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  • AFMC commander encourages Memorial Day reflection

    As I look forward to the Memorial Day weekend, two thoughts are most prominent on my mind. First, earlier this year I had the privilege of visiting our Airmen in Iraq and Afghanistan. In mid-May, I met more Airmen while touring Air Force bases in Japan and the Republic of Korea. Serving side-by-side with their joint teammates, Airmen are making a
  • Combat communicators essential to the warfighter

    Being a combat communicator in the 31st Combat Communications Squadron brings with it the true essence of being a warfighter. The 3rd Combat Communications Group, or 3rd Herd, takes the saying, "Train like you fight," to the next level. Training starts with the Combat Communications Readiness School, which every member of the 3rd Herd must
  • British Sentry visits American brethren at Tinker

    "Coalition AWACS training." That's the term used by several members of the 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron when their British brethren arrived for their first joint briefings on April 11. Members of the E-3D Sentry No. 8 Squadron, Royal Air Force Waddington, United Kingdom, conducted a liaison visit to the 552nd Air Control Wing April 10-17 to
  • B-1 Stab Shop finishes eight-year project

    The B-1 Stabilizer Shop recently completed an eight-year modification project to extend the life of the aging aircraft. Concluded March 13, the process removed and replaced roughly 95 percent of the B-1B horizontal stabilizer's internal structure on the entire fleet of 77 bombers. Located near the tail of the aircraft, the left and right horizontal
  • Air Force Secretary visits Ali Airmen

    The Secretary of the Air Force is now more than a picture on the wall to one Tinker Airman assigned here. The Honorable Michael Wynne toured the 407th Air Expeditionary Group here Mar. 28, and one of the many briefings he received came from Senior Airman Byron Kluewer, a 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron base infrastructure technician.
  • 552nd makes history repeat itself with return to OEF, OIF

    Airmen in the 552nd Air Control Wing received orders to deploy for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom after a four-year hiatus. "This is a long awaited return of the E-3 to the AOR (area of responsibility)," said Brig. Gen. James M. Kowalski, 552nd ACW commander. "No weapons system has spent more time in the area, and we have to make
  • Base personnel prepare for natural disaster, overseas deployments

    Several Tinker agencies prepared for real-world catastrophes in two exercises that extended from late February to early March. Operational Readiness Exercise Resolute Warrior 07-02 and a Major Accident Response Exercise allowed base personnel to prepare for overseas deployment scenarios and natural disasters. The exercises were held simultaneously,
  • Tech. Sgt. Jason Crosby steps up to the plate, serves his country

    Tech. Sgt. Jason Crosby is the quintessential Airman. He is a father of two, caring husband, a devoted churchgoer, a baseball and college basketball fan, and will put service before self. By all accounts, the Air Force is seemingly lucky to have him. "His professional courtesy, personal appearance and his willingness to tackle all challenges
  • 76th Maintenance University officially opens its doors at ribbon cutting ceremony

    Once upon a time, several Tinker leaders envisioned an environment that was conducive for training the 76th Maintenance Wing personnel. They deemed their vision, the 76th Maintenance University and it officially opened today (March 9). After a year of planning and several months of construction, their vision was completed in January inside Bldg.
  • Det. 9 receives Chief Master Sgt. John F. Entrican award

    Detachment 9 of the 373rd Training Squadron is no stranger to greatness. The training detachment recently won the Chief Master Sgt. John F. Entrican award, its third time since 2000. "We didn't expect it, but we worked really hard to show everyone that we are the best detachment when it comes to production, inspection and volunteerism," said Master