Little Rock Air Force Base

19th Airlift Wing
1500 Vandenberg, Little Rock AFB, AR 72099-5288
Air Force

ABOUT

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.

There are more than 11,800 active-duty, civilian personnel, and military family members assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base.
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ARRIVAL

The nearest major airport to The Little Rock Air Force Base is the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, located 16.7 miles away from base.

Directions from Watertown International Airport:
Get on I-440 E
Follow I-440 E, AR-440 E and US-167 N/US-67 N to T P White Dr. in Jacksonville
Take exit 11 from US-167 N/US-67 N
Drive to Vandenberg Blvd. Destination will be on the right
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.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 

To be enrolled in an Arkansas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. of the school year. Check with the school for requirements

 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

 

Little Rock School District

 

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

 

​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

Arkansas State Department of Child & Family Services (501) 682-8770
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

 

Arkansas State Department of Health (501) 661-2000

 

Little Rock Animal Services (501) 376-3067

 

Arkansas State Police (501) 618-8800

Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) (501) 987-6801

Airman and Family Readiness Center-EFMP Support (501) 987-6801

BCAC Health Benefits Advisor-TRICARE (800) 444-5445

Base Chapel (501) 987-6014

Child Care, Family Day Care (501) 987-3156

Dental Clinic (501) 987-7304

Consolidated Dorm Management Office (501) 987-1011

Family Advocacy Program (FAP) (501) 987-7377

Force Support Squadron (501) 987-6493

Housing Office (501) 987-6429

ID Cards (501) 987-6831

Legal Office (501) 987-7886

Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255

School Liaison Office (501) 987-8941

Welcome Center (501) 987-6753

Housing

At Little Rock Air Force Base, military family housing is privatized. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you may now choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Hunt Military Communities, which owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community.

Miller’s Crossing
6.6 miles from base

A newer neighborhood in Sherwood. It has 2 other subdivisions attached to it Miller’s Valley and Creekside. All homes are built 2006 and newer.

Magness Creek Subdivision
18.9 miles from base

Magness Creek Village is a family oriented community located off of Hwy 5, in the north side of the city of Cabot, Arkansas.

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Community

In Little Rock Air Force Base, the summers are hot and muggy; the winters are short, very cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 32°F to 93°F and is rarely below 19°F or above 101°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 28 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 93°F and low of 73°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 27 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 58°F. The coldest day of the year is January 7, with an average low of 32°Fand high of 50°F.
The overall cost of living index is 95, which is 13% higher than the Arkansas average and 5% lower than the U.S. average.

Everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Little Rock, AR, the city’s goods and services are 8% higher than the Arkansas average and even with the U.S. average.
There are plenty of entertaining activities in Pulaski and Lonoke counties — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take a dip in the wave pool at Wild River Country, for instance, or tee off at one of the two 18-hole golf courses in North Little Rock’s Burns Park. Don’t miss the Arkansas State Fair or the opportunity to indulge in traditional Greek pastries at the International Greek Festival. And be sure to check out the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.

The residents of Pulaski and Lonoke counties have dozens of annual events, festivals and community gatherings at their fingertips.

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