Shreveport Magazine dedicates our Summer 2018 Issue to shining a bright light on the men & women of Barksdale. We want to recognize Barksdale Air Force Base with its rich history, unique architecture, progressive programs, and long-term economic impact, as well as all the brave airmen who serve to protect our great nation. And to the families of our fallen heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, you and your loved ones are remembered and will remain in our hearts.

And for all of you who enjoy a little history and a proud song to carry you along– In 1937, General Henry H. Arnold persuaded Major General Oscar Westover to propose a song competition reflecting the Air Corps unique identity. With over 700 entries, a committee of volunteer Air Corps wives selected Robert MacArthur Crawford’s composition, “Army Air Corps,” which was officially introduced to America at the Cleveland Air Races in 1939. In 1947, when the Air Force became a separate service, the song was renamed, “Wild Blue Yonder.”

Wild Blue Yonder (Air Force Song)
Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At’em boys, Give’er the gun!
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one hulluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame;
Shout, “Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!”

(This verse commemorates those fallen Air Force service members and our great country.)

Here’s a toast to the host,
Of those who love the vastness of the sky.
To a friend we send a message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow’s pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast, the U.S. Air Force!

(NOTE: A shortened version of original composition.)

In addition to our cover story, Shreveport Magazine is honored to spotlight many other amazing people, places, things, and events happening all around our great community. We take utmost pride in walking you down memory lane, introducing you to young progressives who are putting in real sweat equity for the greater good, highlighting local programs/camps/activities that build a stronger family dynamic, raising questions through well-researched content that encourage construction conversation, as well as offering you, our greatest asset, genuine accounts of heart-filled stories as a way to fuel your motivation to continue your own good works or ignite your desire to get more involved.

We, at Shreveport Magazine, want you to know that we see what you do and genuinely hope to offer you the chance to tell your story. Please reach out to us at editor@shreveportmagazine.com to share your ideas. We are listening!

May God Bless You & Yours as we soon celebrate Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, & our Nation’s Independence!

Your friend & neighbor,
Tara John & Shreveport Magazine Team