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U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Leard, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander, renders his first salute during the 97th AMW change of command, June 21, 2019, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Leard earned his commission through Officer Training School in 1999 and has since become a command pilot with more than 4,300 flight hours under his belt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, passes the guidon to U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Leard, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander, during the 97th AMW change of command ceremony, June 21, 2019, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Leard assumed command from U.S. Air Force Col. Eric Carney and is responsible for the formal training of all KC-135 Stratotanker, C-17 Globemaster III and KC-46 Pegasus aircrews for active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve units as well as multiple partner air forces from across the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)
U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Leard, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander, addresses Airmen of the 97th AMW for the first time as their commander during a change-of-command ceremony, June 21, 2019, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The 97th AMW is responsible for the formal training of all KC-135 Stratotanker, C-17 Globemaster III and KC-46 Pegasus aircrew for active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units as well as multiple partner air forces from across the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)
Col. Matthew A. Leard
U.S. Air Force officer talks to U.S. Army Soldiers.
Two U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers look out of a High Mobility Rocket System.
A U.S. Army High Mobility Rocket System disembarks from a C-17 Globemaster III.
Three U.S. Army High Mobility Rocket Systems park outside of the 97th Air Operations Group.
A U.S. Air Force Loadmaster guides a HIMARS off a C-17 Globemaster III.
Commander and command chief congratulate Additional Duty First Sergeants.
First Sergeant talk to group of training First Sergeants
Noncommissioned officers watch a presentation on how to become a First Sergeant.
A First Sergeant talks to a group of noncommissioned officers.
Col. William Mickley, 97th Operations Group commander, talks to Rodger Kerr, Altus Chamber of Commerce president, about finding ways to improve the lives of Airmen and families of the 97th Air Mobility Wing, June 7, 2019, at Altus, Okla. The Chamber of Commerce supports the base and its families in a variety of ways, including providing job opportunities, hosting community-wide events in the city and welcoming members to the local area.
Col. William Mickley, 97th Operations Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Hall, 97th Operations Group command chief, present the first Oklahoma Flag flown on the KC-46A Pegasus to the 97th Air Mobility Wing to the president of the Chamber of Commerce, June 7, 2019, at Altus, Okla. The flag was a gift to the Chamber for their support of the 97th Air Mobility Wing.
Col. William Mickley, 97th Operations Group commander, reads the plaque on a framed Oklahoma Flag, June 7, 2019, at Altus, Okla. The Flag, which was flown on the first KC-46A Pegasus delivered to the 97th Air Mobility Wing, was given as a gift to the Altus Chamber of Commerce.
This Oklahoma Flag was flown on the first KC-46A Pegasus aircraft assigned to the 97th Air Mobility Wing. The flag was a gift to the Altus Chamber of Commerce for their continued support of the installation, its Airmen and their families.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Drew Casburn, a 58th Airlift Squadron Loadmaster, inspects engines on a C-17 Globemaster III before takeoff, June 3, 2019, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The 58th AS helped load equipment onto the C-17 for an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)
A High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) is secured inside a C-17 Globemaster III, June 3, 2019, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The 97th Air Mobility Wing participates in joint exercises in order to improve their efficiency when working with other military branches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)
Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldiers and members from the 58th Air Refueling Squadron load a High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) into a C-17 Globemaster III as part of a training exercise, June 3, 2019, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Other military branches, such as the Army National Guard, are an invaluable asset to aircrew training, helping to integrate what they learn from the exercise into future operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm)
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