• Mobility Airmen host Juneteenth celebration

    June 19, or Juneteenth, is recognized as the day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. This year, and for the first time in history, Juneteenth was recognized as an official federal holiday across the United States.
  • 97 AMW Command Chief retires a ‘hometown hero’

    There is a KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator who may be known to some as the man who clocked 5,715 hours of flight time. To others, he may be known as the Airman who began and finished his career at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. There may even be others who simply know him as the Oklahoma native who became the 97th Air Mobility Wing command chief.
  • Happy Father's Day from the 97th AMW

    Airmen from the 97th Air Mobility Wing pose with their families for Father’s Day at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
  • Strengthening U.S.-Japan alliance through pilot training at Altus Air Force Base

    On April 28, 1952, the San Francisco Peace Treaty went into effect, signifying the beginning of the United States-Japan alliance. Since then, the U.S. and Japan have worked to strengthen their allied relationship through combined international training and operations. Known locally as “Mobility’s Hometown,” over 2,000 air mobility students train here annually, to include students from 16 different foreign nations. Training conducted at Altus ensures global air superiority for the nation and its allies.
  • Altus community leaders speak at U-Night on overcoming obstacles

    Altus Air Force Base and Jackson County Memorial Hospital (JCMH) hosted the third U-Night workshop titled “Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles” on June 3, 2021, at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus.
  • 97th CES bolsters deployment capabilities

    Airmen from the 97th CES held a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force exercise to bolster downrange readiness, May 25 to 26, 2021. The exercise tests the base engineer emergency force on their ability to stand up operations in any location. In the deployed environment, it is a civil engineer’s duty to build, maintain and, if needed, defend or repair base infrastructure. The goal for this exercise was to build five huts and defense barriers to practice performing their primary duties in a deployed environment.
  • 97 AMW NCOs mentor junior enlisted

    The junior enlisted and noncommissioned officers of the 97th Air Mobility Wing came together for a mentorship session, May 26, 2021, at the Base Exchange multipurpose room. The session focused on career progression, work-life balance, and the importance of finding a mentor. Approximately 20 base members attended the event, which allowed former junior enlisted members to pass down guidance to attendees. Airmen also had the opportunity to ask questions to the panel on any topic of their choice including writing packages, volunteering, and how to recover from mistakes.
  • 97 AMW Airmen experience the Taste of Asia

    More than 70 people attended the Taste of Asia event hosted by the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage group held at the Freedom Community Center at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, May 27, 2021. The event was held to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage by providing their cultures’ signature dishes and showcasing historical items.
  • AAFB showcases karate demo in honor of AAPI

    Members of Mobility's Hometown celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month during the month of May. Throughout the month, various activities gave AAPI Airmen the opportunity to share their traditions and culture with the community. One of these activities was a live karate demonstration led by Sensei Krista Camarillo of the SIMS Martial Arts Academy in Altus, Oklahoma.
  • 97 AMW command team receives highest honor

    The 97th Air Mobility Wing command team was inducted into the Order of the Flaming Spear during a ceremony held on May 21, 2021. This award was a way to show the 97th AMW command team how much its members appreciate their hard work and leadership for the past two years in Mobility’s Hometown. Col. Matthew Leard, 97th AMW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kay II, 97th AMW command chief, were the 15th and 16th members of the wing to be inducted into the order.


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Altus AFB Flickr Albums