Barksdale Air Force Base
Barksdale Air Force Base is in Bossier Parish, Louisiana in northwest Louisiana. It is contiguous to Bossier City, Louisiana, along the base’s western and northwestern edge. Units at Barksdale include the oldest bomb wing in the USAF, the 2nd Bomb Wing (2 BW). The 2nd participated in Brig Gen Billy Mitchell’s 1921 off-shore bombing test (as the 2nd Bomb Group).
Among the components of the 2nd Bomb Wing is the 2nd Operations Group (Tail Code: “LA”). Air Force Reserve Command operates the 307th Bomb Wing (Tail Code: “BD”)
Dyess Air Force Base
The host unit at Dyess is the 7th Bomb Wing assigned to the Global Strike Command Eighth Air Force. The wing is one of only two B-1B Lancer strategic bomber wings in the USAF, the other being the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.
Dyess covers 6,409-acre (25.94 km2), and is home to the 7th Bomb Wing, which consists of four groups. The 9th and 28th Bomb Squadrons fly the B-1B. In addition, the 28th Bomb Squadron is the USAF schoolhouse for all B-1B aircrew members.
The 317th Airlift Wing, assigned to Air Mobility Command Eighteenth Air Force, is a tenant unit and one of four world-wide active-duty locations for the C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft.