MC-12W returns flying operations back to Will Rogers Air National Guard Base
By Senior Airman Kasey Phipps, 137th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 01, 2015
WILL ROGERS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Okla. -- The 137th Air Refueling Wing officially welcomed flying operations back to Will Rogers Air National Guard Base by recognizing the arrival of the MC-12W during a ribbon cutting ceremony, Aug. 1.
"We're very excited to have the mission back at Will Rogers and have everybody here and back under one roof," said 137 ARW Commander Col. Devin R. Wooden.
Following Wooden, Oklahoma National Guard Adjutant General Army Maj. Gen. Robbie L. Asher spoke on the varied history of the 137 ARW and its aircraft while also looking forward to the importance of the MC-12 mission.
"This is going to be a challenging mission," said Asher. "This is going to be an exciting mission, and this is going to be a demanding mission. There's a huge need for this aircraft in theaters around the world."
The arrival of the MC-12 and the 137 ARW's transition to the Air Force Special Operations Command marks the return of flying operations to WRANGB for the first time since 2007.
"This is important to bring flying operations back to Will Rogers because it allows our Airmen to actually see the mission," said Wooden. "It lets everyone know that what they're supporting is actually taking place and just gives a visual indicator of what it is we're here to do.
Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold, Air Force Special Operation Command commander, looks forward to the partnership between AFSOC and the Oklahoma Air National Guard and focused on the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aspects of the AFSOC mission.
"The whole reason why we're standing up this wing here is so we can provide more ISR to combatant commanders," he said. "It's vitally important to the success of our mission on the battlefield."
The MC-12 is the first of 13 aircraft slated to arrive at WRANGB.