• Operations Group changes hands

    Col. Mark "Marshall" Dillon relinquished command of the 97th Operations Group to Col. John "Red" Millander in a ceremony held at Hangar 517 Tuesday. Colonel Dillon will remain at Altus Air Force Base and assume the position of 97th Wing vice commander. Colonel Millander arrives at Altus after a two

  • Entitlements available for Airmen on 'Indeterminate TDY"

    Ever been given temporary duty orders without a return date? Are you wondering what type of extra pay and benefits you may be entitled to while on the TDY? Who qualifies? Air Force members selected for indeterminate TDY are eligible for a variety of entitlements not given to members on normal TDYs.

  • Parks, Powell garner Air Force-level awards

    Air Force officials named Master Sgt. Joey Parks their number one base training manager and Cindy Powell, 97th Maintenance Division, as the best unit training manager in the junior-grade category. In addition, Staff Sgt. Jessica Putman, 97th Medical Support Squadron, won the Air Education Training

  • Bioenvironmental tech skills meant to save lives

    A surprise radiological inspection Wednesday from an Air Force-level inspection team resulted in the 97th Medical Group's Bioenvironmental Engineering work center receiving the highest rating allowed. Tech. Sgt. Chris Lawver, NCO in charge of Bioenvironmental Readiness and Response explained that

  • Altus Airman, logisticians track down $1 million in pallets

    More than $1 million worth of pallets have been recovered over the past month by a team from the 407th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron here. The team, led by Senior Airman Randy Walgren from the 97th Logistical Readiness Squadron, Altus AFB, Okla., has recovered more than 900 pallets used

  • Change of command honors 97th CS leaders

    Col. Keith Moncrief, 97th Mission Support Group commander, passed command of the 97th Communication Squadron from Lt. Col. Martin Schlacter to Lt.Col. (S) Eric Bjurstrom in a ceremony at the Freedom Community Center on Wednesday. Major Bjurstrom arrived from Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell

  • Altus Airman saves lives during convoy attack

    "I just did what I had to do...," is how 22-year old Airman 1st Class Casey Holihan, desk sergeant at the Altus Air Force Base Security Forces Squadron, describes actions he took while on nighttime combat patrol in Tikrit, Iraq during the Spring of 2005. "I had never been shot at before, and green

  • Family Services provides helpful tools for everyone

    The Family Services Building, located next to Charlie's is a treasure trove of goodies and support for Airmen and their families. "We provide services such as the Loan Closet, Airman's Attic, sponsor/welcome packages, base brochures/videos, foreign language tapes, Standard Installation Topic

  • Altus members provide lifesaving first response

    What started as a routine drive home after work brought heroism from three employees of the 97th Air Mobility Wing on July 19. Just North of the airport on the outskirts of Vernon, Texas, Nurse Rhonda Garrett, 97th Medical Group; Carolyn Johnson, 97th MDG administrator and Gregory Johnson, 97th

  • Legendary enlisted leader departs: Altus bids farewell to command chief

    Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Narofsky, the 97th Air Mobility Wing command chief says he is prepared to depart for Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait next week. As the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Command chief, he will travel regularly visiting Airmen at bases sprawled across Kuwait and Southern Iraq. He has been