The Warrior Network is once again partnering with the Company Grade Officers Council (CGOC) at Barksdale Air Force Base and their Operation Bright Holiday Initiative.


All funds raised through this campaign will be donated to the CGOC and go toward helping some of our young heroes at Barksdale get to spend this Christmas at home with their families.

the details

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

WHO CAN BE INVOLVED? Anyone, both civilians and military

RUN TIME: 7:00pm (Chip Timed)

HUGE PROFESSIONAL FIREWORKS SHOW: 8:30pm

LOCATION: CHRIST FIT GYM //  1040 Chinaberry Dr, Bossier City, LA 71111

RUN COST: $25 per person ($5 discount for military and veterans.)


*** Pre-registration for the run ends the evening of Thursday, September 21.

*** Packet pick-up will be at Christ Fit Gym between 9:00am and 3:00pm on Friday, September 22.

*** You can register in person at packet pick up.

*** You can also register in person the night of the event beginning at 5:30pm.



The evening will consist of the run, awards, t-shirts, music, food, a huge professional fireworks show, inflatables, and more.


INVOLVEMENT OPTIONS: 

  1. Run the 5K and enjoy the entire evening,
  2. Register for the 5K to show your support even though you're unable to attend (register below).
  3. Make a $10 minimum donation at the door to enjoy the festivities but not run the race (sign up below).


Check out the registration area below for all the details.

NEED TO KNOW

PLEASE READ: If you are planning to come, here are a few things you NEED TO KNOW.


1. The address for tomorrow is 1040 Chinaberry Drive Bossier City, LA 71111. This is the NEW Christ Fit Gym north of I220 off of Benton Road.


2. If you have not registered to run, that's ok. Registration will be open from 5:30-6:30 at the event.


3. Registration, check in, and donations will all take place INSIDE the "blue room" at the gym. There are big overhead doors that will be open. When you arrive, please proceed there to get checked in. If you are not running and just coming to enjoy the night, you can make your donations at the same place.


4. Run time is 7:00 and fireworks will shoot at 8:30pm.


5. Parking will be around Chinaberrys, Vicki's School of Dance, etc. The lot at Christ Fit will be closed and will serve as our fireworks viewing area.


6. If you are just attending and hanging out, you can arrive anytime after 6:00pm but please note that we will not have food available until after the run starts at 7:00pm. Attenders can arrive after the run begins if you would like. Fireworks will fire at 8:30pm.


7. PLEASE BRING A LAWN CHAIR OR BLANKET WITH YOU! We will not have any chairs or tables available.


8. Come relaxed and enjoy the evening. It will be on the warm side and we will have water there, ya may want to bring bug spray cause we will be outside the entire time.

REGISTRATION FOR THE RUN

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE 5K IS NOW CLOSED. YOU CAN REGISTER AT THE EVENT ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 BETWEEN 5:30PM AND 6:30PM.
  • If you do not wish to run but want to come to the event to enjoy the festivities, cheer on the runners, and watch the fireworks show, then come on! All we ask is for a minimun $10 donation at the door the evening of the event.


SIGN UP TO ATTEND

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RUN IN THE 5K TO ATTEND.

You can show up at the event and cheer on the runners, take in the HUGE 13 minute professional fireworks show, enjoy the food, listen to the live music, play on the inflatables, and more. Attenders will be asked to make a $10 minimum donation per person over the age of 16 at the gate (15 and under get in free). If you want to attend, fill out the form below so that we can adequately prepare. YOU will go a long way to helping us meet our fundraising goals and HELPING SEND YOUNG AIRMEN LIVING AT BARKSDALE HOME THIS CHRISTMAS.

DONATE TO THE CAUSE

You can also donate financially to the cause if you can't attend the event. Click the link below and select "QUICK GIVE" and under "Fund" select "Operation Bright Holiday". Thank you for your partnership on this!

VOLUNTEER

We need a handful of volunteers for this event. If you would like to serve from 5:00pm-9:00pm for this event, please fill out the form found at the VOLUNTEER link below. You will be helping in areas such as parking, race detail, inflatables, setup, cleanup, serving food, etc. Once you arrive, we will assign jobs for the evening.

EVENT SPONSORS & PARTNERS

FIREWORKS SPONSOR: LANG ORTHODONTICS

RACE SPONSOR: BARKSDALE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION


TRINITY SPORTS

CHRIST-FIT GYM

PYROMANIA FIREWORKS

CLINT DAVIS COUNSELING, LLC

LAMB SPECIALTY ADVERTISING

MAGEE RESOURCE GROUP

AIR FORCE SERGEANTS ASSOCIATION CHAPTER 615

FIRST COMMAND FINANCIAL SERVICES

TEAM LYTLE

THE MILLER FAMILY

BAYOU BOUNCE

GOLDMAN TRACTOR

TEXAS ROADHOUSE - BOSSIER CITY

KTBS 3 NEWS

RED RIVER BANK

TEAM LYTLE

BARKSDALE FAMILY HOUSING

BARKSDALE OFFICER SPOUSE CLUB

OPEN ROAD FELLOWSHIP

BROADMOOR BAPTIST CHURCH

MEN OF COURAGE LOUISIANA

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QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE

What is a "first-term airman?"

This term refers to a young enlisted airman in which Barksdale is his/her first duty station out of Basic Training/Tech School. 


Why young airmen?

There are over 900 young airmen living in the dorms at Barksdale and many of them simply do not have the financial means to travel. Some of these airmen have not seen their family in over one or two years. We want to help make that possible. 


How are they selected?

There is an application process that airmen go through that happens between the Company Grade Officers Council at Barksdale and their leadership and the airmen's supervision.


How many are selected?

That depends on how much is donated. Operation Bright Holiday is completely funded through donations, most of which comes from the surrounding community of Shreveport/Bossier. In years past, this program has grown from just a handful of airmen being sent home to close to 100 last year. 



All around, this helps make Christmas better for many of our airmen at Barksdale and shows them that their community loves them and supports them.