The Little Rock Air Force Base, located in Jacksonville, is the C-130 training base for the Department of Defense, training C-130 pilots, navigators, flight engineers and loadmasters from all branches of the U.S. military in tactical airlift and aerial delivery. The base is the heartbeat of this Metro Little Rock city.

Home to the only C-130 training base for the U.S. Department of Defense, Jacksonville is an important part of the nation’s military force, but the city of about 29,000 possesses a family-friendly atmosphere that attracts people from everywhere.

Less than 20 minutes from the Little Rock city limits across the Arkansas River, Jacksonville offers affordable housing and a tight-knit community environment. The 6,128-acre air base is home to more than 7,000 active duty military personnel, civilian employees and their families. The health care, education and manufacturing industries are three more of the city’s largest employers.

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Homes in Jacksonville’s Pennpointe Estates neighborhood are popular because of its walking trails and access to the neighborhood lake.

Events like the annual FestiVille, along with attractions like Splash Zone and Dupree Park (one of Jacksonville’s 13 parks) draw metro locals to Jacksonville. Athletic and aerobic classes entice athletes to the city’s 56,000-square-foot community center, whose facilities include a heated six-lane pool, two hardwood basketball/volleyball courts, an aerobics classroom, a walking track, cardiovascular equipment and two racquetball courts.

The city is popular with families looking for great home prices and a big sense of community. Fortunately, Jacksonville has great annual events, Splash Zone (shown above) and a community center that rivals all others in the metro.

Popular events such as the Little Rock Air Force Base’s biennial air show and the annual FestiVille family event draws the whole metro area to Jacksonville for a good time.


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