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Little Rock Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)
Little Rock Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome CenterLittle Rock Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center

Little Rock Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Little Rock Air Force Base, home of nearly all the U.S. military’s C-130 related training. Little Rock Air Force Base encompasses more than 6,000 acres in Central Arkansas. The base’s population includes approximately 6,995 military members, 1,316 civilian personnel, and 5,582 family members.
The base is home to the 19th Airlift Wing, which supports the largest C-130 fleet in the world. Other units at Little Rock Air Force Base include the 314th Airlift Wing, the 189th Airlift Wing, the 913th Airlift Group, and other tenant units.

Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Little Rock Air Force Base so you can get to know your new base and its surrounding community.

  1. Where Is Little Rock Air Force Base?
  2. Google Map View
  3. Getting There – Directions to the Base
  4. Entering Little Rock Air Force Base and Base Amenities
  5. Where Should I Live Near Little Rock Air Force Base?
  6. What Schools are Near Little Rock Air Force Base?
  7. What’s the Weather Like in Little Rock Air Force Base?
  8. Things to Do Near Little Rock Air Force Base

Where is Little Rock Air Force Base?

Visitors Control Center
1500 Vandenberg Blvd.
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR 72099
Phone: 1 (501) 987-3425

Little Rock Air Force Installation Map

Little Rock Air Force Installation Map

Little Rock Air Force Base Directions

Little Rock Air Force Base is found in Central Arkansas in Pulaski County, next to the city of Jacksonville. It is about 20 miles from the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

From Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport

  1. Take Loop 440 north (toward Jacksonville) to Highway 67/167 north to Jacksonville.
  2. Take Exit 11.
  3. Turn left and drive approximately 2 miles to the main base gate.

From Interstate 30 or Interstate 40

  1. From Interstate 30 or 40, take U.S. Highway 67/167, Exit 155, to the air base.
  2. When you reach Jacksonville, take Exit 11 to reach the main gate.

Public Transit near Little Rock Air Force Base

Rock Region METRO provides public transportation services in Pulaski County and the cities of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, Jacksonville, and Sherwood. METRO Local provides fixed-route bus service, METRO Streetcar provides rail services in Little Rock and North Little Rock, and METRO Links provides custom paratransit services. Visit the Rock Region METRO website for fares, maps, and schedules.

Little Rock Air Force Base Transportation Office

Getting ready for a PCS move and in need of some help? Call the Little Rock Air Force Base Traffic Management Office to get started.

Little Rock Air Force Base TMO
1255 Vandenberg Blvd.
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR 72099
Phone: 1 (501) 987-3582 or 1 (501) 987-6961

Little Rock Air Force Base TMO Hours

  • Monday through Thursday – 0800 to 1600.
  • Friday – 0900 to 1600.

Entering Little Rock Air Force Base and Base Amenities

Entering Little Rock Air Force Base and Base Amenities

If you do not have a valid military ID, you may have to stop at the visitors control center to gain base access. Click here for more information on the visitors control center at Little Rock Air Force Base.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

In-processing is conducted at the Walters Community Support Center at 940 Arnold Drive. This center houses the Combat Airlift Welcome Center, as well as other base offices that conduct in-processing appointments with incoming personnel. Appointments for in-processing are made in coordination with sponsors and need to be accomplished within 72 hours of arrival.

A newcomers orientation provides briefings about support services at the base and spouses are encouraged to attend. For more information on the orientation, visit Little Rock Air Force Base Force Support Squadron website.

Incoming military personnel should report to their individual commands and units as well as their sponsor for additional in-processing information.

Little Rock Air Force Base Visitor Center

The Visitors Control Center issues temporary vehicle passes and can provide directions and information on the base. For more information on base access and the visitor control center, visit the Little Rock Air Force Base website.

Visitors Control Center
1500 Vandenberg Blvd.
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR 72099
Phone: 1 (501) 987-3425

Little Rock Air Force Base DEERS Office

Little Rock Air Force Base Military Personnel Flight and DEERS Office
1255 Vandenberg Blvd.
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR 72099
Phone: 1 (501) 987-6831

Little Rock Air Force Base MPF and DEERS Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0830 to 1530. Closed the first Wednesday of each month for training.

Little Rock Air Force Base Gate Hours

Visitor access to Little Rock Air Force Base has been limited to comply with health protection guidelines. For up-to-date base access and COVID-19 announcements, visit Little Rock Air Force Base’s website.

Little Rock Air Force Base Commissary

Building 790, Sixth Street
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR 72099
Phone: 1 (501) 987-6990

Little Rock Air Force Base Commissary Hours

  • Tuesday through Saturday – 0900 to 1900.
  • Sunday – 1000 to 1800.

Little Rock Air Force Base Exchange

Little Rock Air Force Base Exchange

Building 787, Sixth Street
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR 72099
Phone: 1 (501) 988-2237

Little Rock Air Force Base Exchange Hours

  • Monday through Saturday – 1000 to 1800.
  • Sunday – 1000 to 1700.

Little Rock Air Force Base Barber Shops

Exchange Barber Shop
Building 787, Sixth Street
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR 72099
Phone: 1 (501) 988-1160

Little Rock Air Force Base Barber Shop Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0700 to 1700.
  • Saturday – 0900 to 1600.
  • Sunday – 1000 to 1600.

Little Rock Air Force Base Post Office

988 Cannon Drive
Jacksonville, AR 72076
Phone: 1 (870) 572-2748

Little Rock Air Force Base Post Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 1000 to 1400.

Little Rock Air Force Base Finance Office

1255 Vandenberg Blvd.
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR 72099
Phone: 1 (501) 987-8294

Little Rock Air Force Base Finance Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0900 to 1100 and 1300 to 1500, by appointment only.

Little Rock Air Force Base Legal Office

Visit the legal office website for information on hours of operation for powers of attorney, notary services, will executions, and more.

Little Rock Air Force Base Legal Office
Building 1250, Thomas Avenue
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR 72099
Phone: 1 (501) 987-7886

Little Rock Air Force Base Legal Office Hours
Walk-in legal assistance:

  • Monday – 1400 to 1500.
  • Wednesday – 0900 to 1100​.

Little Rock Air Force Base Library

940 Arnold Drive
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR 72076
Phone: 1 (501) 987-6979

Little Rock Air Force Base Library Hours

  • Monday through Thursday – 0900 to 1900.
  • Friday and Saturday – 0900 to 1700.

Little Rock Air Force Base Hotels

There are many hotels near Little Rock Air Force Base, so you’re sure to find one to fit your budget. For a full list of military lodges and affiliated resorts in the area, visit the Department of Defense Lodging website.

Razorback Inn
1024 Cannon Circle
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR 72099
Phone: 1 (501) 988-1141

Download MyBaseGuide’s Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Hot Tip: Download MyBaseGuide’s Little Rock Air Force Base Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Where Should I Live Near Little Rock Air Force Base?

Where Should I Live Near Little Rock Air Force Base?

Cities Near Little Rock Air Force Base

While many military family members call base housing their home, others choose to live in nearby communities. The neighboring cities of Cabot, Jacksonville, Little Rock, and North Little Rock provide housing, employment, and other services for Little Rock Air Force Base’s military families. The Little Rock Metro Area’s cost of living is lower than the national average.

Best Places to Live Near Little Rock Air Force Base

Cabot

Cabot, in Lonoke County, is northeast of Little Rock Air Force Base. This city has a population of approximately 26,000 people. The city is home to several parks, two sport complexes with athletic fields and facilities, two aquatic facilities, a fitness center, a golf club, and other recreational facilities.

Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville is just south of the post in Pulaski County. It is home to approximately 28,000 people. This growing city has parks, trails, playgrounds, athletic fields and courts, pools, a water park, and more. The city is also home to the Jacksonville Museum of Military History and the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex.

Little Rock

Little Rock is the state’s capital and largest municipality, with a population of more than 197,000 people. Little Rock is southwest of the base in Pulaski County. The city has an ideal mix of urban and suburban living, with a bustling downtown and River Market District. In Little Rock you can visit the zoo, watch a ballet, listen to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, admire art galleries, and so much more. Little Rock is also home to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, which has one of the largest archival collections in American presidential history.

North Little Rock

North Little Rock, also in Pulaski County, is southwest of Little Rock Air Force Base. This city has a population of approximately 65,900 people. North Little Rock is home to the Arkansas Travelers Minor League Baseball team, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, and historic downtown Argenta, with its River Rail Streetcar, entertainment venues, and restaurants. Another historic hot spot is the Old Mill, in T.R. Pugh Memorial Park. This re-creation of an 1880’s water-powered grist mill is in the opening scenes of “Gone with the Wind.” North Little Rock is connected to additional attractions in the state via the 88-mile Arkansas River Trail System, which links dozens of parks, six museums, and more than 5,000 acres of parkland.

Look for homes and apartments for rent or sale on AHRN.com

Hot Tip: Look for Little Rock Air Force Base homes and apartments for rent or sale, and find BAH, PCS, TLA & ETS military housing information at AHRN.com.

Little Rock Air Force Base Schools

Little Rock Air Force Base Schools

There are many options for your child’s education near Little Rock Air Force Base. The state offers traditional public schools, as well as public charter schools and private schools. For younger children, there are a variety of local daycares and child care programs on and off base.

Little Rock Air Force Base has one school on base: the Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School – Flightline Upper Academy. This charter school serves children in fifth through eighth grades. Otherwise, children who live on base attend schools in the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District.

The Little Rock Air Force Base Child and Youth Education Services website has more information on area school districts, home schooling in Arkansas, special education resources, and the youth sponsorship program, which matches incoming students with a fellow student who can guide them in their new community. The website also has contact information for the base’s school liaison officer, who can provide information and guidance on area schools as well as educational resources for your children.

Little Rock Air Force Base Weather

Little Rock Air Force Base Weather

Central Arkansas has mild winters and hot, humid summers. In the winter, the average highs are in the 50s and average lows are in the 30s. In the summer, the average highs can soar to the 90s, with lows in the 60s and 70s. Little Rock Air Force Base gets about 51 inches of rain and less than 4 inches of snow annually.

Things to Do Near Little Rock Air Force Base

Things to Do Near Little Rock Air Force Base

Little Rock Air Force Base and the surrounding region are home to iconic historical sites, world-famous museums, art galleries, theaters, great restaurants and breweries, vibrant shopping districts, and much more. On base, there are a multitude of recreational opportunities, including camping, fishing, hunting, swimming, bowling, and more. Outside the gates, with the state’s capital only 20 miles away, there’s no shortage of things to do. Get out and explore!

Suggested Read: 23 Of the Best Things to Do Near Little Rock Air Force Base

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Hot Tip: Connect with military-trusted businesses and deals exclusively for Little Rock Air Force Base at MyBaseGuide.

Conclusion

Moving to a new base comes with challenges, but Little Rock Air Force Base is a great place to call home. We hope you enjoy everything this world-class installation and capital city have to offer you during your time here.

 

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