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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon Davis, 19th Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspections journeyman, holds an inspected main landing wheel bolt at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. NDI Airmen find small cracks in aircraft parts by running them through multiple chemical baths and using black lights to illuminate the defects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron) Airmen conduct preventative MXS on C-130J fleet
Chemical tanks, conveyer belts and intricate machines linethe walls of the 19th Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspections shop. The lights are turned off as one ultraviolet light shines anew spectrum of colors to an NDI technician. Shades of purple, blue and neon-green light up the dark as theAirman searches for what the naked eye can’t see. 
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alexander Colon, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Operations shop operator and dispatcher, issues vehicles and inspects them for defects Jan. 12, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 25 operators and dispatchers oversee and issue government vehicles to DOD personnel for official use, as well as operating the vehicles when necessary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols) Vehicle operations keeps mission in gear
Scattered among the hundreds of vehicles traveling on base daily is a unique fleet of transportation workhorses, maintained by a team of 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen. The 19th LRS Vehicle Operations shop is comprised of a 25-man team with eight duty sections. The Airmen operate, inspect and maintain a 61-vehicle fleet comprising of
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Retired Army Col. Henry Ward, 19th Airlift Wing Retirees Activities Office director, served 37 years in the Arkansas Army National Guard from 1955 to 1992. Ward now provides assistance and guidance to all retirees of all services through the RAO. The RAO will host Retiree Appreciation Day at the Walters Community Support Center Oct. 22, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kevin Sommer Giron)

Base honors service, sacrifices of retirees
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravelybears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for hisbrother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause,” a quote fromPresident Abraham Lincoln.  Today, many veterans have made it their responsibility –long after they have traded in their uniforms for civilian
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Symbolic firing rounds are placed in the hands of a service member Oct. 6, 2016, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The rounds symbolize the volleys fired in honor of service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Grace Nichols) Airmen carrying on tradition, honor
The base Honor Guard demonstrated a full-military honors funeral ceremony Oct. 6, 2016, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. The demonstration showcased the Honor Guard’s capabilities and mentored new team Little Rock Members on funeral services procedures. The base Honor Guard is comprised of installation Airmen who either volunteer or are
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October is the month to brush up on online safety as it marks the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness month. Cyber security: Every Airman’s responsibility
More than ever before, the world is connected to a vastcyberdomain. The internet touches most aspects of daily life. With one click ofa mouse or swipe of a finger, people can access volumes of informationavailable to all users. This is why it’s imperative for service members andgovernment employees to use their situational awareness when operating
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Default Air Force Logo Dorm Airmen learn way around kitchen
Team Little Rock Airmen who live in the dormitories gatheredtogether to learn the fundamentals of cooking during a unique class held Sept.14, 2016, at the Crossroads Café on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The dorm council is an organization made for Airmen toaddress their concerns and ideas on improving dormitory quality of life. “The purpose of
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U.S Air Force Senior Airman Addison Schneider, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron Aerial Delivery element member, removes a parachute Aug. 29, 2016, at Hangar 259 on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Cargo platform parachutes are required to hang in a heated room for at least 72 hours to ensure they are completely dry. ‘Be sure always;' Aerial Delivery team ensures knots tied
The 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron Aerial Delivery section - comprised of 29 Airmen and 10 civilians - is responsible for rigging, recovering and repairing cargo platforms at Little Rock Air Force, Ark. “Be sure always,” is a mantra the team lives by, reminding them to lean on the Air Force Core Values and each other. “The phrase instills all of
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Pierre Hill, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilating and air conditioning journeyman, ensures the condenser coil of a portable chiller is clean and free of debris Aug. 9, 2016, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.  Portable Chillers supply necessary cooling for buildings when the main air condintioning unit does not work properly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephanie Serrano) HVAC Airmen provide comfort, quality to installation
The 19th Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation andair conditioning shop is composed of 25 personnel responsible for 353facilities on Little Rock Air Force Base. HVAC technicians work with a varietyof components such as electronics, pneumatics, natural and pressurized gases,boilers and more relating to the upkeep and maintenance of HVAC
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Marci Hoffman, 314th Operations Group training office flight commander, oversees all training performed by the 61st Airlift Squadron and the 48th Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. During her most recent deployment, Hoffman advised and assisted Iraqi air force members specializing in the C-130J aircraft to further their air mobility training program and overall mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Sommer Giron) Little Rock AFB provides air training to Iraqi air force
U.S.Air Force Maj. Marci Hoffman, 314th Operations Group training office flightcommander, arrived on the northwest side of Baghdad International Airport, Iraq,near midnight. Having been deployed three times before, Hoffman was no strangerto contingency operations. However, this experience was unlike any other.  “Ididn’t know what to expect,” said
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Master Sgt. Aaron Downing, a 19th Security Forces Squadron weapons and tactics superintendent, was struck by an improvised explosive device blast while riding in a convoy during his deployment to Iraq in 2007. In 2014, Downing was awarded a Purple Heart by Lt. Gen. Carlton Everhart, 18th Air Force Commander, for his wounds during his deployment to Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Muro) The Story of Aaron Downing: Behind the Purple Heart
A convoy rides through the streets of downtown Tikrit, Iraq, July 28, 2007. Inside the lead vehicle, sits then Staff Sgt. Aaron Downing, a security forces Airman working with the Army 82nd Airborne, 89th Military Police Company. After a long day of training the Iraqi police, Downing and his team are headed back to Camp Speicher.The convoy weaves
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