Altus civic leaders returned from the 52nd Annual Altus Quail Breakfast in Washington, D.C. that was held Thursday, April 10, in the Senate Russell Building Kennedy Caucus Room.
Approximately 180 people attended the traditional breakfast including the Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, USAF Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh, III, and Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, as well as the 97th Air Mobility Wing Commander Col. Bill Spangenthal, and 97th AMW Command Chief CMSgt. Bryan Creager. Representatives of the City of Altus, Altus Chamber of Commerce, Altus Military Affairs Committee, and Altus community also attended.
After arriving in D.C., on Tuesday, April 8, the Altus civic leaders met with the Senate Armed Services Committee Minority Staff in Room 205 of the Senate Russell Building. A small group comprised of Altus Mayor David Webb, Altus City Manager Elizabeth Gray, Councilman Dwayne Martin, Military Affairs Committee Chairman Dr. Joe Leverett, and Military Affairs Committee Co-Chairmen David Braddock and Nub Smith visited the Pentagon.
That evening there was a dinner hosted by the Altus Military Affairs Committee at the American College of Surgeons Conference Center.
On Wednesday, approximately 45 people met with Brian Treat (Senator Tom Coburn’s Chief of Staff) and Jennifer White (S. Coburn’s Legislative Director). They later met with Senator Jim Inhofe. They also visited the Library of Congress Member Room to meet with Representatives Lt. Commander Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin, James Lankford, and Frank Lucas briefed on the latest activity in Washington D.C.
Wednesday evening they held a Congressional Staff Reception.
On Thursday morning the 52nd Annual Quail Breakfast, hosted by Senator Jim Inhofe was held in the Senate Russell Building, Kennedy Caucus Room. The breakfast menu included the traditional deep fried quail, scrambled eggs, biscuits, gravy and hash browns.
“The Altus Military Affairs Committee and the members of the community have made possible the Annual Altus Quail Breakfast in Washington for more than fifty years,” Sen. Inhofe said. “These men and women are dedicated leaders and true ambassadors for their community, our state, and the nation’s Air Force. It was an honor to once again host this group as well as Air Force Sec. Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III. It’s these community leaders and our topnotch airmen that make the Altus Air Force Base the best in the world.”
Military Affairs Committee Dr. Joe Leverett said it was one of the most successful weeks in Washington. “We we’re able to express Altus, Oklahoma’s pride in our airmen and our Air Force Base being named the Air Force’s nominee for the Commander in Chief Installation of Excellence Award.” Dr. Leverett also stated that Altus is ready to accept the mission for the KC-46A beddown as the Formal Training Unit. An announcement on the KC-46A beddown is expected late Spring or early Summer.