Thursday, May 29, 2014

TOP STORY>>Airman learns critical seatbelt safety lesson

By Airman 1st Class Harry Brexel
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Senior Airman Sean Quintero, a 186th Montana Air National Guard Airlift Squadron loadmaster, was 10 academic days away from graduating when he went through the most traumatic experience of his life.

In March 2014, Quintero learned a valuable lesson that he can never forget.

“I drove to downtown Little Rock to pick up two of my friends that went out,” Quintero said. “I was their ride that night.”

At the time, Quintero was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base for about five months. He was at “The Rock” for loadmaster training. Quintero was retraining to become a C-130 loadmaster after being an F-15 crew chief for the Montana Air National Guard.

“After graduating I would have moved on to my final portion of training, which is flying,” said Quintero.

Quintero would not graduate on time though.

“I left the club that my friends were at, and starting driving back to base,” said Quintero.

Quintero was driving his black 2013 Dodge Ram 1500. “I worked two jobs to get that truck, I loved it,” he added.

Quintero and his friends were driving on La Harpe Boulevard in Little Rock.

“It was raining cats and dogs that night,” said Quintero. “I was going the speed limit, which was about 45 mph.”

As Quintero was driving, he attempted to pass a white Honda Civic behind him. After attempting to merge three times, Quintero sped up and finally got in front of the Honda.

“That is when he hit me,” said Quintero.

The right rear tire of his truck was hit and came off the ground, causing Quintero to lose control of the vehicle.

“The last thing I remember is passing the Civic,” Quintero said. “My friends had to tell me most of what happened after.”

Quintero’s truck veered right, he steered left and then overcorrected which caused him to slam into the center median.

His truck was totaled in seconds, his engine dropped to the ground, his hood was bent in half and the windshield was shattered.

Quintero’s friends walked away unharmed. They watched as the Honda Civic briefly stopped and then sped away.

“I woke up to Emergency Medical Services team and sirens,” said Quintero. “My face was covered in blood. I could hear my friends trying to talk to me, but the EMS team had arrived and was already trying to get me out. The fire rescue team told me that I would soon hear popping and banging.”

The Jaws of Life had to be used to get Quintero out of his truck. The driver side door dropped to the ground and gauze was applied to Quintero’s entire face.

“They took me to UAMS hospital,” said Quintero. “I don’t remember everything, but I remember the doctor and his team cutting my clothes off, checking my pelvis, collar bone, femur, knee, shin, everything.”

“I was pretty lucky,” said Quintero.

After two days of recovery at UAMS, Quintero was released. He had a metal plate put in for a compound fracture in his wrist.

Facial reconstruction surgery was also performed.

When Quintero overcorrected, the airbag went off and his watch hit him in the center of his face. Quintero’s tear ducts had to be sewn in and his eyelids were stitched back on.

The trauma team told Quintero that if the steering wheel had caved in just three more inches that he would have likely died from chest injuries. If the dashboard was one-inch closer to his legs, they would have been broken.

UAMS medical professionals also told Quintero that if the three Airmen weren’t all wearing seatbelts, at least two people could have been killed.

“Since the accident I am much more humble. I’ve become closer to friends and family,” said Quintero. “I drive very carefully and I’m conscious of the road.”

Quintero is almost completely healed. But he is still facing consequences from the accident.

“Due to my surgeries, I won’t be able to fly until the end of November,” Quintero said. “I’m going home, and then coming back when I am cleared.”

Though Quintero went through a horrible event, he is managing to find positives from the experience.

“I always tell other friends to wear their seatbelts,” said Quintero. “I am sharing my story to raise awareness.”

Quintero’s story is an example of how you can do everything right, be a good wingman and still get into a serious accident.

“I feel fortunate to be where I am now,” Quintero admitted. “I can’t imagine how much worse the outcome would have been if I was drunk, speeding or not wearing my seatbelt.”

According to Arkansas’ 2011 Traffic Crash Statistics, more than 230 died in vehicle accidents not wearing a seatbelt.

“It’s just not worth it,” Quintero said.

TOP STORY>>MX in the tank: Aircraft Fuels Systems

By Airman 1st Class
Harry Brexel

19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

There are many dangerous jobs when it comes to keeping planes in the air. Being an aircraft fuel systems specialist is no exception.

As part of their job, fuels system repair Airmen at Little Rock Air Force Base immerse themselves in highly flammable fuel tanks to keep C-130s flying.

“We diagnose malfunctions, seal, change and maintain components inside the fuel tanks,” said Staff Sgt. Steven Dailey, a 19th Maintenance Squadron fuel systems repair technician.

The team of more than 80 enlisted Airmen works three shifts around the clock to get the job done.

Most C-130s on base have seen the inside of a fuels system repair hangar.

“We mostly work on 19th AW C-130s, but we often work on 314th planes, and we occasionally help the Arkansas Air Guard,” Dailey said. The 19th AW is transitioning to fly more C-130J’s than C-130H’s.

“The change hasn’t affected our readiness,” said Dailey. “There tends to be more leaks in the older planes, so if anything it makes our job easier. We can diagnose the newer planes with a computer instead of the old fashioned way.”

Though there have been some changes for the better, keeping aircraft fuels systems in shape still has its challenges.

“All Airmen have to suit up before they crawl into one of the wings, which is where the fuel tanks are held,” Dailey said.

No cell phones, keys or any unauthorized electronic devices are allowed in the hangars.

“We are required to wear respirators and measure the quality of the air to ensure that we can enter the planes safely,” said Dailey. “If we’re not careful, a small spark could ignite the fuel cell.”

The Airmen must squeeze themselves into holes that are less than two feet in circumference.

“It’s not an easy job, but it is vital that these planes have clean fuel,” said Tech. Sgt. Darel Somer, the 19th MXS fuel systems shift supervisor.

An average of four C-130s are worked on each week, but that number varies as some planes require a week of work and others only a few hours.

Currently, a new hangar is being built across from one of the current fuel systems specialist hangars. The current hangar, where the Airmen work, is more than 50 years old.

Aircraft fuels systems Airmen have a sense of pride and accomplishment in what they do.

“I enjoy doing my job and seeing the aircraft taking off,” said Somer.

TOPSTORY>>SAPR: Special victims’ counsel

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

Being a victim of sexual assault takes its toll on the victim in many different ways. Stress and severe degrees of vulnerability are only two of many effects a victim of sexual assault may face. Recognizing the need for direct support to these service members, the Air Force Special Victim’s Council has been established to assist these victims by providing independent, confidential legal advice and support.

At Little Rock Air ForceBase, Ark., the Air Force SVC has undertaken the responsibility of helping Airmen who have become victims of sexual assault. With the help of the SVC, victims of sexual assault are provided guidance and support as well as someone to speak on their behalf.

“It is a huge responsibility,” said Capt. Lauren Rosenblatt, 19th Airlift Wing SVC. “Representing those who may not be in a position to speak for themselves is exactly the change and difference I hoped to be a part of when I decided to go to law school.”

The SVC program, which is headquartered at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland consists of 24 SVCs. The 24 SVCs are located throughout bases in the U.S., Alaska, Europe and Asia.

Because of the infancy of the program, the team of SVCs is still small and must stretch their capabilities throughout the Air Force wisely. They are regionally-based and the Air Force is working diligently to expand the program.

Full-time SVCs are assigned only to SVC positions and are not required to perform additional duties of the base legal office. This provides more time for the SVCs to focus on their clients and assist without constraint or a conflict of interest with their chain of command.

The SVC is there to provide advice on the investigation and military justice process, protect victims’ rights, and empower victims by removing barriers to their full participation in the legal process. The SVC could possibly be the bridge between a victim of sexual assault and their understanding of the process and eventually their long recovery process after the occurrence.

Rosenblatt said that ensuring a victim knows what to expect and informing them of the challenges and obstacles that lay ahead for them often helps them conquer their fears and worries. She expressed how privileged she feels to represent the men, women and dependents who are looking for her guidance.

“These are people who are experiencing what may be the most traumatic and difficult time in their life and placing their trust in me,” said Rosenblatt. “It is an honor to represent them.”

Special victims’ councils provide the information desired about the justice process, available resources and challenges particular to each individual victim. The SVCs also take it one step further by having the ability to advocate for their clients.

Retired Lt. Gen. Richard Harding, Judge-Advocate General of the Air Force, adds to this concept by expressing the importance of standing by the victim through the duration of the process.

“We believe that if victims know there is somebody on their side as they go through this complicated process that can be very exhausting at times, we’ll see more victims come forward,” said Harding.

The SVC provides many opportunities for victims of sexual assault to get advice, help and someone to rely on. Calling your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator if you feel you are a victim is the first step down the right path to recovering from a sexual assault.

For more information on the Sexual Assault and Prevention Response program or to get in touch with your SARC or SVC, call (501) 987-7272.

TOP STORY>>Base conducted spring Facebook Town Hall

19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Col. Patrick Rhatigan, 19th Airlift Wing and installation commander, hosted Little Rock Air Force Base’s second-ever Facebook town hall May 20 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

More than 100 Team Little Rock community members attended the event, presenting hard-hitting issues that were addressed by the commander and base leaders.

As the event kicked off Rhatigan said, “What an unbelievable month we’ve had here at Little Rock AFB! It’s been an extremely busy time, and we’ve faced several challenges, but you’ve accomplished amazing things.”

The commander summarized many of the challenges and unprecedented events the base faced throughout the end of April and beginning of May: the 19th AW major exercise of the year ROCKEX; the tornado that struck the Central Arkansas region; posturing as an initial operating location for FEMA; serving as a staging base for President Barack Obama’s visit to Arkansas; supporting Gen. Robin Rand, Air Education and Training Command commander, his wife, Mrs. Kim Rand, and Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, AETC command chief master sergeant, visiting the base to see the integration between the 314th AW and the 189th AW.

Things did not slow down after the Rand visit, as Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash, Air Mobility Commander vice commander delivered the newest C-130J to the Little Rock AFB fleet May 16.

Also during this time, the base had a Family Fest, Sexual Assault Prevention Down Day and Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Lastly, the base welcomed Chief Master Sgt. Rhonda Buening as the new 19th AW command chief and Col. Robert Ator as the new 189th AW commander.

“During all of this, you kept the C-130 combat airlift mission going,” said Rhatigan. “Right now, there are about 250 Team Little Rock Airmen deployed around the globe supporting wartime and contingency operations. Thank you to all our Airmen, families, civilian personnel, retirees and community partners for your support, work ethic and cooperative spirit.”

More than 25 questions were posted, and base leaders answered most, if not all, concerns during the one-hour event. Questions that were not answered were staffed and addressed within three business days. Here are the questions and answers from the event:

Q1: Issue – Medical records support to sister service members & Speeding in parking lots
A1: Most computer systems in the Military Health System are compatible with the other services; however there are still a few that have not transitioned. In those cases we use service specific, hard copy documentation that you can provide to the appropriate officials in your organization. If you have further questions on this, please contact Mrs. Leslie Kyer at (501) 987-8753. Thank you for reaching out to us; we want to ensure that we are providing installation excellence to all DOD members, dependents and retirees.

The speed limit in parking lots is 15 mph, and our security forces do perform random checks on these roads. However, if you ever witness someone exceeding the posted speeds, please call our law enforcement desk at (501) 987-3221. We will also add your concern as a topic for discussion at June’s traffic safety working group. With your help, and the assistance of others, we can all provide a safer environment for our children.

Q2: Issue – Potholes, speed limits, lighting, signage

A2: Though we try our best to identify issues on roads and in parking areas on base, there are times we can’t or don’t see everything. The 19th Civil Engineer Squadron repairs potholes as they are identified and based on funding availability. As you’ve seen there are a number of parking areas and streets that require repair or replacement. We appreciate your patience as we work these repairs.

As far as the potholes, the aging base pavement suffered as a result of this past winter weather. We have two projects awaiting funds this year to repair potholes and replace small sections of pavement on and near Avenue “A”. We anticipate receiving funding for both projects. In addition, we have developed a plan and recently purchased materials to complete some pothole repairs with our in-house work force. The in-house effort will begin summer 2014. These efforts won’t repair all deteriorating road surfaces, but we will continue to identify areas and advocate for funding in the future.

Thank you for your suggestions concerning speed limits in base housing. They will be discussed during the base traffic safety working group, who will investigate further to determine if more speed limit signs and/or traffic devices are required to better delineate speed limits and improve traffic safety. The next TSWG is tentatively scheduled for June 2014.

To address your lighting question, the Little Rock AFB lighting requirement is 0.5 foot candles on average per the Illuminating Engineer Society of North America standards. We realize there are areas on the base where we are not currently meeting this requirement. We are doing our best to comply with these standards minding the balance between fiscal constraints and energy conservation. We are committed to being good stewards of both taxpayer dollars and of our beautiful Arkansas environment.

The area in question by building 718 is considered a parking lot and not a roadway. A 15 mph speed limit sign is posted. However, the base TSWG will investigate this issue further at the June meeting as well. ord against the other gentleman, which makes a bad situation all the more frustrating. And as it turns out, there are no cameras at this intersection... probably one of worst on base for infractions & accidents. Maybe if there were cameras people would obey traffic laws better, the number of accidents would decrease, and accidents that do occur would be very simple to solve.

Q3: Issue – Traffic during wing runs & commissary prices

A3: At this time, there are no scheduled wing runs for the base. The 19th AW public affairs office works diligently to publish notices and reminders regarding runs that impact traffic on the installation. PA uses the base newspaper, Facebook and Twitter to share with the community.

We have coordinated with Defense Commissary Agency to answer your additional question. If you wish, please contact the Little Rock AFB Commissary directly at (501) 987-3203. The DeCA response is as follows: The commissary incurs two major price changes every month; one on the first of the month and the second on the sixteenth. There are typically around 4,000 price changes every time prices change. Of the 4,000 changes about half the prices go up and half go down. Prices do not go up paydays and then come back down. The prices are made between DeCA headquarters and industry representatives.

Q4: Issue – Traffic flow at front gate

A4: We understand traffic flow is a frustration, and as you said, resources are a limiting factor at times. Our security forces defenders try to process the traffic as quickly as possible while still affording the proper level of security for the installation. Sometimes, the traffic queue just doesn’t line up the way we would hope.

Regarding Vandenberg Gate, we open a second lane of traffic during peak traffic conditions to alleviate congestion as much as possible. We will keep working with our SFS team to try and discover the best formula to expedite our folks through the front gate, but safety and security measures remain the top priority at all time. Additionally, the base’s top military construction priority is to upgrade and relocate the base gate in order to alleviate traffic congestion and traffic safety on Vandenberg Drive and Marshall Road. The project is currently unfunded.

Q5: Issue – Storm shelters in base housing

A5: In case of severe weather, we strongly recommend that each occupant remain in place in either their home or workplace. While the risk of being injured by a storm is of concern, a greater risk exists with individuals attempting to travel from one area to another during inclement weather or trying to evacuate to one single location. In case of a storm, we advise all base personnel to seek a room without windows and get as low as possible. At this time there no plans to install storm shelters in base housing. Budget constraints have drawn limitations to many of potential new projects.

Follow up Q5: Issue – Storm shelters in base housing.

Follow up A5: Everyone’s safety is important to us, and we understand your concern. We are aware of the weather patterns for the base and remember the April 25, 2011, tornado that did hit the base. Unfortunately, we do not have the money to build a shelter for everyone. This presents us with several challenges, but we can educate everyone on the steps you can take to protect yourself and families on weather and safety procedures. We encourage you to look at this article and the links within:; it has quite a bit of information about storm safety.

Q6: Issue – All-women’s softball team

A6: Thank you for your interest in the intramural sports program; they start June 2. There is nothing that prohibits a team comprised of all females playing in the intramural league. Females can participate in the intramural softball program as long as they play with the units with which they are associated. In addition, there are women’s leagues off-base is the local community that are available for participation. Additional information about local women’s leagues can be found by contacting the Jacksonville Community Center at (501) 982-4171.

Q7: Issue – Water pressure in gym showers

A7: Through executive orders there is a mandate for all federal government installations for water conservation (2 percent annually). As part of that effort, the Air Force is using reduced pressure devices on toilets, urinals, facets, shower heads, etc., in order to conserve water. The reduced water pressure in the fitness center showers is a result of the low-flow shower heads. The shower heads are functioning properly and are aiding the base in meeting the conservation goals. The Air Force and Little Rock AFB are committed to protecting the environment; we are constantly looking for environmentally friendly ways to improve the community in which we live and work.

Q8: Issue – Gates at park for child safety

A8: The base has two options for enclosed play. The Child Development Center has an enclosed outdoor playground available to children enrolled in the program, and the Thomas Community Activities Center has an indoor playground available to all. Also, we are currently constructing a structure for 3 to 5-year-olds adjacent to the Warfit Pavilion at the community park, but it is not fenced.

Q9: Issue – Storm shelters in CDC’s

A9: There are no storm shelters on base and currently no plans to build them. Budget constraints have drawn limitations on potential new projects. However, please rest assured that the safety of Airmen, DOD civilians and their families is one of my top concerns at all times. In case of severe weather we strongly recommend that each occupant remain in place in either their home or workplace. While the risk of being injured by a storm is of concern, a greater risk exists with individuals attempting to travel from one area to another during inclement weather or trying to evacuate to one single location. In case of a storm, we advise all base personnel to seek a room without windows and get as low as possible.

Q10: Issue – Update on suspicious activity report

A10: This and all similar reports are of significant concern to me. Please know that our security forces investigators are making every effort to run this incident to ground. We have coordinated this investigation with local law enforcement, the schools and related base agencies. This will remain a significant concern for us until resolved and request you please contact our security forces to report any suspicious activity at our Crime Stop Hotline at (501) 987-6600, regardless of whether it’s linked to a recent incident or not.

Q11: Issue – Base pool closure

A11: We hear you! I was also upset to learn that the pool was damaged. As we were prepping to open it by Memorial Day, we discovered that the lining had multiple tears that occurred due the particularly harsh winter. Believe it or not, the pool is the original construction from 1957, and its foundation has never been upgraded. We are assessing the damage, and until we understand the severity of the damage and cost to repair it, it will be closed until further notice.

The base pool supported more than 6,000 people last summer, so we understand this impacts many families. However, we have spoken to many community pools that offer comparable pricing and even military discounts. Thisincludes the Jacksonville Community Center, Splash Zone for Kids, Cabot Public Pool and Sherwood Public Pools. Please do not hesitate to contact Outdoor Recreation for referrals or more information at (501) 987-3365. Thank you for your patience as we work to provide the best service and facilities to our Airmen and families. Stay tuned for other summer activities and trips by checking and the 19th Force Support Squadron Facebook page.

Q12: Issue – Day care at fitness center

A12: Currently we do not offer child care at our fitness center. We will research options concerning child care at the fitness center and our force support squadron team will get back to you on this forum soon.

Q13: Issue – Speed limit on Texas Boulevard vs. Arkansas Boulevard

A13: The safety of our Airmen and their families is a top priority. Speed limit determination is based on usage and road design. The speed limit throughout our residential area is 15 mph while the adjacent area is 25 mph. However, the base traffic safety working group will investigate further to determine if speed limits need to be adjusted to improve traffic safety. The next TSWG is tentatively scheduled for June 2014.

Q14: Issue – Sister Service Access to Give Parents a Break program

A14: Currently the Give Parents a Break program is sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society which is the Air Forces’ charitable organization. We’ve previously asked your question of the society and they responded by saying the program only supports Air Force members. Give Parents a Break is geared toward deployed family spouses or families that have been referred by first sergeants, chaplains and leadership due to unique situations.

Q15: Issue – Base housing trailer parking & fences

A15: Hunt Housing occupants are allowed to temporarily park their trailers, RVs, ATVs, etc., at their residences for 24 hours. However, due to limited off/on street parking and the narrow streets, we limit the parking adjacent to residences to ensure we keep roadways clear for
emergency response vehicles.

Hunt Housing does not have a contract with Bees Fence Company; this is the only company in the local area that is currently willing to come on base to install/remove fencing. Residents are more than welcome to contact the Better Business Bureau to report their business concerns. The housing residents can install the fencing themselves; they must remove it when they move out of housing. If a resident does not remove the fence, Hunt Housing leaves the fence in place for the next resident.

Follow up Q15: I was told by housing I could install my own gate; so I did and one day later I got a letter from Bee’s Fence Company informing me to remove the gate.
Follow up A15: A resident cannot install a personally procured gate on a Bee’s Fence. However, the resident can have the Bee’s Fence removed and install his/her own fence with a gate.

Q16: Issues – Dorm parking lot potholes

A16: We have developed a plan and recently purchased materials to complete some pothole repairs with our in-house work forces. The in-house effort will begin summer 2014. These efforts won’t repair all deteriorating road surfaces, but we will continue to identify areas and advocate for funding in the future.

Q17: Issue – Child care hiring process

A17: I can assure you our child and youth programs go through a very detailed accreditation and certification program that ensures the employees we hire meet not only state regulations but also DOD requirements. This includes internal records check, the National Agency Criminal Index, the Central Registry board, as well as the DRU SJODAN system which verifies if any individual is a sex offender. We also work with mental health and family advocacy during the screening process. On-base schools follow their own hiring process; however our security forces complete state and federal checks prior to allowing base access.

Q18: Issue – Loose pets in housing

A18: Hunt Housing recognizes that loose dogs are an issue. Residents are required to keep their pets on leashes or within fenced areas. If you have a specific concern, please contact the housing office at (501) 983-9044.

Q19: Issue – Playpass program termination

A19: The Playpass program was funded upfront with the understanding it would continue until all funding was used up. This year that goal was accomplished. I encourage you to contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center because they continue to provide support through social activities, programs and services. Please see

Q20: Issue – Safety of front gate

A20: The base’s top military construction priority is to upgrade and relocate the base gates in order to alleviate traffic congestion and traffic safety on Vandenberg Drive, Marshall Road and Highway 107. The project is currently unfunded. In the interim, we will continue to liaise with local law enforcement to address all traffic concerns outside the base perimeter.

Q21: Issue – Repairs on Highway 67/167

A21: As a result of a recent successful Arkansas ballot initiative, the intersections along 67/167 are in the process of being redesigned by the Arkansas Highway Department. This project will widen the highway from Jacksonville to Cabot and rework many of the most dangerous intersections (including exit 11 at John Harden Drive). These projects will take place over the next two to three years.

Q22: Issue – Base access denied

A22: As a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, your identification card is not a common one at Little Rock AFB. We have reviewed our Air Force Instruction pertaining to base access and have found that your level of authorization does not permit access to DOD Installations. In the future, if you would like to come onto the installation, please go to the Little Rock AFB Visitor Center with someone who can sponsor you onto the installation.

Q23: Issue – Chapel activities

A23: The chapel offers several worship opportunities for Protestants and Catholics on base. They can also provide references and contact information for Airmen seeking other religious or spiritual needs. The chapel offers 100 percent confidential counseling for any military member, civilians and their families. For more information on services, please visit the chapel webpage at

Their next big event is Vacation Bible School for ages 4 years through 6th grade. It will be held June 9 - 13 from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Thomas Community Activities Center. Registration for VBS is required and can be done at the chapel Bldg. 950 or online at:

The chapel works with the base public affairs office to publish upcoming events via the newspaper each Friday, chapel marquee, base marquees, this Facebook page and the chapel’s Facebook page:

If you have ideas for an event or program or recommendations for local partnerships you would like to see, please do not hesitate to contact the chapel directly at (501) 987-6014.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

TOP STORY>>Mental health: Fighting stigma, creating resilience

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

The challenges of working in the Air Force can be both physically and mentally taxing. With the demands of the Air Force and every day responsibilities placed on Airmen, it’s up to the mental health specialists of the Air Force to ensure that every Airman is mentally fit to fight.

Working with psychiatrists and psychologists to evaluate and provide health care to patients around the world, mental health specialists help Airmen overcome many obstacles to include intervention and prevention of mental health issues related to pre-deployment, post-deployment, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, adjustment problems and relationship issues. However, most people fear that walking through the doors into mental health will cost them their career.

“We’re not here to judge you, we’re not here to ruin your career, we’re here to help you,” said Senior Airman Leah Chhoeun, a 19th Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician.

The 19th Medical Operations Squadron mental health clinic is comprised of the mental health clinic, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program, the Family Advocacy Program and the Drug Demand Reduction Program.

The U.S. military faces many of the same challenges as the civilian society in addition to situations unique to combat environments. It is the undertaking of the mental health clinic to treat and prevent issues that burden military members that are too heavy for one to carry alone.

The Air Force key strategy to mental health awareness is resilience. Resilience helps Airmen overcome adversity, bounce back from setbacks and even grow as they overcome challenges.

Air Mobility Command utilizes the Comprehensive Airman Fitness strategy to help Airmen build and strengthen their mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness.

Base leadership has also focused on the duty to intervene as wingman.

“Our duty to intervene is inherent in being a wingman,” said Col. Patrick Rhatigan, 19th Airlift Wing commander, in his Herk Call newsletter. “It is simply unacceptable to be a bystander and fail to take action when we see a fellow Airman doing something potentially harmful to themselves or others. Doing our full duty means standing up and not letting negative behaviors undermine our readiness or morale.”

When it comes to mental health, knowing your wingman and intervening when you see something negative or inappropriate is crucial.

“People can come through our door, but ultimately we don’t know people as well as their wingman or friends do,” said Chhoeun. “It’s up to you as a wingman to Ask, Care, Escort. If you notice a fellow wingman acting differently, ask those difficult questions because you’re the first responder in that situation.”

In addition to committed leadership, the Air Force suicide prevention and intervention models includes multiple levels of education, an integrated delivery system and elements to fight the stigma of visiting a mental health specialist, which may discourage individuals from seeking help.

“For a lot of people the hardest thing that they will ever do is walk through that door into mental health,” said Chhoeun.

The Air Force has taken great strides to reduce this stigma by getting mental health personnel out of their offices and clinics and making themselves visible throughoutthe community, highlighting the programs that the clinic offers

“I think the most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I’m helping people,” said Chhoeun. “Making people feel comfortable and making them want to come here is important, because there is such a stigma with visiting mental health.”

Members of Team Little Rock have many avenues to help them when in a time of hardship, whether its their wingman, supervisor, chaplain, mental health or through Leadership Pathways resilience classes. No one person must carry their burdens alone.

Team Little Rock launched Leadership Pathways to help support the CAF strategy and build resilience for Airmen and their families.

The program incentivizes participation in course and classes that support or focus on one of the four CAF domains. Helping agencies across the continue to. They have appeared during wingman days or are currently offered at the Airman and Family Readiness Center or by other base agencies.

The ultimate goal is to help Airmen, DOD civilians and their family members to become more resilient. Moreover, consistently providing these classes, may help reduce the stigma associated with seeking help. The courses will encourage help-seeking in a low-stress, classroom environment.

For more information on Leadership Pathways visit or call the community support coordinator Stephanie Wynn at (501) 987-1772.

TOP STORY>>Critical Days of Summer

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

Today marks the beginning of the U.S. Air Force’s Critical Days of Summer. The program is designed to highlight safety topics and remind Airmen to take precautions when participating in activities that are normally enjoyed during the summer months.

At Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., the first week of the Critical Days of Summer kicks off with motorcycle safety. A different Hollywood movie theme each week will represent the Critical Days of Summer and add a touch of big-screen glamour to the program. The Hollywood movie theme for motorcycle safety is “Wild Hogs.”

According to NBC 4 in Washington, D.C., six percent of Airmen ride motorcycles. While this is not a majority of Airmen in the Air Force, the number is staggering when compared to the number of motorcycle fatalities in the entire Air Force.

From June 2009 – September 2013, more than 35 motorcycle fatalities, including fatalities on sports bikes, cruisers and scooters, occurred in the Air Force. The death rate for these fatalities was typically in younger motorcyclists between the ages of 20-29 years old.

The 19th Airlift Wing ground safety office offers information needed in order to ensure the most effective Critical Days of Summer campaign including the acronym T-CLOCS. T-CLOCS, which stands for tires and wheels, controls, lights, oil and fluids, chassis, and stand is a concept for motorcyclists to help them remember the steps to take before riding off into the sunset.

“The ground safety office is here to assist everyone during the campaign,” said Rick Myers, 19th AW ground safety manager. “If anyone has questions or concerns, they can let us know.”

The Critical Days of Summer campaign is an effective tool used throughout the Air Force. Look for each week’s movie theme, portraying different safety messages.

For more information, call the 19th AW ground safety office at (501) 987-3599.

TOP STORY>>Team Little Rock Honors National Police Week

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

Little Rock Air Force Base, along with multiple police community partners, celebrated National Police Week May 12 – 15. The week included events to commemorate fallen military and civilian law enforcement officers and provided morale building activities for participants to enjoy.

May 15, 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated Peace Officers Memorial Day. National Police Week is held every year during the week of May 15 in conjunction with Peace Officers Memorial Day. The observance paid tribute to law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and showed appreciation for law enforcement official who have served and currently serve today.

“During deployments, we lost Airmen, including Staff Sgt. John Self,” said Staff Sgt. Gina Way a 19th Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the visitor center. “As security forces, we are a tight-knit family, and losing a member of our family is hard for us, but we get this week to honor and remember those we lost.”

The 19th SFS hosted multiple events, including a static display with police vehicles from the local area and the North Little Rock Fire Department’s memorial fire truck. A golf tournament and wreath laying ceremony were also conducted to boost morale and memorialize the fallen heroes.

Many police departments from the local area showed off their vehicles during the static display May 13, including Ward, Austin, Cabot, Jacksonville, North Little Rock, Lonoke County Sheriff, Pulaski County Sheriff and more. Team Little Rock Airmen and their families, retirees and DOD cardholders with base access were invited to view the display.

“This week provided the opportunity to meet others who share a common brotherhood,” said Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Erskine, a 19th SFS manager. “A brotherhood shared by military police officers, sheriffs, state troopers, local police and many other law enforcement entities.”

Despite the many risks a career in security forces may bring, there comes an even great reward: serving and protecting Little Rock AFB and the local community.

TOP STORY>>Sexual-assault reporting procedures

By Senior Airman Kaylee Clark
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Reporting a case of sexual assault carries a stigma that the case may or may not be investigated.

Service members and military dependents 18 years and older who have been sexually assaulted have two reporting options: unrestricted or restricted reporting. There are many myths regarding sexual assault reporting options that can be dispelled by understanding the process.

Unrestricted Reporting

This reporting option triggers an investigation, command notification, and allows a person who has been sexually assaulted to access medical treatment and counseling. When a sexual assault is reported through unrestricted reporting, a sexual assault response coordinator shall be notified. The SARC can respond or direct a sexual assault prevention and response victim’s advocate to respond, assign a SAPR VA, and offer the victim health care treatment and a sexual assault forensic examination. The completed DD Form 2701, which sets out victims’ rights and points of contact, shall be distributed to the victim in unrestricted reporting cases by DOD law enforcement agents. If a victim elects this reporting option, he/she may not change from an unrestricted to a restricted report.

Restricted Reporting

This reporting option does NOT trigger an investigation. The command is notified that “an alleged sexual assault” occurred, but is not given the victim’s name or other personally identifying information. Restricted reporting allows sexual assault victims to confidentially disclose the assault to specified individuals (SARC, SAPR VA or health care personnel) and receive health care treatment and the assignment of a SARC and SAPR VA. The restricted reporting option is only available to service members and adult military dependents.

Restricted reporting may not remain an option in a jurisdiction that requires mandatory reporting, or if a victim first reports to a civilian facility or civilian authority, which will vary by state, territory, and overseas agreements. If a victim elects this reporting option, a victim may change from a restricted report to an unrestricted report. In the state of Arkansas, mandatory reporting is only required if knife or gunshot wounds are involved in the assault.

One of the convoluted subjects when discussing reporting options is mandatory reporters. Anyone in a supervisory chain of command is a mandatory reporter. When a mandatory reporter is informed of a sexual assault incident, it must become an unrestricted report. Victims are encouraged to seek assistance in reporting sexual assault from the SARC, a SAPR VA, chaplain or health care professional. These individuals can help the victim navigate through their reporting options differently than a mandatory reporter.

Only the SARC, SAPR VA and health care personnel are authorized to accept a restricted report. The person filing a restricted report shall immediately call a SARC or SAPR VA to assure that the victim is offered SAPR services and that a DD Form 2910 can be completed.

“The Department of Defense and the Air Force are committed to ensuring victims of sexual assault are protected, treated with dignity and respect, and provided support, advocacy and care,” said Linda Benjamin, a 19th Airlift Wing SAPR VA. “To achieve these objectives, we recommend unrestricted reporting to activate victim services and accountability responses.”

Sexual assault of a spouse or intimate partner is domestic violence. Family Advocacy is available to assist civilian (employees and family members) and active-duty members who are harmed in a relationship. Restricted and unrestricted reporting options are available. There is a Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate available 24/7 at (501) 707-3379. The DAVA is able to accompany civilian and active-duty individuals to interviews, court hearing, appointments, etc. Individual, couples, child and family therapy services are available. To reach the Family Advocacy Officer during duty hours, can (501) 987-7377.

For anyone requiring assistance including restricted reporting call the 24/7 hotline number (501)987-7272.

Read more about unrestricted and restricted reporting at

Thursday, May 15, 2014

TOP STORY>>Spouses are celebrated at ‘the Rock’

By Senior Airman Regina Agoha
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Team Little Rock came together May 7-9 to honor the unsung heroes of the military: spouses. The spirit of Spouse Appreciation Day was celebrated at Little Rock Air Force Base with events expressing how important the support of military spouses is to those who serve.

Spouse Appreciation Day was sponsored by the Airman and Family Readiness Center and included a free tour of Jacksonville, a free spa night and a bazaar at the Warfit track, concluding the three-day event.

President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members and declared May 23, 1984, the first Military Spouse Day. The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger, standardized the date by declaring the Friday before Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.

Spouses and their families from all branches of service, whether active duty or retired, were welcomed to enjoy the festivities of the events.

This is the second year Little Rock AFB has participated in celebrating the strength, endurance and support of military spouses.

“The Airman and Family Readi-ness Center was very excited to sponsor three events specifically designed to show honor to the selfless efforts of our military spouses,” said Kori Ramirez, a 19th Force Support Squadron community readiness consultant. “In addition to the popular Spa Night from last year, a fun tour of Jacksonville and a Bazaar were added to showcase products and services by spouses for spouses.”

Ramirez said the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce collaborated with the A&FRC to provide the tour of Jacksonville. Students from Arthur’s Beauty School volunteered their time to provide the spa services to spouses, and more than 60 vendors reserved booths at the bazaar to showcase their products and services to spouses.

“The Bazaar was awesome,” said Nicole Erickson, a 19th Force Support Squadron IT technician, 10-year Air Force veteran and military spouse. “It was nice to do something with my family and have all of us together.”

Ramirez is hopeful and confident that Military Spouse Appreciation Day will continue to be a success and become bigger and better each year.

“We hope that spouses felt encouraged and appreciated for the sacrifices they have made in support of those defending our nation,” said Ramirez.

TOP STORY>>Vital 90: A fitness community

By Jeffery Vaughn
19th Aerospace Medicine Squadron

I’ve worked in the health and fitness industry for more than 18 years and have only recently discovered the most important component of great health. It has nothing to do with the perfect exercise routine or even the perfect diet. No pill exists providing the mental and physical health restoration of community and relationships.

In 2010 the 19th Airlift Wing leadership came to me with a request: develop a fitness improvement program that will help Airmen pass their physical training test. At the time, the Air Force fitness philosophy was making a huge shift and the PT failure rate was at an all-time high. Out of this request the Vital 90 program was born.

In the early stages of development it was a typical Air Force physical training program or “fat boy” program. Airmen would fail their PT tests, we would train them for 90 days, they would pass their PT tests and I wouldn’t see them again until they failed 6 months later. In late 2011, we decided to open the program to everyone. This is when I started seeing a shift.

Fit people started attending and almost instantly the negative connotation was gone from the program. It was no longer called a “fat boy” program. It was a fitness program period. The fit crowd pushed each other, and as a result, they started pushing Airmen struggling with fitness to new levels. Spouses, civilians and retirees started attending, and Vital 90 officially became a community.

Over the past three years the Health and Wellness Center team worked hard to foster community as much as fitness, and I have watched people grow in amazing ways.

I have watched people with a pack-a-day smoking habit quit, watched people battling depression overcome it, watched people who struggled with weight issues their whole life lose weight and keep it off long term, and watched people who told me they could not exercise due to back pain drag a 95-pound sled 50 yards as the class cheered them on.

Vital 90 is a community with no rank structure or preconceived notions. Commanders and chiefs attend classes and team up with Airmen and spouses during workouts, so there is no rank, just hard work, competition and camaraderie.

Supervisors attend with subordinates, leading by example and showing younger Airmen they will never ask them to do anything they are not willing to do themselves. Husbands and wives attend together building stronger relationships with strength training and sweat. Chaplains attend on a regular basis. They bring compassion, caring and intensity, but most importantly they bring an attentive ear ready to listen.

The HAWC team takes great pride in the fitness and nutrition programming contributed to Vital 90. I have a tremendous staff that has immense talent. Their most important attribute, however, is the ability to foster a community and build relationships.

Vital 90 is a family of brothers and sisters who encourage one another and work hard together. It is a place where everyone belongs no matter who you are. Vital 90 maintains and restores health not through a fitness program but through the development of positive relationships that build people up first and then helps them get fit.

Recently, the Health and Wellness Center team won the Health Promotions Flight state level award during the Federal Executive Association of Arkansas’ Employee of the Year awards banquet. The team excelled in their fields and served as role models for other employees and Airmen to follow.

TOP STORY>>2013 Little Rock AFB Family Child Care Provider of the Year

By Jacque Johannes
19th Force Support Family Services

Malissa Kaye was recently honored as the 2013 Little Rock Air Force Base Family Child Care Provider of the Year. She has been a licensed provider for more than 13 years and is a dedicated professional. Malissa is a member of the National Association for Family Child Care and is in the process of renewing her NAFCC accreditation. Malissa has a great love for children and was nominated for this award by many of her day care parents and peers. She is the wife of Tech. Sgt. Steven Kaye and has two sons, Austin and Mason.

Malissa has been, and continues to be, a mentor to other FCC providers. She is always available for them to call anytime. Malissa contributes many child care hours with her regular day care children, but also applies an extensive amount of child care hours on nights and weekends through the various expanded child care programs. She makes small daily and weekly goals to keep her child care home the best that it can be and to keep it working efficiently.

Being a family child care provider has allowed Malissa to stay at home and raise her family, provide much needed child care to active-duty personnel and provide extra income for her household. Our child care providers are skilled in providing children a loving environment that complements our provider’s standards and values. Parents choosing a Family Child Care home can leave for work each day, secure in the knowledge that their children are receiving tender loving care from the home environment we offer.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

TOP STORY>>Retiree Appreciation Day

By Senior Airman Kaylee Clark
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The retiree activities office hosted the 36th annual Retiree Appreciation Day on May 3 at the Thomas Community Activities Center at Little Rock Air Force Base.

Col. William Otter, the 19th Airlift Wing vice commander, began the event by welcoming and thanking all of the retirees for their dedication to the military.

Approximately 470 retirees attended the Retiree Appreciation Day.

There were 35 vendors that set up booths with informational pamphlets and brochures. Humana Military, mental health, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Air Force Association and the Department of Veteran Affairs are just a few of the vendors that were at the event.

“We tried to bring in vendors that would benefit retirees,” said John Heffernan, the director of the retiree activity office.

Retirees had the opportunity to hang out, enjoy free food and learn a few things from local vendors and organizations.

“It was a good opportunity for me to catch up with some of my old friends from the past,” said Tom Williams, a volunteer at the retiree activities office.

For more information about the retiree activities office contact John Heffernan at (501) 987-6095.

TOP STORY>>AMC welcomes new commander

Courtesy Air Mobility Command Public Affairs

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Gen. Darren W. McDew took command of AMC from Gen. Paul J. Selva during a ceremony officiated by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. Addressing the Airmen in his new command for the first time, McDew affirmed the pride he takes in their service.

“I am proud of our heritage, just as I am extremely proud of you. We owe it to that heritage, that we’re writing, to get it right today for tomorrow,” he said.

In his previous assignment, McDew commanded the 18th Air Force, also located at Scott AFB. As commander of AMC’s component numbered air force, he was responsible for the worldwide operational mission of providing rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces.

During the ceremony, Selva expressed his confidence in McDew’s ability to shepherd AMC’s global mobility mission.

“Today we give this command to the hands of one of the most capable officers I have ever met,” Selva said.

As AMC commander, McDew leads all Mobility Air Forces comprised of nearly 132,000 civilian, active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve personnel.

Averaging an aircraft takeoff every two-and-a-half minutes, AMC sustains America’s military operations worldwide, including combat operations in Afghanistan, through its airlift, aerial refueling and aeromedical evacuation capabilities. The command also responds to humanitarian crises at home and around the globe.

McDew said he trusts the members of Air Mobility Command to overcome any challenges the future might present.

“This is a pivotal time for our nation and our Air Force and the challenges we will face will most certainly be daunting. But they will not define us because your true character always pierces through in moments of crisis. And I promise, you will not be alone to face adversity. We will face it together.”

TOP STORY>>President lands at LRAFB to view Arkansas tornado damage

By Senior Airman Kaylee Clark
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

President Barack Obama landed at Little Rock Air Force Base on Wednesday to tour the local communities damaged by the April 27 tornado.

In his first visit to the state as President, Obama met with victims, local officials and emergency personnel.

“When something happens like this to a community, it happens to all of us,” said Obama, during his address to community members in Vilonia.

Fifteen people were killed in Vilonia, White County and Faulkner County. The tornado ripped through Vilonia and Mayflower around 7 p.m. on a Sunday evening, injuring dozens more and destroying multiple homes.

“The folks here are tough, and they look out for each other,” he said.

The President spoke with survivors of the tornado and said that although the loss of infrastructure and material things is important, the incident reminds us that nothing is more important than family.

“I could not be more impressed by the spirit of the community that’s here,” said Obama. “This is a testament to the strength of the community, the state of Arkansas and America.”

He also heard concerns of the governor and local officials on the loss of up 85 percent of business in Vilonia.

The National Weather Service announced the final rating as a “high end” EF-4 with winds estimated between 180 and 190 mph. The tornado was reportedly at its strongest in downtown Vilonia.

The President declared a major disaster in the state of Arkansas and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area. The severe weather that hit Arkansas was part of a complex of storms that killed at least 35 across the Plains and South.

Members of the Arkansas National Guard were mobilized to support the communities of Vilonia and Mayflower April 28. The Guard members assisted local authorities with traffic control, search and rescue, and medical evacuation as well as delivering fresh water trailers to support the needs of local residents and the vast number of volunteers.

The Little Rock Air Force Base Airmen and Family Readiness Center stood up a donation center to collect bottled water, clothing, and other items to assist Airmen and families affected by the tornado.

Vilonia and Mayflower are approximately 20 miles away from Little Rock AFB.

TOP STORY>>Team Little Rock firefighters turn up the heat

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

Fighting fires is not the only responsibility firefighters from the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department focus on when responding to an emergency call. At Little Rock Air Force Base, Airmen ensure they are prepared to safely rescue any victim under any circumstance that may arise.

Eleven of Team Little Rock’s firefighters completed training in the Department of Defense’s rescue technician course, totaling approximately 25 certified rescue technicians for the base and creating a team of well-prepared emergency responders.

The course consists of ground support for helicopter activities, rope rescue principles such as tying knots, creating anchor systems for low and high angle rescues, surface water rescue, and confined space rescue. It is considered one of the most academically and physically challenging courses offered in the DOD fire protection program.

Each student enrolled in the program is evaluated after each section with scenarios that allow them to apply the procedures and techniques that they have learned in the classroom.

“The scenarios involve multiple victims and challenge all of their skills and how well they accomplish a task with teamwork,” said James Farrell, the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of fire emergency services.

With all of the specialized training, each graduate of the rescue technician course is expected to know the procedures of all specialized rescue circumstances.

“The training prepares the fire departments for many types of rescue situations such as vehicle accidents in low angle environments, construction workers stuck on scaffolding, someone injured in a high angle environment, or someone needing rescued from a confined space,” said Tech. Sgt. Aaron Brackett, a 312th Training Squadron rescue technician instructor supervisor. “These are just a few of the circumstances that the rescue technicians could face.”

The importance of successfully completing this training extends beyond the ability to rescue civilians and dependents in emergencies. The course also helps firefighters learn to perform rescues on Airmen who are contributing to the mission on the flightline and other industrial environments.

“Without these technicians, it would be much more difficult, if not impossible, to perform many of the rescues in our work environment,” said Farrell. “For example, our aircraft maintainers consistently work in confined spaces such as aircraft wings. We also have communicationscraftsmen that routinely work on our radio towers. If they were to have an emergency, we would utilize our rescue technicians to perform these rescues.”

The training not only certifies Air Force firefighters, but the Air Force and Marine Corps instructors, from the 312th TRS, stationed at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, teach all DOD components, to include the Coast Guard and DOD civilians. The instructors conduct 22 in-residence courses throughout the year.

Because of the desirability of the training, Little Rock AFB typically only receives one seat each year to attend the in-residence course, making the training visit to Little Rock AFB all the more important to the success of the base’s mission.

Brackett explained that the seats are usually filled by the major command chiefs, who are requested through each base’s fire department training office. By hosting the mobile travel team class, Little Rock AFB was able to have a combined 10 years of training.

While the specialized training is not a mandatory requirement for the firefighters, it yields a high participation rate and turns out only a 10 percent washout rate.

Being a firefighter is tough work, but with all of the training and certification required and accomplished by each one of Team Little Rock’s firefighters, the challenge is well met.

Friday, May 2, 2014



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.

The following items were found on Little Rock AFB. The property will have to be accurately described when calling to see if we have your property. Contact 501-987-6977/2212. Lost and Found Property: Pistol upper slide, Social Security Cards Healthcare insurance card, Several Sets of Keys and single keys, Necklace with pendent, Run tracker, Numerous Wristwatches, Wallets, Eye Glasses/Sunglasses, Bluetooth earpiece, Rings/wedding bands/Class Rings, Earrings, Various Electronics, Headphones, Cell phones, Mountain Bikes.


$350 plus a week. No experience. Entry level positions, 10-15 openings. Must be 18 and have reliable transportation. Paid weekly. Call for interview, Mon.-Fri., 9 am-5 pm. (501) 605-1303.

Accepting applications for full time stylist at The Tropical Hair Hut. Clientele helpful, but not necessary.  Please call Tina at 501-834-2204.

DRIVERS - OTR: No touch freight! Paid vacation. Great benefits, bonuses, 401k, prepass, CDL-A & 2 years experience required. or (636) 584-6073.

Live-in employee to care for elderly lady in DeQueen AR, driver's license needed, 870-245-6455.

DRIVERS - Tango offers up to $.42 cpm to start plus home most weekends. Family Medical/Dental, 401k, Paid Vacation. CDL-A w/1 yr OTR req'd. 877-826-4605.

DRIVERS - Regional Drivers $500 Sign-On! Great Home Time & Benefits. Up to $.40 Per Mile, Weekly Pay, Late Model Equipment. CDL-A Required. Arnold Transportation

ATTN: DRIVERS & Owner Operators. Want to be part of Our Team at Diamond State? Do you have OTR Flatbed experience? We offer great Home Time & excellent benefits. CALL 1-800-332-5551 o download resume: (click on careers). Email resume to:

DRIVERS - CDL-A DRIVERS NEEDED. TOTAL Respect - TOTAL Success. Start up to 38¢/mile. OTR & Regional Runs. CDL Grads Welcome. 700+ Trucks & Growing! 888-928-6011.

DRIVERS - DEDICATED Runs Available in your area NOW. Wkly HOME TIME, 100% Customer Dedicated Freight. TOP PAY & BENEFITS; Mthly BONUSES & more! CDL-A, 1 yr Exp. Req'd. EEOE/AAP. LIMITED POSITIONS AVAILABLE. 866-370-4476.

DRIVERS - "Partners in Excellence" - OTR Drivers APU Equipped. Pre-Pass, EZ-pass, passenger policy. 2012 & Newer equipment. 100% NO touch. Butler Transport 1-800-528-7825.


ENOS KING-LEWIS II, Agent. Fun trips - Prosperity - Wellness,,, 1-800-824-1450, Call 24/7.


HUGE GARAGE sale, 5/17 & 18, 6 am, 7610 John Harden Dr., Jax, behind The Hangar nightclub. Everything must go.

HUGE YARD sale 5/31, 8 am-1 pm, 3 Danbury Ln., Jax. Furniture, pictures, misc.

INSIDE CARPORT sale, 5/31, 406 S. Jackson, Cabot. Lots of antiques, dishes & misc.

HUGE GARAGE sale, 5/30 & 31, 717 Foxwood Dr., Jax. Household items, clothes, furniture.


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.


2010 CHEVY Impala, V6, 77k miles, good condition, $10,000 obo. (202( 322-7699, Jax.


2012 SUZUKI GSX-R 750 motorcycle, excellent condition w/brand new Michelin tires, garage kept. Includes 2 helmets & speed/strength jacket, $10,000 obo. (501) 207-2352.

2007 HARLEY Davidson, 1200cc, $5,600 obo. (501) 744-5447.


MAYTAG REFRIGERATOR w/ice maker, GE stove, dishwasher & microwave, white, 1 owner, best deal $800 for all. (501) 605-7859.

STEEL BUILDINGS for Garages, Shops, shelters. Various styles on CLEARANCE, DON'T MISS OUT ON THESE SAVINGS! ONLY 4 REMAINING 16x24, 20x40, 35x50, 40x60, CALL 1-800-991-9251.

SAWMILLS from only $4397.00 - MAKE & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info/DVD: 1-800-578-1363 ext. 300N.


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.

Jax. - May Special - Half Deposit on 3 bd/2 bath MH in park. $500-$550 per month. Call Wendy at (501) 744-4668.

JAX.: $0 deposit. 1 bedroom camper in mobile home park, all utilities paid except propane. $350 per month. (501) 744-4668.

CABOT: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2-car garage, fresh paint, new laminate floors, gas fireplace, all kitchen appliances available, fenced backyard. $1,050 mo., $750 deposit. Call (501) 773-7741.

COZY, NEWLY remodeled one room studio apartment. Wood burning fireplace, tile floors & appliance filled kitchen. $345 plus utilities, deposit $150. No children or pets. Camp Construction, 982-0434.

3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, all brick with 2 car garage & fenced backyard, in Westhaven subdivision, Cabot. $1100 per month. Call Tommy at (501) 680-1246.

3 BEDROOM, 1 bath house for rent, 1,050 sq. ft., $700 month, $500 deposit. In Jacksonville. (501) 517-0798.


BEAUTIFUL HOME for family in Austin. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, fenced yard, backs up to wooded area. Military friendly neighborhood. (501) 823-0577 or view listing at, MLS ID #10375277.

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, June 1st, 2-4 pm, 26 Thunderbird Dr., Cabot. Beautiful 3 BR, 2 BA, 1,515 sq. ft., $139,000. MLS #10385063, Call (757) 218-6208.


LENDER OFFERS 0 DOWN - home loans for well qualified buyers. Call 501-407-9500.

TRADE UP into a new Luv home today, and we will pay $7,500 GUARANTEED for your trade in. Call 501-407-9500.

BRIEFS >> 053014

Estate claim

Col. Patrick J. Rhatigan, 19th Airlift Wing commander, regretfully announces the death of Tech. Sgt. David N. Brown, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron. Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to the estate of Tech. Sgt. Brown should contact 2nd Lt. Rachael S. Beightel, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron, at (501) 987-7130 or

REAL Talk Classes offered

The next REAL Talk class is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, at 3 p.m. An additional class will be held June 10, at 9 a.m. REAL Talk provides an environment for Airmen to feel empowered to share experiences and learn from their peers.
You will return to your workplaces with an enhanced respect for self and others, and a willingness to create positive culture change within your spheres of influence. Classes are open to active duty, Guard, Reserve, GS and civilian employees. Class is held in building 843, room 104 (left of DFAC), bottom floor. Attire is PT gear or ABU/no blouse.
Snacks and drinks welcome. Classes are limited to 15 participants. If you have any questions call (501) 987-2697. To register visit:

Locker rooms close June 9-11

Due to work needing to occur by male subcontractors, the women’s locker rooms will be closed June 9 - June 11, from 1 - 4 p.m. and June 12- 13 all day long. During these dates and times, the women’s DV locker room will be open for changing purposes.

Base Pool Closure

The Little Rock Air Force Base pool will be closed until further notice. For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation at (501) 987-3365.

Youth Employment Skills program begins June 1

The Youth Employment Skills (YES) Program is an on-base youth volunteer program funded by the Air Force Aid Society and jointly administered by AFAS and the Airman and Family Readiness Center. It offers high school-aged dependents an opportunity to learn valuable work skills while having a positive impact on their base communities. The program will be effective June 1 through May 31, 2015.
The program is incentive based in the form of dollar credits for grant funding. Students may bank up to $1,000 over four years of high school.
Participating base youth program will bank base community credits up to a maximum of $10,000 per program year. Students who wish to participate must submit an application and will be notified by AFAS and the base youth director on enrollment. Specific eligibility requirements must also be met.
For more information and application forms, call (501) 987-6355.

Pediatric Clinic space available

The 19th Medical Group has current openings in Pediatrics due to patient capacity realignment. If your children are TRICARE Prime beneficiaries assigned to an off-base provider and you would like to enroll them to the Little Rock AFB Pediatric Clinic, please call HUMANA at (800) 444-5445. Choose the option to change Primary Care Managers.

Airman’s Attic has moved
The Airman’s Attic is now at the Crossroad’s Cafe! The Airman’s Attic has moved! You can find us at our new home, The Crossroad’s CafĂ©, building 864. Open to active-duty service members and spouses E-6 and below, on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-6 p.m.

Free items can include dishes, pots, beds, cots, clothing, furniture, and small appliances. Visit our Cinderella Closet where military dependents can borrow formal dresses for special occasions such as military balls and prom, free of charge.

The only requirement is the dress must be dry cleaned before it is returned. To shop or donate, please stop by our new location! Visit us at’s-Attic

Storing weapons on base

The Little Rock Air Force Base Security Forces members would like to inform military members of the rules regarding storing weapons on base and concealing weapons.
For military members to carry concealed weapons off the base, you must obtain a permit and abide by all state laws. Military members are not authorized to carry concealed weapons while in uniform. On base, concealed weapons are not authorized.
When transporting firearms, the firearm must be unloaded and ammunition placed in a separate compartment. Weapons are required to be registered with Security Forces before being stored in base housing.
If you live in the dorms or are residing in temporary lodging, weapons must be stored elsewhere. For more information, contact Security Forces at (501) 987-3221.

TOP STORY >> Military Spouse Appreciation Day events set

By Senior Airman Kaylee Clark
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Being a military spouse is a 24/7 commitment that requires dedication, patience and sacrifice that often goes unsung. 

The Airman and Family Readiness Center is setting aside three days next week to honor military spouses and display gratitude for their commitment to the military members.

“The Airman and Family Readiness Center is very excited to sponsor these three events specifically designed to show honor to the selfless efforts of our military spouses,” said Kori Ramirez, a 19th Force Support Squadron community readiness consultant.

During the three days of events, military spouses will have the opportunity to interact with members of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, be pampered with haircuts and pedicures and shop with local vendors to find beneficial services and products. 

The events will be as follows:

Spouses Tour of Jacksonville from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7. 

Spa Night at Arthur’s Beauty School is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8. 

Military Spouse Appreciation Bazaar will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 9.

 “We hope that spouses will feel encouraged and appreciated for the sacrifices they have made in support of those defending our nation,” said Ramirez.

President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spousal commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members and declared May 23, 1984 as the first Military Spouse Appreciation Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984. The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger, standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

TOP STORY >> The MPS has moved online

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

The 19th Force Support Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base has made booking appointments with the military personnel system easier than ever with  Appointment-Plus, a new online-booking system designed to work with any internet-enabled device. 

The system, new to the Air Force MPS community, was implemented at Little Rock AFB on April 14. Only two other bases in the Air Force are currently using this system. 

The system which has been used by Air Mobility Command primarily for large events such as Wingman Day until now, minimizes wait times for customers and provides them the opportunity to properly prepare for their appointment well in advance if necessary.

 Helping the customer arrive ready for the appointment with all required documents ensures that a follow-up appointment will not be needed because of missing information. 

 “There are multiple benefits for our MPS personnelists as well as for our customers,” said 2nd Lt. Andrea Collins, flight commander of manpower and personnel. “The appointment system allows our personnelists to control their calendar depending on the manpower available in the office each day, minimizing our wait times for customers and distributing the appointments appropriately.” 

The system also allows MPS personnel to ensure time is being utilized wisely and efficiently by preparing for the appointment ahead of time by setting aside time to gather paperwork or information in regards to the nature of the customer’s appointment.

The Appointment-Plus system is available for use now and provides email or text reminders one hour prior to the scheduled appointment. It also allows 24/7 appointment booking and the ability to make same-day appointments. As a result of the 24/7 access, customers will no longer have to wait until operating hours in order to schedule an appointment. 

“Overall, the system allows the MPS personnelists to plan their day and prepare all information needed for the next customer in advance because we will know what the member is visiting us for,” said Collins. 

To make an appointment using the MPS online service, visit on your phone, tablet, computer or any other type of artificial intelligence supporting internet capabilities. Don’t forget your reminder!