Little Rock Air Force Base

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Little Rock Air Force Base is the home of C-130 Combat Airlift. The 19th Airlift Wing, the base’s host unit — in concert with the 314th Airlift Wing, 189th Airlift Wing and U.S. Air Force Mobility Weapons School — is known as the world’s “Center of Excellence” for tactical airlift. Little Rock is home to more than 90 C-130 H, J and E models.

The 19th Airlift Wing flies the world’s largest fleet of C-130 aircraft and is responsible for providing worldwide deployable C-130 aircraft, aircrews, support personnel and equipment for Air Mobility Command and Air Expeditionary Force taskings. As part of Air Mobility Commands Global Reach airlift capability, the wing’s tasking requirements range from supplying humanitarian airlift relief to victims of disasters to airdropping supplies and troops into the heart of contingency operations in hostile areas.

The 314th Airlift Wing, which reports to Air Educations and Training Command, trains C-130 aircrews for all services in the Department of Defense, Coast Guard and 31 allied nations, as well as C-21 aircrew through the 45th Airlift Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

The 189th Airlift Wing works in conjunction with the 314th Airlift Wing to provide C-130 instructor pilot and loadmaster training. In times of emergency, as declared by the governor of Arkansas, the 189th AW performs the state mission as directed by the state adjutant general.

Little Rock Air Force Base opened in October 1955. The base encompasses 6,100 acres and includes one runway and one assault landing strip. The base has more than 8,000 active-duty military and civilian members, approximately 15,000 family members live and work on and around the base and an estimated 54,000 retirees in the local area.

Little Rock Air Force Base’s total impact on the local economy in fiscal year 2011 totaled approximately $748 million. In FY11 more than 3,300 indirect jobs, with an estimated value of $129 million, were created by the base.