By Airman Grace Nichols, 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 29, 2016
Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, tours the inside of a C-130J Super Hercules Aug. 22, 2016, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. During his tour, Roberson spoke to crew chiefs who recently received a Black Letter Initial which is earned when there are zero discrepancies during a flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Regina Edwards)
Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, looks at a flight simulator at the C-130J Maintenance Aircrew Training System, Aug. 22, 2016, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Roberson toured the installation to observe the 314th Airlift Wing‘s role in how the total force concept is employed at Little Rock AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Regina Edwards)
Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, looks over proposed design changes to the 314th Aircraft Maintenance bay with 2nd Lt. Carissa Dobbins, 314th AMXS Sortie Support Flight commander, Aug. 22, 2016, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Dobbins explained that the expansion would improve storage for equipment and tools as well as provide more room for the maintenance teams to prepare for the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)
U.S Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command, witnessed first-hand Aug. 22- 23 2016, how pipeline C-130 training provided by the 314th Airlift Wing ensures the success of combat airlift as he visited different units at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
“Development of our Airmen is really where airpower starts,” Roberson said. “Airpower truly starts here.”
As the cornerstone of combat airlift, the 314th AW is the largest international flying training program in the Department of Defense. The U.S. military and coalition partners receive premier training at the 314th AW’s state-of-the-art facilities that produce combat airlifters for C-130 operation. Academic training with other service branches and countries strengthen operational partnerships.
“Our international partners look to us for their training and how to best operate their air force – especially with the C-130,” Roberson said. “We are the standard that our international partners look to for C-130 operations.”
The 314th AW is the nation's tactical airlift "Center of Excellence" and trains C-130 aircrew and maintenance members from the Department of Defense, Coast Guard and 47 partner nations.
"The 314th AW is absolutely critical in so many aspects of the Air Force and for airpower,” Roberson said.
The 314th AW partners with the Air National Guard unit, the 189th Airlift Wing, to provide training on the C-130J and H models, respectively. Together, they are able to educate the C-130 community on legacy and emerging C-130 aircraft and technology.
By the end of his visit, Roberson was able to see first-hand the full capabilities of the 314th AW and Team Little Rock.