Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Members of the 50th Airlift Squadron leadership pose for a photo on Aug. 22 at Little Rock Air Force Base. Members and leadership of the 50th AS stood on the last tail fin before it was sent to the 152nd Airlift Wing at the Reno National Guard Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal)

The 50th’s Final Tail Flash
The Air Force has depended on the 50th Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base to produce combat airlift with the C-130H3 model, since the mid-90’s. The members of 50th AS have used the H3s to accomplish a variety of missions together, such as missions to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Snapshot: Col. Dryjanski, 314th AW/CC
Col. James Dryjanski (left), 314th Airlift Wing commander, walks through the 314th Maintenance Group Aug. 14 at Little Rock Air Force Base. Dryjanski toured the 314th MXG to familiarize himself with group operations and meet with the Airmen. who support the combat airlift mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mercedes Muro)

The Eyes and Ears of Little Rock AFB
Inside a secure building, surrounded by locked doors and blank walls with no windows, is where the 19th Airlift Wing command post emergency action controllers find themselves. Computer monitors at every desk, a constant ringing of phones, and voices from communication radios are some of the things one can expect to experience while inside the command post.

Duty to Intervene: Social Media
September marks Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide prevention remains a community responsibility 24/7/365, and we all have a duty to intervene. But how does that relate to social media?

19th OSS weather flight:
forecasting the unpredictable

The 19th Operations Support Squadron weather flight plays a stellar part in the mission of Little Rock Air Force Base. The team of eight Airmen is responsible for monitoring weather to protect resources and personnel, as well as providing weather support for anything flying in and out of The Rock. It is no easy task, considering that central Arkansas experiences a gamut of weather extremes. The Natural State experiences freezing rain, extreme heat, tornadic activity, snow and hail. Weather forecasts must be monitored and produced by the 19th OSS weather flight throughout the year. The team has the ability to predict nationwide forecasts. However, areas that are specifically monitored include Little Rock AFB, two drop zones and a landing zone. For their efforts, the team as a whole won 2011 Best Weather Flight in Air Mobility Command and 2010 Best Weather Flight in Air Force. Recently, a 19th OSS weather technician was even awarded 2013’s AMC Weather Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Harry Brexel)

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