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Daily Update: 21 April 2020

Update from the Installation Commander

Update from the Installation Commander

Col. Paul Filcek, 72nd Air Base Wing Commander, addressed the COVID-19 crisis with a video directed at the Tinker AFB community. He was joined by Mr. Bob Sandlin, 72 ABW Director of Staff and CMSgt Melissa Erb, 72 ABW Command Chief. These senior leaders spoke about how our Tinker Team can work together to overcome the difficulties we face every day.


For 21 April, Tinker AFB remains in HPCON Charlie due to the COVID-19 pandemic. #TeamTinker has demonstrated incredible resiliency and strength during our response to COVID-19. Our 72d Headquarters’ installation team, Chief Master Sgt. Melissa Erb, Command Chief, Mr Bob Sandlin, Director of Staff and Col. Paul Filcek, installation commander, have created a video to share some insights as we continue facing this pandemic together. Please take a moment to watch and again we thank you.

Also, Secretary of Defense Esper announced an extension of the stop move order to June 30 to aid in the further prevention of the spread of COVID-19. The Department acknowledges that this order will have great impact on our service members and their families, but the decision was made in order to protect U.S. personnel and preserve the operational readiness of our global force. The Department now has procedures in place to allow for the resumption of travel for several categories of travelers that were previously suspended, including deployments. The full release can be found here: https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2156918/update-to-travel-restrictions/?fbclid=IwAR36_gyPGTs_d_sQNUyaRFwVOIbYjesP7S-10kq1O1wa25FMAYgwqp9-SmU

The Straight Talk Center for non-medical related COVID-19 concerns is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday. It can be reached at 405-734-2567.

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