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“One Helluva Roar”: American History, Air Force Future

Larry and Ann Kilgore look at an exhibit pertaining to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., history at the Barksdale Global Power Museum, July 12, 2017. The museum offered a variety of Barksdale and Air Force displays pertaining to 8th Air Force achievements.

Larry and Ann Kilgore look at an exhibit pertaining to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., history at the Barksdale Global Power Museum, July 12, 2017. The museum offered a variety of Barksdale and Air Force displays pertaining to 8th Air Force achievements. (Courtesy Photo/Samantha Maiette)

Military uniforms are displayed at the Global Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. The museum surrounds visitors with knowledge of the past by teaching the history of Airmen who came before them.

Military uniforms are displayed at the Global Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. The museum surrounds visitors with knowledge of the past by teaching the history of Airmen who came before them. (Courtesy Photo/Samantha Maiette)

Amy Russell looks through archives at the Barksdale Global Power Museum on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. The archives holds valuable artifacts such as the personal, handwritten journal of Eugene “Hoy” Barksdale, the namesake of the base.

Amy Russell looks through archives at the Barksdale Global Power Museum on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. The archives holds valuable artifacts such as the personal, handwritten journal of Eugene “Hoy” Barksdale, the namesake of the base. (Courtesy Photo/Samantha Maiette)

A 2nd Bomb Wing patch is worn on a Strategic Air Command crew chief shirt on display in the Barksdale Global Power Museum on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. The 2nd BW is the oldest bomb group in the Air Force. The bombs represent the original squadrons, the stripes represent major World War I offensives and the white fleur de lis represents the French location of battles.

A 2nd Bomb Wing patch is worn on a Strategic Air Command crew chief shirt on display in the Barksdale Global Power Museum on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. The 2nd BW is the oldest bomb group in the Air Force. The bombs represent the original squadrons, the stripes represent major World War I offensives and the white fleur de lis represents the French location of battles. (Courtesy Photo/Samantha Maiette)

The Global Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., offers visitors a chance to explore Barksdale history in an interactive way. The Global Power Museum was once known as the 8th Air Force Museum to better allow them to help broaden the Air Force Global Strike mission.

The Global Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., offers visitors a chance to explore Barksdale history in an interactive way. The Global Power Museum was once known as the 8th Air Force Museum to better allow them to help broaden the Air Force Global Strike mission. (Courtesy Photo/Samantha Maiette)

The Barksdale Global Power Museum displays multiple aircraft throughout aviation history for museum visitors at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. The aircraft serve as a reminder of the achievements of past Airmen and Air Force history.

The Barksdale Global Power Museum displays multiple aircraft throughout aviation history for museum visitors at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. The aircraft serve as a reminder of the achievements of past Airmen and Air Force history. (Courtesy Photo/Samantha Maiette)

Amy Russell looks through archives at the Global Power Museum on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. The archives holds valuable artifacts such as the personal, handwritten journal of Eugene “Hoy” Barksdale, the namesake of the base.

Amy Russell looks through archives at the Global Power Museum on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. The archives holds valuable artifacts such as the personal, handwritten journal of Eugene “Hoy” Barksdale, the namesake of the base. (Courtesy Photo/Samantha Maiette)

Patches and military uniform articles are on display in the Operation Desert Storm display case at the Barksdale Global Power Museum on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. Barksdale Air Force Base played an important role during Desert Storm through different operations and training.

Patches and military uniform articles are on display in the Operation Desert Storm display case at the Barksdale Global Power Museum on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 12, 2017. Barksdale Air Force Base played an important role during Desert Storm through different operations and training. (Courtesy Photo/Samantha Maiette)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

History is more than written words on a page; it’s the understanding of how actions of the past affect future generations. Whether immediately or over time.

The Global Power Museum gives visitors a look into the past, teaching visitors the overall history of the base and where it comes from and where it is going.

“You’re not going to understand who you are or where you come from unless you understand where we’ve been,” said Amy Russell, Global Power Museum director.

The museum unpacks history, unveiling the legacy that rests upon Airmen’s shoulders. It’s their hope visitors leave feeling inspired and eager to know the rest of the story.

“It’s really a way of life,” said Tech Sgt. James Hulett, Deputy Director of the Museum and Maintenance NCO in charge “Understanding the Airmen who came before you, helps to build you up to who you are now.”

The story of Barksdale is told through multiple exhibits in the “most in your face way,” says Russell.

One such exhibit is Operation Secret Squirrel. The mission required seven B-52 Stratofortresses to make a 14,000 mile nonstop journey to drop bombs in Iraq. The museum features memorabilia from this historic event as a link to Barksdale’s past.

The museum also offers an airpark with 22 static displays. The park offers visitors a chance to explore aircraft which helped to change history. Visitors can get up close and personal with a B-29 Superfortress, now on display. It is also the same model that dropped the first atomic bomb.

Knowledge of the past can spark a desire to immerse oneself into these fabled stories and form a connection with the past and the legacy Airmen continue to this day.