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

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: 13 hr ago

    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...

  • Navy fires top two ROTC leaders at OU for possible misuse of government funds

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The Navy Times is reporting that the top two leaders of the Navy's ROTC unit at the University of Oklahoma have been fired for allegedly not following Navy and university procedures. Capt. Shawn Lobree and Cmdr. Shannon Corkill, the commanding officer and executive officer,...

  • Tinker Air Force Base officer accused of rape, faces court-martial

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE — A U.S. Air Force officer accused of rape faces a court-martial this week. Prosecutors say Capt. Allen N. Pearson, of Tinker's 552nd Training Squadron, raped a woman in Hawaii on July 7, 2014, according to a charge sheet. The charges don't say whether the woman, who...

  • People Magazine alleges Ranger course "fixed" to graduate first women

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    A People Magazine story claims that two women who recently became the first to graduate from the Army's elite and grueling Ranger school received special treatment. That prompted what described as a "blistering denial" late Friday from the U.S. Army that the...

  • Oklahoma-bound KC-46 successfully completes first test flight

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Defense News is reporting that the KC-46, the next generation of aerial refueler, completed it first test flight Friday after months of schedule delays and cost overruns. The new KC-46 Pegasus will be serviced at Tinker Air Force Base and flight crews for the new plane will train at Altus Air...

  • West Point women call for Rep. Russell's Ranger records

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    U.S. Army First Lt. Shaye Haver, center, and Capt. Kristen Griest, right. A group of female West Point graduates is asking the Army to turn over the Ranger records of Oklahoma congressman Steve Russell, Stars and Stripes is reporting.  The Republican freshman reignited debate this week...

  • Air Force wants KC-46 work exempted from short-term budget deal

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    If Congress fails to reach a deal on a long-term budget and instead continues to operate under a so-called continuing resolution next year, the U.S. Air Force will likely ask lawmakers for an exemption for the KC-46 tanker program, Defense News is reporting. Congress has until Oct. 1 to reach...

  • Is America's newest fighter jet already obsolete?

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    China's cyber spying could be closing the technological advantage that the American F-35 Strike Fighter enjoys over its Chinese counterpart, the J-31, Defense One is reporting. For now, the American jet still holds the upper hand, but for how long is unclear. Senior Pentagon officials...

  • Routine sexual abuse of children by Afghan forces draws Congressional ire

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    A disturbing report this week by the New York Times that U.S. military commanders turned a blind eye to the rampant sexual abuse of young children by men in the Afghan security forces is now drawing the attention of Congress, according to a story in the Army Times. "For months, the...

  • Widow's heartbreaking video highlights military suicide epidemic

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    The Virginian-Pilot posted a heartbreaking story and video Wednesday of a Navy widow telling the story of her loss. // Since today is World Suicide Prevention Day, I made this video to share my story. Please forgive the tears. I hope someone who watches this sees the pain of what...

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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.