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Electronics technician Janae Starkey re-assembles a B-1 antenna after testing in Tinker's B-1 Antenna Shop. The shop is the only one in the Air Force working on the bomber's antenna repair. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) One of a kind: B-1B Antenna Shop only one in the Air Force; sustains entire B-1B fleet
Nearly 20 years after the B-1B Antenna/Radar shop first opened, it remains the only one in the Air Force. That means every B-1B antenna needing repair must come through Tinker Air Force Base.    Built by Westinghouse, the B-1B antenna is affixed to the nose of the aircraft and is valued at roughly $4.5 million. The antenna allows the aircraft to
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2007
Col. Michael Leahy 448th CSW vice director retires
Col. Michael Leahy will soon cross out of the blue.    After a 27-year career, which brought him to Tinker Air Force Base for 11 months, the 448th Combat Sustainment Wing vice director will retire July 27.    "The Air Force gave me a series of tremendous opportunities and I would not trade any of them, but I've reached a point where I can better
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2007
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Attention all marathoners and half-marathoners: If you've put off early registration for the 11th annual U.S. Air Force Marathon, Sept. 15, your time for procrastinating is running out!    If you haven't logged onto www.usafmarathon.com and registered for your race by the time the clock strikes midnight Eastern Standard Time on July 31, your
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2007
Jack McSwain, 548th Propulsion Maintenance Squadron welding supervisor, explains the oil tube welding process to Turkish welding engineer Burcu Okur during a visit July 9 and 10. Looking on are, from left, Darren Raines, 548th PMXS welder; Larry Waite, Turkish program manager with the 748th Combat Sustainment Group; and Lt. Col. Tolga Yidiz, Turkish air force liaison. (Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Eric Scott)

Tinker can, our allies know it
During a mission over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Feedom, an aircraft encountered an engine problem. A subsequent investigation determined the cause of the problem to be a faulty oil supply tube on the turbine frame of the engine.    This defect was declared to be a safety of flight issue, prompting immediate depot attention.   
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2007
Airman 1st Class Chris Reyburn and Airman Christian Sousa, 552nd Air Maintenance Squadron, read over a step-by-step sign while going through the chemical decontamination line during the ATSO Rodeo challenge. (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lorraine Amaro)

 


ATSO Rodeo: Rounding up the 552nd ACW, 72nd ABW
Real-world taskings this year have taken the place of Operational Readiness Exercise "fun and games" as the 552nd Air Control Wing deployed its Airmen to support Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.    Two exercises were cancelled since the deployment so this time around the 552nd ACW Inspector General office decided to take a new approach known
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2007
Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Joy and Senior Airman Katie Romo, both 72nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technicians, set up a mosquito trap. The trap works by emitting carbon dioxide, which attract the mosquito, then a fan sucks the mosquito into the trap. (Air Force photo by Kandis West) Wet weather cozy for mosquitoes
The record-breaking number of consecutive days of rain in June has caused a mosquito infested July.    "Mosquito populations have increased and tripled or even quadrupled in some areas of Oklahoma," said Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Joy, noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Community Health, 72nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron.    Flooding and standing rain
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2007
Tinker personnel watch emergency responders as they evacuate Bldg. 1 during a recent exercise. (Air Force photo by Dave Faytinger) Are you ready? Being prepared before, during and after an emergency saves lives
(Editor's note: For the past three weeks, the Tinker Take Off has embarked on a series of articles to help educate the Tinker community on what to do and where to go in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive attack. The following article is the last in a four-part series on Readiness and contains information to help
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2007
Boards with detailed tracking systems are becoming common as shops streamline processes throughout Bldg. 3001. Inlet Fan Disk Cell personnel discuss future work during a meeting. From left are: Edwin Williams, a lead F100-229 workload manager; Jeannie Tidwell; Terry Jennings, cell leader; Steve Kennedy; Debbie Medina; and Stanley Gibson (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Champions of a cell transformation
When asked, what would you tell someone who is uncertain about the changes coming as part of the 76th Maintenance Wing transformation efforts? Terry Jennings, the F100 Inlet Fan Disk Cell leader responds, "Come on down and talk to any of the folks who work in the F100 Inlet Fan Disk Cell and they will tell and show you the improvements and
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2007
After a 35-year Air Force career, Col. Dean Jackson retired July 11 at Tinker. Tinker Honor Guard member Airman 1st Class Stephanie Harrison dresses the flag during a folding ceremony for Col. Jackson, who served at Tinker as the 72nd Mission Support Group commander. (Air Force photo by Kelly Sharp) Col. Jackson hangs up his blues
It has been said, parting is such sweet sorrow.    At a retirement ceremony July 11 for Col. Dean Jackson, the 72nd Mission Support Group's former commander, saying goodbye proved to be heartfelt and poignant. Some 200 Airmen and civilians attended the event at the Tinker Club ballroom.    "Col. Dean Jackson lived and exemplified integrity, service
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2007
Col. Judy Kautz Deputy Director of Propulsion at OC-ALC retires
Col. Judy Kautz has spent the past 30 years blazing a trail for women in the Air Force. At 2 p.m. on July 20, she will retire.    Yet, a retirement ceremony will not keep this woman from bleeding Air Force blue nor will it dissuade her from helping other women open the doors to opportunity.    "I have focused on trying to make it easier for those
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2007
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