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  • Tri tri again: Tinker lieutenant trains to be the best

    Second Lt. John Dalrymple remembers when he hit the wall. He tried to hang with the cycling pack, legs churning, heart rate almost at red line and a side stitch pricking him like an invisible needle.He never finished that Washington state cycling race in February 2006. But it was more than just being out of shape early in the race season. As
  • Marrow donors provide precious chances

    Chances? When you're an 11-year-old girl dying of acute myeloid leukemia, chances are like branches extended as you're being swept downstream in a torrent, or a foothold on a treacherous climb. For many people, the best chance to live through leukemia comes in the form of a marrow transplant from a genetically matched donor. A small Department of
  • Father and son legacy leaving its mark on the 552nd Air Control Wing

    Add up all the years the Bunting family has served in the U.S. military and the number comes out to 57. When Senior Airman Samuel Bunting enlisted into active duty in the fall of 2007, he became the fourth-generation member of his family to serve in the military to include his great grandfather, grandfather, uncle and father. Airman Bunting's great
  • The pride behind the badge

    Ten grenade explosions reverberated through the night air as a group of Airmen fiercely defended their posts against the incoming North Vietnamese Army forces. Sergeant William "Pete" Piazza peered around a wall of Bunker 10 inside Bien Hoa Air Base at the enemy position some 200 yards away. The attackers had overtaken a perimeter sandbag bunker
  • Living the Code: Former POW shares tale with ALS class

    Lt. Leroy Stutz wanted a closer look at the camouflaged railroad tracks and railway cars hidden nearby. As pilot of a reconnaissance RF-4 Phantom, it was his job to get down low, go fast and look for targets.Just 75 feet above ground at a speed of 660 knots, Lieutenant Stutz "stayed in a turn just a little too long," allowing anti-aircraft gunners
  • Ice in their veins: Father, son share love of hockey playing on Tinker teams

    Louie Lomonaco can't remember a time before hockey was in his life. There was only ever the crisp slicing of sharpened blades across ice. There was only ever an angled stick gripped by his padded hands. So depending on whom you talk to, the best place to learn the ways of hockey in North American is Canada. While Lomonaco didn't have this Maple
  • Evaluators keep track of inventory

    If George Eastling, Candy McDonald and John Sullivan are easily overwhelmed, they hide it well. As quality assurance evaluators assigned to the 72nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, they are responsible for the inventory of thousands of deployment, munitions and base supplies. Their experience ranges from rookie to 33 years on the job, and their
  • ‘Caring for People’ is in her newly-minted job description

    Charlotte "Charlie" Lewis knows her subject well. Recently hired in the newly created Air Force position, Caring for People coordinator, she's lived the job first-hand and said she is excited about the programs available to her customers.After a "Caring for People" forum was held in Washington, D.C., in April 2009, Air Force officials decided it
  • ‘Killer’ mission

    It's late-night on Jan. 9 and an E-3 Sentry comes into view to dozens of Airmen gathered on the flightline at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia. After a 13.4-hour mission over the U.S. Central Command theater of operations performing surveillance of enemy forces, the tires of the airborne warning and control aircraft make contact with the
  • Tinker bowlers live life between the gutters

    Karl Dooley lines up several feet in front of the foul line and purposefully thinks about nothing. There's cacophony in the background, a veritable din of crashes and unintelligible conversations. But at the foul line there's an invisible bubble of silence, created by sheer force of will. In the bubble there is no time. There is only the open lane.