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Default Air Force Logo Picking up the pieces: Commander’s role in sexual assault response
Editor's note: In this series on reporting a sexual assault we wanted to look at each step in the process for a "typical" sexual assault case on an Air Force installation. Last week we focused on the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator's role. This week we'll focus on the commander's role. Next week, we'll look at law enforcement. The final week,
0 4/13
2012
Default Air Force Logo Be a life saver for your baby
Babies -- they're cute, they're innocent, they're sweet... When parents stand watching their new baby sleeping, it creates a memory that lasts a lifetime. No one wants to think about the possibility of ever standing over their baby's casket, but that could become a grim reality unless parents take precautions to ensure their infant sleeps safely.
0 4/13
2012
Default Air Force Logo Picking up the pieces: First step in reporting sexual assault should be contacting the SARC
Editor's note: In this series on reporting a sexual assault we wanted to look at each step in the process for a "typical" sexual assault case on an Air Force installation. The first week we'll focus on the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator's role. The second week, we'll focus on the commander's role. The third week, we'll look at law enforcement.
0 4/05
2012
Betty Cunningham tends to the bluebirds at Tinker Golf Course every week, checking on the mothers and their eggs. She records how many eggs are laid and how many are hatched and sends a report to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. She and her late husband, Dean, have fledged more than 800 bluebirds since the inception of the Nest Box Trail project in 1989. (Air Force photos by Kimberly Woodruff) Life begins at Tinker Golf Course
Thanks to the dedication of a Tinker couple, the Tinker Golf Course is part of the Nest Box Trail project with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. For more than 20 years, Betty Cunningham -- along with her late husband, Dean -- has taken care of the bluebirds at Tinker and has reported her findings to the Wildlife Department. Mr.
0 4/05
2012
Ron Simon looks at a KC-135 refueling boom side skin pressed into shape on a 300-ton stretch draw press in the Sheet Metal Manufacturing Shop located in Bldg. 9001.  The shop of approximately 35 mechanics and its large machines moved from Bldg. 3001 last year. (Air Force photos by Margo Wright) Masters of Metal: 551st mechanics mold sheets of steel
The 551st Commodities Maintenance Squadron sheet metal manufacturing shop makes myriad parts for aircraft undergoing maintenance at Tinker Air Force Base.The B-52 "is our biggest customer, from cowlings to doors and other fuselage parts," said David Mason, Production Chief, Sheet Metal Manufacturing. "Our workload is diverse," he said.The shop
0 3/30
2012
Wife of Tinker’s Command Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Vegas, Lori Johnson-Vegas strives to make their on-base home a warm, inviting place to host Airmen and their families.  Butterflies and quotes on laughter and faith fill the house and help remind family and visitors of the importance of staying strong through adversity, giving back to others and greeting every day positively.  (Air Force photo by Margo Wright)
Women’s History Month: Lori Johnson-Vegas makes giving back her life mission
Every time Lori Johnson-Vegas leaves her home on Brown Drive, the message is clear -- "Give yourself back to the world each day." The quote is painted above the door in her foyer and the woman known as the "Air Force Mommy" obliges, wearing an infectious smile and her signature butterfly jewelry. Ms. Johnson-Vegas, a Tinker resident since 2010 and
0 3/30
2012
Default Air Force Logo Col. Charles Sherwin Jr. retires after 25 years
Having spent half of his life in military service, "It's time to retire," said Col. Charles B. Sherwin Jr., chief, System Program Manager, B-1 Sustainment Division, Aerospace Sustainment Directorate, Tinker AFB.The colonel will be honored at a retirement ceremony scheduled for 10:10 a.m. today in the Tinker Chapel, preceded by a chapel service at 9
0 3/30
2012
Judith Freer, 76th Maintenance Support Squadron senior materials engineering technician, reviews data fed from the nearby MIRA X scanning electron microscope. The 125 cubic-foot chamber makes it the largest SEM in the world and allows parts to be scanned whole instead of cutting them up, saving thousands of dollars when a new part is found to be service-able and can meet Tinker’s strict requirements. This non-destructive approach saves money on parts and helped pay for the $2.2 million microscope within three years.(Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Largest-known scanning electron microscope proves big asset to Tinker
Four-and-a-half years ago, the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center purchased the largest-known scanning electron microscope in the world. It had been estimated the $2.2-million Ellcie, formerly Visitec, Microtechnik GmbH Mira-X large-chamber scanning electron microscope would save the Air Force approximately $1 million per year. To date, it has
0 3/27
2012
Dr. Lola King, left, Tinker’s 72nd Force Support Squadron Education officer, reviews Tinker Education Office brochures with education specialist Chris Kern-Garcia.  Dr. King has a self-proclaimed passion for education and finds she always wants to counsel people on and off base to continue learning. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Women's History Month: Education leads the way to 42-year career for Tinker icon
"The only difference between a stumbling block and stepping stone is how you use it," said Dr. Lola King, 72nd Force Support Squadron Education officer.Dr. King has faced plenty of stumbling blocks and stepping stones along her journey. But, she said they are what led her to where she is today -- the holder of bachelor's and master's degrees, a
0 3/27
2012
After climbing 30 feet off the ground during a windy day on the aircraft ramp, 5-foot 4-inch tall Tech. Sgt. Lissette Malek tucks herself inside a 30-foot-wide E-3 Sentry rotodome and sets to work ensuring no safety concerns after any rotodome radar maintenance is done. The seven-level inspector, second only to a chief master sergeant nine-level, is a radar technician in the 552nd Maintenance Squadron.  Each AWACS jet is her concern and she’ll go from dome to lower lobe areas to ensure a safe flight. (Air Force photos by Margo Wright) Women's History Month:Maintainers take pride in their career field
"See us as 'maintainers', not 'women maintainers' or 'men maintainers,'" said Tech. Sgt. Lissette Malek, 552nd Maintenance Squadron Airborne Surveillance Radar Maintenance technician, who is also a wife, mother and student pursing a bachelor's degree. She's been in the maintenance career field for 13 years. "All maintainers have the same challenges
0 3/27
2012
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