Thursday, October 30, 2008

COMMENTARY>>Back to Basics: Staying in focus

By Lt. Col. Chris Kennedy
Det 3, AMCAOS Operations Officer

It’s no secret that today’s Air Force is busier than at any time in its 61 year history. In a recent speech to the Air Force Association, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz stated there are currently more than 28,000 Airmen deployed supporting operations in 63 separate locations in Central Command, another 5,000 supporting contingency operations, and many others performing vital homeland security and various missions around the globe. Truly, the sun never sets on the United States Air Force.

Combat Airlift plays a vital role in these operations contributing in large numbers to the more than 300 sorties per day over the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan, supporting our brothers-in-arms performing missions such as convoy support and base defense, and delivering aid to those in need after two hurricanes hit our nation’s coastline.

With all these on-going and short notice taskings, it becomes very easy to lose focus on accomplishing our “routine” home station mission. Insidiously, complacency creeps into our daily home stations operations. The way to fight complacency is to get back to basics. So, how do we do this?

A former wing commander of mine used “the three fingers” technique of refocusing his Airmen. First, take care of yourself. You must take some time for yourself every once in a while to recharge your batteries. Second, take care of your family. It is imperative that your family’s needs be met, so while performing the mission, you don’t have to worry. Finally he would say, whatever is left would be enough to accomplish the mission.

While the first two will help focus you, especially while deployed, I believe it takes more to keep our focus while at home station. We must ensure we don’t take the approach that we can accomplish a task simply because we’ve done it a hundred times before. Home station is the time to “get back into the books” and ensure we are accomplishing the tasks at hand the correct way. So while back at home, take the extra time to plan the mission, research the contract and troubleshoot the problem, no matter what your specialty, to ensure mistakes are not made due to complacency.

VIEW FROM TOP>>Being Ready, Willing, Able

By Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley
19th Airlift Wing command chief

Each day our United States Air Force has 33,000 personnel deployed around the world. This number is even more astounding when you look at what we are required to do in the many locations that we travel. From setting up operations in places that were once dense jungles, to providing airlift and security training for partner nations, Airmen continue to execute the military arm of our national strategy in a dedicated manner.

At Team Little Rock we are constantly sending our Airmen to engage in activities such as humanitarian relief, medical support, logistics continuity, command and control and base operating support. These missions are vital and will likely go on for the foreseeable future.

First, please do all you can to be as ready for your mission as possible if your name is called. Safety is something that we focus on daily; checklist discipline and attention to detail can be the difference between success and failure. Secondly, take the time to ensure that your personal and family matters are in order – simple things like ensuring you have a good plan to meet financial obligations while establishing support systems for those that you leave on the home front.

The challenges of deployments also create stress on the workplace at home station. There are still activities that have to be done daily at Team Little Rock and those who are here can feel the stress of keeping the ball rolling. So as we reach forward to do our nation’s business, we must continue to do all we can to take care of those who go as well as those who are behind. I’m asking you to reach out to those that are deployed and their families, and do all you can to support one another here on this end.

Combat Airlift!

VIEW FROM TOP>>Voting – It’s your right

By Brig. Gen. Rowayne A. Schatz, Jr.
19th Airlift Wing commander

Today Team Little Rock offers a warm Combat Airlift welcome to Gen. Arthur Lichte, Commander of Air Mobility Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Barron, the Command Chief Master Sergeant of Air Mobility Command, for an official base visit.

This is General Lichte’s and Chief Barron’s first visit to Little Rock AFB since the 19th Airlift Wing took over host wing responsibilities under Air Mobility Command on Oct. 1. We’re looking forward to showing off our outstanding Airmen and our
Combat Airlift spirit to our distinguished visitors!

Nearly 145 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches in history – the Gettysburg Address. His speech was concise…less than 300 words…direct, and very clear. Most of us only know the first sentence of this great address, which came in the wake of the bloodiest battle of a great civil war – a civil war that cost America more lives than any other war in our history.

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” These words are forever etched in history, but the impact of this opening sentence was small in comparison to the magnitude of the words that followed. As service members, we should pay special attention to the remainder of the Gettysburg Address. During this time when our country was relatively young, President Lincoln both recognized the cost of constructing a government by the people and for the people while simultaneously laying the framework for what our government would become. However, at heart, the Gettysburg Address is not truly about government. It is a thank you letter written from a grateful man to current and future generations of military members. It is a thank you letter to you and me.

The brave Soldiers and Sailors who died in the Civil War, and every generation of military person who has given their last full measure of devotion did so to keep our government alive. You and I are part of this legacy. It is because of this heritage that we now prepare to elect a new commander-in-chief, that we remember this fact. We, and those who have served before us, have earned the right to choose our president and those who represent us. Without our sacrifices, there would be no right to vote, and with no right to vote, there would be no democracy.

Vote because you care about your community. Vote because you believe in a free country where you elect your leaders. Most of all, vote because you have earned the right to.

Thank you for your service.

Combat Airlift!

TOP STORY > >City of Jacksonville donates $5 million to Air Force

By Senior Airman Jason Elkins
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The City of Jacksonville’s 31,000 residents will soon donate $5 million to help construct a new education center for Little Rock Air Force Base and the local community.

The citizens of Jacksonville raised $5 million through a 2003 sales tax to help the Air Force build a joint education center for local citizens and Airmen stationed at the base. The Air Force will fund the remaining $9.8 million cost of the facility. While it’s one of the largest single donations to the Air Force, it’s not the first time the city has given the Air Force a large gift. In 1951, local citizens raised over $1 million to purchase land to build Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville.

Construction of the $14.8 million Joint Education Center is a unique venture, between the City of Jacksonville and the United States Air Force to provide higher educational opportunities for military members, their families and local citizens alike. The facility, which will be located outside the base’s gates for easy access, will contain classrooms and offices for several colleges offering classes in a wide variety of degree programs.

Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Swaim, will present the city’s $5 million donation to the Air Force on today during the Little Rock AFB Community Council meeting. Gen. Arthur J. Lichte, Air Mobility Command commander, will accept the city’s donation on behalf of the Air Force.

“Jacksonville citizens have a long history of financial support to the base,” said Mayor Swaim. The project serves to strengthen an already strong bond between the City of Jacksonville, its citizens, and Little Rock Air Force Base.

“The citizens of Jacksonville helped start the base by raising $1 million to purchase the land, now they’re handing us a $5 million check to build a joint education center. This level of community support is unprecedented,” said Brig. Gen. Rowayne A. Schatz, 19th Airlift Wing commander. “The base is in need of a new educational facility for our Airmen and their families to further their education. Like always our community partners are ready to support the men and women who defend our nation day in and day out.”

The center will offer a “world-class learning environment” while offering easier access for students and employees coming from off base, according to James McKinnie, 19th Civil Engineering Squadron programs flight chief. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Mr. McKinnie.

Construction of the center is tentatively scheduled to finish in August or September of 2010.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

TOP STORY > >Civic leaders from 7 states see base, learn about Air National Guard

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

Fifty-five civic leaders from seven states climbed on aircraft, viewed C-130 simulators, fired rifles in a firearm training simulator and received briefings here Oct. 23 as part of the Air National Guard’s Business and Industry Days.

Additionally, they flew on Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters to nearby Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock to watch an airfield assault demonstration. To close the event, they witnessed a formal retreat ceremony.

Lt. Gen. Craig McKinley, Director of the Air National Guard, said the need for employer support of Guard members is at an all-time high.

“We’re at war, and it’s a long war,” General McKinley said in a media interview on the base’s flightline. “We’ve got to continue to outreach to the community.”

Three main efforts drive that outreach: to ensure families are well taken care of, to ensure Guard members are taken care of and to ensure employers understand a Guard member’s sacrifice. “Today, we’re focusing on the employers,” General McKinley said.

One message the general said he tells employers is that Guard members bring sought-after characteristics to any job.

“The National Guard brings great qualities to the work force - the military workforce and the civilian workforce,” General McKinley said. “We’re a drug-free organization. We have high physical fitness standards. Our education standards are extremely high.”

Employers were enthusiastic in their support of the Guard.

“We cherish our Guard members,” said Vincent Horton, Geo Group, Inc. from Hobbs, N.M. “We know and understand what we need to do to meet their needs.”

Another employer said B&I Days opened her eyes.

“I’m getting ready to hire, and this excellent program today is putting a new light on my hiring decision,” said Carla Helton, with the U.S. Postal Service in Candenton, Mo.

Local military leaders were happy to show off the state’s capabilities.

“We think this is a great opportunity to showcase not only the 189th [Airlift Wing] but the Air National Guard in this region of the United States and demonstrate employer support to the Guard and Reserve and express our appreciation for everything [employers] do,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Wofford, Arkansas’ adjutant general.

Civic leaders came from Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.

Brig. Gen. Riley Porter, Arkansas Air National Guard commander, echoed General McKinley’s comments. General Porter owns a family business in Helena-West Helena, Ark., and said he knows first-hand the challenges small business owners face when making personnel decisions.

“[Guard members] come with a set of values employers are looking for,” he said, citing integrity, service before self and excellence in duty performance. He said those same Air Force core values are also appreciated by the civilian workforce. (Arkansas Army Guard Staff Sgt. Chris Durney contributed to this article.)

COMMENTARY>>No one comes close...keep it that way

By Maj. Christopher Ford
19th Security Forces Squadron commander

Once again, I cannot take credit for the theme of my editorial. Much like my previous article, the inspiration for this one comes from a chief master sergeant; as do so many great ideas throughout the Air Force. My first article was inspired by Chief Master Sgt. Brooke McLean. The theme of this article comes from retired Chief Master Sgt. Ken McTague.

After serving our nation for 30 years, 10 years as a chief master sergeant, Chief McTague concluded his career and his speech at his retirement ceremony with these inspirational words, “No one comes close…keep it that way.” While the motto for the Air Force has changed over the years from “Aim High,” to “No One Comes Close,” to “Above All” the basic principle has not changed, we are the world’s number one Air and Space Power and we cannot afford to let that status change. As Chief McTague passed the baton to the next generation of Air Force leaders, he challenged each one to ensure our status as the world’s premier Air Force never changes.

As the new chief of staff of the Air Force has reiterated since his first day in his current position, our Air Force team must get back to the basics. By returning to our core skills, refining our expertise and renewing our dedication to our core values of integrity, excellence and service, we can and will succeed in regaining the confidence of our citizens and our nation’s leaders. More importantly, we will succeed in meeting our nation’s goals of winning today’s fight against terrorism.

In the joint fight, air and space power are critical elements required for the successful execution of the combatant commander’s mission. Although some of us at The Rock feel far removed from the operations in the area of responsibility, each one of us plays a vital role in executing our wartime mission today and in the future. As I tell my Airmen, we may not be at the tip of the arrow every day, but an arrow cannot fly straight if the quivers are not properly aligned. Even from an in-garrison location, we have significant impacts on the warfighter and the execution of the joint fight.

So “Aim High” to exceed your own expectations! Ensure “No One Comes Close” by striving for continuous improvement of subordinates and peers alike. And help the United States Air Force remain “Above All” other air forces throughout the world so that every citizen may enjoy freedom and so that every soldier, sailor and marine who depends on our unique skills in Air and Space enjoys the freedom of movement necessary to win the fight and return home safely.

VIEW FROM TOP>>Can you make lemonade?

By Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley
19th Airlift Wing command chief

I’ve often heard the statement that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. Many of us are faced with difficult situations whether it’s maintaining our aging air fleet, balancing our household budgets or handling health related concerns.

The difference between looking at rotting lemons and enjoying the refreshing taste of lemonade is our attitude and our actions.

If necessity is truly the mother of invention, then we have opportunities to birth many improvements to our work and living environments. If not handled correctly our challenges can turn into burdens that can stress us to the point of breaking. I believe that worrying has never solved any problems, but it has caused many more. So we must endeavor to look at our situations in different ways as we are more fiscally strained and stretched with requirements.

Many people I know have started to adjust how they spend their money; sacrificing the short term pleasures for long term security. In my house we have tightened up on unnecessary spending. Gen. Schatz has challenged our wing to find more efficient ways to get our jobs done; because he understands that we cannot continue to do more with less. We are looking at doing less with less. The 19th Airlift Wing is currently studying programs that may not be necessary to run anymore due to manning.

All of these represent us looking at our situations and making them better for our wing, families and local community. Each of you is the key to these initiatives being successful. Please look at the 90 percent of the situation you own, which is your reaction to the 10 percent that happens to you. If we all work together, we can all enjoy the lemonade that we all create together.

Combat Airlift!

VIEW FROM TOP>>Great work Team Little Rock

By Brig. Gen. Rowayne A. Schatz, Jr.
19th Airlift Wing commander

Congratulations to everyone involved in last weekend’s air show. It was a tremendous success! The roars we heard of the engines storming through the skies over the Rock were a tribute to you, our community and this great nation we all serve. A common compliment I heard from many of the traveling performers who frequent air shows all over the country was that the hospitality they experienced at the Rock was some of the best they’d ever seen. I pass along their thanks to all of you...each Airman and volunteer from the base and the community who played their part in pulling off an exciting and memorable moment in Little Rock AFB history.

Gen. Arthur J. Lichte, Air Mobility Command commander, will be visiting the home of Combat prepared to talk about your part in this important mission. And, continue to do the things that demonstrate our pride...I’m proud to be a part of an organization that doesn’t just clean house because a Distinguished Visitor is coming...we take pride in taking care of what we have every day. Thanks for always doing your part!

Let me ask a question - if we had the opportunity to save someone’s life, would we do it? It’s easy to think that the answer for all of us would be yes, however it is sometimes easy to become apathetic toward the needs of others. If we can’t see them, it’s easy to forget that their problems exist. Combine Federal Campaign offers use the opportunity to take a few minutes to remember that there are people in the world who need our help.

By contributing to the CFC, we can save lives, period. Even if a life isn’t physically saved, it is at least given a chance to improve through the numerous charities involved in the CFC. Every dollar helps, every contribution is important, and each of us has the ability to improve the quality of a life through CFC. For those of us who answered yes to my earlier question, it’s time to be honest with ourselves. If we had the opportunity to save someone’s life, would we do it? Almost contributing is the same as not contributing. Take a look at opportunities to contribute to the CFC. Let our actions, not our intentions, speak for us.

Thank you for all you do every day, for the impact you make at the Rock, in our community, in the Air Force, and in the lives of those who need our help. Combat Airlift!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

COMMENTARY>>Team Little Rock!

By Col. C.K. Hyde
314th Airlift Wing commander

Despite many changes, the Rock is still the home of Combat Airlift, and Jodie and I are excited to be a part of Team Little Rock. As the newest wing commander, I would like to share my thoughts about the mission and my vision for the 314th Airlift Wing.
Mission: Train the world’s best C-130 and C-21 Airlifters to fly, fight, and win.

I believe in the mission of the 314th Airlift Wing. This mission hasn’t changed much, but it does include the statement fly, fight and win that our new Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, recently added to the Air Force mission. We are linked to our Air Force mission and the end state is not flying—the end or objective is winning. Every sortie we fly should be flown with the end state in mind—to develop the skills needed to win. Flying time is valuable and many of our aircraft are old—my grandfather built some of the E-Models on our ramp in the 1960s—and we must squeeze every bit of training out of the time we are given.

Our mission requires innovation, modern training methods and a commitment to continuous improvement; in addition to personal preparation, planning and the best aircraft maintenance and sortie generation in AETC.

Vision: 314th Airlift Wing--the foundation of America’s combat airlift capability.

Brig. Gen. Robin Olds used to start every commander’s call or speech with “I Am a Warrior” and he was. Likewise I say to you,
“We are Warriors.” The ability of the Air Force to fulfill its role of operational and tactical, or Combat Airlift depends upon the foundation that we build in the 314th.

A strong foundation is essential for success in the long war against terrorism, success on battlefields that we can’t predict, and in battles that our students will fight in the future. To achieve this vision we have to build on two cornerstones – the Combat Airlift culture, values, ethos and the skills required of professional Combat Airlifters. Team Little Rock knows what it means to be Combat Airlifters – many of you have served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. It means dedication to getting the mission done and is reflected in the mottos of our expeditionary wings and groups that have served in the area of resposibility, including “we carry the fight” and “boots on the ground.” Combat Airlifters fly to the sound of the guns and deliver our troops and war material, sustain them while in action, MEDEVAC our wounded, bring them home when the job is done, or return them with dignity when they make the ultimate sacrifice.

It is OUR promise that no Airman, Soldier, Sailor or Marine is ever alone while combat airlifters and the maintenance and support teams that deploy with and support them are on duty. This ethos and commitment to mission accomplishment for which combat airlift is known start at Little Rock AFB and the 314th Airlift Wing. We are responsible for the heritage of combat airlift.

The second cornerstone is the skills required to operate successfully and effectively in a combat unit. Our passion has to extend not just to the Combat Airlift mission but to our part of the mission – making sure our students have a toolkit which includes the professional skills they need to succeed. I don’t know what particular tactics, techniques and procedures will be used in the next war, but we need to ensure our students have the skills to overcome adversity and a constantly evolving enemy to win.

I look forward to a continued partnership with the 19th and 189th Airlift Wings as we accomplish our mission and strive to build the foundation for future success.

Combat Airlift!


Q: I have been having pest problems within our house on base, which I have tried a number of times to get resolved with the base housing office. There was a lack of effort and concern in dealing with my families housing problem. The pest problem never got resolved. I even told the leasing office that I don’t want to move off base I just want a different unit, but again they wouldn’t do anything. Because of this I am finding alternate housing, and terminating my lease. It is with great disappointment and regret that I am sending you this letter today, but I wanted to make you aware of how our base housing is treating its occupants.

A: We regret that you experienced these pest control problems but thank you for bringing them to our attention. It is only through active communication with our housing partner that situations such as this can be resolved.

While the property owner has been very responsive to many residents, the customer service you received was unacceptable. By documenting your concerns, repeatedly asking for resolution and ultimately bringing your issues through the base housing office, you not only solved your concerns but you ensured that they will become part of the compliance records.

Anyone having maintenance issues should continue to call Housing Maintenance at 987-6802 or the owner at 983-9044 until the problem is resolved. Please ensure that you document all calls or visits to the Town Hall and who you spoke with. If you don’t receive satisfaction, please contact the Little Rock AFB Housing Office at 987-6040. You may also send an e-mail with your concerns/questions to 19th Civil Engineer Squadron/Housing Privatization.

Our leadership team has worked hard to build a good partnership with an underfunded, understaffed maintenance team. Little Rock Family Housing has been my biggest challenge over the last year and I will keep it as my top priority as we oversee the negotiated sale to a better qualified company. Together, we will make this partnership work and our base housing will once again be the top choice for our inbound Combat Airlifters. Thank you for your service to our great nation.

VIEW FROM TOP>>We are all Airmen

By Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley
19th Airlift Wing Command Chief

To continue to maintain unrivaled Combat Airlift for America…always, we must rely on Airmen of many shapes and backgrounds. Late Sunday night a substantial amount of combat airlifters departed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Yet, without the efforts of the total force, none of this would have been possible.

Our active duty, guard and reserve forces train and execute our mission as one cohesive team. Also, if you look at the vast amount of support we receive from those Airmen who don’t wear the uniform, it becomes obvious that the term Airman is broad in scope. I marvel at the dedication of the civilians who ensure issues from training to personnel support are effectively managed.

Airmen from active duty and contract services defend our installation with pride and vigilance. Airmen in and out of uniform ensure the force is fit and ready by providing world class medical care. The families who keep the home front steady in absences due to deployment are invaluable Airmen. As Team Little Rock opens its gates to hundreds of thousands of visitors this weekend, all of our Airmen will work together to ensure a great air show.

Even our local community leaders who have opened their hearts while providing resources to our installation can count themselves as Airmen that we rely on. You see without the support of everyone, our mission would be degraded and compromised.

At the end of the day our nation is counting on every Airman out there to ensure we continue to deploy and train the world’s best Combat Airlifters. I hope that each one of you can see where you fit into our noble mission. I and my family consider it an honor to serve alongside such phenomenal Airmen.
Combat Airlift!

VIEW FROM TOP>>Defending against all enemies

By Brig. Gen. Rowayne A. Schatz, Jr.
19th Airlift Wing commander

This weekend kicks off the celebration of the 2008 Airpower Arkansas Air Show! Many great performers highlight this year’s show including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the Trojan Horsemen, and a display of our very own C-130 Combat Airlift capabilities, as well as a C-130 heritage flight. I encourage each and every one of you to come enjoy the festivities!

While watching aircraft maneuver at high speeds is exciting, you are the real show. You are the Air Force. So while you are out with your family and friends enjoying the show, I encourage you to introduce yourself to our guests and share your story--the Air Force story – with them. If you are working at the Air Show, please put on a smile and thank our visitors for the great support our community provides us all year. I promise you, meeting you will be their lasting memory, so make a good impression!

We are currently undergoing our Combined Federal Campaign. CFC’s mission is to promote and support philanthropy through an employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective program by providing all federal employees, military and civilian, the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. The goals for Team Little Rock are 100 percent contact, 50 percent participation and $220,000 total dollars pledged during this time.

While we are winning the global war on terrorism for our nation, there are many other fronts where our nation needs our help – poverty, hunger, the need for adoption, cancer, AIDS, illiteracy, eating disorders, abandonment, abuse, depression, drunk driving, disability, drug addictions, etc. CFC allows us the chance to make a huge contribution to our nation. If you can only contribute one dollar to one charity, we can be certain that the Team Little Rock total contribution will go a long way toward improving the quality of life for all Americans. Please give.

Thank you to each and every Team Little Rock member for your hard work in organizing last Friday’s Sports Day and the upcoming Air Show. Only through teamwork can we make events like these possible and successful. You continue to set the standard for teamwork and excellence. As always, I am proud to serve beside you and call myself a part of this great team.
Combat Airlift!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

TOP STORY > >Senate confirms Donley to be next secretary of Air Force

WASHINGTON – Michael B. Donley will be the next secretary of the Air Force based on an Oct. 2 Senate confirmation vote here.
Secretary Donley had been designated by the president to begin serving as acting secretary on June 21, 2008.

The former director of administration and management for the Defense Department, he was nominated for the secretary of the Air Force position and provided testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee July 22. Senate confirmation now clears the way for Secretary Donley’s formal appointment by the president.

“Our way ahead includes a recommitment to upholding the high standards that have always been the Air Force’s hallmark and for our core values -- integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do -- to underpin every Airmen at all times,” Secretary Donley said.

Following appointment by the president, Secretary Donley will be sworn-in as the 22nd Air Force secretary.

Secretary Donley has more than 30 years of experience in the national security community, including service in the Senate, White House and the Pentagon. In his most recent position, he was responsible for Washington Headquarters Services, a 1,300-employee entity that oversees management of the Pentagon and DOD services within the National Capitol Region, and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

Secretary Donley, who was acting secretary of the Air Force for seven months in 1993 and served as the service’s top financial officer from 1989 to 1993, also served on the National Security Council and was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee in the early 1980s.

He served in the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps and 5th Special Forces Group from 1972 to 1975. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations from the University of Southern California. (Courtesy of Air Force News Service)

COMMENTARY>>Leadership isn’t just for chiefs and colonels

By Lt. Col. Scott T. Brown
19th Medical Support Squadron commander

You may have read or heard recently about a group of active-duty Air Force and Navy motorcyclists in Florida who were riding on the interstate at approximately 140 mph. Eventually, these Airmen and Sailors were stopped by the Highway Patrol when the policemen closed the freeway and set up a roadblock in order to catch them. The motorcyclist’s ranks ranged from E-4 to E-7 and almost certainly included one or more fathers, husbands, supervisors and NCOs-in-charge with responsibilities and obligations for the lives and safety of others.

Who would you suppose took charge of that group? Who among them had the power to say or signal to the others at any time before or during the ride, “knock it off,” or “let’s not do this?” Any one of them could have. It’s quite likely the rest of the group would have listened. They knew what they were doing was not only against the law, against all they’d been taught by the military, and could easily have resulted in their own deaths or the deaths of innocent people. Yet they continued on.

Fortunately they were stopped before anyone was injured, but you can bet none of them will be riding motorcycles again for a long while.

The focus of this article isn’t necessarily about motorcycle safety – it’s more about leadership. We’re all familiar with the formal leaders who exist in an organizational hierarchy, but there are also “informal” leaders within most groups outside the workplace. Informal leaders derive power and authority over a group because the group accepts him or her as a leader whether it’s because they’re the biggest, meanest, loudest or smartest, or because they’re the most prone to tell the group that things are getting out of hand and they need to throttle back. Almost certainly there was one or more informal leader within this group of motorcyclists. So what happened? “Groupthink” mentality was likely a player.

Groupthink happens when members of a group avoid speaking up because they’re hesitant to venture outside the comfort zone of consensus thinking. They’re concerned about appearing foolish, or they don’t want to anger or embarrass other members of the group. Groupthink causes groups to make hasty, irrational decisions because members are afraid to speak out for fear of upsetting the group’s balance. Groupthink can lead to friends letting friends drive drunk, looking the other way as someone is being assaulted, or riding motorcycles at twice the speed limit. Informal leaders of such groups have the power to prevent groupthink by speaking up and using their influence to prevent these things from happening.

You don’t have to be a chief or a colonel to be an informal leader. Be an informal leader of your group, and use your influence to prevent groupthink and to prevent bad things from happening. Your fellow group members and their families will thank you for it.

VIEW FROM TOP>>Your service matters

By Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley
19th Airlift Wing Command Chief

Our wing is dominated by people who embody the attitude of service. From a military standpoint our dedicated Airmen answer the call to provide combat and humanitarian relief every day. Providing Combat Airlift to those in need of personnel and supplies has saved many lives by keeping trucks off the road in dangerous environments. I have personally witnessed the looks of relief on the faces of people who were evacuated from storm ravaged locations. Without the service of our active duty, guard, reserve, civilians, family members and local community we could not accomplish our mission.

Each day I come to work, I see our security forces walking children across the street to school; I also see John Heffernan who is retired, yet gets up early to assist in this endeavor. Many of our military personnel do things like coach sports, promote our youth through Big Brothers and Sisters, as well as lead scout troops typically after putting in many hours in uniform. Your service to others is one of the things that make our country great. As Airmen, these examples demonstrate to me that we are our brother’s keeper.

You see service is about others and our folks get this principle. I thank those of you who contributed to our food bank to help those who are going through a rough patch. Individually we can help a few; yet if we focus our efforts together, we can move mountains. Just ask the ladies that volunteer at the chapel on Fridays to make caps and blankets for cancer survivors. The caps help those who lose hair through treatment, and the blankets provide comfort when the cold spells kick in.

The bottom line is that your service matters. Never forget trying times are not times to quit trying. Thanks for your service.
Combat Airlift!

VIEW FROM TOP>>We’re one bad decision away

By Brig. Gen. Rowayne A. Schatz, Jr.
19th Airlift Wing commander

First, I’d like to thank the entire team for showing off the best of Team Little Rock during General Lorenz’s visit and the superbly executed host-base transfer ceremony. Well Done!

Today, we are holding our fall Sports Day! This day is our opportunity to have some fun, participate in friendly competition and decompress. I’ll be participating in the 5k run and volleyball. I hope to see all of you out there competing and having fun! We need to keep Team Little Rock healthy and happy.

Next week we put our best foot forward for the public during the air show. This is our opportunity to show the community and taxpayers what America’s Airmen do day in and day out. I encourage you to be good Air Force ambassadors and share your story with the people visiting the Rock.

Airpower Arkansas 2008 will be a spectacular show with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Golden Knights, and the world-class C-130 Combat Airlift capabilities headlining. Each performer in this year’s show is truly outstanding, and this air show should prove to be the best yet!

Our base had a DUI last week. I can’t emphasize enough to the men and women of the Rock how important it is to have a plan when you choose to drink.

I read an article recently about a young Airman who made a poor choice. This young Airman was happily married, had a satisfying job, and had just been selected for promotion to Staff Sergeant. He and his young wife had been married for slightly more than a year. Both loved the Air Force and took advantage of all the benefits it afforded them.

One night after drinking and dancing, the Airman arrogantly decided that although he’d had a bottle of wine, a few beers, and a mixed drink in only four hours, he was well enough to drive himself and his wife home. While driving home, he foolishly tried to keep up with a friend who was speeding in a different car. While going around a curve that he knew very well, his vehicle slammed into a concrete pole, completely obliterating the vehicle’s passenger side and ripping his wife from the front seat. His wife was thrown headfirst into the concrete pole - an injury that proved fatal.

Those who knew his wife described her as full of life, happy, and never without her unmistakable, beautiful smile. The Airman was court-martialed, received a bad conduct discharge, a year of confinement, forfeiture of $550 a month for 12 months, and a reduction in grade to Airman Basic. For the rest of his life, he will have difficulty finding meaningful employment or obtaining credit. The Airman, however, would tell you that all these burdens are small in comparison to the loss of the loved one whose life he destroyed.

Please, don’t disregard this story and think this could never happen to you, because he would beg to differ. That Airman is me. That Airman is you. He is all of us. All we have to do is make the wrong decision once to negate making the right decision a thousand times. Never let your guard down, always have a plan, and tell your wingman to intervene when you’re about to make a dumb decision.

The impact of the decisions you make is felt by many. By taking care of yourself, you take care of your family, your friends, your co-workers, our base, our mission, and our country. Your life and the lives of those you care about are worth more than one bad decision.

Thank you for all you do every day. Combat Airlift!

Friday, October 3, 2008


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, Ark. 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.


5-Family Yard Sale, 1010 & 11, 7-1 Turn on Woodfred, off of Mtn. Springs Rd., 91 Edgewood Dr., Cabot. Refrigerator, Clothes, Misc.

MULTI-FAMILY Sale, Fri. & Sat., 10/24 & 25, 7 am-? 1102 Latigo Trail, Jax. 0-4t clothes, household items, furn., lawn & garden equip., power saws & more.

MULTI-FAMILY Sale, 10/25, 8 am-1 pm, 20 Shaded Oaks, Cabot.

GARAGE SALE, Fri., 10/24 & Sat., 10/25, 14 Highpoint Rd. (of Mtn. Springs), Cabot. Follow signs. Lawn mowers, tire chains, houseware, Christmas items & much more, 658-0543.

GARAGE SALE, 10/25, 7 am-3 pm. Electronics, baby toys/clothes, adult clothes & much more. 33 West Plaza, Cabot (behind Knight's).

MULTI-FAMILY Yard Sale, 10/24 & 25, 2 Sunshine Ln., Ward. Near Ward Elem., dining table, bikes, couch, stereo & misc.

YARD SALE, 10/24 & 25, 4 Sunshine Ln., Ward. Brand new clothes, wedding/prom dresses, tires, new Christmas tree, microwave, misc.


Maintenance subcontractors needed for Mobile Home park. Must meet all state & federal criteria for subcontractors. Painting, sheet rock, A/C, electrical, handyman & others. Needed immediately. (501) 835-3450.

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Quiznos is hiring delivery drivers and sandwich makers. Part-time hours available. Have children in school? Work while they're in school, be home when they get home. Apply at Quiznos, 2050 John Harden Drive or call 985-7827 for more information.


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 PUPPY to good home. Black mixed Terrier found after Hurricane Ike. Very Smart! Wants someone to play with. (870) 718-7878.

FREE TO good home. Lab-retriever mix. 10 mo. old. Lhasa Apso/poodle mix. 4 mo. old. 412-6487.

2 full-blooded Pomeranian puppies. Female & male. $200 each. (501) 259-1412.


3-piece sectional sofa. Has three recliners. Middle recliner has heat & vibrates. Charcoal gray, $500. (501) 255-0560.

WHIRLPOOL WASHER & dryer, large capacity heavy duty, perfect condition, moving, must sell! $285 cash. (501) 612-3521.

WHIRLPOOL, NEWER electric stove, perfect condition, $285 cash. Whirlpool refrigerator, newer side-by-side, perfect condition, $585 cash. Moving, must sell! (501) 612-3521.

MOVING: BLACK L-shaped couch w/2 recliners & pullout, $300; queen-sized mattress/box spring, $100; book shelves, desk, bedroom furniture, $50 obo.; pool table, $500 obo. & much more. (501) 240-1908.

5-PC. DINING room set. PCSing, must sell! Pd. $700, will take $200 obo. (501) 940-8702.

2 EUROPEAN twin size bed slats; 1 brown entertainment center, 1 black coffee table, all $25 each. Pics available. (501) 743-9131, Heather.

3-PC. BEDROOM set, beige, for child. excellent condition, single bed, chest, 4 shelve book cabinet. $250 obo. (501) 580-7831.


LOST DOG, missing since 10/1, mixed breed, gray & white, about 5 lbs., short hair, 5 mos. old. (256) 343-6356.

FOUND: 10/18, Hwy. 107/Macon area, small brown dog, 658-0862.


PROFORM AIR Walker XT exerciser, $50. (501) 514-3489, Steve

Team RealTree Horton Crossbow w/case and arrows. Hardly used, $400 obo. (501) 765-8194 for specs.

COSTUMES: 3-6M glow-in-the-dark skeleton, $5; 2-4T Shrek, $5; pics available (573) 578-0917, Cabot.

BOYS CLOTHING: 18M coat w/detachable hood, $5; 12M snowsuit, $5; pics available (573) 578-0917, Cabot.

BOYS CLOTHING: 0-3M snowsuit, $5; 0-3M Tigger snowsuit, $10; pics available. (573) 578-0917, Cabot.

Bright Starts activity gym, $10; pics available. (573) 578-0917, Cabot.

BOWFLEX EXTREME 2 in good cond. w/leg attachment & 310 lbs. of Power Rod Resistance. $600 cash. (501) 743-6948.

1/2 SIZE VIOLIN with bow and case. Like new. New strings. $150 obo. (501) 259-9069.

DISNEY BABY Costume, 12-24 mos. wizard. Includes robe, hat & booties, excellent cond., $5. 882-0955.

LIKE NEW Treadmill, $150. Gym quality, must have way to haul. (501) 773-3103 or (501) 551-2902.

JUPITER 767GL alto saxophone w/case. Excellent condition. $550. (501) 676-1382.

MEN'S SIZE 48L lightweight blue jacket with liner. Has AF symbol embroidery and MSGT stripes, "like new" $60. (501) 551-4299.


1980 CORVETTE, $8,500. PS, PB, A/C, alloy wheels, T-Top. (NADA average retail value $21,410). Lee at (cell) (501) 554-4402 or (home) (501) 796-7048.

1995 GMC Sierra, 152,000 mi., runs, new parts, needs trans. work, body in good shape. $2,800 obo. (501) 413-0890.

2007 HONDA Pilot LX, $18,000, one owner, 13,200 mi., cloth seat, tan color, flawless. (501) 412-7709.

1989 FORD Bronco Eddie Bauer, 351W, 4x4, 31" Buckshot mud tires. Runs strong, $2,500 or trade for street bike/ATV. (540) 907-2680.

1999 NISSAN Altima, 4-Dr. If interested call Debbie @ (501) 590-2333.

2002 HONDA Accord EX, white w/tan leather int., power everything, moonroof, tint, great condition, only 83,000 miles, $8,500. (501) 366-2278.

'06 BMW 330i, blk., auto., spt., cold, and prem. pkgs., 14,500 miles, like new! $32,500 obo. (501) 551-0905, Ben.

PARTING OUT whole car, 93 Mazda 626. Has newly rebuilt transmission, $500. (501) 941-7063, Lv. msg.

95 HONDA Prelude, 115,000 miles, blue, sunroof. $3,200 obo. (501) 940-5731.

2003 FORD Focus SVT, 6 spd., standard, black w/sunroof, 45,000 miles. Racing bucket seats, CD changer, audio system, fast car. $8,300. (501) 472-9777.

1995 GMC Sierra 1500S, 155,000 miles, new parts and tires, needs trans. work, body good shape, $1,800 obo., (501) 412-8954, Ward.


2002 KEYSTONE RV, Sprinter, heat/AC, 27' Travel Trailer, slide-out, extras. $13,900 obo. (501) 514-3489, Steve

1998 NITRO 18' fish and ski. 125 hp., power trim, 3 blade prop, w/trailer, $8,450 obo. (501) 605-0181, Steve.

2005 HONDA 400EX 4-wheeler, yellow/black, great cond., runs great! Wheel spacers, performance exhaust, K&N air filter, nerf bars, 909 handle bars, good tires. Includes new ramps, $3,500 obo. (804) 402-0358.


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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

For Rent: Large 4 bedroom, 3 bath house on 1.5 acres located 5 minutes from base. $850 mo., $500 dep., Jax. schools. Call Chris 590-1667.

Callahan Real Estate (501) 758-9555, 21 Reno, Cabot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, fireplace, big yard, double garage, furnished with stove and refrigerator. $975 month.

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Jacksonville 2006 home for sale or rent. 1300 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath, fenced backyard, 2 car garage, minutes from Air Base. $115,000 or $975 month + $500 deposit. 1st month's rent only $500. No smoking, no pets. (501) 655-1469, Sam.

Cabot 3 bedroom/2 bath home for rent on 2 acres. 1 1/2 car garage, fireplace in den, central heat & air. $750 deposit, $900 month. Pets additional $250. 580-2580, 985-0105.

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Need to get out of the barracks? This is the place for you. 2 bedroom house in country, down private drive, but only 5 minutes to back gate. All electric, central heat & air, ceiling fans, stove & refrigerator furnished. $400 month. (501) 837-0268, (501) 837-0264, (501) 988-5586.

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House in Cabot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage, privacy fence, stove & refrigerator furnished. Close to schools. $725 month + deposit. Outside pets only. No smoking. 1 year lease required. (501) 837-4170, (501) 843-4800.

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Completely remodeled, energy efficient 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath on 2 city lots. 2.12 miles from LRAFB front gate. Must see! Call (501) 339-3974.


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TOP STORY>>Host base transfer ceremony held Wednesday

By Staff Sgt. Juan Torres
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The host base transfer ceremony took place Wednesday as the 19th Airlift Wing under Air Mobility Command accepted operational control of Little Rock Air Force Base from the 314th Airlift Wing under Air Education and Training Command.

The ceremony began with the presentation of an Outstanding Unit Award to the 314th Airlift Wing and the 314th Airlift Wing’s change of command presided over by Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Feest, 19th Air Force commander.

“Since the 1970s, the 314th Airlift Wing and the Jacksonville community have played a significant role in providing America’s forces with the world’s best airlift support,” said General Feest. “Today marks another great milestone in the rich history of Little Rock Air Force Base.”

Col. Charles Hyde, former chief, Distribution Division, Directorate of Logistics, J-4, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, assumed command of the 314th Airlift Wing from Brig. Gen Rowayne A. Schatz, Jr., while Col. Mark Vlahos will remain 314th Airlift Wing vice commander. Chief Master Sgt. Richard Turcotte replaced Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley as the 314th Airlift Wing Command chief. Chief Brinkley became 19th Airlift Wing command chief.

“Despite all the changes formalized by today’s ceremonies, there are a few things that are not going to change,” said Colonel Hyde. “Our mission of training the world’s best C-130 and C-21 aircrew to fly, fight and win.”

“The success of combat airlift in current and future wars is dependent on the strength and professionalism of our instructors and the world’s best maintainers and the host wing that support them. We will remain focused on our mission and people to produce the foundation of combat airlift capability for our nation,” he said. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve our great nation and command the 314th Airlift Wing.”

Later in the ceremony the 463rd Airlift Group was deactivated and absorbed into the 19th Airlift Wing as Maj. Gen. Winfield W. Scott, III noted the significance of the 19th Ailrift Wing’s activation.

“Today marks another great chapter for Little Rock. The activation of the 19th Airlift Wing is one of the most significant events in the C-130 community and in AMC. As its single C-130 mobility wing in the Air Force, the 19th Airlift Wing marks a new beginning in active associates in leading our total force construct,” General Scott said. “The 19th has a proud lineage that we are proud to continue today. I can’t think of anything better than to continue this story by putting combat airlift into its heritage.”

Finally, Brig. Gen. Rowayne A. Schatz, Jr. assumed command of the 19th AW and Col. James Johnson became the 19th Airlift Wing vice commander. In his speech, General Schatz recognized the tradition of the 19th Airlift Wing and expressed his confidence in the capabilities of the incoming 19th Airlift Wing team.

“The 19th Airlift Wing has a long history and tradition of courage and honor and I assure everyone that the outstanding Team Little Rock Airmen from the 314th Airlift Wing and 463rd AG who constitute the 19th Airlift Wing today will embrace and continue to add to that heritage of excellence,” he said. “Kim and I look forward to building our new team and serving our great nation alongside you.”


Services job openings
Current Services job openings are as follows: Lodging, custodial worker, NA-02, flexible hours; Hangar 1080, waiter, NA-01, flexible hours; Golf course, recreation aid, NF-I, flexible hours and Marketing, visual information specialist NF-III, Regular hours. All Federal NAF Employees are required by Public Law 104-134 to have salary payments made by electronic funds transfer/direct deposit.
Spouses Club to host

The Little Rock Spouses’ Club presents OKTOBERFEST for its next social function at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Hangar 1080 on Little Rock Air Force Base. The LRSC welcomes spouses of Active Duty, Retiree, Guard, Reserve, and DoD employees to join its membership for dinner of German Bratwurst to be followed by games of bingo. The meal will cost $10 with an additional dollar discount going to 19th Airlift Wing Services Club members.
New and returning members may join and sign up to participate in the many available special activities and program committees available this year. Please go to the LRSC website at www.littlerockspouses or contact Amanda Cook at 501-983-0185 by 5 p.m. Oct. 13 to reserve your meal. The LRSC Children’s Playgroup will not be available for this event.

Commissioning information briefing

All interested active-duty enlisted are urged to attend the Oct. 16, Commissioning briefing at 1 p.m. at the Education Center, Bldg. 840 Leadership Drive. To sign up call 987-3417.

College transcripts

Allow two months for college transcripts to be processed: Enlisted personnel submitting college transcripts to the Community College of the Air Force for their CCAF degree completion need to do so as soon as possible. Mailing and processing take time. College transcripts are to be sent directly from the students’ universities to: CCAF/DFRS, 130 Maxwell Blvd, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112. For details and assistance, please visit the Education Center or call 987-3417.

85 slots open at Air Force academy
The AF Academy and AFA PrepSchool need AF enlisted applicants. Less than half of the 85 slots are filled each year. Interested personnel who are single and who will be less than 23 years on July 1, 2009 (less than 22 on July 1, 2009 for the PrepSchool) are urged to call 987-3417 for an appointment with an Education Center counselor to discuss details.

Schedule for this fall’s debates
The schedules for this fall’s debates are as follows: (Information current as of 5 Aug 08)
Second presidential debate is Tuesday
Third presidential debate is October 15
All debates will begin at 9 p.m. E.T., and will be carried by international media outlets. The debates will have a single moderator and last for 90 minutes.

Absentee Voting Week
FVAP has designated October 12 to October 18, 2008 as Absentee Voting Week. Overseas voters should vote and return their state absentee ballot or the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) during this week. If you receive your state absentee ballot after submitting the FWAB, vote and return the state ballot up to and including Election Day.

Retirement ceremonies

The retirement ceremony for Chief Master Sgt. George Godsey, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron chief, is scheduled for 3 p.m., Oct. 10, at Little Rock AFB Conference Center. The presiding officer is retired Lt. Col. Billy Nichols, former 61st Airlift Squadron commander. For more information, contact Tech. Sgt. Brad Row at 987-7053.
The retirement ceremony for Master Sgt. Daniel Wilburn, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron production supervisor, is scheduled for 1 p.m., Oct. 10, at building 216 in the hodge. The presiding officer Capt. Jeffrey Fogle, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Brad Graffam at 987-7699.

More alternatives to the by mail process

Pennsylvania Secretary of State, Pedro Cortes has declared that all UOCAVA voters who are eligible to receive hostile fire or imminent danger pay, or who are located in a combat zone as designated by the IRS(,id=108331,00.html) may receive their blank ballots by fax. This declaration will apply to the November 4, 2008 general election.
If you receive the blank ballot by fax, you may use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot return envelope and security envelope on the FVAP’s website ( to return your ballot in secret so it will be counted. Pennsylvania law does not allow you to return the voted ballot by fax.
Pennsylvania state policy also allows UOCAVA citizens to return the voted ballot by first class mail, express mail or overnight mail. Insert the voted ballot into the inner envelope provided or into the security envelope if you are using the FWAB. Then insert the inner envelope or security envelope into the outer envelope or return envelope (if you are using the FWAB). If using express or overnight mail, insert the outer or return envelope into the overnight mail package and return it to your county board of elections.
For information on your precinct, candidates, and elections, visit the Pennsylvania Secretary of State website at If you have questions, do nothesitate to contact the FVAP at 1-800-438-8683 or

Hispanic Heritage Month

Join the fun with free Merengue and Salsa dance routines from now through October 11 every Saturday at noon with certified Zumba instructor Vivian Beaurivage at the Sports & Fitness Center.
For more information, please call the Fitness Center at 501-987-3283

COMMENTARY>>We are ‘Team Little Rock’

By Lt. Col. Philip Everitte
714th Training Squadron

As our base embarks on the biggest transition in the past decade, we must work to remember that it takes Team Little Rock, working together to accomplish Combat Airlift at its best. When we witness the unveiling of the 19th Airlift Wing flag, Air Mobility Command will become the host wing and the 314th Airlift Wing will become a tenant. Admittedly, not much will change for most of us. Sure, there will be many who change patches and chains of command, but for the most part the missions and roles of every Airman and every unit will remain focused on Combat Airlift.

We will still deliver unmatched C-130 E/H/J combat airlift, unparalleled combat support and unequaled combat warriors to combatant commanders around the globe. We will still produce some 1,700 C-130 aircrew each year in support of the training requirements of nearly every Air Force major command, sister services and 31 partner nations. We will still build weapons school graduates and the next generation of C-130 maintainers, while providing outstanding Joint Readiness training. And yes, we will continue to raise our hands and work as a team to support our nation and her people when called, just as we did during relief efforts leading up to and following landfall of hurricanes Gustav and Ike. We will continue to do all of this and more.

Our patches may say Air Mobility Command, Air Education and Training Command, Air Combat Command or Air National Guard, but no matter the emblem or acronym, we are all Team Little Rock. Such a great team and résumé of success compels our leaders to cheer that Team Little Rock is “Combat Airlift.” In fact, leaders all over the globe call Team Little Rock in times of need and crisis. I’m certain that once Team Little Rock is headed their way, they’ll cheer “Combat Airlift” as well.

VIEW FROM THE TOP>>Certainty in uncertain times

By Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley
19th Airlift Wing Command Chief

Today each of us face a wide range of issues that, if not careful, can cause stress that can lead to distress. These concerns range from who will lead our country next, or what will the future state of our financial institutions be, all while trying to lead a balancing act between mission and family. I submit to you that these times are uncertain. We who are involved in the defense of our nation are not even sure where the next contingency that requires our involvement will take place. Yes, these are uncertain times.

However, there are some things that we can look to with certainty. We, as a military community, will continue to embrace each other in an effort to support one another through these times. I encourage those of you who have not taken advantage of our free financial counseling to consider doing so. Our programs for new parents or parents who want to hone their parenting skills are also invaluable to you. Our chapel provides a shoulder to lean on during these times, as well as the services available at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. These are but a few examples of things that can be utilized in a preventive way to weather the unforeseen storms.

You see the certainty in uncertain times is that we will pull together and as our Airman’s Creed states, “we will never leave an Airman behind.” My challenge to each of you is to get out of your comfort zone and reach out to those around you to ensure they first know you care. Secondly, if you become aware of a need, be the one to help point them in the right direction. I am grateful that I am surrounded by people who look out for each other during uncertain times ... I am certain about that!
Combat Airlift!

VIEW FROM THE TOP>>Keeping steady in times of change

By Brig. Gen. Rowayne A. Schatz, Jr.
19th Airlift Wing commander

This week marked a monumental change in Air Force and Little Rock Air Force Base history as the 19th Airlift Wing took over as the host unit at the Rock. Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Feest, 19th Air Force commander, and Maj. Gen. Winfield W. Scott III, 18th Air Force commander, presided over the host base transfer ceremony Wednesday.

During the ceremony, I took command of the 19th Airlift Wing after relinquishing command of the 314th Airlift Wing to Col. Charles K. Hyde. Col. James Johnson and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley will join me as the 19th Airlift Wing vice commander and command chief, while Col. Mark Vlahos will remain 314th Airlift Wing vice commander and Chief Master Sgt. Richard Turcotte, Jr. will become 314th Airlift Wing command chief.

While there is a lot of change going on at the top and the focus of many squadrons will shift from training to deploying, our mission as a whole remains the same. The heart of the Rock beats with every aircrew member trained by our C-130 Center of Excellence, every civil engineer maintaining our top of the line facilities, every crew chief keeping our C-130’s in the air, every Airman fed by the chefs at the dining facility and every man hour spent doing what all of us do to take convoys off the road and support our Combat Airlift mission. Every Airman is equally invaluable in supporting each other and supporting our mission.

Next Friday is our base sports day. I will be participating in the 5k, volleyball, and softball and I look forward to having a great time of camaraderie with each of you as we use this event to further unite ourselves as a team. The Air Show is just around the corner and it will be a fun opportunity to show off the true air power we employ today in our Air Force. Invite your friends and family to come to this free event, and help show all visitors the pride of what it means to be Airman of the Rock!
Combat Airlift!