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Altus AFB
Fast Facts

Fast Facts

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander, leaves the fightline after his flight on a C-17 at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, July 17, 2018. Doherty visited Altus AFB with Chief Master Sgt. David Brown, 19th Air Force command chief, to gain a better understanding of the base mission and observe the preparations being made for the arrival of the KC-46A Pegasus.


Location: Altus, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Altus AFB is in the forefront of aviation training. The City of Altus is one of Oklahoma’s fastest-growing, most prosperous and progressive cities. For more of Altus’ history visit the installation’s homepage.

Cost of Living: Below the national average about 78.9% of the national average.

Base Operator: 580-482-8100 or DSN 312-866-1110.

Population: Military 2,048 with additional family members and retirees.

Area Population: 22,000 in Altus OK.

Child Care: The Altus Air Force Base CDC is a state of the art facility which includes gross motor room, one year old, two year old and toddler playgrounds with poured in place fall zones. The Altus Air Force Base CDC offers hourly care, full-time day care and an Enrichment Program. Altus CDC is available for children from birth to 4 years of age.

Schools: Altus has a high school (9th-12th), a junior high (7th-8th), an intermediate school (5th-6th) and five elementary schools (K-4th). All schools are on the nine week schedule. For more information 580-481-6761.

Youth Services: The Altus AFB Youth Center includes bowling, lock-ins, teen dances, ping-pong, pool, and contests, summer pool parties, numerous trips and tours to points of interest, such as Six Flags or sporting events, monthly skills classes, such as karate, gymnastics, hands-on science, arts and crafts, and golf clinics in the summer.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: Airman and Family Readiness Center at 580 481-6761.

Housing: The base has six hundred and sixty six modern brick homes, each equipped with central heat and air, garbage disposals, dishwashers, stove, refrigerator and each unit has washer/dryer connections. Advance application for base housing can be obtained through the housing office. Military personnel with accompanying dependents are eligible to apply for housing on Altus AFB.

All single members E1-E4s who reside in the dormitory may request to be placed on a waiting list for single rate Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). The waiting list is by rank and date of rank and is based on dorm occupancy rate of 90% or better. Currently dorm capacity is one per room.

Employment: Altus OK unemployment rate 5.6%. Median Household Income range $36,512.

Base Services:

Medical Services: The 97th Medical Group in Bldg 46 provides basic outpatient care for active duty and retired members and their families. The Dental Clinic provides a full line of general dentistry services for active duty military members. The closest Hospital is Jackson County Hospital, 580-481-2350. Emergency medical transport is provided by Jackson County EMS (Call 911). Altus AFB Fire Department vehicles are dispatched to all emergency calls and do carry certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs) as first responders

Special Messages: Altus has very limited Family Child Care (FCC) homes.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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