Date: Monday, April, 9 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: Eldorado Resort & Casino
Date: Monday, December 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Eldorado Resort & Casino
CELEBRATE BARKSDALE was initiated by the MAC and embraced by both Chambers of Commerce to express the community’s collective appreciation to the men and women who serve while stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. Our annual Celebrate Barksdale picnic emphasizes outreach to spouses and children.
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
We would like to congratulate David Dethloff our Eagle Volunteer of the Year for 2017. David leads our Air Show Program as the Vice President. In addition, he has chaired the President’s Club, Celebrate Barksdale Picnic and Golf Tournament and serves on the Board of Directors.
David is President of Dethloff & Associates, Inc., an Independent Insurance Agency providing property and casualty insurance and risk management services to both commercial and personal clients.
In addition to his involvement with the MAC, Dethloff served as President of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of LA and on the boards of the Independence Bowl, Northwest Louisiana Goodwill, Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club, Shreveport Little League, a Feist-Weiller Community Advisor and an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. He also is a member of the Committee of 100, currently serving on the Government Committee. In his spare time, David enjoys tennis and hunting.
David graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He has been married to his wife Pam for 28 years and has a son named Drew.
The Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Military Affairs Council Scholarship. This year’s recipients are A1C Gillian B. Bagapuro 2 MXS, TSgt Zachariah E. Bingham 2 CES, SSgt Mark A. Brown 2 MDSS, MSgt Jodi S. Carreiro 2 BW, SrA Robert A. Cassidy 2 MDSS, SrA Isaac M. Cuevas 2 AMXS, TSgt Shane M. Derrick 2 CES, SSgt John A. Gender 2 MXS, SrA Daniel Hagan 2 MXS, SSgt Dakota L. Henriott 2 MDSS, TSgt Walter A. Hoffman 2 MXS, SrA Stephen E. Jarrett 2 AMXS, SrA Rebecca L. Johnson 2 AMDS, SrA Steven J. Kalz 2 MUNS, SSgt Jon D. Moore 2 LRS, MSgt Michael R. Ory 2 CES, MSgt Amber D. Perry 307 BW, SSgt Samuel J. Ritzmann 2 MXS, SSgt Heinrich Smit 2 CONS, and TSgt Curtis G. Sutton 2 LRS.
Scholarships were presented at the Military Affairs Council Update Luncheon on 20 June at 11:30 at the Barksdale Club. Congratulations to all our winners.
- Operation Hero 2017
- Celebrate Barksdale Golf Tournament 2016 | November 14, 2016
- Roots for Boots 2017
- MAC Scholarship 2017
- 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