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Tree planting commemorates Integrated Battle Station

Members of the B-1B Integrated Battle Station program surrounding a Shumard Oak tree recently planted near the MROTC facility in recognition of IBS program completion. The group is comprised of modification members, work leaders and management who came together to efficiently modify the entire fleet of B-1 Lancer aircraft at Tinker Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Members of the B-1B Integrated Battle Station program surrounding a Shumard Oak tree recently planted near the MROTC facility in recognition of IBS program completion. The group is comprised of modification members, work leaders and management who came together to efficiently modify the entire fleet of B-1 Lancer aircraft at Tinker Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

The idea for planting a tree at the Oklahoma Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Technical Center was discussed for several years and recently a Shumard Oak tree was planted. The Integrated Battle Station team wanted something that would symbolize and commemorate all the hard work, commitment and dedication of all the employees that have been part of, and completed almost the entire B-1B fleet. Through their hard work, perseverance, fortitude and team work, nothing is impossible. 

The first aircraft 86-0122 was inducted in November 2012, and we are on our last stretch of aircraft to complete. We have met the goals of Art of the Possible, and continue to strive to always improve our processes.

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the IBS program. When we all go our separate ways after the program, we can look back at this beautiful tree and reflect on the hard work that was accomplished and the friendships that were made. May this tree always bring you a smile and good memory.

In memory of all the men and women

who worked on the team,

we have a plan,

so it would seem.

When the day has come,

and this MOD is nearing its end,

I would like to plant a tree

in honor of what has been.