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97 AMW leaders induct newest honorary commanders

Honorary Commander Ceremony

Leaders from the 97th Air Mobility Wing gather with leaders from southwest Oklahoma civic leaders during an honorary commander induction ceremony on July 21, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The wing's honorary commander program provides partnership building and community relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)

Honorary Commander Ceremony

U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Leard, the 97th Air Mobility Wing commander, speaks about the honorary commander program during an induction ceremony on July 21, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Leard expressed the importance of the relationship and how both the base and the community can aid and support each other in future operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)

Honorary Commander Ceremony

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col Matthew Fehrman, the 97th Air Mobility Wing director of staff, hands an honorary commander certificate to Chad Hance, the Cache superintendent for Cache Public Schools, during an honorary commander ceremony on July 21, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Leaders from the 97th Air Mobility Wing welcomed 15 southwest Oklahoma community members into the honorary commander program during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)

Honorary Commander Ceremony

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove, the noncommissioned officer in-charge of 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs community engagement, speaks about the honorary commander program during the induction ceremony on July 21, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. This program is intended to help reinforce the bond between the base and members of the community while increasing the community’s awareness of the 97th AMW mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

Leaders from the 97th Air Mobility Wing welcomed 15 southwest Oklahoma community members into the wing's honorary commanders (HCC) program during an induction ceremony on July 21, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The program was established in June, 2001 to match local civic leaders with group, wing, and squadron leaders to help reinforce the bond between the base and community while also raising awareness of the 97th AMW mission.

This year’s new inductees are as follows: Kay Cabaniss, the 97th Communications Squadron HCC, Brandie Combs, the 97th Training Squadron HCC, Angela Cook, the 97th Force Support Squadron HCC, Felisha Crawford, the 97th Operations Support Squadron HCC, Amanda Davis, the 56th Air Refueling Squadron, Preston Gunkel, the 97th Wing Staff Agency Judge Advocate HCC, Chad Hance, the 97th WSA director of staff HCC, Roger Heap, the 58th Airlift Squadron HCC, Kerrick Hunter, the 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron HCC, Blake Jackson, the 97th Comptroller Squadron, Dr. Dusty Johnston, the 97th Maintenance Squadron HCC, Ricky Rater, the 97th Civil Engineer Squadron HCC, Flynt Runyan, the 97th Security Forces Squadron HCC, Mary Beth Tischler, the 97th Operations Group HCC, and Dr. Chad Wiginton, the 97th Healthcare Operations Squadron HCC.

Returning honorary commanders include: Peter Bauer, the 97th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron HCC, Brian Bush, the 97th Air Mobility Wing commander’s HCC, Steve Hartgraves, the 97th Medical Group HCC, Kathy Keller-Darby, the 730th Air Mobility Training Squadron HCC, Rodger Kerr, the 97th AMW vice commander’s HCC, Dale Latham, the 97th Maintenance Group HCC, Charles Martin, the 97th Maintenance Operations Squadron HCC, Lori Redden, the 97th Contracting Flight HCC, Michael Shive, the 97th AMW command chief’s HCC, Emily Smith, the 54th Air Refueling Squadron, Dr. Amie Straub, the 97th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron HCC, and Fredrick Roe Worbes, the 97th Mission Support Group HCC.

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