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#HonorTheFallen #neverforgottenI was not sure if there would be any photos, as tears were flowing obstructing my view through the lens.
Thousands gathered this morning to honor Owasso Tech Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, who was killed on active duty on March 11th. His body was flown to the Air National Guard base in Tulsa. Citizens lined the streets and roadways to pay tribute to the fallen soldier as he was taken to Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow. ... See MoreSee Less
EAGLE OPS was live.
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EAGLE OPS is at 138th Fighter Wing.
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Great words from. Our friends at Witkop Foundation regarding #physicaldistancing and maintaining #socialconnection during these times!
Social Distancing vs PHYSICAL DISTANCING:
I participated in a conference call last evening in support of various veteran service organizations addressing this important topic. The isolation recommendations promoted to defeat the highly contagious COVID-19 virus are counterproductive to the connectivity we have struggled to establish and maintain among those already struggling with a silent killer. Isolation from one another is one of the chain of events we strive to break to reduce suicide; yet we now MUST be physically separated by a safe distance to stem the spread of this highly transmittable virus attacking the world.
Please take 5 minutes to watch this instructional video and modify your normal activities to help reduce the spread of this deadly virus. Also and importantly, please stay socially connected to those who need your encouragement as we fight together to defeat these invisible threats to our nation. ... See MoreSee Less
#WelcomeHome 🇺🇸🎗An Oklahoma Air National Guardsman who was wounded during a rocket attack in Iraq has returned to the United States.
Tech. Sgt. Ariel White, logistics management specialist with the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron (EIS), 138th Fighter Wing, Oklahoma Air National Guard, was wounded in action on March 11, while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
After a brief stay at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, White returned to the U.S. via Andrews Air Force Base and then to Kelly Field, San Antonio for complete medical treatment March 21.
Air crew and ground support from the 137th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 137th Special Operations Wing, Oklahoma Air National Guard, are currently deployed in support of military operations conducted in the Middle East. By complete chance, three of the medical air crewmembers from the 137th AES were on the flight with White from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, and again provided care for her on the flight from Germany to Kelly Field, San Antonio.
As White was loaded on the aircraft, 1st Lt. Stephenie Tatum, flight nurse with the 137th AES, immediately approached her and identified herself and four other Airmen from the 137th AES, and gave her a unit patch. After speaking for a few minutes, they identified a mutual friend. White said she had an immediate feeling of comfort.
“I felt safe and relieved to see them because I didn’t think I was going to know anybody,” White said. “The fact that I sort of knew people on the flight because I know where they are from or they know people I know made me feel safer.”
White praised the 219th EIS command and leadership who have sent flowers, continually ask what they can do and have even had lunch with White’s family in Oklahoma.
“I am definitely feeling the connection of family with the 219th [EIS], 138th [FW], and other units I haven’t even thought about, like the 137th [SOW],” White said. “Everybody has stepped up and made me feel comfortable. I feel a sense of family and connection more than I ever had before. I always knew that existed but now I am really feeling it.”
Lt. Col. Stephanie Lane, 137th AES acting commander, has worked overseas with Soldiers from the Oklahoma Army National Guard who wore the iconic Thunderbird unit patch. She said it was comforting for White to have some home away from home on her return flight to the U.S.
“When you get on the plane and you see morale patches from Oklahoma that you recognize, you see something come over [the air crew and patients] that’s special,” Lane said. “[The aeromedical Airmen] see they are taking care of their own and the patient sees a little bit of home. When you have that much in common it becomes easier. To have everything in common, it’s a comfort.”
Tech. Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso, Oklahoma, who lost his life during the same attack, was the first Oklahoma Air National Guardsman killed in action, and the 20th Oklahoma National Guardsman who has died while deployed overseas since Sept. 11, 2001.
The 219th EIS deploys worldwide to establish communications systems for American and allied forces and ensure they remain functional. They deployed to Iraq in late 2019. ... See MoreSee Less
#tsgtmarshalrobertsThe 138th Fighter Wing Air National Guard base in Tulsa lost one of it's own in Iraq.
Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso was killed on March 11th. His body will be flown back to Tulsa on Wednesday the 25th and will be taken from the Air National Guard base to Floral Haven in Broken Arrow.
SSgt Roberts' wife is also a member of the Air National Guard.
They will be leaving the from the National Guard Base at 46th St N to 61st St on 169. They anticipate leaving the base between 0945-1030.
The body of TSgt. Roberts is expected to arrive at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base at 9:15 tomorrow morning with a procession to Floral Haven to follow.
Below is their route:
(1) Exit base on 46th St. N. (eastbound) to HWY 169
(2) HWY 169 (southbound) to 61st St. exit
(3) 61st St. (eastbound) to 129th E. Ave.
(4) 129th E. Ave. (southbound) to Floral Haven Funeral Home ... See MoreSee Less
Eagle OPS is passing along the information shared on a local veteran’s page to be used at your discression:
The route for TSgt Roberts funeral procession will be from the Tulsa Air National Guard to Floral Haven sometime around 10 a.m. tomorrow 25 March 2020:
1. East on 46th St N
2. South on Hwy 169
3. East on 61st St
4. South on 129th
Line the streets with Supporters and American flags. Bring your kids. Bring your family. Feel free to share.
#tsgtmarshalroberts #HonorTheFallen #NeverForgotten ... See MoreSee Less
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Information for y’all. 🙏🏼💪🏼🙏🏼CSC's 211 Eastern Oklahoma has prepared a webpage listing service providers' modifications or closings due to COVID-19. This webpage is updated regularly and serves as a clearinghouse to announce the availability of critical services as the information becomes available to us. csctulsa.org/211eok-covid19/
If you are a service provider and have updates in the availability of your services - email email@example.com ... See MoreSee Less
We were asked about Veteran Owned local (Tulsa and Tulsa Metro) restaurants that provided carry out services from one of our #differencemakers who would like to support during this time.
Help us out! If you know of a local veteran owned restaurant, post it in the comments below! ... See MoreSee Less
Eagle OPS is an organization focused on SOCIAL CONNECTION so as you can imagine, trying to make decisions regarding our upcoming #rallypoints have been difficult. We want to be safe and make sure our community is safe as well. Here are some important changes we have made to honor the CDC recommendations for gatherings.
🇺🇸Rally Point: Firepit Nights (Friday, Mar. 20) - Limit to 10 veterans/veteran families/patriots - RSVP REQUIRED: eagleops1.wufoo.com/forms/rc491mb1kcv1dl/
🇺🇸Rally Point: Combined Arms Paintball - DATE CHANGED to April 25th
🇺🇸Rally Point: Women's ONLY Firepit Night (Sat. Mar 28) - Limit to 10 veterans - RSVP REQUIRED: eagleops1.wufoo.com/forms/r19tqdah1ym38u4/
Together (albeit socially distanced for the moment) we are bringing our heroes home! ... See MoreSee Less