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  • Tinker Air Force Base airman convicted in murder-for-hire plot

    Silas Allen | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE — An airman accused of conspiring to kill a fellow airman's ex fiancee was convicted Thursday of conspiracy to commit premeditated murder and aggravated arson. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Elijah Langhorne was acquitted of the most serious offense — attempted premeditated...

  • Oklahoma-bound Air Force tanker passes key flight test

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    The U.S. Air Force's new Oklahoma-bound aerial refueling tanker is headed on to the next round of flight tests, after gaining initial airworthiness certification for the aircraft outfitted with its wing-mounted pods and centerline refueling boom, according to Aviation Week. Initial...

  • Video: Watch retired Navy Seal set wing suit record

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Andy Stumpf recently risked his life to set a wing suit record all for charity.

  • Video: Fly with the Blue Angels in 360 degree view

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    This amazing video puts you in the rear seat of a U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet as it makes a series of tight-formation maneuvers at a Georgia Air Show last month. No air sickness bag is included.

  • Naval Academy students kill it with Uptown Funk takeoff video

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    The Navy Times brings us of a group of U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen showing their school spirit by offering their own take on the popular hit Uptown Funk.

  • Oklahoman killed in ISIS raid was leading Delta Force Team

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    A soldier from Roland killed Thursday during an attempt to rescue hostages held by the Islamic militant group, ISIS, was leading the raid, according to a report today by Army Master Sgt. John Wheeler, 39, was killed by small arms fire during the rescue mission near the northern...

  • Photo Gallery: Dignified transfer of OK soldier killed in ISIS fight

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Military Times has published a photo gallery of the dignified transfer ceremony of Army Master Sgt Joshua L. Wheeler at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Okla., is the first American to die at the hands of ISIS militants, killed by small-arms...

  • General confronts People reporter over claims Army Ranger school fixed for women

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Mon, Oct 19, 2015

    The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the commanding general of Fort Benning held a quickly arranged media roundtable Friday that included the People magazine correspondent whose unnamed sources claimed that women were given special treatment to pass the U.S. Army's elite...

  • Russell says female Army Ranger records destroyed

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell isn't giving up his quest to determine whether the first women to graduate the U.S. Army's elite Ranger School were given special treatment when receiving tabs in August. Tribune News Service is reporting that Russell, a Republican...

  • Air Force's new Oklahoma-bound aerial refueler passes crucial flight test

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Defense News is reporting that the Boeing KC-46 aerial refueling tanker recently passed a significant testing milestone.   "In an Oct. 8 test, Boeing's test aircraft successfully extended the "drogue" refueling baskets from both the centerline drogue system, located on the belly of the...

  • Outstanding Seniors: A man for movies

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    He's funny. He's got great stories And, many of those stories would be great plots for a John Wayne movie.

  • Tinker Air Force Base officer acquitted on rape charges

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    A Tinker Air Force Base officer was found not guilty on charges of rape during a court-martial last week, officials report. Capt. Allen N. Pearson, of Tinker's 552nd Training Squadron, was accused of raping a woman in Hawaii on July 7, 2014, according to a charge sheet. The charges don't say...

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Phillip O'Connor

Enterprise Editor
O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently about the military and has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, Haiti, Israel and several other countries.