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  • 567th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron wins DOD award

    Members of the 567th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base were congratulated recently for the work that earned them the Robert T. Mason Award for depot maintenance excellence.The award, presented in December, to the squadron’s director, William Bauman, recognized the 567th AMXS’ maintenance on 25 B-1 aircraft in fiscal year 2016
  • Col. David Hardy takes command of 72nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron

    Col. David Hardy took over as commander of the 72nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron in a change of command ceremony on June 22.Immediately before coming to Tinker Air Force Base for the position, Hardy was the exchange medical officer for the U.S. Air Force/Royal Australian Air Force, where he served since 2016.He received his doctorate in osteopathic
  • Root canal gets canine warrior’s bite back

    One of Tinker Air Force Base’s 72nd Security Forces Squadron K9 team members, Aruba, a German shepherd, age 4, recently suffered a chipped tooth during a Military Working Dog demonstration after he was commanded to attack a man wearing a bite suit on May 29.Aruba’s handler, Airman 1st Class Marco Arroyo, said he and Aruba were doing bite work on
  • 72nd ABW holds civilian professional development event

    Civilian employees of the 72nd Air Base Wing recently attended an annual two-day training to learn about leadership, communication and more.The third annual Professional Development Seminar, held June 12 and 13 in the General James E. Hill Conference Center, was organized by the 72nd Air Base Wing Civilian Mentoring Council.About 35 people attended
  • Proper etiquette important for reveille and retreat

     Like many traditions, reveille and retreat were started with one purpose and now hold another.Not always meant to honor the flag, reveille — from the French word for “wake up” — began in 1812 as a way to wake troops for assembly and roll call. It still symbolizes the beginning of the day’s work, but also honors the U.S. flag as it is raised.Dating
  • Tinker Air Force Base Airman Leadership School accepting civilians

    The first class of Airman Leadership School to include a civilian on Tinker Air Force Base is in full swing, and the practice is set to continue into the future.Kimberly Moses, an equal opportunity specialist in the 72nd Air Base Wing Equal Opportunity Office, said she heard about the opportunity through an email from Bob Sandlin, 72nd ABW director
  • Readiness exercises spur more ATSO training

    Sporadic sounds of guns firing while an alarm pierced the otherwise quiet day built up tension until a voice came over the speakers to initiate the next round of drills.“Alarm red. MOPP four.”The alarms stopped, and slowly, quietly at first, Airmen opened the doors of a building, looking out to assess the situation.They emerged in groups, wearing
  • Tinker hosts first ‘Spark Tank’ competition

    Master Sgt. Jason Lee Anderson, superintendent of the 72nd Air Base Wing’s Unaccompanied Housing Facilities, walked away a happy Airman on June 20 after winning Tinker Air Force Base’s first-ever “Spark Tank” competition award of $50,000 that will be allocated for the innovative project he promoted.Spark Tank competitions are the Air Force’s
  • Tinker Talent: Cartoonist Kody Kolke draws on Team Tinker for inspiration

    Last October, Tinker’s Kody Kolke, 25, a hazardous materials handler with the 565th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, decided he’d add a touch of color to the white dry-erase board (constraint board) in his shop.A self-described doodler, Kolke has a fun sense of humor and his colorful drawings have brought smiles and chuckles from his co-workers when
  • Black History Month: Chaplain’s anchor is in the chaplaincy

    Have you ever had a dream that seemed so far-fetched that you rule it out of the realm of possibility? Chaplain (Capt.) Okechukwu Nwaneri used to view chaplaincy from the same perspective. “I never saw myself as a chaplain. I would see chaplains and always thought that would be a cool job to have, but never considered that as a legitimate option,”
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