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Our Military at Little Rock Air Force Base

Little Rock AFB Our Military at Little Rock Air Force Base

About 15 miles south of the main gate of Little Rock Air Force Base, Little Rock, Arkansas, is about 646 miles southwest of the geographic center of the contiguous 48 states, near Lebanon, Kansas.

Little Rock Air Force Base opened in October 1955. Today, it 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, 913th Airlift Group 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 70 C-130 H and J 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 Command’s Rapid Global Mobility 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 Education and Training Command, trains C-130 aircrews for all services in the Department of Defense, Coast Guard and 47 allied nations.

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.

Tenant units at Little Rock Air Force base include 29th Weapons Squadron (ACC), 373rd Training Squadron, Det. 4 (AETC), 96th Aerial Port Squadron (AFRC) and Det. 3 AMCAOS (AMC).

The base encompasses 6,100 acres and includes one runway and one assault landing strip.


The base has more than 7,000 active-duty military and civilian members, approximately 5,000 family members and an estimated 57,000 retirees who live in the local area.

Economic Impact

Little Rock Air Force Base’s total impact on the local economy in fiscal year 2017 totaled $469.2 million. It is the seventh-largest employer in Arkansas and, in fiscal year 2017, created 2,728 indirect jobs with average annual salaries exceeding $43,050 with a total annual dollar value of those jobs of $117 million.

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