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  • U-Night(ing) the community through education

    Airmen from the 97th Air Mobility Wing and Jackson County Health Department personnel held a united workshop for base members and the community called U-Night, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus.
  • One Force, Many Origins: A1C Blanquisco reflects on cultural differences

    Grass on a front lawn, light poles on a street, snow in the winter and water from a drinking fountain; these are all common things found in the United States. For individuals from different countries, these things can be a complete culture shock. This was the case for Airman 1st Class Xander Broe Blanquisco, 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron air freight specialist, when he first arrived in the country. He was born in Muntinlupa City, Philippines, and lived in Manila and Bicol, Philippines, until he was about 11 years old. When Blanquisco came to the USA, he moved to Kentucky with his mom and aunts to live with his grandma before moving to Utah six months after to live with his aunt. Six years later they moved to Ohio, where at the age of 18, he joined the Air Force.
  • The Key Spouse Program; unlocking family resiliency

    Deployments and temporary assignments do not only affect military members. Spouses get left behind and can often feel isolated and lost. Having to deal with the daily grind of everyday life alone can become a daunting task. That is where the 97th Air Mobility Wing’s Key Spouse Program comes in. The role of the Key Spouse Program is to assist the spouses of military members through communicating, relaying information, and providing referrals to necessary support agencies. Currently, there are approximately 52 key spouses assigned to commanders across the wing. These key spouse teams are entirely made up of volunteers that report to their respective unit commanders for their vision of their squadron’s program.
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  • OK Governor experiences rapid global mobility firsthand

    Oklahoma Gov. J. Kevin Stitt got a close look at the rapid global mobility and training capabilities of Altus Air Force Base, Okla. during a visit July 22, 2021.
  • 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.
  • Mentorship, diversity in focus during 19th AF leadership visit

    Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sergeant Kristina Rogers, 19th AF command chief, visited the Airmen of Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, March 29 to 31.
  • AAFB community enhances employment potential through ‘SUPER Skills’ workshop

    Military members from the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, attended a “SUPER Skills Employment Certification” workshop at the Freedom Community Center, March 3-5, 2021. The workshop was part of the Military Spouse Employment State initiative – a Department of Defense program focused on helping service members and their families find employment after a move or separation from the military.
  • 97 MDG highlights readiness to AETC surgeon general team

    Medical leadership from Air Education and Training Command in Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, visited Altus Air Force Base to take part in an immersion tour of the 97th Medical Group, Dec. 3, 2020. The immersion tour showcased the 97th MDG’s readiness capabilities to Col. Michael Higgins, Air Education and Training Command command surgeon, and Chief Master Sgt. Janet Woodard, AETC chief, medical enlisted force for the office of the command surgeon. The tour focused on the COVID-19 screening process, surveillance testing plans and general readiness of the 97th MDG.
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