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  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Working on the Bush funeral train detail: “It was the chance of a lifetime”

    Having served in the Arkansas Air National Guard as a member of the 189th Services Flight for the past 19 years, a police officer with the North Little Rock police department for more than 16 years, and a Special Agent with Union Pacific for the past 3 years, Master Sgt. Shana Cobbs knows a thing or two about commitment to duty. Recently, her job as a special agent with Union Pacific provided her with a unique opportunity to participate in a special assignment that she says she feels that she was uniquely prepared to handle.
  • Airman fixes medical equipment at local hospital during MEDRETE

    Walking into a dusty neonatal intensive care unit, windows open, at 90 degrees Fahrenheit, Master Sgt. Colton Guilliams, the 189th AW noncommissioned officer in charge of public health, used the skills he learned previously as a biomedical equipment technician to support the local hospital, Hospital Nacional De Retalhuleu, in Retalhuleu, Guatemala. The public hospital used the assistance of Guilliams to fix more than eight pieces of equipment, including 3 ventilators in the NICU.
  • Arkansas National Guard supports Guatemala in State Partnership Program

    The Arkansas National Guard and the Central American country of Guatemala have worked closely for the last 16 years as part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program. Whether at home or visiting our partner country, the Airmen and Soldiers of the Arkansas National Guard work hard to ensure relations between the two countries remains one of positivity and resourcefulness.
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