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Sergeant Katie Lawson of the Oklahoma City Police Department tells her story of survival to National Prayer Luncheon attendees April 1 at the Tinker Club. In August 2010 while she was patrolling an Oklahoma City neighborhood, a gunman opened fire on her, hitting her six times. After her full recovery, she requested to go back out on the same streets as before the shooting. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) Police sergeant shares survival story at National Prayer Luncheon
"I give all the glory to God." That was the message Sergeant Katie Lawson of the Oklahoma City Police Department wanted to share as she told her story of survival during the National Prayer luncheon April 1 at the Tinker Club.On Aug. 29, 2010, Sergeant Lawson sustained six gunshot wounds while assisting an Oklahoma County deputy with a traffic
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A crowd gathers at the site of the “AWACS Park” for the dedication of a memorial for Staff Sgt. Daniel Fannin, a former member of the 552nd Operations Support Squadron. Sergeant Fannin’s E-3 AWACS replica was one of three to be dedicated on April 4 at the park located just across the street from Tinker Air Force Base off of Sooner Road.  (Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel) Del City dedicates E-3 replica to fallen Airman
By her own admission, Sonya Fannin's greatest fear after her husband was killed last year in a plane crash in Afghanistan was that his legacy would soon be forgotten.But, members of the Del City community soon laid that fear to rest when they dedicated a replica of an E-3 "Sentry" Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft in honor of Staff Sgt.
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An Air Force technician performs a detailed inspection on several component parts integral to overhauling a constant speed drive. The combined team of DLA, Air Force, and end-item customers has enhanced processes improving CSD availability. (Courtesy photo) DLA Teamwork: Integrated approach builds recovery path for constant speed drive
Is 90 percent material availability enough to keep America's aircraft flying? Well, it all depends on the part under discussion as Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Commander Brig. Gen. Mark Johnson observed during a November visit to the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex. Something as simple as missing one tiny O-ring can prevent the overhaul of
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Finding Your Fit in the ALC Strategic Plan OC-ALC Strategic Plan: "Developing and Caring for Our People"
The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex Strategic Plan guides people to focus on activities that will enable them to be successful today and into the future. The Strategic Plan does this by focusing on three major priority areas: · Developing and Caring for Our People, · Exceeding Customer Expectations, and · Capturing Tomorrow's Business. This
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Strategic Communications Wing One Command Master Chief Cynthia Patterson reminisces about the differences in women's roles from being in the Navy now compared to when she enlisted in 1985. She cites that she would not be where she is today without support from her family and the help of numerous mentors along the way. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) Navy command master chief witness to a sea of change for military women
In 1985, Cynthia Patterson was a single Florida mom raising a 2-year-old son when she decided to enlist to serve her country and learn skills for a better future. She tried the Army first, but was told she didn't meet height and weight requirements. The Navy, where she went next, had limited opportunities for women at the time. For one, they
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Retired Lt. Col. Michael Sloniker shares his service heritage with approximately 200 members of the 552nd Air Control Wing and other members of Tinker Feb. 20 in the Team Tinker Auditorium. (Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel) Vietnam vet shares heritage with Airmen
A retired lieutenant colonel, who served two tours in Vietnam shared his service heritage with about 200 Airmen from the 552nd Air Control Wing and other members of Team Tinker last week.Lt. Col. Michael E. Sloniker's appearance on Feb. 20 in the Team Tinker Auditorium was the latest in a line of guest speakers 552nd ACW Commander Col. Jay Bickley
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Searching through the rubble that once was her house, Becky Pillifant finds a stuffed flamingo that had been in her car before a tornado ripped through Moore and south Oklahoma City on May 3, 1999. Ms. Pillifant, a marketing specialist in the 72nd Force Support Squadron, said she has the flamingo in a shadowbox in the kitchen of her new home, which was built in the same spot as the one destroyed in 1999. (Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Voices of Experience: What to do when a tornado is coming
Oftentimes the voice of experience proves to be the best teacher. With tornado season approaching, two Tinker families are sharing their stories to help others prepare should the worst case scenario happen again. Becky Pillifant, marketing specialist with the 72nd Force Support Squadron, and Master Sgts. Jason and Jennifer Crosby, with the 72nd
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With the help of their Tinker mentors, Carl Albert Middle School students Matt Salsbury, Gregory Aldridge, Roshan Abhayagoonawardhana and Jakob Carlson, from left, work together to maneuver their SeaPerch Remotely Operated Vehicle through obstacles set up in the Midwest City YMCA pool last week. Watching the students are Don Arrowood, B-52 Program Office; Rich Desmond, 555th Software Maintenance Group; and Jeff Catron, Air Force Sustainment Center Engineering Directorate. (Air Force photo by Micah Garbarino) Remote controllers: Tinker mentors help students build underwater vehicles
Students from Carl Albert Middle School's Starbase program, and their mentors from Tinker, met at the Midwest City YMCA swimming pool last week to test their SeaPerch projects.SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program in which students, with the assistance of their mentors, build an underwater remotely operated vehicle.Students are
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Sherri Sutterfield, a Contract Field Team Program manager, front, is happy to have the support of her co-workers in the Air Force Sustainment Center Contracting Directorate. Ms. Sutterfield has heart disease and now promotes heart health to anyone who will listen. She’s a testament to getting checked by a physician and having a heart scan. Her scan saved her life. Tinker employee encourages others to 'Go Red for Women'
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. In fact, cardiovascular disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. For the past 10 years, The American Heart Association has sponsored the National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of the disease. This year's "Go Red Day" is Feb. 7 and at least one Tinker woman will be
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Retired Lt. Col. William Schwertfeger spoke to members of the 552nd Air Control Wing on Tuesday in Fannin Hall about his distinguished Air Force career and the time he spent as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Colonel Schwertfeger was on an air strike mission on Feb. 16, 1972, when his F-4 received intense anti-aircraft fire and he was forced to eject over North Vietnam. He was then taken as a POW and was released during Operation Homecoming on March 28, 1973, after spending 407 days in captivity. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) Former POW talks courage, patriotism with 552nd ACW
As part of its continuing "Heritage Series," this week the 552nd Air Control Wing hosted retired Lt. Col. William R. Schwertfeger, a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Colonel Schwertfeger, a pilot with more than 3,500 career flying hours who was forced down in North Vietnam on Feb. 16, 1972, spoke to wing members in Fannin Hall on
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