LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE – --
Known as the Natural State, Arkansas has a lot to offer both
the budding outdoorsman and the avid sportsman.
Outdoor Recreation takes advantage of nature’s gifts by providing
outdoor equipment to suit a variety of leisure activities for Airmen and their
However, Outdoor Recreation is more than just equipment
rentals and trips; they’re about giving back to those that serve.
“Reaching out to our Airmen and giving them an opportunity
and service that is outside the structure of rigorous everyday routine of the
military, that’s what we’re all about,” said Nathan Koppersmith, 19th Force
Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation specialist. “I believe it’s important we
give the Airmen first-class customer service and provide them a unique
experience that they’re not going to get anywhere else.”
Helping Airmen unwind by providing unique opportunities to
get outdoors to the surrounding areas and providing transportation while
keeping costs down is the goal of Outdoor Recreation.
“We offer trips specifically for single Airmen in the dorms
to give them options on the weekends,” Koppersmith said. “We get them outside
to be active, physically and socially.”
Airmen and their families don’t have to wait for the weather
to warm up to enjoy what the Outdoor Recreation center has to offer.
“We have a new feature that’s taking America by storm -- escape
rooms,” Koppersmith said. “A physical adventure game made for people to work as
a team to find clues and escape within one hour. We currently have a pirate-themed
room with more to come within the year. So far it has been hugely successful.”
Although specializing in recreational activities, customer
care is the cornerstone of Outdoor Recreation.
“For nearly two years I've participated in hiking,
skydiving, cave exploring, paddle boarding, ATV riding and more,” said Senior
Airman Jose Flores, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Guidance and Control
specialist. “Every trip has been fun and thoroughly taken care of logistically.
They have an extremely friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff that make
every experience worth it.”
It doesn’t take much to notice that the greatest resource Outdoor
Recreation has to offer isn’t the equipment, rather the service and care
provided to each and every Airman who walks through the door.
For more information, call Outdoor Recreation at (501)