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The largest and most diverse team at Altus Air Force Base comprised of more than 1,173 military and civilian personnel across six Squadrons. Our six units embody the “Sleeves Up…Hands Dirty” motto and provide mission support for our nation's air mobility training mission and decisive combat capabilities. The Group supports the installation’s C-17, KC-135 and KC-46 aircraft operational and training missions as well as base wide infrastructure support activities to include communications, civil engineering, law enforcement, force/fire protection, contracting, disaster response, environmental services, lodging, transportation, recreation, supply, education, mobility, food service as well as family and personnel support.
Senior Airman Kayla Christenson
Airman 1st Class Miyah Gray
Airman 1st Class Heidi Bucins
Master Sgt. Nathan Allen
Airman 1st Class Kari Degraffenreed
The 97th Force Support Squadron's lineage began Sept. 11, 1947, when the unit was first activated as Squadron D, 97th Airdrome Group at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The unit also served at Biggs AFB, Texas and Eaker AFB, Ark. before moving to Altus AFB, Okla. where it was aligned under the 97th Mission Support Group. On May 5, 2008, the unit was re-designated as the 97th Force Support Squadron.
The squadron is comprised of ten flights which supports the training, airlift and refueling missions of the 97th Air Mobility Wing by providing premier manpower, civilian personnel, military personnel, lodging, dining, education, professional development, library, family support, child care and leisure services.
The 97th Civil Engineer Squadron's lineage began Dec. 1, 1947, when the unit was first activated as Squadron C, 97th Airdrome Group at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The unit also served at Biggs AFB, Texas, and Eaker AFB, Arkansas, before moving to Altus AFB, Oklahoma, where it was eventually aligned under the 97th Mission Support Group.
The squadron supports the training, airlift and refueling missions of the 97th Air Mobility Wing by providing facilities and infrastructure, utility services, emergency management, environmental stewardship, housing referral and privatized housing liaison, unaccompanied housing management and fire protection services. The squadron has 258 personnel and manages a $25 million annual operating budget. Additionally, the squadron is an integral part of the Aerospace Expeditionary Force with 156 members on Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force teams. This year, 54 personnel were deployed in nine countries for a total of 9,720 days.
The squadron is comprised of 5 flights, with the Operations Flight being the largest.
History of the 97th Contracting Squadron prior to 1991 is not available; however, there has been a procurement function at Altus Air Force Base since the reopening of the base in 1953 under the Tactical Air Command. The squadron and the base later became a part of the Strategic Air Command; in July 1968, the Military Airlift Command assumed command of all related airlift units.
Prior to its activation, the 97th Contracting Squadron was the base procurement office until April 1985 when it relocated under the Deputy Commander for Resource Management. In 1990, the unit was renamed the Operations Contracting Division.
In early 1991, the unit transferred from the 443rd Military Airlift Wing Resource Management and aligned under the 443rd Supply Squadron. Later that year, it became the 443rd Contracting Squadron and realigned under the 443rd Logistics Group.
In June 1992, the base came under the Air Mobility Command. In October 1992, the 443rd Contracting Squadron was inactivated and the 97th Contracting Squadron stood up and became part of the 97th Logistics Group.
In July 1993, all units on base again changed command, this time to the Air Education and Training Command.
In August 2002, 97th Logistics Group deactivated and the squadron moved to the 97th Mission Support Group.
In June 2014, the Squadron redesignated as the 97th Contracting Flight and remained assigned to the 97th Mission Support Group.
In August 2021, the Wing CC redesignated the 97th Contracting Flight to the 97th Contracting Squadron.
The squadron, comprised 35 Mission-Focused Business Leaders, serves as the key business leader to the Wing Commander and staff for acquisitions and contracting. Additionally, the Squadron manages and oversees the small business program, the quality assurance program, and the Government Purchase Card Program for the base. Total annual contracting obligations is about $31 million, with a service and construction contract portfolio of $139M.
This flight negotiates architect-engineer design contracts as well as purchases and administers construction contracts for alterations, maintenance, and repair of real property. This flight utilizes the Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineer Requirements and Multiple Award Construction Contract for a total contract portfolio value of $79M
The unit's commitment to quality and excellence earned it the distinction as the Best AETC Small Contracting Unit Awards in 2003, 2005, 2008, 2014 and 2015 and achieving the coveted "Outstanding" Rating for the HQ AETC Inspector General in 2006. Historically, the squadron has also garnered Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards for the following years: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
(Current as of October 2021)
The Deployment and Distribution Flight consists of 76 military and civilian personnel from the Logistics Plans, Traffic Management, and Ground Transportation career fields. This diverse flight is responsible for a wide array of support activities that enable the Wing’s mission.
The Logistics Plans section manages the Installation Deployment Readiness Cell, ensuring that Wing personnel meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements for mobility commitments.
The Traffic Management’s Household Goods/Personal Property Office manages all personal property movements within a 20-county area that spans two states, provides entitlement counseling for installation personnel, and serves as the liaison between customers and the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office. The Passenger Travel section coordinates commercial and military official travel arrangements for assigned personnel. Traffic Management’s Cargo Movement section is the installation’s sole entity responsible for the efficient and economical commercial shipment and receipt of aircraft engines, mission critical parts and supplies.
The Ground Transportation Section provides safe, economical and timely organic vehicle support to meet the ground transportation needs of the 97th Air Mobility Wing, including Distinguished Visitor transportation support, expedient aircrew transportation, group transportation, vehicle recovery and cargo delivery services.
The 97th Security Forces Squadron was originally activated as the 1707th Air Police Squadron in January 1953 at Palm Beach Air Force Base, Fla. The squadron consisted of 38 airmen providing security for the base and flight line.
In June 1959, the squadron was deactivated at Palm Beach AFB and relocated at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. The 1707th Air Transport Wing became the 443rd Military Airlift Wing Jan. 1, 1966.
The 443rd Military Airlift Wing became part of the Military Airlift Command July 1, 1968. At that time, the security police unit was transferred from Tinker Air Force Base to Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and designated the 443rd Security Police Squadron.
In October 1992, the 443rd Military Airlift Wing became the 97th Air Mobility Wing under the Air Mobility Command, and the 443rd Security Police Squadron became the 97th Security Police Squadron.
In July 1993, the 97th Air Mobility Wing became part of the Air Education and Training Command. The squadron was redesignated the 97th Security Forces Squadron in July 1997.
The 97th Security Forces Squadron provides security for C-17, KC-135 and KC-46 aircraft, as well as provides force protection and law enforcement support for more than 10,000 active duty military, DOD civilians, contractors, family members and retired personnel in the community. In addition, the unit is tasked with a worldwide mobility commitment.
(Current as of April 2019)