The Air Force Reserve Command has announced the activation of the 913th Airlift Group at Little Rock Air Force Base with an activation ceremony set for this Sunday, July 13.
Maj. Gen. Mark A. Kyle, commander of 22nd Air Force, will be on hand to activate the 913th at 9 a.m. Sunday, and present the unit’s new guidon. The 913th takes the place of 22nd Air Force, Detachment 1, which was activated in March 2011, and currently has more than 500 personnel.
“The Air Force Reserve here at Little Rock Air Force Base has been preparing for this transition for a while and we’re proud to have a more visible place in Team Little Rock,” said Col. Archie Frye, the unit’s commander.
The new unit is authorized to grow to approximately 850 Airmen and civilians in fiscal year 2015. Approximately 28 percent of the members work full time as Air Reserve Technicians and Civil Servants, while the remainder perform as Traditional Reservists, training to defend our national interests.
The 913th will be comprised of a headquarters unit, the 327th Airlift Squadron, 913th Operations Support Squadron, the 913th Maintenance Squadron, the 96th Aerial Port Squadron, the 913th Force Support Squadron and the 913th Aerospace Medical Squadron.
The detachment worked alongside of the 314th Airlift Wing and 189th Airlift Wing for nearly three years as part of the formal training unit mission at Little Rock Air Force Base. The unit began transitioning to a combat mission in October of 2013, which includes an Air Force Total Force Integration with the 19th Airlift Wing’s 50th Airlift Squadron and their aircraft maintenance unit.