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Civil Air Patrol members visit Mobility's Hometown

People look at aircraft taking off

Civil Air Patrol members watch as a C-17 Globemaster III takes off, July 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. While the 97th Air Mobility Wing is home to the C-17, the KC-135 Stratotanker, and the KC-46 Pegasus, Civil Air Patrol has its own fleet of 560 light aircraft, composed predominantly of the Cessna 172 Skyhawk and the Cessna 182 Skylane. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Cameron Silver)

Man speaks to a group of people

U.S. Air Force Col. Blaine Baker, 97th Air Mobility Wing (AMW) commander, speaks to Civil Air Patrol members after providing an overview of the wing mission, July 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base (AAFB), Oklahoma. Eleven cadet members and senior members traveled from various areas in north Texas to visit AAFB, an area where 97th AMW aircraft fly training lines daily. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Cameron Silver)

Boy tries on arm guard

Civil Air Patrol cadets interact with various military working dog (MWD) training equipment while touring the MWD kennels, July 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The average german shepherd, a common MWD breed, can exert up to 1,200 pounds of pressure in their bite. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Cameron Silver)

Dog practices biting man in protective suit

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Will Solomon and Staff Sgt. DeAndre Turner, 97th Security Forces Squadron military working dog (MWD) handlers, demonstrate criminal apprehension tactics, July 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The Civil Air Patrol members learned that the key to MWD training is consistency, as dog and handler partnerships can change often. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Cameron Silver)

Girls look at inside of aircraft

Civil Air Patrol cadets view the inside of a C-17 Globemaster III, July 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The visiting members of Civil Air Patrol learned that the C-17 can carry up to 170,900 pounds, the equivalent of 102 fully-equipped paratroopers or one M1 Abrams tank. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Cameron Silver)

Boy looks out of aircraft

A Civil Air Patrol cadet looks out from the side door of a C-17 Globemaster III, July 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. There are both cadet members and senior members of Civil Air Patrol, with the former open to ages 12 through 18 and the latter open to those 18 years of age and older. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Cameron Silver)

People pose for a group picture in front of an aircraft display

Civil Air Patrol members pose for a picture in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker display, July 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. While the 97th Air Mobility Wing’s mission is centered on training exceptional mobility airmen, the congressionally-mandated mission of Civil Air Patrol is condensed into three core program areas: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Cameron Silver)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

Eleven Civil Air Patrol members visited the 97th Air Mobility Wing (AMW), July 21, 2021, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The purpose of the visit was to get a firsthand look at Mobility’s Hometown and meet the Airmen carrying out the mission. The tour started with a wing mission brief and Q-and-A session with Col. Blaine Baker, 97th AMW commander. Other stops consisted of touring the air traffic control tower, the military working dog kennels, a C-17 Globemaster III ground trainer, Club Altus for lunch, and the Army and Air Force Exchange Services Base Exchange.