News happening around Little Rock Air Force Base


  • Senior NCO earns Guard award

    A 189th Civil Engineering Squadron senior NCO was named the Air National Guard's Outstanding Civil Engineer Manager of the Year in the Reserve Component senior NCO category for fiscal year 2007. Senior Master Sgt. Willard Helmick, the unit's operations superintendent, earned the award based on his job performance, management ability and technical
  • Civil engineer employee wins annual state award

    An Arkansas state employee with the 189th Civil Engineering Squadron earned the State Military Department's Activity Employee of the Year award for fiscal year 2007. Clay Hamilton, a general maintenance repairman and a drill-status Guardsman in the unit, earned the award based on his duty performance, customer service, contribution to the National
  • Guard NCO earns Air National Guard award

    A 189th Civil Engineering Squadron NCO was named the Air National Guard's Civil Engineer Manager of the Year in the Reserve Component NCO category for fiscal year 2007. Tech. Sgt. Bill Catton, the unit's emergency management NCO in charge, earned the award based on his job performance and management ability, technical ability and his initiative and
  • Airman's Creed written in stone

    A Mena, Ark., couple who owns a monument company donated to the Arkansas Air National Guard a two-foot by one-foot granite slab with the Airman's Creed engraved on it. The marker created by Stipe Monuments, Inc., owned by Jim and Pauline Moody, was laid near the rear entrance of Building 118 where 189th Operations Group Airmen enter and exit the
  • Air Guardsmen Called to State Active Duty for Tornado Response

    About 15 members of the Arkansas Air National Guard's 189th Security Forces Squadron were called to state active duty Feb. 8 to augment Clinton, Ark., law enforcement officials after a tornado ripped though the town Feb. 5. The EF4 tornado, measured on the Enhanced Fujita scale, had winds of 166-200 mph as it tore a 123-mile path through North
  • AF announces captain selections

    Ninety-five Little Rock Air Force Base members have been selected to become O-3s. The Air Force selected 3,569 first lieutenants for promotion from 3,594 officers considered during the calendar year 2007C captain selection process. The results of the board are as follows: 314th Airlift Wing: James Hodges and Evan Epstein 314th Comptroller Squadron:
  • AETC says farewell to unit with rich heritage

    After 65 years of airlift support and history, the 53rd Airlift Squadron Blackjacks have closed their doors as an Air Education and Training Command unit. At a ceremony here Jan. 11, Lt. Col. Thomas Glister, 53rd AS commander, stood with the men and women of the squadron as their unit flag was retired and cased. And as he saluted, Colonel Gilster
  • Memorial set for mother, son

    A memorial service for the wife and son of a 463rd Airlift Group member is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at the Cornerstone Bible Fellowship off US-67/167 in Sherwood, Ark. Air Force Reserve Maj. Carrie Gayle Pedersen, wife of Maj. Jim Pedersen, and their son Lucas were killed in a car accident Jan. 6. Carrie was born to Wayne and Darlene Loudermilk
  • Celebrating 50 years of service

    For 50 years, the 123rd Intelligence Squadron has been analyzing and exploiting imagery products for the Defense Department and other governmental agencies. And while the technology has changed, the unit's Airmen still keep their trained eyes focused on the target. The unit, initially established in 1952 as the 118th Reconnaissance Technical
  • New commander takes charge of 189th Mission Support Group

    As Lt. Col. Rick Oxner accepted the 189th Mission Support Group's guidon into his hands Dec. 1, he took command of the most diverse group in the 189th Airlift Wing. The colonel, previously the group's deputy commander, took charge of a group that provides communications, civil engineering, security, services, contracting and logistical support to

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