs office is responsible for sharing the mission of the Air Force.

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    From documenting history to serving as a liaison with civilian organizations — the Air Force Public Affairs office is responsible for sharing the mission of the Air Force.

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  • WWII veteran recalls service in European Theater

    WWII veteran recalls service in European Theater

    Thursday, December 7 2017 7:54 PM EST2017-12-08 00:54:28 GMT
    WWII Army veteran, Douglas Miller recalls time in service/Source: KSLA News 12WWII Army veteran, Douglas Miller recalls time in service/Source: KSLA News 12

     Do you remember where you were when Pearl Harbor was attacked? "Yes, it was on Sunday and a friend of mine and I had just come out of the Jefferson theater in Beaumont, they had the Extra newspapers out and that's the first we heard of it as we were going to catch the bus home." Little did Miller know, after that day, he would go on to serve in the Army.

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     Do you remember where you were when Pearl Harbor was attacked? "Yes, it was on Sunday and a friend of mine and I had just come out of the Jefferson theater in Beaumont, they had the Extra newspapers out and that's the first we heard of it as we were going to catch the bus home." Little did Miller know, after that day, he would go on to serve in the Army.

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  • BPCC to hold dedication for combat veterans

    BPCC to hold dedication for combat veterans

    Thursday, December 7 2017 5:49 AM EST2017-12-07 10:49:57 GMT

    A special dedication will be held on Thursday morning for combat veterans at Bossier Parish Community College.

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    A special dedication will be held on Thursday morning for combat veterans at Bossier Parish Community College.

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  • 22KILL CEO named Spirit of Independence award recipient

    22KILL CEO named Spirit of Independence award recipient

    Friday, December 1 2017 4:39 PM EST2017-12-01 21:39:41 GMT
    (Source: Marie Waxel/KSLA News 12)(Source: Marie Waxel/KSLA News 12)

    A Bossier City native and retired marine has been named as 2017's Omar N. Bradley “Spirit of Independence” Award recipient.

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    A Bossier City native and retired marine has been named as 2017's Omar N. Bradley “Spirit of Independence” Award recipient.

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  • Two Lost Guys: a Marine's post-service journey

    Two Lost Guys: a Marine's post-service journey

    Friday, December 1 2017 1:09 PM EST2017-12-01 18:09:06 GMT
    Lane Miller while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps/Source: Facebook-Lane MillerLane Miller while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps/Source: Facebook-Lane Miller

    Nothing ventured nothing gained-- words many of us like to say we live by, but few of us ever put into action.  After several years serving in the military, one Bossier native has gone from structure to free spirit and and it is all being documented on social media.

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    Nothing ventured nothing gained-- words many of us like to say we live by, but few of us ever put into action.  After several years serving in the military, one Bossier native has gone from structure to free spirit and and it is all being documented on social media.

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  • Holiday Mail for Heroes sends letters across the world

    Holiday Mail for Heroes sends letters across the world

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:17 AM EST2017-11-22 14:17:30 GMT
    Handmade cards will be sent to troops through Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. (Source: KSLA News 12)Handmade cards will be sent to troops through Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. (Source: KSLA News 12)

    With thousands of troops will be away from their families this holiday season, the American Red Cross is on a mission to spread a little cheer to make sure no one is left out.

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    With thousands of troops will be away from their families this holiday season, the American Red Cross is on a mission to spread a little cheer to make sure no one is left out.

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  • Shreveport man honored for service in Korean War

    Shreveport man honored for service in Korean War

    Friday, November 17 2017 8:02 PM EST2017-11-18 01:02:00 GMT
    Korean Defense Service Medal/Source: KSLA News 12Korean Defense Service Medal/Source: KSLA News 12

    After more than 50 years, a Shreveport man is honored for his service in the Korean War.

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    After more than 50 years, a Shreveport man is honored for his service in the Korean War.

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  • KSLA Salutes: WWII P-38 ACE

    KSLA Salutes: WWII P-38 ACE

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:11 AM EST2017-11-17 16:11:36 GMT
    Jack Lenox, Jr. & his dog, Belle (Source: KSLA News 12)Jack Lenox, Jr. & his dog, Belle (Source: KSLA News 12)

    A total 1,447 American fighter pilots earned the title of ACE from WWI through the Vietnam War — less than 50 of them are still alive. 

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    A total 1,447 American fighter pilots earned the title of ACE from WWI through the Vietnam War — less than 50 of them are still alive. 

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  • AFGSC to recognize the best of the best in Global Strike Challenge

    AFGSC to recognize the best of the best in Global Strike Challenge

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 7:59 PM EST2017-11-16 00:59:12 GMT
    AFGSC Symposium (Source: KSLA News 12)AFGSC Symposium (Source: KSLA News 12)

    The best of the best will be named Wednesday night during Air Force Global Strike Command's competition, known as Global Strike Challenge (GSC). 

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    The best of the best will be named Wednesday night during Air Force Global Strike Command's competition, known as Global Strike Challenge (GSC). 

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  • Veterans Day deals around the ArkLaTex

    Veterans Day deals around the ArkLaTex

    Saturday, November 11 2017 8:46 AM EST2017-11-11 13:46:37 GMT

    Many restaurants and retail stores across the ArkLaTex offer free meals, deals and sales for veterans.  

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    Many restaurants and retail stores across the ArkLaTex offer free meals, deals and sales for veterans.  

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  • Heroes Flight to host reunion dinner for 2017 attendees

    Heroes Flight to host reunion dinner for 2017 attendees

    Friday, November 10 2017 7:51 PM EST2017-11-11 00:51:49 GMT
    (Source: Brookshire Grocery Company)(Source: Brookshire Grocery Company)

    Its been two months since more than a dozen WWII and Korean War veterans traveled to Washington D.C. with Brookshires Heroes Flight, and Friday night those brave veterans were back together again for a reunion dinner at the Bossier Civic Center. 

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    Its been two months since more than a dozen WWII and Korean War veterans traveled to Washington D.C. with Brookshires Heroes Flight, and Friday night those brave veterans were back together again for a reunion dinner at the Bossier Civic Center. 

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  • Register to attend the 2017 Warrior's Thanksgiving Feast

    Register to attend the 2017 Warrior's Thanksgiving Feast

    Friday, November 10 2017 6:07 PM EST2017-11-10 23:07:19 GMT
    Source: The Warrior NetworkSource: The Warrior Network

    Time is running out to register for the 2017 Warrior's Thanksgiving Feast, put on by The Warrior Network.

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    Time is running out to register for the 2017 Warrior's Thanksgiving Feast, put on by The Warrior Network.

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  • KSLA Salutes the Air Force Sergeants Association

    KSLA Salutes the Air Force Sergeants Association

    Friday, November 10 2017 7:12 AM EST2017-11-10 12:12:49 GMT
    AFSA Chapter 615 members C. Sartain & C. Kasch at Bossier Veterans Memorial/Source: KSLA News 12AFSA Chapter 615 members C. Sartain & C. Kasch at Bossier Veterans Memorial/Source: KSLA News 12

    The Air Force Sergeants Association has 129 chapters worldwide, designed to serve the and support Air Force enlisted members, retirees and their families.  The federally-chartered Veteran Service Organization is able to lobby on Capitol Hill on the evolving issues impacting airmen today.  

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    The Air Force Sergeants Association has 129 chapters worldwide, designed to serve the and support Air Force enlisted members, retirees and their families.  The federally-chartered Veteran Service Organization is able to lobby on Capitol Hill on the evolving issues impacting airmen today.  

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  • Huntington HS honors local veterans in school program

    Huntington HS honors local veterans in school program

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 4:57 PM EST2017-11-08 21:57:40 GMT
    Huntington HS honors NWLA veterans in school program/Source: KSLA News 12Huntington HS honors NWLA veterans in school program/Source: KSLA News 12

    Lead by the school's Army JROTC cadets, the program included music from the choir, presentation of colors and a tribute to fallen veterans from who attended Huntington. 

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    Lead by the school's Army JROTC cadets, the program included music from the choir, presentation of colors and a tribute to fallen veterans from who attended Huntington. 

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  • Military spouse uses diagnoses to raise awareness for Epilepsy

    Military spouse uses diagnoses to raise awareness for Epilepsy

    Saturday, November 4 2017 12:15 AM EDT2017-11-04 04:15:08 GMT
    Join Rhinehart at Purpleptic on Tuesday, November 7 /Source: FacebookJoin Rhinehart at Purpleptic on Tuesday, November 7 /Source: Facebook

    November is Epilepsy Awareness month and one military spouse is doing what she can to help raise awareness to the devastating neurological problem. 

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    November is Epilepsy Awareness month and one military spouse is doing what she can to help raise awareness to the devastating neurological problem. 

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  • Shreveport MEPS celebrates Halloween at Westwood Elementary

    Shreveport MEPS celebrates Halloween at Westwood Elementary

    Friday, November 3 2017 6:23 AM EDT2017-11-03 10:23:16 GMT
    Shreveport MEPS Commander, U.S. Army Major,  Franciso Vazquez dressed as Captain America while visiting students at Westwood Elem on Halloween (Source: Shreveport MEPS)Shreveport MEPS Commander, U.S. Army Major, Franciso Vazquez dressed as Captain America while visiting students at Westwood Elem on Halloween (Source: Shreveport MEPS)

    Members of the Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) spent Halloween morning handing out treats to students at Westwood Elementary School.  

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    Members of the Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) spent Halloween morning handing out treats to students at Westwood Elementary School.  

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  • NWLA WWII Army vet awarded Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal

    NWLA WWII Army vet awarded Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal

    Wednesday, November 1 2017 3:19 PM EDT2017-11-01 19:19:30 GMT
    (Source: LDVA)(Source: LDVA)

    A Northwest Louisiana World War II vet received recognition from the state.

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    A Northwest Louisiana World War II vet received recognition from the state.

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  • New Overton Brooks director discusses vision for the facility

    New Overton Brooks director discusses vision for the facility

    Wednesday, November 1 2017 10:33 AM EDT2017-11-01 14:33:51 GMT
    KSLA's Marie Waxel sits down with New Director, Richard Crockett/Source:KSLA  News 12KSLA's Marie Waxel sits down with New Director, Richard Crockett/Source:KSLA News 12

    The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Richard Crockett as the new director of Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport in October. 

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Richard Crockett as the new director of Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport in October. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: B-17 spends weekend in Shreveport

    KSLA Salutes: B-17 spends weekend in Shreveport

    Thursday, October 26 2017 11:50 PM EDT2017-10-27 03:50:01 GMT
    The "Aluminum Overcast', a B-17 at the Shreveport Downtown Airport/Source: KSLA News 12The "Aluminum Overcast', a B-17 at the Shreveport Downtown Airport/Source: KSLA News 12

    History comes to life this weekend at the Shreveport Downtown Regional Airport. Residents will get the opportunity to get up close and personal with a fully functional B-17 bomber.

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    History comes to life this weekend at the Shreveport Downtown Regional Airport. Residents will get the opportunity to get up close and personal with a fully functional B-17 bomber.

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  • Air, land, sea: Barksdale Air Force Base's role in the nation's nuclear triad

    Air, land, sea: Barksdale Air Force Base's role in the nation's nuclear triad

    Wednesday, October 25 2017 9:48 AM EDT2017-10-25 13:48:58 GMT
    2d Operations Group Commander, Col. Kurt Schendzielos. discusses BAFB's role in Nuclear Triad/Source: KSLA News 122d Operations Group Commander, Col. Kurt Schendzielos. discusses BAFB's role in Nuclear Triad/Source: KSLA News 12

    Since its development during the Cold War our military's Nuclear Triad has retained an important role of reinforcing U.S. national security. Much of the triad is functioning as a result of the airmen located just down the road at Barksdale Air Force base. 

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    Since its development during the Cold War our military's Nuclear Triad has retained an important role of reinforcing U.S. national security. Much of the triad is functioning as a result of the airmen located just down the road at Barksdale Air Force base. 

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  • World War I aviator's daughter salutes volunteers in the 93rd

    World War I aviator's daughter salutes volunteers in the 93rd

    Saturday, October 21 2017 12:04 AM EDT2017-10-21 04:04:53 GMT
    Susan Mozena holds one of her father's combat ribbons while posing for a photo after the 93rd Bomb Squadron change-of-command ceremony Oct. 13. (Source: KSLA News 12)Susan Mozena holds one of her father's combat ribbons while posing for a photo after the 93rd Bomb Squadron change-of-command ceremony Oct. 13. (Source: KSLA News 12)

    She says her father, a World War I flying ace, was the first pilot in the 93rd Bomb Squadron to shoot down an enemy plane.

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    She says her father, a World War I flying ace, was the first pilot in the 93rd Bomb Squadron to shoot down an enemy plane.

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  • 93rd Bomb Squadron gets new leader, celebrates its centennial

    93rd Bomb Squadron gets new leader, celebrates its centennial

    Friday, October 20 2017 11:24 PM EDT2017-10-21 03:24:30 GMT
    "I wish my crew could be here with me. There were 11 of us and I'm it, I'm what's left," said Frank "Bud" Farrell, a Korean War veteran who attended the 93rd Bomb Squadron centennial observance Oct. 13 at Barksdale Air Force Base. (Source: KSLA News 12)"I wish my crew could be here with me. There were 11 of us and I'm it, I'm what's left," said Frank "Bud" Farrell, a Korean War veteran who attended the 93rd Bomb Squadron centennial observance Oct. 13 at Barksdale Air Force Base. (Source: KSLA News 12)

    Aviators past and present descended on Bossier City last weekend to celebrate the 93rd Bomb Squadron's 100th anniversary.

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    Aviators past and present descended on Bossier City last weekend to celebrate the 93rd Bomb Squadron's 100th anniversary.

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  • KSLA SALUTES: Fam Camp at Barksdale AFB

    KSLA SALUTES: Fam Camp at Barksdale AFB

    Friday, October 6 2017 12:34 AM EDT2017-10-06 04:34:48 GMT
    Fam Camp, Barksdale AFB/Source: KSLA News 12Fam Camp, Barksdale AFB/Source: KSLA News 12

    Did you know there's a special part of Barksdale Air Force designed to provide that kind of experience for both active and retired military and their families? 

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    Did you know there's a special part of Barksdale Air Force designed to provide that kind of experience for both active and retired military and their families? 

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  • Emotional mail call: Heroes Flight veterans react to letters from loved ones

    Emotional mail call: Heroes Flight veterans react to letters from loved ones

    Thursday, September 28 2017 7:25 PM EDT2017-09-28 23:25:33 GMT
    Veterans open letters from family & friends during 'Mail Call' on return flight from DC/source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12Veterans open letters from family & friends during 'Mail Call' on return flight from DC/source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12

    A thoughtful gesture made for an emotional moment on the journey home from this year's Heroes Flight to Washington, D.C.

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    A thoughtful gesture made for an emotional moment on the journey home from this year's Heroes Flight to Washington, D.C.

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  • Veterans on Heroes Flight trip visit Arlington National Cemetery, WWII Memorial

    Veterans on Heroes Flight trip visit Arlington National Cemetery, WWII Memorial

    Saturday, September 23 2017 3:02 PM EDT2017-09-23 19:02:57 GMT
    The ArkLaTex veterans on the Heroes Flight trip visited the World World II Memorial. (Source: Marie Waxel/ KSLA News 12)The ArkLaTex veterans on the Heroes Flight trip visited the World World II Memorial. (Source: Marie Waxel/ KSLA News 12)

    The ArkLaTex Veterans on the Hero Flight trip covered a lot of ground Friday, which included an hour well spent at the WWII memorial.

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    The ArkLaTex Veterans on the Hero Flight trip covered a lot of ground Friday, which included an hour well spent at the WWII memorial.

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  • Veteran on Heroes Flight gets surprise from granddaughter

    Veteran on Heroes Flight gets surprise from granddaughter

    Friday, September 22 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-09-23 02:43:21 GMT
    Veterans on Hero Flight visit Washington, D.C. Capitol and 1 is surprised by his granddaughter. (Source: Marie Waxel/ KSLA News 12)Veterans on Hero Flight visit Washington, D.C. Capitol and 1 is surprised by his granddaughter. (Source: Marie Waxel/ KSLA News 12)

    There seem to be surprises for all the Veterans on the Heroes Flight, but one veteran, in particular, got an extra special surprise after clearing security at the U.S. Capitol. 

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    There seem to be surprises for all the Veterans on the Heroes Flight, but one veteran, in particular, got an extra special surprise after clearing security at the U.S. Capitol. 

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  • 24-hour run salutes POW/MIA personnel

    24-hour run salutes POW/MIA personnel

    Friday, September 15 2017 7:15 AM EDT2017-09-15 11:15:57 GMT
    (Source: KSLA News 12)(Source: KSLA News 12)

    A group of airmen will honor prisoners of war and those missing in action on Friday on National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

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    A group of airmen will honor prisoners of war and those missing in action on Friday on National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

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  • WWII Marine escorted home will be laid to rest

    WWII Marine escorted home will be laid to rest

    Thursday, September 14 2017 9:40 PM EDT2017-09-15 01:40:45 GMT
    1st Battalion, 23rd Marines serving as pallbearers for Cpl. Snapp/Source: KSLA News 121st Battalion, 23rd Marines serving as pallbearers for Cpl. Snapp/Source: KSLA News 12

    After 74 years, an ArkLaTex Marine is finally back home. 

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    After 74 years, an ArkLaTex Marine is finally back home. 

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  • Children in military families eligible for $10,000 award

    Children in military families eligible for $10,000 award

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 11:25 AM EDT2017-09-12 15:25:57 GMT
    (Source: Operation Homefront/Facebook)(Source: Operation Homefront/Facebook)

    Teens in military families have a chance to receive a $10,000 cash award among other gifts when applying for 2018's Military Child of the Year Award from Operation Homefront.

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    Teens in military families have a chance to receive a $10,000 cash award among other gifts when applying for 2018's Military Child of the Year Award from Operation Homefront.

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  • KSLA Salutes: Barksdale's explosives disposal team

    KSLA Salutes: Barksdale's explosives disposal team

    Friday, September 8 2017 1:51 PM EDT2017-09-08 17:51:51 GMT
    Training detonation on Barksdale Air Force Base with EOD Team/Source: KSLA News 12Training detonation on Barksdale Air Force Base with EOD Team/Source: KSLA News 12

    The Explosive Ordnance Disposal, EOD, team at Barksdale Air Force Base is training and preparing to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats.

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    The Explosive Ordnance Disposal, EOD, team at Barksdale Air Force Base is training and preparing to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats.

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  • KSLA Salutes: New 307th Bomb Wing Commander

    KSLA Salutes: New 307th Bomb Wing Commander

    Friday, September 1 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-09-02 03:32:20 GMT
    Col. Robert VanHoy/Source: Barksdale AFBCol. Robert VanHoy/Source: Barksdale AFB

    He is a husband, a father and an Air Force command pilot with over 4,700 hours in iconic aircraft like the B-52 and C-130.

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    He is a husband, a father and an Air Force command pilot with over 4,700 hours in iconic aircraft like the B-52 and C-130.

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  • Barksdale graduates B-52 FTU 17-01

    Barksdale graduates B-52 FTU 17-01

    Saturday, August 26 2017 10:51 PM EDT2017-08-27 02:51:56 GMT
    FTU Class 17-01 graduation ceremony/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12FTU Class 17-01 graduation ceremony/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12

    After eight months of training, nearly 30 aviators graduated from the B-52 Formal Training Unit on Friday. 

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    After eight months of training, nearly 30 aviators graduated from the B-52 Formal Training Unit on Friday. 

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  • Shreveport MEPS Commander: "It reminds me of me when I was young."

    Shreveport MEPS Commander: "It reminds me of me when I was young."

    Saturday, August 26 2017 10:22 AM EDT2017-08-26 14:22:48 GMT
    U.S. Army Major, Francisco Vazquez, administering the oath of enlistment to recruits/Source: KSLA News 12U.S. Army Major, Francisco Vazquez, administering the oath of enlistment to recruits/Source: KSLA News 12

    U.S Army Officer Francisco Vazquez is doing more than just leaving a legacy of service in his family.  Every day, he sets the bar for young recruits, who like him, want to serve our country. As the Commander of the Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).

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    U.S Army Officer Francisco Vazquez is doing more than just leaving a legacy of service in his family.  Every day, he sets the bar for young recruits, who like him, want to serve our country. As the Commander of the Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).

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  • KSLA Salutes: 'Freedom's front door'

    KSLA Salutes: 'Freedom's front door'

    Friday, August 25 2017 10:56 PM EDT2017-08-26 02:56:07 GMT
    Shreveport MEPS (Source: KSLA News 12)Shreveport MEPS (Source: KSLA News 12)

    They call it 'freedom's front door'.  Before you ship off to basic training, you must first be able to meet minimum standards as set forth by the Department of Defense and each individual branch. 

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    They call it 'freedom's front door'.  Before you ship off to basic training, you must first be able to meet minimum standards as set forth by the Department of Defense and each individual branch. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: Chamber Outreach

    KSLA Salutes: Chamber Outreach

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:21 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:21:26 GMT
    (Source: Raycom images)(Source: Raycom images)

    Bridging the gap between military and civilians, several chamber of commerce groups here in Northwest Louisiana are working to accomplish that goal.

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    Bridging the gap between military and civilians, several chamber of commerce groups here in Northwest Louisiana are working to accomplish that goal.

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  • KSLA Salutes: Cpl. Kanick Lewis recalls service during WWII

    KSLA Salutes: Cpl. Kanick Lewis recalls service during WWII

    Saturday, August 12 2017 3:22 PM EDT2017-08-12 19:22:11 GMT
    Kanick Lewis was a corporal for the U.S. Army during WWII. (Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12)Kanick Lewis was a corporal for the U.S. Army during WWII. (Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12)

    With much of the "Greatest Generation" now in their late 80s and 90s, hundreds of these veterans are dying every day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As the U.S. works to honor their legacy and share their stories we strive to do the same at KSLA. 

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    With much of the "Greatest Generation" now in their late 80s and 90s, hundreds of these veterans are dying every day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As the U.S. works to honor their legacy and share their stories we strive to do the same at KSLA. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: Bossier Parish woman to attend Naval OCS

    KSLA Salutes: Bossier Parish woman to attend Naval OCS

    Friday, August 4 2017 11:27 PM EDT2017-08-05 03:27:03 GMT
    Elizabeth Davis, 22, will 1 of 15 selected for Naval OCS to begin on August 27th/Source: KSLA News 12Elizabeth Davis, 22, will 1 of 15 selected for Naval OCS to begin on August 27th/Source: KSLA News 12

    Elizabeth Davis, 22, is one out of just over a dozen candidates nationwide, to attend the Naval Officer Candidate School (OCS). The 22-year-old LSUS graduate,  will turn the page and embark on her new chapter on August 27th when she reports for school in Newport, Rhode Island.

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    Elizabeth Davis, 22, is one out of just over a dozen candidates nationwide, to attend the Naval Officer Candidate School (OCS). The 22-year-old LSUS graduate,  will turn the page and embark on her new chapter on August 27th when she reports for school in Newport, Rhode Island.

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  • NWLA sports club to hold fundraiser for female veterans monument

    NWLA sports club to hold fundraiser for female veterans monument

    Tuesday, August 1 2017 4:07 PM EDT2017-08-01 20:07:26 GMT

    Boomer’s Sports Lounge will host a fundraiser Saturday, August 19, from 4 pm - 8 pm for the Women Veterans of the ArkLaTex. The women's organization is working to raise money for a female veterans monument to eventually be erected at the Bossier Civic Center.  

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    Boomer’s Sports Lounge will host a fundraiser Saturday, August 19, from 4 pm - 8 pm for the Women Veterans of the ArkLaTex. The women's organization is working to raise money for a female veterans monument to eventually be erected at the Bossier Civic Center.  

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  • KSLA Salutes: Who is Lt. Barksdale?

    KSLA Salutes: Who is Lt. Barksdale?

    Tuesday, August 1 2017 10:45 AM EDT2017-08-01 14:45:34 GMT
    Eugene Hoy Barksdale of Goshen Springs, Mississippi is the namesake for Barksdale Air Force Base. (Source: BAFB)Eugene Hoy Barksdale of Goshen Springs, Mississippi is the namesake for Barksdale Air Force Base. (Source: BAFB)

    The U.S. Air Force has a long tradition of naming bases after airmen who have died valiantly in the line of duty. Barksdale Air Force Base is no exception.

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    The U.S. Air Force has a long tradition of naming bases after airmen who have died valiantly in the line of duty. Barksdale Air Force Base is no exception.

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  • BAFB, KSLA salute officer from Homer who served in S. Asia

    BAFB, KSLA salute officer from Homer who served in S. Asia

    Thursday, July 27 2017 4:34 PM EDT2017-07-27 20:34:41 GMT
    (Source: Barksdale Air Force Base)(Source: Barksdale Air Force Base)

    Barksdale Air Force Base personnel and others recently saluted a Navy officer from Claiborne Parish who served in Bahrain, Afghanistan.

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    Barksdale Air Force Base personnel and others recently saluted a Navy officer from Claiborne Parish who served in Bahrain, Afghanistan.

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  • BLOG: KSLA News 12's Marie Waxel prepares for B-52 flight

    BLOG: KSLA News 12's Marie Waxel prepares for B-52 flight

    Monday, July 17 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-07-17 04:10:03 GMT
    Riegle explaining oxygen mask/Source: KSLA News 12Riegle explaining oxygen mask/Source: KSLA News 12

    When you look to the sky Monday and see a B-52 fly over, there's a good chance it could be me soaring above. 

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    When you look to the sky Monday and see a B-52 fly over, there's a good chance it could be me soaring above. 

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  • Air Force Ken on a mission to inspire, one workout at a time

    Air Force Ken on a mission to inspire, one workout at a time

    Sunday, July 16 2017 11:57 PM EDT2017-07-17 03:57:03 GMT
    Corigliano with his wife and young son/Source: KSLA News 12Corigliano with his wife and young son/Source: KSLA News 12

    Air Force Ken says you just need three ingredients to succeed.

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    Air Force Ken says you just need three ingredients to succeed.

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  • KSLA Salutes: "Beastmaster" contestant encourages others to never give up

    KSLA Salutes: "Beastmaster" contestant encourages others to never give up

    Saturday, July 15 2017 6:10 PM EDT2017-07-15 22:10:35 GMT
    (Source: Marie Waxel/KSLA News 12)(Source: Marie Waxel/KSLA News 12)

    You might know Ken Corigliano from seeing him at the new YMCA in Shreveport or from his stint on reality TV.

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    You might know Ken Corigliano from seeing him at the new YMCA in Shreveport or from his stint on reality TV.

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  • Barksdale airman earns top honors for nuclear deterrence efforts

    Barksdale airman earns top honors for nuclear deterrence efforts

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 11:02 AM EDT2017-07-11 15:02:55 GMT
    Barksdale airman gets top honors for nuclear deterrence operations/Source: KSLA News 12Barksdale airman gets top honors for nuclear deterrence operations/Source: KSLA News 12

    A Barksdale airman is named among select group for the 2016 Nuclear Deterrence Operations Award and the Nuclear & Missile Operations Award. The Nuclear Deterrence Operations Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of airmen contributing to nuclear deterrence operations. 

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    A Barksdale airman is named among select group for the 2016 Nuclear Deterrence Operations Award and the Nuclear & Missile Operations Award. The Nuclear Deterrence Operations Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of airmen contributing to nuclear deterrence operations. 

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  • Barksdale group joins communities worldwide for 'wear blue run to remember'

    Barksdale group joins communities worldwide for 'wear blue run to remember'

    Friday, July 7 2017 5:56 PM EDT2017-07-07 21:56:10 GMT
    Participant takes a moment at the reflection banner for fallen service members/Source:  Barksdale Family HousingParticipant takes a moment at the reflection banner for fallen service members/Source: Barksdale Family Housing

    Barksdale AFB Family Housing joined various locations around the world to participate in a Memorial Day run to honor America's military. 

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    Barksdale AFB Family Housing joined various locations around the world to participate in a Memorial Day run to honor America's military. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: Barksdale AFB adds mobile app, changes social media initiative

    KSLA Salutes: Barksdale AFB adds mobile app, changes social media initiative

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-06-24 03:36:16 GMT
    Barksdale Air Force Base has launched a new app as part of its social networking initiative in hopes of better integrating airmen and their families with the surrounding community. (Source: Marie Waxel/KSLA News 12)Barksdale Air Force Base has launched a new app as part of its social networking initiative in hopes of better integrating airmen and their families with the surrounding community. (Source: Marie Waxel/KSLA News 12)

    Facebook, Twitter, even Instagram. It's no secret that Barksdale Air Force Base has a strong social media presence. Now the installation has a new app as part of its social networking initiative in hopes of better integrating airmen and their families with the local community.

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    Facebook, Twitter, even Instagram. It's no secret that Barksdale Air Force Base has a strong social media presence. Now the installation has a new app as part of its social networking initiative in hopes of better integrating airmen and their families with the local community.

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  • KSLA Salutes: Women's group building area's first statue to honor female veterans

    KSLA Salutes: Women's group building area's first statue to honor female veterans

    Friday, June 16 2017 5:29 PM EDT2017-06-16 21:29:24 GMT
    Sandy Franks holds photo of design for the ArkLaTex's first statue honoring women Veterans/Source: Marie Waxel,  KSLA News 12Sandy Franks holds photo of design for the ArkLaTex's first statue honoring women Veterans/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12

    A multi-service women's group is making plans to erect a life-sized statue in Bossier City to honor women veterans. They hope the statue will encourage people of all ages to learn more about our military's female trailblazers, those currently serving, and those who will serve in the future. 

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    A multi-service women's group is making plans to erect a life-sized statue in Bossier City to honor women veterans. They hope the statue will encourage people of all ages to learn more about our military's female trailblazers, those currently serving, and those who will serve in the future. 

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  • KSLA Salutes: Barksdale Firefighters

    KSLA Salutes: Barksdale Firefighters

    Friday, June 9 2017 11:51 PM EDT2017-06-10 03:51:19 GMT
    Hangar 4/ Fire Station 1, Barksdale AFB/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12Hangar 4/ Fire Station 1, Barksdale AFB/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12

    Military firefighters do much more than fight fires. They perform inspections to minimize fire dangers, provide first aid to accident victims and respond to hazardous materials spills.

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    Military firefighters do much more than fight fires. They perform inspections to minimize fire dangers, provide first aid to accident victims and respond to hazardous materials spills.

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  • ArkLaTex MOAA chapter awards more than $20K in scholarships

    ArkLaTex MOAA chapter awards more than $20K in scholarships

    Tuesday, June 6 2017 9:14 AM EDT2017-06-06 13:14:35 GMT
    2017 ArkLaTex Chapter MOAA Scholarship class/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 122017 ArkLaTex Chapter MOAA Scholarship class/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12

    The ArkLaTex Chapter of the Military Association of America awarded 22 high school graduates with $29,000 in scholarships Saturday night.

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    The ArkLaTex Chapter of the Military Association of America awarded 22 high school graduates with $29,000 in scholarships Saturday night.

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  • KSLA Salutes: B-52 ground crews

    KSLA Salutes: B-52 ground crews

    Saturday, June 3 2017 10:50 PM EDT2017-06-04 02:50:32 GMT
    B-52 on Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City, La/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12B-52 on Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City, La/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12

    It's a common sight to see B-52s flying over Shreveport-Bossier, but what you don't see are the men and women behind the scenes, putting their skills and creativity to the test, to keep these birds in service.  

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    It's a common sight to see B-52s flying over Shreveport-Bossier, but what you don't see are the men and women behind the scenes, putting their skills and creativity to the test, to keep these birds in service.  

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  • KSLA Salutes: Vietnam vet travels to D.C. thanks to Honor Flight program

    KSLA Salutes: Vietnam vet travels to D.C. thanks to Honor Flight program

    Friday, May 26 2017 11:53 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:53:57 GMT
    Vietnam veteran Will Bryant & his wife explored war memorials through the Honor Flight program/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12Vietnam veteran Will Bryant & his wife explored war memorials through the Honor Flight program/Source: Marie Waxel, KSLA News 12

    One Shreveport veteran was able to see Washington, D.C. thanks to The Honor Flight program.

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    One Shreveport veteran was able to see Washington, D.C. thanks to The Honor Flight program.

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  • Barksdale AFB wins coveted presidential award for the Air Force

    Barksdale AFB wins coveted presidential award for the Air Force

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 12:13 AM EDT2017-05-10 04:13:25 GMT
    Barksdale wins coveted Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence for the Air Force/Source: KSLA News 12Barksdale wins coveted Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence for the Air Force/Source: KSLA News 12

    Team Barksdale has earned the 2017 Commander-in-Chief's Award for Installation Excellence for the Air Force.

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    Team Barksdale has earned the 2017 Commander-in-Chief's Award for Installation Excellence for the Air Force.

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  • WWII Veteran celebrates 100th Birthday

    WWII Veteran celebrates 100th Birthday

    Friday, February 16 2018 12:25 PM EST2018-02-16 17:25:56 GMT
    Wise shares stories of love, life and war with KSLA News 12's Marie Waxel/Source: KSLA News 12Wise shares stories of love, life and war with KSLA News 12's Marie Waxel/Source: KSLA News 12

    A special "Happy Birthday" goes out today to Northwest Louisiana Veteran Olan Wise, who's celebrating his 100th birthday.  Wise served in the Air Force during World War II where he was stationed in Guam as a cook. 

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    A special "Happy Birthday" goes out today to Northwest Louisiana Veteran Olan Wise, who's celebrating his 100th birthday.  Wise served in the Air Force during World War II where he was stationed in Guam as a cook. 

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