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Julie Franklin, Tinker’s 72nd Force Support Squadron school liaison officer, speaks at the Airman & Family Readiness Center recently about the resources available to military and government civilian personnel needing information through her role as the school liaison officer. She is the point of contact for families moving into or off of Tinker Air Force Base who want to make the best possible choice in education for their children. (Air Force photo by John Parker) Assisting Tinker parents with education matters
Active duty Airmen who are also parents at Tinker Air Force Base share a responsibility that the Air Force takes as seriously as they do: ensuring the best education possible for their combined total of approximately 2,000 children who attend area K-12 schools.That number doesn’t include the children of thousands of civilian government employees on
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Default Air Force Logo WINK helps kids in military moves
If you’re a military family moving to Tinker Air Force Base or saying goodbye for a new adventure elsewhere, it’s a good idea to think about WINK for your kids. The Tinker Youth Center’s Welcoming In New Kids program helps to ease the transition for children 6 to 18 years old by pairing them with a pen pal/email buddy of or around their age. With
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Mr. Jeffrey C. Allen, Executive Director, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Material Command, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma receives the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., July 14, 2017.  The award is limited each year to only 1 percent of the Air Force’s senior executives and only 5 percent of SES employees may receive the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark) Senior Air Force civilians presented Presidential Rank Awards
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson recognized the career achievements of 12 senior civilians during the 2016 Presidential Rank Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon July 14, 2017.
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From left, Lt. Col Heather Fleishauer, Commander 752nd Operations Support Squadron, 2nd Lt. Joseph Alcorn, 116th Air Control Squadron, Portland, Ore., Capt. Michael Brode and Capt. Ryan Murphy, enroute to 726th ACS, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, Capt. Cecilia Nguyen, 607th ACS, Luke AFB, Ariz., Capt. Nicolas Kuczera, enroute to the 607 ACS (auditing the course). The 752nd OSS celebrates the graduation of class 17-02 who have successfully completed two months of rigorous training,  finishing 42 hours of classroom academics and completing 104 hours of hands-on positional training. During their training, students were taught to employ the latest Tactical Air Operations Module AN/TYQ-23A. They are prepared for the challenging responsibilities as control and reporting center air battle managers.
Celebrating ABM grqduates
From left, Lt. Col Heather Fleishauer, Commander 752nd Operations Support Squadron, 2nd Lt. Joseph Alcorn, 116th Air Control Squadron, Portland, Ore., Capt. Michael Brode and Capt. Ryan Murphy, enroute to 726th ACS, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, Capt. Cecilia Nguyen, 607th ACS, Luke AFB, Ariz., Capt. Nicolas Kuczera, enroute to the 607 ACS (auditing
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Col. Geoffrey Weiss assumed command of the 552nd Air Control Wing from outgoing commander Col. David Gaedecke during a change of command ceremony June 30 in Bldg. 230. Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly, commander of the 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command and commander of Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., presided over the ceremony. Col. Weiss will be responsible for Air Combat Command's fleet of E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft and ground-based Control and Reporting Centers (CRC) supporting combatant commanders worldwide. He will lead over 4,000 men and women at four Air Force bases and will manage resources that include 31 E-e AWACS aircraft and two CRC's valued at $15.6 billion. Col. Weiss takes command of the 552nd ACW
Col. David Gaedecke relinquished command of the 552nd Air Control Wing to Col. Geoffrey Weiss in a change of command ceremony held in Hangar 230, June 30. Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly, Commander, Twelfth Air Force and Commander Air Forces Southern, was the presiding officer. General Kelly had high praise for community leaders, elected officials and Team
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TSgt. Forrest Vosler. (U.S. Air Force photo) AIR FORCE HISTORY: Enlisted MOH recipient: “Woody” Vosler
Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series on the Medal of Honor recipient.Forrest Lee “Woody” Vosler was just 18 years old working as a drill press operator for the Rochester Products Division of General Motors on the day that lives in infamy. Over the next few months, older friends were drafted, but only young men over the age of 21
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An F-4D Phantom II assigned to the 507th Tactical Fighter Wing, Air Force Reserves at Tinker, shown on the flight line during a training deployment during the 1980s. This jet wears a Vietnam-era MiG-kill marking in the form of a red and yellow star on the intake splitter-plate. (Courtesy photo by Don Jay) TINKER HISTORY: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is the most significant fighter aircraft of the 20th Century. First flown on May 27, 1958, the Phantom II entered service with the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. The Air Force’s initial version was the F-4C which first flew in 1963. For the most part, this article will focus on the versions operated by the
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Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Command Chief Master Sgt. Alex del Valle, answers a question during a luncheon with Noncommissioned Officers from the 552nd Air Control Wing, June 29. Chief del Valle toured the Wing and attended the Wing change of command ceremony. (Air Force photo by Ron Mullan) 12th AF Command Chief Master Sgt. visits the 552nd ACW
Chief Master Sgt. Alex del Valle, Twelfth Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt., visited Tinker last week to attend the 552nd Air Control Wing change of command ceremony. The Chief took the opportunity to visit with Noncommissioned and Senior Noncommissioned Officers of the Wing. In addition, he took time to answer some questions for the Tinker Take
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Col. Dominic Setka, 552nd Air Control Group commander, pins the command badge on Lt. Col. Kelly Shelton, 552nd Air Control Networks Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony June 27. Holding the unit guidon is Master Sgt. Benjamin Jetland, 552nd ACNS first sergeant. (Air Force photo by Ron Mullan) 552nd Air Control Group welcomes Lt. Col. Kelly Shelton
Col. Dominic Setka, 552nd Air Control Group commander, pins the command badge on Lt. Col. Kelly Shelton, 552nd Air Control Networks Squadron commander, during a change of command ceremony June 27. Holding the unit guidon is Master Sgt. Benjamin Jetland, 552nd ACNS first sergeant. (Air Force photo by Ron Mullan)
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Col. James Petrick assumed command of the 76th Commodities Maintenance Group from outgoing commander Col. Robert Jackson II during a change of command ceremony June 21. Col. Petrick will be responsible for 1,800 maintenance professionals and 21 major production facilities, providing manufacture, repair, overhaul and test of over 75,000 aircraft and missile components annually. 76th CMXG gets new commander
The 76th Commodities Maintenance Group welcomed Col. James Petrick as their new commander in a formal ceremony June 22, relieving duties from Col. Robert Jackson II.Petrick joins the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex directly from serving as commander of the 673rd Logistics Readiness Group. As a career logistics officer with outstanding
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