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18th, 19th AF commanders tour Herk Nation

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Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, and Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, listen to a Team Little Rock mission brief during their tours of Little Rock Air Force Base, Nov. 4, 2020. This was the first time since 2008 both NAF commanders toured LRAFB simultaneously. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron Irvin)

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Two C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 314th Airlift Wing fly over north-western Arkansas during a tour with Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 4, 2020. Wills flew with pilot and loadmaster instructors assigned to the 62nd Airlift Squadron to experience how they train Airmen who are prepared to fully integrate into global operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

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Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, flies a C-130J Super Hercules at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 4, 2020. During his tour of the 314th Airlift Wing, Wills was able to see first-hand how Herk Nation trains C-130J pilots, loadmasters and maintainers who are prepared to fully integrate into global operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

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Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, plays disc golf while touring the Wild Oaks Disc Golf Course at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6 2020. Wild Oaks Disc Golf Course is a byproduct of the third space initiative set forth by the 19th Airlift Wing in an effort to develop locations across LRAFB for service members and their families to enjoy off duty and improve quality of life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

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Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, fires the M18 hand-gun during his tour at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2020. Bibb toured Herk Nation to learn more about the innovative ways they have integrated with mission partners across the installation. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

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(From left) Staff Sgt. Collin Gendron, 19th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, shows Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Charles Frizzle, 18th AF interim command chief, different weapons used by the 19th SFS at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2020. Bibb toured Herk Nation to learn more about the innovative ways they have integrated with mission partners across the installation. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine M. Gruwell)

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Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Charles Frizzel, 18th AF interim command chief, address 19th Airlift Wing Airmen during an all-call at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 6, 2020. The leadership team discussed developing Airmen, innovation, and Herk Nation’s Total Force Integration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

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Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, addresses Airmen from the 314th Training Squadron and 189th Airlift Wing during an all-call on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Nov. 4, 2020. Wills toured the 314th Airlift Wing to talk with Airmen who have a mission to train C-130J pilots, loadmasters and maintainers to fully integrate into global operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

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Tech. Sgt. Joshua Herrier, instructor with the 714th Training Squadron, showcases a fuselage training simulator to Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Katrina Rogers, 19th Air Force command chief, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Nov. 4, 2020. Throughout their tour, Wills and Rogers learned of enhancements made by the 314th and 189th AWs to ensure C-130J Super Hercules and C-130 Hercules pilot, loadmaster and maintenance trainees are prepared to fully integrate into global operations. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

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Tech. Sgt. Jordanna Lozano, loadmaster from the 62nd Airlift Squadron, showcases a new training simulator to Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Rogers, 19th Air Force command chief, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Nov. 4, 2020. Throughout their tour, Wills and Rogers learned of enhancements made by the 314th and 189th AWs to ensure C-130J Super Hercules and C-130 Hercules pilot, loadmaster and maintenance trainees are prepared to fully integrate into global operations. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

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Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Rogers, 19th Air Force command chief, speaks to Airmen and NCOs from the 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during an enlisted all-call at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 2020. Rogers answered Airmen’s questions and discussed innovations being cultivated throughout the Air Force’s educational and training environments. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

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Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Rogers, 19th Air Force command chief, speaks to Airmen and NCOs from the 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during an enlisted all-call at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 2020. Rogers answered Airmen’s questions and discussed innovations being cultivated throughout the Air Force’s educational and training environments. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

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Mrs. Shannon Bibb, spouse of Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, attends a key spouse luncheon with Mrs. Jody Hart, spouse of Chief Master Sgt. Steven Hart, 19th Airlift Wing command chief, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 2020. Base agency representatives shared the various services they provide and how Airmen and their families are the foundation of Herk Nation’s ability to deliver strength, hope, and reach around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

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Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, experiences the virtual reality maintenance training hangar at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 2020. Bibb spent time with several units across the installation and saw how the base is uniquely structured around the C-130J Super Hercules and the C-130 Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, recognizes star performers from the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 2020. Bibb toured Herk Nation to learn more about the innovative ways they have integrated with mission partners across the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, speaks with Airmen assigned to the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 2020. Bibb toured Herk Nation to learn more about the innovative ways they have integrated with mission partners across the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

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Mrs. Shannon Bibb, spouse of Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, is briefed by Tech. Sgt. Carrie Ann Rodriguez, 19th Medical Group Mental Health Clinic NCO in charge, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 2020. Bibb was briefed by multiple representatives at the Airman and Family Readiness Center about the care and support available to Airmen and their families while stationed at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

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Mrs. Shannon Bibb, spouse of Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, tours the 19th Medical Group on Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 2020. Bibb was briefed by multiple Airmen and civilians at the 19th MDG about how Airmen, their families and retirees are provided care on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariam K. Springs)

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Mrs. Shannon Bibb, spouse of Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th Air Force commander, receives a briefing from various care teams at the base chapel at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 2020. The Family Care Teams, to include the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Family Advocacy, and the Airmen & Family Readiness Center, discussed the care provided to Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariam K. Springs)

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Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Rogers, 19th AF command chief, are briefed by Airmen assigned to the 189th Airlift Wing during their tour of Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 2020. Throughout their tour, Wills and Rogers learned of enhancements made by the 314th and 189th AWs to ensure C-130J Super Hercules and C-130 Hercules pilot, loadmaster and maintenance trainees are prepared to fully integrate into global operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jessica Roles)

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Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Rogers, 19th AF command chief, are briefed by Airmen assigned to the 189th Airlift Wing during their tour of Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 5, 2020. Throughout their tour, Wills and Rogers learned of enhancements made by the 314th and 189th AWs to ensure C-130J Super Hercules and C-130 Hercules pilot, loadmaster and maintenance trainees are prepared to fully integrate into global operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jessica Roles)

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Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Rogers, 19th Air Force command chief, is briefed by Airmen assigned to the 189th Airlift Wing during her tour at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 4, 2020. Rogers accompanied Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th AF commander, learned of enhancements made by the 314th and 189th AWs to ensure C-130J Super Hercules and C-130 Hercules pilot, loadmaster and maintenance trainees are prepared to fully integrate into global operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jessica Roles)

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Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, speaks during an all-call at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 4, 2020. Wills toured the 314th Airlift Wing to talk with Airmen who have a mission to train C-130J pilots, loadmasters and maintainers to fully integrate into global operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Miller)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. —  For the first time since 2008, the 18th and 19th Air Force commanders, simultaneously toured Herk Nation at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, November 4-6.

Although their two tours had unique itineraries, Maj. Gen. Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., 18th AF commander, and Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th AF commander, were brought together for a Team Little Rock mission brief. The brief showcased how the 19th, 314th and 189th Airlift Wings and 913th Airlift Group employ Total Force Integration by working seamlessly together to ensure the C-130 enterprise is best equipped to deliver rapid global mobility anywhere, anytime.

“The collaboration here at Herk Nation is unlike any other,” said Bibb. “From the Air Education and Training Command, Guard and Reserve partnerships, to the outstanding community partnerships, you are the very best at what you do.”

Each Numbered Air Force commander visited their respective wings to learn more about the innovative ways they have integrated with mission partners across the installation. During their visit, both commanders saw how the base is uniquely structured around the C-130J Super Hercules and the C-130 Hercules.

“The partnerships we enjoy here at Little Rock AFB, coupled with our single mission set are absolutely critical to our nation’s business,” said Col. John Schutte, 19th Airlift Wing commander. “Total Force Mobility Airmen project the Joint Force ensuring credible conventional deterrence against any aspiring competitor.” 

The two NAF commanders witnessed first-hand how the base aggressively works together as one team to prepare students, maintain readiness and execute operations in support of the National Defense Strategy's objectives.

“Everywhere you go, people talk about partnerships,” said Wills. “Team Little Rock really walks the walk — the Total Force Integration here is truly second to none.”

The 19th AW is the host wing comprised of C-130Js and active-duty Airmen trained to execute the mission today and prepare for the high-end fight tomorrow. The 314th AW consists of active-duty Airmen with a mission to train C-130J pilots and loadmasters who are prepared to fully integrate into global operations.

 “We are successful in what we do here because of the strong partnerships we have across the installation,” said Col. Joseph Miller, 314th AW commander. “It takes all of us working together at every level, and that’s what Herk Nation is all about.”

In addition to the active-duty units, the 189th AW serves as the Arkansas Air National Guard component preparing C-130H pilots, loadmasters and maintainers for a steady transition from the training to operational environment. Additionally, the 913th AG is the Air Force Reserve unit at Little Rock AFB. The 913th AG, comprised of six squadrons, rounds out Herk Nation and integrates with the three AWs to provide strategic depth and essential readiness capabilities.

“I have been here for 23 years and TLR is the strongest it’s ever been,” said Col. Dean Martin, 189th AW commander.  “Hosting two NAF commanders is a great opportunity to show them how we fully integrate together and epitomize Total Force.”  

Throughout their visit, the commanders witnessed how Herk Nation’s Airmen are at the leading edge of operational excellence accelerating the changes required to meet the needs of today’s Air Force and win tomorrow’s fight.

“TLR is setting the tone for the entire AF in almost every aspect,” Bibb said. “What’s it like to be on a championship team? What’s it like to be part of the best team in the world? I know what it’s like because you are the very best in the world at Agile Combat Airlift — you are the championship team.”

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