Photos by Diania Kendall*
The Altus Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, Altus Air Force Base (“AAFB”), and the Mangum Rattlesnake Fang Masters, welcomed new families, airmen, and recently deployed airmen to the AAFB on Monday, March 24, at the Altus High School cafeteria. Dinner was provided by the Three Rivers Catering of Blair, OK.
The purpose of our Committee of 100 is simply to say “Welcome to Altus, America.” Chamber of Commerce President Holly 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.”
“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 takes 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 while you are here, you are going to have a great time.”
Urbanski then introduced the Fang Masters of Mangum: Keith Kendall, Stan Kendall, Mike Toney, and G.W. Sheward. Stan Kendall welcomed newcomers and provided a brief history on the 49th Mangum Rattlesnake Derby to be held April 25, 26, and 27. Stan, Keith, and Mike then brought live rattlesnakes out into the crowd to allow newcomers an up close look and to take pictures.
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