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Airmen 1st Class Christian Esquivel and Joshua Cooper look at the names of those who died in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing as they learn about the tragic event during Tinker Air Force Base’s First Term Airmen Center tour of downtown Oklahoma City on March 8, 2019. Rows of large and small chairs, representing adults and children killed, stand in memory of the 168 people who died on April 19, 1995. Tinker AFB has paired with the OKC 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)