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  • Engine team sets up shop for F135 test cells

    Two unassuming structures sit in Tinker's industrial area. To most passing by, they might resemble large, awkwardly shaped sheds, but in reality they were built and modified to harness the Air Force's most powerful fighter engine: the F135.The F135 powers the F-35, the newest fifth-generation fighter. The engine can produce 40,000 pounds of thrust
  • 72nd ABW command chief set to retire

    After a 30-year military career, 72nd Air Base Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Brian Lavoie will retire May 22 and, with his wife, Jennifer, head for the Pacific northwest to pass out free smiles."It's time to reflect on this stage of my life, and an opportunity to do something completely different," said Chief Lavoie. He said he's looking forward
  • Critter Corps: Tinker is home to hundreds of species

    It may come as a surprise there is an entire ecosystem with more than 350 species of animals living within the gates of Tinker AFB. The list includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. While they all have an important role to play, it is amazing to find that they help us just as much as we help them.Among the animals here are deer,
  • Horned lizard stars in Tinker woman’s book

    Talk about leading a double life. Tinker's Brenda Rawlins, who works Weapons and Targets for the Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manuals office, is also a spunky children's book author. "My mind has so much going on in there!" said Ms. Rawlins. "I don't know how I get all these ideas, I'll just see something and I'm moved to write a book about it."
  • Training kicks in for Tinker sergeant

    Middle of the night calls to security forces are rarely good.That was the case April 1, when the Base Defense Operations Center received a call at 3:30 a.m. after someone heard what they thought was a vehicle crash near the Tinker Gate off Air Depot Boulevard.Tech. Sgt. Brian Morgan of the 72nd Security Forces Squadron responded to the area on the
  • Be a superhero for children

    To children, any adult can be a superhero or a super-villain.Each year, April is observed as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Awareness activities abound throughout the nation, calling attention to this tragic problem that claims the lives of hundreds of children each year and scars others for life. Throughout the year, headlines scream the sad tales
  • Humor, skits teach Airmen, Sailors about sexual assault prevention

    Tinker military members were urged to "Stand Up and Stop" this week.That was the theme of a two-person show aimed at educating Airmen and Sailors on ending sexual assault in the military. The "Sex Signals" program, part of the base's Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities, was presented at the Team Tinker Auditorium April 7 and 8.The players,
  • OC-ALC Strategic Plan: 'Exceeding Customer Expectations'

    The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex Strategic Plan guides personnel to focus on activities that will enable them to be successful today and into the future. The Strategic Plan does this by focusing on three major priority areas: · Developing and Caring for Our People, · Exceeding Customer Expectations, and · Capturing Tomorrow's Business. This
  • Pass and ID: How to help them help you

    The Base Pass and ID office located just outside the Tinker Gate doesn't want to stop someone's fiancé from getting to the Tinker Chapel on time. Nor do they want to turn away a grandmother from a squadron homecoming. "We're here to help you, not say, 'No, you can't come on base,'" said Tech. Sgt. Daniel Strothers, 72nd Security Forces Squadron and
  • Police sergeant shares survival story at National Prayer Luncheon

    "I give all the glory to God." That was the message Sergeant Katie Lawson of the Oklahoma City Police Department wanted to share as she told her story of survival during the National Prayer luncheon April 1 at the Tinker Club.On Aug. 29, 2010, Sergeant Lawson sustained six gunshot wounds while assisting an Oklahoma County deputy with a traffic