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Lt. Col. Kirk Hansen, right, incoming commander of the 552nd Training Squadron accepts the unit guidon from Col. Richard Land III, 552nd Operations Group commander, during a change of command ceremony July 12, in Dock 2 of Hangar 230. Waiting to receive the guidon is Master Sgt. Antonio Quinonez, 552nd TRS first sergeant. 552nd Training Squadron changes command
Lt. Col. Kirk Hansen, right, incoming commander of the 552nd Training Squadron accepts the unit guidon from Col. Richard Land III, 552nd Operations Group commander, during a change of command ceremony July 12, in Dock 2 of Hangar 230. Waiting to receive the guidon is Master Sgt. Antonio Quinonez, 552nd TRS first sergeant.
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Senior Airman Colt, left, and his mother Maj. Donna, right, reunite at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, July 20, 2017, after spending two years apart. Donna decided to surprise her son with a brief visit when their deployment windows overlapped. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marjorie A. Bowlden) Family values: Mother and son reunite while deployed
The routine of Senior Airman Colt, currently deployed with the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, recently took a departure from the norm when his mother paid him a surprise visit.
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F-105 midair refueling (Courtesy photo) TINKER HISTORY: Republic F-105 Thunderchief aircraft
The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was a heavy fighter/bomber which was a workhorse of the Vietnam War. The single-engine “Thud,” as it was known, sat on tricycle landing gear with a standard tail configuration and highly-swept wing with mid-fuselage intersection. Dual air-inlets, one on each side of the fuselage, fed the Pratt & Whitney J75 engine on
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Lt. Col. Randall Stevens took command of the 72nd Medical Operations Squadron in a formal change of command ceremony in Heritage Hall June 28. 72nd Medical Group Commander Col. Christopher Grussendorf presided over the cermony in which Lt. Col. Michael Blowers relinquished command and 72MDOS Superintendent Manny Suprai served as the guidon bearer. Col. Stevens will lead 162 military, civilian and contract personnel in Family Health, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Gynecology, Physical Therapy and Mental Health. Col. Stevens will also provide executive management of comprehensive healthcare for more than 59,000 beneficiaries and has oversight authority for an annual budget of $35 million. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) 72nd MDOS gets new commander
Lt. Col. Randall Stevens took command of the 72nd Medical Operations Squadron in a formal change of command ceremony in Heritage Hall June 28. 72nd Medical Group Commander Col. Christopher Grussendorf presided over the cermony in which Lt. Col. Michael Blowers relinquished command and 72MDOS Superintendent Manny Suprai served as the guidon bearer.
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Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base Wing commander, passes the guidon of the 72nd Comptroller Squadron to Maj. Yesun Yoon during a change of command ceremony July 12 at the Tinker Club. As the squadron commander, Major Yoon will be responsible for 194 Comptroller and Wing Staff Agency personnel. As chief financial officer of the 72nd Air Base Wing, she will plan and execute a $307 million operating budget and provide financial customer service to more than 65,000 military, civilians, retirees and Reserve personnel. The squadron certifies over $15 billion annually for the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, 552nd Air Control Wing, Navy Strategic Communication WingONE, 507th Air Refueling Wing and 45 other associate units. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) 72nd Comptroller Squadron welcomes new commander
Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base Wing commander, passes the guidon of the 72nd Comptroller Squadron to Maj. Yesun Yoon during a change of command ceremony July 12 at the Tinker Club. As the squadron commander, Major Yoon will be responsible for 194 Comptroller and Wing Staff Agency personnel. As chief financial officer of the 72nd Air Base Wing, she
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Tech. Sgt. Blake Manuel, a health professions recruiter with the 342nd Recruiting Squadron, speaks with Airman Leadership School Class 17-E June 7. ALS leadership plans for at least four guest speakers to help augment curriculum material, promote resiliency and to help students learn more about career fields and organizations, such as the Air Force Sergeant’s Association and Network 5/6. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) Molding Tinker’s young Airmen for the future
The cadre at Tinker’s Airman Leadership School staff, comprised of four instructors and a commandant, is the force behind the schoolhouse that releases bundles of junior enlisted Airmen with a bevy of leadership tools in tow. As molding young Airmen into strong leaders is critical to the mission of the United States Air Force, the successful
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Airman 1st Class Philip Hendricks plays Taps as one of the duties of the Honor Guard during military funeral ceremonies. Final Salute, a pilot professional development course recently offered to volunteer members of the Tinker Honor Guard, helped enhance the impact the military presents to grieving family members during military funeral ceremonies as well as the impact that feeling of pride can have in the rest of the Guardsman’s life and career. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) Honor Guard embraces Final Salute
Four members of the Honor Guard recently completed a pilot professional development course, which based its content and discussions entirely around a book entitled, “The Final Salute.”Spearheaded by Ch. Capt. Kory Capps, the course walked through an Honor Guard’s role from beginning to end – from the moment a loved one loses their life downrange,
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Airman 1st Class Philip Hendricks and retired Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Terrell issue a salute to the arrival of a deceased service member at a recent military funeral ceremony. Four members of the Tinker Honor Guard recently participated in a pilot professional development course based on the book, “The Final Salute.” Participants were able to candidly discuss how serving in the Honor Guard and honoring those who have served has made a significant impact in their lives and careers. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) Elite Honor Guard sets high standards
The Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard serves at ceremonies and events spanning 38,000 square miles and covering 44 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties.The proceedings can include presenting the colors at baseball games, changes of command and retirements.One job, however, stands above the rest: military funeral honors. They are the main mission of the elite
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Tinker’s Iszard Memorial Pool was named for Chief Master Sgt. Edward J. Iszard, who served as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Social Actions Equal Opportunity and Treatment Office at Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by April McDonald) Tinker History: Iszard Memorial Pool
Editor’s note: As part of Tinker’s year-long 75th Anniversary celebration, the Tinker Take Off will focus on some notable people whose legacy lives on at Tinker.Iszard Memorial Pool was named for Chief Master Sgt. Edward J. Iszard, who served as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Social Actions Equal Opportunity and Treatment Office at
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New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement began July 31, 2017. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Steve Thompson) New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31
Starting July 31, 2017, Airmen undergoing their annual Periodic Health Assessment may notice something new. A Mental Health Assessment will now be part of every annual PHA, to help ensure that Airmen suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues are referred to the necessary care. Mental health issues are a serious problem for U.S. Armed Forces
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