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  • Arkansas Air National Guardsmen support presidential inauguration

    From Jan. 17 - 18, 2021, approximately 500 Soldiers from the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade out of Northwest Arkansas, were transported to Washington D.C. to provide support during the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Members of the 189th Operations Group, Logistic Readiness Squadron, Civil Engineer Squadron, Wing Staff Agencies, and Maintenance Group shared the responsibility of providing manpower and supplies for the historic event, once again epitomizing the importance of the National Guard and the role it plays throughout our Nation’s history.
  • Defenders receive Army recognition for civil unrest support

    Recently, the 189th Security Forces Squadron held a presentation in which 27 defenders received Army achievement and commendation medals. The presentation was held during the January unit training assembly in the Security Forces building for their direct support of the Arkansas National Guard’s Quick Reaction Force during the civil unrest events in downtown Little Rock last summer.
  • Production controllers turn up the heat and keep their cool during the changing season

    Imagine being in the middle of a hot Arkansas summer. You are at work inside your building and you realize that it is slightly warmer in the office than usual. You call your building manager and together you realize that your air conditioning unit is not working the way it should. Many may not realize the process that involves maintaining and fixing vital equipment that helps you do your job more thoroughly and often more comfortably every day.
  • 189th Airlift Wing awarded Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

    Showcasing the Air Force’s core value Excellence in All We Do is something the Airmen of the 189th Airlift Wing take very seriously. Recently, the wing was awarded recognition for its commitment to excellence with the Air Force Outstanding Unit award.
  • Herk Nation Turkey Shoot: No substitute for ARC experience

    On Nov. 12, the 189th, 314th, 19th Airlift Wings and the 913th Airlift Group participated in the annual Turkey Shoot. The event, a demonstration of skills, experience, and tenacity, is a combined effort between air crew and maintainers assigned to each unit. The friendly competition showcases their abilities and knowledge of the aircraft, how they apply it to precision drops and other actions supporting the combat airlift mission. The event promotes an environment of camaraderie while allowing Airmen to test their combat skills in action. The competition lasted throughout the day and concluded with a ceremony and awarded recognition for the winning team.
  • Arkansas National Guard TAG review of UV light fixtures big hit

    On Sept. 2, 2020, the Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard, Maj. Gen. Kendall Penn, visited with the 189th Airlift Wing. The visit included a re-enlistment of a junior noncommissioned officer from the 189th Logistics Readiness Squadron as well as a tour of the 189th Operations Group, where he was briefed on the recent installation of the FAR UV Light System. Maj. Justin Fitzpatrick, who spearheaded the project, explained the process to the TAG as well as future plans for the product.
  • 189th Airlift Wing creates dedicated space for nursing mothers

    Recently, the 189th Airlift Wing in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity, Healthy Active Arkansas, the Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition, and the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists, opened a lactation room, providing a comfortable space for mothers who are breastfeeding or expressing breast milk. The room, located in the 189th Medical Group building, consists of a sink, a locking door, literature on breastfeeding, chair, and a refrigerator to store expressed milk.
  • Air National Guard wing receives UV light disinfectant system; first in DOD

    Recently, the 189th Airlift Wing in coordination with the wing’s innovation team, started the process to implement the Krypton Light Disinfection system. Working with FAR UV Technologies, a Missouri-based technology company, the wing plans to install 50 UV lights throughout the campus and eventually innovate ways to utilize the light sources inside aircraft. The company was awarded a one million dollar contract to initiate the project with the wing. The goal of this partnership is to eventually encourage other units to purchase the same light system through accelerated means. As of now, the 189 AW is the first unit in the Department of Defense to utilize this system.
  • Operation Deep Freeze: maintaining the mission

    The air is crisp and cold, the sun providing little to no warmth, Antarctica gives the portrayal of a frozen wasteland with endless white. While this is what many perceive, the truth is that there is a vast array of life and wonder on this continent. Operation Deep Freeze, a support effort conducted by the Department of Defense assists the National Science Foundation in its effort to explore and research the continent and all its mysteries. Members of the Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Army, and National Guard carry out the annual operation under Joint Task Force - Support Forces Antarctica led by Pacific Air Forces.
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment team creates masks for flyers

    Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the 189th Airlift Wing’s innovation skyrocketed to keep the flying training mission going. The Aircrew Flight Equipment section recently made more than 200 masks to assist C-130H aircrew in their flying, cutting, sewing and fitting masks for each flyer.