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  • A mediator’s ADR viewpoint

    The Tinker Alternative Dispute Resolution Program is award winning and has been a benchmark program for the Air Force. Tinker mediators are collateral duty mediators who are highly trained and certified. The advantage of the mediators being a voluntary duty is that they want to be here, they love what they do, and are very passionate in their duty.
  • Tinker LOA chapter wins national award for third time

    The Logistics Officer Association Tinker Crossroads Chapter recently earned serious bragging rights. Last month at the LOA National Symposium held in Washington, D.C., the chapter won the 2012 Lt. Gen. Wetekam Large Chapter of the Year award.The award is presented to a chapter of at least 70 members that supported LOA national objectives and
  • Tinker flag football playoffs start next week

    The Tinker AFB flag football league playoffs to determine the 2012 fall season champion start next Monday.Only the top three teams in each division (Monday-Wednesday and Tuesday-Thursday) advance to the double-elimination playoffs, Sports Coordinator Chris Gaines of the 72nd Force Support Squadron noted. The Gym Rats, the 72nd Medical Group,
  • Ironmen defeat Reserve Gold in flag football

    The Navy grounded the Air Force in both flag football games Tuesday.The VQ-3 Ironmen were winless in three outings before their strong-armed scrambling quarterback, Phillip Akeem Thomas, returned from deployment. Since then, the Navy team has won two consecutive games.VQ-3 bested Reserve Gold, 19-6, Tuesday afternoon; in fact, the game ended with
  • Howard Holinsworth is a diabetes success story

    (Editor's note: This is the third of a four part series featuring Tinker employees with disabilities. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The national campaign is designed to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's
  • A look at ADR from a supervisor’s viewpoint

    Advantages of Alternative Dispute Resolution can be seen from every angle. In last week's Tinker Take Off, we explored the benefits of ADR from an employee's perspective. This week we will focus on the supervisor's perspective.When an employee has a problem, the supervisor has a problem and conflict in the workplace can hinder the mission. No
  • Command Chief considers the Air Force his family

    The new 72nd Air Base Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant, Brian Lavoie, considers the Air Force his family."It is my belief that when we joined the Air Force, we joined a new family," he said. "Every Airman, regardless of rank, is a member of that family."When he enlisted in the service, "They forgot my first name; I was Airman Lavoie," he said.
  • Former 552nd ACW commander reflects on wing history

    Maj. Gen. Lori J. Robinson made history when she became the first female to command the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base in May 2007.The former wing commander has blazed a trail her entire career and continues to be a trend-setter even today, as she currently serves as the deputy commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command and
  • ADR, from every perspective

    What is the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution? When people are stressed or emotional, it often becomes difficult to be objective. The ADR office was implemented to assist employees and managers in a conflict with a safe, neutral forum where individuals can comfortably discuss their issues rather than have a third party impose a decision.
  • Oklahoman soared in U.S. Navy career

    A native Oklahoman soared to the highest levels of the United States Navy during a 32-year career -- during which he moved 19 times -- and is now a cattle rancher.Douglas L. McClain, a 1975 graduate of Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City, started flight school in 1980 and was a Lieutenant (junior grade) when he received his Navy Wings of Gold