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  • Shaken Baby Syndrome can be prevented

    You've probably heard the sad news on TV frequently -- another infant killed by someone who was entrusted with their safety. You've heard the announcers label the tragedy -- Shaken Baby Syndrome. But how does it happen, and how can this tragedy be prevented?It typically begins when someone is left alone caring for a baby -- it may be the child's
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Real Wingmen Act! That's the slogan for Tinker's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, officials challenge you to do something to make a difference. SAPR is currently recruiting active duty service members and Department of Defense civilians to become Bystander Intervention facilitators and
  • So you want to ride a motorcycle?

    So, you've decided you want to learn how to ride a motorcycle. You remember hearing something about the Air Force requiring training before you can ride on base, but you're not sure. Who do you call to find out the requirements??The first person you should contact is your supervisor. They can direct you to the unit motorcycle safety coordinator,
  • Women recall their contributions as history makers

    It's by pure coincidence that Helen Keasling and Louise Strom both now have daughters working as civilians at Tinker Air Force Base. But it's not a coincidence that when they started jobs at military installations more than 50 years ago, they didn't realize they were an integral part of history. Ms. Keasling has lived in Oklahoma nearly all of her
  • My first day at boot camp

    My heart was racing and adrenaline was pumping through my body. Every muscle I have was aching and beads of sweat were dripping down my warm, red face. I felt like I couldn't go anymore, couldn't push myself. I was sucking in air and my lungs felt like they were going to explode. I literally thought I was going to die -- until the peppy instructor
  • Room to grow: transition into Bldg. 9001 leads to transformation in 551st CMMXS

    The 551st Commodities Maintenance Squadron is currently a prominent part of the largest facility transformation in Air Force Materiel Command history. Bldg. 9001, the former General Motors automotive plant, spans across 407 acres. Many units began the transition from their old facilities to this building in 2009 and the final move-ins are scheduled
  • Program provides support for new military spouses

    Valentine's Day, the day of love and affection, is a special holiday for many couples around the world. Heart Link workshops are special times for many couples as well, particularly spouses on Tinker Air Force Base. Heart Link is a free, one-day workshop offered through the Airman and Family Readiness Center within the 72nd Force Support Squadron.
  • Outdoor Recreation ski trip …simply awesome

    I'm at a crossroads. On one hand, I want to tell you, a Tinker Take Off reader, the recent Tinker Outdoor Recreation ski trip to "Purgatory" - Durango Mountain Resort - was miserable and torturous. But, that's not true at all. See, if I were to tell you a lie, maybe it would deter you from booking a trip and maybe I wouldn't have to worry about
  • Tinker’s air traffic controllers have an eye on the sky

    The Air Traffic Control tower on Tinker operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year, but all of the responsibility lies on only 35 to 40 people within the unit. These people, many ranked senior airman or below, control all air traffic in and out of Tinker, safeguarding about $3.3 billion worth of aircraft on a daily basis. So
  • Three from Tinker attend AF School of Boxing

    The Air Force School of Boxing is back in session at the boxing gym here.As of Jan. 8, Air Force boxing coach Steven Franco has been leading his pupils, which include three from Tinker, through his brand of "boxing 101."For camp veterans, such as All-Air Force light heavyweight Larry Hampp, two-time Air Force boxer Gary Griffin and camp returnee