The 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron delivers agile logistics in support of the Air Force's sole C-17, KC-135, & KC-46 Formal Training Units. Additionally, it provides combat-ready Airmen by executing the Wing’s contingency and deployment programs supporting wartime, peacetime, and humanitarian operations. The squadron is comprised of 328 officer, enlisted, and civilian personnel broken into five functional flights.
Aerial Operations Flight
Aerial Operations Flight is comprised of 78 Airmen within the Air Freight, Aerial Delivery, Fleet Services and Passenger Terminal Operations. They play a significant role in the training mission at Altus AFB by providing realistic training loads consisting of palletized cargo (Low Profile pallets, Combat Offload Platforms, ISU 90s) and rolling stock to include the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). The Aerial Delivery Section provides rigger operations on airdrop platforms, Container Delivery Systems, and Joint Precision Airdrop Systems. The Fleet Services Section services all incoming and outgoing aircraft utilizing Latrine Service Trucks, and Potable Water Trucks for the KC-46. They also operate the Passenger Terminal, which manages all Space-Available opportunities.
Materiel Management Flight
The Materiel Management Flight, consisting of 55 military and civilian personnel, manages 40 distinctly different programs within eight sections in direct support of the Air Force’s formal C-17, KC-135 and KC-46 training missions. The flight manages 10 stockrooms with more than 305,000 units valued at 698 million dollars with an overall 98 percent inventory accuracy rate. In addition to the base supply account, they manage the Wing’s Chemical Warfare Defense Ensemble stockpile, with 49,754 assets and weapons for all training and real-world missions valued at $4.6 million dollars. The Flight Service Section processes all repair cycle actions for mission critical assets returning to depot for Enterprise usage. Additionally, they are the Wing’s liaison and focal point for Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services for Altus AFB and Ft Sill.
Deployment & Distribution Flight
The Deployment and Distribution Flight consists of 76 military and civilian personnel from the Logistics Plans, Traffic Management, and Ground Transportation career fields. This diverse flight is responsible for a wide array of support activities that enable the Wing’s mission.
The Logistics Plans section manages the Installation Deployment Readiness Cell, ensuring that Wing personnel meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements for mobility commitments.
The Traffic Management’s Household Goods/Personal Property Office manages all personal property movements within a 20-county area that spans two states, provides entitlement counseling for installation personnel, and serves as the liaison between customers and the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office. The Passenger Travel section coordinates commercial and military official travel arrangements for assigned personnel. Traffic Management’s Cargo Movement section is the installation’s sole entity responsible for the efficient and economical commercial shipment and receipt of aircraft engines, mission critical parts and supplies.
The Ground Transportation Section provides safe, economical and timely organic vehicle support to meet the ground transportation needs of the 97th Air Mobility Wing, including Distinguished Visitor transportation support, expedient aircrew transportation, group transportation, vehicle recovery and cargo delivery services.
Fuels Management Flight
The Fuels Management Flight is made up of 49 military personnel that provide clean, dry aviation and ground fuel and cryogenics products in support of the Air Force's only strategic airlift, aerial delivery and air refueling training programs. The products they provide to the 97 AMW aircraft are crucial to the successful support of 5,000 local and transient sorties annually. Altus AFB’s fuel account is the largest account within Air Education and Training Command, with the disbursement of 40 million gallons of aviation fuel annually. To ensure the highest quality of fuel at all times, fuel lab personnel perform approximately 1,054 fuel samples and 3,000 analyses annually.
Vehicle Management Flight
The Vehicle Management Flight consists of eight different sections manned by 34 military and 12 civilian members. Together, they maintain 379 vehicles and equipment worth 73 million dollars. The vehicles and equipment range from General Purpose and Specialized Vehicles, Firetrucks, Forklifts, 60K Loaders, Aircraft Tow Tractors, and Refuelers. In addition to managing the 97 AMW vehicle fleet, Vehicle Management is responsible for three firetrucks at the Clinton Sherman Auxiliary Airfield located at Burns Flat. The ingenuity and tenacity of the Vehicle Management Flight ensures the Altus AFB training mission maintains a constant, ready state in support of the C-17, KC-135, and the new KC-46.
(Current as of April 2019)