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Elton Nguyen, left, and Thien Le ready the PCU fitting before placing it on the rudder. The rudder is suspended in a brace while the work is performed. Cranes, suspended from overhead beams, and dollies move the rudders from one work station to the next. Both Mr. Nguyen and Mr. Le work in the 76th Commodities Maintenance Group. (Air Force photo by Micah Garbarino) A Tail Tale: Shop stays busy repairing rudders
Each year, approximately one-fifth of the KC-135 Stratotankers still in service with the Air Mobility Command have their rudders repaired at Tinker.According to Unit Chief Fernando Esquivel of the 551st Commodities Maintenance Squadron, his shop in Bldg. 9001 repairs about 80 rudders from KC-135 Stratotankers and E-3 Sentrys each year. Most of the
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2013
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Hank Dougherty, center, was reunited recently with this KC-135 Stratotanker, which he helped deliver to the Air Force 54 years ago shortly after it came off the assembly line. Accompanying their father for the occasion were sons Darrell Dougherty, left, and Keith Dougherty, right, of the 72nd Logistics Readiness Squadron. The tanker, #58-0016, was at Tinker for programmed depot maintenance. (Courtesy photo) One of a kind love affair: Former crew chief reunited with his favorite aircraft
A lot of guys have fond memories of a particular car they once owned. A retired Air Force crew chief who has a son working at Tinker has had a 54-year love affair with one particular aircraft.Retired Chief Master Sgt. Henry B. "Hank" Dougherty recently drove from his home in Montgomery, Ala., to Tinker for a reunion with his "baby" -- a KC-135
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2013
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) Stay connected with social media without sacrificing career
Engaging in social media can be a positive experience that entertains, keeps people connected and allows opinions to be expressed on a wide variety of topics.In some cases though, social media can ruin personal reputations or careers, and create an open window for criminals to access personal information. According to the Air Force's top social
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2013
John Wilmore, a 548th PMXS electroplater, removes wax dripping from the bottom of an engine RC drive. Engine parts in for plating are dunked in huge vats of beeswax to protect them during the plating process. (Air Force photo by Micah Garbarino)
It’s A Bling Thing: Tinker has largest electroplating shop in DOD
Almost every part on a U.S. Air Force jet aircraft engine has a thin coat of plating or plasma spray on it, and that process is aperformed in Bldg. 3001 at what is billed as the largest electroplating shop in the Department of Defense.According to John Foster, Special Processes Flight Chief in the 548th Propulsion Maintenance Squadron,
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2013
Default Air Force Logo 101 Days of Summer: Think safety when it comes to water sports
Sports and recreational activities account for the largest number of reported off-duty Class C injuries which resulted in lost duty time. Although basketball remains the sport resulting in the majority of injuries; summer activities bring risks in many other sports. This article focuses on water sports: boating, swimming or jet skiing. As in
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2013
Before they discovered the nutrition class at Tinker, the Haggers were each trying to lose weight on their own. He went to the gym but wasn’t eating right, while she was eating right but not exercising. (Courtesy photo) Tinker nutrition class helps couple reboot healthy lifestyle
Prometheus and Stacy Hagger have found the secret to success. Together, the married couple has lost 63 pounds since March. They'll be the first to admit success is not a secret -- it's a matter of perseverance, good habits and a positive attitude; plus a little bit of cheesecake, in moderation."It's never too late to start and make a change in your
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2013
Default Air Force Logo Resources available to victims of domestic violence
As an effort to enhance mission intervention readiness, the Family Advocacy Program's Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate is providing weekly group meetings for victims of domestic violence. Victim Support Groups are gender specific and are available weekly on Thursdays starting today for females from 1 to 2 p.m. and males from 3 to 4 p.m. The groups
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2013
Default Air Force Logo 101 Critical Days of Summer: Built for speed
Speeding is only one problem when it comes to private motor vehicle-related mishaps. When you take a look at the top six causes, you'll see that the greatest threat to drivers is the drivers themselves. These are the top six (in order), identified by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration: driver distraction, driver fatigue,
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2013
Default Air Force Logo Warning signs of heat stroke, exhaustion
Heat StrokeHeat stroke is the most serious and life-threatening heat-related illness. In certain circumstances, your body can build up too much heat, your temperature may rise to life-threatening levels, and you can become delirious or lose consciousness. If you do not rid your body of excess heat fast enough, it "cooks" the brain and other vital
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2013
Default Air Force Logo Beat the HEAT:How are work/rest cycles calculated?
72nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Bioenvironmental Engineering FlightWith record high temperatures already here, Tinker personnel may be experiencing a little more stress in the way of "heat stress." With prevention, the harmful effects of heat can be avoided. There are many environmental factors that contribute to heat stress, including ambient
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