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Armory Airmen ensure safety

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Quade, 19th Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of the armory, grabs M4 assault rifle magazines to arm up Defenders Jan. 17, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Each day, Quade’s team conducts inventory of all weapons, radios and associated equipment in the armory prior to issuing any weapons or equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Quade, 19th Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of the armory, grabs M4 assault rifle magazines to arm up Defenders Jan. 17, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Each day, Quade’s team conducts inventory of all weapons, radios and associated equipment in the armory prior to issuing any weapons or equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jazmine Tingle, 19th Security Forces Squadron armorer, showcases the variety of weapons guarded at the base armory Jan. 17, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. 19th SFS Defenders are qualified to use a range of weapons including the M240B machine gun, M4 assault rifle and 9mm handgun. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jazmine Tingle, 19th Security Forces Squadron armorer, showcases the variety of weapons guarded at the base armory Jan. 17, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. 19th SFS Defenders are qualified to use a range of weapons including the M240B machine gun, M4 assault rifle and 9mm handgun. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Quade, 19th Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of the armory, inventories handheld radios prior to gearing up Airmen Jan. 17, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Defenders guard entry control points, conduct vehicle searches, patrol restricted areas and respond to emergencies 24/7. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Quade, 19th Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of the armory, inventories handheld radios prior to gearing up Airmen Jan. 17, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Defenders guard entry control points, conduct vehicle searches, patrol restricted areas and respond to emergencies 24/7. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

(Front) U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jazmine Tingle, 19th Security Forces Squadron armorer, assists Staff Sgt. Madonna Henard, 19th SFS patrolman, during Guard Mount, a pre-shift meeting where Airmen arm up and receive weapons and equipment for their shift, Jan. 17, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Defenders who work flightline security, entry control and patrol are issued weapons each day prior to their shift and return the weapons to the armory upon completion of their shift. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

(Front) U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jazmine Tingle, 19th Security Forces Squadron armorer, assists Staff Sgt. Madonna Henard, 19th SFS patrolman, during Guard Mount, a pre-shift meeting where Airmen arm up and receive weapons and equipment for their shift, Jan. 17, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Defenders who work flightline security, entry control and patrol are issued weapons each day prior to their shift and return the weapons to the armory upon completion of their shift. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Quade, a 19th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, fires an M240B machine gun Feb. 24, 2016, at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark. Team Little Rock combat arms instructors routinely utilize nearby Army posts to qualify on a variety of weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Quade, a 19th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, fires an M240B machine gun Feb. 24, 2016, at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark. Team Little Rock combat arms instructors routinely utilize nearby Army posts to qualify on a variety of weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

A small team of eight U.S. Air Force Airmen provide firepower each day for the entire 19th Security Forces Squadron to defend the world’s largest C-130 fleet.

The armory is the first stop for security forces Airmen prior to each shift. The team ensures weapons are fully serviceable and that each Airman is fully qualified before being assigned a weapon.

Weapons maintained and issued at the armory include pistols, rifles, machine guns and stun guns.

“We make sure that when a Defender must engage a target, their weapon will work,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Quade, 19th SFS NCO in charge of the armory. “We must be precise because lives count on it.”

Hand-selected armorers from the 19th SFS enable Defenders to continuously guard entry control points, conduct vehicle searches, patrol restricted areas and respond to emergencies 24/7.

Without them, the safety of the installation’s weapons, property and personnel would be compromised and vulnerable to attack by hostile forces.

Though the armory is just small room, the Airmen that work there provide the base with an arsenal that has a monumental impact.

Another major responsibility of 19th SFS armorers is to safeguard personally-owned weapons. To reserve a spot for your firearm or to find out more information, contact (501) 987-2377. 


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