Published August 01, 2012
The 72nd Air Base Wing is the host organization for Tinker Air Force Base. The wing provides base installation and support services for the headquarters, Air Force Sustainment Center, the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex and more than 45 associate units assigned to six major commands, including the largest flying associate wing in Air Combat Command, the Navy's Strategic Communications Wine ONE and several Defense agencies.
From the initial planned site of 960 acres in March 1941, Tinker's physical plant has become by standards a "mega-facility." Today, the base is made up of 5,500 acres with 460 buildings containing 19M+square feet of floor space, including 136 acres of indoor maintenance area and 2,254 acres of ramp space, all supported by the 72nd Air Base Wing.
The base is comparable to a city. The 72nd ABW provides essential support services for nearly 27,000 civilian and military assigned to the base and approximately 2,394 contractors, 18,000 dependents and more than 36,000 military retiree's and their family members in a six-county area. The wing provides critical base functions including: security, fire protection, medical services, civil engineering, communications and supply, transportation and air field operations. The base also offers a variety of recreational and leisure activities including the Tinker Club, 18-hole golf course, picnic grounds, library, movie theater, swimming pool, fitness centers and a bowling alley.
Organizations assigned to the Wing include: 72nd Medical Group, 72nd Mission Support Group, 72nd Operations Support Squadron, 72nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Civil Engineer Directorate, Communications Directorate, the Base Chapel, Base Response Planning, Military Equal Opportunity, Public Affairs and Financial Services.
Tinker is host to operational missions for the Air Force and Navy as well as several Department of Defense agencies. Shared location and consolidation of these defense missions with the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex allows maximum use of technical skills saves money and reduces aircraft down time.
(Current as of July 2012)