The Altus Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, Altus Air Force Base, and the Mangum Rattle Snake Fang Masters, welcome new families, airmen, and recently deployed airmen to Altus AFB on Monday, March 25, at the Altus High School Cafeteria. Dinner was provided by Three Rivers Catering of Blair.
“The purpose of our Committee of 100 is simply to say ‘Welcome to Altus America,” Chamber of Commerce President Holley Urbanski said to those new to Altus. “We hope that the time you get to spend with us is enjoyable, and we want you to feel like this is your home while you are here.”
Urbanski then introduced the 97th Air Mobility Wing Commander Col. Bill Spangenthal who introduced AAFB staff who then introduced new members to their groups.
“We’ve got a lot to celebrate here in Altus,” Col. Spangenthal said. “Obviously we’re putting out some great news and for those of you who may not have heard it, we just happened to have the Number 1 airbase in the world here at Altus Air Force Base… To get something like that takes incredible leadership across the Wing but it also take great teamwork. Teamwork with a city who loves their base and clearly Altus is that city. For those of you who are new to Altus Air Force Base, I think you will find it’s small, we are a long ways from the big city, but you are going to find you are well loved. There are a lot of things to do you here, you are going to have a great time.”
Urbanski then introduced the Fang Masters of Mangum, Stan Kendall, Keith Kendall, Mike Toney, and G.W. Sherward.
Stan Kendall welcomed newcomers and provided a brief history on the 49th Mangum Rattlesnake Derby to be held this April 25, 26, and 27. Stan, Keith, and Mike Toney then brought live rattlesnakes out into the crowd to allow new comers and an up close look and to take pictures.