Program works on first impressions
Cristy Ksepka, certified tourism ambassador for the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, right, tells the story of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing to a group of Airmen from Tinker Air Force Base while on a tour of the downtown landmarks on March 8, 2019, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. All are reflected in the large pool at the center of the memorial. Tinker Air Force Base’s First Term Airmen Center has partnered with the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau in an initiative to bring the military and civilian communities closer together in a unique program which began in January 2019. The group of Airmen spend part of a day downtown where they ride the new OKC Streetcar for free while learning about important landmarks, attractions and even where free parking is located. The downtown tour has quickly become a welcome capstone to the FTAC curriculum and, over time, should help integrate the military members with the community faster and smoother. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)