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The Little Rock Difference

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

Mr. GRIFFIN of Arkansas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB) and the LRFB Community Council, both of which are located in central Arkansas, which I represent.

This week, the Community Council was presented with the Abilene Trophy, which recognizes the community that provides the ``finest support'' to an Air Mobility Command unit.

This is the second time the LRAFB Community Council has received this award, and it's truly a testament to their dedication to military families, to their community, and to their nation.

LRAFB has always enjoyed the support of the surrounding community. In fact, LRAFB was founded in 1952 when community leaders raised $1 million to buy property from more than 150 private landowners and donated the property to the U.S. Air Force to create LRAFB.

In 2011, when LRAFB was hit by a tornado, the community responded by adopting affected families. Two weeks later, LRAFB was similarly responsive, assisting local families affected by flooding.

This supportive and cooperative relationship goes beyond just ``neighbors helping neighbors.'' Last year, LRAFB's Joint Education Center became a first-of-its-kind partnership between the City of Jacksonville and LRAFB, and, to fund this project, the residents of Jacksonville voted to tax themselves to raise $5 million to put toward the overall project.

The relationship between LRAFB and the community is unique, and, together, they are one team and responsive to the needs of each other. They serve as examples of excellence. This is how LRAFB and the Community Council differentiate themselves from other communities with air bases and what led to the creation of ``The Little Rock Difference.''

``The Little Rock Difference'' initiative was unveiled this week by the Community Council. It establishes the characteristics of the relationship between LRAFB and the local community, and it is based on the LRAFB mantra ``Rock & Role.''

``Rock'' is for ``The Rock,'' which is the nickname of LRAFB and how the community affectionately refers to LRAFB. ``Role'' is for the
guiding principles of ``ROLE''--``Responsive,'' ``One Team,'' ``Leading,'' and
``Excellence''--which the LRAFB community and the local community embody.
I congratulate the LRAFB leadership and the members of the Community Council for their dedication in creating and implementing ``The Little Rock Difference'' and for their ongoing efforts fostering strong and positive relations between the people of Arkansas and the men and women who protect our country.

I am proud to be a part of such a fine group of men and women dedicated to their nation and to their community, and I congratulate them on their success.


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