Altus Air Force Base is the home of the 97th Air Mobility Wing Mission, which enables global mobility with its expert training and aerial refueling crews.
The 97th Air Mobility Wing consists of several major units, including the 97th Operations Group, 97th Mission Support Group, 97th Medical Group and 97th Maintenance Directorate.
As one of the five Army Basic Combat Training installations, Fort Sill sees thousands of additional men and women every year. Approximately 1,400 families live on-post. A wide variety of activities are available for families including bowling, fishing and golf.
In 1940, the War Department began scouting for a potential depot location in the central United States. In 1941, Oklahoma City was selected, and the Oklahoma City Air Depot was built.
At the site, Douglas Aircraft produced C-47 Skytrains and A-20 Havocs during World War II. Production stopped in 1945.
In 1948, the base was named after Major General Clarence L. Tinker. During the early 1990s, Tinker AFB assisted in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1992, the Naval Strategic Communications Wing One relocated to Tinker AFB.
On June of 1944, Lt. Col Leon Robert Vance Jr. heroically flew a severely-damaged bomber into British waters after a botched bomb attack on German strongholds in France.
While pinned inside the bloodied cockpit of the plane, Vance miraculously escaped after an explosion blew him away from the sinking wreckage. Despite his injuries, he was able to swim to the shore and was picked up by British rescue personnel. On the way back to the US for additional treatment, Vance, including the plane and all on board, disappeared without a trace. The airbase in his hometown Enid was named Vance AFB in honor of his gallant service to the military.
There was a time when to think of the state of Oklahoma would conjure images of wild herds of cattle, the Dust Bowl, and probably many other images of yesteryear.
For anyone fortunate enough to be in the state for any length of time via PCS or TDY, it’s never a matter of what do do, but what to do first.
In fact, after experiencing some of the fun things to see and do in Oklahoma you will probably look forward to your next assignment in the state to finish the list of things you wanted to do in the first place.
Although the state has long held the public image as a crossroads for cattle drives and the home of such notables as cowboy/native American humorist Will Rogers, today the state is more of a destination versus just place to pass through.
Wherever in the state you go and whatever you call fun, you will find numerous things to see and do. Approach the map with your duty station as the center or work your way from one part of the state to the other, you won’t want to miss a thing.
Things to see and do in the state of Oklahoma range from the natural to the cultural, historical to just plain fun. In fact, there is such a diverse list of attractions many visitors don’t separate them into such categories. After all, why miss anything?
The weather across the state is a consistent humid subtropical, which allows events out of doors practically every day of the year. Natives take full advantage of this to enjoy events that reflect the diverse nature of historical and cultural significance. Whether these involve artistic, floral, fauna, or anything else you choose, you won’t want to miss a thing.