@charset "utf-8"; /* CSS Document */ p { font-family: "Comic Sans MS", sans-serif; font-size: 20pt;} blockquote { width: 100%; font-size: 18pt; font-style: italic; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', sans-serif; margin: 10px 10px 10px 10px; padding: 10px; } h1 { h1 class="title"; font-size: 14pt; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 0; line-height: 1.2; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', Arial, sans-serif; color:#000000; text-transform: uppercase;} .da_body h1 { font-size: 40px; margin-bottom: 5px;margin-top:0; line-height: 1.2; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', Arial, sans-serif; color: #123D63}

HomeNewsArticle Display

Team Little Rock Airmen compete at RODEO 2009

General Arthur Lichte, Air Mobility Command commander, answers questions during a press conference during AMC's RODEO 2009 July 21 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. During the press conference, the general answered questions about the Air Force's aging tanker fleet, the value of the RODEO competition, and what he has learned during his tenure as AMC commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Allen)

General Arthur Lichte, Air Mobility Command commander, answers questions during a press conference during AMC's RODEO 2009 July 21 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. During the press conference, the general answered questions about the Air Force's aging tanker fleet, the value of the RODEO competition, and what he has learned during his tenure as AMC commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Allen)

General Arthur Lichte, Air Mobility Command commander, answers questions during a press conference during AMC's RODEO 2009 July 21 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. During the press conference, the general answered questions about the Air Force's aging tanker fleet, the value of the RODEO competition, and what he has learned during his tenure as AMC commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Allen)

General Arthur Lichte, Air Mobility Command commander, answers questions during a press conference during AMC's RODEO 2009 July 21 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. During the press conference, the general answered questions about the Air Force's aging tanker fleet, the value of the RODEO competition, and what he has learned during his tenure as AMC commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Allen)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- Little Rock Air Force Base Combat Airlifters are testing their skills against the world's best at the Air Mobility Command's RODEO competition at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. that ends Friday. Teams from both the 19th Airlift Wing and the 314th Airlift Wing are showing why Little Rock AFB is the C-130 Center of Excellence.

The RODEO is AMC's Olympics of Air Force professional airlift abilities. To test these skills, teams from all over AMC as well as international teams came together to compete in events including aerial refueling, airdrop, aerial port, maintenance, military security forces, and aeromedical evacuation.
About 110 Airmen from Little Rock AFB competed this year.

Chief Master Sgt. Richard Turcotte, 314th Airlift Wing command chief, said each Airman from Little Rock represented the base well.

"It's inspiring. It's nice to be able to watch our Airmen employ the tools they train with daily as members of Team Little Rock and present their combat power to the rest of AMC," said Chief Turcotte. "This is their chance to show what we at Little Rock bring to the fight."

Master Sgt. James Langston, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO-in-charge of aerial delivery and aerial port team chief, said that along with showing off skills, RODEO gives each attendee the chance to network with contacts both new and old.

"This is an esprit de corps thing," he said. "I catch up with these old guys I haven't seen in years. At the end of the week, we'll start asking questions like 'how'd you do this' and 'how'd you do that.' We start thinking ahead and that's a big thing for us.

"To be able to see where we've been and talk about where we're going ... this is our premiere airlift event," Sergeant Langston added.

Staff Sgt. Nick Palmer, a member of the 314th AW's Joint Airdrop Inspection team and a 48th Airlift Squadron J model instructor loadmaster, said an unrecognized factor at RODEO is all the people who don't compete but still play a vital role in supporting the mission.

"A lot of people have to do their job to put me in the position to do mine," said Sergeant Palmer. "Whether it's services, weather shop, life support or maintenance, they contribute to my ability to be in the best position I can be to do my job. That motivates me to be as professional as I can be. To not do my best is disrespectful to everyone who makes my job possible."

The competition ends Friday with posting of official scores. Visit www.littlerock.af.mil for complete RODEO 2009 coverage.
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.