Air Force

Altus Air Force Base

97th Air Mobility Wing
E of City, Altus, OK 73521

Altus Air Force Base Globemaster III

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.

Arriving at 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 inprocess with the Unit to which you are assigned. Inprocessing is conducted through your unit orderly room. All inprocessing 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

Unit 8000

Altus AFB, OK 73523

The above address can be used until establishment of permanent address.

Base Population
There are approximately 5,000 military members, family members, civilian members and retirees assigned to Altus Air Force Base.