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97 AMW leaders induct new honorary commanders

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kari Degraffenreed
  • 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

On January 24, 2024, 97th Air Mobility Wing leaders hosted an induction ceremony at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, where 28 members from southwest Oklahoma's community were welcomed into the wing's Honorary Commander Program.

Launched in June 2001, the program aims to connect local civic leaders with group, wing, and squadron leaders, fostering a stronger bond between the base and the community. Additionally, it serves to increase awareness of the 97th AMW mission.

This year’s inductees are as follows:

97th AMW Commander Honorary Commanders: Emily Smith and Candace Braddock

97th AMW Deputy Commander Honorary Commanders: Dr. Chad Wiginton and Mayor Robert Garrison

97th AMW Command Chief Honorary Commander: Jenny Graves and Gary Jones

97th Comptroller Squadron Honorary Commander: Jeff Burchill

97th Operations Group Honorary Commander: Mary Beth Tischler

54th Air Refueling Squadron Honorary Commander: Cody Nelson

56th Air Refueling Squadron Honorary Commander: Carson Vinyard

58th Airlift Squadron Honorary Commander: Jared Black

97th Operations Support Squadron Honorary Commander: Brad Seaton

97th Training Squadron Honorary Commander: Christie Rogers

730th Air Mobility Wing Training Squadron Honorary Commander: Guy Smith

97th Medical Group Honorary Commander: Steve Hartgraves

97th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron Honorary Commander: Hannah Henry

97th Healthcare Operations Squadron Honorary Commander: James Patterson

97th Mission Support Group Honorary Commander: Chris Griffin

97th Force Support Squadron Honorary Commander: Rachel Beckner

97th Civil Engineer Squadron Honorary Commander: Terry Mosley

97th Security Forces Squadron Honorary Commander: James Poe

97th Logistics Readiness Squadron Honorary Commander: Jimmy James

97th Communications Squadron Honorary Commander: Jeni Temen

97th Contracting Flight Honorary Commander: Kyle Williams

97th Maintenance Group Director Honorary Commander: Ericka Wiginton

97th Maintenance Deputy Director Honorary Commander: Brodie Butchee

97th Maintenance Squadron Civilian Leader Honorary Commander: Stacey Kiley

97th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Civilian Leader Honorary Commander: Dr. Katy Murray