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  • Tinker installation commander updates mask policy

    Following Department of Defense guidelines, 72nd Air Base Wing and Tinker Installation Commander Col. G. Hall Sebren Jr. has updated the mask policy at Tinker Air Force Base due to rising coronavirus infection rates in both the local area and state. The DOD policy states that masks must be worn indoors at all installations in areas of substantial or high community COVID transmission. Tinker Air Force Base is located in an area with high community COVID transmission, per the Centers for Disease Control an Prevention's COVID Data Tracker. Effective immediately, all service members, federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, MUST wear a mask indoors on installations and in other facilities owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the DOD.
  • Q-Anywhere allows 72nd MDG patients to activate new prescriptions via text

    The 72nd Medical Group has a new option for getting prescriptions filled at its pharmacy. Dubbed Q-Anywhere, the text-based system allows patients to activate new prescriptions by sending a text. “By not having to commute and wait in the clinic or be placed on hold when attempting to activate the medication via phone, it gives patients the opportunity to use their time elsewhere,” said Capt. Brittney Walker, 72nd Medical Support Squadron chief of clinical pharmacy services. Patients who want to use the system simply have to text the phrase “get in line” to 1-877-460-2335. Prompts will walk the patient through activating the prescription.
  • Tinker participates in OKC Energy FC Military Appreciation Night

    Volunteer military members from Tinker Air Force Base displayed the U.S. flag as part of a military appreciation night at Taft Stadium, Okla., July 2, 2021. Over 30 volunteers from Tinker AFB participated in the event, hosted by the OKC Energy FC professional soccer team.
  • Food Safety Tips for 4th of July

    Did you know, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, more than 150 million hot dogs are consumed during the 4th of July Holiday? Amazing fact, right? However, there is a down side. Along with the awesome fireworks, patriotic parades and events, it is expected that approximately 48 million Americans will become sick from foodborne illness, approximately 128,000 will be hospitalized, and 3,000 will die all due to foodborne diseases? Your Tinker Air Force Base Public Health office would like to share some food safety tips that can help prevent you, your friends and your loved ones from becoming statistics.
  • Precision landing system increases warfighter readiness overseas

    A team in the Digital Directorate here recently improved warfighter readiness by using the first Deployable Instrument Landing System at an airfield outside the United States.
  • Oklahoma County Commissioners transfer land to Tinker AFB

    Members of the Oklahoma County Commissioners Board formally transferred 50 acres of land to Tinker Air Force Base senior leaders during their board meeting May 17, 2021. The commissioners voted unanimously to transfer the land, located west of Douglas and south of I-40, to Tinker Air Force Base.
  • B-1B “Spectre” finds retirement job with 76th EDMX

    The sight of a B-1B Lancer aircraft rolling down the runway at Tinker Air Force Base is a pretty common sight. Seeing one rolling down Patrol Road is quite another. Aircraft 86-109, “Spectre,” left the flight line for the last time April 10, 2021, as it was retired and towed to an Aircraft Battle Damage Repair training pad at the 76th Maintenance Group’s Expeditionary Depot Maintenance Flight on the south side of the base. The Lancer joins two other aircraft serving as maintenance trainers: a B-52 Stratofortress and a C-135 Stratolifter, "Speckled Trout," which has the same airframe as the KC-135 Stratotanker.
  • 564th AMXS graduates first class of internal vocational training program

    The 564th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron recently graduated its first class from its internally developed sheet metal vocational program. Established in response to the COVID pandemic, the vocational training program was formed when traditional classroom training for new employees became unavailable.
  • 72nd MDG physician assistant delivers CPR at home

    The skills and quick actions of a physician assistant assigned to the 72nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron potentially saved a life on Sept. 30, 2020. First Lt. Aaron O’Meara and his girlfriend, Erica Arellano, who had just received a food delivery in the lobby of their apartment, discovered an unconscious man struggling to breathe in the elevator. O’Meara determined the man was unresponsive and proceeded to drag him out of the elevator so that he could safely assess him. At the same time, Arellano called 911. “I realized he wasn’t breathing,” O’Meara said. “He just had some agonal gasps, meaning he was sort of making the effort to breathe but not getting a full breath.” Unable to find a pulse, O’Meara began CPR compressions while instructing the apartment’s security guard to go find an automatic external defibrillator.
  • Commentary: Tinker remembers OKC bombing 26 years later

    At 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, the Oklahoma City skyline was forever changed as smoke billowed from a bomb that exploded in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 innocent men, women and children. Through the catastrophic event that unfolded in the heart of our city, the world saw Oklahomans show up, ready to overcome this tragedy together in service, honor and kindness.  This became known as the “Oklahoma Standard.” That event also forged a bond between Oklahoma City and Tinker Air Force Base during the rescue, recovery and relief operations following the bombing devastation. While we see the Oklahoma Standard on display inside the gates day-in and day-out, it was never more evident than on that day, 26 years ago.
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