• MWD Cora retires after 7 years of service

    After seven years, two deployments, five missions and countless long days and nights, Cora, 97th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, is hanging up her leash and collar.

  • Former boom operator instructor returns to Altus as pilot

    U.S. Air Force 2nd. Lt. Bryan Lee, 54th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker student pilot, isn’t a stranger to the local area. In fact, Lee has spent a good portion of his career at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

  • Bull Watkins: local rancher serves Airmen, community

    It’s 1957, a beautiful summer night in Altus, Oklahoma, and the lights on Commerce Street are shining bright. Five-year-old Gary Watkins sits with his father in his living room. Outside, airplanes from Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma whiz overhead, streaking through the night sky like shooting stars.

  • 97 MDG SNCO’s Ukrainian heritage supports coalition talks

    As a teenager starting a new life in the United States, Yuriy Papayanki never imagined that, as a Ukrainian immigrant, he’d one day be a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Nor did he imagine that those two worlds would one day come together.

  • Altus AFB hosts 23rd Annual Cattle Drive

    Leaders from the 97th Air Mobility Wing and local community members drove more than 20 longhorn cattle through Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 25, 2022. The cattle drive is an annual event that carries on the tradition of “The Great Western Trail,” a path that over six million cattle and one

  • 97th SFS Defenders sharpen skills during active shooter exercise

    Various groups and squadrons of the 97th Air Mobility Wing conducted an active shooter exercise at Rivers Elementary School at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 10, 2022. Exercises of this nature are critical to evaluate Department of Defense response actions to a lockdown incident and to prepare