Monday, May 19, 2008

CLASSIFIEDS >> 05-16-08


THE DROP ZONE 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, AR 72078. You may also email them to Deadline to advertise in Friday issue is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

THRIFT SHOP open to the public. MWF, 10 am to 2 pm, first Saturday monthly. Great bargains. All revenues used to support mission. Volunteers and donations welcome. Jacksonville Care Channel, 201 Elm, 982-4647.

AA Lunch group, meeting noon-1pm. Big book study group every Wednesday in room 106, base Chapel annex. Please come

Armed Force Day BBQ - delicious food, exciting games, excellent music - 2 pm., May 17 by dorm area basketball court. Sponsors - Dorm Council & Base Chapel.


RUMMAGE SALE, Friday, May 16, 8 a.m. til ?, side parking lot of Credit Union. All proceeds are matched dollar for dollar by AFCU. Men's, women's, children's, and household items.

YARD SALE- May 24th, (Sat.) at 127 Idaho Cir. (Base Housing, Lake Side) from 1000 to 1400. Tommy, (201)400-7161.


Drivers: Wanted Owner Operators! Top Pay! Good Weekly Miles! 90% No Touch! FSC Paid All Miles! Woodfield, Inc., 800-501-6020 x13.

Part-time office help needed in Jacksonville, 30-35 hrs. per week. Duties to include: filing, phone, data entry & light bookkeeping. Please mail resume to: P.O. Box 5646, Jacksonville, AR 72078 or e-mail to:


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.*


FREE KITTENS!! 985-9730

FREE SIBERIAN Husky, 1 yr. old female, spayed with all shots. 425-4996

FREE KITTEN, 743-5370

2 CATS, free to a good home. 1 siamese w/blue eyes, one brown tiger striped, from same litter, approx. 7 mos. old, house trained, very loving & attentive. (210) 381-6401 after 3 pm.

CAT, FREE to good home. Shelby is a five yr. old Tabby cat, gray w/white stripes. Indoor cat, hasn't been fixed or declawed. All shots current. 593-0403.

CATS NEED a home, indoor or outdoor, adult or kitten, many to choose from. Help me save their lives, pick one up soon. Leave a message at (501) 207-2524.

FREE DOG- New Foundland/Chow mix, we are letting her go because we're pcsing. Very nice dog, Tommy, (201) 400-7161


Two black metal loft beds (single size) each w/desk attached underneath, $100 ea. obo., 743-5370.

Lazyboy electric/heated Lift Chair/Recliner. Great for people w/mobility problems. 6 mos. old. Retail $1,400, Paid $1,000, asking $700. 835-7094

SOFA, flower print but comes w/Blue Slip Cover. Will deliver to Cabot or Base. $200 obo. (501) 941-1828, leave message, will send pics!


Black Entertainment Center w/coffee table, two end tables, $600; Black computer desk, $100; Beige micro-fiber sectional, $600. (501) 940-4430

MAYTAG WASHER & Dryer, great condition, white, extended warranty until 2010, $750. Must be able to pick up in Ward. (310) 925-6613

MISSION STYLE Solid oak futon w/new mattress, $125. 817-0714

TAN MICRO-SUEDE sofa & loveseat, excellent cond., $550. 1 yr. old. Stove, dishwasher, above range microwave- $250. All for $700. Jacksonville area. (501) 944-2621 for more info.

QUEEN MATTRESS, box spring and frame, Simmons. Beautyrest Elite, excellent condition, $125. 412-2593.

ROUND END tables , $35 for 2; Glass round table w/chairs, $110 obo.; Antique White Queen Wrought Iron Headboard, $150 obo. (501) 231-6383

Lane sofa/loveseat, $600; Curio cabinet, $150; 2-drawer oak filing cabinet, $75; "Icebox" end tables/lift-up coffee table, $150. (775) 830-8052

3 IN 1 Combo bassinet, changing table, crib by your bedside, remote control mobile, great condition, $50. 605-8049


FOUND: WATCH at the Commissary. Call to identify. 988-1767

LOST: YELLOW Gold Wedding Band, April 21, possibly at AR Federal Credit Union in Jax., reward, 843-1094.


8'x10' metal shed (1 yr. old) $150 obo. & 10.1 cubic feet Kenmore chest freezer, $50 obo. 258-6045

Char-broil Patio Caddie, propane grill. Good condition, no tank included. Bought new $150, sell for $50. (501) 366-1125.

DELL COMPUTER, flat screen w/printer/scanner/fax combo, $350 obo. 988-9568 for more info.

INFANT GIRL Crib set, lamp light, switch plate and wall hangings included. $75 obo. 988-9568

2-12" L7 Kicker solarbaric subs. Never used, factory price $300-$400 each. Sell both for $395 obo. (501) 912-0636 Andre.

WASHER & DRYER. Matching White Set. Original Manuals included. Excellent Condition. $400 set. Cynthia @ (501) 258-6057

TOASTMASTER TOASTER Oven Broiler & SUNBEAM Microwave Oven, both White. $45 set. Cynthia @ (501) 258-6057

YERF DOG Go Cart, Two seater, 6.5 HP Engine, roll cage and seat belts. Red in color. $400 obo. (501) 580-9942 for info.

BABY JOGGER, Twinner II (Double) - 20" wheels, 5 pt. harnesses, retractable sun shade, blue color, safety reflective strips, very good condition for $100, 833-6031.

BOWFLEX Exercise system, $500. 983-1009

Maternity clothes/misc., 41 pieces, M/L, for only $60. Call for details. (573) 578-0917, Cabot.

Kolcraft Light Vibes Rocking Bassinet, $45; J. Mason Safe Surround Playpen (Sesame Street), $25; Safety 1st Bathtub, $5. 573-578-0917 Cabot

COSTUMES: Shrek (2-4T) $5; Monkey (6-18m) $10; Skeleton (3-6m) $5. (573) 578-0917, Cabot.

Tigger Snowsuit (0-3m), $10; Bear Snowsuit (0-3m), $8; Coat w/Hood (18m), $5. (573) 578-0917, Cabot.

48 misc. pieces, M/L for only $10. Includes frames, mats, books, paper shredder, iron, etc. (573) 578-0917, Cabot.

Massage Table w/face cradle and arm rest. Burgandy. Makes a great permanent table, $225; Massage Office Software, $50. (501) 240-1095, leave message.

LEXMARK 1100 Color Jet Printer, $25; Kenwood 241A Transceiver, $85; Astron Power Supply, RS20A, $80; MJF Antenna Tuner 901, $75. 362-2206

MAYTAG WASHER & dryer, great cond., white, extended warranty until 2010, $600, must be able to pick up in Ward. (310) 925-6613, Cherry.

GRACO DOUBLE stroller, $75. 817-0714

120 FT. chain-link fence. 982-6341 after 5 p.m.

Matted kitchen picture frame, $18 for 2; Mattress & box springs (Bassett Double), $150. (501) 231-6383

KENMORE DRYER, super capacity gas dryer, works great, $50 (firm). (501) 628-8061

WASHER & Dryer, great condition, $150. 240-9146

WHITE UPRIGHT Freezer, next to new, exc. condition, $250. 240-9146

WHIRLPOOL DELUXE washer & dryer, large capacity, heavy duty, perfect condition, must sell, $285 cash. 224-6769

REFRIGERATOR, WHIRLPOOL Deluxe, newer side-by-side, perfect condition, moving, must sell, $485 cash. 224-6769

47" SAMSUNG TV, 5 yrs. old. Digital, cable ready, PIP. Great Living Room set. Orig. paid $1,600, sell for $400. Must go. (501) 951-5235

HUNTER CEILING fan, white, excellent condition, $20, 833-8307

BATHROOM LIGHT fixture brass w/globes, good condition, $12. 833-8307

EDDIE BAUER car seat, green & beige, good condition, $15. 833-8307

GRACO CARSEAT, blue & gray, good condition, $10.00. 833-8307

CHILD'S BEDROOM accessories, go w/Americana Look, pictures, twin bed sheets & spread, dust ruffles, stools & desk, will sell separately or together, call for prices, cheap! 833-8307

DELL COMPUTER/2004-19 in. TV screen desktop computer w/Pentium 4 processor. New hard drive, about two yrs. old. Printer/scanner also available & computer desk, black in color, $200. 593-0403.

AIR FORCE mess dress, 42S jacket, pants 35x29. $150. (850) 398-3749.

POOL TABLE 8 ft. slate w/red felt. Recently replaced all rails. Must sell, $400 obo. (740) 818-9695 Ryan

HOME GYM, check it out & make me an offer. MUST GO!!! Tommy, (201) 400-7161


1990 Corvette, Teal metallic green, tan leather, black trim, Exc. Cond., 77,000 orig. mi., eng. rebuilt w/only 4,600 miles. Everything works. $9,500, Steve, (501) 606-6672

2007 DODGE Charger, silver, custom wheels, 3.5 w/4,000 miles. Like new, sexy car, moving for work must sell. $19,999 obo. (501) 772-1388.

1999 Ford Expedition, Looks great, runs great. PCSing overseas-must sell. Low miles on new engine. $5,500. (501) 240-7430

2003 TOYOTA Tundra SR5 ext. cab. black, auto, power windows, door, cd, cass., gray int., new tires, 45,000 mi., (850) 398-3749 or (501) 255-9830 $14,900 obo.

1999 MAZDA 626 CS, V6, auto., pwr. sunroof, leather, looks and runs perfect. $4,000. 681-6324

2006 KIA Sedona LX Minivan. Blue, 30,000 mi., & great condition. $10,000. (501) 542-4018.

1985 HONDA Prelude, red, 120,000 miles, 27 mpg., Runs great! Interior rough, new stereo, have receipts & title. $900. (501) 766-4475

4 MICHELIN TIRES 235R70x16, xterrain, already mounted on Ford rims for Ford Explorer. Ex. Cond. $1,000 value for $400. 259-8828.

1997 HONDA Civic, Red & Black, Custom, 5-spd., PW, PL, Sunroof, Brand New Rims & Tires, Stage 2 performance clutch, 160,000 mi., $5,000 obo., William (501) 366-1470 To see it, lots of money invested, must sell

2001 HARLEY Davidson Electra-glide, electronic cruise and many extras, $11,000. 730-3583

2006 Pontiac Vibe, 21,600 mi., great condition, $12,000. 240-9146

1996 GMC Suburban 1500 SLT, Vortex V8, power everything, runs excellent, looks great, sofa leather seats, 130,000 miles, $4,995. 612-2865

1990 AUDI Turbo 200, power everything, pearl w/black leather int., sunroof, great car, 5 cyl., only $2,495. 612-2865

88 CADILLAC El Dorado Birattz, all orig., 104,000 miles, 4.5, exc. cond., collectors car. A steal at $6,000. 612-2865

93 MAZDA 626, P/W, auto., 4 cyl., sun roof, new trans., super clean, 122,000 miles, $2,495. 612-2865

2005 TOYOTA RAV 4, FWD, 5 cyl., auto., silver, non-smoker, L Pkg., garaged. Like new condition, 15,600 miles, 29 mpg. $17,200. obo. (501) 241-6802

1999 TOYOTA Corolla, gold paint. approx., 130,000 mi., 4 dr., great cond., engine runs, like new, never had any problems w/engine. Has gotten up to 35 mpg., plays CD, MP3, WMA. Must sell! (210) 381-6401 after 3 pm., Mon.-Fri., anytime on weekend.

2004 Silverado 4-dr. 2500 LS, $16,500 obo., truck has 69,300 mi., charcoal grey, Flow master True Dual Exhaust, KNN cold air intake system, 16x8 FOOSE wheels. Edgar (501) 680-7458


1994 CHEVROLET Full Size Blazer (2 door Tahoe/Yukon), 143,000 miles, no leaks, chrome wheels, GREAT shape. $5,000 obo. Derek @ 605-8304 (

1996 CHEVROLET Ext. cab Z71, Blue, loaded, billet grill w/clear lens, new A/C system, new trans., toolbox, clean truck. $4,500 obo. (501) 681-7188

2006 CHEVROLET Impala LT 3.5L, black w/gray int., 45,000 mi., new tires, On-star, XM, MP3 player, tinted windows, ext. 75,000 mi. warranty, gets 31 MPG, $14,000. (501) 681-7188


Harley Davidson 2003 Fatboy Anniversary Ed, black/silver, 3,900 miles. $14,500 (501) 240-2443

Larson 2002 190LXI ski boat, 4.3 Volvo, 190HP, 60 hours. $13,900 (501) 240-2443

1994 SUZUKI Intruder VS1400 Motorcycle, New Tires, New Rear Brake Rotor, New Seat, Windshield, Brand new custom blue paint w/ghost flames. $3,000.(501)743-6575

'06 YAMAHA 4x4 Kodiak 450. ONLY 30 hrs. used. Excellent/mint condition. 5 yr. Transferable Manufacture warranty. $5,900 obo. Thomas @ (501) 681-0037.

2004 HONDA 400 EX ATV, low hours, well-maintained, yellow, $2,800. (863) 521-1558, Mike.

20' STRATOS dual console V hull, loaded, low hrs., 200 Merc. trolling motor & trailer, all in good cond. $8,500, (870) 247-1177

17' MONARK Bass Boat, refurbished 5 yrs. ago, 2 live wells, 50 hp motor, trolling motor, fish finder & much more! Priced to sell! $3,500 obo email: (252) 767-2017

2006 FRONTIER RV Explorer 265, camper's dream, sleeps 7, 16' awning, many upgrades, $13,900. 240-4367


3 acre tree shaded lots. Chimney Rock Estates, Beebe. Paved streets, city water, Beebe schools. Buyer's normal closing costs paid. 5.5% financing available. No money down to qualified buyers. Call (501) 843-2774 or (501) 605-3847.


For Rent: Cabot. Available June 1st. $1,150/month plus security deposit. Pets on approval. 1,950 sq. ft., 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, fireplace, bonus room, covered patio, 2 car garage, fenced yard. No smoking. Contact Walt or Diann at (618) 549-5705 or

Beautiful 4 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath home on corner lot in exclusive Gap Creek, Sherwood. 2,550 sq. ft., office, bonus room, jacuzzi in master, tornado shelter, lots of space. $1,575 rent. (501) 833-0453

For Rent in Ward: 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, duplex, all electric, washer & dryer included. 1 year lease required. $650 month, $300 deposit. Please call (501) 941-2726 or (501) 258-8960

FOR RENT: nice 2, 3 & 4 Bedroom Mobile Homes on large lots in quiet safe park, close to LRAFB. New carpet and appliances, community pool. Starting at $300 per month plus deposit. HUD accepting. Call today and get TWO WEEKS FREE RENT. (501) 835-3450.

(2) 2 Bedroom Houses. Country living only 5 minutes to back gate. One: chain-link fence & pets allowed. Other: new hardwood floors. Both: ceiling fans & storage buildings. $400 rent + deposit (501) 837-0264, (501) 837-0268, (501) 988-5586.

Sherwood: #21 Lee Oaks. 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1,800 sq. ft., double garage, fenced yard,. No pets. 4800 month. (501) 834-1251.

Vilonia: Dove Creek, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 car garage, brick, 3 years old, kitchen island, fenced. Available 5/17/08, $850 month, $750 deposit. (501) 232-4560

Brand new duplex for rent in Ward: 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, all electric, washer & dryer included. 1 year lease required. $650 month, $300 deposit. Please call (501) 941-2726 or (501) 258-8960

Beautiful West LR House for Rent! 1,400 Lansing. 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2,300 sq. ft., 3 years old, dining room, large den, large master suite. Must see! $1,800 month, $900 deposit. Call Lana (501) 309-3668

Cabot: 3 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, 1,200 sq. ft., carport, has all appliances. Near Central Elementary. $725 month, $500 deposit. No inside pets. 425-7138

Gravel Ridge/Jacksonville: 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, large living room, large game room, fireplace, fenced yard. $800 month, $800 deposit. 1 year lease required. 31 North Valley Drive, 979-285-8464

House to Rent: 3 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, central heat & air, washer/dryer connections. No pets. $500 deposit, $700 rent. (501) 843-3383

Mobile Home, 14x70, newly remodeled, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, on 1 acre, Cabot Schools. $500 per month, deposit required. Call (501) 266-0045 or (501) 605-7200

Mark Avenue, Sherwood. 3 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, approximately 1,200 sq. ft., single car garage, sun room, fenced backyard, quiet neighborhood. Excellent condition. $110,500. Call Diane at 912-4343.


FSBO - Beautiful 2007 builder home. Cabot, new subdivision with lake. 1/3 acre, corner lot, 2351 Lakeshore Lane. 2,390 sq. ft., 3/4 Bedroom, 2 Bath + bonus room. $240. Call (501) 563-0420. Visit for more information.

Beebe area. 2,164 sq. ft. New Home on 3 acre lot, 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath. Large bonus room or 4th Bedroom. Electronic security system, gas log fireplace, 2 car garage. Large deck professionally landscaped, paved street. Reduced Price $229,500. To view home, call (501) 843-2774 or (501) 605-3847.

Gravel Ridge: 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, bonus room, 1,604 sq. ft., quiet cul-de-sac. Many updates, new kitchen counters & appliances, new roof in 2007. 10 minutes to Base. OPEN HOUSE 5/18, MLS #10188466, $123,500. (501) 952-8137

New home for sale by builder. Very nice 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, stainless steel appliances, fenced yard & many extras. 1,330 sq. ft., 402 Boston, Graham Settlement Subdivision, $135,000. (501) 982-9440

4 miles to Base. 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, $134,000. Option to buy furnished. House, furniture & appliances - one year old. Quality throughout. Energy efficient. Landscaped. Privacy fence. Storage building. Call (501) 241-0255 or cell (501) 366-5853

Gravel Ridge, 4 Creek Ridge Ct. FSBO. 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1,718 sq. ft., wood & tile floors, lots of updates, large fenced yard, cul-de-sac, quiet neighborhood, close to Airbase, $131,500. (501) 425-1323

FSBO: 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 car garage, eat-in kitchen, comes with washer & dryer. 1,269 sq. ft., 5 miles from LRAFB. $129,000. 201 Franklin St., Jacksonville. Contact Ebonie for details (501) 680-9086

TOP STORY >> Chief earns Guard’s ‘Red’ Erwin award

By Master Sgt. Bob Oldham
189th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

An Arkansas Air National Guard loadmaster was named the Air National Guard’s Henry E. “Red” Erwin Outstanding Career Aviator of the Year award, Senior NCO category, for calendar year 2007.

Chief Master Sgt. Richard W. Merriman, formerly with the 154th Training Squadron and now assigned to the 189th Operations Group, received the award based on his accomplishments, leadership and self improvement.

During 2007, the chief voluntarily deployed with the 39th Airlift Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, to support flying operations in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as well as operations in the Horn of Africa, flying 80 combat sorties and 23 combat support sorties, according to his nomination package.

He also flew 180 missions in support of Air Force and Air National Guard missions, Lt. Col. Greg Myers, 154th Training Squadron commander, wrote in the nomination package.

The chief also provided formal instructor training to newly assigned squadron instructors, ensuring new loadmasters understood the training syllabi and unit operating procedures.

Due to his leadership and expertise, he was hand picked to fill the vacant operations group standardization and evaluation loadmaster position.

On April 12, 1945, Erwin, an Air Force staff sergeant at the time and radio operator, was dropping phosphorus smoke bombs through a chute in the B-29’s floor on a raid of a chemical plant north of Tokyo, according to an Air Force fact sheet. Back then, it wasn’t uncommon for aircrew members to have several additional jobs in flight.

The fuse of a smoke bomb malfunctioned, “igniting the phosphorus, burning at 1,100 degrees.”

The canister “flew back up the chute and into Sergeant Erwin’s face, blinding him, searing off one ear and obliterating his nose. Smoke immediately filled the aircraft, making it impossible for the pilot to see the instrument panel,” according to the fact sheet.

Sergeant Erwin managed to carry the bomb to the cockpit and threw it out a window. The pilot was able to pull the aircraft out of a dive at about 300 feet above the water.

For his efforts that day, he received the Medal of Honor.

In 1997, the Air Force created the Henry E. Erwin Outstanding Enlisted Aircrew Member of the Year Award. It’s presented annually to an Airman, NCO and senior NCO in the active-duty or reserve forces. It goes to members of the flight engineering, loadmaster, air surveillance and related career fields.

It is only the second Air Force award named for an enlisted person.

COMMENTARY >> Planes, trains and automobiles: Educating mobility warriors

By Lt. Col. Nathan Allerheiligen
314th Airlift Wing director of readiness

Creating Combat Airlifters is only part of the Air Mobility community’s larger mission. We must also educate our brightest officers and NCOs in the higher arts of mobility management.

Far beyond just executing tactical airlift missions, the nation’s great mobility machine is powered and managed by US Transportation Command and the Defense Logistics Agency to provide men, equipment, and material to support combatant commanders worldwide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in peaceful, hostile and open combat environments.
In order to create that cadre of elite mobility warriors, the Air Mobility Command has partnered with Air Force Institute of Technology to create advanced education programs targeting mobility management, logistics operations, and supply chain theory.

The Advanced Study of Air Mobility program at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center is an intermediate developmental education program that provides a masters of air mobility during a 13-month long program for select Majors.
In addition to an AFIT accredited advanced degree, the 12 to 16 students receive briefings from combatant and major command commanders, tours of all unified combatant commands and interface with the premier companies in the mobility and supply-chain management fields.

Selection for ASAM follows the IDE selection cycle and process.

NCOs have recently been added to the pool of educated mobility warriors through the Enlisted-to-AFIT program.
This year, six NCOs were selected to receive advanced degrees from AFIT, two of them in Logistics Management.
The annual selection process begins in February with results announced by early April.

Continual education is at the core of any profession. Ensuring that Airmen obtain advanced degrees is a critical requirement to keeping our nation’s mobility machine running smoothly and efficiently.

Although the highlighted programs are extremely competitive, there are many other methods to obtain advanced degrees.
Go to in order to research the many opportunities provided by the Air Force.

VIEW FROM THE TOP >> Remembering fallen heroes

By Chief Master Sgt. Brooke McLean
314th Airlift Wing command chief

Over the course of this week, we have paused to remember two Little Rock AFB fallen heroes who paid the last full measure for our freedom and national security since the start of the Global War on Terrorism.

Staff Sgt. Dustin Peters and Staff Sgt. John Self were killed in action in Iraq while not only protecting our way of life but creating a better one for another nation. Our hearts are heavy for the void they left behind but we are grateful for their brave service and the painful sacrifice paid by their families. When asked whom to send, they answered: “Here am I. Send me.”

Our nation’s history is full of ordinary citizens who responded in similar fashion. For this reason, we pause on the last Monday of May and celebrate Memorial Day. This holiday was first officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11 and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

More recently, in an effort to help educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed in December of 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps."

Let us never forget our comrades-in-arms who have gone before us and please remember those who are currently deployed.

VIEW FROM THE TOP >> Back to basics

By Col. Mark Vlahos
314th Airlift Wing vice commander

Once again, congratulations to both AMC and AETC Team Little Rock members on a job well done during the operational readiness inspection.

Now that the ORI is complete, we need to get re-focused on the basics: mission, safe operations, timely performance reports, decorations and awards, and family. These basics can be summed-up in three words – mission, people, and family.
Safe flight and ground operations is critical to our mission.

Operational risk management processes allow us to infuse safety in everything we do from aircraft maintenance to the C-130 aircrew in the air. Flying is multifaceted and requires many people combining their individual expertise to accomplish the mission. ORM is the one common discipline that every member of the team must practice to accomplish the mission successfully and safely. ORM and safety is especially important in our training environment. Always remember, safe and effective flight and ground operations and training are Job One!

History has shown that we lose the most Airmen in off-duty accidents during the 101 critical days of summer. We all need to give this special focus as we head into this timeframe. Anybody who has heard me speak on the subject knows that my bumper sticker is: It's at the tactical level of leadership that lives are saved. This is true in combat, at home station, and off-duty. Commanders and supervisors, encourage your people to get out this summer and have fun, however remind them as Chief McLean did in his article last week, ". . . make sure you take your brain with you."

A key part of rewarding and taking care of our people, is timely performance reports, decorations, and awards. Timeliness is important, not just because the boss is tracking rates, but because we always want our Airmen to meet a promotion board with a current report on top--there is no excuse for not doing this! With regard to decorations ... get them done before Airmen PCS out -- pin'em where they win'em!

Make sure you and those you supervise take some much earned leave to unwind. Spend time with your families, they most likely need a much deserved break also. Our families are our first line of support. Take care of them and keep them strong because the role they play in our lives and AF is critical.

Nothing I've said here today is new, much of this is leadership 101. I do feel it is important to review the basics from time to time -- basics set the foundation for doctrine, core values, and help us strive to maintain a standard of excellence everyday! Thank you for all that you do to keep this nation strong. Combat Airlift!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

TOP STORY >> WW II-era airport could roar back to life

By Master Sgt. Bob Oldham
189th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A North-Central Arkansas airport may soon be alive again with the hum of military aircraft engines, similar to the way it was in the 1940s when Army Air Force pilots trained there.

Members of the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 154th Training Squadron hope to begin using the Walnut Ridge Airport later this year as a night-vision goggle training base. A change to the C-130 Instructor School training syllabus last month has the Guard looking for an airport that’s close by and can meet operational requirements.

“Walnut Ridge is a great place because it gives us a low-traffic, low-light environment for NVG training,” said Maj. Tom Parker, the squadron’s scheduling officer and project officer for finding a suitable location to conduct the required training.

A mere 20 minutes away by C-130, the Walnut Ridge Airport would help clear the local pattern of aircraft during the base’s night missions and potentially save fuel – the wing’s second highest cost these days, behind pay for personnel.

Major Parker said that since the syllabus changed, the unit has been busy developing operating guidelines and possible locations to conduct the training. If approved, he said he sees the squadron’s cargo aircraft flying in and out of Walnut Ridge by October.

Unit members scouted the airport May 3, the same day the airport held an air show and FAA Safety Fly-in. The wing sought and received approval from the Air Force to participate in the air show.

Aviators and local community members toured various helicopters, law enforcement and civilian aircraft parked on the tarmac. But by far, the C-130 was the largest attraction.

The airport, established in 1942, served as a training base for some of the Army Air Force’s aviators before they shipped off for war. More than 5,300 pilots entered Army Air Forces Training Command at Walnut Ridge – a precursor to the current-day Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command.

Students flew BT-13 and BT-15 Valiants made by Vultee. The only difference between the two aircraft was the BT-13 had a Pratt and Whitney engine, the BT-15 had a Wright engine.

“[The pilots] called it a Vultee Vibrator because it shook so much,” said Harold Johnson, Walnut Ridge Army Flying Museum president.

Construction started on the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School on June 20, 1942. The first pilots began training Oct. 12, 1942. The base was built to support more than 5,000 military personnel, and nearly 1,000 civilians. It had three 5,000-foot runways, a 2.7 million square foot apron and three hangars. A museum sits on the grounds today, highlighting the old base’s accomplishments.

For more information about the training conducted at Walnut Ridge, go to the museum’s Web site:

COMMENTARY >> 'You complete me' – A tribute to our unsung heroes

By Maj. Deborah Dusek
314th Communications Squadron commander

At one point in the movie, "Jerry McGuire," Tom Cruise looks at RenĂ©e Zellweger and says to her, “You complete me.”
I know that for some people, this line in the movie is extremely tawdry, however, for others it rings true to how they feel about their spouses and children.

Even though I do not have a spouse or children, I believe the support of spouses and children does complete our Airmen in today’s Air Force.

The Air Force family is a wonderful body and we would not be nearly as happy, productive or driven if not for the wonderful people who stand beside us each day.

Just look around you at all the love and support during the last six months (give or take a few months) as Little Rock Air Force Base prepared for the Operational Readiness Inspection.

Even as our Airmen put in overtime, their spouses and children were too. They were relegated to do more errands, cook more meals and tend to their children’s needs even more so than when the pace on base is a bit slower.

Now some spouses may feel their efforts are in vain, or they are not recognized for what they are doing beside their spouses or that their efforts do not help the morale and welfare of others around the different organizations on the base. I beg to differ; being a commander, I hear from many different Airmen just how wonderful his or her spouse is every day. They rave about the fact their wife made the entire shop muffins one morning, or that “without her in my life, I would not be able to function.”

It is so fulfilling for me, as commander, to hear such pride and love rolling off the tongues of my Airmen.

I just love walking around the Communications Squadron and gazing at all the photos of loved ones at home.

Because we work such long hours and spend more time here at work, it is important for the Airmen to glance down at their photos every so often to remember why they raised their right hand and why they decided to reenlist for another four years.
It is because they want to provide a nice home for their families and to ensure that our nation is kept free from tyranny and terrorism for future decades.

I definitely believe in Tom Cruise’s line ... our military spouses and children do “complete” the men and women of our Air Force.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our military members’ spouses and children of for all they do behind the scenes, for the squadron and especially for standing proud beside their spouses and parents everyday.

VIEW FROM THE TOP >> Risk management in all we do

By Chief Master Sgt. Brooke McLean
314th Airlift Wing command chief

In the past two weeks, Air Education and Training Command has experienced two aircraft accidents with the tragic loss of four lives. Four Airmen lost and the lives of at least four families altered forever. These events remind us that our chosen profession is dangerous and comes with certain inherent risks.

I’ve heard it said that safety is paramount but that isn’t necessarily true. If we made safety paramount and did the safest possible thing, we wouldn’t fly, we wouldn’t put convoys on the roads of Iraq and we wouldn’t live anywhere close to tornado alley.

What is paramount in everything we do is risk management. Our Air Force has done a good job of educating the force in Operational Risk Management and we routinely measure the risks of an event, whether flying a sortie or driving on snow covered roads, and make leadership decisions based on established criteria. What I believe we don’t do well is transport that valuable training, experience, and judgment into our personal lives.

The summer season and the 101 critical days of summer are nearly on us and statistically this is the most dangerous time of year for off-duty Airmen. Playing in the sunshine is one of my favorite things to do but I can honestly say I haven’t always been smart about it and used common sense. Before I joined the Air Force, I owned a motorcycle and it wasn’t uncommon for my friends and me to ride to the lake wearing shorts and flip-flops. That’s it. No helmet, no jacket, gloves, and clearly no brain. I shiver at the thought of the DUMB risk I took each time I did that and how the life of my mother might have been shattered by my stupidity.

Please enjoy the summer and get away from work for some much deserved time off but make sure you take your brain with you. We work in a dangerous business and losing one Airman is too many but please use common sense and take your ORM skills with you this summer.

VIEW FROM THE TOP >> Moms – Our biggest fans

By Col. Mark Vlahos
314th Airlift Wing vice commander

Whenever someone introduces me as a guest speaker by reading my bio, typically, the first thing I say is "I wish my mother was here ... she would believe half of that!" This is because our moms ARE our biggest fans.

In 1907, a schoolteacher from Philadelphia named Anna Jarvis decided to find a way to pay tribute to her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. After soliciting the help of hundreds of legislators and well-known business leaders, Mrs. Jarvis was able to honor her mother in a quiet church service with white carnations – her mother's favorite flower. Her continued effort to garner more national recognition for mothers was rewarded when in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May a national holiday to appreciate mothers.

There are approximately 64,000 women in the Air Force, many of whom are mothers. There are also many mothers supporting a spouse in uniform.

We owe a lot to these women because of their dedication to the mission at work and for their dedication to the mission of raising the future generation at home. Many endure long separations from their children in defense of freedom. Others who are supporting a spouse in uniform often endure long separations and take on responsibilities normally shared by two.

While we've come a very long way in the area of family support, it is the stay-behind mom who bears the brunt of the separation caused by deployments. Many mothers are too proud to ask for help even if they need it – they power through problems on their own. The job of a mother, in or out of uniform, is the toughest job but one that is much respected and appreciated in our society. My hat's off to all mothers out there!

Mothers are increasingly organizing to leverage their support and influence in the country. Several organizations such as Blue Star Mothers of America began their support of the nation's military men and women during WW II and it has continued through to today's Global War on Terrorism. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is dedicated to keeping drunks from getting behind the wheel of a car and putting themselves and the lives of others, especially children, at risk. The "soccer mom" remains a significant voting bloc in national elections and according to consultant Mary Bailey, mothers control 85 percent of household spending which amounts to $2.1 trillion in annually. When mothers speaks on matters of safety, convenience and appropriateness, corporate America listens.

Mothers are leaders. They lead in the home, in the boardroom and classroom, on the frontline and home front. They raise the nation's future leaders with a special mixture of nurture and discipline. We are better individuals and a stronger nation because of the love and leadership they provide.

Have a great, safe weekend and remember to take time on Sunday to thank all those who fulfill the role of mother in our lives. Combat Airlift!

Friday, May 2, 2008

TOP STORY >> 96th APS celebrates 33rd year

By Airman First Class Nathan Allen
314th Airlift Wing public affairs

Tracing its origins back to 1975, the 96th Aerial Port Squadron has been operating on Little Rock Air Force Base for nearly 28 years, but you may have never known it.

“A lot of people get out of their units all over the air base and don’t know where they’re going to go, but this is a great place to go, and not a lot of people know we’re here,” said Capt. Joseph Terry, 96th Aerial Port Squadron officer in charge cargo section and passenger terminal.

In addition to supplementing the 314th Logistics Readiness squadron with deployments and backfilling with man days when needed, the primary function of the 96th APS is to train combat ready world class aerial transporters.

“We get the war fighters where they need to be,” said Captain Terry. “The 96th Aerial Port Squadron functions within the Air Force Reserve. We do a lot of AEF rotations. We rotate out just like our active duty counterparts here on base. We function just like any other Aerial Port Squadron. We don’t deviate in any way. We train the same ways they do.”

“Basically the two things that we do are move people and cargo,” Captain Terry said. “We don’t fly with the airplanes but we work around them. Cargo, pallets, rolling stock, it could be anything as far as equipment, supply or passengers. We put them on the airplane. We have the same requirements as far as loading airplanes as the 314th LRS does, we’re just reservists.”

“We have approximately 126 people here. They come from all walks of life. We have schoolteachers, government workers, and farmers who all come here and do the mission that is required of us.”

According to Senior Master Sgt. Cynthia Underwood, 96th Aerial Port Squadron superintendent, members of the squadron have to undergo the same training and be ready to do the same jobs as their active duty counterparts, but in a fraction of the time.
“We have to get the training done and be ready to go 24 days out of the year and be ready to go do the same job.”

Sergeant Underwood says that there is a certain pride that comes with wearing the uniform part time.

“When a reservist gets off of their civilian job Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., and pack their bag on Saturday morning, get up and put on their uniform and come in to do this mission, I think it makes it a little bit more special,” she said. “That is a big difference from putting on the uniform every day.”

COMMENTARY >> How does contracting work?

By Lt. Col. Mitchell Appley
314th Contracting Squadron commander

It’s the end of June, and the boss comes to you with a hot requirement to purchase a new audio visual system for your unit’s conference room.

You do some market research of your own and find out that a system, with the features and specifications you need, will probably cost about $50,000. You realize the purchase will need to be made through the contracting squadron but you’re not sure how to get started and panic begins to set in.

We understand that the acquisition process can sometimes seem complicated and confusing especially if it’s the first time you’ve prepared a requirement’s package.

The 314th Contracting Squadron is committed to providing you with the best possible acquisition support that we can, and we’ve developed some resources we hope can help.

A good place to get started is on the 314th Contracting Squadron community of practice where you’ll be able to find and access squadron points of contact, our customer guide, a cheat sheet for preparing your AF Form 9, resource management training and other useful information.

Here are a few important tips to remember to help the acquisition process go smoother:

• DO contact us as soon as you know of a requirement!

• If you’re the resource advisor, remind your commander or management team to keep you involved and if you’re a
commander or project officer, keep your resource advisor involved!

• DO ensure someone who knows about the requirement will be available to answer the contracting officer’s questions, especially in September!

• DO provide an “approved” civil engineer work request, Air Force Form 332, with your Air Force Form 9 for the purchase or modification of real property. Examples: Installation of equipment requiring wiring (audio visual or PA equipment); equipment to be attached to the walls or floors (space saver filing systems, chapel pews)

• Before you go to the trouble of preparing an AF Form 9 for anything computer-related – hardware, software, or information technology services – contact the base equipment control officer 987-8265 or the wing information assurance office at 987-8628 for guidance

• DON’T hold your requirement package because you are waiting for quotes or because you don’t know exactly what you want. Contracting can assist with market research and save you time and money!

• DON’T ask a contractor to come out and look at your conference room, office setup, furniture or anything else. Why? 1. You can be charged for the visit. 2. There’s no guarantee that contracting will award to the vendor you “selected.” 3. You could easily compromise the entire process.

So remember there’s no need to panic about how to get that hot requirement on contract for your boss.

Call the contracting squadron first and we will aggressively work with you to define requirements, identify optimum acquisition solutions and deliver the right products and services to meet your mission requirements.

VIEW FROM THE TOP >> An honorable guard

By Chief Master Sgt. Brooke McLean
314th Airlift Wing command chief

I watched another group of individuals make a significant step in their military progression two weeks ago as we graduated eight more Honor Guard members to serve Team Little Rock. As I watched the individuals perform the precision movements that characterize our Honor Guard, I reflected on what each of them mean to our community and to me, individually.

For our community, the Honor Guard provides invaluable services ranging from presenting our Nation's Colors to training and interaction with JROTC detachments to military funerals. Many of us are blessed to see these professional Airmen perform their details on a regular basis-we appreciate them for their dignity, appearance, and precision. Some in the community, especially the smaller outlying towns, see the Honor Guard infrequently. In fact, since our Honor Guard's area of responsibility covers the entire state of Arkansas, for some small community residents, the Honor Guard may be the only person in uniform they ever see. Those Honor Guard members become the Air Force in the eyes of those people ... and we cannot fail to represent our service well to the citizens we serve.

Individually, I thought about the significance of the military funeral and the role our Honor Guard plays in providing the ultimate tribute to a fallen comrade. Whether active duty, veteran, or retiree, I can think of no higher honor than having the cloth of our nation draped over the casket of someone who served their country. For the surviving family, having an Honor Guard detail perform must represent the ultimate farewell by comrades in arms. It would bring me great comfort to know my family member served with individuals the caliber we see in our Honor Guard.

To all Honor Guard members, past, present, and future, I offer my sincere thanks to you for your service and for how well you represent everyone who wears the uniform.

VIEW FROM THE TOP >> Wingman Day – Remember to care

By Col. Mark Vlahos
314th Airlift Wing vice commander

Today, our Air Force faces tough challenges. We just came through a demanding Operational Readiness Inspection, and amidst everything we continue to fight a long war against terrorism.

However, in the midst of dominating the realms of air, space and cyberspace worldwide, we can never lose sight of what is most important--our Airmen. I am an Airmen and very proud of it. I would not be here today as a Vice Wing Commander if it were not for some great Airmen who took care of me in my career. Let’s make sure we do the same for each other.

Our last DUI happened 24 days ago, and we stand at 11 DUI’s so far for the fiscal year. The foundation of the Wingman philosophy is Airmen helping Airmen. From the first day a new Airman - enlisted, officer, or civilian – joins the Air Force they are introduced to the “Wingman culture.”

This is because we need to make this concept as central to our thinking as our individual devotion to the three core values. Establishing the Wingman culture requires commitment from each of us. It’s an ideology that must permeate everything we do and be implemented everywhere we go; on and off-base, on and off-duty, day in and day out. I believe lives our saved at the tactical level of leadership; this is where the Wingman concept kicks in and works!

There are a few fundamental elements of being a good Wingman. The first is building relationships. Caring about our fellow Airmen and knowing them well enough to recognize when they need our help and support, or in some cases, intervention.
Each Airman must have a strong moral compass that helps us make responsible choices.

When we see our Wingman struggling in a compromising situation, we can provide the moral support to overcome the challenge. We must always encourage each other to do the right thing – a direct tie back to our core values. The last essential is teamwork. Wingmen never work alone.

Deployments, family expectations, financial concerns and sometimes adverse job requirements are all stressors. Nobody can do our mission like we do, and we can’t do it without each other. So, do you have a Wingman? If you don't, I strongly urge you go find one. There is no higher calling than to be a Wingman for a fellow Airmen.

Take advantage of next week’s Wingman Day by participating in the activities your units have set up to grow your relationships with fellow Airmen.

Take time to build your team and provide the mutual support that ensures we can get the mission done and take care of each other, regardless of the challenge. Thank you for everything you do; be proud to call yourself and Airmen in the world’s greatest Air Force, and let’s enjoy our Wingman Day!

Combat Airlift!