Office Information

Director: Henry Ward, COL (Ret) ARNG

Hours (as of June 6, 2016)
Monday and Friday:  8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

(Due to federal holidays, wing training days, Air Mobility Command Family Days, etc., please call prior to your visit to ensure we are open to assist you with your needs.)

Building 1255, Suite 121
Little Rock AFB, Arkansas

Contact numbers
Toll Free: 1-877-815-3111
Local: (501) 987-6095
Fax: (501) 987-5865

Retiree Breakfasts

The retiree breakfast is served at 8:15 a.m. at Hangar 1080 on the following dates:
Friday, April 21, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Friday, September 22
(No Breakfast due to Retiree Appreciation Day Set-up.)
Friday, September 22 - Retiree Appreciation Day Set-up - 2-5 the Walters Community Center
Saturday, September 23, 2017, RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY!!!!!!!!!!
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. AT WALTERS COMMUNITY CENTER. Active Duty Personnel are invited to attend!!
Friday, October 20, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017 - The Arkansas State Guard A/G, 19th Airlift Wing, 314th Airlift Wing, 189th Airlift Wing and 913th Air Group Commanders are invited to give the Retirees a recap of the past years accomplishments and a look at the upcoming years tasking’s.

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Retiree Newsletter

The February 2017 Retiree Activities Office News & Information is an unofficial publication written, edited and published by the Little Rock Retiree Activities Office for the convenience of the Little Rock AFB retired population. The information or comments herein do not necessarily represent the positions or opinions of the DoD, USAF, AMC the 19th AW or any tenant units on Little Rock AFB.  While all efforts have been made to assure the accuracy of the information in this publication, no absolute guarantee of accuracy can be given nor should any be assumed.

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Retiree Activities Office

The purpose of the Retiree Activities Office (RAO) at Little Rock Air Force Base is to assist all retirees of all services with whatever their need might be. It applies to all retirees, their family members and surviving spouses.

The RAO assists retirees with retired pay problems, applying for combat-related special compensation, TRICARE problems or just about any other issue that might arise. The RAO also has volunteers working at the base clinic in the pharmacy call-in. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the office.


New Programs

Retiree Prescription Glasses Program
Retired military members are authorized one pair of military issue glasses per year. Bring a valid prescription, signed by an optometrist, to the optometry clinic at the Little Rock Air Force Base clinic for a pair of glasses.

How to book a Tricare optometry appointment with a local provider if you need a prescription for glasses. Go to this website:    Go to the Provider tab, then Resources and Provider locator, then choose Medical specialist, then type in your  ZIP Code, and select optometrist from the drop-down box, then hit Search.  You will see a list of optometrists. If you would like more choices click on the "need more choices." Set an appointment.

Once you obtain your prescription bring it by the optometry clinic at Little Rock Air Force Base for your new pair of glasses. The base optometry clinic hours are: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. for lunch.

Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)
Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) provides primary health care to eligible Veteran patients in their homes when care in the outpatient clinics is not possible or recommended. HBPC is like a clinic visit at your home.

HBPC is a team of health care professionals who will teach you and your caregiver about your medical problems (medications and how to take them, what food to eat, a safe exercise program, and more); and provide guidance to make your care easier and safer.

To be eligible for HBPC you must be homebound, have a caregiver in the home, and live in the HBPC service area.

HBPC serves Veterans in Pulaski, Faulkner, Saline and Garland counties. In addition, HBPC serves Veterans who live in the following towns and cities: Cabot, Ward, Austin, Beebe, Pine Bluff, Redfield, Sheridan, East End, and Malvern.

Talk to your primary care provider to find out if you are eligible for HBPC services.
HBPC does not provide:
* emergency services
* daily nursing care
* daily therapy
* housekeeping or chore services


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Important Links

The best website for Arkansas Veterans' Resources is:
The Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs has information on Military Records, Employment, Benefits, Healthcare, Veteran Support Agencies and more!

Requesting a DD214 for Loved Ones – You can request a copy of your loved one’s DD 214 by accessing:

National Resource Directory - This directory is a Web-based network of care coordinators, providers and support partners with resources for wounded, ill and injured service-members, veterans, their families, families of the fallen and those who support them. Located at

Armed Forces Vacation Club -- The Armed Forces Vacation Club is a space-available program offering Department of Defense-affiliated people affordable condominium vacations at more than 3,500 resorts worldwide. For more information, visit
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Optometry Services

Optometry clinic extends services to retirees, dependents

The Little Rock Air Force Base optometry team is staffed with two optometrists and two to three technicians equipped to serve your vision needs.  In order to do this we provide routine and diabetic eye exams annually for ALL members who are enrolled at the Medical Treatment Facility on base. 

Routine exams include treating and managing ocular health, dry eye syndrome, glasses/contact lens prescriptions, and necessary prescription eye drops. Contact lens prescriptions can be renewed if the patient wears or brings their contact lenses to the appointment along with a copy of the current prescription (boxes/packages/order invoice with required lens parameters will suffice).  

In the event that a patient requires specialized or non-routine visit(s) off base, a referral is required. Referrals can only be made for non-Medicare patients who are younger than 65 years old. Retired military members and their dependents can receive eye care at the medical clinic every year. Retired members are also eligible for 1 pair of glasses every 12 months. 

Routine eye exams are scheduled by calling Central Appointments at 501-987-8811, or by logging onto  Clinic hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and closed on training days.

Forever Serving

Base honors service, sacrifices of retirees

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause,” a quote from President Abraham Lincoln.


Today, many veterans have made it their responsibility – long after they have traded in their uniforms for civilian attire – to continue caring for their fellow service members.


According to the 2015 Statistical Report on the Military Retirement System, over 2 million military retirees live in the U.S. That is 2 million friends, neighbors or family members who have sacrificed their time, body and mind to the freedom Americans enjoy today. But some continue to serve even after their call of duty.


Retirees who serve at the 19th Airlift Wing Retiree Activities Office continue their service to their nation by ensuring veterans have the resources and support system needed to transition from military service, seek help in navigating the process in attaining military benefits or simply providing a support system for those who still need the camaraderie offered while serving alongside their brothers and sisters in arms.


For retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Donald Smith, a director for the base RAO, the transition from active-duty service into the civilian sector allowed him the opportunity to reflect on what left the greatest impression on him while serving.


“What do I miss most? The people,” said Smith, who serve in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1998. “I miss it because I’m not able to have an input and impact on people’s lives in that manner.”

Retired U.S. Army Col. Henry Ward


For retired U.S. Army Col. Henry Ward, it was about continuing to serve the people who honored their nation by serving in the military.


“The main reason this country is what it is today is because of (the veterans) who fought for our freedoms and believed in this country,” said Ward, who served 37 years in the Arkansas Army National Guard from 1955 to 1992.


Together, along with other volunteer retirees, the RAO staff continues their service by helping Arkansas’s 25,817 strong retiree community. 

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News and Information

HAVE A NEW or ADDRESS CHANGE? Please immediately notify the agencies below to update them with your new info:
Retirees: Defense Finance and Accounting Service, US Military Retirement Pay, PO Box 7130, London KY 40742-7130; 
Phone: 1-800-321-1080 or FAX: 1-800-469-6559.

Annuitants: Defense Finance and Accounting Service, US Military Annuitant Pay, PO Box 7131, London KY 40742-7131;
Phone: 1-800-321-1080 or FAX: 1-800-982-8459.

Retirees and annuitants may also update addresses at the Pay Center's Website:

Casualty Assistance & Survivor Benefit Plan Information
Casualty Services: 501-987-3580
Attention Retirees!! Prepare your loved ones and have the following items readily available for those you love and leave behind:
DD Form 214 (discharge papers)
Retired pay statement
Leave and Earnings statement
VA paperwork, if applicable
Current WILL
Names, phone numbers & policy numbers for any life insurance policies
Having the above information readily available will alleviate any undue stress and make it easier for your loved ones to apply and receive the benefits and entitlements you left behind for them. Please be assured we are here to assist with the necessary paperwork that he/she will need to complete when the time comes. Come see us for assistance in making sure you have all of your necessary papers together.

Retirees: Please inform your spouse that if you predecease him/her and he/she decides to remarry after your death, his/her ID Card privileges will be terminated. If that marriage ends in death or divorce, he/she will be entitled to get their ID Card reinstated under you, the original sponsor, however, the reinstated privileges will Not Include Medical or TriCare Benefits.  

When a Retiree passes the Little Rock AFB Casualty office will assist with the following:
Application for Arrears of Pay, last Retiree Paycheck
Survivor Benefit Plan, if applicable
VA application, if needed
OPM application, if applicable
Contact applicable life insurance agencies, if needed
Other assistance, depending on the situation
Schedule the appointment to get another ID Card
One on one visit with the surviving spouse to complete the above claims paperwork
If the surviving spouse lives outside the local area, we may conduct this process via US Postal Service.