Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

The Story of Aaron Downing:
Behind the Purple Heart

Master Sgt. Aaron Downing, a 19th Security Forces Squadron weapons and tactics superintendent, displays his Purple Heart Dec. 10, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base. During his deployment to Iraq in 2007, Downing was wounded when his convoy was attacked by an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Muro)

Team Little Rock History
Fact of the Week •
272 days to go until LRAFB turns 60!
Happy birthday to the 19th Operational Support Squadron! The 19th OSS originally activated as the 19th Airdrome Squadron at Bowman Field, Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 4, 1943. During World War II, an airdrome squadron was a bare-bones airfield operations unit, capable of running a new or small airfield in the absence of the kind of larger service establishment that would be associated with one or more combat or training groups. As such, they were generally shortlived units cobbled together for specific missions.

‘The only disability in life is a bad attitude’
Continuously smiling, laughing and going out of his way to help people is what John Perry is most known for. He speaks college football as a second language and is said to be arguably the biggest University of Alabama fan.

Vanpooling makes cents
Commuting to and from Little Rock Air Force base every day can be a big burden on one’s budget depending on how far they travel each day. For example, based on the American Automobile Association estimates, the cost of owning a car can exceed $10,000 per year for a daily commute of 50 miles round trip per workday.

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