Thursday, September 26, 2013

TOP STORY>>‘I am Air Force Energy’ campaign kicks off

Courtesy of Air Force
Civil Engineer Center

October, Energy Action Month, provides an opportunity for Airmen to learn more about the impact of energy to the Air Force’s mission as part of a national campaign led by the Department of Energy. This year’s theme, “I am Air Force Energy,” puts the Airman at the center of the campaign. The goal is to inspire the total force to be more efficient so they can give the Air Force an assured energy advantage in air, space, and cyberspace.

Beginning this month, the Air Force will highlight specific steps Airmen can take in their jobs to be more energy aware. More efficient flight decent procedures, new ways of loading cargo, and vehicle idle time reduction are just a few of the ways Airmen can help the Air Force achieve its energy goals and maximize its energy advantage to support the mission. Activities during the month include on base energy days, training, facility versus facility energy competitions, videos, fact sheets, and articles distributed via the Air Force website, and dozens of others. These efforts will share best practices and celebrate the innovative ideas and accomplishments of Airmen at all levels across the country and around the world who have reduced energy and water use and saved money.

“In fiscal year 2012, the Air Force saved more than $1.5 billion through smarter buildings, new technologies, and more efficient flight operations,” said Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning. “The smart use of energy means flying our aircraft farther, transporting more cargo, and accomplishing our mission in a more efficient and effective way.”

In fiscal 2012, the Air Force spent $9.2 billion on energy. “Every gallon of fuel and watt of electricity we save allows us to have more resources to meet other Air Force priorities,” said Kathleen Ferguson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Logistics.

Hundreds of Airmen have gone above and beyond to help increase our energy security. A few examples include:

 Energy Manager David Morin led an energy program at Laughlin AFB, Texas, that collected and analyzed energy use data to increase energy efficiency and implemented xeriscopic landscaping wherever possible. Through these efforts, Morin helped reduce base energy consumption by 27 percent, water by 24 percent and overall utility bills in fiscal 2012 by $1.9 million.

 U.S. Air Force Europe Energy Manager Kelly Jaramillo oversaw an energy program that included 46 projects that are estimated to save more than $5.5 million a year. She also implemented an energy awareness campaign that engaged the residents in Military Family Housing and helped them reduce energy consumption 25 percent and natural gas 17 percent.

 The Seymour Johnson AFB Support Center earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold rating by consolidating five functional organizations into a single facility which cut energy consumption 60 percent and costs 50 percent. The building utilizes a high-efficiency variable refrigerant flow HVAC system, centrally maintained temperature set points, and low-flow plumbing. These features helped the base reduce potable water use 50 percent, and save 2,862 MMBTUs and $55,000.

 The Air Combat Command facility energy team at Langley AFB, Va., oversaw facility energy optimization at 16 installations, which reduced energy use by 5.9 percent from 2011 and awarded 39 energy projects to save 447,471 MBTUs and $5.4 million annually. In total, the programs implemented by ACC reduced energy consumption by 538,809 MMBTU, cut CO2 emissions by 62,835 tons, and saved $6.67 million annually.

 The 22nd Operations Group Fuel Efficiency Office at McConnellAFB, Kan., designed and implemented measures to reduce and eliminate inefficiency in the fuel management of the KC-135. These measures included reducing KC-135 landing fuel, changing the KC-135 standard landing configuration, incorporating fuel efficiency software to inform flight speed, routing, and altitude, pioneering a new training configuration which reduced aircraft basic weight, air maximizing simulator usage, and training 400 aircrew on the importance of fuel management. These efforts saved the Air Force $4.3 million, even though sorties increased 42 percent.

Besides learning from their colleagues, Airmen are encouraged to take an online energy module available to all personnel with a Common Access Card on the Advanced Distance Learning System

TOP STORY>>TLR runs for remembrance

By Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Team Little Rock members observed National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day on Sept. 19 at Little Rock Air Force Base.

POW/MIA Recognition Day is traditionally recognized on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.

TLR remembered POW/MIA Day by hosting a 24-hour run at the Warfit Track. The run consisted of 497 runners, representing 27 squadrons from around the base, who took shifts carrying the POW/MIA flag, keeping the flag in motion for the full 24 hours.

The run started after retreat Sept. 18, and was scheduled to end Sept. 19, after a retreat ceremony, however weather complications altered plans. It began to rain Wednesday night and continued into the morning. The inclement weather pushed the run into the Fitness Center where runners continued to carry the flag.

“I know running in the gym can be monotonous,” said Master Sgt. Barry Lott, the 19th Operations Group deputy of plans and deployment and event organizer. “I’m really proud of the folks for adapting and overcoming and remembering what was really important.”

A group of five Airmen from the 19th Dental Clinic set up a tent with a single goal in mind: to alternate running among the five of them and maintain their presence for the full duration of the run. Once it began to rain however, they moved their camp inside the gym to the racquetball courts but continued to run. Taking one-hour shifts and cheering each otheron, the group managed to complete 136.5 miles.

“We sacrificed one day and that is nothing compared to what the men and women who we represented gave for our country,” said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Baer, a 19th Aerospace Medical Dentist Squadron dental lab technician.

Many Americans from across the country pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war, as well as those who are missing in action, and their families. Military installations fly the National League of Families POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing.

TOP STORY>>Warrior Ethos ... ... bedrock of our culture

By Col. Johnnie Martinez
19th Operations Group commander

Throughout the past couple of weeks, we have sent off a large contingent of deployers and also welcomed back many members of our 19th Airlift Wing team from deployment. For many it was their first deployment, and for a greater majority this was one of many deployments. In either case, you could feel the pride emanating from each and every person as they either looked forward to what they were about to do or recounted what they had just accomplished. These events bring home the reality of what we, as Airmen, have volunteered to do in service to our country. It also brings to the forefront the need to maintain a warrior ethos amongst our ranks as we provide Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power for our great nation. Sometimes we lose sight of that need to cultivate the warrior spirit as we get trapped in the daily grind here at Little Rock Air Force Base. However, this warrior code drives who we are as a service and why all of you do what you do each and every day. That is why it is important to recalibrate how we view our warrior culture as it relates to our mission and people.

Our charge, as Airmen, is to fly, fight and win. In order to accomplish this, we need to focus on how we contribute to the wing’s mission of providing combat capability. Make no mistake about it; each and every one of you is an important member of the Black Knight’s and our larger Air Force team. It is imperative that you understand where you fit in this puzzle. I believe that this is the mission crux of the warrior tenant, making sure everyone understands how they contribute to the “fight.” It is not just aircrew or maintenance personnel that make the mission happen, it is the “unseen” pieces that make mission success a reality. Many of you understand where you fit in this effort and how you contribute, but I’m sure there are probably a larger number of people who don’t. Therefore, it is important that we help educate each other on how integral each piece is to our success and foster that warrior ethos across our wing as it relates to the mission. Just as important, however, is making sure everyone understands what this warrior spirit entails for our people.

As Airmen, we are trusted to foster a climate of respect and dignity for all our members. This is built through inclusion and trust, not by creating an environment akin to the “good old boys club.” Too many people believe a warrior’s mentality is predicated on that type of environment, but that is farthest from the truth. Our warrior tenants, with respect to people, demand that we cultivate wingman practices of taking care of each other. We must drive out those types of unacceptable behaviors, such as sexual assault, that do not adhere to our principles of decency. Making sure everyone truly understands this warrior ethos and what it means to be a tightly knit band of warriors will help us combat these problems and hopefully put us on a path to eradicate them. We need everyone’s help to foster this type of environment if we are to solve these problems. We are all part of the solution.

I ask that you keep these thoughts I’ve laid out in mind as you go through your daily routines. Knowing where you fit into the mission and building that sense of trust with your fellow Airmen will go a long way in keeping us focused on that warrior ethos and ultimately enhance your already outstanding record of performance. Remember, what you do is important and as our Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Welsh, recently stated, “Airpower, because without it you lose.”

Thursday, September 19, 2013

COMMENTARY>>Enthusiasm defines a true leader

By Chief Master Sgt. Eric Rower
19th Mission Support Group superintendent

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell once said “perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” It’s one of the 13 rules of success outlined in his book, “My American Journey.” Throughout his career, individuals were drawn to Powell because of his enthusiasm and positive approach to life. By saying optimism is a force multiplier, he simply meant our positivity, self-confidence and hopeful expectations are contagious and will rub off on everyone who comes in contact with us.

We communicate enthusiasm through our words, attitude, voice quality and body language. Those around us sense our enthusiasm almost immediately through our physical vibrancy, whether it is the bounce in our step or the brightness of our eyes. People with enthusiasm simply can’t wait to dig in to the task at hand. Enthusiasm intensifies our focus and ignites our resourcefulness.

Every great parent, coach, teacher and leader can be a powerful positive influence on those around them if they are keenly aware of the importance of never underestimating others.

There is untapped greatness in all of us. As leaders, our foremost responsibility is to help our team members discover and develop their special qualities. This means we often must hold the image of excellence up to them so they begin to see themselves in that light.

Sometimes the difference between mediocrity and unleashing the greatness inside of someone is very slight. As a leader, we may be right on the edge of becoming the catalyst to bring out the very best in our people. The possibility is there in every moment.

Often, the single most powerful action we can take is to help people focus on the goal, task or mission at hand. When people talk about all the challenges they “want to,” or can’t wait to tackle, they are demonstrating the kind of unstoppable enthusiasm that leads to mastery.

The experience of seeing one of their own achieve what they are truly capable of awakens a heightened belief in their own potential.

Success comes when every member of the team takes ownership of the vision and accepts responsibility for his or her part in achieving it.

The key, once again, is your own enthusiasm as a leader.

TOP STOY>>Veterinary Treatment Facility supports Little Rock AFB

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Caleb Pierce • 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

For animal lovers, the Little Rock Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment Facility provides many services to help keep Team Little Rock’s pets healthy, including their primary mission, which is to take care of military working dogs.

The veterinary facility specializes mainly in dogs, cats and occasionally horses.

“Our main mission here is the health and care of our military working dogs,” said Army Staff Sgt. Travis Lausier, noncommissioned officer in charge of the base Veterinary Treatment Facility. “After that, it’s preventive medicine like the prevention of non-diseases which incorporates with our privately-owned mission.”

The clinic offers several services also offered off base such as: annual vaccines, rabies, distemper, bordetella, as well as routine surgeries, spays, neuters and dentals.

“The biggest difference is that we’re geared toward preventive medicine, vaccinations, health certificates, and off-base vet clinics have a broader capability,” said Lausier. “They usually can do overnight care and boarding; things like that, we can’t do here. We can do most of the basic things, spays, neuters, basic sick call, but anything that needs specialty or anything above normal will have to go somewhere else.”

Along with the preventative care, vaccines and routine surgeries, the clinic can provide medicine as well.

“It’s pretty comparable with what you find off base,” said Dr. Arnetha Brooks, clinic veterinarian. “We’re only allowed to carry certain products, but we do have quite a few products that cover fleas and ticks, heartwormpreventative, some of your more common pharmaceuticals like some antibiotics, pain medications and routine medications.”

These services and more are provided to any active duty member, retiree, reservists, or anyone with an ID card.

The staff enjoys taking care of all pets as well as the military working dogs.

“I love working here on base to actually help provide services to the military families and of course take care of my military working dogs,” said Brooks. “That is an experience that you don’t hear people say they would get very often, to actually be able to help our military service men and women, and of course work with the military working dogs.”

With the clinic being located on base, it provides accessible and quick service for ID holders.

“The big factor is convenience for me,” said Jennifer Nordquest, clinic customer. “I never have to worry about the cleanliness of the facility on base. I know I can count on a clean facility. I have always had a good experience with vets on different bases. They are like a one-stop shop.”

The staff encourages everyone with pets to take advantage of their many services and hopes to increase the number of customers they have.

“I love working here,” said Brooks. “I just wish more people knew about it. A lot of people on base don’t know that we are here and that we provide services. I would love for all the military and retired military people to be able to take advantage of the services we offer and to know that we are here for them.”

The clinic’s hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., by appointment only. Surgeries or any sedated procedures are scheduled for Thursdays and Fridays. Routine procedures like spays, neuters and growth removals are performed on Thursday, and dental cleanings are performed on Fridays.

For more information, check out their Facebook page, LRAFB veterinary services, or call 501-987-7249.

TOP STORY>>Coast Guardsman receives recognition for joint work at LRAFB

19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Lt. Andrew Paszkiewicz, instructor pilot for the Coast Guard as well as the 62nd Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., was selected as Shipmate of the Week for the week of Sept. 9 – 13 for his joint work with the 314th Airlift Wing.

Paszkiewicz has been at Little Rock AFB for the past two years and said that though flying is a bit different between Coast Guard and Air Force operations, it’s still fun and he enjoys instructing the students.

“The mission of the 314th Airlift Wing is to train the best C-130 combat airlifters to fly, fight and win, and Paszkiewicz has embodied this mission while at the home of the C-130H Formal Training Unit,” said Lt. Col. James Schartz, 62nd AS commander.

The Coast Guard’s history with the “Herc” dates to 1958, when the service first ordered the HC-130B model, now retired.

At the 62nd AS, Paszkiewicz trains airlifters for seven major commands, sister services and 46 partner nations. The schoolhouse conducts training for all five C-130H crew positions: pilot, co-pilot, navigator, engineer and loadmaster, while utilizing two drop zones and two assault landing zones.

“Paszkiewicz was successfully designated as an instructor in the C-130H but continued to hone his expertise by completing the course and becoming a FTU instructor pilot,” said Schartz. “His normal duties include teaching students to fly the C-130H both day and night during low-level, multi-ship formations through central Arkansas and to safely airdrop thousands of pounds of simulated equipment within seconds of a planned time over target. Paszkiewicz is currently upgrading to evaluator pilot for FTU students and is a graduate of the Air Force Safety Officer School at Kirtland AFB, N.M.”

Paszkiewicz also equips students with tactics for avoiding hostile enemy fire and how to accomplish successful resupply for ground forces by employing airdrop, as well as training pilots to take-off and land on assault landing strips as short as 3,000 feet.

“This detailed and rigorous training is crucial to the 1,000 students who are trained in the 62nd AS each year, as they frequently deploy to combat zones within three months of graduation,” said Schartz.

Paszkiewicz was praised by leadership for successful efforts while here at Little Rock AFB.

“Paszkiewicz’s mastery of his craft is apparent,” said Schartz. “He took on the immense challenge of learning combat airlift and quickly became a FTU instructor teaching Air Force tactics to America’s war fighters. His unparalleled feat of earning a unique qualification and giving back to the Coast Guard fleet makes him an asset to both services- an asset to our Armed Forces.”

Paszkiewicz will return to duty with the Coast Guard in the summer of 2014.

It is expected that he will be replaced by another Coast Guard instructor pilot who will fly and instruct in the C-130J with the 48th AS.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

TOP STORY>>TLR rallies to support victims of base housing fire

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

Two Team Little Rock Families lost their homes and personal possessions when a fire broke out in a residential duplex in base housing Sept. 7, 2013, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.

Nobody was injured in the fire, which was classified as a cooking fire by base officials.

Beginning in the kitchen, the fire eventually spread throughout the entire home at 126 Pennsylvania Ave., as well as the neighboring home at 124 Pennsylvania Ave., consuming most of the former and rendering the latter uninhabitable.

The families were forced to vacate the duplex, but were quickly provided new homes from Little Rock Family Housing.

While the two families have been provided new homes, they lost a considerable amount of personal goods in the fire. Team Little Rock responded by setting up a drive to donate necessary items to the families.

To donate call Master Sgt. Rodney Kizzia, 19th Component Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, at 987-7327 or Senior Master Sgt. Troy Trevino, 19th Equipment Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, at 987-7166 or visit the 19th CMS’s sharepoint site at

The outpouring of support from base agencies, as well as fellow Airmen, was praised by Maj. Maria Moss, 19th CMS commander.

“In less than four hours, the (families) received medical care, a safe place to keep their pets, basic toiletries, clothing, a home cooked meal and a safe place to sleep, all while first responders worked tirelessly to put out the fire and keep the community safe,” she said. “Less than 24 hours after the fire began, the (families) selected their new residence, found basic necessities in the Airman’s Attic and were well on their way to rebuilding their lives. Every facet of our community responded quickly and effectively to the needs of the families and I could not be moreproud of being an Airman.”

When alerted to the crisis, the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department responded, but was unable to salvage the house because of how rapidly the fire spread; however, the firefighters stayed on the scene to contain the flames, ensuring they didn’t spread.

According to Don Smart, 19th CES fire chief, the fire was one of 24 in base housing during the last five years, 12 of which have been cooking related.

While this incident was cooking related too, it was the first one in 10 years to not be classified as an unattended-cooking fire, which is the leading cause of fires in base housing, said Smart.

“Unattended cooking is, by far, the number one cause of fires in our housing area,” said Smart. “The good news is that the trend has been dropping over the last 10 years, but we are still experiencing at least two unattended cooking fires a year; and two is way too many.o

Most cooking-related fires on base originate from grease, said Smart. Everyone should be vigilant of safety concerns while cooking, but in the event of encountering a cooking-related fire, there are some steps to follow.

First, turn the stove or burner off and place a well-fitting lid on the pan or container used for cooking.

Second, never try to move a container, pan or receptacle that’s on fire. Smart said the most likely scenario that occurs when a person moves a pan or container on fire is the container spilling and spreading the fire.

Third, call 911 as quickly as possible.

“National statistics prove that we only have a few moments to begin extinguishment or total destruction is likely,” he said. “Every minute delayed in reporting exponentially decreases the fire department’s chances of saving people or property.”

TOP STORY>>200 Team Little Rock members deploy

By Senior Airman Kaylee Clark
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Approximately 200 Airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base deployed to Southwest Asia on Sept. 8.

These Airmen specialize in combat airlift and expeditionary support while deployed down range.

“This is my first time deploying,” said Airman 1st Class Corderro Sweeney, a 50th Airlift Squadron loadmaster. “I am going to miss my family and friends, but I am ready to deploy and to support the mission.”

Families and friends gathered in the hallways of squadrons to wish their loved ones farewell and to show their support.

Lt. Col. Michael Fellona, the 50th Airlift Squadron commander, briefed his squadron and gave them his best wishes.

“Be safe, go out and execute the mission with authority,” said Fellona. “There will be highs and lows, good times and rough times, but we are here to support you back home.”

Deployers processed through the deployment line and received briefings while awaiting the arrival of the aircraft that would take them overseas.

The 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron checked mobility folders and weighed bags prior to Airmen boarding the plane.

“Our team loaded approximately 300 bags on to the aircraft,” said Tech. Sgt. Joseph Fialkowski, a 19th LRS aircraft service member.

On behalf of all of Team Little Rock, leadership shook the Airmen’s hands and wished them well on their deployment as they board the aircraft.

As part of the mobility Air Forces, the Airmen from Team Little Rock help haul passengers, cargo and supplies into the heart of contingency operations. These mission-ready Airmen deliver premiere C-130 airlift and support at every corner of the globe.

TOP STORY>>Base holds 9/11 remembrance

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

Little Rock Air Force Base commemorated the tragic events that occurred Sept. 11, 2001, with a remembrance ceremony Wednesday in building 430.

The purpose of the ceremony was to honor those who lost their lives, and the families affected and forever changed by those events. Additionally, the ceremony recognized our nation’s first responders and men and women in the Armed Forces for their resiliency and steadfast commitment to freedom. More than 200 Airmen and family members attended the ceremony.

“It is fitting that we observe a moment of silence as a tribute to those lives cut short, and as a symbol of the empty spaces left behind in the hearts of those still living,” said Staff Sgt. John Day, narrator of the ceremony. “For all Americans, for all time, the phrase ‘9/11’ will evoke a special meaning, a memory of a moment in our history when the world as we knew it changed forever.”

Staff Sgt. Zach Colburn, a 19th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, rang a bell 12 times in remembrance of the emergency responders who gave their lives 12 years ago.

Team Little Rock leadership read the timeline of events that took place that day.

Col. Patrick Rhatigan, 19th Airlift Wing commander, spoke about American Airlines flight 11 crashing into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Col. Scott Brewer, 314th Airlift Wing commander, spoke about United Airlines flight 175 crashing into the South Tower.

Col. Steve Eggensperger, 189th Airlift Wing commander, spoke about American Airlines flight 77 crashing into the Pentagon.

Col. Archie Frye, 22nd Air Force Detachment 1 commander, spoke about United Airlines flight 93 crashing into a field in Pennsylvania headed for the White House or the Capitol Building.

Stewart Wilcox, a Conway firefighter played “Amazing Grace,” while Chief Master Sgt. Margarita Overton, 19th AW command chief and Chief Master Sgt. Andrea Gates, 314th AW command chief, laid a wreath in remembrance of those who lost their lives.

As the ceremony concluded, Day had a final thought he shared with the audience.

“Today, as we think back on the events of 9/11, our sorrow over the loss of so many good people should be tempered by the example shown by so many who died and so many who lived,” he said. “They taught us through their actions that day what it means to be human. They showed us the immutable value of duty, loyalty, self-sacrifice, love. The only way we will triumph over terrorism, and conquer the senseless tragedy of that horrible day, is by celebrating the kindness of the human spirit. Today, as we remember those lost, I ask you to join me in faith that the good will not only endure, they will prevail.”

Friday, September 6, 2013

CLASSIFIEDS >> 10-25-13


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.


DO YOU want to lose weight? Tone up? Get in better shape? Call me! Personal trainer services at base gym/fitness center. Group rates and package discounts available. (240) 593-2610.


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.

APPOINTMENT SETTERS needed. Great weekly pay plus bonuses. Call for interview. (501) 605-1303.

$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.

MECHANIC WITH Trailer experience. Competitive pay, DOE, health & dental benefits, 401K & more! Must have 2 years trailer experience, own tools, clean background, CDL-A a plus. E-mail resume: or call 501-772-2896

LEGAL ASSISTANT needed for mid-size law firm. Fast paced environment, attention to detail & desire to stay on long term. Will train the right person. E-mail resume to


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


FREE KITTENS, need home. 985-9730.

RESCUED SHEPHERD mix, neutered, house trained, great w/kids & pets, free to loving home, moving, cannot take, food supplies included. (501) 541-7309.


LOST: SHELTIE, male, 9 mos. old, 10/3, 13 S. 1st St. & Hwy. 321 (west of Mean Pig area), Cabot. (501) 690-0479.

LOST: FEMALE Chihuahua, mainly black & white w/some brown on face. Last seen on Indiana Dr. on LRAFB. 2 young tots are missing their pup. (918) 629-8340.


1998 TOYOTA Rav4, all wheel drive, black, 5-spd., new battery, good tires, tinted windows, cold A/C, 154,000 miles, runs well, $3,000 obo.  (501) 410-2753.

1987 CHEVROLET Silverado pickup, 66,390 miles, 350 eng., must see to believe, cover incl., red, 1101 Stone St., Jax. 982-1767.

2010 FORD Fusion, awd, auto., V6, 3.0L, sunroof, leather, transferable 100k mile warranty, $16,500. (501) 850-2350.

1994 FORD Mustang convertible, Anniversary Edition, auto., V6, 169k, runs great, may take partial trade, $3,200. (501) 796-3901.

2010 CHEV. Impala, victory red, 64,500k GM certified, immaculate condition, tinted windows, needs nothing, comes w/2-12s, $10,900. (202) 322-7699.

2000 HONDA Civic, 140k miles, needs new bumper, runs well, good MPG, very dependable, $2,200 obo. (501) 541-7142 or (501) 531-7309.

2004 MAZDA Tribute, 122k miles, runs well, dependable, $3,500 obo. (501) 541-7309 or (501) 541-7142.

MUST SELL! 2013 GMC Acadia FWD SLE-2, 6,000 miles, silver w/gray int., full warranty, $33,000. (501) 412-3971 or 626-8648.

2010 FORD Fusion, 40k miles, V6, 3.0L, leather, sunroof, AWD, 100k mile warranty, $16,500. (501) 850-2350.


2006 WILDERNESS camper, sleeps 6, queen-size bed, self contained shower tub, dual axle wheels, $7,400. (501) 837-7225.

2010 CEDAR Creek 39' 5th wheel RV, 2 TVs, microwave/convection oven, numbers bed, back door & much more. (316) 210-4902.

SPOTLESS 2008 Harley Davidson Heritage Soft-tail Deluxe Anniversary Edition, 11k miles, new tires, fresh service by local Harley dealer. Avg. retail $15,600, asking $14,200 obo. Has removable windshield, sissy bar, additional chrome. (501) 773-7741.


FISHING TACKLE: rod & reel combos, plastics, hard baits. (501) 835-6611, Dan.

LIFELINE AED rescue ready kit defib., $800. (501) 985-1327.

(2) 5 hp. Gould single phase pumps, 230 volts, for irrigation or pools, $500. (501) 985-1327.


BLACK LEATHER couch, 84"x39"x39", less than 1.5 yrs. old. (501) 850-2350.

SOFA SECTIONAL, purchased from Furniture Row, great condition, pd. $2,300, asking $990 obo.; Lawn furniture set, 2 chairs, table & love seat, $110 obo. (501) 773-7742.

3 PERSON black leather couch, 84"x39"x39", 1.5 yrs. old, $300 firm. (501) 850-2350, Nick.


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.

2 BEDROOM, 2 bath mobile home, 3 mile north of back gate on Hwy. 107, newly remodeled, quiet, no mowing, all utilities paid. $650, $500 security. Ask for Ed. (501) 988-5187.

FOR RENT: Very nice 3 BR, 2 BA manufactured home on big lot located on a circle. Fireplace, W/D hookups, CH/A. 10 min. to LRAFB out back gate. $750 mo. Military discounts available. (501) 349-6950.

JACKSONVILLE, 1,580 sq. ft., 3 BR, 2 BA, 2-car garage, brick home w/fenced yard. Master bedroom has separate shower, walk-in closet, jetted tub. Living area has wood floors & fireplace. Front-load washer/dryer provided, $950 month. (501) 580-5347.

JACKSONVILLE: 2 bedroom, 1 bath, super clean, laminate, ceramic & wood floors, perfect for retirees or singles. $580 month & deposit, lease required. 1004 Hickman. (501) 944-0836.

LARGE UPSTAIRS furnished studio, dog lover's special. Covered parking, fenced yard. $250 deposit, $500 month with utilities paid. Mike (501) 412-3480.

FOR RENT: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, living/dining combo, den with fireplace, 2-car garage. 37 Del Tara, $700 month. The Beckie Brooks Company. (501) 985-2370.

17 CHALET St., Cabot, 3 BR, 2 BA, 1400 sq. ft. house, $900 month, $500 deposit. 1 year lease, no pets. (501) 940-4580.

3 BEDROOM, 2 1/2 bath brick home, for rent/lease in Beebe. Close to schools, conveniences & 67/167, 20 miles from base, 2-car garage, formal dining room. $1050 month, $1050 deposit. No smoking, no pets. (870) 615-9009, Leon.

Briefs >> 10-25-13

Vital 90 coming to lunch time

Beginning Nov. 1 Vital 90 will be coming to lunch time. Classes will be held on the HAWC patio as weather permits and in the Aerobic Room when weather doesn't permit from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

FSS program reduces costs of recreational activities for Airmen

Have you checked out PLAYpass yet?
The PLAYpass program allows single Airmen returning from deployments, families of deployed Airmen and families of Airmen at dependent-restricted assignments to participate in Air Force Support Squadron (FSS) activities such as trips, golf, fitness and child care at either a reduced cost or free of charge. The Airman and Family Readiness Center issues the cards valued at $500 for single airmen and $1,000 for family. You can see if you qualify at

Flu vaccine is now available

The flu vaccine is now available for all dependents and retirees while supplies last. For any questions or concerns please call the base Immunization clinic at 987-2927 or 987-7312.

Base trick-or-treating

Trick-or-treating on base will be Halloween night, Thursday Oct. 31 from 6 - 8 p.m. To ensure safety for all, the 19th Security Forces Squadron will place the Pumpkin Patrol on duty throughout the event. To sniff out any suspicious activity going on during the Halloween event, there will be approximately 50 patrol volunteers wearing police vests. They will patrol all base housing streets. Anyone noticing things out of the ordinary should let one of the volunteers know immediately, or call the SFS desk at 987-3221, so the problem will be fixed. There will be two lost child areas - one in the clinic parking lot and the second will be at the Youth Center near the base lake. For more info on Pumpkin Patrol, contact Tech Sgt. Jack Way at 501-987-4564.

FEATURE >> Mother helps autistic daughter sing her own song

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

As the lengthy summer days, with bright and balmy evenings, start to wane, parents know the difficulties of transitioning children from a typical malleable summer’s day to a regimented school schedule. Some parents, however, face special challenges this time of year.

Master Sgt. Beth Jungk is a 19th Communications Squadron plans and programs manager at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.  Her daughter Morgan, 14, has been diagnosed with autism, epilepsy, kabuki syndrome and other ailments. Morgan’s disabilities mean any deviations from her daily routine can be challenging.

I first met Beth and Morgan while covering the Arkansas Special Olympics in May of 2013. Beth is the head coach and organizer of the base’s Special Olympics team, and even though I was only able to interact with the two intermittently over the din and hustle of the three-day event, I saw a close relationship: a mother dedicated to her daughter and a daughter who needs that kind of commitment to not just survive, but mature and grow as a person.

As the school year approached, I thought about how hard it must be for Morgan, who Beth said doesn’t understand the concept of time as others do, to go from the loose possibilities of summer to the structured school days of fall. I spent a little over a week documenting the morning routine of Beth and Morgan for her first week of school.

Before the school year started, Beth tried to introduce her daughter to the idea of going back to school, including taking her to North Middle School’s orientation night. She said before this year Morgan always liked school, but shows resistance to the idea now. Every time Beth mentioned what Morgan will have to do at school, Morgan said contrarily, “I’m not at school.”

Since seemingly simple practices or routines can take a lot of time for kids with autism, Beth wakes Morgan up earlier on days she has to go to school. On summer days and weekends, Morgan often sleeps in and can take longer during the morning routine.

The routine includes waking up, getting dressed and eating breakfast. This sounds simple, but Beth said mornings can be unpredictable depending on how Morgan acts.  At 14-years-old, Morgan is maturing and undergoing the same physical and emotional changes all teenagers go through, changes that undoubtedly affect her behavior. Considering all this, I arrived at the Jungk household not knowing what to expect. After all, I had only seen and spoken to Morgan twice and wasn’t sure how she would react to me intruding on her life.
Getting a teenager out of bed can be challenging for parents, but getting a teenager with Morgan’s disabilities, already resistant to the idea of school, out of bed can be a marathon of patience, repetition and endurance. On the morning of her first day of school, Morgan didn’t want to leave her bed, so she hid underneath her pillows. After encouragement from her mother, as well as the family cats, Jax and Bandit, Morgan got up. This is a familiar routine for the cats, which jump onto Morgan’s bed every morning when it’s time to wake up. Jax, 14-years-old like Morgan, often lies near her while she’s getting dressed or if she’s upset and hiding.

Once Morgan wakes up, the next step is getting dressed, which provides additional challenges for mother and daughter. Morgan is able to get her clothes and lay them on the bed, but she isn’t able to put them on herself, so she gets help from her mother. Beth patiently dresses her 14-year-old daughter in a full outfit every day, and brushes her hair while encouraging her and trying to teach her how to do these tasks herself. One morning Morgan tried to put on a sock but couldn’t fit the fabric around her foot. Beth helped her daughter while noting she used to not try putting the socks on at all. Progress is what’s important for Beth, and while Morgan may be impaired by disabilities, she has a mother who’s dedicated to challenging her and helping her learn new things, even if it’s at a slower pace.

The second morning I was at her house, Morgan turned toward my camera and smiled as she was getting her socks and shoes put on. Beth said Morgan is getting more comfortable with me being around, and I’m feeling like I’m getting a better look at her personality, which is very playful.

One morning Morgan waved to me and smiled right after getting out of bed. At times she’d play games with her mother, holding her shoes out to her as an invitation to take them, only to pull them away when Beth reaches for them. Another day, after hiding underneath her pillows, Morgan sprung out of bed and took off running. Her mother chased her to the living room, where she playfully used the table as a barrier. Beth laughed at her daughter’s antics, and convinced her to go back to her room. Other times when I was taking a picture, Morgan would look at my camera and say “cheese,” with a wide smile and laughter.

When getting dressed for her first day of school, Morgan rebelled at the idea of going and hid under the bed. Beth patiently approached her daughter and talked to her kindly. Eventually Morgan got back up. Later Beth told me when things like this happen it’s important not to get angry, “Getting mad or yelling at her won’t solve anything. You have to be patient.”

Hiding under the bed or other antics can put Morgan behind schedule before the real unpredictable part of the morning – breakfast. Some days Beth lets her daughter choose her breakfast because Morgan can be a picky eater and sometimes eats too little. During her first week of school, Morgan mainly eats spaghetti with chicken nuggets in the morning. Breakfast can take a long time some days, and Beth has to remind Morgan to eat her food many times, all the while getting ready herself.

Even though Morgan doesn’t always want to eat, it’s imperative she eat in the morning because Beth has to give her daughter several syringes full of medicine for her various ailments. When giving her medicine, Beth tells her daughter what it’s for, and Morgan repeats the words. Even though she winces while taking the medicine, Morgan offers no resistance.

When she picks out her food, Morgan is less likely to shut down and can eat relatively quickly, but becomes sidetracked when watching TV. Sometimes she’ll recite lines from the show she’s watching, and laugh while neglecting her food. After many reminders from her mother, however, she is able to eat most of her food and take all of her medicine.

Sometimes when she is told to eat, Morgan refuses, shuts down and then crawls into her mother’s lap while crying, seeking comfort. When she does this, Beth embraces her daughter. Beth told me her daughter does this when she’s strongly opposed to something; it’s her way of saying “enough.” During the week I was with them, Morgan did this twice, and each time her mother hugged her and told her she loved her. Beth’s soothing eventually brought Morgan back from her inconsolable state, and  it struck me that even though it must be hard for mother and daughter to communicate over so many barriers, a simple act and short, kind words seemed to disarm those barriers and bring the two close.

Throughout the morning Beth often repeats instructions or questions to her daughter, often a dozen times, but does it with patience. She says that it’s important to understand people with autism don’t process language as quickly or intuitively as other people, and stresses the importance of giving instructions slowly and with patience. Routine is important, and any intrusions upon the routine can have unexpected and unpredictable consequences. Since Beth is in the military, I start to think that mother and daughter have had more intrusions upon their routine than most families would. Beth confirms my thoughts later when she tells me she’s looking forward to retirement soon because it will give Morgan more stability.

It’s evident to me that Beth, a single mother, has a lot of experience with hectic schedules, juggling personal and professional responsibilities and adapting to unpredictable circumstances. Morgan was first diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy when she was 18 months old and has had complications ever since. It’s also evident to me, however,  that Beth loves her daughter and is proud of her. She’s always telling me about Morgan’s quirks and ticks, the little things that make all of us who we are.

For instance, Morgan loves to swing while listening to music. There’s a swing in the Jungk’s backyard, and swinging back and forth while listening to music with headphones on is her favorite thing to do. She loves it so much, her mother even made an indoor swing for her to use during bad weather. When Morgan swings she also sings loudly. Her singing is out of key because her disabilities have affected her hearing as well as speech. Beth tells me her daughter will swing for hours at a time. When swinging, Morgan becomes so immersed that Beth has to set a timer to remind her to make her daughter use the washroom.

When Morgan swings, she looks and sounds elated, like the swing is her private haven. Sometimes Morgan will want to swing in privacy. One morning, she told Beth “You go now,” when we were outside while she was swinging. Beth told me this is what she says when she wants to be alone, a new trait she’s been developing. I noticed that Beth isn’t often very far from her daughter, who needs the attention and supervision. I wondered if Morgan, who needs a guardian to look out for her, has the same natural teenage impulses to rebel and seek independence most youths do.

Another activity Morgan loves is drawing. One morning Beth showed me the drawings Morgan made during art class, which is Morgan’s favorite class. In one picture Morgan was able to fully trace the colors inside the line, a huge accomplishment for an autistic child because they have such difficulty with boundaries.

On the days Beth has Morgan ready for school ahead of time, mother and daughter relax before the bus comes. During this time, Morgan prefers to swing indoors, and Beth either does schoolwork or reads by the window, waiting for the bus. Beth tells me she has learned a lot of ways to manage her responsibilities as a mother, professional and person, including being able to do homework anywhere.

Because I was there, Beth talked to me while her daughter was swinging. Beth told me about her life with Morgan, and why she’s passionate about telling her story.

 “Things like this aren’t going away,” she said. She hopes her story and experiences can help other parents. Beth said she remains determined to help Morgan grow. Progress is what she talks about. She doesn’t think taking and hiding them from the world or “letting them watch the same TV show for six hours again and again,” is the right way to treat kids with disabilities like autism.

“You have to treat them like you would any other kid, give them options, let them make choices,” said Beth.

As we waited for the bus to arrive, Beth told me she knows she may be overprotective when it comes to Morgan, but I  think one can’t begrudge those maternal instincts. Raising any child requires major commitment, but being a single mother raising one with Morgan’s disabilities requires extra attention and dedication. After all, even at 14, Morgan’s mother still dresses her and can’t leave her unsupervised for long.

“It’s been us against the world,” said Beth.

 However, she also told me she recognizes Morgan’s need for more responsibility, and tries to teach her practical survival skills, like making a meal, putting on socks and shoes or putting away silverware. She said it’s hard for her to do sometimes, but she knows Morgan needs to be exposed to the world and not just kept in a life of secure limits.

When the bus arrived the last day of the school week, Beth helped Morgan don her backpack and walked with her out to the bus. She told her daughter goodbye as Morgan climbed the steps and found her seat. When Morgan sat down, Beth waved to her daughter, and Morgan looked back at her mother out the window, waving goodbye.

COMMENTARY >> Communication, listening keys to facilitating change

By Col. Keith Green
314th Airlift Wing vice commander

As I look around Little Rock Air Force Base, and the entire Air Force for that matter, I am astonished by the pace and level of change. Our Armed Forces face fiscal austerity many of us have never experienced. That austerity is driving mandatory adjustments. At Little Rock alone, there are operational squadrons transitioning primary weapons systems. The C-130H formal training unit is transitioning the flying portion of its mission to the 189th Airlift Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard. The 22nd Air Force, Detachment 1 is transitioning from a training mission to a combat-coded mission. There are students actively engaged in training, but their follow-on assignments have been canceled or are unknown. In other cases, follow-on bases have changed after families have settled down creating additional stress and anxiety on our Airmen. There are flight engineers and navigators (as well as other specialists) being displaced by technological advancements as the C-130J replaces the C-130H fleet across the base and across the Air Force. These are just a few examples of the near term challenges we are facing. The picture gets even more complicated when we throw budgetary and financial concerns in the mix!

We don’t need a “Rocket Scientist” to tell us leadership is essential when our organizations are faced with the challenges mentioned above. Countless books and articles have been published on the topic of leading organizations through change and crisis. Every Airman at Little Rock has grappled with and has been affected by change, and every Airman has a role to play as a change agent as we forge ahead in the face of uncertainty. People naturally ask and think “What about me?” when faced with the types of challenges our Air Force currently faces. Beyond doubt, managing and leading through change can be a daunting task.

Each time I entered command or a formal leadership position I faced a myriad of issues. One of my greatest challenges came with squadron command. I had no idea what to expect and no idea how to manage or provide meaningful leadership in the face of such drastic change. The unit was not performing at its best; there were multiple ongoing disciplinary issues, morale was low, people were uneasy as the J-model transition lurked on the horizon, and basic discipline was beginning to atrophy. As exciting as being in charge was, that excitement was overshadowed by a healthy amount of fear and anxiety. As I entered this rapidly changing and uncertain environment, I used the following nuggets of wisdom to calm the waters.

I read plenty of books and articles telling me that being a strong change catalyst was critical to being an effective mentor and leader. My first challenge was to move through my personal emotions so I could effectively assist and lead others. My next goal was to focus on communication. I tried to communicate frequently and in person. I tried to respond quickly to sensitive issues and topics. And…I listened! I listened to hear, not to answer. I listened to understand, not to judge. During any type of organizational change, most people will react emotionally, not logically. So if we are communicating to others based on emotion, we may be sending messages that may not be conducive to moving forward. In my specific circumstances, I focused my communications with superiors, peers and subordinates on understanding the reasons, results and ramifications of the change.

I quickly figured out people wanted to know that I cared personally, long before they cared what I knew intellectually. As such, I was careful to hear the concerns of others without feeding into sentiment behind it. In times of change, we hear many things. Some information will be true, some will be assumptions, some will be misunderstandings and some will be pure fiction. I found that focusing on what was being said and understanding the feelings behind the words helped me acknowledge the concerns of others without contributing to any true or false impressions. I also tried to help others gain new insights by asking, and encouraging others to ask questions. All of my management classes taught me change is definitely a process and that times of change were not the times to be silent. There were times I asked or answered the same questions over and over. As leaders, we are here to support and help guide people and organizations through acclimation.

Finally, I challenged myself and others to embrace the opportunity. Change and uncertainty are always scary because of the “unknowns”. I encourage every Airman to explore and find a level of comfort in the grand scheme of things. Look for opportunities created by change. Take the time to learn your strengths, seize opportunities and look for new and better ways to capitalize on the changes presented by the current challenges. These changes may open doors or create opportunities for you which you never knew existed!