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OC-ALC commander signs third Educational Partnership Agreement

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Brig. Gen. Jeff King, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex commander, left, and Dr. Byron Newberry, division chair of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Oklahoma Christian University, sign an Educational Partnership Agreement April 28, 2021, on the OCU campus. (U.S. Air Force photo by April McDonald)

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Oklahoma Christian University student Andrew Ash, left, describes a project junior and senior engineering students work on to Brig. Gen. Jeff King, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex commander. The general and other members of the OC-ALC toured the OCU Engineering Department April 28, 2021, before signing an Educational Partnership Agreement with the university. (U.S. Air Force photo by April McDonald)

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Dr. Jeff Bigelow, program chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma Christian University, right, explains the university’s hands-on based curriculum to Brig. Gen. Jeff King, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex commander, left, and Wade Wolfe, OC-ALC deputy director. In the Engineering Fundamentals Class, freshman students build robots and are judged on wiring, quality and creativity. At the end of the semester, the robots are put to the test on an obstacle course to find a light source in a dark room. OC-ALC leadership toured the OCU Engineering Department April 28, 2021, before signing an Educational Partnership Agreement with the university. (U.S. Air Force photo by April McDonald)

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Bradley Buxton, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, shows off the prototype of a GPS-guided autonomous flyer built by Oklahoma Christian University engineering students. The students build models based off specific requirements and participate in design competitions against students from other universities. On April 28, 2021, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex Commander Brig. Gen. Jeff King, right, signed an Educational Partnership Agreement with the university. (U.S. Air Force photo by April McDonald)

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Brig. Gen. Jeff King, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex commander, left, and Dr. Byron Newberry, division chair of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Oklahoma Christian University, show off the newly signed Educational Partnership Agreement between the Complex and the University April 28, 2021, on the OCU campus. (U.S. Air Force photo by April McDonald)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex commander signed an Educational Partnership Agreement with Oklahoma Christian University April 28, 2021. This is the third such partnership the OC-ALC has formed with a local university in the last year.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” said OC-ALC Commander Brig. Gen. Jeff King. “The benefit, from our standpoint, is the sharing of intellectual capital and capabilities without a transactional requirement.”

King said Tinker benefits from having access to tenured engineering professors who have studied in specific disciplines for years. “And we can tap into bright young minds who challenge our conventional thought,” he added.

The general said these educational partnerships align perfectly with the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s mandate to “Accelerate Change or Lose.”

“This partnership not only paves the way for OC-ALC to partner with the university in activities where their experience exceeds ours, but now we can open the door to our massive industrial plant and provide students with real-world problems that will bring their academics to life. When they see themselves helping to solve current sustainment challenges that impact operational readiness, we know it’s going to be inspiring.”

While this official agreement between the two entities is a new development, Dr. Byron Newberry said the University has had a relationship with Tinker for many years.

“The fingerprints of Tinker are all over this [engineering] program,” said Newberry, the division chair of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. “We know that we are in rapidly changing times. We know we can’t sit back on what we’ve always done and succeed, we have to continue to adapt and that’s where this relationship is so powerful.”

The Complex has signed similar partnerships with the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. The objective of the agreements is to help OC-ALC accelerate the insertion of technological advances into the Complex’s industrial operations, enhance graduate and undergraduate engineering programs, and stimulate research and development in engineering fields.