MILITARY CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER AT ALTUS AFB
Crimes in the military are a matter of grave concern for both the accused and the entire force. Getting charged with military crimes such as UCMJ, sexual assault, larceny can lead to serious consequences for the accused. It is best to hire an expert military criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and your reputation, in such cases.
HISTORY OF ALTUS AFB
Known as Altus Army Air Field, this base was constructed in 1942. It proved to be the perfect location for an army base due to the landscape and weather, which provided suitable flying conditions for more than 300 days in a year.
The base began operating in January 1943. The air base was used to train young pilots on the US Air Force Cessna AT-17 Bobcat, the US Air Force Curtiss AT-9 Jeep and the US Air Force C-45 Expediter. After completing their training on these three planes, the pilots were sent to train on the real aircraft, which would be used for combat. It is said, that the famous "Memphis Belle" was discovered at Altus AFB awaiting disposal before it was salvaged and sent to Memphis, Tennessee.
After the end of World War II, Altus Army Air Field was temporarily inactivated. However with the start of the Korean War, there was an urgent requirement for pilots who could fly and fix planes.
In 1953, Altus Army Air Field was reactivated. In the 1950s, the air force base went through many changes as the US Air Force was expanding and growing. In 1953, the 96 Bombardment Wing, Medium arrived at the base. They flew US Air Force B-47 Stratojet and US Air Force KC-97 Stratofighter. Later, the KC-135 Stratotanker and US B-52 Stratofortress replaced these aircrafts.
In 1966, the 4th Mobile Communications Group came to Altus AFB. Their assigned mission was to provide portable communication services, and assistance to the air traffic control as well as navigation. These services would be used all over the world. The air force base served as training grounds for the US Air Force's cargo aircraft, C-141 Starlifter and US Air Force C-5 Galaxy. Both aircrafts were used for transportation and cargo delivery.
The base's host unit, the 97 Air Mobility Wing arrived on October 1, 1992. In 2002, the 97 Wing took on the role of a combat wing. With this change, the 97 Mission Group changed its name to 97 Mission Support Group, and also took charge of the 97 Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 97 Contracting Squadron.
PRESENT DAY ALTUS AFB
Today, the 97 Air Mobility Wing is responsible for training crews in airlifting and refueling, which has helped in increasing its reach abroad as well. Altus AFB is home to the 97th Maintenance Directorate, 97th Medical Group, 97th Mission Support Group, and the 97th Operations Group.
Since its activation, the 97th Air Mobility Wing has been involved in many combat operations overseas such as Northern Watch, Desert Storm, Desert Fox, Enduring Freedom, Joint Guard, Iraqi Freedom and more. The wing has also executed overseas relief operations during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, and provided assistance in the relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Due to its service in the US Air Force, Altus AFB received Commander in Chief's Award for Installation Excellence. It was announced that the base would provide the official training unit for the Air Force's KC-46A Pegasus aircraft.
With all this praise, Altus AFB has also seen a few instances where military personnel at the base were charged of sexual violations. A1C Jasper C. Brooks was charged with indecent acts, abusive sexual contact, unlawful entry and three other charges. During his posting in Afghanistan, he entered a female Airmen's room while she slept, and got in her bed. He went on to remove his pants, and kissed the female Airmen, without her consent. He faced confinement, grade reduction, and bad conduct discharge.
In a different incident in Afghanistan, SrA James A. Mueller tried to unhook a female officer's bra by slipping his hands under her shirt. He had also exceeded the daily limit of alcohol permitted at his deployment location. He was convicted of abusive sexual contact and two other charges.
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