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  • Sen. McCain expresses concern about KC-46 tanker delays

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Defense News is reporting that Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter last week to the Pentagon's top official expressing worries that the Air Force's next generation aerial refueling tanker might not be delivered on time. The new KC-46 Pegasus will be...

  • Watch Syrian fighters assault a village

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The Washington Post offers up a video that shows Syrian rebels assaulting Syrian Army positions in Idlib province, Syria, offering a glimpse of modern warfare in this conflict-torn country.

  • Air Force reviewing production schedule for troubled tanker

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The secretary of the Air Force wants to review the testing schedule of the KC-46 aerial tanker to make sure the first of the aircraft remain on track for an August 2017 delivery. DefenseNews reports that Secretary Deborah Lee James said earlier this week that "the margin in the schedule is all...

  • Oklahoma National Guard documentary recounts Hurricane Katrina deployment

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, more than 2,500 soldiers and airmen from the Oklahoma National Guard were sent to Louisiana to assist with recovery efforts. This week, the Oklahoma National Guard released a six-minute documentary recounting Oklahoma's role in managing...

  • VIDEO: Oklahoma National Guard trains Guardsmen to carry weapons full-time

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    An Oklahoma National Guard video shows soldiers and airmen undergoing training to carry their weapons full-time while they're on duty. Gov. Mary Fallin authorized some National Guard soldiers and airmen to carry firearms after an incident last month in which a gunman killed four Marines and a...



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Phillip O'Connor


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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.


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