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Barksdale Air Force Base Exchange hosted a grand reopening today (March 31).

The updated 134,064 -square-foot shopping center features multi-million dollar improvements, its first significant remodel since 2004, bringing key merchandise, concessions and restaurants under one roof.

Col. Brandon Parker, 2nd Bomb Wing vice commander; Tom Shull, Army & Air Force Exchange Service Director/CEO; Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange Senior Enlisted Advisor; Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler, other local civic leaders along with Airmen and their families were in attendance.

Prior to the ribbon-cutting, the Exchange honored retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Jones, a Vietnam War veteran and Shreveport resident who won a grand prize in the MILITARY STAR Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes, in which his account balance will paid in full and he will receive additional store credit.

Photos by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune