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TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.) Staff Sgt. Jamie Sherman, 752nd Communications Squadron, inspects a mission software kit, which drives the E-3 computer and radar system. Squadron Airmen build and issue kits to AWACS aircrews for use during missions, then store and save the information recorded for future viewing.  (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Fowler) Unique group with an important mission: Exploring the 552nd Communications Group and its part in the AWACS mission
When an E-3 Sentry conducts its missions at home and around the world, every Airman in the wing has a part in the mission's success.   For many people, the implied 552nd Communications Group's mission revolves around office computers, the telephone lines and network communications -- but that is only a very small part of the 552nd CG mission.   A
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2007
From left, Alan Van Bruggen, counselor Andie Hart, Forest Lasiter, Michael Davis and Dillan Rackley prepare to raise the flag over Camp Classen. (Photos courtesy of Tinker Youth Center) Tinker youth attend Operation Purple Camp
As the sun rises over YMCA Camp Classen in Davis, Okla. recently, 75 eager youth ages 10 to 15 are ready to begin their first day of a week-long camping adventure.   Operation Purple Camp Oklahoma is hosted by the Tinker Youth Center. The campers from Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma are military youth whose parent or family member
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Pitcher Mark Upchurch, 552nd Maintenance Squadron, delivers a pitch in the first inning during the 2007 base championship against the 34th Combat Communications Squadron Aug. 17. The 552nd MXS won the game 19-9. (Air Force photo by John E. Banks) 552nd CMS crowned 2007 Softball Champions
A one-game match between the small and large squadron champions Aug. 17 determined the kings of the softball diamond.   This small squadron champion 552nd Maintenance Squadron Bulldogs came out victorious, defeating the 34th Combat Communications Squadron, the large squadron champion, 19-9 at the Tinker Sports Complex.   The game got off to a
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2007
When looking for ways to build his strength, Mike Hadland found nail bending. Three years after he first started bending nails, Hadland has climbed the international rankings on various types of grip bending. (Courtesy photo) Hadland has grip on growing sport
In most aspects, many people who retire after 20 years of active duty settle down to a more quiet life. "Most," however, is not something that describes Mike Hadland.   Throughout his life, Hadland, a retired master sergeant who now works in the 564th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, has always been interested in sports and strength building. Three
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2007
James Schmidt, American Federation of Government Employees Local 916 president, left, and John Over, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center executive director, discuss new ideas for continuing successful communication during a break in recent leadership training held off base Monday and Tuesday.  Kathy Kelley was one of two instructors who led union and Tinker attendees through lessons that included focused listening, respectful resolution and conflict management. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) OC-ALC Partnership Council hosts training seminar
Twenty Tinker and union officials attended a two-day Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center Partnership Council training seminar Monday and Tuesday at Rose State College.   Held at the Professional Training and Education Center, a two-woman team from Colorado-based Introspect International taught students the mindset of the Leadership program. The
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2007
Airmen strain to move inches through mud, perfecting low- and high-crawl techniques during week one of the Combat Readiness School at Tinker AFB, Okla.  Instructors drill into students the motto of “no one left behind” and watch the concept take hold as Airmen enter the pit as individuals, but struggle to the end as a team, encouraging and pulling each other to the finish. Fire team members from left are; Staff Sgt. Rich Brumbaugh, 349th Communications Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif; Staff Sgt. Christopher Kelley, 33rd Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker; Senior Airman Raid Alawar, 349th CS; and Airman Micheal Garner, 31st CCS, Tinker. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright)   'The easiest day was yesterday': Combat Readiness School under way at Glenwood
In the lush green fields of Glenwood Training Area, just north of Tinker Air Force Base, 40 Airmen learn combat skills for upcoming deployments and operations.    The Combat Readiness School, hosted by the 3rd Combat Communications Group, is three weeks of long, physically and mentally strenuous days, which began Aug. 6. Held in the most realistic
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2007
Col. Michael Hirka, 327th Aircraft Sustainment Group commander, signs the certificate certifying Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuel blends for use in the B-52H Stratofortress as Jerold Smith, chief engineer with the 327th ASG, reads the official document. Air Force photo Officials say synthetic fuel to be used in B-52H fleet
Air Force officials made a significant announcement Aug. 8.    Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne publicized the Air Force's certification to use synthetic fuel in the B-52H fleet.   Mr. Wynne's declaration certifies the synthetic fuel is mixed with Jet Propellant 8 fuel at a ratio of no more than 50 percent.   The announcement came after
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Reynolds named director of 448th CSW
Scott Reynolds, a member of the Senior Executive Service, embraced his continuing journey in the Air Force having recently assumed the position of director for the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center's 448th Combat Sustainment Wing.    Having a father who served as a pilot and logistician in the Air Force, Mr. Reynolds said his goal was, and still
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2007
Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, the 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern Commander, goes on-line via his new commander’s web forum to interact with 12th Air Force and AFSOUTH  Airmen. The general continues to make communication with Airmen a priority, and the launching of his new forum takes it to another level.
12th AF commander launces Web forum
Have you ever had a question or concern that you wanted to communicate directly to one of your senior leaders? Well here is your chance.    Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, the 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern Commander, launched his new commander's web forum Friday designed to allow him direct, two-way communication with 12th Air Force and AFSOUTH
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2007
Teri Gary, Defense Supply Center Richmond's transformation liaison officer, and Shawn Tellers, Team Battelle supply chain management leader, review the F100 Engine Support Cell detailed cell design progress board to ensure supply chain management processes have been incorporated. Streamlined supply chain management ensures parts are located closer to the mechanic and are always available when needed. (Air Force photo by Paul Chalifoux)
Transformation Corner: DLA: an intregal partner in OC-ALC transformation effort
While visiting Tinker Air Force Base in 2004, Rear Adm. Michael J. Lyden, then Aviation Center commander for the Defense Logistics Agency, recognized a tremendous opportunity for DLA to contribute to the 76th Maintenance Wing's Transformation Program.    DLA supplies the nation's military services and several civilian agencies with the critical
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