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Pegasus Gate to open Jan. 16

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

The Pegasus Gate will open at 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 16, enhancing security on Tinker Air Force Base. Four of the base gates will receive various upgrades, most visible will be the implementation of serpentine “s-curves” that are currently installed at other gates across the installation.

The Pegasus Gate, located south of the Gott Gate on South Air Depot Boulevard, will open Jan. 16 and will maintain operational hours of Monday through Friday, from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A traffic light will be installed on South Air Depot, accompanied with signage clearly designating the Pegasus Gate’s location as well as alternate routes on the installation.

Personal vehicles will be able to access the Pegasus Gate from South Air Depot, a quarter mile south of the Gott Gate. Pegasus will facilitate one inbound and one outbound traffic lane, and include a guard shack and facilities.

The Pegasus Gate is named for its proximity to the new 158-acre KC-46A Pegasus maintenance complex, which is expected to complete its three-year construction project in 2018. The KC-46 is the latest refueling tanker fleet introduced in the Air Force arsenal, and base officials have projected its addition to Tinker Air Force Base to support an estimated workforce of 1,300 maintenance personnel. The modernized tanker will support Global Reach, Power and Vigilance for generations to come.

Pegasus Gate is expected to be open for approximately two years. The Gott, Truck and Piazza gates will close sequentially, maintaining the flow of traffic for the southern perimeter of the base. The fourth gate slated for security updates is the Eaker Gate, which is located on the north side. Once construction is complete, the Pegasus Gate will close.

For more information, visit www.tinker.af.mil/home/construction-zone.