Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Team Little Rock History Fact of the Week
301 days to go until LRAFB turns 60!
On Dec. 10, 1941, Capt. Colin Kelly Jr. assigned to the 14th Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group, dropped three 600 pound bombs from a high altitude on what was believed to be a Japanese battleship. After observing a tremendous explosion, the crew assumed that at least one bomb had struck the ship and had likely destroyed it. While returning to Clark Field in the Philippines, the crew came under attack by Japanese Zeros. Kelly stayed at the controls of the badly damaged aircraft while the surviving crew members bailed out. Kelly and his co-pilot, Lt. Donald Robins, attempted to escape. However, the plane exploded and ejected both men. Robins opened his parachute in time. Kelly hit the ground without opening his. In the rush to publicize an American victory in the war’s early days, the details of Kelly’s sacrifice were unintentionally exaggerated and garbled. Kelly became the first American popular hero of World War II due to the reports of his supposed actions that day. Kelly received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism for the belief that he had damaged or destroyed a battleship and for also sacrificing his life so that his crew could live. Instead of hitting a battleship, Kelly’s crew had actually hit a Japanese cruiser, the Nator. (Courtesy photo)

Q & A with Team Little Rock’s newest SARC

As of Nov. 3, Little Rock Air Force Base has a new sexual assault and response coordinator. Roland DeLeon, the 19th Airlift Wing SARC, sat down with Little Rock AFB Public Affairs for an interview. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Harry Brexel, 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs)

Runway regulators
On the far west end of Chief Master Sgt. Williams Drive, airfield management sits hidden amongst the many buildings along the flightline. Located in the Base Operations building, airfield management is heavily relied upon to keep Little Rock Air Force Base’s airfield up and running.

Travel safely during the holidays
Now that Thanksgiving is over, the preparation for one of the most beloved holidays of the year has begun. Shopping for gifts and organizing trips are usually at the forefront of most people’s to do list at this time.

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