Friday, May 19, 2017

CLASSIFIEDS >> 051917

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE COMBAT AIRLIFTER CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT will take ads by phone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 982-9421, or you may mail your ad to 404 Graham Rd., Jacksonville, Ark. 72078. You may also e-mail them to combatairlifterclassifieds@arkansasleader.com Deadline to advertise in Friday’s issue is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

WANTED - 10 HOMES In your county needing METAL ROOFS, SIDING OR WINDOWS For Our before and after brochure. Offer good for brick, frame or mobile homes. SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. We are opening a branch office and will be using these homes for our 2017 brochure. No money down financing. Payments *$89/Mo. *Free estimates. Senior/Military discounts. *wac. CALL NOW!! 866-668-8681.**


SERVICES

ETHEL’S EDUCATIONAL Express Child Development Center is now accepting new enrollments and all vouchers. Summer School Program...Hurry, before all openings are taken. Call Ethel at (501) 241-1172 or (501) 747-8713 today!


HELP WANTED

IMMEDIATE HIRE, International company, with over 25 years in business, has 10-15 openings in local office. We are looking to expand our operations and need people to help advertise for our company. No experience needed. $350-$725 week to start. Call for interview, (501) 605-1303.

HARMONY GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT – CAMDEN is accepting applications for the following teaching positions. Secondary English Secondary Science, 6th Grade Teacher, Assist. FB Coach/Science, Bus Mechanic Applications available @ hgsd1.com  or  Superintendent’s office   870-574-0971. Accepting applications until filled. EOE.**

CLASS A CDL TEAMS – NEED ASAP! SIGNING BONUS ON DAY ONE! DRIVE FOR FedEx GROUND! Harrison, LR & Memphis. START 50 CPM, Premium Mileage Pay, great benefits. HOME 2 DAYS PER WK.  Must have 1 yr. of exp.  and able to get doubles endorsement. Call/text for more info. 870-754-5100 or email: drivenow@outlook.com.**

CDL Flatbed Drivers Needed - $600.00 Sign on Bonus, Great pay, Health Ins, Retirement, Plan, Vacation, Holiday Pay, Home Weekly, 90% No-Tarp, Uniforms and Jackets Provided. Earn $50,000.00 to $65,000.00 Yr.  Call Chuck or Jeremy 501-945-1433 Apply in person:5007 E. Broadway, NLR.**

JOIN OUR TEAM!  Little Rock Based Company is seeking OTR Drivers for our dry van division. Qualified applicants must be 23 years of age, have a Class A CDL with 2 years Verifiable Over the Road Experience. New pay package, Home every weekend, Paid holidays & vacation, Quarterly Safety Performance Bonus, Benefits (After 60 Days) Blue CrossMedical (We pay 50% of drivers), Delta Dental, Delta Vision & 401k (Matched Up To 4%). ThompsonTrans.net or call (501) 228-8800.**


AUCTIONS

SPRING FARM, RANCH, RECREATION AUCTION, SAT. , MAY 20, 8:30 A.M., 1401 HWY 5, ROMANCE, AR 1401 HWY 5, ROMANCE, AR. Misc. begins at 8:30. Large items to follow. Held in Events Center Rain or Shine: Tractors , Dozer, Farm equip. and implements, Boats, 4 Wheelers, Travel Trailers,Hay Equip. (Balers, Mowers Rakes, Tedders) and more! Pics, Partial Listing, Terms, Directions: auctionzip.com ID 19078 Davis Auctioneers nealdavisauctioneers.com. PB 6564, AAL #1 501-940-2138. Jason-SA, 1202, 501-454-3382.**

CAINE AUCTION - Sat. June 17th @ 9:00 am CST,  729 HWY 64 West. Wynne, AR, 72396. BULL CHEVROLET, BUICK, GMC, relocated to their new facility and everything in the old dealership must go!!!. Partial list: Antique Vehicles, Memorabilia, Signs, Service Manuals, Parts Manuals, Trade ins, Boats, Tractors, Toys!! Details,pics,TERMS & list go to: www.lynncain.com and click on “Upcoming Auctions”. 10% buyers premium onsite. Internet bidding avail @proxibid.com. 15% buyers premium online. Joey@lynncain.com Joey Cain, 501-258-5518. Lic.#2041.**

ESTATE AUCTION. RE and Personal Property. Saturday – May 20 – 10 A.M. 202 Shawnee – Hot Springs, AR! To Settle Living Estate of Dewey Cook. 3,500+/- SQ FT BRICK HOME ON 2.4+/- ACRES plus entire contents of home!, , In-ground pool, open floor plan, 3 fireplaces Personal Property, house full and too much too list! More info. , terms, directions, www.arkansasauctiongroup.com, AR Auction Group & Realty Steve Thacker,  CAI,  Broker &  Auctioneer, steve@arkansasauctiongroup.com AL #1394. 501-767-9777 • 888-767-9771.**


YARD SALES

BIG GARAGE sale, 5/20, 7 am-noon, 222 Soutwood, Cabot. Lots of new stuff.


HORSES

HORSES: LUCKY Acres Boarding Stable, TLC for your horse, box stalls and paddocks, clean pastures, indoor and outdoor arenas, riding instruction and training program. Dressage our specialty. (501) 988-2458.


PETS

ARKY BARKY’S now open - great selection of beautiful puppies, guaranteed. Also, doing grooming & doggie supplies. 9714 Hwy. 107/JFK, Sherwood, (501) 819-6094.


MISC.

CARPORT FOR SALE - Protection Against pollen, hail, ice, snow, sun & falling limbs, 90 mph wind & 20 lb. snow rating, 12’ wide x 20’ long, $777 delivered, Call 800-643-8728, OD Funk Manufacturing Inc.**


HOUSES FOR RENT

COZY, ONE room studio apartments in Jacksonville. Bed pulls down from wall in Living Room in front of wood burning fireplace. Includes appliance filled kitchen. Starting at $325 plus utilities, deposit $200. No children or pets. Camp Construction, (501) 982-0434.

HOUSE FOR Lease/Purchase, Family home in NLR - Lakewood, 1952 sf, 3 BR/3 FB, ranch style home w/recent updates including laminate/tile, paint and new roof! Large, fully fenced backyard w/covered deck and carport, perfect for a boat! All contracts will be for lease w/option to purchase. $1,475 mo. Please call (870) 918-5327 for more information.

3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, approximately 1900 sq. ft., $1,300 month, $1,300 deposit, pets upon approval, available June 1, Cabot. (501) 425-8243.

3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, approximately 1500 sq. ft., pets upon approval, $1,100 month, $1,100 deposit. Available June 1, Cabot. (501) 425-8243.*

For Lease: 2045 sq. ft., 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home on 5 acres in a country setting. Features a 2-car garage, spacious upgraded kitchen, oversized master suite, hardwood floors & large fenced pet friendly yard. 30 minutes to LRAFB. Beebe School District. $1600 per month. Call Missy for more details @ (501) 425-1006.

HOUSE FOR rent, in Ward: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2-car garage, $800 month, $500 deposit. (501) 941-0650.

WARD, HOUSE for rent: 10 WIndsor Park Dr., 3 Br, 2 B, 1,440 square feet, fenced corner lot, near elementary school, pets allowed with approval & deposit, $1,150 month, $1,1500 security deposit. Call (501) 605-7012.

AUSTIN: HOUSE for rent: 62 Lariat Drive, 4 BR, 2 BA, 1,600 square feet, fenced yard, easy access to 67/167. Pets allowed with approval & deposit. $1,350 per month, $1,350 security deposit. Call (501) 605-7012.

FOR RENT: Quiet country living, 10 miles north of air base, 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, attached garage, new throughout, large deck, large yard, pets negotiable. Call for info. (501) 733-5712 or (501) 413-9128.


HOUSES FOR SALE

BEAUTIFUL HOME in Cabot! Please see full ad w/pics on MilitaryByOwner.com, search by MBO402659. Call or email us before it’s gone!


MOBILE HOMES

Have a title to your Car, Boat, or Mobile home? Get a new home with any trade-in! Call 501-653-3205.**


2 Bedroom Singlewide. Priced to sell FAST call 501-653-3202.**

TOP STORY >> Staying organized: 5 stress-reducing tips

By Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Military life can be challenging. From moving every couple of years to adjusting to a new environment, staying organized may seem impossible. 

Without proper planning, keeping track of daily tasks may become difficult and could result in missing objectives.

“Organization is important because it allows you to plan and exercise control over what you’re going to accomplish,” said Sharon Thompson, Airman & Family Readiness Center chief. “It gives you more power over your time.”

Staying on top of a schedule doesn’t have to be daunting. With these five tips it’s possible to make organization a way of life:

1. Use a to-do list to take control of your projects and tasks.

2. Free up time by focusing on important goals and say no to optional low-priority requests.

3. Make a list of things that steal your time and sabotage your goals and work on eliminating them.

4. Spend time at the beginning of the week planning your schedule to increase your productivity and balance long-term projects with urgent tasks.

5. Use time management to track, organize and prioritize your work and develop plans.

“Being proactive by organizing your workspace and writing down what needs to be accomplished can go a long way,” said Kori Ramirez, A&FRC community readiness consultant. “It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, just five minutes.”

If getting started seems difficult, the A&FRC has classes available to get a jumpstart, such as Time Management and Goal Setting.

“Try out different organization methods,” Ramirez said. “Some people like using programs on their phones, others like writing things down; do what works for you and what you’re going to be consistent with.”

For more information about organizational classes, contact the A&FRC at 501- 987-2667.

TOP STORY >> ALS instructor takes advantage of second chance

By Senior Airman Harry Brexel
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

“I was one mistake away from being a civilian,” said Staff Sgt. Keith Debose, 19th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor. “I had a poor attitude and received paperwork, left and right. Before I even arrived at my first duty station, I was labeled a bad Airman.” 

Airmen who have poor outlooks early on in their careers often don’t make it far in the Air Force, especially those with paper trails indicating shortfalls and misconduct.   

Few Airmen know this better than Debose, a Kansas City native who began his military service as a public health technician in Minot, North Dakota. 

“I wanted to do a combat-oriented job, but I ended up in an administrative hospital job; it was depressing for me,” Debose said.

However, the mismatched job wasn’t Debose’s only concern. 

Early in his career, he got into trouble after a friend stole items from a store during their time in technical training together. To some, Debose was guilty by association. After the incident and backlash, he put less emphasis on his Air Force service.  

“I was barely skating by,” he said. “I showed up late, had poor customer service and didn’t listen to feedback.” 

Knowing that public health was not the right fit, Debose dedicated his time as an augmentee in other Air Force career fields hoping to find direction and an Air Force specialty he could excel in. He volunteered to work physically intensive jobs such as security forces and civil engineering. Slowly, Debose garnered respect from his peers for his hard work. 

“I became more pleasant to work with, cleaned up my act and even showed up to work early,” Debose said. “My supervisor was one of the biggest reasons for my transformation. She believed in me and put in the effort to see me change.” 

Something clicked with Debose after a discussion with his supervisor. 

“She explained how my actions reflected on her and others around me,” he said. “I realized it wasn’t just about me. I saw that she believed in me even though other people didn’t understand why she kept putting in effort to help me and thought it was a waste of time.” 

After changing his perspective, things began to change for Debose. 

“One of my first milestones was making below-the-zone and being promoted early,” Debose said. “Not long after that, I received orders to Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.” 

Debose became responsible for the care of thousands of personnel coming into and heading out of the international base. 

“It was a high operations tempo, and I had major responsibilities while I was there,” Debose said. “While in Korea, I learned that my first supervisor from Minot passed away. It was rough on me, but I knew I had to become more mission focused and work harder at everything because of how she fought for me.”

Debose went on to win multiple awards for his hard work in South Korea. But his time there eventually came to a close, and his next assignment was to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. 

Debose worked for two months at his new assignment when he received the news that he was selected to become an Airman Leadership School instructor. 

The ALS at Little Rock AFB educates hundreds of Airmen each year on how to be professional war-fighters who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams to support the employment of airpower.

“I laughed when I first found out,” Debose said. “I didn’t think I was the type to be a professional military education instructor or that I would enjoy it at all.” 

He soon discovered he was wrong. 

“I love my job now,” he said. “Noncommissioned officers are the backbone of the Air Force, and we are the machine that makes NCOs. I am always learning from the students; it’s very humbling.”

Debose offers a unique perspective to his students, and his leadership has taken notice. 

“Staff Sgt. Debose is sharp, articulate and has grown tremendously since becoming an instructor,” said Master Sgt. Amber Person, 19th FSS ALS commandant. 

Debose says he gives 100 percent to all of his students, in hopes that they will ultimately pay it forward. 

“I’ve learned that if you take care of people, then the mission will take care of itself,” he said. “If you rehabilitate just one person, then that has the potential to multiply and impact others exponentially.” 

That’s exactly what Debose plans to do during his remaining time instructing future leaders of the Air Force. His resilience has not only ensured his own success but the potential prosperity of countless future leaders. 

“I’m willing to be that person who fights for someone, like my supervisor did for me,” Debose said. “I’ve learned that if you invest in your career, you will get the chance to make a difference.” 

TOP STORY >> Multi-domain C2 capabilities executed during training

By Staff Sgt. Kaylee Clark
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from a wide spectrum of career fields integrated during a multi-day exercise to test special operations and conventional warfare capabilities May 1-5. 

Pilots and Weapons System Officers  from the 29th Weapons Squadron from Little Rock Air Force Base and the 77th Weapons Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, worked with Special Tactics combat controllers and special operations Tactical Air Control Party Airmen from 24th Special Operations Wing from Hurlburt Field, Florida. Together, they exercised capabilities learned during the course of their studies and work as a cohesive unit, which enhances the multidomain command and control capability. 

The weapons undergraduate pilots, WSOs, and operators spent hours in a secure room planning, briefing and collaborating to create a successful training mission plan at Dyess AFB. 

“The 29th Weapons Squadron takes the best C-130 pilots and navigators and trains them to be leaders in Air Mobility Command as well as the instructors of instructors for the C-130 community,” said Maj. Christopher Casler, 29th WPS Director of Staff. “To be selected you have to be an experienced instructor pilot and also have tactical flying experience.”

Approximately six students spend six months trying to obtain the 29th WPS patch and become tactical experts of the C-130 community. 

The course is filled with academics on assets available in the military arsenal to include missiles, bombs, fighter tactics and anything else related to combat. This is followed by four flying phases: defensive maneuvering, airdrop and air land, theatre employment and the capstone of the course, integration with the rest of the air components.

“A weapons officer can coordinate the complex missions taking place (in the battle space), and our students are getting a glimpse of the coordination that it takes to get the full mission executed successfully,” Casler said. 

The training week at Dyess AFB offered a small step toward the integration phase of weapons school. The most relevant ideal instructors want to convey is opening the students’ eyes on the different resources and weapons platforms available, not just the C-130 or what they are most comfortable with. 

“We want to create the best instructors to teach the rest of the C-130 core and to do that they need a perspective that is much bigger to see where we fit in during the bigger battle,” Casler said. “The long term goal is to create leaders in the Air Force from the C-130 community who can understand more than the Mobility Air Force.”

The training mission began with a B-1B Lancer clearing targets at the destined airfield preparing the battle space for a special tactics global access team conducting a high-altitude low-opening military free fall jump into the battle space followed by three C-130Js postured for a hypothetical resupply of ammunition. 

Once the operators touched down, they simulated moving to objectives as C-130 were postured to provide resupply and the B-1B Lancer crews positioned themselves to provide close air support to the ground team.  

“Our main objective is to integrate the 77th and 29th WPS with special operations for real-world contingency ops,” said a Special Tactics Airman from the 24th SOW. 

All three entities contributed their capabilities to enhance understanding of each mission-design series in order to best support combatant commanders. 

“The students learn that communication is key, if all three agencies don’t communicate we would have a lot of conflict, everyone could do their job correctly and still not achieve the overall mission,” Casler said.

The goal of this level of training is to create a group of pilots, WSOs and operators who can take theory and strategically plan the potential action – in either a conventional or asymmetrical warfare environment – that will be needed or used to resolve a conflict or challenge. 

COMMENTARY >> Great Airmen with great responsibilities

By Col. Charles Brown
19th Airlift Wing commander

Many Airmen – enlisted and commissioned – enter the Air Force at young ages. Right out of the gate, new troops are trusted with immense responsibilities.

These responsibilities, no matter how large or small they may be, play a role in shaping our Airmen’s work ethic. Their work ethic reflects their loyalty and devotion to the Air Force. 

Staff Sgt. Tommy Duncan, 19th Security Forces K-9 trainer, is an example of an Airman who’s had great responsibilities entrusted to him, ultimately shaping the type of Airman he is today.  

Imagine multiple families gathering around an airport gate, eagerly awaiting their loved ones arrival with welcome home signs decorated with American flags. The first group of Airmen emerge and embrace their families. 

Tommy walks out of the gate with his military working dog Ricsi, and sees his wife. In that moment, while Tommy wants nothing more to hug his family, he must complete his mission to get Ricsi home.  After passing Ricsi to the waiting handler and completing the transfer paperwork, Tommy was able to reunite with his family. 

While deployed, Tommy volunteered to lead a project that would rebuild the kennels. The goal of the project was to boost the quality of life for the military working dogs. By volunteering to see the $1 million project to completion, Tommy extended his six-month deployment to eight months. 

For nearly a year, Tommy and Ricsi spent every single waking moment together. While they were deployed, Ricsi gave Tommy care and protection. Now Tommy felt he owed his partner the same by making sure his dog’s needs were met before his own even while travelling. 

Tommy couldn’t just check into a hotel and sleep until his next flight. For each layover, Tommy had to kennel Ricsi and check in every four hours. 

Tommy and Ricsi stopped four times before returning to Little Rock; taking them a week to return home. Most redeployers take about four days. 

Upon arriving, Tommy chose to walk past his family, friends and coworkers. He chose to walk past his wife, whom he had left after being married for two months. He chose to place their precious reunion on hold so he could complete his duty and care for Ricsi as he had cared for him. 

Tommy’s commitment to his mission demonstrates Service Before Self, a vital Air Force core value. Tommy and many other Airmen joined an organization to be part of something bigger than themselves. Their selfless dedication and sacrifice to this organization makes me proud to lead and serve with these Airmen. 

Our Airmen learn a variety of skills throughout the Air Force. Along with their skills, they gain and practice a superb work ethic that contributes to the world’s greatest Air Force, an Air Force driven by our Airmen. It is that work ethic, forged through responsibilities and dedication that our Airmen bring with them as they go on to accomplish great things across the globe.  

Friday, May 12, 2017

CLASSIFIEDS >> 051217

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE COMBAT AIRLIFTER CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT will take ads by phone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 982-9421, or you may mail your ad to 404 Graham Rd., Jacksonville, Ark. 72078. You may also e-mail them to combatairlifterclassifieds@arkansasleader.com Deadline to advertise in Friday’s issue is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

TRAINING/EDUCATION - Heavy equipment operator training in as little as 3 weeks! Backhoe, Loader, Dozer, Excavator, & Crane. VA benefits eligible. Visit careers.heavyequipmentcollege.com or call (877) 957-8886.**


SERVICES

ETHEL’S EDUCATIONAL Express Child Development Center is now accepting new enrollments and all vouchers. Summer School Program...Hurry, before all openings are taken. Call Ethel at (501) 241-1172 or (501) 747-8713 today!


HELP WANTED

IMMEDIATE HIRE, International company, with over 25 years in business, has 10-15 openings in local office. We are looking to expand our operations and need people to help advertise for our company. No experience needed. $350-$725 week to start. Call for interview, (501) 605-1303.

HELP WANTED: Need puppy lovers to care & sell. Need groomer. Apply in person: Arky Barky, 9714 Hwy. 107 (JFK) Sherwood.

CONTRACTORS NEEDED -  for several Open Work orders on bank foreclosed properties. Must provide own tools and truck. $1,500+ per week possible. Call 501-672-8080.**

PRODUCTION TECHNICIANS – Sage V Foods, Growing Co, Competitive Pay & Full Benefits  have immediate openings our Little Rock Facility: Pay up to $11 DOE. Must be open to working any shift plus weekends. Apply in person at: 5901 Sloane Dr., Little Rock, AR 72206. An EOE.**

TEAMS – NEED ASAP! CLASS A CDL TEAMS, DRIVE FOR FedEx GROUND! Harrison, LR & Memphis. START 50 CPM, SIGNING BONUS ON DAY ONE. Premium Mileage Pay, great benefits. HOME 2 DAYS PER WK.  Must have 1 yr. of exp.  and able to get doubles endorsement. Call/text for more info. 870-754-5100 or email: drivenow@outlook.com.**

JOIN OUR TEAM!  Little Rock Based Company is seeking OTR Drivers for our dry van division. Qualified applicants must be 23 years of age, have a Class A CDL with 2 years Verifiable Over the Road Experience. New pay package, Home every weekend, Paid holidays & vacation, Quarterly Safety Performance Bonus, Benefits (After 60 Days) Blue CrossMedical (We pay 50% of drivers), Delta Dental, Delta Vision & 401k (Matched Up To 4%). ThompsonTrans.net or call (501) 228-8800.**

DRIVERS- HELP WANTED - TRUCK DRIVERS- ATTN: OTR Drivers! Looking for a great new opportunity? Great home time, Great starting pay, and New equipment! Call today for more details 800-332-5551. Or visit our website DiamondStateTrucking.com.**


AUCTIONS

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AUCTION FRIDAY MAY 19, 2017. 350 & 392 HARRISON ST, BATESVILLE, ARKANSAS. SALE STARTS AT @ 10:30 AM - 350 Harrison St is currently vacant. It has 13,356 sq ft and the roof has recently been redone. 392 Harrison is currently rented for $800/month. It has 5,910 sq ft. Both have steel trusses w/block frames on a slab. Exteriors are brick & concrete block w/metal and rubber roofs. The property has electric service, natural gas, city water and sewer. Zoning is C-1 Commercial. FOR MORE INFORMATION, TERMS, DETAILS & PICTURES www.RonnieGayAuctions.com. 870-613-0387 AALB593.**


HORSES

HORSES: LUCKY Acres Boarding Stable, TLC for your horse, box stalls and paddocks, clean pastures, indoor and outdoor arenas, riding instruction and training program. Dressage our specialty. (501) 988-2458.


PETS

ARKY BARKY’S now open - great selection of beautiful puppies, guaranteed. Also, doing grooming & doggie supplies. 9714 Hwy. 107/JFK, Sherwood, (501) 819-6094.


LAWN & FARM

GET YOUR SPRING GRASS ON!! Bermuda $1.25 / sq yd* Meyers Z-52 Zoysia - $2.50/sq yd* Prices are COD on full truck loads in the LR area. Call 800-458-4756. Double Springs.**


MISC.

SAWMILLS from only $4397.00- MAKE & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship! FREE Info/DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com. 1-800-578-1363 Ext.300N.
SWEET CORN Coming Early June! Order Now! Esau Farms 870-382-5738 esausweetcorn.com.**

WANTED- 10 HOMES In your county needing METAL ROOFS, SIDING OR WINDOWS For Our before and after brochure.  Offer good for brick, frame or mobile homes. SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. We are opening a branch office and will be using these homes for our 2017 brochure. No money down financing. Payments *$89/Mo. *Free estimates. Senior/Military discounts. wac CALL NOW!! 866-668-8681.**

CARPORT FOR SALE - Protection Against pollen, hail, ice, snow, sun & falling limbs,  90mph wind & 20lb snow rating, 12’ wide x 20’ long $777 delivered, Call 800-643-8728, OD Funk Manufacturing Inc.**


HOUSES FOR RENT

COZY, ONE room studio apartments in Jacksonville. Bed pulls down from wall in Living Room in front of wood burning fireplace. Includes appliance filled kitchen. Starting at $325 plus utilities, deposit $200. No children or pets. Camp Construction, (501) 982-0434.

HOUSE FOR Lease/Purchase, Family home in NLR - Lakewood, 1952 sf, 3 BR/3 FB, ranch style home w/recent updates including laminate/tile, paint and new roof! Large, fully fenced backyard w/covered deck and carport, perfect for a boat! All contracts will be for lease w/option to purchase. $1,475 mo. Please call (570) 918-5327 for more information.

3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, approximately 1900 sq. ft., $1,300 month, $1,300 deposit, pets upon approval, available June 1, Cabot. (501) 425-8243.

3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, approximately 1500 sq. ft., pets upon approval, $1,100 month, $1,100 deposit. Available June 1, Cabot. (501) 425-8243.*


HOUSES FOR SALE

BEAUTIFUL HOME in Cabot! Please see full ad w/pics on MilitaryByOwner.com, search by MBO402659. Call or email us before it’s gone!


MOBILE HOMES

Have a title to your Car, Boat, or Mobile home? Get a new home with any trade-in! Call 501-653-3205.**


2 Bedroom Singlewide. Priced to sell FAST call 501-653-3202.**

TOP STORY >> Little Rock AFB spouse strives to make difference

By Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

In today’s society, there are many roles women play: wife, mother, business-owner, advocate, etc. 

Brittany Boccher, Armed Forces Insurance 2017 Air Force Spouse of the year, has many roles and fulfills them with passion. 

“I work harder now than I’ve ever worked in a paid position,” Boccher said. “I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing, and it’s something that I love. It’s a lot of hours and sleepless nights, but it’s worth every minute and it’s an honor to be able to do it.”

Boccher and her husband, Adam, Office of Special Investigations agent, have two children: their daughter, Harper, and their son, Blake. 

In addition to being a dedicated wife and mother, Boccher also serves as Little Rock AFB Spouse’s Club president and the founder of the Down Syndrome Advancement Coalition. In addition to being named AFI’s Air Force Spouse of the Year, she was recognized as AFI’s 2017 Top 18 Base-Level Spouses of the Year and named Little Rock AFB Spouse of the Year two years in a row. Boccher is also in the running for AFI’s 2017 Spouse of the Year, a service-wide competition.

“I’m passionate about two things,” Boccher said. “That’s being a military spouse and about the special needs community within the military.” 

In 2015, Boccher gave birth to her son who was born with Down syndrome. His birth motivated her to become an advocate for Down syndrome. 

“When my son was about a year old, I took him to the playground with my daughter and saw that he couldn’t do anything,” Boccher said. “He was unable to swing and unable to climb on anything. I spoke to the appropriate people and now, six months later, we have a special needs therapeutic swing on the playground.” 

More ideas kept coming to Boccher; she saw more changes could be made on base for special needs families. 

“I realized that shopping on and off base is difficult for families with special needs children,” Boccher said. “When they’re older and can’t fit in the cart, you’re either pushing the shopping cart or a stroller or trying to juggle both.” 

Boccher partnered with the base commissary to get a Caroline’s Cart, a special needs shopping cart, which fits from youth up to an adult-sized individual. 

“I feel like these changes will not only benefit the 400 families registered in the Exceptional Family Member Program, but all families,” Boccher said. 

Boccher’s main goal is to see a therapeutic swing and a Caroline’s Cart offered at all U.S. Air Force Bases. 

Boccher even made make changes within the community by creating the Down Syndrome Advancement Coalition. 

“The goal of the coalition is to work together with other Down syndrome organizations with the vision of establishing a Gigi’s Playhouse to central Arkansas,” Boccher said. 

Gigi’s Playhouse is a resource facility for people with Down syndrome. Even though the facility is tailored for individuals with Down syndrome, it’s open to all individuals with disabilities. 

Due to her achievements here, Boccher won the 2016 Little Rock AFB Spouse of the Year award. As a result, she was the choice for president of the Little Rock AFB Spouse’s Club.  

Boccher and her board members put the club back on the map by boosting club awareness and gaining 90 members. The Club has participated in fundraising projects such as Stuff the Pantry and Operation Homefront Backpack Brigade. They have also raised approximately $15,000 for scholarships, which they will distribute in May. 

Boccher’s passion for helping spouses comes from her own experience when she became a military spouse 12 years ago. 

“At first, I dug my feet into the military life,” Boccher said. “I didn’t want to move and leave my family, friends and job. I felt thrusted into a life that I really didn’t know. I find it so important to mentor new spouses and help them embrace this life and the opportunities the military affords.” 

In between being a Down syndrome advocate and the spouse’s club, Boccher plays her most important role as a mother.  

“The rest of the time, I’m mom,” Boccher said. “I’m cleaning, cooking and playing Barbies with my daughter then it’s midnight. I call the end of the day and the next thing I know six o’clock rolls around then I’m doing it all over again. I wouldn’t change it for anything.” 

The 2017 Military Spouse of the Year will be announced May 12. Until then, Boccher will continue to play her many roles as a mother, wife, business-owner and an advocate and while striving to make a difference.