Altus Air Force Base
97th Air Mobility Wing
E of City, Altus, OK 73521
Altus Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located approximately 4 miles east-northeast of Altus, Oklahoma. The host unit at Altus AFB is the 97th Air Mobility Wing (97 AMW), assigned to the Nineteenth Air Force (19 AF) of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The wing’s mission is to provide C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-46 Pegasus formal initial and advanced specialty training programs for up to 3,000 flight crew and aircraft maintenance students annually.
Over the years, the role of Altus AFB has evolved into four distinct missions. Their primary mission, as the nation’s C-17, KC-135 and KC-46 Strategic Airlift and Air Refueling Training School, is to provide quality training to produce the finest combat-ready aircrew members–ensuring global reach for America. In with their training mission, our instructor force maintains operation currency so that they, as highly-qualified, combat-ready aircrew members, can deploy to augment worldwide contingencies. They maintain approximately 550 mobility positions available for immediate worldwide deployment. Finally, they act as the wartime aerial port of embarkation for over 27,000 soldiers, and their associated equipment, from the U.S. Army, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, located 50 miles east of Altus.
There are approximately 5,000 military members, family members, civilian members and retirees assigned to Altus Air Force Base.
If arriving after hours, the 24-hour arrival point is the Red River Inn, building 82 located at 307 B Ave. They will assist you in securing temporary accommodations. Visiting Quarters (VQs) fees are $71.00. The temporary lodging facilities on base have kitchen facilities, bedroom area, private bath and other conveniences. Fees are $77.00 for all ranks regardless of the number of occupants. Red River Inn has ten “pet friendly” temporary lodging rooms, fees for these rooms are $77.00 plus a $10.00 nightly pet fee. If they are occupied you will need to make arrangements for your pets in a local community boarding facility. Lodging can be contacted at 580-481-7356 or DSN 312-866-7356.
You will in-process with the Unit to which you are assigned. In-processing is conducted through your unit orderly room. All in-processing appointments are scheduled through your unit orderly room. For arrival during duty hours report to your unit orderly room. For arrival after hours, report to the 24 hour reporting location in the Billeting Office, building 82. Single enlisted personnel should ask their sponsor in advance if they should stay in lodging, or if a dormitory room is available. Attendance at Newcomers Orientation is mandatory for military personnel and highly encouraged for spouses. Newcomers Orientation is held every third Thursday of the month at Club Altus.
For PCS Mail forwarding to Altus AFB use the following address:
204 S. 3rd St
Altus AFB, OK 73523
The above address can be used until establishment of permanent address.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in an Oklahoma school, a child must be at least 5 years old before September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
The Department of Human services is the largest state agency in Oklahoma. DHS provides a wide range of assistance programs to help Oklahomans in need including: food benefits (SNAP); temporary cash assistance (TANF); services for persons with developmental disabilities and persons who are aging; adult protective services; child welfare programs; child support services; and child care assistance, licensing and monitoring. DHS also handles applications and eligibility for Sooner Care, the state’s Medicaid program offering health care to families with low incomes.
Oklahoma Department of Health (800) 522-0203
Oklahoma Humane Society (405) 286-1229
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society will make the compassionate and respectful treatment of animals a prevalent community value and the well-being of animals a community priority.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol (405) 222-3165
Base Operator (580) 481-1700
When you arrive at Altus Air Force Base, you must visit the HMO at Building 358 to receive counseling and guidance before entering into any written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.
At Altus Air Force Base, military family housing is privatized. Balfour Beatty Communities owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Balfour Beatty Communities.
For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Altus Air Force Base, visit the Balfour Beatty Communities website. The website provides information you need to know about the homes and amenities available in the privatized housing community.
UH is provided for unaccompanied Airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-4 with less than 3 years of service. Each Airman is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living.
Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above will move into housing in the local community.
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In Altus, the summers are hot, humid, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, dry, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 30°F to 98°F and is rarely below 19°F or above 105°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 28 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 89°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 98°F and low of 74°F. The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 24 to February 22, with an average daily high temperature below 61°F. The coldest day of the year is January 6, with an average low of 30°F and high of 53°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.2 months, from April 20 to September 25, with a greater than 23% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on June 5. The drier season lasts 6.8 months, from September 25 to April 20. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% on January 11.
The average cost of living in Altus, Oklahoma is 82, which puts it 7% less than the average of Oklahoma and 18% lower than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Altus, Oklahoma, the price of goods and services are 3% lower than the average of Oklahoma as well as 6% lower than the nation’s average.
Altus Air Force Base is located near the city of Altus, Oklahoma in Jackson County. The city lies between the main channel and North Fork of the Red River. The population of this area is approximately 19,813. Altus is home to Western Oklahoma State College and Southwest Technology Center.
The area provides many opportunities for outdoor fun and adventures. Quartz Mountain Nature Park is located 20 miles north of Altus. Here, you can explore the area on the one of the many hiking trails, swim in Lake Altus, go camping, fishing, or eagle watching. Lake Altus is a reservoir located on the North Fork Red River at the foot of Quartz Mountain. A little farther east lies Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge which offers a variety of opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors from sunrise to sunset every day. You can observe and photograph wildlife, hike, or fish. There are miles of hiking trails and a prairie dog town where you can watch prairie dogs in their natural habitat. Great Plains State Park is nestled between the Wichita Mountains and the Tom Steed Reservoir. Recreational activities include fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, picnicking, hiking and nature trails, and RV and tent camping. Facilities also include comfort stations, group picnic facilities, lighted boat ramps, bait shop, playgrounds and a swimming beach.
Other points of interest include Altus City Reservoir, Altus Dog Park, Altus Splashpad, Morgan Doll Museum, Altus City Park, and Museum of the Western Prairie.
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