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A: I share your concerns regarding the current mosquito situation on base and in the Altus area. I too have been swatting mosquitoes every time I’m outside and my 5 and 8 year olds are going stir crazy. Bottom line, I want our families and children to be able to safely enjoy the outdoors and we are assertively working to get this under control. As of 7 July, our 97th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Pest Management shop started fogging for mosquitoes and will continue to do so through 30 July, or until mosquito populations are under control. Fogging operations on main base, to include the Fam Camp and the golf course, will be from 1900-2100 and in base housing from 2100-2300. It is important that personnel remain indoors during those times and for 30 to 45 minutes after the fogging truck has left your area. We are also abating the larvae in standing water throughout the housing areas. Outside of the base, the City of Altus conducted mosquito fogging operations in town on 7 and 8 July so that should also help. If you need any more information, you can contact our Pest Management office at (580) 481-7098.
A: The CDC employees will get a pay bump starting in October. This will apply to all current and future employees, and should stabilize our employment at this critical resource for our families.
A: Altus has been fortunate to receive two BAH increases in the past three years, however, there is still more work to be done. The Command Team fully supports a re-evaluation of the BAH rates at Altus and is engaging through the appropriate channels to address our housing rates.
A: While heritage is something we fully support, at this time there is not sufficient appetite at the HAF level to pursue a nose-art program.
A: Our goal is always that Chief and I will be out and about enough to where it is likely that we will find you before you find us. That said, if you would like a sit down discussion, you can always ask the front office for time with myself or Chief just please give your chain a courtesy heads-up.
A: Absolutely! One of the keys to the vision of growing inspired, proficient and adaptive Airmen is a very deliberate and dedicated mentoring schedule. More to follow on this but it’s in works.
A: Currently, the City of Altus is limiting crash pads to single occupancy. There are no current Wing policy restrictions on crash pads.
A: The short term plan is to align the base vision. As a command team, we are in observe and learn mode until the new vision is established.
A: The Auto Hobby shop has a manual car wash bay for this purpose. There are also many nearby car washes available off base. It is not cost effective to construct an automated car wash on base.
A: We have highlighted the current facility challenges Rivers Elementary faces to our congressional leadership and will continue to pursue improvements to this vital part of our installation.
A: The command team is supportive of pursuing an air show, let’s see what we can get done in this area!
A: The current new dorm under construction is scheduled to be completed in February of 2022. Construction of the second dorm will begin after the completion of the first.
A: I will definitely play softball and volleyball when my schedule allows and perhaps some soccer too since I just came from the U.K. ;-)
A: All intramural sports will be authorized.
A: Jasmine Gate is not in consideration to be opened at this time. The force protection impacts and manning requirements outweigh the convenience benefits of opening the gate.
A: There are several food options on Altus AFB. In addition to the Club, bowling alley and DFAC, AAFES contracted for Meat Head Ed’s Food truck (weekly) and a Cajun food truck (intermittent). AAFES is also working the contract for a food vendor inside the building. This vendor (Bun-D) is expected to start operating around December and will serve smoothies, rice bowls, wraps and salads.
A: Simply put, everything possible. This is an issue that deeply affects all of us and we plan to address it from every angle. I have asked for a Campfire Meeting with all the helping agencies to discuss a collective approach to making a positive difference. I believe we can make progress through sincere engagement and support at all levels.
A: The focus and priorities will be developed by the command team after a short term of vision alignment. The command team will be holding an off-site meeting in August to address this.
A: There is not much appetite for Demo teams at the NAF level. This will not likely change in the near future. I think Space-A is a tremendous opportunity for our Airmen, and the Command Team will look into how we can make this happen.
A: In order to maintain operational credibility, the MAJCOM has deemed it important that AETC bases still maintain their share of deployments.
A: Like all base agencies, the IG and EO are inspected and evaluated by higher-headquarters programs and the MAJCOM IG/EO. If there is evidence of unlawful, immoral, or unethical actions from any organization please provide those details and we will look into it. If you are not getting the answers and services you need from these offices, please elevate through your chain of command. If you cannot go through your chain, then please get your concern to me. I expect our IG and EO to provide the highest level of service to our Airmen.
A: The command team will strive to make Altus AFB a premier base. If you have ideas for improvement please share and we will work to make them a reality.
A: The grounds maintenance in base housing is provided by a contractor that works for BBC. Heavy rain this month has made it more difficult to keep up with given growth rate and inability to mow when wet; however, BBC has issued a letter of non-conformance to the contractor requiring them to provide a “get well plan”. If standards are not met in a timely manner, then BBC will initiate action to replace the existing contractor.
A: Unfortunately, the command team has no input over the privatized housing contract on base. However, we will absolutely work to hold Balfour Beatty accountable to the contract standard to ensure our Airmen are taken care of.
A: As HAF guidance on PT tests are changed, the base will ensure all PT test options are available.
A: These behaviors are not in line with the AF 1-1 and will absolutely not be tolerated on this installation. If observed, please report these behaviors to your chain of command and the Equal Opportunity office.
A: All Airmen, military and civilian, will be held accountable to the standards.
A: From my view, confidentiality is not going away through I need to know more context to better answer your question. Are you referring to EO, SARC, or other agencies so I can get you a more specific answer?
A: Yes, it is likely that once emergency use authorization is upgraded to full approval that the DoD will pursue mandatory vaccination.
A: Our frontline supervisors should still be supervising. Our civilian teammates will be more than willing help frontline supervisors spread their wings and grow. If there is a situation where a member is intentionally stifling subordinate growth then please let us know.
A: The Command Team’s goal is to make Altus a premier installation. That includes taking a hard look at our existing facilities and morale offerings and making continual improvements on the incredible work of prior administrations.
A: The rescheduled tournament will be held on July 26.
A: You are correct, it is absolutely Airmen that complete the mission! Note that the priorities are not in order and don’t have numbers so there is no intent to prioritize one over the over. Most times we put mission first in the lineup because that’s the reason we are all here so it’s good to start there to connect to our purpose.
A: Recycling is offered for all base personnel. Any person with access to Altus AFB is welcome to drop-off recycling at the Altus AFB Recycling Center, building 400. The list of recycling capabilities is plastics (1&2), paper (bagged shredded, and whole paper), cardboard, metals and household hazardous waste. Personal electronics and glass do not have a solicited buyer and therefore are not collected. However, the environmental office is working with the City of Altus on an electronics recycling opportunity. The environmental effort is very robust on Altus AFB and we encourage you to “Like” the Altus AFB Environmental Facebook page and please read the attached “Green Gazette for additional information.
A: The electrical infrastructure for dorm 331 will not support full sized fridges in each room. Upon completion of our new dorm (Dorm 220, in Feb 2022), dorm 331 will be renovated. Amongst many other upgrades this will include the electrical infrastructure to support full size fridges. Dorm Airmen are currently receiving double-rate BAS while the DFAC is under repair to compensate for the fact they do not have adequate food storage.
A: It’s important to recognize and accept that leadership is a human endeavor and conflicts and obstacles are part of the experience. Most teams thrive when they are able to overcome conflicts and obstacles, it’s what makes teamwork fun!
A: When we put the mission into focus there is no “us/them”. I don’t see any difference between military and civilian so it’s just “we”. If we continue to communicate with each other and recognize that we’re teammates committed to the same mission, all will be well.
A: We are looking into this. If there is a way to resource and support all units, both flying and non-flying, in this shared problem set then that would be a win.
A: There is a lot behind this question. Can you paint the picture of how a Unionized employee can affect “operational capability”? Can you provide an example so I can better understand what you are asking?
A: There is an option for individuals to have their firearm while in transit on base called Trusted Transport. Under this program, your commander or equivalent can grant you permission to carry a firearm on base for purposes of traveling from the gate to an authorized storage location on the installation. The designated storage locations on Altus Air Force Base are the Security Forces Armory in Building 130 or, if you live on base, your base residence. Firearms can also be transported from an authorized storage location to a recreational facility. Additional stops apart from these locations are not authorized.
For further information and a more detailed description of what the commander approval process looks like, I encourage you to read the Altus AFB Integrated Defense Plan (IDP) 31-101, specifically Tab H to Appendix 2 to Annex B, paragraph 3.c. and paragraph 4. If you have any additional questions, you can contact our Security Forces Police Services at (580) 481-6124. Thank you for reaching out and sharing your question!
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