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Spouses of 97 AMW leaders learn base welfare, morale capabilities during tour

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Trent Falon, 97th Force Support Squadron child and youth services flight chief, talks about the youth center and how it is used for school-age children during an annual leadership spouse tour, Nov. 19, 2020, at Altus Air Force, Oklahoma. Falon explained to the tour group the different activities available to kids at the facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Josie Hill, 97th Force Support Squadron casualty assistance representative, discusses the procedures taken when a service member passes away during an annual leadership spouses tour, Nov.19, 2020, at Altus Air Force, Oklahoma. Other programs the Airmen and Family Readiness Center shared were the Air Force Aid Society, Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support, Military Family Life Counselor, Personal and Work Life, Relocation, Transition Assistance, and the Personal and Family Readiness Programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Col. Matthew Leard, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander, gives opening remarks to the spouses of wing leaders during an annual leadership spouse tour Nov. 19, 2020 at Altus Air Force, Oklahoma. The tour is an opportunity for spouses to learn about resources available to Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Bob Baker, 97th Force Support Squadron community services flight chief, explains the services provided at the auto hobby shop and outdoor recreation facility during an annual leadership spouses tour, Nov. 19, 2020, at Altus Air Force, Oklahoma. The outdoor recreation facility recently underwent remodeling and now can provide a greater variety of services for Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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A plaque for the base exchange multi-purpose room displays information about reserving the room, Nov. 19, 2020, at Altus Air Force, Oklahoma. While on an annual leadership spouses tour, spouses learned that the multi-purpose room is free to use for members with base access in order to host non-profit events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Trent Falon, 97th Force Support Squadron (FSS) child and youth services flight chief, and Karrie Garrett, 97th FSS Child Development Center (CDC) director, talk about services provided for newborns and infants during an annual leadership spouse tour, Nov. 19, 2020, at Altus Air Force, Oklahoma. While at the CDC, the tour group listened about health precautions initiatives, manning and capacity, and child care polices of the facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

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Staff Sgt. Natalie Neff, 97th Health Care Operations Squadron, speaks about current operations at the medical group during an annual leadership spouse tour, Nov. 19, 2020, at Altus Air Force, Oklahoma. The tour of the medical group allowed the group to see all the different capabilities the facility can provide to Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Dowell)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

The spouses of base leaders toured multiple facilities across the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma as part of an annual leadership spouse tour, November 19, 2020. 

The tour provided an opportunity for the spouses to learn about wing resources available to Airmen and their families, as well as share their own stories and experiences. 

“The tour is a wing commander initiative to further involve leadership spouses to be familiar in base activities and to be able to pass information down to other spouses,” said Gail Hargis, 97th AMW chief of protocol. “This tour also allows an open exchange of information between leadership and spouses to trade input about matters that benefit Airmen of the installation.” 

While on the tour, spouses visited the medical group, child development center, base exchange multi-purpose room, outdoor recreation facility, Freedom Community Center, and Airman & Family Readiness Center. These tour stops were selected because they primarily focus on morale and welfare services available on the installation. 

 “The locations we visited on the tour were very informative, and it was really cool to learn about all the opportunities which families can have by utilizing these facilities on base,” said Colleen Pavelschak, the spouse of Col. Jason Pavelschak, 97th AMW vice commander. “Having accurate information to pass along to other families is valuable. The base has a lot of great opportunities for members to get involved and to stay active in the community.” 

Pavelschak said the event was useful in helping the 10 spouses who attended connect with one another. 

“The tour was a great way for us to spend time going around the base and with other spouses of leadership from the base,” she said. “This tour was a great way to link up with some of the newer spouses, since current circumstances have allowed limited interactions. Overall, I felt like everyone was thankful for the opportunity the day brought and thankful to be a part of this base community.” 

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