LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. - The International Council of Air Shows bestowed its top community relations honor Dec. 13 for the base's 2012 Heritage and Heroes Open House and Air Show - historically the state's largest two-day event.
The Dick Schram Community Relations Award is presented each year to the military air show that uses its air show to build stronger community relations. According to the award citation, Team Little Rock was cited for its effective efforts to partner with Little Rock area civic organizations to plan and conduct this world-class air show.
The award is a testament to the unequalled relationship of the base and the greater Central Arkansas community.
"This award is the result of a true team effort. I'm proud of the sweat equity our Airmen, their families, and our community partners put into this year's air show. Their hard work gave our guests a first-class experience and offered us the opportunity to thank them for their tireless support, as well as show taxpayers the capabilities of their military," said Colonel Robinson.
The 2012 air show was the most successful the base has ever hosted. More than 250,000 guests flooded the base's flightline to experience the base's mission as the world's largest C-130 base and amazing aerial and ground events from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. This year's spectacular was headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
Schram, a former Blue Angel, was an active and respected member of the air show community and was personally responsible for many improvements in the relationships between military and civilian air show personnel during his tenure as DOD Aviation Support Liaison Officer.
(Source: United States Air Force)