See the Getting To & Around Shreveport-Bossier City chapter on Page 17 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Shreveport Regional Airport, about 13 miles from the base. Transportation is not provided to the base.
Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information, if applicable, prior to your arrival at Barksdale Air Force Base.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Barksdale Air Force Base. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family settle into your new community.
If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 318-456-8400.
Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.
From Shreveport Regional Airport
Shreveport Regional Airport is at 5103 Hollywood Ave., west of downtown. When leaving the airport, cross Hollywood Avenue to Monkhouse Drive to take Interstate 20 east through Shreveport and into Bossier City. Take Exit 22, Airline Drive, and turn right at the traffic light. Take a left at the next light onto Old Minden Road (state Highway 72). Stay in the right lane as it merges onto Northgate Drive, ending at Barksdale’s Bossier Gate.
From the East on Interstate 20
Take Exit 22, Airline Drive, and turn left at the traffic light. Take another left at the next light onto Old Minden Road (state Highway 72). Stay in the right lane as it merges onto Northgate Drive, ending at Barksdale’s Bossier Gate.
From the West on Interstate 20 East
Take U.S. 71 south/Barksdale Boulevard Exit 20C. Turn left at the sixth traffic light onto Barksdale Boulevard (Highway 71). Stay in the left lane for the Shreveport Gate.
From the South on Interstate 49
Exit onto Bert Kouns Industrial Loop and travel east to 70th Street, crossing the Red River into Bossier City. Turn left at the intersection of 70th Street and U.S. Highway 71. Continue through five traffic lights. Turn right into Barksdale via the Shreveport Gate.
The 24-hour arrival point at Barksdale AFB is the Barksdale Inn at 555 Davis Ave., near the Northgate Road Gate.
If you arrive during duty hours, check in at your commander’s support staff to start inprocessing. Your CSS will be able to assist you from there.
Military Personnel Section
801 Kenney Ave., Suite 1300
First Term Airmen Center
801 Kenney Ave.
The First Term Airmen Center is designed to aid all first-duty-stationed airmen with their transition from a training environment into a mission-oriented environment using the airmen’s skills, knowledge and training gained from technical school. All airmen must report to FTC within 30 days of arriving at Barksdale and must attend the MPS briefing prior to the session. For upcoming classes or to register, call the First Term Airman Center.
If you are interested in bringing your privately owned firearm to Barksdale Air Force Base, there a few things you should know. First, registration is a requirement in storing your privately owned firearms on base.
The following steps will help you in this process:
- Complete AF Form 1314.
- Complete DD Form 2760 and attach to AF Form 1314.
- Transport POF, AF Form 1314, and DD Form 2760 to 2 SFS Armory (Bldg. 6000).
- 2 SFS Armory will provide a copy of the AF Form 1314. Transport AF 1314 to your unit orderly room.
Registration of your POF is an important step in Barksdale policy. However, there are also established guidelines when transporting your POF as well. POFs may be transported to and from a place of residence or origination, using only the most direct route of travel, to the base skeet club, 2nd Security Forces Squadron Armory, base sporting events involving authorized firearms (i.e. hunting events/locations), or out the base gates. Also, please notify gate guards when transporting POFs. It is important to keep weapons and ammunition separated when transporting on the installation. You cannot transport or carry concealed, except personnel with Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act credentials. Finally, firearms will be transported unloaded and the POF will not be readily available or within reach of vehicle occupants during transportation. If vehicle design does not allow this, then POF must be in a locked container.
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555 Davis Ave. W
Reservations at the Barksdale Inn may be made in advance and are encouraged during peak relocation periods (May through August). The availability of rooms varies, with the highest demand during the summer months. PCS and TDY personnel are encouraged to make reservations as early as possible to ensure a trouble-free, uninterrupted stay. Families PCSing are eligible to occupy quarters for 30 days.
The inn has a limited number of pet-friendly family quarters. If rooms are not available for the time of your reservation, request a list of kennels in the area to temporarily board your pets.
Visit the website for current room rates.