Altus Air Force Base

Updated: September 27, 2023
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    Altus Air Force Base (Altus AFB) is in Altus, Oklahoma. The base is home to the 97th Air Mobility Wing which is assigned to the Nineteenth Air Force of the Air Education and Training Command. The base’s primary mission is to train flight crews and maintain aircraft, using models like the C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker, and KC-46 Pegasus.

    Base Operator:

    100 Inez Blvd
    Altus, OK 73521

    Altus AFB History

    Founded as Altus Army Airfield in 1943, the base has shifted from WWII pilot training to managing bomber and tanker aircraft and missile sites. In 1992, the 97th Air Mobility Wing was activated, and in 2014, Altus AFB became the formal training unit for the KC-46A Pegasus. The base is pivotal in global operations, supporting missions like Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.


    Altus AFB Housing

    Housing on Altus Air Force Base is privatized. Balfour-Beatty Communities manages housing at Altus AFB Homes. They offer rental homes ranging from two to four-bedroom floor plans for married and accompanied military memebers. The community enjoys features like a pet-friendly community, playgrounds, a pool, a sand volleyball court, fitness rooms, and more.

    Single and unaccompanied service members between the ranks of E1 through E4 are eligible to be placed on a waiting list for on-base dorms. The waiting list is ordered based on rank and date of sign-up.

    How to Apply For Housing

    To apply for housing at Altus AFB Homes, you can call 580-379-4002, or fill out a leasing request using the online portal.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    Those traveling on orders to Altus AFB are encouraged to make reservations for Temporary Lodging as early as possible, especially during PCS and TDY season. You can do so by calling 580-481-7356.

    You may be authorized up to ten days of reimbursement for TLE stays while traveling on orders, but be advised, the official site warns, “if you stay in quarters prior to your arrival here, this will count towards your ten days TLE reimbursement.” Limited pet-friendly accommodations may be available. It is best to call first as space is not always available for pets.


    What is the BAH for Altus Air Force Base?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Altus Air Force Base varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Oklahoma state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.



    Military Housing Area: OK235

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,068 $852
    E02 $1,068 $852
    E03 $1,068 $852
    E04 $1,068 $852
    E05 $1,101 $966
    E06 $1,410 $1,056
    E07 $1,500 $1,125
    E08 $1,599 $1,200
    E09 $1,722 $1,293
    W01 $1,428 $1,074
    W02 $1,542 $1,164
    W03 $1,662 $1,296
    W04 $1,749 $1,428
    W05 $1,854 $1,521
    O01E $1,515 $1,137
    O02E $1,641 $1,233
    O03E $1,761 $1,401
    O01 $1,143 $1,035
    O02 $1,407 $1,128
    O03 $1,659 $1,299
    O04 $1,887 $1,497
    O05 $2,049 $1,554
    O06 $2,064 $1,641
    O07 $2,076 $1,665

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    Altus AFB Surrounding Area

    Altus Air Force Base (Altus AFB) is located approximately 4 miles east-northeast of Altus, Oklahoma. The base is surrounded by several outdoor and recreational attractions, including the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and the Quartz Mountain Nature Park, both offering hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing opportunities.


    On-base medical services and outpatient care are available at 97th Medical Group. It offers primarily out-patient services. There are some dental services offered, but only for active-duty members.

    Note: The clinic does not offer emergency services. Those in-need of emergency care should find the nearest hospital in the local community.


    On-base childcare options can be found at two Child Development Centers (CDCs). They offer full day care options for children as young as infants, all the way to preschool aged children. There is also a center that houses an after school program during the school year.


    There are no on-base schools. Schooling is provided by Altus Public Schools and Navajo Public Schools.

    Reach out to the Altus AFB School Liason by calling 580-481-6761.

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