Arkansas Military

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.

Chaffee Crossing Touted As Site For Veterans Home

Aug 20, 2013

Leaders in Fort Smith are pitching their city as a "perfect fit" for the state's new veterans home.

Earlier this month, the Arkansas Veterans Home Task Force identified Fort Smith, Benton, Jacksonville and Russellville as potential sites for the $22 million veterans home.

On Monday, representatives from the task force toured Fort Smith's proposed site at Chaffee Crossing.

The Southwest Times Record reports the 25-acre site is next to the planned Interstate 49 route and adjacent to Camp Hope for Heroes, a service facility for veterans.

Arkansas Flags To Fly At Half-Staff For Late Soldier

Aug 14, 2013

Flags at the Arkansas Capitol are being flown at half-staff to mark the death of a soldier from Little Rock who was killed in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department announced Wednesday that Sgt. Jamar Hicks died at Forward Operating Base Salerno during a Sunday attack.

Soldiers from Idaho and Texas were also killed in the attack.

Gov. Mike Beebe's office says Arkansas flags may be flown at half-staff at any Arkansas public building for up to three days after notification of a fallen service member.

Meeting Set On Arkansas Veterans Home

Aug 5, 2013

A legislative task force is scheduled to meet to discuss the location of a proposed home for Arkansas veterans.

The group is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. at the Capitol.

The panel is to make recommendations on the size, location, design and funding for a new facility.

The 22-member group is looking to replace a Little Rock home that state officials closed because of deteriorating conditions.

Legislators earlier set aside $7.5 million from the state surplus to help pay for the new facility.

VA Grants To Assist Arkansas Homeless Veterans

Jul 12, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has announced $1.3 million in federal grants to help homeless military veterans at two organizations in Arkansas.

The St. Francis House in Little Rock will receive about $600,000 while Seven Hills Homeless Center in Fayetteville is to receive the remainder of the grant as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.

The grants are among 319 awarded to agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.