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  • 97 CES ‘Dirt Boyz’ remember fallen wingman

    On April 4, 2022, the Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, community tragically lost Airman First Class Keith A. Francis, a 97th Civil Engineer Squadron Pavement and Equipment Flight apprentice, when he was involved in a vehicle accident while traveling to Vernon, Texas.

  • Commentary: Be aware of Mississippi Kite presence on AAFB

    With the return of spring, Mississippi Kites will soon return to the area. These birds use the central and southern Great Plains during the spring and summer months as breeding grounds, before returning to warmer climates for the fall and winter.

  • AAFB Airmen pave way for future engineers

    In support of that program and as part of the Altus AFB Science Technology Engineering and Math Council, Airmen from the 97th Civil Engineer Squadron paid a visit to Frederick High School robotics students to share information on their engineering tracks and journeys. For more than an hour, 30 high

  • Boom Operator Symposium returns to Altus

    After last year’s event was canceled due to the coronavirus, boom operators from across the globe once again gathered at Altus AFB for the 41st Annual Boom Operator Symposium on September 17 – 18, 2021.

  • Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced

    For many years, women have fought to have the same rights as their male counterparts. The 19th amendment, signed in 1920 by President Woodrow Wilson, allowed millions of women to move closer to equality in all aspects, to include voting rights, educational opportunities, and fairer wages.

  • Arming local teachers, police against PSB

    It’s a topic no one wants to talk about, but that doesn’t make the discussion any less necessary. It’s PSB, or Problematic Sexual Behavior, and educators face it quite often in their jobs. Problematic sexual behavior in youth is defined as behavior that involves using sexual or private body parts in

  • A run to remember: 97 AMW honors fallen “Port Dawgs”

    My name is Adrian, but most people know me as Senior Master Sgt. Holguin, the 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron Aerial Operations Flight superintendent. I have been a part of the Port Dawg Memorial Run planning committee since its inception in 2013.

  • Data as a weapon system: the foundation of tomorrow’s training squadron

    Launching a new database may not be as exciting as launching a new aircraft. However, when systems fail, aircraft cannot launch and the mission is impeded. That’s because today, our aircraft depend on zeros and ones as much as the jet fuel in the tanks. The student training mission at Altus Air

  • 97 AMW conducts annual tenant online survey

    The Air Force has contracted an independent, third-party survey firm to administer the DoD Annual Tenant Satisfaction Survey for all Air Force controlled privatized housing sites. The survey began on December 8, 2020. All housing residents in Air Force privatized housing projects will receive a link