Barksdale Commander Expresses Concern About Recent Airmen Deaths

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Wednesday, Col. Michael A. Miller, 2nd Bomb Wing commander at Barksdale Air Force Base, issued a statement regarding the recent murders impacting Barksdale Airmen.

“I’ve been stationed at eight installations in my 25 year Air Force career and I have never experienced as many murders involving Airmen and their families.

I have never experienced as many murders involving Airmen and their families.

“Since I took command in June of 2018, five members associated with Barksdale Air Force Base have been murdered.

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“On Sept. 25, 2018 Joshua Kidd, a technical sergeant who was assigned to the 2nd Maintenance Group, was murdered outside of his home.

“On Nov. 8, 2018, Tech. Sgt. Kelly Jose and his spouse Heather Jose were murdered after giving a man a ride when they were shopping at Mall St. Vincent. Tech. Sgt. Jose was a reservist and full time civil servant Airman for the 307th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

“On June 22, 2019, Mr. Antonio Williams, a U.S. Postal worker, was gunned down while delivering mail in Shreveport. He was the spouse of Ivy Shelby-Williams, a civil servant Airman in the 2nd Medical Group.

“On June 30, 2019, Perry Bailey, a technical sergeant assigned to the 2nd Medical Group, was murdered in a residence in Shreveport.

Col. Michael A. Miller, 2nd Bomb Wing commander at Barksdale Air Force Base

“I am deeply concerned for the safety of the military members and their families assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base.  Not only am I concerned about their personal well-being, but also our ability to recruit and retain the necessary talent to complete our mission to defend our nation.

“I understand and respect our local law enforcement, and I know this is a complex challenge to solve in the community as a whole. This issue is not one we will solve quickly or by assigning blame. We must work together to build safe communities.  Our Airmen and I live in and, are invested in, the community and want to be part of the solution. Together, we can make Shreveport and Bossier safer for our families and the community.”

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6 thoughts on “Barksdale Commander Expresses Concern About Recent Airmen Deaths”

  1. “I’ve been stationed at eight installations in my 25 year Air Force career and I have never experienced as many murders involving Airmen and their families.”

    Well that’s because you weren’t in the Shreveport area, Mike. This place is a ghetto dump. Don’t expect it to get better.

  2. Here’s a thought; military bases are NOT government subsidies to underserved US communities. They shouldn’t remain open just to prop up the 3rd world existence found in whole like states like Alabama (Maxwell, Redstone Arsenal), Mississippi (Columbus, Keesler), or Louisiana (Barksdale, Polk) nor in the remote wastelands of south Texas (Laughlin) or Central and Eastern California (Edwards, Lemoore, China Lake).

  3. With all due respect sir, if you want to aid our community, let your actions speak louder than your words. It is no secret and certainly no recent discovery that violent crime is and has been an ongoing problem in Shreveport-Bossier. Anyone with access to the internet can readily find all the statistics and information regarding the safety precautions one needs to take in order to live here. If the military under your command isn’t aware of such, give them a better orientation when they are stationed here.

    This statement seems a little disingenuous and made only at the bequest of the Kidd family who are grieving and seeking to point the blame anywhere but towards their son who made a tragic mistake. In 2019, we should know to never take matters into our own hands regarding crime, most especially, run or chase after criminals who are almost always armed. Use common sense and let the police do the job they signed up for and are trained to handle.

  4. And less than 2 weeks later an incident ON BASE!! Maybe it’s something wrong with your base SIR and not anything else! Prayers for all families and friends!!

    1. lol, you cant be serious Mom? You compare that to the cesspool off base. You think the problem is on base?

  5. The community did not kill these people. Random incidents stem from a lack of awareness of how dangerous our mobile and connected world has become.
    Without any threat to the Base, it is easy to forget that every citizen today is a potential target of opportunity for someone, regardless of the relative merits of their choices. Crime moves to wherever it lacks resistance or recognition. Appearing weak or naive will embolden the criminal.

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