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  • First female pilot of Niger trains at LRAFB

    Capt. Ouma Laouali, the first female pilot in the Nigerien air force, recently accomplished the next step in her pilot career April 22, 2020, by completing her training to become a C-130 Hercules pilot in the C-130 Formal Training Unit’s six-month international pilot training program here at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
  • Dignified arrival: WWII Sailor finally returns home

    While the world remembered June 6 as D-Day – the longest day of World War II – the Tipton family will now remember this date as the day their Sailor finally came home. The family waited nearly 77 years for Seaman 1st Class Henry "Glenn" Tipton to return from war. The 189th Airlift Wing Arkansas Air National Guard transported Tipton’s casket aboard
  • LRAFB hosts C-130J Fly In

    More than 65 Airmen from six wings across the C-130J force trained to increase interoperability and operational effectiveness during a training exercise March 10, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.Team Little Rock played an integral role throughout the week hosting members of the C-130 family during the team-driven training event.Enhancing
  • Combat Airlifter of the Week: Tech Sgt. Johnathan Gaffney

    Rank/Name:  TSgt Johnathan GaffneyUnit:  189 MXSGuardStatus:  DSGJobTitle/Position:  MunitionsSystems SpecialistHometown:  Morrilton, ArkansasTimeon Station/ Time in Service:  1.5 years TOS/11.5 Years TIS.Family:  Wife: Whitney; Daughter: Haley; Son: NoahHobbies/goals:  Bass Fishing/ completing my Master’s DegreeSomethingno one knows about me:  I
  • Operation Market Garden honored 73 years later: Jump to remember

    Freedom isn't free; the price isn't paid by one country alone. Allied troops wearing different uniforms, originating from different countries were transported on a C-47. Sitting shoulder to shoulder, they prepared to jump from side doors of the aircraft into the unknown. Confident their mission would be a success, they had no idea the majority of
  • Home on range: Airmen, Soldiers partner to prime skills

    A main priority of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command is to enhance partnerships to execute and sustain rapid global mobility. One prime example is the weapons training cooperation between Little Rock Air Force Base and Arkansas National Guard installations. Approximately 15 minutes down the road from Little Rock AFB lies one of the largest
  • Turkey Shoot: Combat Airlift Competition

    Aircraft from the 19th Airlift Wing, 314th Airlift Wing, 189th Airlift Wing and 913th Airlift Group squared off in a friendly competition to outscore their opponents by performing the air mobility exercise the fastest and most accurate.
  • Arkansas ANG provides community support during snow storm

    Fifteen Airmen from the Arkansas Air National Guard's 189th Airlift Wing Rapid Augmentation Team Charlie deployed Feb. 9 to help motorists in emergency situations on Central Arkansas interstates.RAT Charlie is one of three 50-person teams comprised of drill-status Guardsmen. It's a volunteer force the wing developed to more efficiently respond to
  • Deployed aircraft maintainers diagnose, repair aircraft

    When a person has a stomachache or can't hold any food down in their bellies, they go to a medical provider for diagnosis and cure.When aircraft have similar problems, such as not transferring fuel to an engine or leaking after being filled, the aircraft is towed to the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron's Fuels Shop for diagnosis and
  • Iraqi air force assumes control of its C-130 operations

    Iraqi air force officials officially began fully independent C-130 air operations Sept. 29, marking the end of the U.S. C-130 air advisory mission here. A ceremony deactivating the U.S. Air Force's 321st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron and marking assumption of C-130 operations, maintenance and training by the Iraqi air force's Squadron 23