Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Barksdale Warrior is ready and engaged

When the final edition of the Barksdale Air Force Base publication, The Bombardier, closes shop on Sept 28, a new military publication takes off.

With the same spirit The Times put forth in the campaign to bring Barksdale here in the 1930s, The Barksdale Warrior (prototype front to the right) debuts Oct. 5. The transition from one weekly to the next will sync with the existing newspaper and mirror distribution to base homes and stands: 10,000 copies. The Times stands ready to continue serving our military community with this new weekly edition.

Stephanie Bemrose, presently a reporter for The Bombardier, will lead the new publication for The Times. Her familiarity and experience with Barksdale and the military offer readers a great deal. We will keep many of The Bombardier features while adding more to coverage of deployments, readiness, military families, activities, benefits and retiree issues. You will continue to find content produced by military personnel inside.

This change will also include content from new military news sources and other bases when needed. Times Military Reporter John Andrew Prime will contribute, as will retirees committed to sharing news. Colonel Steve dePyssler, USAF Retired-1978, will write a column and share notes on events.

History note: The Times was a key player in bringing Barksdale Air Force Base to the community. Our editor and publisher at the time, former U.S. Army Capt. John D. Ewing, led a campaign to get the base here. Read Images of America: Barksdale Air Force Base by Shawn M. Bohannon, John Andrew Prime (Times reporter) and H.D. “Buck” Rigg.

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