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Government Shutdown Affects Tinker AFB

Team Tinker

A government shutdown has occurred and will have impacts on Tinker AFB personnel and our operations.  To get the most updated status on the shutdown, employees should visit the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/

For our valued civilian and military members of Tinker, all should report to work on Monday and receive specific instructions from their supervisors, military commanders or civilian directors.  Taking care of our employees is of the highest priority as we navigate this shutdown.  We will continue to communicate and post information pertinent to members of Team Tinker. 

Below you’ll find Tinker specific impacts as it pertains to the shutdown.  Understandably, this can be a trying time for many.  Employees should contact their supervisors, first sergeants and commanders for helping agencies that are prepared to assist you in navigating this shutdown. 

Stay tuned for additional updates.


Colonel Kenyon Bell

Commander, 72d Air Base Wing


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2018 Government Shutdown - Impacts to Tinker

Below you’ll find Tinker specific impacts and topics to help us navigate this government shutdown. 

The OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/ is your source for most accurate information concerning the government shutdown. 



All military and civilian employees should report to work on Monday and receive instructions from their supervisors, commanders or directors. 

Here is a specific link to OPM guidance regarding status, leave and pay for civilian employees for better understanding:  https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/guidance-for-shutdown-furloughs.pdf  



There are services on base that will be impacted by this government shutdown.  A complete list of open/close activities will be posted on our website and facebook pages.  Here are some of the more common interest areas:

- Airman & Family Readiness: Closed

- Base Exchange:  Open

- Bowling Alley: Open

- Child Development Centers:  Open. 

- Commissary: Open thru 24 Jan. 

- Education and Training: Limited Service

- Fitness Centers:  Open.  Limited Services

- Gates:  Normally Scheduled Hours

- Library: Closed

- Medical Clinic: Open. Expect delayed services.

- Youth Center: Open



Most TDYs are suspended during this time period.  Check with supervisors before departing.



Activities that may be scheduled on base should be checked frequently for status. 



Unknown how long we will be in this posture.



There are many external non-DoD agencies that support government employees during times such as these.  We will post various articles that will be of interest to assist employees financially, mentally, and socially.