• Remembering 9/11: 20 years later

    A feeling of sorrow and the echo of slow, steady footsteps filled Wings of Freedom Park as two 97th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters and two 97th Security Forces Squadron defenders posted the colors. Shortly after, hundreds of Airmen, civilians, family members, and others somberly hung their

  • 2 civic leaders honored for their service to Mobility’s Hometown

    Col. Matthew Leard, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander, inducted two new Friends of Altus during a ceremony at Club Altus on April 9 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Since the activation of Mobility’s Hometown as a multi-engine flight training school in 1943, one priority has been the community. A

  • Altus AFB remembers Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield

    Jan. 17 - Feb. 28 marks the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm. Units from Mobility's Hometown aided in leading the largest air campaign since World War II to enforce a UN resolution that demanded Iraq’s withdrawal from Kuwait. In total, Altus C-5s and C-141s deployed 12,207 passengers and

  • From Airmen to Guardians: 6 Altus Airmen transfer into U.S. Space Force

    Six Airmen from Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma have been accepted into the U.S. Space Force and will transfer to the new branch by the end of 2021. On May 1, 2020, the USSF opened an application period, giving U.S. Air Force active duty members in eligible career fields the opportunity to transfer

  • The eyes of the sky: RAPCON key to training mobility Airmen

    When thinking of airspace, one might assume that the chances of two aircraft colliding while in the air is pretty low. In reality, there are tens of thousands of planes in the air at any given point. Additionally, variables such as bad weather and low visibility make flying a feat that can’t be

  • Recycling: Do it on Base!

    As the saying goes, every gray cloud has a silver lining. Recently, Balfour Beatty, the base’s privatized housing company made the hard decision to forego their residential recycling program. However, through a combined effort between 97th Air Mobility Wing leaders and Balfour Beatty, the Altus Air

  • First in AETC: KC-46s refuel F-16 fighters

    In a first for Air Education and Training Command and the 56th Air Refueling Squadron, two KC-46 Pegasus aircraft from the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, along with 10 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 49th Wing at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, teamed up in the skies over New