Air Education and Training Command News

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The eyes of the sky: RAPCON key to training mobility Airmen

    When thinking of airspace, one might assume that the chances of two aircraft colliding while in the air is pretty low. In reality, there are tens of thousands of planes in the air at any given point. Additionally, variables such as bad weather and low visibility make flying a feat that can’t be

  • 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

  • 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

  • Altus AFB's 97th LRS SNCO wins AETC award

    Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Krebs, the deployment and distribution flight superintendent assigned to the 97th LRS, was named the 2019 AETC General Lew Allen Jr. Trophy award winner in the SNCO logistics readiness category.

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