Part Of Statewide Tour Of Military Facilities
Officials from the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force
Base welcomed the 5th district congresswoman of Oklahoma April 9 as
she toured the base for her assessment of the state's military
Rep. Mary Fallin is currently the only Oklahoma member of the
House Armed Services Committee in Washington, DC, and has spent the
last few months visiting military facilities in the state as part
of her position to oversee military readiness, training, logistics
and maintenance programs.
Congresswoman Fallin was greeted by Col. David Allvin, the 97th
AMW commander, prior to touring the southern Oklahoma base. She
said one of the needs discussed was for a bigger base fire station.
Also highlighted was the voluntary protection program, which
promotes effective worksite-based safety and health.
"I saw some tremendous efforts being done on worker safety and
processes and bringing the employees in with the employers,
especially in the area of safety and workers compensation,"
Congresswoman Fallin said.
The trip concluded with static tours of a C-17 Globemaster III
and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The congresswoman said she
appreciates the hospitality of base officials in helping her to
fulfill her job on the Armed Services Committee.
"I have to say I'm very impressed with all that I've seen
today," Fallin said. "To learn that there are so many different
countries dependent upon the training of pilots here, the refueling
efforts, the medical efforts -- just to see the total picture of
the missions being performed at Altus Air Force Base reassures me
that we're doing a super job here in Oklahoma. And I'm very proud
of this base.
"One of the things I wanted to do here was see what we need at
this base (and) how we as a state can support it," the
congresswoman said. "We can support the mission of our men and
women in war and take that information back to Washington and be
able to represent our needs here."
(Aero-News salutes Kenneth Scarle, 97th Air Mobility Wing