News happening around Little Rock Air Force Base


  • TLR honors POW/MIA with 24-hour run

    Airmen from the 373rd training squadron run with a POW/MIA flag during the 24-hour POW/MIA event at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Sept. 20, 2019. The 24-hour run was held as part of the National Prisoner of War/ Missing in Action Recognition Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
  • Combat Airlifter of the Week: Capt. Austin Merkel

    Name and Rank: Capt. Austin Merkel Unit: 19th Airlift Wing Safety Duty title: Chief of Flight Safety Time in service: 8 years Time at Little Rock: 2 Years Goals: Build experience as an instructor pilot and soon-to-be field grade officer. Hobbies: Spending time with family and outdoors. Air Force Core Value portrayed: Excellence In All We do Why was the individual selected and how do they display the core value? Capt. Merkel exemplifies Excellence as an officer & instructor pilot. As Chief of Flight Safety and acting Wing Chief of Safety (filling a boarded O-5 billet), Austin has shown great initiative in carrying numerous Safety programs to new heights, most notably hosting 3 AF Safety Center roadshow courses here at LRAFB. He also flies several times a week instructing combat-ready aircrews.
  • Deployment initiative revamps 18 year ops tempo

    The 19th Airlift Wing from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, partnered with the 317th AW from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, to create the 4/12 deployment initiative, signifying the first time since September 11, 2001, that entire units from these wings will be home together. Through fulfilling this joint partnership between the four flying squadrons, it has provided stability, training opportunities, and ensures one cohesive fighting team.
  • JMATS Simulator: Gateway to C-130

    The C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System team teaches the next generation of loadmasters and pilots using simulations to teach the students to perform their job safely and effectively before going to the flight line.
  • Black Knight fulfills dream of serving

    Less than one percent of the population joins the military every year. Some, join the military for school, travel or other benefits. For others, joining the ranks is something that has always been part of their life plan. The latter is true for U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Robert Matthews, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron communication and navigation systems electronic counter measures journeyman.
  • Combat Airlifter of the Week: Staff Sgt. Kyla Mullins

    Name and Rank: Staff Sgt. Kyla MullinsUnit: 19th Operational Medical Readiness SquadronDuty title: NCO in charge of occupational healthHometown: Rosston, ArkansasTime in service: 6 years, 9 monthsTime at Little Rock:  6 YearsGoals: Complete bachelors degree in health science, gain certification as an occupational therapistHobbies: Enjoying time
  • AFOSI: Finding the truth for Herk Nation

    A controlled perimeter wrapped in fluorescent yellow tape demands curious bystanders stay back from the crime scene. Armed agents circle the tape, while crime scene investigators carefully analyze the scene, tagging, logging and preserving evidence for forensic scientists to analyze later. When thinking of a special agent, some immediately think of the portrayal on television, but in the case of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, there is much more to it.
  • 19th OMRS bio team protects Airmen from work hazards

    Veterinarians x-ray animals to diagnose their illnesses. Maintainers clean aircraft with a variety of chemicals. Firefighters rescue families from fire and smoke. Those careers and tasks require consideration of the effect on workers’ health after a long period of exposure. The 19th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron Bioenvironmental Flight tests those work hazards and many others like them to identify issues and put protective controls in place for workers.
  • 19th AW JA: Legal readiness for Airmen

    For service members it’s important to ensure personal property, finances and loved ones are taken care of at all times. The 19th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate Office provides free legal assistance locally for Airmen at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. “A lot of people just associate us with punishing people, and that’s not all we’re here for,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joyce Bray, NCO in charge of adverse actions.
  • Combat Airlifter of the Week: Tech. Sgt. Joe Hayes

    Name and Rank: Tech. Sgt. Joe HayesUnit: 19th Maintenance SquadronDuty title: Nondestructive inspection supervisorHometown: Parsons, TennesseeTime in service: 14 yearsTime at Little Rock: 2 yearsGoals: Finish Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency ManagementHobbies: Spending time with family, Tennessee Volunteers football, and

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