News happening around Little Rock Air Force Base
By Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin , 19th Airlift Wing Public affairs
/ Published September 20, 2019
U.S. Air Force Capt Austin Merkel, 19th Airlift Wing chief of flight safety, is recognized as the Combat Airlifter of the Week at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Sept. 9, 2019. Merkel's core value is Excellence In All We Do. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine Gruwell)
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), Merkel 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.