Thursday, August 29, 2013

COMMENTARY>>Aspire to be great

By Lt. Col. Steve Coy
19th Mission Support Group Deputy Commander

“A good leader inspires men to have confidence in the leader; a great leader inspires them to have confidence in themselves.”

— Lao Tzu

The words of the sixth century philosopher, Lao Tzu have resonated with me over my career. Leadership….how to be a great leader is always a hot topic. I have come to the realization that being a great leader is more than focusing on the advancement of one’s professional career. It is about making sure that others advance, as well.

Often we find ourselves in leadership roles because of our rank. If you stay in the military long enough you will advance in rank if you comply with the AFIs, pass the PT test, and follow lawful orders. Does rank make someone a leader? Yes; one is a positional leader by rank and no, they are not leading if they are unable to inspire others to follow.

As Tzu states, “A great leader inspires…” When you think back over your career, who were those leaders who inspired you and why? At an assignment in Misawa, Japan, I met such a leader, one who was able to inspire others. This man had a bevy of professional and life experience that he brought to the job. He was a great listener and communicator. This is a very important tool to have because everyone wants to be heard. There will always be individuals who are eager to speak up and be heard, but a great leader must also give voice to those who are equally capable but less vocal. He gave those under his charge confidence by, at times, allowing their thoughts, ideas and experiences to carry equal weight in collectively getting the mission accomplished. In turn, they had trust and confidence in his ability because he was willing to listen.

“A great leader inspires…” you to be the best. Over your military career you will encounter different work environments. I have been in environments where mediocre is accepted as average and average as excellent. Unfortunately, when this type of environment exists, it is very resistant to change. Many of us have little problem with change but that only happens when the change affects someone else. The most common responses are, “That will never work…” or “We’ve tried that before …” These comments come from individuals who have lost confidence in their leaders or their own leadership. This environment is most often birthed from individuals feeling that they have no say, and for this reason, they lack motivation. Tzu encourages the leader to not only inspire others but to inspire them to the point that they have confidence in themselves.

Being a great leader is all about making others great. That is the legacy of a great leader, and there are no shortcuts to this mandate. The legacy is replication. The replication of Airmen who listen, inspire, encourage, instill confidence, serve in integrity and lead are a legacy that will live on for generations.

TOP STORY>>GTC shapes up fitness

By Senior Airman Kaylee Clark
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Government travel cards are used to help Airmen conveniently move from place to place, whether they are doing a permanent change of station, a TDY move or deploying. The only responsibility of the Airman is to pay the card back in a timely manner.

Not paying the GTC on time can eventually negatively affect your credit, said 2nd Lt. Nathaniel Manning, financial analysis flight. It can also negatively affect your squadron, he said.

Rebates are given once a quarter, said Manning. When the base receives them, it is used to improve the quality of life for the Airmen.

Total rebate this fiscal year is more than $41,000. Last quarter the base received $10,000, and the base is going to use it to fund the workout equipment at the Warfit Pavilion. The pavilion gives Airmen an alternate workout location other than the gym.

“Usually by the end of the quarter the base has paid off 99 percent of its bill that it owes Citibank,” said Manning. “However, it is a struggle to get to that point. And though 1 percent seems like a small and insignificant number, it only takes one person to not pay off their card to make the base miss the goal and not receive the rebate.”

Rebates are not always a guarantee. Rebates are awarded once a quarter only if the goal is met in all three quarters.

If the goal is not met, the base does not receive rebates for that quarter. It has happened before and the loss of rebate has ranged from around $10,000 to $20,000, averaging a loss of about $15,000 just from a small percentage of late payers, said Manning.

The goal is to have 98 percent of the total money spent on GTC’s paid off in each three months, said Manning.

The only time that Little Rock Air Force Base missed out on the rebate in the program’s three year history was in August 2012.

“Start early, follow up on your vouchers, coordinate with your APC’s and supervisor, very often it is unknown residual balances that cause an Airmen to fall under the 1 percent.”

Manning said, the bottom line is when Airmen pay the GTC on time the base reaps the benefits.

“This is the money that the Airmen earn themselves by paying off their credit cards, so the harder they work, the more money they will see come back to their base for their goals and what they want to see happen,” said Manning.

TOP STORY>>Air Force’s PT test enhancements to be implemented Oct. 1

By Staff Sgt. David Salinitri
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment pro-gram, to be implemented Oct. 1.

In a letter to Airmen Aug. 20, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III explained the results of the comprehensive review, highlighting the strength of the program and the need for slight improvements.

“We have a tremendous program that has fundamentally changed the Air Force’s overall fitness level over the past few years,” Welsh said. “The PFT itself is not going to change. But even the best program can be improved upon, so we are making changes in four different areas to enhance the overall program.”

Of the changes coming Oct. 1, the most significant is to the abdominal circumference portion of the test. The AC assesses an Airman’s body composition.

Since the Air Force implemented the newest fitness program guidelines in October 2010, only .03 percent of Airmen have failed the AC portion of the test and passed the other three components with a composite score of 75 or higher.

“In the future, if an Airman fails the AC portion of the test, and passes each of the other three components, we’ll measure that Airman using the Body Mass Index taping guidance in DoD instructions,” Welsh said. “If the Airman meets the DoD BMI standard, they pass the PFT.”

Because AC measurement is integrated into the testing procedure, the Air Force is currently the only branch of the Department of Defense not required to have a separate weight management program.

The other program modifications include realigning the fitness appeal process back to wing commanders, adjusting passing standards for Airmen who can only test on one component of assessment, and changing and simplifying the walk test.

In addition to these efforts, senior leaders are reviewing how fitness performance is documented on performance reports as part of a larger effort to examine the performance report itself. Those results are expected in the near future.

Though senior leaders are looking to improve the current fitness program, Welsh said he is proud of the Air Force program, and the physically fit culture it has helped to cultivate.

“I believe we have DoD’s best designed, best run fitness program, and as a result, we have a force ready for any mission our nation asks us to execute,” he said. “I’m extremely proud of how far we’ve come with our fitness culture.”



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

BEEBE VFW Weekly Events. Monday - BINGO & Football. Friday - Pool Tournaments & Karaoke. Saturday - Bands. More info call (501) 882-7769. Open to the Public.


INFANTS & Toddler childcare positions now open, full & part-time care available. Magness Creek Early Learning Center, Cabot. (501) 605-8500.


$12-$15/HR. NO experience necessary. Local company has 10-15 entry level positions available, 2nd shift in Cabot area. Call Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm. (501) 605-1303 for interview.

DRIVERS: MAKE $63,000 year or more! $2,500 Driver Referral Bonus & $1,200 Orientation Completion Bonus! CDL-A OTR experience required. Call now 1-888-993-0972.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT needed. Full-time, Monday-Thursday, 8 am-6:30 pm, 38 hours per week, salary negotiable. Experienced only need apply. Submit resume to: Little Rock position.

LPN OR certified medical assistant, full-time, Monday-Thursday, 8 am-6:30 pm, 38 hours per week, salary negotiable. Experienced only need apply. Submit resume to Little Rock position.

MARKETING CONSULTANT needed. Little Rock branch. Submit resume to market

CROSSROADS CAFE Coordinator. Little Rock AFB Chapel Seeking a Crossroads Café Coordinator.   The individual is required to coordinate, establish, monitor, budget, and advertise Crossroads Cafe programs including recruiting and training volunteers.  Interested bidders should have at least two years work experience in a similar or related field.  A bachelor's degree is recommended, but it is not required.  Portfolio is requested during the interview. Background checks will be required as directed by DoDI 1402. The award of this contract will be based upon the "best value" to the government.  Bid documents including the Statement of Work (SOW), criteria of selection and general provisions can be obtained from the Chapel Bldg 950, Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All sealed bids must be received by the Chapel NLT 1200, 4 September 2013.  Further descriptions of the duties and responsibilities associated with this contract position can be obtained by contacting TSgt Juan Santoy, MSgt Jose Gomez, MSgt David George or Ch Randall Jamieson at the Base Chapel at 987-6014

CATHOLIC PARISH Education Assistant. Little Rock AFB Chapel Seeking a Catholic Parish Education Assistant.   The individual is required to coordinate Catholic religious education programs, provide for methods for successful education requirement completion, ministry volunteers and leaders for training, budget inputs, and scheduled events.  Interested bidders should have at least two years work experience in a similar or related field.  A bachelor's degree is recommended, but it is not required.  Portfolio is requested during the interview. Background checks will be required as directed by DoDI 1402. The award of this contract will be based upon the "best value" to the government.  Bid documents including the Statement of Work (SOW), criteria of selection and general provisions can be obtained from the Chapel Bldg 950, Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All sealed bids must be received by the Chapel NLT 1200, 4 September 2013.  Further descriptions of the duties and responsibilities associated with this contract position can be obtained by contacting TSgt Juan Santoy, MSgt Jose Gomez, MSgt David George or Ch Randall Jamieson at the Base Chapel at 987-6014.

PROTESTANT PARISH Education Assistant. Little Rock AFB Chapel Seeking a Protestant Parish Education Assistant.   The individual is required to coordinate Protestant religious education programs, provide for methods for successful education requirement completion, ministry volunteers and leaders for training, budget inputs, and scheduled events.  Interested bidders should have at least two years work experience in a similar or related field.  A bachelor's degree is recommended, but it is not required.  Portfolio is requested during the interview. Background checks will be required as directed by DoDI 1402. The award of this contract will be based upon the "best value" to the government.  Bid documents including the Statement of Work (SOW), criteria of selection and general provisions can be obtained from the Chapel Bldg 950, Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All sealed bids must be received by the Chapel NLT 1200, 4 September 2013.  Further descriptions of the duties and responsibilities associated with this contract position can be obtained by contacting TSgt Juan Santoy, MSgt Jose Gomez, MSgt David George or Ch Randall Jamieson at the Base Chapel at 987-6014.

Apple Enthusiasts!! P/T Apple Demonstrator needed at the Little Rock Exchange. Sell/demonstrate Apple products, online training and promote special events. 10hrs/wk (Flex. but incl. some wknd hrs) at $10.00/hr. Must be 18 or older, send resume to 1-877-954-8804 or


YARD SALE, 8/31, 7 am-? 119 W. Cherry St., Lonoke. Something for everyone.


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.


Lost on 8/9/13 from downtown Jacksonville area. White Lhasa Apso, 13 years old, female. Needs medication. Call Brian 766-6701.


1994 FORD Taurus, runs well, 4 new tires, oil has been changed on reg. basis, $1,200 cash obo. (501) 941-7528.

2003 TOYOTA 4Runner 2WD, all power, one owner, non-smoker, newer tires, all maintenance records, great condition, $7,200. (501) 626-4638.

2 TIRES, Rikin Raptor, 215/35Z/R18, good tread, $40 for both. 985-2387.


'08 Harley Davidson, less than 11K miles, new tires, extra chrome & well-maintained thru local dealer. List NADA price $18,770, avg. retail $14,455. (501) 773-7741.


SCHOOL BOOKS, 50 Essays, 3rd edition by Samuel Cohen, $18; Easy Writer, 4th edition by Andrea A. Lunsford, $25. (501) 786-3803.

GRACO STROLLER w/car seat, some sun damage on stroller, $80 obo.; Fisher Price play mate, $25; Fisher Price baby walker, $15. (501) 786-3803.

WEDDING DRESS, sz. 4, white w/pearls & silver jewels, strapless, $250. Pics. avail. Call/text: (208) 651-5319.

WARRIOR CUSTOM golf clubs, men's right hand, reg. flex, 2012 driver, woods, irons, stand bag, plus brand new putter, $400 complete. (501) 606-6281.

ASSORTED SOCCER referee uniforms, shorts and SS/LS shirts, Sm., Med. New/like new. $8-$15. (501) 771-2415.


TWIN-SIZE bed frame, bought new 6 mos. ago, never used, $60 obo. Pics avail. You pick up. (501) 413-2577.


Sherwood/Jacksonville areas. Beautiful 2, 3 & 4 Bedroom Mobile Homes. Large lots, in quiet safe park, close to LRAFB. Clean, quiet, & safe park. $425-$650 plus deposit. (501) 835-3450.

JACKSONVILLE: $0 dep. MH in park. 3BR/2BA. $500-$575 per month. (501) 744-4668.

BEEBE: $0 deposit, MH subdv., 3 BR/2BA on 1/2 acre lot, $550 per month. (501) 744-4668.

NLR: 3 bedroom/2 bath MH in park on large lot, $575 month with deposit. (501) 744-4668.

FOR RENT in Jacksonville, 2 houses by Dupree Park. 3 bedroom, 1 bath & 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 baths, fenced backyard, 1-car carport. $650, $400 deposit & $675, $400 deposit. (501) 231-2122 or (501) 593-7481.

HOMES FOR Lease: 3 & 4 bedroom, 2 full baths. 2908 Lehigh, 2811 Romine, 9425 Courtney. $1,395-$1,595. Little Rock, AR 72204. (501) 944-5477.

3 BEDROOM 1 BATH and 3 bedroom 2 bath with central heat and air, stove and refrigerator furnished. Both $500 month, $300 deposit and no pets. Furlow area. (501) 944-1905.

621 SHERWOOD St., 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, new hardwood, fenced yard, carport, Wildwood exit. $900 mo., $600 deposit, $35 application fee. (501) 517-3697.

3 BR, 2 BA, bonus room, fenced backyard, 20x30 ft. shop. Cabot schools. $800 month, $600 deposit. (501) 940-4103.

NLR - 4 bedroom, 2 bath mobile home in small park, $575 month, $250 deposit. Call Wendy at (501) 744-4668.


2 BEDROOM, 2 bath house, 1320 sq. ft., split floor plan, 2-car garage, fenced backyard, Ward. $108,000. Call (501) 628-2358.

JACKSONVILLE: FOXWOOD, 3 bedroom, 2 bath brick home, master suite, Jacuzzi, walk-in closets & shower, fenced-in yard, approximately 2100 sq. ft., 5 minutes from LRAFB. (830) 734-5682.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Retirement ceremony Sept. 6

A retirement ceremony for Maj. Anthony Monnat is scheduled for 10 a.m., Sept. 6, at Hangar 1080.
Hunter safety course Sept. 7
The 189th Airlift Wing will again be sponsoring the 7th Annual Arkansas Hunter Safety Course Sept. 7, 7 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., in building 118. This will be a one day course and lunch will be provided by the 189th Chiefs Council. The course is free and open to all service members and their dependents, including guard, reserve and retirees. Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1968, must complete a hunter education course and carry a valid hunter education card to hunt in Arkansas. Call Master Sgt. J.D. Crawford at 501-733-2921 or 501-987-7959 for more information. Anyone who wants to attend please contact Crawford or Earl Summers at 501-987-5952 to pre-register.

Complete your family-care plans

Do you have your family care plan completed? In accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-2908, single parents, dual-military couples with family members and members with civilian spouses who have unique family situations, as determined by the commander or first sergeant are required to have current family-care plans on file. Please contact your first sergeant to start a plan or ensure that yours is current.

MSA closing Monday-Sept. 13

The Munitions Storage Area will be closed Monday - Sept. 13. During this time, the MSA will only process emergency requests, submitted in writing and approved by the group commander (or equivalent). Call 987-6031/5420 with any questions or concerns.
Year-end spending information
Per AFI 64-117, para 4.2.5. 
All visual information, electronic digital imaging and video equipment and services must be approved by the 19 AW/PA prior to purchase to preclude duplication of efforts and equipment, system, or data incompatibilities. Note: Visual information equipment also requires WOMS approval from 19 AW/CS when it is to be connected to a networked computer prior to 19 AW/PA approval. Contact Public Affairs at 987-3601 with any questions.

Chapel has three job openings

Little Rock AFB Chapel Seeking a Crossroads Café Coordinator. The individual is required to coordinate, establish, monitor, budget, and advertise Crossroads Cafe programs including recruiting and training volunteers. Interested bidders should have at least two years work experience in a similar or related field.
The Chapel is seeking a Catholic Parish Education Assistant. The individual is required to coordinate Catholic religious education programs, provide for methods for successful education requirement completion, ministry volunteers and leaders for training, budget inputs, and scheduled events. Interested bidders should have at least two years work experience in a similar or related field.
The Chapel is seeking a Protestant Parish Education Assistant. The individual is required to coordinate Protestant religious education programs, provide for methods for successful education requirement completion, ministry volunteers and leaders for training, budget inputs, and scheduled events. Interested bidders should have at least two years work experience in a similar or related field.
For all three positions, the following is applicable: A bachelor’s degree is recommended, but it is not required. Portfolio is requested during the interview. Background checks will be required as directed by DoDI 1402. The award of this contract will be based upon the “best value” to the government.
Bid documents including the Statement of Work (SOW), criteria of selection and general provisions can be obtained from the Chapel Bldg. 950, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All sealed bids must be received by the Chapel no later than noon, Sept. 4. Further descriptions of the duties and responsibilities associated with this contract position can be obtained by contacting Tech. Sgt. Juan Santoy, Master Sgt. Jose Gomez, Master Sgt. David George or Chaplain Randall Jamieson at the Base Chapel at 987-6014.

WingGate Travel has new phone number after system upgrades

Little Rock AFB’s Commercial Travel Office/WingGate Travel has upgraded its customer service phone system and the following contact numbers are changing to:
Local Phone: 501-859-0720
Toll Free Phone: 866-845-9550
Toll Free Fax: 866-845-9550
After Hours: 877-627-5801
The POC is Tech Sgt. Chantel Eldridge at 987-6933 contact her directly with specific concerns.

COMMENTARY>>Core values and action

By Chief Master Sgt. Brian L. Bischoff
22nd Air Force, Det 1 superintendent

This past weekend I was out running errands with a friend of mine who works on Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, near where I live, and his young son. One of our stops was at a local retail chain outlet. When I asked him why we were stopping he told me it was to take advantage of a teachable moment for his son. I was very intrigued and couldn’t wait to see what he was talking about.

As we walked to the door I could see that he was carrying a small box – a return of some sort, I guessed. As we entered, an employee walked up and asked if he could help us. “Yes, my son and I were in here yesterday and bought several items,” said my friend. “Unfortunately, this iPod case I purchased for my son was never rung up by the cashier. It was degaussed so as not to set off the alarm, but we were not charged for it. I’m here to pay for it.”

The employee was flabbergasted. Not knowing what to say, he walked us over to a nearby cashier to take care of the transaction. It was the same cashier who had made the mistake the day before. About that time, the manager walked up and said, “Thank you for your honesty. I have worked here for the last seven years and have never seen someone do this before.”

My friend replied, “I’m in the Air Force and our first core value is ‘integrity first.’ My integrity is worth a lot more than $40. It also afforded me a teachable moment with my son when we discovered the oversight on our receipt. It’s the right thing to do and that’s how our family rolls.”

What a great experience! It made me smile the rest of the day. A local business saw that not only do we have core values, we live by them. A young boy learned a life lesson on integrity, and doing the right thing. And a father and Air Force member went to bed that night knowing that he had passed on a value to his son, and had lived up to the stripes on his sleeve. Often, we are faced with moral dilemmas; I’m sure you’ve probably faced one this week. Maybe someone forgot to ring something up on your bill, or the door on the newspaper vending machine was ajar, or you got an extra serving of fries in your fast food bag. The point is, when faced with these types of situations, you have an opportunity to live up to our core values. You have the opportunity to show others in our community that we don’t just speak the values, we live by them. And, most importantly, we have the opportunity to pass those values on to the next generation, who will continue to carry the torch and defend this great nation. It’s something to think about.

TOP STORY>>Camping at Lake Ouachita

By Airman 1st Class Scott Poe
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A beautiful lakeside view, all the swimming and fishing one can handle, and I did it all on an Airman’s pay. Lake Ouachita State Park was my choice for a budget friendly getaway.

The trip started on a Friday afternoon. My friend and I rented a canoe from Outdoor Recreation and headed down the winding roads to our camp. We became concerned by slow drizzling rain as we neared camp, but soon the rains subsided, which eased our worries.

After a drive of approximately an hour and a half, we arrived at Lake Ouachita State Park’s Visitor Center to check in.

The staff was friendly and eager to answer our questions. There were live displays of snakes, fish, spiders and other native critters in the lobby. The park also had programs, tours and activities such as kayak races, a bird island tour, snorkeling and an island adventure. Each day the park offers three to five activities to help visitors make the most of their stay. A majority of the activities are free, the others were around $10 to participate.

We chose the walk-in camping area located on a small peninsula reaching out into the lake. Locating our camp was a fast and easy find. Our site was right next to the water’s edge on a specially leveled area just for tents. The site resided underneath the shade of tall pines, providing relief from the summer storms. The threatening thunder in the distance motivated us to quickly setup the tent. Perfectly timed we hid in the tent as a summer shower passed through and put our plans of fishing on hold. The thunder and lightning shattered our hopes of fishing for our dinner. So plan B was a good ol’ MRE. As we got ready to eat our meals, our neighbor in the tent across from us invited us over for dinner. We had juicy thick pork chops with noodles, bread and great conversation.

After the rain passed, it was perfect weather to take the canoe out and try our luck at hooking a fish. The water was smooth as glass. The rain-cooled air was calm and refreshing; the only thing that could have made it better is if the fish were biting.

The next morning we tried our luck once again on the lake with little success. It was time to enjoy the lake for another reason since it was not producing the fishing environment we were hoping for; so we went for a swim. The water was very clear and the temperature was perfect.

Tired of MRE’s, we decided to check out one of the local places for lunch. We ended up at Home Plate Café, which was 15 miles away between the camp and Hot Springs Village. The food was great. I got a 7 ounce steak with fries and freshly steamed broccoli. The steak was cooked just as I asked and it was very tender and juicy. Our waiter, Zach Geiling, said everything from the restaurant was fresh and made from scratch. Nothing came prepackaged. He never let our drinks run dry and had a great attitude with a smile.

After the meal, it was back to camp to enjoy the warm tranquil water once again, swimming and fishing. Even though we were having an immense amount of fun, we stayed safe by following these guidelines. Always stay safe when you’re out on the water whether it’s on a boat or swimming in a pool. If you’re swimming, never swim alone, and don’t mix alcohol with water sports/activities. Always use a lifejacket when you are in water.

We took the canoe to explore some of the islands to find a new place to camp when we decided to come back. The next morning it was time to pack up and head home. I can almost guarantee that I will be going back. The hospitality of the park staff and the other campers made the experience fun and memorable.

My main goal on this trip was of course to have a good time, but I had to do it on an airman 1st class’ budget. We rented all of our goodies from Outdoor Recreation. The tent, two cots and the trailer with the canoe cost $83 for two days. Lunch at the Home Plate Café cost around $11 and our campsite was $12 a day. I spent $106 total but my amigo helped with his share of the bill.

It was a great feeling to get away from the stress of the work week and enjoy the outdoors. The park was so peaceful and had an abundance of activities to take part in. I had a blast, and I didn’t spend a lot of the little money I make. Lake Ouachita State Park is definitely a place I will visit again. To contact the park call 501-767-9366 or go visit them online at

TOP STORY>>A new C-130J Rocks the Rock

19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base received its newest C-130J in a ceremony on base on Aug. 20.

The aircraft, the first of five to be delivered to the base in 2013, was flown by Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, director of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

“I have to tell you this aircraft delivery is certainly one of the highlights of my career,” said Woodward. “The C-130 is such an iconic American aircraft and has been such a big part of my Air Force career that to be afforded the opportunity to deliver the very newest one in the fleet is a huge honor for me. But beyond that, to deliver it to the mecca of the C-130 world, the nation’s tactical airlift Center of Excellence holds a special significance.”

Woodward praised Team Little Rock and the support C-130s provide to the global mission of the U.S. Armed Forces.

“The fact of the matter is the United States military simply could not maintain our forward operating bases without the short-field landing and precision airdrop capabilities the C-130 brings to the fight,” she said.

The C-130Js are the newest of the C-130 models, slowly supplanting the legacy fleet of H models, since the J model first arrived at Little Rock AFB in 2004. In 2012, the C-130J flew 23,000 sorties, moved 55,000 tons of cargo and 133,000 passengers, factoring heavily in tactical operations around the globe.

The Rock is the largest C-130 base in the world and is home to the Center of Excellence, the premiere C-130 training school with students from all over the globe, representing partnerships with 46 foreign nations.
Woodward said the Air Force Major Commands combined with the efforts of allied nations will continue to use the C-130J to provide the best tactical airlift support in the world.

“The incredible synergy between the Air National Guard, Reserves, AETC and AMC here truly represents the United States Air Force’s total force at its very best,” she said. “It is because of this incredible melding of total force and civic partnership that I know Team Little Rock will continue to produce the best tactical airlifters in the world, using this very aircraft, for decades to come. And that means these crews and this aircraft will continue to deliver combat airlift wherever and whenever our nation needs it.”

Friday, August 16, 2013

TOP STORY >> Little Rock Air Force Base uses new ERT during MARE

19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

During the recent Major Accident Response Exercise on July 24 at Little Rock Air Force Base tested a revolutionary new Emergency Response Tool that could increase the efficiency of first responders and enhance the base’s ability to respond to disasters in the future.

The base did not have a virtual common operating picture (COP) prior to receiving the ERT. Hard copy maps were being used instead. Updating those maps was very expensive. It required man hours, and a lot of paper and ink, so using the ERT saves the base and the Air Force time and money said Valerie Daniels, 19th Civil Engineering Squadron GeoBase program manager.

Daniels said, the ERT is a web-based interactive tool overlying a Geospatial Information System Map enabling users to “edit” and “view” a common operating picture of an exercise or real world incidents.

 “The ERT empowers our team to operate in a more effective and efficient manner while providing the Crisis Action Team, Emergency Operations Center, Unit Control Centers and Group Control Centers a visual comprehension as the incident evolves,” said Daniels. “Practicing, (during exercises), will make us better able to respond to real-world incidents.”
During the exercise, the ERT was loaded on Elitebooks and allowed the incident commander to visualize the best solutions to control the situation, said Daniels.

 After determining the scenario for this exercise, a virtual picture of the situation was built, viewed by Don Smart, 19th CES fire chief, and within 5 minutes, was published based on incident commander approval.

Publication of the detailed map allowed all responders with computer capability to see where traffic and entry control points were, safe routes for evacuation, and even the direction the wind was blowing. It also provided faster identification of buildings to shelter in place.

The ERT operates in real time; it updates the COP as the events in the exercise occur.
The exercise flowed faster and smoother based on situational awareness provided by the COP, said Daniels. She also said the communication process was clear and expedited due to this tool. Emergency responders were able to make decisions based on the map the incident commander approved, ensuring safety of base personnel and a coordinated response.

During a real-world emergency, Daniels said she is certain this capability will save lives.
“I am looking forward to using and sharing this tool and its success story with other military installations, improving for future exercises and/or real world events,” said Daniels.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

COMMENTARY>>How to stay grounded during the storm: A lesson from the Sea Wolf

By Col. Stephen Weaver
19th Mission Support Group Commander

I was on the wrong end of the island when the first mate called. The skipper was preparing to leave straightaway. “What changed?” I asked. The plan had been to wait a day or two and let the storm pass. He noted, in colorful and exciting terms, the irrelevance of my question. I quickly gathered my things and began to walk, and then run, to the right end of the island. The Sea Wolf normally had a five-man crew, but I knew the skipper would reduce the number to four if I delayed.

I was surprised to find myself sick. Seasickness had not typically been a problem for me, but a couple of days of 10- to 15-foot seas in a 100-foot fishing boat had wrecked me. I couldn’t eat and had a bad headache. Mercifully, one evening, the first mate took pity upon the greenhorn Texan and proffered two worthwhile pieces of advice. “First,” he said, “get physically sick; don’t fight it anymore. Just let it go. In fact, if possible, force it out.” I acted upon this first suggestion, and immediately improved my condition.

Our primary interest, however, lies in the second piece of counsel; it was guidance which I found helpful in fending off future bouts of seasickness and, more importantly, find useful still today when weathering life’s metaphoric storms: “Don’t get drawn into the swell and chop immediately around the boat,” he said. “Instead, focus on the distant horizon.”

At sea, orienting to a constant like the horizon helps to ground and settle you physically by providing both perspective and promise. It affords the perspective of truth by confirming the upness of up and the downness of down, but also, with a little effort, suggests the promise of a future calm that, in the fullness of time, will inevitably follow the storm.

Life, too, benefits from grounding to a constant — a bedrock of fundamental core values that steadies us in the “swell and chop” of our own life’s storms. I find grounding through a faith in God and the principles deriving from this faith. Others may acquire a steadying strength from time-tested family or institutional traditions. In any event, we benefit from assessing the worthiness of our grounding in advance of the storm — in advance of life’s certain troubles and trials. Do our grounding “horizons” grant a perspective of truth and a promise of future calm? Do they confirm up and down, right and wrong, important and unimportant? Do they help us see past the problems of today and instill a hope for tomorrow?

If no, particularly if already in a storm, I encourage you seek out someone you respect, whose grounding you admire, whether a friend, a supervisor, a co-worker — a Wingman. Our Air Force also provides a multitude of resources specially designed for and interested in helping you – chaplains, counselors, first sergeants and commanders. Find one, talk to them, and begin to construct anew your “horizon.” You’ll find perspective and promise in those discussions and will leave better prepared to weather your storm and enjoy the calm seas of the future.

TOP STORY>>ABC’s of back-to-school safety

By Senior Airman Regina Agoha
19 Airlift Wing Public Affairs

As August marks the beginning of the end of summer, all base traffic should be mindful that now that school has begun for the Flightline Upper Academy and will begin Monday for Arnold Drive, road rules for child safety will be strongly enforced.

Jeff Bardsley, 19th Security Forces Squadron chief of plans and programs, said that most of the road rules will be the same for both schools.

School zone safety lights will begin flashing promptly the first day of school near Arnold Drive Elementary from 7:25 - 8:15 a.m., and it will start again 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. for school dismissal, Bardsley said.

The Harris Gate on Arkansas Blvd., will only be open on school days from 6 to 8 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., said Tech. Sgt. Peck, 19th SFS operations noncommissioned officer in charge.

“Only traffic coming westbound on Arnold Drive can turn directly into Arnold Drive Elementary school parking lot for picking up or dropping off students,” he said. “There are signs posted to inform drivers that no left turns between school hours are allowed.”

There is a 15-mph speed zone near the school, and there is no tolerance in that area for speeding, Bardsley said. The 19th SFS Airmen will be there to strictly enforce it, and they will catch those exceeding the speed limit, even by 1mph, he said.

To help deter speeding, a speeding cart will be placed near the school for drivers to monitor their own speed. Once the flashing lights turn off, the speed limit is back to 35 mph.

For the Flightline Upper Academy, school runs from 7:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Laura Smith, Flightline Upper Academy office manager, said parents dropping-off students in the morning may turn off Cannon Drive into the one-way drive, which begins at the school marquee, passes under thefront awning of the school, and continues past the school directly in front of the Razorback Inn.

Parents are asked to follow the outside right lane of the one-way drive in order to allow non-school traffic destined for the Razorback Inn to pass freely while adhering to the inner left lane of the one-way drive. All students will exit their vehicles under the front awning of the school.

Smith said fifth and sixth grade dismissal pick-up will follow the same identical route as the morning drop-off.

Students will be escorted to the front awning area with their homeroom teachers, and will board their transportation as the vehicles pass under the awning, Smith said.

The pick-up will begin to flow at 3:45 pm. Parents/guardians, who arrive prior to 3:45 p.m., are asked to park their vehicle in the front parking lot, and students will be escorted to their vehicle as a group by a designated teacher. Vehicles awaiting pick-up are not allowed to form a car line as they wait for student dismissal.

Seventh and eighth grade dismissal pick-up will enter the school property from Cannon Drive through the one-way entry and will follow the one-way street running between Flightline and the Distinguished Visitor Lodging. These vehicles will then circle around to the rear parking slots on the street behind the school and wait for their children to be dismissed to the vehicles by their homeroom teachers. Once the students are picked up, the traffic will then flow back to Arnold Drive for the final exit near the Shopette.

For walkers from Flightline Upper Academy, Smith said there will be a designated staff member escorting the children from the school to the Arnold Drive/Cannon Drive intersect ion.

Bardsley said there is a crosswalk near Arnold Drive Elementary, and there will be a crossing guard there dressed in a reflective vest and holding a stop sign to control the flow of traffic.

Drivers need to adhere to the crossing guard and slow down, as well as be extra observant of their surroundings, while in the school zones because children may disregard the crosswalks and run into the street.

“Children are our future, and nothing affects a community worse than to lose a child,” said Bardsley. “You cannot be in that big of a hurry to where slowing down to 15 mph for 200 yards is going to kill you. If you are in that much of a hurry, then you need to leave earlier. The biggest issue of course, is the child’s safety.”

Arnold Drive Elementary and JCLS Flightline Upper Academy are both public schools.

Arnold Drive Elementary teaches students from kindergarten to fifth grade. JCLS Flightline Upper Academy educates fifth to eighth graders.

To volunteer to be a crossing guard, call the school or contact Staff Sgt. Gregory Nation at 987-6095 or

Thursday, August 8, 2013

COMMENTARY>>Hagel announces reduction in civilian furlough days

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today.

Here is the complete text of the secretary’s announcement:

When I announced my decision on May 14 to impose furloughs of up to 11 days on civilian employees to help close the budget gap caused by sequestration, I also said we would do everything possible to find the money to reduce furlough days for our people. With the end of the fiscal year next month, managers across the DoD are making final decisions necessary to ensure we make the $37 billion spending cuts mandated by sequestration, while also doing everything possible to limit damage to military readiness and our workforce. We are joined in this regard by managers in non-defense agencies who are also working to accommodate sequestration cuts while minimizing mission damage. As part of that effort at the Department of Defense, I am announcing today that, thanks to the DoD’s efforts to identify savings and help from Congress, we will reduce the total numbers of furlough days for DoD civilian employees from 11 to six.

When sequestration took effect on March 1, DoD faced shortfalls of more than $30 billion in its budget for day-to-day operating costs because of sequestration and problems with wartime funding. At that point we faced the very real possibility of unpaid furloughs for civilian employees of up to 22 days.

As early as January, DoD leaders began making painful and far reaching changes to close this shortfall: civilian hiring freezes, layoffs of temporary workers, significant cuts in facilities maintenance, and more. We also sharply cut training and maintenance. The Air Force stopped flying in many squadrons, the Navy kept ships in port, and the Army cancelled training events. These actions have seriously reduced military readiness.

By early May, even after taking these steps, we still faced day-to-day budgetary shortfalls of $11 billion. At that point I decided that cutting any deeper into training and maintenance would jeopardize our core readiness mission and national security, which is why I announced furloughs of 11 days.

Hoping to be able to reduce furloughs, we submitted a large reprogramming proposal to Congress in May, asking them to let us move funds from acquisition accounts into day-to-day operating accounts. Congress approved most of this request in late July, and we are working with them to meet remaining needs. We are also experiencing less than expected costs in some areas, such as transportation of equipment out of Afghanistan. Where necessary, we have taken aggressive action to transfer funds among services and agencies. And the furloughs have saved us money.

As a result of these management initiatives, reduced costs, and reprogramming from Congress, we have determined that we can make some improvements in training and readiness and still meet the sequestration cuts. The Air Force has begun flying again in key squadrons, the Army has increased funding for organizational training at selected units, and the Navy has restarted some maintenance and ordered deployments that otherwise would not have happened. While we are still depending on furlough savings, we will be able to make up our budgetary shortfall in this fiscal year with fewer furlough days than initially announced.

This has been one of the most volatile and uncertain budget cycles the Department of Defense has ever experienced. Our fiscal planning has been conducted under a cloud of uncertainty with the imposition of sequestration and changing rules as Congress made adjustments to our spending authorities.

As we look ahead to fiscal year 2014, less than two months away, the Department of Defense still faces major fiscal challenges. If Congress does not change the Budget Control Act, DoD will be forced to cut an additional $52 billion in FY 2014, starting on October 1. This represents 40 percent more than this year’s sequester-mandated cuts of $37 billion. Facing this uncertainty, I cannot be sure what will happen next year, but I want to assure our civilian employees that we will do everything possible to avoid more furloughs.

I want to thank our civilian workers for their patience and dedication during these extraordinarily tough times, and for their continued service and devotion to our department and our country. I know how difficult this has been for all of you and your families. Your contribution to national security is invaluable, and I look forward to one day putting this difficult period behind us. Thank you and God Bless you and your families.

top story>>New ANG recruiter for Little Rock AFB

By Senior Airman Regina Agoha
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Little Rock Air Force Base now has an in-service recruiter for any active-duty member who wants to join the Air National Guard.

If an Airman wants to go to a specific state or perhaps back home, Master Sgt. Marcus Rawls, Little Rock AFB in-service recruiter, said he is the “broker” between that Airman and the recruiter there.

He can make sure there is a vacancy and a position number in the Air Force Specialty Code he or she is qualified in. If an Airman wants to cross train, Rawls said he can initiate that as well.

“I am here specifically recruiting active-duty members for palace chase and palace front programs,” said Rawls. “That’s for active-duty members who want to get out early or at the end of their time of service and transition directly to the Air National Guard.”

Rawls said to remember this is a part-time gig, and one would have to double the remaining years that are left. For example, if there are three years left in one’s enlistment, he or she would have to serve at least six years in the guard.

“This is for people who want to go home and have a full-time job waiting for them,” he said.

Before setting up an appointment, Rawls said there are certain things an Airman should have.

“Make sure you have three years of service completed,” he said. “That way, you will be eligible for your Post 9/11 GI Bill. Make sure you have a good track record with your active duty service. If you have any law violations, demotions or a derogatory record, there’s probably not a good chance I can help you. You have to be in good health. You have to be passing your PT test as well. You cannot be on any type profile, except pregnancy.”

Rawls said there are certain AFSCs that are categorized as critically manned according to Air Force standards. During certain periods, those AFSCs will be disqualified. For those interested, go to the virtual Military Personnel Flight site to find out if their AFSC is one in that category.

Rawls explain that anyone wanting to go through the process of palace chasing or separating to become ANG has to be flexible with the time frame.

“It’s not just something that can happen in a week or two,” he said. “It can take up tofour months, and that’s because of the layers of approval. The person whose applying just needs to be patient as the process goes through.”

Rawls is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in building 1255, upstairs in room 216B.

He can be reached at (501)-987-6767, (301)-250-5838 or For more information on the Air National Guard visit

TOP STORY>>Inaugural Diversity Day comes to The Rock

By Staff Sgt. Jake Barreiro
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Early on the morning of Aug. 2, Team Little Rock gathered outside the 19th Airlift Wing’s headquarters to come together and celebrate the base’s first ever Diversity Day.

Diversity Day combined at least nine other monthly observances, traditionally observed in specific months throughout the year, into one big multicultural celebration. The purpose of the day was to highlight the sacrifices and contributions that all cultures and backgrounds bring to being part of the military.

“Diversity Day is about opening up to all cultures,” said 1st Lt. Rachel Jarrell, diversity director of Diversity Day. “It’s about embracing each other’s differences and respecting them.”

The day started with a “Unity Walk” from the 19th AW’s headquarters down to Hangar 233 on the base’s flight line. Team Little Rock personnel were accompanied by the Little Rock Central High School marching band, who played music during the march.

On top of the live music, people were garbed in traditional cultural attire and carried signs celebrating the diversity of ideologies, cultures and ethnicities that make up the armed forces of America.

After the Unity Walk ended at Hangar 233, the audience saw a performance from an Eleanor Roosevelt impersonator who performed a monologue of “What We Are Fighting For” set during World War II. After the monologue, the “First Lady” took questions from the audience, and the impersonator gave her best Eleanor Roosevelt answer.

After the performance, Diversity Day moved to Hangar 1080 on base for a cultural cuisine sampling. The dishes served during the event included Pork Schnitzel (German), Chicken Katsu with white rice (Japanese), Bulgogi with kimchee (Korean), Candied Plantains (Latin American), Palak Paneer (Indian), Beef Tangine (Moroccan) and Huut (Native American).

After the cuisine, the celebration shifted to the Thomas Community Activities Center, where an array of performances were given along with separate display booths providing information about a wide array of cultures and ethnicities.

Booths set up at the TCAC provided information on a variety of topics such as: Disability Awareness, Women’s Health, Asian-Pacific Heritage, Native-American Heritage, Hispanic-American Heritage and a Holocaust Memorial amongst others.

Performances at the TCAC included, hula dances, salsa dances, poetry readings, karate demonstrations, Irish dances and an authentic Celtic band.

“It was great to be able to see all these different cultures come together. I was overwhelmed with all the many cultures that turned out to be a part of this day,” said Jarrell.

Jarrell said she thinks the first ever Diversity Day was a success and is excited to start planning for next year.

“I’m looking forward for next year’s diversity day to be bigger and better,” she said. “This year we had 11 cultures. Next year I’m going for 20.”

Thursday, August 1, 2013

COMMENTARY>>Fight for feedback

By Chief Master Sgt. Charles Fletcher
314th Maintenance Group Superintendent

Conducting performance feedback is one of the most important aspects of Airmen development but one that is widely neglected. The success of our goal oriented performance appraisal system is based on setting attainable goals, mentoring, reinforcing positive behaviors, giving immediate and honest feedback, as well as developing an accurate goal based rewards system which is essential to the ultimate success of our Airmen and U.S. Air Force.

No matter where you are in an organization, performance feedback is essential to your professional growth. For our junior enlisted Airmen, feedback is most important to get them acclimated to military life and set standards and goals for them to strive for. Our junior NCO’s need constant feedback on how they should lead our Airmen and progress in their own careers. SNCO’s need feedback on how to develop their subordinates and how to lead their work centers. And, believe it or not, Chiefs need feedback too. Sometimes the higher you are in an organization the less feedback you actually get. Bottom line: EVERYONE NEEDS FEEDBACK.

There are many things that get in the way of feedback, but none are acceptable. Not only is it an Air Force requirement but it is critical to the professional growth of our Airmen. Many times supervisors gloss over feedbacks but don’t really go into depth on where and how an Airman can improve. Many supervisors find giving negative feedback is uncomfortable and as a result they avoid it. Feedback must be honest, timely and comprehensive in order for it to be effective. Discussing goals, how subordinate performance stacks against peers, and specific behaviors required for improvement is necessary to propel Airman to higher levels.

This feedback needs to happen at specific intervals per AFI but that shouldn’t tie supervisors hands. You should give feedback any time you think it is needed and not only for negative behavior but just as importantly to reinforce positive performance. Also, keep in mind that feedback isn’t limited to just the written form. Some of the most important feedback can take place during normal everyday conversation.

Remember, as the subordinate, you can ask for feedback anytime. In fact, if you are unclear on expectations and direction, I highly encourage you to do just that. Grab your supervisor and ask for a feedback. In fact you should fight for feedback often. Don’t wait until your EPR is due to realize that you have missed the mark. You are responsible for knowing where your performance stands and what is required for you to become successful and excel.


By Staff Sgt. Russ Scalf
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Struck by a car and left for dead, Senior Master Sgt. Maurice Milstead was experiencing every cyclist’s nightmare scenario.

On February 14, 2012, the 19th Equipment Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight superintendent, set off to work like any other morning. He woke up around 4:30 a.m., made his morning cup of espresso and geared up for a chilly commute. The 14-mile-ride was one that he had made at least a hundred times. While not without risk, the 45-minute trip from his home in Austin to Little Rock Air Force Base could hardly be described as playing in traffic.

“Everything was normal that day,” said Milstead. “It was February so it was still a little bit cool and during the winter I layer up, which worked out very well for me. I also had two blinking lights on, one on my backpack and one on my bike. Then I had my headlight, which is about 450 lumens and is pretty bright, it actually looks like a car coming at you.”

As he approached the five-mile mark of his route, Milstead’s trip had been just like any other morning ride.

“I was heading up a hill on Second Street in Cabot, and there aren’t typically a lot of cars on the road at that time of day,” said Milstead. “When I ride, I use the lane of traffic like a vehicle would, as allowed by law, and use the shoulder as a safety precaution. You can generally hear vehicles coming, and some will even honk to let you know they’re coming.”

What happened next sent him on the ride of his life.

“It’s a straight road, and I started going up the hill,” said Milstead. “I don’t remember anybody passing me on the road that morning. The first thing I do remember was hearing this loud noise. I don’t remember getting struck, or feeling like I was struck, I just remember losing control and hitting the ground thinking oh man this is crazy. It was so loud, and I looked up and the guy just kept going.”

Milstead had been hit, sideswiped by a passing car. The impact was strong enough to send him tumbling out of control and rolling through a wide patch of gravel on the side of the road. When he finally skidded to a stop, he was nearly 15 feet from where the vehicle had impacted him.

“I’m laying there, I look up and it’s just like a daze,” said Milstead. “I’ve broken bones before while riding, and so I did a systems check. Everything moved so I got up and I thought, I probably shouldn’t be standing up. There was nobody around, so I grabbed my phone, which I keep in my backpack, and I called my wife, but she didn’t answer, so I left her a message. It was something like, ‘Hey, I got hit by a car,’ I was very nonchalant about it because I was OK. I was sore, but I felt like I had a broken rib. A few cars stopped to see if I needed help, and one woman and her son commented that they pass me every morning, but I’m almost never laying on the ground.”

Milstead’s wife, Kathryn, was concerned, but this was not the first time she’d received a call informing her that her husband had been in an accident. Nearly two years before, while stationed in England, Milstead had fallen while trail riding and broken his ankle. This time they were both more prepared for the situation.

“I found the voicemail and grabbed the kids out of bed and got them on the bus,” said Kathryn. “I wasn’t sure what to make of it. He sounded more ticked off than hurt. There were definitely a few expletives in there. We were still new to the area and I wasn’t exactly sure where he was. I was a little worried, but glad that he was coherent.”

His next call was to his office, to inform them he’d been in an accident. Shortly after, the police arrived to make a report, and the driver of the car returned to the scene. Milstead was taken to the hospital for X-rays, which were negative.

After a few days of rest, Milstead was able to resume riding. A return to the scene of the accident provided a few souvenirs. The cover of the car mirror and a bicycle rim were the only traces of the accident, outside of Milstead’s scrapes and bruises. His bike, which he custom built at his home, was a complete $4,500 loss. He cited the reimbursement and opportunity to build a new bike as the only bright side of the experience.

A meeting with the 19th Airlift Wing safety office revealed that Milstead had made all of the correct safety precautions. This was simply an unfortunate case of an inattentive driver.

“Some of the best advice I can give to other riders is to be seen, be predictable and anticipate what drivers might do,” said Milstead. “Some other good things you can do are make sure you tell people your route or where you’ll be riding, wear the appropriate safety gear and have an emergency kit with you. It’s important to know your limits, stay hydrated, and follow the rules of the road.”

TOP STORY>>Base observes Diversity Day

By Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

All over the world, Airmen celebrate their culture and heritage in unique and special ways. The differences every Airman holds creates a stronger and more resilient total force. Diversity is a key element in broadening ones understanding of unfamiliar cultures. The various cultures of every Airman helps broaden diversity and understanding, allowing Airmen and families to focus their strengthening on social, mental, spiritual and physical well-being.

In honor of the many diverse ethos that the Air Force embodies, the members of Team Little Rock are hosting a Diversity Day celebration today at several locations on base. The celebration combines the separate monthly observances into one full day of activities in an effort to save the Air Force money and offer Airmen new opportunities to broaden horizons and develop understanding of the differences all around us.

The day will begin at 7 a.m. with a unity walk starting at the 19th Airlift Wing headquarters building and ending at hangar 233. The walk will be accomplished with the Central High School marching band leading the way. The walk will be brought to a close with Susan Marie Forntczak, portraying Eleanor Roosevelt, guest speaking and encouraging the audience to take a trip to the past.

Throughout the remainder of the day, Team Little Rock and their families will have the opportunity to experience the food, fun, attire and activities of the many different cultures represented. If unable to attend the morning activities, the afternoon holds even more fun and interesting events with cultural food samplings at the Thomas Community Activity Center. The afternoon events include the Cultural Cuisine food sampling at Hangar 1080 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by entertainment and presentations at the Thomas Community Activity Center from the many different booths created for the event from 1 to 4 p.m.

Today provides a valuable opportunity for Airmen to recognize Airmen and experience the traditions that make each individual unique. The opportunity also helps develop understanding of the different cultures all around us, so get out of the office for a while and enjoy the fun!