Air Force Maj. Douglas A. Meikle has deployed to Southwest Asia, in the Persian Gulf region, to support the mission of Operation Enduring Freedom, as a member of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. The service member is normally assigned to the Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M.
Wing members provide support for the U.S. Central Command's Air Forces mission, assisting in the full spectrum of fueling and aerial refueling operations to U.S. and coalition aircraft engaged in the war on terrorism in the region. Flight crews fly thousands of combat refueling sorties delivering aircraft fuel in the millions of pounds.
Meikle, an executive officer with 19 years of military service, is the son of Lynn and Judy Meikle of N. Ninth St., Cherokee.
His wife, Elizabeth, is the daughter of Harold and Virginia Hebermehl of Marcy Drive, Borger, Texas.
The major graduated in 1982 from Cherokee High School, and received a bachelor's degree in 1986 from Iowa State University, Ames. He earned a master's degree in 1989 from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg.