WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the U.S. Air Force on the reactivation of the 730th Air Mobility Training Squadron ‘The Rebels’ at Altus Air Force Base (AFB). The Squadron was reactivated at a formal ceremony with Colonel-select Jonathan Philebaum assuming command of the unit this morning at Altus AFB.

“Today’s ceremony culminates an effort started back in April 2009 when I announced the Air Force decision to stand up the associate reserve squadron at Altus,” said Inhofe. “With the 730th AMTS located at Altus, the Air Force now has a reserve squadron that will enhance both the flying training mission at Altus and overall operational tanker and airlift capability of the Air Force. This activation remedies the fact that the 97th Flight Training Wing was the only wing in the 19th Air Force that did not have an associated reserve unit. The community of Altus and the Military Affairs Committee have worked hard for this and their efforts are to be commended.” 

On behalf of Inhofe, Anthony Lazarski attended today’s ceremony at Altus AFB.

What Others Are Saying:

"We are truly excited about the activation of the 730th AMTS.  The addition of this squadron the 97 AMW brings a legacy of excellence and adds an incredible element of breadth and depth to our flying operations.  Lt Col Philebaum has been the example of steadfast professionalism in laying the foundation for today's stand-up, this has been a long road.  I also want to recognize the vision and determination of Sen Inhofe and his staff, notably Col (Ret) Anthony Lazarski, for making TFI a reality at Altus AFB.  This will strengthen our operations mission and build on the already wonderful ties with our community," said Anthony B. Krawietz, Col, USAF Commander, 97 Air Mobility Wing 

"The reactivation of the 730th Reserve Squadron at Altus Air Force Base is a great milestone for our community. It truly is a testament of our long standing relationship between the community of Altus, the Air Force and Sen. James Inhofe. As a community we look forward to the addition of the reserve personnel to Altus," said Dr. Joe Leverett, Chairman of the Altus Military Affairs Committee