• Let me upgrade you

    For a pilot, upgrading from co-pilot to aircraft commander is more than switching from the right seat to the left seat of the cockpit. Aircraft commanders have to learn new skills and take on more responsibilities. Capt. Ana Ekhaus, a C-17 Globemaster III pilot assigned to the 15th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, explained the difference between the two positions.
  • Serving with honor and heritage, 97 FSS Airman’s dedication to service

    In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the Executive order 9981 which instilled equal treatment and opportunity for all members of the armed forced, regardless of race, color, religion or national origin. A few years later, in 1954, segregation in the military officially ended with the disbandment of all-black units. This opportunity allowed Ted Watson, Chief of Sustainment Service Flight assigned to the 97th Force Support Squadron, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., to enlist the United States Marine Corps in the 1970’s and begin his 50-years of government service journey.
  • 42 Years of Safety Service: Mr. Mike Matthews

    Mr. Mike Matthews, the 97th Air Mobility Wing occupational safety manager, did just that closing his second career as a Department of the Air Force civilian on December 31, 2019.
  • Mentorship, vigilance helped 97 MDG Airman identify life-threatening condition

    It was a typical fall day in the Family Practice department until one patient, complaining of difficulty breathing, raised concerns for Senior Airman Natalie Neff and her team. This is an unusual symptom which Neff, an Aerospace Medical Technician with the 97th Medical Group at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., takes seriously. She immediately called the patient back and began a routine checkup that would ultimately save that Airman’s life.
  • Former Airmen keep family tradition alive with annual light show

    Bright lights glisten in the dark of the night outside multiple homes in Altus, Okla. One light display, owned by the Hargis family, offers a unique opportunity for community members to celebrate the holidays together.
  • Police Week; the story of MWD Rockino

    As Altus AFB celebrates police week, humans get a lot of credit for their work in law enforcement. However, humans aren’t the only hard workers in the police force.
  • Altus Airman wins AETC Award for innovating, mentoring and volunteering

    A member of the Mighty 97th earned the Air Education and Training Command Category One 2017 Civilian Non-Supervisor of the Year award.
  • Altus AFB supplies USAF with mission ready loadmasters

    On March 23, 1996, the 97th Air Mobility Wing received its first U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft, and by the end of the year, the wing had four. Altus AFB is the only base in the U.S. Air Force that uses the C-17 aircraft to conduct initial loadmaster qualification training, airdrop qualification training and instructor
  • Airman provides opportunities for and inspires peers

    Many Airmen are told before arriving to their first duty station that, "You get out of it what you put in," meaning if that Airman wants to have a good time at that duty station, he or she will have to put in the energy to make it a good assignment.One of our Airmen put his energy into making his first duty station an enjoyable assignment for
  • Five things you need to know about Independence Day

    The Fourth of July is the celebration of America's independence since Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence document in 1776. Here are five things you need to know about Independence Day.#1 - In July 1776, the estimated population of America was 2.5 million. According to the U.S. and World Population Clock, the nation's