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    Fort Sill National Guard trains with Altus AFB loadmasters

    Fort Sill National Guard trains with Altus AFB loadmasters

    Photo By Airman 1st Class Jeremy Wentworth | Members of the 158th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, load vehicles onto a C-17...... read more read more

    ALTUS AFB, OK, UNITED STATES

    06.05.2018

    Story by Airman Jeremy Wentworth 

    97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

    Fort Sill and Altus Air Force base have a long history of working together to both train and accomplish the mission.
    This training happened once again on an Altus AFB C-17 Globemaster III, May 9, 2018.
    The U.S. Army National Guard 158th Field Artillery Battalion at Fort Sill came to Altus AFB to practice loading and unloading vehicles into a C-17.
    The training caught the eye of U.S Army Major General Michael Thompson, the adjutant general for the Oklahoma National Guard. Thompson came out to see the training being accomplished on Altus AFB.
    “This is a wonderful opportunity,” said Thompson. “The guard doesn’t frequently get a chance to work with the active component and having the ability to work with the Air Force is just a plus. Being able to load into actual aircraft with some of the best loadmasters the Air Force has to offer is invaluable.”
    For many of the soldiers, this is their first time on a military aircraft, working with the actual tools they would see in the field.
    “This helps us tremendously,” said Thompson. “There’s nothing that simulates how an aircraft looks, smells or feels. This is a great experience for us to get a head start when the time comes to do our job.
    The Soldiers worked with two Altus AFB loadmasters to learn the basics of loading vehicles and properly hooking them to the aircraft.
    One of the soldiers being instructed was Staff Sgt. Jack McComas, a launcher chief assigned to the 158th Field Artillery Brigade.
    “This is the first time we’ve been able to go through the whole process,” said McComas. “We get to check suspension, weigh the vehicles and go through inspections. We had a lot of questions answered, so when we go through this next time, we’ll be able to learn more advanced things.”
    Altus AFB also benefits from the teamwork between the bases, Altus Airmen go to the Fort Sill shooting range in order to train with heavier weaponry.
    With the teamwork, there is a mutual benefit. When Airmen and Soldiers deploy downrange, they can perform better when they have more hands on experience. Giving Soldiers the opportunity to learn how to do their job more efficiently is just another way Altus AFB accomplishes its mission of deploying warriors; regardless of their branch of service.

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    Date Taken: 06.05.2018
    Date Posted: 07.30.2018 15:08
    Story ID: 279839
    Location: ALTUS AFB, OK, US

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