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Posted 2/3/2016 Printable Fact Sheet

The 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., is the nation's tactical airlift "Center of Excellence" and trains C-130 aircrew members from the Department of Defense, Coast Guard, and 47 allied nations.  The 314th Airlift Wing is aligned under Air Education and Training Command, reporting to 19th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.  The wing flies 6,600 aircraft hours and 35,000 simulator hours annually. It utilizes two local drop zones and assault landing zones, and more than 10 regional airfields.  Annually, the wing trains more than 1,300 students, including more than 200 international students, making it DoD's largest international flight training program.

The wing's mission is to provide the world's best C-130 combat airlift training.  The wing's vision is to be the cornerstone of C-130 combat airlift excellence; inspiring leaders, strengthening partnerships and developing the future.  

The 314th Airlift Wing consists of approximately 700 military and 100 civilian personnel and contractors.  The instructor force of the 314th Airlift Wing is the most experienced cadre of C-130 flight instructors in the world.  Students receive training in all five crew positions--pilot, copilot, navigator, flight engineer, and loadmaster.  Military training leaders assigned to the 714th Training Squadron provide continuous professional development for non-prior service loadmaster students in the initial training pipeline.

The 314th Operations Group and the 314th Maintenance Group operate and maintain a training fleet of 13 C-130J aircraft.  The 48th Airlift Squadron flies the C-130J, and the 62nd Airlift Squadron flies the C-130H, operated and maintained by the Arkansas Air National Guard's 189th Airlift Wing.  The 714th Training Squadron manages the $1.1 billion C-130 Aircrew Training System and C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System contracts overseeing the largest C-130 simulator complex in the world while managing 45 training syllabi covering 79 specialized graduate-level flying training courses.  The 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron provides flight line maintenance for assigned aircraft, and the 314th Maintenance Operations Flight oversees maintenance programs.

Little Rock AFB opened in October 1955. The base encompasses 6,100 acres and includes one runway and one assault landing strip.  The base has more than 9,700 active-duty, Air National Guard, Reserve and civilian members assigned, and approximately 15,000 family members live and work on and around the base. Furthermore, an estimated 57,000 retirees live in the region.  The base's 2014 total economic impact was more than $813 million.

19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
1255 Vandenberg Blvd.
Little Rock AFB, AR 72099
Phone: (501) 987-3601
Fax: (501) 987-3753

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