Altus Air Force Base
Altus Air Force Base is comprised of four groups and 18 squadrons of Airmen (Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and Civilian). The wing is also an award-winning installation, winning the Commander in Chief’s Award for Installation Excellence, Major General Eubank Award, Air Force Food Service Excellence Award, Air Force’s Best Patient Safety Program Award, the Department of Defense’s Patient Engagement Award, the AETC Medical Home of the Year, three AETC Safety Awards, 19th Air Force’s Top Gray Tail of the Year, Outstanding Weather Organization Award, and the Aircrew Flight Equipment Large Program of the Year.
The 97th Operations Group oversees the three squadrons directly supporting the wing’s flying-training mission. The 58th Airlift Squadron is comprised of instructor pilots and loadmasters who train Airmen on the C-17 Globemaster III. The 54th Air Refueling Squadron trains pilots and boom operators on the KC-135 Stratotanker. Finally, the 56th Air Refueling Squadron is home to the formal training unit for pilots and boom operators on the Air Force’s newest addition to air mobility: the KC-46 Pegasus. These three air mobility schoolhouses conduct initial and advanced specialty training programs for airland, airdrop, and air refueling mobility forces, providing global reach for combat and contingency operations, as well as relief operations.
The mission support group provides direct mission support to the three mobility aircraft along with base-wide infrastructure, including communications, civil engineering, law enforcement, force/fire protection, contracting, disaster response, and other agencies to support the mission of the base.
The wing’s medical group ensures maximum wartime readiness and combat capability by promoting the health, safety, and morale of active-duty personnel, increasing the overall wellness of the base and the local community.
The 97th AMW is also home to the unique, all-civilian maintenance group, responsible for all aircraft maintenance, sortie generation, and maintenance support for the Air Force’s sole C-17, KC-135, and KC-46 formal aircrew training schools. The wing commander’s priorities are Mission, Airmen, and Community.
As the wing moves into the twenty-first century, it continues to perform the basic mission that it started back in 1943, providing a safe and comfortable location to train mobility Airmen on the intricacies of operating multi-engine aircraft.