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  • 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 Mexico to train and practice air refueling operations.
  • Mighty 97th at Altus AFB conducts large formation exercise

    Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing conducted a large formation exercise, May 21, 2020 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
  • Another ‘step’ in maintaining the mission

    At the 97th Air Mobility Wing, aircrew are trained daily on the C-17 Globemaster III, KC-46 Pegasus and the KC-135 Stratotanker. While training occurs, the 97th Maintenance Group continuously works to keep the mission moving forward. When the 97th MXG discovers a need for a unique item, the fabrication flight can provide in-house creation. In this case, the flight constructed a three step staircase used to support the C-17 Engine Maintenance Stands.
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  • 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 heads and closed their eyes during the recitation of the Police Officer’s, Paramedic’s and Firefighter’s Prayers. For some, the self-sacrificial tenor of these prayers hit close to home, while others simply listened on with reflective empathy.
  • 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.
  • 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 unique aspect of the wing is that community members are honored for their contributions to the base and named Friends of Altus.
  • 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 more than 1.4 million tons of cargo. Overall, Altus
  • 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 into the new service.
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