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Default Air Force Logo It’s all about Wingmen...
Everybody needs a wingman. "That's because friends and co-workers are often the first to see emotional and behavioral changes in people contemplating suicide," says Capt. Jerri Turner, a psychologist with the 72nd Medical Group's Mental Health Flight. "We become very familiar with people and their moods," she explains. "We encourage co-workers and
0 10/09
2009
Rick Tripp talks tools with co-worker Senior Airman Christopher Edwards in the Bldg. 3001 main tool crib recently. Mr. Tripp can’t walk down the aisle from his new job with 76th Maintenance Support Group without people doing a double take or stopping to greet him. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) UNSUNG HEROES: Familiar face at Tinker leaves gate
Rick Tripp talks tools with co-worker Senior Airman Christopher Edwards in the Bldg. 3001 main tool crib recently. Mr. Tripp can't walk down the aisle from his new job with 76th Maintenance Support Group without people doing a double take or stopping to greet him. The familiar face used to check badges and greet workers as a gate guard until
0 10/09
2009
After answering the call to become a minister 22 years ago, 72nd Air Base Wing Chaplain (Lt Col.) Dave Terrinoni is excited to continue his journey and serve the Tinker community. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Answering the call (twice)
They say that the Lord works in mysterious ways. That was true for new 72nd Air Base Wing Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Dave Terrinoni and his calling to minister in the military. With his twin daughters sleeping upstairs, the self-employed businessman sat at the table filling out bills late one night when, out of nowhere, he stopped, sat up straight and
0 9/17
2009
Artist Janet Sherry poses with one of her portraits, titled “Gone Fishin’.” The heron is fishing for food and the half submerged beak makes the statement, “did the he catch the fish or not?” (Air Force photos by Becky Pillifant) Aspiring artist uses lessons learned at Arts and Crafts Center
From crayons to oils, aspiring artist Janet Sherry expresses herself through a wide variety of artistic media, including photography, digital imaging, oil painting, pottery and Japanese Haiku poetry. Haiku is a Japanese verse form, rendered in English as three unrhymed lines of five, seven and five syllables. Her creative energy was refined under
0 9/03
2009
Moving a Navy E-6 out of a VQ-4 maintenance hangar and onto the ramp is a careful process directed by Airman Daniel Flores. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) In Tinker’s Tacamo community ‘The Shadows know’
"What is the Navy doing in a landlocked state? We get a lot of that," says Lt. j.g Clint Turner, an airborne communications officer with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron FOUR and part of the unit's public affairs office. The answer is simple -- deterrence. The 500 Sailors of VQ-4 -- the Shadows -- and its sister squadron VQ-3, fly the Navy's only
0 8/27
2009
When Jimmy Nation had to “come back up for air” just to put on his shoes it was an incentive to begin a weight loss journey that keeps yielding happy results.  His pant size shrinking from a 44- to a 38-inch waist is positive reinforcement of the progress the 76th Maintenance Operation Center production controller has made. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Tinker worker loses nearly 70 pounds during recent AFMC Lean Challenge
Jimmy Nation is a big fat loser. By 67 pounds, to be exact. "I did all right," said Mr. Nation, who lost the weight as a recent participant in the third annual Tinker Lean Challenge hosted by the Air Force Materiel Command's Civilian Health Promotion Services. A production controller with the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group, Mr. Nation joined the
0 8/27
2009
Default Air Force Logo Tinker National Test Center opens on Rose State campus
The Tinker-sponsored National Test Center opened last month on the Rose State College campus, becoming the 117th center Department of Defense-wide. At a base-sponsored NTC, the institution provides the staff and technology for the administration of the College Level Examination Program, the Dantes Subject Standardized Test and the Excelsior College
0 8/27
2009
As they wait for the opening bell, Army referee Nate Green keeps boxers Chris Ledbetter, left, and Daniel Logan in their respective corners. Logan, boxing for the Air Force, beat Ledbetter in a three-round decision. (Air Force photo by Becky Pilifant) Boxers showcase talents at annual smoker
The fight of the night belonged to a rookie boxer, but all nine bouts in the Tinker Boxing Smoker Aug. 21 provided plenty of excitement for the fans at the Gerrity Fitness and Sports Center. "The excitement this event draws each and every time is the most exciting and fan populated event we have at the Gerrity," said Steve Thomasson, director of
0 8/27
2009
Rocky Dunham, a 552nd Commodities Maintenance Squadron tools and parts attendant, campaigns for suicide prevention. His personal mission was sparked by the tragedy of his son’s suicide. (Air Force photo/Margo Wright) Tinker man uses painful past to battle against suicides
When 27-year-old Gordon Joel "Joey" Dunham died, his father wanted to die, too. "I've had every emotion possible," explains Rocky Dunham, a tools and parts attendant with the 552nd Commodities Maintenance Squadron. "I had no idea what suicide was about until it touched me when my son died last year. Losing a child, a loved one, is bad enough, but
0 8/21
2009
During a recent deployment exercise, Tech. Sgt. Stephen Getten, 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group, checks his mobility bag gear with help from Troy Dooley, 72nd Logistics Readiness Squadron.  (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Logistics Readiness Squadrons load Air Force for deployments
"We're the first in and the last out," explains Tech. Sgt. David Dries. A member of the 72nd Logistics Readiness Squadron and one of a handful of technicians responsible for loading and unloading aircraft, Sergeant Dries and his team are often involved at the beginning and ending of any deployment. "We usually go in with security forces and secure
0 7/31
2009
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