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Lt. Col. Gerard "Killer" Kolaski, air battle manager on an E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control aircraft from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., steps off an E-3 Sentry after completing his final combat mission Jan. 9, 2010, at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia.  Colonel Kolaski was retiring after a 28-year career in the Air Force and has nearly 70 combat missions in the E-3.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) ‘Killer’ mission
It's late-night on Jan. 9 and an E-3 Sentry comes into view to dozens of Airmen gathered on the flightline at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia. After a 13.4-hour mission over the U.S. Central Command theater of operations performing surveillance of enemy forces, the tires of the airborne warning and control aircraft make contact with the
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2010
Long-time Tinker bowler Merle Norman takes a look down the lane at the Tinker Bowling Alley recently. Norman has several 300 games and 800 series to his name and is part of the tight-knit bowling community on base.(Air Force photo by Margo Wright)
Tinker bowlers live life between the gutters
Karl Dooley lines up several feet in front of the foul line and purposefully thinks about nothing. There's cacophony in the background, a veritable din of crashes and unintelligible conversations. But at the foul line there's an invisible bubble of silence, created by sheer force of will. In the bubble there is no time. There is only the open lane.
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2010
Robert Freese, center, tells James Bement the story behind the etchings in his canteen cup. During World War II, Mr. Freese etched the names of all the places he saw during his combat tour. Mr. Bement recently wrote a book from the perspective of the 93-year-old veteran and his wife, Leona, drawing on their wartime correspondence.(Air Force photo by Howdy Stout)
A story untold: Tinker man’s passion for history leads him to write about World War II survivor, battle
Everybody has a story to tell. But James Bement, senior intelligence officer for the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, didn't think he would be the one telling it.Mr. Bement's book, "Baseball, Battle and a Bride (An Okie in World War II)," tells the story of Robert Freese, an Oklahoma City native drafted a month after Pearl Harbor and seeing
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2010
Default Air Force Logo Draftee sent straight into ground assault against Japanese in New Guinea
Bob Freese entered the U.S. Army as a draftee in January 1942, little more than a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor precipitated the U.S. entry into World War II. A well-known amateur ball player, the Oklahoma native reported for duty at Fort Sill near Lawton before being shipped to Camp Roberts, in California.Half-trained, he and other recent
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2010
Heywood Martin and his award-winning model display of a KC-135 undergoing programmed depot maintenance. Mr. Martin works on the full-sized aircraft at Tinker. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Model citizen: Tinker man turns work into play with model aircraft hobby
Heyward "Marty" Martin's days are spent working on aircraft. He does it all day long. And when he gets home, the work continues.On model aircraft, that is."I enjoy it," says Mr. Martin, an aircraft mechanic with the 564th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. "It's relaxing. This is my sanity."Mr. Martin rigs the control cables on the KC-135 tanker
0 1/07
2010
Boxer Will Gilbert hones his technique on a punching bag at the new Tinker All Services Boxing Team workout facilities Jan. 6. The Fitness Center West now houses the team’s new amenities, which include a full-size ring, punching bags and sport-specific training equipment. The elite facility opened Dec. 17 and also includes new cardio and resistance-training equipment available to all Airmen. (Air Force photo by John Stuart) Tinker fighters suit up in new boxing facility
Not everybody got what he wanted for Christmas. But for Coach Lavell Sims and the Tinker All Services Boxing Team, the present they received is just what they hoped for and more. In May 2009, Sims made a special list and has been checking it twice ever since. The purpose of this list? To tell his superiors exactly what equipment the boxing team
0 1/07
2010
Father Manuel Magallanes consecrates the host and wine during the Immaculate Conception Mass celebrated Dec. 8.  The Catholic priest is one of two auxiliary priests who, along with the base chaplains, are part of an active Tinker Base Chapel ministry that strives to meet the spiritual needs of military and civilians on base. In addition to holding Protestant and Catholic services and connecting people of different faiths with community-based worship services, chaplains also regularly visit the Airmen in their work areas and are familiar faces at base events, offering invocations.(Air Force photo by Margo Wright)
Serving the spirit
Parishioners put the finishing touch on the base chapel last week in anticipation of additional services during the Christmas holidays.Like many this holiday season, the chaplains and the chapel staff will be busy. Both Protestant and Catholic services are scheduled, including Midnight Mass and Candlelight Services on Christmas Eve. "The Christmas
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2009
The furniture section of the thrift shop carries anything not clothes related, from kids’ toys and yard tools to furniture, dishes and knick-knacks. The separate clothing area and a sales/consignment area complete the shop, open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and located on Arnold Street between the base theater and the Gerrity Fitness and Sports Center. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Tinker shop provides deals, charity donations
A couple of dollars buys a budding golfer a club and a bag of golf balls. A boy waits impatiently to try on a pair of Spiderman shoes. And a woman carefully cradles a glass bowl in her hands like a sacred treasure. "My mother used to have a sugar bowl just like this," says the cashier, admiringly. Sugar bowls and Spiderman are just a few of the
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2009
Senior Airman Luke Pagan, 72nd Security Forces Squadron, is a pro at finding quiet places, like the base library, to put in some study time as he pursues his doctorate degree. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright ) Airman works toward doctorate
They don't call him Doctor Airman. At least, not yet. "I'm the college kid," says Senior Airman Luke Pagan, a desk sergeant for the 72nd Security Forces Squadron. "That's how they know me around here." Although Airmen with college degrees are not uncommon, an enlisted Airman with a master's degree working toward a doctorate is. Just over 5 percent
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2009
Tech. Sgt. Avri McKnight runs rapid flu tests in a hooded environment that uses forced air to keep airborne particles in the testing environment, protecting the Microbiology technician. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Test by the best
It could be said the 72nd Medical Support Squadron's clinical laboratory is the backbone of the 72nd Medical Group. After all, the laboratory staff enables the medical group to breathe life into the motto, "Best Care Anywhere." Located on the first floor of Bldg. 5801, the lab staff draws blood, collects specimens and processes the samples. The 14
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2009
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