BARKSDALE AFB MILITARY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
Crimes committed by military personnel are perceived in a completely different light. A small mistake or incident can put an end to your career, putting your reputation at stake. If you have been convicted of any serious offenses such as sexual assault, UCMJ violations, or bad conduct, hiring the right military criminal defense attorney can not only save your career, but your reputation as well.
HISTORY OF BARKSDALE AFB
Barksdale AFB started out as a vast cotton field near Bossier City in Louisiana. In the 1930's, the citizen of Shreveport wished they had a military airfield in town. It had just been found out that a nearby airfield was increasing its capacity by almost 500 percent, and that a new airfield was required. A young captain, by the name of Harold Ross Harris, was hired by the people of Shreveport to find a suitable place where this new airfield could be constructed. Captain Harris found a cotton plantation, 20,000 acres in size.
The proposal to construct a new airfield in Barksdale was taken to Washington D.C., and it was presented to the War Department. Once it met the requirements that were set forth by the department, the Army gave the airfield project a green signal. Construction of an airfield, which would be the world's largest at that time, finally began in 1931. After Barksdale Field was declared operational, the first combat organization arrived. It was the 20th Pursuit Group. Over a period of five months, the host unit activated three more pursuit groups: the 55th, 77th, and the 79th Pursuit Group.
In the 1930's, Barksdale Field became home to the third Attack Wing and by the 1940's several bomber crews arrived at the airfield for training. Mock combat operations were also hosted at Barksdale Field in May, 1940. 320 aircrafts participated in the simulation and sitting among the audience was Maj. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Between 1945 to 1949, Barksdale served as a host to the Air Training Command.
After the 1970's Barksdale Field played a key role in some of the major operations carried out by the American forces. There were aircrafts deployed from Barksdale to Vietnam. In 1989, it took part in Operation Just Cause, which was carried out to bring back democracy in Panama. It participated in Operation Desert Shield in 1990 as well as in Operation Desert Storm. During Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, B-52s from Barksdale flew into Iraq targeting enemy operations, in an effort to finally overthrow Saddam Hussein.
PRESENT DAY BARKSDALE AFB
Named in honor of Lt. Eugene Hoy Barksdale, this air force base is home to the Air Force Global Strike Command. This command started operating in 2009, and it is in-charge of the intercontinental Ballistic Missile Wings, B-52 Stratofortress Wings and the B-2 Spirit Wing. Along with the "Mighty Eight" Air Force, Barksdale AFB is the headquarters for the second Bomb Wing, which is the world's oldest and largest wing.
For more than 68 years, Barksdale AFB has served Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, and the main purpose of this base is to conduct air command operations, and also to combat aggressive enemy forces as and when required. The air base is a popular one amongst military retirees and their families because of the climate and living conditions. The base has over 7,800 active duty officers and 2,150 employees who are civilians.
In December of 2012, SrA James R. Lewis, a member of the military was convicted of aggravated sexual assault, and also of wrongful sexual contact on two counts. This happened after he was accused of sexually assaulting three female airmen while they were asleep. The judge ruled that SrA Lewis would be spending nine years in confinement, and would also receive a dishonorable discharge. He would have to forfeit his pay and allowances, and his grade would be reduced to E-1.
MILITARY CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER AT BARKSDALE AFB
Expert counseling is available at Barksdale AFB if you have been charged with UCMJ crimes or any other violations. Skilled military criminal defense attorney, Joseph L. Jordan can take up your case, and fight for your rights. As a seasoned military criminal defense attorney, he is well-versed in military law.