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  • Program aims to help Tinker ‘Reduce, reuse and recycle’

    Concepts of sustainable and natural living have found a comfortable niche within American consumer culture. The mantra "reduce, reuse and recycle" serves as a reminder to pay attention to how you utilize and discard waste. The first step in the process is to reduce your waste, either by reducing the amount you consume or reducing the amount of
  • Like outside temperatures, base intramural softball hits new highs

    Let's face it, we need some rain. A bone dry summer accompanied with weeks of triple digit temperatures has left most Oklahoma residents inside under the embrace of a cool A/C and anxiously waiting for these record-setting months to give way to the fall, but for Tinker's intramural softball it has been an opportunity to complete one of their most
  • Army beats Navy in doubleheader

    Maybe softball isn't the Navy's game. On Aug. 1 at Field 1, Army Strong destroyed VQ-3 in a doubleheader. They won the first game 18-8 and 13-0 in the second.With very little shade in 100-plus degree heat, Army took to the field, allowing VQ-3 to score three runs. At their turn at bat, one player yelled, "Let's get 10, let's get 10, let's get 10!"
  • The early years: On Tinker’s 70th birthday, a look back

    On a blazing summer afternoon July 30, 1941, construction of the military industrial complex known today as Tinker Air Force Base had begun. W.E. Hightower, Oklahoma City chamber president, spoke from atop a bulldozer in 104 degree heat, saying construction of the 1,820-acre air depot was too large of an undertaking to begin with a hand shovel. His
  • Joplin tornado hits close to home for Tinker Sailor

    The tornado that tore through Joplin, Mo., on May 22 destroyed more than 8,000 homes and killed more than 150 people. Thankfully, devastation on the scale is rare, but for one Sailor assigned to the 'Ironmen' of Tinker's Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE, the tornado hit close to home. Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Walker and his wife,
  • Learn how to beat the heat by watching warning signs

    With the thermometers outside already reaching what is normally month-of-August temperatures, it's time to start thinking about the dangers of heat-related illness and stress. Heat illness includes a range of disorders that result when your body is exposed to more heat than it can handle. The human body is constantly engaged in a life-and-death
  • Bagpiper pipes for heritage and freedom

    In the early morning of June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied Landing Craft Assault vehicles were deployed to the beaches of Normandy, France, in an effort to retake the country from Nazi Germany. As one craft approached the Sword Beach landing site, the front ramp dropped into the salty waters, and 21-year old English Private Bill Millin waded into
  • Airman pulls the trigger on her fear

    Staff Sgt. Andrea Byrd had something to prove to herself. Nearly two years ago, while deployed in Iraq, she test-fired an M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Something went wrong and the gun accidentally went off, blowing pieces of brass into her leg. Though she recovered, she hadn't since touched the weapon. Earlier this month, she was one of 80 security
  • July 4th can be a blast if fireworks are handled safely

    With warm weather and family events, the Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before your family celebrates this year, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in children and adults. There were 9,300 fireworks injuries treated in hospital emergency
  • Using synthetic cocaine leads to unbearable addiction

    Think about it: Companies that try to sell you powders that change your brain are not interested in your well-being. They are drug dealers looking to make money off of you any way they can, and selling fake cocaine is the perfect way. Why? The chemicals they use are so potently addictive that users have compared it to crack. These powders, better
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