About the 189th Airlift Wing

About Little Rock AFB

More than 600 acres of land was purchased by the community and donated to the Air Force in 1953. Construction of the base began in November 1953 and Little Rock Air Force Base opened its gates Oct. 9, 1955. Its missions have been diverse over the years: Bombers, reconnaissance, missiles and cargo have all called Little Rock AFB home. While the mission of Team Little Rock has changed over the years, the community partnerships have remained strong.

189th Airlift Wing
The 189th Airlift Wing is a tenant unit located on Little Rock AFB, an active duty airlift wing aligned with Air Mobility Command, is the center of legacy training in the Air National Guard, and throughout the world, training C-130H pilots, navigators, flight engineers and loadmasters. The wing is the quick response force when called to action by the Governor for state active duty. The wing's Rapid Augmentation Team is comprised of Guardsmen who respond to aid the state of Arkansas and other locations around the Nation as needed.

The 189th Airlift Wing is an Air Education and Training command-gained Formal Training Unit charged with effectively training and qualifying C-130H air crew in all crew positions, to perform combat airlift operations.

189 Operations Group - The 189th Operations Group plans and executes training missions for pilots, navigators, flight engineers and loadmasters annually. The Enlisted Academic Aircrew School provides academic training for Air Force, international and U.S. Marine Corps C-130H flight engineers and loadmasters. The 189th OG's 223rd Cyberspace Operations Squadron is a training unit to facilitate the Cyber Skills Validation Course and the Mission Defense Team for Air Force Space Command.

189th Maintenance Group - The 189th Maintenance Group performs all maintenance for the C-130H Legacy aircraft. More than 27,000 maintenance actions are performed each year.

189th Mission Support Group - The 189th Mission Support Group support and logistics functions, which include contracting, civil engineer, communications, security forces, force support and logistic readiness squadrons.

189th Medical Group - The 189th Medical Group provides responsive care and services to Guardsmen and ensures a fit and medically ready Arkansas Air National Guard force.

189th Staff Agencies - The 189th Airlift Wing staff includes a variety of agencies that directly support the wing commander, group commander and the base population.


314th Airlift Wing - The 314th Airlift Wing (Air Education and Training Command) is the nations tactical airlift "Center of Excellence" and trains C-130J aircrew members from the DoD, U.S. Coast Guard, and 47 allied nations. The wing trains more than 1,800 students, the DoD's largest international flight training program.

19th Airlift Wing - The 19th Airlift Wing (Air Mobility Command) is the host wing and provides the Department of Defense mission-ready Airmen and supports the largest C-130 fleet in the world. As part of AMC's global reach capability, the wing's responsibilities ranges from providing humanitarian aircraft relief to victims of disasters, to airdropping supplies and troops into the heart of contingency operations as well as supporting base partners as the host unit.

913th Airlift Group - The 913th Airlift Group was activated July 13, 2014, and reports to the 22nd Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. The group provides C-130 combat airlift capability on a world-wide scale, and is currently in a Classic Association with the active duty 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, as part of the Air Force Total Force Integration initiative. The Group is comprised of more than 500 members. 

Current as of November 2023