Downtown Wichita Falls bicycle rack honors AF, Sheppard

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  • By John Ingle
  • 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Two things are synonymous with Wichita Falls: Sheppard AFB, the largest technical training wing in the Air Force, and the Hotter’N Hell Hundred, the largest single-day cycling event in the country.

Downtown Wichita Falls Development, a group with the broad scope of preserving the history of downtown Wichita Falls while revitalizing it, cemented that notion when they unveiled an Air Force- and Sheppard-themed bicycle rack on the northeast corner of Eighth Street and Indiana Avenue Nov. 13, 2018. The rack measures about 6 feet long by 4 feet tall.

Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly Sr., 82nd Training Wing commander, said the bike rack shows the pride the Wichita Falls community has in its Air Force as well as its partnership with the base.

“We are very fortunate as members of Sheppard AFB to have such great community partnership and community support,” he said. “This is just another way of expressing that – of you all expressing that.”

Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana said he jumped at the chance for him and his family to sponsor this specific bike rack.

“I wanted to do the Air Force one because I love being the mayor of a military community,” he said. “This partnership with Team Sheppard means everything to me. It means everything to this town.”

Jana Schmader, DWFD executive director, said this is the third of many uniquely themed bike racks in the works, and it’s not by chance this one is on the corner of Eighth and Indiana. A bench is also located on that corner that recognizes retired Air Force Master Sgt. Chris “Wooly” Woolington, a proponent of reimagining downtown Wichita Falls and one of many from Sheppard AFB who volunteer to support downtown activities.