Cadet 2nd Class Jeremy Delzer poses for a photo at Wings of
Freedom Park July 10, 2012. Delzer is an officer-candidate at the
U.S. Air Force Academy who has returned to Altus (July 11, 2013) as a part of the
Academy's Operation Air Force program to learn more about the base's
mission and active duty life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st
Class Levin Boland)
ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Cadet 2nd Class Jeremy Delzer spent
the first 18 years of his life in Altus and now he is back as an
officer-candidate to learn more about Altus AFB's mission.
Delzer and nine other cadets are spending three weeks at Altus AFB
as part of the Air Force Academy's Operation Air Force Program,
which allows cadets to obtain first-hand experience about the world
they will soon enter.
Delzer grew up in Jackson County and
graduated from Altus High School in 2011. He was involved in the
community and many extracurricular activities – his favorite being
“I have a lot of memories here in Altus,” Delzer
said. “I did everything with my family, played football and
wrestled. My most fond memories were all the state tournaments I
went to with wrestling.”
After spending two years at the
Academy and preparing to become an officer in the Air Force, Delzer
has returned to his hometown of Altus to gain hands-on experience of
Altus AFB's mission.
“I have been here a couple of times to
come on base and see a few things with my grandparents; but, this is
my first time to come with the other cadets from the Academy to see
the operational side of things and learn about the different
squadrons,” Delzer said.
Since early in high school, Delzer had high hopes for his
future career in the Air Force. When asked what he wants to
commission into, he was quick to respond.
choice will definitely be a pilot and my second choice is
going to be an Intelligence officer,” he said.
and the other cadets had the opportunity to tour several
squadrons, have lunch with commanders, shadow multiple
careers and experience C-17 Globemaster III and KC-135
“Touring the entire base to
see the squadrons and seeing the work that goes on behind
the scenes has opened my eyes a little bit,” Delzer said.
Delzer is grateful for the members of Altus AFB who gave
him the opportunity to visit and experience the operations
side of Altus AFB.
“I'd like to thank them for
supporting us all coming down, giving us a tour and showing
us the life outside of the Academy,” Delzer said. “They took
us under their wing and showed us around because they want
to help us progress.”
By USAF Airman 1st Class Levin Boland
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