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A portion of a street at the Little Rock Air Force Base will be renamed for an airman killed while protecting one of his daughters from a tornado at Vilonia last April.

This Saturday, the head of the Air National Guard will present the Airman's Medal to the family of Master Sgt. Dan Wassom and preside over the renaming of a street. Wassom was a member of the 189th Airlift Wing.

Gov. Mike Beebe is urging Arkansans to find ways to honor those who have served in the nation's military throughout the year as the state is marking Veterans Day. Speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony in downtown Little Rock, Beebe said Tuesday the nation needs to make sure it recognizes veterans and keeps commitments to them and not just limit honoring them to one day during the year.  Veterans of all ages gathered at the River Market for the annual ceremony, which marks Beebe's last as governor.

Members of Arkansas' U.S. House delegation are asking the U.S. Department of Defense to finish a report on whether two Arkansas military members who were shot outside a Little Rock recruiting center should be eligible for Purple Hearts.

Arkansas congressmen Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack also said in the letter Thursday that eligibility should be reviewed for victims of the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood in Texas.

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The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is launching the Arkansas Vietnam War Project, with the hopes of documenting the stories of people who were in the war, or knew someone who was. The Center hopes to record oral histories as well as collect letters, photographs and diary entries from willing participants.

Brian Robertson is manager of the Research Services Division at the Butler Center and is leading the project. He says at the time of U.S. involvement, Arkansans largely supported the war effort.

Little Rock Air Force Base officials are blaming a case of mistaken identity for an alarm that led them to lock down the base for several hours following the report of a suspicious individual on the base.

Officials on Thursday said the 6,100-acre base was locked down after they received a report that a suspicious individual tried to forcibly gain access to a base building.

A spokeswoman for the Little Rock Air Force Base says the grounds have been reopened after being put on lockdown earlier today because of a suspicious individual.  

Authorities aren't offering any additional details about what prompted the scare or how it was resolved.  Gates reopened 4:08 p.m., after being closed at 11:45.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution renaming a Perryville post office in honor of the first American prisoner of war executed during the Vietnam War.

The House passed the measure Monday to name the facility the Harold George Bennett Post Office. The resolution was sponsored by Arkansas U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and co-sponsored by the three other members of Arkansas' House delegation.

Delay In Pay For Arkansas National Guard Members

Jan 13, 2014

Members of the Arkansas National Guard aren’t getting paid due to multiple delays delegated by Congress. KUAR's Maggie Carroll spoke with Lieutenant Colonel Keith Moore of the National Guard.

They discussed how the delays are affecting the 10,000 Arkansan members of the National Guard and their families, as well as budgeting issues they are now facing. Click the audio clip above to hear their conversation. 

The 188th Fighter Wing
Master Sgt. Bob Oldham / U.S. Air Force

The 60th anniversary celebration of the Arkansas Air National Guard's 188th Fighter Wing has been delayed because of the federal government shutdown.

The celebration for current and former 188th members was set for Saturday, but officials decided to postpone the event until Nov. 2 because of the shutdown. 

Maj. Heath Allen tells the Southwest Times Record that it wasn't feasible to hold the event because of furloughs caused by the shutdown.

Arkansas Court To Hear Arguments About Iraq Veteran

Sep 26, 2013

Arkansas' highest court is set to hear oral arguments in the case of an Iraq War veteran convicted of killing his girlfriend.

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments in 32-year-old Steven Russell's case on Thursday.

Russell was convicted of capital murder in the 2009 death of Joy Owens and was sentenced to life in prison without parole last year.

Russell's attorneys say their client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and deserves a new trial.

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