The host unit at Altus AFB is the 97th Air Mobility Wing (97 AMW), assigned to theNineteenth Air Force (19 AF) of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The wing's mission is to provide C-17 Globemaster III and KC-135 Stratotanker formal initial and advanced specialty training programs for up to 3000 flight crew and aircraft maintenance students annually.
|Altus Air Force Base|
|Part of Air Education and Training Command (AETC)|
|Located near: Altus, Oklahoma|
Loading a C-17 Globemaster III at Altus AFB
|In use||1942 – present|
|Garrison||97th Air Mobility Wing|
|IATA: LTS – ICAO: KLTS – FAA LID: LTS|
|Elevation AMSL||1,382 ft / 421 m|
Source: Federal Aviation Administration
Altus AFB, through its host 97 AMW, provides quality training to produce the finest combat-ready aircrew members for the United States Air Force. The wing, in conjunction with its training mission, maintains its instructor force at operational currency so that they, as highly qualified combat-ready aircrew members, can deploy to augment world-wide contingencies. The 97th maintains approximately 500 mobility personnel ready to deploy all over the world in a moments notice in support of national interests.
Altus AFB supports about 2,000 permanent military personnel. Furthermore, about 3,000 military personnel and their families live on base and a large number of military personnel and their families live off base. The surrounding community has about 1,000 military retirees who depend on base facilities. The base provides direct employment for about 2,500 civilian personnel.