TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Col. Ken Humphrey, 507th Operations group commander, flew his final flight as an Okie here September 29, 2022. He was joined by his son 2nd Lt. Kennedy Humphrey, who is currently in pilot training.

Humphrey will be moving the command the 927th Operations Group at the end of the month.

He has been with the Okies since February 6, 1993, and is the second generation of his family to be a part of the unit.

“I came up to the Okies on a family day weekend with my dad and had an impromptu meet and greet with the squadron commander which turned into an interview for flight training,” said Humphrey. “Thanks to some great Okie mentors and a little luck, I was accepted into undergraduate pilot training in
the fall of 1994.”

Growing up in the local area, Humphrey was intent on becoming an Okie at a young age.

“A field trip in the sixth grade sealed the deal on what career path I wanted to take and all my decision since then we’re all with the hope of one day becoming a military pilot, said Humphrey. “The Okies gave me a career that allowed me to fly and be there at home for my wife and kids.”

Humphrey’s son Kennedy will be joining the Okies as a KC-135 pilot upon his completion of undergraduate pilot training. Kennedy Humphrey will become the third generation of the family to be an Okie.

“It’s definitely a family tradition,” said Kennedy. “I’m very proud of the time that both my father and grandfather spent being Okies and it is a major source of inspiration for me to be the best pilot and officer I can be.”