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49th Wing Civic Outreach Tour

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Chris Mills, Hobbs city commissioner, takes a picture of Airmen during the 49th Wing’s second quarter load competition, July 29, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Mills visited Holloman during the Civic Outreach Tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Welte, 49th Equipment Maintenance Squadron precision guided munitions noncommissioned officer in charge, speaks about the munitions display to community leaders, July 29, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Community leaders from across southern New Mexico toured Holloman during the Civic Outreach Tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Tech. Sgt. Carmine Androsiglio, 49th Security Forces Squadron operations support noncommissioned officer in charge, displays base weaponry to civic leaders, July 29, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 49th Wing held a Civic Outreach Tour to allow southern New Mexico civic leaders a chance to learn about its mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Maj. Ryan Hagener, 49th Wing commander’s action group director, speaks to community leaders about a MQ-9 Reaper static display, July 29, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The MQ-9 was one of 15 static displays showcased for the 23 community leaders who participated in the Civic Outreach Tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Two members from the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron’s fire department discuss their job during the Civic Outreach Tour, July 29, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The tour allowed more than 20 members from the local southern New Mexico community to tour and learn the base mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Senior Airman Nicholas Glatz, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team member, speaks to Larry Evans, Cloudcroft chamber of commerce president and Cindi Bradshaw, Cloudcroftchamber of commerce manager, during the Civic Outreach Tour, July 29, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. EOD was one of 15 static displays showcased in Hangar 301 for the Civic Outreach Tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Lynn Crawford, Ruidoso mayor, controls an MQ-9 sensor operator simulator, July 29, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Crawford visited Holloman during the Civic Outreach Tour and was able to see a quarterly load competition, 15 static displays and had the opportunity to use an F-16 and MQ-9 simulator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Roy Seawolf, Silver City chamber of commerce executive to the president, looks inside a T-38 Talon with 1st Lt. Preston Spaulding, 586th Flight Test Squadron flight test engineer, during the Civic Outreach Tour, July 29, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The tour was a stepping stone for the base to strengthen community ties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

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Civic leaders from across southern New Mexico toured the 49th Wing, July 29, 2019.

The Civic Outreach Tour was held as an opportunity for key leaders of the local community to view Holloman and see how the backbone of combat air power completes its everyday mission.

“It is very important to let the surrounding community know what we do here on base and how we can benefit from each other,” said Staff Sgt. Timothy Young, 49th Wing community engagement noncommissioned officer in charge. “This tour gave us an opportunity to better our diligence on reaching out to local communities.”

The tour included a quarterly load competition, static displays and the option to operate an F-16 and MQ-9 simulator.

“The determination I see on everyone’s face even though they’re so young (is the best part),” said Ruth Seawolf, Silver City community member. “(They have) a great pride in what they do.”

Many civic leaders were prior military members and enjoyed the opportunity to view military operations in the 49th Wing.

Roy Penick, Hobbs city commissioner, was enlisted in the Army as a military police officer and later became a Ranger. Penick said when the opportunity arose to visit Holloman he jumped on it.

The Civic Outreach Tour provided more than 20 community leaders an opportunity to see how the base runs and to meet the faces of tomorrow’s air power community. The tour was a stepping stone in the 49th Wing’s effort to become a better neighbor and strengthen its community ties.