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Default Air Force Logo Canadian air force players are mainstay of Tinker hockey teams
Sit back a moment, if you will, and take note of what comes to mind when you think of our neighbors to the north -- no, not the Kansans. The Canadians. Images of snow and ice and moose fill the mind, mixed with Maple Leaf banners and the words "hoser" and "eh." But finally, as you thaw out a bit, you come to rest on the cultural epicenter of the
0 11/12
2009
Master Sgt. Dennis Wilson, superintendent of the Base Level Systems Flight in the 31st Combat Communications Squadron is stationed in the same group as his son, Airman James Wilson, who is assigned to the 33rd Combat Communcations Squadron. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) 3rd Herd is family business for Wilsons
It isn't unusual to have a son follow in his father's footsteps, learning the ropes of the family business, entering the same career or even serving in the same elected position. But it is unusual to have father and son serving together in the same service, at the same base and in the same unit. "I'm sure it's very rare," says Master Sgt. Dennis
0 11/06
2009
Lawrence Peterson, left, and Jeff Appelman, 72nd Logistic Readiness Squadron munitions operations, inspect crates of small arms ammunition secured in an earth-covered, reinforced concrete munitions igloo.  Most functions the munitions technicians perform in the base munitions storage area require two people for safety. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Safeguarding the ‘boom-boom’
It's not like the movies. One shot does not detonate the truckload of explosives and working in a bunker filled with bombs does not make your face twitch. "I'm more nervous driving on the highway," laughs George Eastling, the Munitions Accountable Systems officer, flight chief and quality assurance evaluator for the 72nd Logistics Readiness
0 11/06
2009
Retired Col. Charles B. DeBellevue — the highest scoring American ace in Vietnam and the last Air Force ace on active duty — speaks at a Senior Leader Forum in 2008 at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center.(Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Phantom ace: Veterans Day memories of shootouts over Vietnam
"There are two saddest days in a pilot's life," says Chuck DeBellevue. "The day he walks out to an airplane knowing it's his last flight and the day he walks out to an airplane not knowing it's his last flight." And he should know. Col. Charles B. DeBellevue -- the highest scoring American ace of the Vietnam War and the last Air Force ace on active
0 11/06
2009
Default Air Force Logo Tinker sergeant a top marksman
"Your heart's pumping and you're breathing hard, but you've got to calm down and aim your shots," explains Mike Henderson. "Techniques vary, but it all comes down to three things: concentration, keeping your sight picture clear and trigger squeeze." It's not combat that the staff sergeant is talking about. It's competition. And it's tough. "It's
0 11/06
2009
Personnel are dwarfed by servers and computing systems that nearly fill the main computer room of the Defense Information Systems Center Oklahoma City, located north of Bldg. 3001. DISA personnel serve Department of Defense customers worldwide 24-hours-a-day. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) DISA has no room for failure in cyber security
There is no room for failure in the Defense Information Systems Agency mission and officials know it. Day-in and day-out, they take every conceivable precaution to prevent a malfunction. DISA Oklahoma City, one of DISA's four main computing sites, is a tenant organization at Tinker. Situated primarily in Bldg. 3900 with some space in Bldg. 201, 450
0 10/29
2009
Tinker men’s basketball coach Clarence Griffin gives his team some pointers during a mid-practice huddle Tuesday. The Tinker squad should make an impressive conference showing this season with two new assistant coaches and a corps of talented players. But for Griffin, a 15-year coach at Tinker, the strength of character his players show off the court is just as important as the number of points they score on the hardwood. (Air Force photo by John Stuart) Tinker coach teaches character, points come second
In a way it's not the points on the board that matter at all. It's not the wins or losses or even the championship ring at the end of the season that represents the final goal for the Tinker men's basketball team. In the end, it's about something more difficult to master than all these outward measures of success combined. But this challenge
0 10/29
2009
Default Air Force Logo CFC exec shares personal story
Tim Eldridge knew he was late. But when he crested the hill on his motorcycle at 70 miles per hour and saw a car, it was too late to stop. Waking a week later in the hospital, the doctor told the budding athlete to "hang up his cleats." Tim Eldridge would never walk again. He was only 14. "That's when life really got real for me," Mr. Eldridge
0 10/23
2009
James Barber, right, ranked No. 10 nationally in USA Boxing, perfects his form with Tinker All Services Boxing Coach Lavell Sims at a recent practice. The team currently practices in Sims' garage, but will shortly be moving into new workout facilities thanks to an infusion of funding from Tinker. (Air Force photos by John Stuart) Tinker All Services boxing soars in fifth year on base
Lavell Sims stepped into the boxing ring hesitantly, eyeing his formidable opponent with a palpable apprehension. It was 1993 at Fort Campbell, Ky., and Sims, a 21-year-old rookie, was facing the Kentucky Golden Glove champion in his first major fight. The outcome was less than victorious for the young Army enlisted man, but would prove pivotal for
0 10/16
2009
Lt. Col. Monique Yates credits an unknown Airman and a medical team of the 72nd Aerospace Medical Squadron for her survival from a life-threatening allergic reaction.  Members of that team join Colonel Yates recently as she returned with thanks for their help.  From left are; Angelica Lopez, LPN; Amanda Jordan, LPN; Capt. (Dr.) Daniel Pascucci; and  Capt. Nikki Tucker, RN. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Minutes from death
Sept. 24 is likely a day Lt. Col. Monique Yates will not soon forget. She said she knew something was off, but she didn't know how serious it would become. Colonel Yates said she knew she was having an allergic reaction, but didn't know she was about to go into anaphylactic shock, and that if five minutes had passed without her receiving medical
0 10/09
2009
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