Tinker Air Force Base was named in honor of Major General Clarence L. Tinker of Pawhuska, Okla. General Tinker lost his life while leading a flight of LB-30 "Liberators" on a long-range strike against Japanese forces on Wake Island during the early months of World War II.
Tinker AFB's history began in 1940 when a group of Oklahoma City civic leaders and businessmen learned that the War Department was considering the central United States as a location for a maintenance and supply depot. On April 8, 1941, the order was officially signed awarding the depot to Oklahoma City.
During World War II, Tinker's industrial plant repaired B-24 and B-17 bombers and fitted B-29s for combat.
Throughout the Korean conflict, Tinker continued its output -- keeping planes flying and funneling supplies to the Far East.
The base also played an important role in the Berlin and the Cuban crises. During the Vietnam War, Tinker provided logistics and communications support to Air Force units in Southeast Asia.
Tinker and OC-ALC began the decade of the 1990s providing front-line support to the forces engaged in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
In 1999, Tinker was awarded the largest engine repair contract in the history of the Air Force valued at 10.2 billion dollars over 15 years.
In late 2011, the Air Force announced an initiative to restructure Air Force Material Command from its current 12 center configuration to a new five-center structure. Under this reorganization Tinker AFB became the host site for the Air Force Sustainment Center. The AFSC provides war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through world-class depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support. It consolidates oversight of the maintenance missions now performed at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex; Warner Robins ALC at Robins AFB; and Ogden ALC at Hill AFB. As well as assuming responsibility for supply chain management wings here and at Scott AFB.
Tinker's largest organization is the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex. It is the largest of three depot repair complexes in the Air Force Materiel Command. It provides depot maintenance on the C/KC-135, B-1B, B-52 and E-3 aircraft, expanded phase maintenance on the Navy E-6 aircraft, and maintenance, repair and overhaul of F101, F107, F108, F110, F117, F118 and TF33 engines for the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Navy and foreign military sales. Additionally, the complex is responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of a myriad of Air Force and Navy airborne accessory components, and the development and sustainment of a diverse portfolio of operational flight programs, test program sets, automatic test equipment, and industrial automation software.
More than 8,600 military and civilian employees work at the OC-ALC. The complex is headquartered out of historic Building 3001, which covers 62 acres and stretches for seven-tenths of a mile. Within its walls, workers perform a vast array of maintenance on aircraft, engines, components and accessories and perform a multitude of administrative tasks.
The 448th Supply Chain Management Wing Provides enterprise-wide planning and execution for depot line repairable and consumables materiel, maintenance and distribution, aircraft structural and intercontinental ballistic missile electronics/communication commodities management, and engineering. The 448th is one of two "virtual wings" in the USAF. The Wing manages the 848th and 948th Supply Chain Management Groups at Tinker AFB, Okla., with elements of the 948th SCMG at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The Wing remotely manages two groups: the 638th Supply Chain Management Group at Robins AFB, Ga. and the 748th Supply Chain Management Group at Hill AFB, Utah.
The 72nd Air Base Wing provides base installation and support services for the headquarters, Air Force Sustainment Center, the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex and 45 associate units assigned to six major commands, including the largest flying wing in Air Combat Command, the Navy's Strategic Communications Wing One and several defense agencies. More than 1,600 personnel and 1,343 contractors work within the 72nd Air Base Wing. The groups, directorates and direct reporting units within the wing include the 72nd Mission Support Group, 72nd Medical Group, 72nd Communications Directorate, 72nd Civil Engineering Directorate, 72nd Operations Support Squadron, 72nd Comptroller Squadron, Judge Advocate, Public Affairs, Chaplain, Safety, Equal Opportunity/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Inspector General, Information Protection and Plans Office.
Today, with more than 26,000 military and civilian employees, Tinker is the largest single-site employer in Oklahoma. The installation has an annual statewide economic impact of $3.6 billion, creating an estimated 33,000 secondary jobs. Tinker owns 4,074.24 acres, leases 708.66 acres and has 641.45 acres of easements for a total of 5424.35 acres. The total number of buildings including Bldg 9001 is 462.
Not only is total support of America's defense systems a priority, but protecting and enhancing the environment is a top concern as well. Through the use of aggressive and innovative technologies, Tinker has become a national leader in pollution prevention, earning multiple Department of Defense awards for environmental stewardship.
Tinker is also home to six major Department of Defense, Air Force and Navy activities with critical national defense missions.
The 552nd Air Control Wing flies the E-3 Sentry aircraft and is part of the Air Force's Air Combat Command mobile strike force. The E-3's radar and other sensors provide deep-look surveillance, warning, interception control and airborne battle management.
The Navy's Strategic Communications Wing ONE is a one of a kind unit in the Navy. This Wing provides a vital, secure communications link to the submerged fleet of ballistic missile submarines. OC-ALC airframe artisans perform depot work on the Navy's E-6 Mercury airplanes while sailors perform field-level work.
The 507th Air Refueling Wing is an Air Force Reserve flying unit, and the largest Air Force Reserve Command flying unit in the state of Oklahoma. The wing operates and maintains eight KC-135R Stratotankers in support of U.S. Military and NATO aircraft aerial refueling missions world-wide. The 507th ARW reports to Fourth Air Force and performs daily missions, both
locally and around the world in support of Air Mobility Command and U.S. Strategic Command's national war orders.
The 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group has worldwide responsibility to establish, extend and enable the Air Force cyberspace domain through planning, engineering, assessing and delivering survivable and resilient infrastructure.
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution Oklahoma City receives, stores, and ships spare parts and supplies that support the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex and tenant units at Tinker AFB as well as warfighters around the globe. Distribution functions provided are central offload and onload of commercial trucks, receiving, warehousing, inspection and inventory of material, on-base pickup and delivery, care of supplies in storage, preservation and packaging, kitting, and shipment planning and documentation.
The Defense Information Security Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Oklahoma City, is the local organization of the Defense Information Systems Agency. DISA operates computer systems for the base and serves 172 other bases in all 50 states plus 92 foreign countries.
(Current as of March 2014)
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