2nd Medical Group
243 Curtiss Road
Nurse Advice Line 800-TRICARE
Suicide Crisis Hotline and Chat 800-273-8255
The 2nd Medical Group serves Barksdale Air Force Base and beneficiaries in the surrounding area. Its mission is to ensure the reliability of global warfighters by optimizing their health and that of the Barksdale community with medics prepared to execute their professional responsibilities anywhere and at any time. The group provides care in family medicine, flight medicine, mental health, dental health, optometry, physical therapy and more.
Dental care is available to active-duty military only. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. Program information is available by visiting www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.
TRICARE is the health care program for active-duty and retired service members, their families and survivors. TRICARE provides health plans, prescriptions, dental plans and other special health programs to its beneficiaries. TRICARE’s mission is to enhance the Department of Defense and the nation’s security by providing health support for the full range of military operations and sustaining the health of all those entrusted to their care.
TRICARE offers a range of health care plans. TRICARE Prime is the mandatory health care option for active-duty service members. Family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families may also use this option. If you use TRICARE Prime, you are assigned a primary care manager at a military or network provider who delivers most of your care. If you need care your PCM cannot provide, you are referred to a specialist. Active-duty service members and their families pay nothing out of pocket for this option; however, there is less freedom to choose your provider. On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE Standard and Extra were combined into a new plan, TRICARE Select. Select is a standardized fee-for-service plan available to family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families. After you enroll in TRICARE Select, you may schedule an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized provider. Referrals are not required, but you may need prior authorization from your regional contractor for some services. You will pay a copay or cost share based on the type of care and provider you see. Costs for Select vary, but you will pay an annual deductible as well as a percentage of covered services. Non-network providers may charge up to 15 percent more than the TRICARE allowable charge; you are responsible for these extra charges. TRICARE also offers plans for remote and overseas locations, reserve military members, young adults who are no longer covered under regular TRICARE coverage and other scenarios.
TRICARE coverage is completely portable, so it moves with you when you relocate. Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:
- Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.
- Update your personal information in DEERS immediately when you arrive at your new location.
- Select a new primary care manager.
If you are already using TRICARE Select, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area. Remember, you may have a new regional contractor and claims filing address.
TRICARE’s online tools can help you find and compare plans that you are qualified to use. Beginning in 2019, however, TRICARE will allow you to switch between plans only if you have a “qualifying life event” such as the birth of a baby or a move. For a complete description of the types of coverage programs and regions, visit www.tricare.mil. For more information about recent changes to TRICARE, visit https://tricare.mil/changes.
Housing Management Office
201 Langley Drive
The Barksdale Air Force Base Housing Management is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community. Use the resources provided to become familiar with the housing options and support services available to you. When you arrive at Barksdale Air Force Base, visit the HMO to receive invaluable information, counseling and guidance prior to entering into a written lease or rental or sales contract for housing.
206 Curtiss Road
Unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3, and E-4 with less than three years of service. Each airman is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. Permanent-party unaccompanied housing consists of two Dorms-4-Airmen, where four airmen with private rooms and bathrooms share a kitchen, living space, and washer and dryer; four 1+1 dormitories, where two airmen with private rooms share a kitchen and a bathroom; and four dormitories where two airmen with private rooms share a bathroom, with two common-area kitchens available in the dayrooms. Each room has a private sink.
Unaccompanied airmen in the rank of E-4 with more than three years of service will move into housing in the local community.
Barksdale Family Housing
201 Langley Drive
At Barksdale Air Force Base, military family housing is privatized. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you may now choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Hunt Military Communities, which owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community.
For comprehensive information about homes and amenities available in the Barksdale privatized housing community, visit the Barksdale Family Housing website.
Postal Service Center
204 Curtiss Road
The Postal Service Center will accept mail prior to your arrival. All general delivery mail will be held for as long as 90 days. If you have problems with delivery, or if you would like to establish a post office box for delivery prior to your arrival (dormitory residents only), contact the Postal Service Center.
To receive mail for general delivery, use the following address:
Your Name and Rank/Gaining Unit and Office Symbol
204 Curtiss Road, Suite 100
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110-2455
If you live on base, base and housing regulations require you to register your animals with veterinary services within 10 working days of your arrival. Please bring your records with you when registering. Households on base are limited to two animals, and breed restrictions may apply.
Quality veterinary care is offered to active duty, dependents, retirees of the U.S. military, and Reserve members stationed at Barksdale on active status. A valid military ID card must be shown and full payment made at the time of service.
The Barksdale Veterinary Clinic provides vaccinations, heartworm testing and prevention, routine dental and surgeries, feline leukemia testing, parasite control products, microchipping and health certificates for travel. Sick calls are accepted on a limited basis, based on facility capabilities and time. Prescription medications, including heartworm and parasite prevention products, are only available once a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship has been established and proof of vaccinations have been received if not a current patient.
The clinic doesn’t have the capabilities to offer hospitalization, intensive care, illnesses or care requiring extended and/or prolonged treatment or emergency services. The clinic also doesn’t offer grooming or boarding. Staff can provide a list of local civilian veterinarians and facilities that offer these services.
Chaplains, chaplain assistants and chapel communities are eager to meet your spiritual needs at Barksdale Air Force Base. Religious services include worship services, ministries, study groups, programs for single members and families, and counseling. Your group or squadron chaplain knows the leaders and members of your units and stands ready to help you within and beyond your workplace — all with 100 percent confidentiality.
There are two chapels on base, as well as a ministry center for airmen. For more information, visit the chapel website.
There is no longer a requirement to register your vehicles with Barksdale Air Force Base. All privately owned vehicles on base must be insured, and a current license plate is required. Louisiana state traffic laws apply on base; see the Getting To & Around Shreveport-Bossier City chapter on Page 17 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.