WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) hosted members of the United States Air Force and leaders of the Altus community at the 46th Annual Altus Quail Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
“The Altus Quail Breakfast is a longstanding tradition that serves to honor our military and showcase Altus and its fine military establishment,” said Senator Inhofe. “I feel confident in the future of Altus Air Force Base, the proud men and women who serve at this installation, and the community that supports them both.”
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley were also present at the event. Both men praised the Altus community for its longstanding support of the U.S. Air Force and Altus Air Force Base.
"Altus is definitely the gold standard for local communities taking care of Airmen. Altus AFB has enjoyed a legendary 60 years of support from Altus and the surrounding communities,” General Moseley said. “We consider it the finest example for new Airmen as they go through training and witness the power of mutually supporting communities… Oklahoma is preparing to get our new tanker at Altus AFB, the premier schoolhouse for the next-generation of tanker pilots."
Inhofe thanked General Moseley for his support for Altus AFB and Oklahoma, saying, “General Moseley has shown his ability to be a leader of integrity and strong character, reinforcing the highest standards of the U.S. Air Force. He has a long history of extensive experience that stretches from Asia, to Iraqi Freedom, to Washington, D.C.”
Dr. Joe Leverett, Chairman, Military Affairs Committee Altus AFB, said, “We are honored to partner with Senator Inhofe in hosting the traditional Quail breakfast again this year. We appreciate Secretary Wynne and General Moseley for their attendance and continued support of our City of Altus and Altus Air Force Base. It is exciting for us to come up every year and host this significant event for our Oklahoma delegation and Military leaders.”
Senator Inhofe also met yesterday with the members of the Altus Chamber of Commerce to discuss key issues affecting Altus Air Force Base and the surrounding community, including the new KC-45 mission and the future of the installation.