AFJROTC cadets experience mobility air power

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kayla Christenson
  • Altus Air Force Base Public Affairs

Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadets from Southeast High School, Oklahoma City, visited Altus Air Force Base, March 10, 2021.

Cadets toured the base to learn about how we train exceptional mobility Airmen and experience life first-hand at an active duty installation.  

“We are truly privileged to be able to come out here on this Air Force base,” said retired U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Kielty, senior aerospace instructor. “These young cadets are going to be able to learn about the missions, learn about life, and learn about the sacrifices that our Airmen are making every single day.” 

The AFJROTC students toured the control tower, a C-17 Globemaster III, witnessed a Military Working Dog demonstration and then finished off the day at the Hangar 97 dining facility for lunch.

“My favorite part today was seeing the C-17 and it’s cargo area,” said Joshua Gomez, AFJROTC cadet.

The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. 

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Cameron Silver, 97th Air Mobility Wing public affairs officer, led the tour group to each site and ensured the AFJROTC cadets learned the commander’s priorities of: mission, Airmen and community.

“Showing off what our incredible Airmen do every day to support the air mobility mission is always a privilege,” said Silver. “But it was extra special to see the excitement and genuine interest from these cadets. They are our future and it's nice to know that they care about and value public service."

At the end of the tour, Kielty stresses the importance of Altus AFB explaining, “It's our ability to pick up our entire force, move it halfway around the world without notice, and take care of our missions. That's what really anchors our capabilities as an Air Force.”