Date: September 2019
Date: September 28, 2019 (Tentative)
Date: September 30, 2019
Date: First Week of October (Specific Date TBD)
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Shreveport Club
The Military Affairs Council and Barksdale Air Force Base are happy to introduce the ADOPT AN AIRMAN PROGRAM (Roots for Boots) here in Shreveport-Bossier. This Barksdale Airmen Sponsor Program (BASP) offers select community leaders a unique and rewarding opportunity to provide Airmen a home-away-from home during their first assignment in the military. It also offers community leaders the opportunity to enter Barksdale Air Force Base and meet first-hand our fine young Air Force men and women and, the air and space leaders of tomorrow. The BASP is designed to provide Airmen with an avenue to form friendships and gather support beyond the formal work environment. If you can remember leaving behind the comfort and security of your parents’ home, then you will understand the needs of the young men and women in the BASP. Rigorous military standards can tax even the best of spirits, producing feelings of great stress to make the grade in some Airmen, and in others, moments of loneliness, homesickness and doubt. The official relationship lasts for the duration of time that the Airman is assigned to Barksdale AFB, or when one of the two parties decides to terminate the relationship. The goal of the program is to have individuals from the community serve as the Airman’s mentor, friend, and advisor, providing a caring environment to relax away from the pressures of work and future deployments. Participants are also in the position to serve as a positive adult role model helping Airmen understand their role as a career Air Force Airman and reinforcing positive social values. This rewarding program currently exists at other military installations and has been highly successful. The BASP will be run by the Military Affairs Council (MAC) of Shreveport-Bossier. The MAC is a 501c3 non-profit with a history of service and ties to Barksdale AFB. We, through the BASP, will attempt to match host families with Airmen who share the same basic characteristics. Airmen can request “by name” host families. If you have the desire and commitment to make a difference in a young Airman’s life, this is the program for you! Sammy Halphen will serve as the Committee Chair/Program Manager for the Barksdale Sponsor Program. If you interested in being involved in the program or have questions, contact him at Samuel.firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-465-5608.
The MAC supports AWARDS that recognize and encourage airmen for a job well done. Modest cash gifts and MAC coins are given at the wing level to monthly, quarterly, and annual award recipients as a token of our community’s appreciation for excellence in service.
SUPPORTING FAMILIES OF DEPLOYED PERSONNEL during hardship is a privilege. Funds have been donated to the MAC by a corporate partner for emergencies so that those who are in harm’s way know help is available for their families in special times of need. The MAC directs its requests to assist families with special needs to the Second Bomb Wing Commander.
Eye on the Eagle
Congratulations to our Eagle Volunteer of the Year for 2019 Samuel “Sammy” Halphen. Sammy is our Chairman for the Roots for Boots (RfB) Program, and along with his wife, stood up the pro-gram from its inception. In addition, Sammy is serving on our Board of Di-rectors.
Sammy has worked as the Health, Safety, Environmental Superintendent and Emergency Manager with BHP Billiton, a Global Energy company. His achievements in the field of Safety, Emergency Management and community service are vast with over 30 years of service.
His career of caring for others started in the Unit-ed States Air Force as a Medic then continued by serving as a Firefight-er/Paramedic, Commissioned SWAT Medic, Assistant Chief of Training, Emergency Medical Services Director, and Fire Chief for Bossier City, finishing his government career as Homeland Security Director for Bossier Parish Louisiana.
He has effectively managed hundreds of employees and integrated teams to a common goal of caring for the residents of Louisiana in times of emergencies. He has received recognition such as the Chamber of Commerce Patriot of the Year Award, LA House of Representatives Life Saving Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars Life Saving Award and voted one of the top 5 Fire Chiefs in the Nation from International Association of Fire Chiefs, Fire Chiefs Magazine.
He serves Christus Health Systems as a Quality Care Committee member. Sammy has served on many State Governmental Commissions/Boards such as The Louisiana Emergency Response Commission, Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission and Fire Prevention Board of Review.
He was born in Shreveport and has lived in Bossier Parish for the last 49 years. He is a Christian, married to the former Sara Carroll and has 3 children.
The Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Military Affairs Council Scholarship. This year’s recipients are SrA Naomi O. Abel 2 MDSS, SrA John G. Augusta 608 AOC, SrA Daniel D. Hagan 2 MXS, SSgt Sara A. Hagmeier 307 MXG, A1C Yunjie Hu 2 MDOS, SSgt Christopher R. Kennedy 2 AMXS, SrA Leighton C. Kennedy 2 MXS, A1C Mia A. Luciano 2 FSS, SrA Diamond A. McNutt 307 LRS, TSgt Pamela K. Mericle AFGSC/IG, SrA Cassidy L. Miller 2 SFS, SSgt Courtney M. Muhl 2 BW/WSA, TSgt Marshall G. Nall AFGSC/IG, SSgt Kenneth J. Oliver 2 AMXS, MSgt Amber D. Perry 307 BW/IG, A1C Kaela B. Poulin 2 MUNS, MSgt Nicole M. Rios 2 OSS, SrA Christian T. Rudolph 608 AOC, SSgt Robert J. Simpson 2 CES, and A1C Benjamin R. Stone 2 MUNS.
Scholarships will be presented at the Military Affairs Council Update Luncheon on 12 June 2019 at 11:30 at the Barksdale Club. Congratulations to all our winners.
- MAC Scholarship 2019 | June 12, 2019
- Roots for Boots 2018
- Roots for Boots 2017
- Operation Hero 2017
- MAC Scholarship 2017
- Celebrate Barksdale Golf Tournament 2016 | November 14, 2016
- Celebrate Barksdale Picnic 2016 | October 14, 2016
- Operation Hero 2016 | September 24, 2016
- MAC Scholarship 2016 | July 7, 2016
- Operation Hero 2014 | January 1, 2014