Little Rock Air Force Base
Little Rock Air Force Base is located in Pulaski County in Central Arkansas. The city of Jacksonville is located just outside the front gate of the base. The warm relationship between Jacksonville and the base dates back to the early 1950s when the local citizens banded together to purchase the land for the base, which they donated to the Air Force. Arkansas’ capital, Little Rock is located 17 miles north of the base. Little Rock AFB is home of the 19th Airlift Wing. Little Rock AFB consists of more than 6,000 acres and one runway.
The history of this base began on September 9, 1952, the Air Force announced its decision to build a $31 million medium jet bomber base near Jacksonville Arkansas (about 25 miles northeast of Little Rock); construction began on December 8, 1953. By August 1954, the 384th Bombardment Wing (BMW) and 70th Reconnaissance Wing had been selected by SAC to reside at the base. As the two wings awaited movement orders, Col. Joseph A. Thomas (the first base commander) worked with various levels of government on construction of the base. Tragically, Colonel Thomas died in the crash of the base’s only aircraft, a C-54 that had been assigned for administrative flying. Finally, on September 10, 1955, the base opened to air traffic.
The Air Force officially transferred to Little Rock AFB from SAC to the Tactical Air Command (TAC) on April 1, 1970. On March 4, 1970, the first C-130 arrived on base and began tactical airlift operations and training. On May 31, 1971, the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing (TAW) transferred to Little Rock AFB. Another major change occurred on base in December 1974, when the Air Force reassigned the 314th TAW from TAC to the Military Airlift Command (MAC). Thus, since its opening in 1955, the base has operated under four major commands – SAC, TAC, MAC and ACC.
The nearest major airport to The Little Rock Air Force Base is the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, located about 30 minutes away.
When you arrive at the base, you are required to in-process with the Military Personnel Section (MPS) Customer Support Section, Bldg 1255, Ste 115, at either 8:00 am or 10:00 am Mon-Fri, with the exception of Wednesday, when in-processing will be held at 10:00 am due to mandatory training from 7:30-8:30 a.m. If you are going to a unit with a Commanders Support Staff (CSS) Personnelist assigned, you must in process with them and then the MPF Customer Support Section will only update your CAC and new address. Please bring your sealed envelope and Newcomers In-processing Sheet (provided by CSS). You must be in uniform, and your sponsor must accompany you.
If you arrive during non-duty hours, on a weekend or holiday and need assistance, you may contact the Lodging Office in Bldg 1024, phone 501-987-6652 or 501-987-6753. When you in-process with the MPS or your CSS, you will be given an appointment to attend the Newcomers Orientation Event, if you are a first term airman you will be signed up to attend the First Term Airman’s Center (FTAC).
All first duty station officers must call or report to the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg 940, to schedule a mandatory Financial Briefing..
The base population of more than 11,800 people includes 6,300 active-duty military and civilian members and about 5,500 family members live and work here.