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  • Simulated training prepares security forces for real-life events

    Lights off, the screen on, two security forces Airmen walk into the simulator and pick up their weapons. Master Sgt. Jeremy Covington, the 189th Security Forces Squadron S4 superintendent and instructor of the use of force simulator, opens the program and a non-lethal use of force scenario appears on the screen. The defenders encounter a clearly agitated individual who will not heed their warnings. Pulling out a taser designed specifically for the training simulator, one Airman feigns the man on the screen into a passive state.
  • Cyber community makes plans for new AFSC

    Career field managers and functional area managers within the Total Force cyber community gathered at the 189th Airlift Wing Nov. 19 - 20, 2019, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The group collaborated over the course of several days to develop a training plan, establish new expectations of students and instructors, improve the mission defense team training plan and incorporate the developments into a new cyber Air Force specialty code. The new AFSC, 1D7, is expected to become an operational AFSC, separate from the communications career field.
  • All-female C-130H crew participates in international air show

    Aircrew assigned to the 189th Operations Group flew to Abbottsford, Canada, Oct. 5, 2019, to participate in the annual Girls Fly Too, Women in Aviation symposium. The all-female crew, including pilots Lt. Col. Kenda Garrett and Maj. Janelle Guillebeau, navigator Lt. Col. Sarah O’Banion, flight engineer Master Sgt. Erin Evans, and loadmasters Tech. Sgt. Nicole Beck and Senior Airman Ashlyn Hendrickson stopped in Colorado Springs on the way up to Canada and picked up the Wings of Blue female jump team along with their jump master and staff. Along with the aircrew, Staff Sgt. Tracie Winston and Staff Sgt. Jessica McGilton, two crew chiefs from the 189th Maintenance Group, accompanied the crew to provide maintenance if necessary. 
  • C-130H radio training program becomes virtual reality

    On Sept. 24, 2019, Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Crider, an AFWERX Air National Guard Innovation team member along with Maj. Tom Guilebeau, the 189th Airlift Wing innovation officer and Maj. Justin Fitzpatrick, a 189th Operations Group navigator, presented the first phase of a virtual reality training program wing leadership, marking a significant stride in the future training of C130H aviation for the 89th AW. The team shared their progress with Col. Dean Martin, 189th AW commander, after finalizing the first phase of the project made possible by use of innovation funds throughout the Air National Guard.
  • 223rd COS graduates first in-residence mission defense team

    The 223rd Cyberspace Operations Squadron held a graduation ceremony Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., for 20 cyber defenders assigned to mission defense teams across the Air Force to include active duty and reservists. The ceremony was attended by leadership from Air Combat Command and the Arkansas National Guard. The graduates were the first from the only in-residence initial qualification training course currently provided to MDT operators nationwide.
  • Arkansas Air National Guard Marksmanship Training team participates in international shooting competition

    The 189th Airlift Wing’s Marksmanship Team selected two outstanding members to represent the wing and the Arkansas Air National Guard in an upcoming international marksmanship match to take place in Canada at the Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration. The members, Tech. Sgt. Scotty Daniel and Master Sgt. Matthew Smith, will represent the team and the wing this weekend, competing against marksmen from countries around the world. 
  • From intel to aircrew: C-130H navigator achieves lifelong goal

    Setting goals and objectives for the different stages of your life and career often helps you accomplish the seemingly impossible. Whether long or short-term, reaching a goal gives one a sense of accomplishment and entices you to push forward with new achievements in mind.
  • 223rd Cyberspace Operations Squadron re-designation

    On May 10th, 2019, Governor Asa Hutchinson, along with key community leaders and the 189th Airlift Wing leadership, signed state bill 632, carrying the Arkansas Cyber Initiative one more step in the direction of cybersecurity and cyber education within the state of Arkansas. 
  • 189th Airlift Wing receives new commander

    On Friday, June 6, 2019, Col. Thomas Crimmins handed the title of wing commander to Col. Dean Martin. Presiding over the ceremony was Brig. Gen. Marc Sicard, the Arkansas Air National Guard air component commander.
  • Airmen earn Air Force combative skills instructor qualification:

    Two Air National Guard Airmen recently finished the Air Force’s Combative Skills Instructor course here at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The Airmen spent more than 40 hours learning fighting stances and protection measures that they will be able to carry to their Guard counterparts throughout the wing. The course instructor certification marks the first of its kind for any Air National Guard member.