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Default Air Force Logo Tinker volunteer remembers historic flights over Berlin
At almost 85 years old, Charlie Blackwell, former cargo flight engineer, can readily recall what his strangest payload was. The year was 1948. As the tensions between the Allies and the Soviet Union escalated, the hammer came down on Berlin. In early summer of that year the Berlin Blockade began, as the Soviets tried to seize ownership of the
0 9/09
2010
Air Force recruiter Staff Sgt. Timothy Smith Jr. talks with Miles Montoya in the 349th Recruiting Squadron’s Norman office. Mr. Montoya is in the Delayed Entry Program and hopes to be a SERE specialist or combat controller, demanding careers with tough entry requirements. Sergeant Smith is helping him toward that goal and works with him several times a month, checking on his physical fitness progress, encouraging and guiding him. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Recruiting squadron builds Air Force ranks with a new kind of recruit
Amassing an enormous area-of-responsibility, they call themselves bounty hunters, saying, "We'll find them anywhere." But, the members of the 349th Recruiting Squadron are far more than that. They are responsible for signing up the best and brightest individuals to join the Air Force, while facing challenges many military members will never
0 9/09
2010
David Weiss packs a 28-foot long B-1B spare personnel parachute.  Chutes are inspected and repacked every four months in the Fabric and Life Support Unit. “We hope what we do is the biggest waste of time,” says unit chief Ann Jones. “Our goal is for our gear to never be used. But if they need it, it’s done right.” (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Nothing sew-sew about this shop
The sewing machine dances a dervish in the seamstresses' capable hands. It's mid-afternoon and the building is mostly vacated, but around the work station of Sarah Jarel, there's a whir of kinetics. She moves with a purpose at her work station in the 552nd Commodities Maintenance Squadron, or as it's more commonly known, the parachute shop in Bldg.
0 9/09
2010
Default Air Force Logo Fair brings families, help together
Tom and Patty McManus realized something was different when their son was in the second grade. They'd noticed several signs in the months leading up to the diagnosis, but as their son Chris reached 7 years old, they learned he had Asperger's -- a type of high-functioning Autism."We had a conference with (Chris' teacher) and said 'we can't keep
0 9/09
2010
A King vertical turret lathe was installed in the industrial area of Bldg. 3001 in 1966. Work leader Kevin Greeson of the 548th Propulsion Maintenance Squadron, looks at the machine, one of several from the 60s and earlier that still work for the Air Force, often beside newer, highly computerized machines. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Old faithful: Some of Tinker’s industrial machinery has been in service for more than 50 years
While it's common knowledge that Tinker's history dates back to the 1940s, few people know the history of its machinery. Several real property equipment pieces are original and still functioning. Within Bldg. 3001, there are active machines which have been on base since the 1950s.The machines have not only stood the test of time, but continue to
0 8/27
2010
Rocky Dunham shows a picture of his son, Joey, who committed suicide more than two years ago. Since then, the tools and parts attendant in the 552nd Commodities Maintenance Squadron regularly speaks in the community about suicide prevention in the hope of sparing others from going through the pain of losing a loved one. (Air Force photo by John Stuart) Tinker civilian vows to help others after son’s suicide
There's not a day that goes by in which Rocky Dunham doesn't think about his deceased son. It's been more than two years since Joey, Mr. Dunham's youngest son, committed suicide on a spring day in May 2008. And yet, the grief that resonated in the hearts of Mr. Dunham and his wife, Linda, is still a tangible commodity today. If you talk for even a
0 8/27
2010
Coach Tracey Walker offers some pointers to one of his defensive linemen Aug. 21 during a scrimmage in Oklahoma City. The Gerrity Fitness and Sports center recreation assistant has been coaching sports for 17 years and uses sports as a way to build character among his players. (Air Force photo by John Stuart) Tinker man uses skills to mentor local youth on, off the field
When players complete their time on Tracey Walker's team, above all he wants them to have learned one thing. "I want them to leave (the team) knowing they can achieve," Walker says. It's a simple goal, but one that he works toward tirelessly. Walker thrives on the potential of others. And the Gerrity Fitness and Sports Center recreation assistant
0 8/27
2010
Daily Mass offers base Catholics a mid-day spiritual uplift.  Leading the service Aug. 10, Father Manuel Magallanes wears a red vestment, signifying martyrs, during the Feast of St. Lawrence.  Father Magallanes is from St. Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee and supports the Tinker Base Chapel Catholics by sharing service work with other Catholic chaplains. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Tinker’s chaplains: helping servicemembers with grace
Chaplains are an integral part of Team Tinker. But, while they are frequently seen delivering an invocation before a luncheon or change of command ceremony, their day-to-day responsibilities are a mystery to much of the Tinker community.Many don't know there are only six active-duty chaplains, one part-time chaplain candidate and four active-duty
0 8/13
2010
David Slack leads a weekly meeting of engineers as they discuss the latest changes in how telephone service will be provided.  The 38th Cyberspace Engineering Group located at Tinker has a broad reach of customers, serving every major command with thousands of customers who unknowingly rely on them for seamless communications every day. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) 38th Cyberspace Engineering Group carving out a niche in modern military communication
If you've ever picked up an Air Force phone or touched a computer connected to an Air Force network, you have the 38th Cyberspace Engineering Group to thank. There are few units in today's military that have the ability to say they directly help every single Airman in the entire Air Force -- approximately 750,000 individuals -- but the 38th CEG
0 8/06
2010
Jim Gordon and Sweetie Scholz file filled prescriptions in the 72nd Medical Group’s Pharmacy drive-through area. Retired from a military and civil service Air Force career, Mr. Gordon says working with people has made his four years of volunteering rewarding. Ms. Scholz has volunteered in several places here for approximately 20 years and she agrees with Mr. Gordon. “I feel good when I leave,” she said. “If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be here.” (Air Force photos by Margo Wright) Volunteers fill vital role on base, more needed to help base mission
They often fly under the radar but without them, the mission at Tinker would be impossible. They regularly operate with little notoriety and perform their tasks with unheralded devotion -- fully aware that their greatest accomplishments are those done for others. Their presence saves the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars and these
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2010
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