Tulsa Mayor visits 138th Fighter Wing

Maj. Chris Wells explains the F-16 Fighting Falcon cockpit controls to Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. during a visit February 25, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base, Tulsa, Okla. The mayor was hosted by 138th leadership as a community outreach event aimed at fostering good relations and educating local leaders on the mission of the wing.

Maj. Chris Wells explains the F-16 Fighting Falcon cockpit controls to Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. during a visit February 25, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base, Tulsa, Okla. The mayor was hosted by 138th leadership as a community outreach event aimed at fostering good relations and educating local leaders on the mission of the wing.

Maj. Chris Wells explains proper and safe entry into an F-16 Fighting Falcon cockpit to Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. during a visit February 25, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base, Tulsa, Okla. The mayor was hosted by 138th leadership as a community outreach event aimed at fostering good relations and educating local leaders on the mission of the wing.

Maj. Chris Wells explains proper and safe entry into an F-16 Fighting Falcon cockpit to Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. during a visit February 25, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base, Tulsa, Okla. The mayor was hosted by 138th leadership as a community outreach event aimed at fostering good relations and educating local leaders on the mission of the wing.

Col. Raymond Siegfried,  138th Fighter Wing vice commander presents a lithograph to Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. during a visit February 25, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base, Tulsa, Okla. The mayor was hosted by 138th leadership as a community outreach event aimed at fostering good relations and educating local leaders on the mission of the wing.

Col. Raymond Siegfried, 138th Fighter Wing vice commander presents a lithograph to Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. during a visit February 25, 2015 at the Tulsa Air National Guard base, Tulsa, Okla. The mayor was hosted by 138th leadership as a community outreach event aimed at fostering good relations and educating local leaders on the mission of the wing.

TULSA AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Okla. -- Col. Raymond Siegfried, 138th Fighter Wing (FW) vice commander hosted Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. and staff Feb. 25, for a community outreach tour and wing orientation.

The tour is part of an ongoing community outreach program that promotes relations throughout the local area by familiarizing community leaders with the missions, capabilities, and future plans of the Tulsa Air National Guard.

The event began with a familiarization brief presented by Siegfried and was followed by a guided tour of the installation.

Deputy Civil Engineering Commander, Maj. Kurt Stephens briefed the mayor on recent improvements as well as future proposed upgrades.

"Working well with the local governing body is paramount to our success in Tulsa," stated Stephens.  "We have always had good relations and support from the city and it favors our future to have the city leadership well educated in what the 138th Fighter Wing does and has to offer the city of Tulsa by being located at the Tulsa International Airport." 

Before the visit concluded, Maj. Christopher Wells, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot at the 138th, took the opportunity to familiarize Bartlett with hands-on brief of the fighter cockpit and its functionality.