Mighty 97th tours Altus-Lugert Dam
By Airman 1st Class Breanna Klemm, 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office
/ Published October 18, 2019
ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --
Each year, Airmen from the Mighty 97th have the opportunity to tour local farms and essential pieces of the Altus community during Farm City Week. One of the events from this year’s festivities was touring the Altus-Lugert Dam, located in Quartz Mountain State Park, Okla., on Oct. 11, 2019. This dam, although small, provides water and irrigation for all the farmers in southwest Oklahoma and some parts of Texas. The tour was led by Tom Buchanan, the Altus-Lugert Irrigation District manager, who was born and raised here in Altus. Throughout the two-hour tour, Buchanan spoke on the dam’s long history, significance, and its importance to farmers because without it, Altus would not be where it is today. Due to the fact that Altus does not get much rain and droughts continue to be a possibility, the Altus-Lugert Dam is key in providing farmers the water they need to keep their crops alive. Last week, Airmen got to witness first hand its importance and power to the community of Altus by touring the top and inside of the dam. Events like these are important in keeping Airmen educated while keeping the heritage of Mobility’s Hometown alive.