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97 AMW hosts 1st Honorary Commander Immersion Day

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U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Pavelschak, the 97th Air Mobility Wing vice commander, gives the wing mission brief to honorary commanders of the 97th AMW during the 1st Honorary Commander Immersion Day, Oct. 14, 2020, Oklahoma. The Wing Mission Brief is a summary of the accumulated efforts and readiness of the installation to ensure the training of “We Train Exeptional Mobility Airmen.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chandler Collins, an emergency management specialist assigned to the 97th Civil Engineer Squadron, assists Roe Worbes, the 97th Mission Support Group honorary commander, in simulating the collection of chemicals during the 1st Honorary Commander Immersion Day, Oct. 14, 2020, Oklahoma. The emergency management team explained to the group how they detect Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) agents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Dr. Amie Straub, the 97th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron honorary commander, looks through a microscope at water samples during the 1st Honorary Commander Immersion Day, Oct. 14, 2020, Oklahoma. The 97th Civil Engineer Squadron environmental office explained their mission on how they prevent and remediate pollution, reduce waste, ensure regulatory environmental compliance, and maintain the ecological integrity of their lands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Honorary commanders of the 97th Air Mobility Wing stand together for a group photo during the 1st Honorary Commander Immersion Day, Oct. 14, 2020, Oklahoma. Out of the wing’s 27 honorary commanders, 14 were able to attend the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Honorary commanders of the 97th Air Mobility Wing watch as members of the 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) demonstrate vehicle recovery operations with a simulated broken-down vehicle during the 1st Honorary Commander Immersion Day, Oct. 14, 2020, Oklahoma. One Airman from each of the 97 LRS’s six flights explained their flight missions to the honorary commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Humphreys, a military working dog handler assigned to the 97th Security Forces Squadron, demonstrates how the dogs communicate that they have found a controlled substance during the 1st Honorary Commander Immersion Day, Oct. 14, 2020, Oklahoma. The military working dog team explained how their training and handling of their dogs is vital to the protection of the installation and base security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Croteau, a combat arms instructor assigned to the 97th Security Forces Squadron, explains the different weapon systems used on the installation to honorary commanders of the 97th Air Mobility Wing during the 1st Honorary Commander Immersion Day, Oct. 14, 2020, Oklahoma. Roughly eight different weapon systems are taught by combat arms instructors on a regular basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Philip Fourroux, the installation fire chief assigned to the 97th Civil Engineer Squadron, explains their future facility construction plans during the 1st Honorary Commander Immersion Day, Oct. 14, 2020, Oklahoma. The plans for the new fire department facility have been in the works for several years and are expected to be completed in 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

The 97th Air Mobility Wing hosted its first Honorary Commander Immersion Day, Oct. 14, 2020.

The tour was built to immerse the honorary commanders in the various mission sets around the wing. For this immersion day, they focused solely on the 97th Mission Support Group. The group provides support for C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker, and KC-46 Pegasus aircraft and base-wide infrastructure, to include communications, civil engineering, law enforcement, fire protection, contracting, disaster response, environmental, and several more.

The tour started with the wing mission brief by U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Pavelschak, the 97th AMW vice commander. The briefing is a summary of the accumulated efforts and readiness of the wing, whose mission is “We Train Exceptional Mobility Airmen.”

On the tour, the 14 honorary commanders visited several squadrons from the 97th MSG, to include the 97th Civil Engineer Squadron, 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and the 97th Security Forces Squadron.

Every quarter, the honorary commanders will receive the opportunity to learn about one of the wing’s groups. This fosters positive relations with the surrounding communities, increases public awareness and understanding of the Air Force, and how Altus Air Force Base contributes to the mobility mission.

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