A podcast dedicated to the latest events and happenings on one of the largest Air Force bases, “Tinker Talks” features various perspectives from the 5,600-acre installation. Captured by the 72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office, this podcast shares stories, updates and insights on Tinker Air Force Base. Please make sure to subscribe, download and "LIKE" us on iTunes, and feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you'd like to hear.
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Tinker Talks - Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) William "Pete" Piazza
Tinker Talks celebrates veterans this year with a podcast honoring the service of Pete Piazza.
Piazza served three tours in Vietnam. During his second tour, then-Staff Sgt. Piazza was NCO in Charge of the 3rd Security Police Squadron’s “C” Flight Security Resupply Team at Bien Hoa Air Base, near Saigon.
North Vietnamese forces launched a rocket and ground attack Jan. 31, 1968, as part of the Tet Offensive. Piazza drove through machine gun and sniper fire to resupply the defenders who were quickly running out of ammunition.
After the officer-in-charge was killed, Piazza assumed command and rallied with his troops in a show of stamina and force while they counter-attacked during an eight-hour assault. The position was held and in the end numbers of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in aircraft and supplies were spared.
He received the Silver Star, the third highest combat medal given to an Armed Forces member for his heroinism.
Piazza is no stranger to Tinker Air Force Base. He served here in the late 80s prior to retiring. In 2014 a gate was named in his honor.
Piazza still gives to our Airmen, showing up to speak for the Airmen Leadership School classes as well as coming out to spend time with our active duty members.
This is a longer podcast and we could have gone for hours. Have a listen and give us your feedback in honor of this great hero.
Tinker Talks - CMSAF Joann Bass
CMSAF JoAnne Bass, the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force and CMSgt. John Alsvig, Air Force First Sergeant Special Duty Manager join us to discuss their recent visit to Tinker. CMSAF Bass discusses the incredibly diverse Team Tinker missions, the Force of the Future and her visit to speak to a JROTC group from Edmond Schools. CMSgt. Alsvig speaks highly of Tinker's First Sergeants and leadership here as well as the incredible ability of today's Airmen to focus on multiple tasks at a time and so much more.
This episode is packed with high energy and information and one you'll want to listen to the end.
It was a great and incredibly rare opportunity to share time with CMSAF to get insights and perspective from her level.
Tinker Talks - F-35 Demo Team Pilot Maj. Kristin "Beo" Wolfe and F-5 Heritage Pilot Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Tommy Williams
This episode of Tinker talks we talk to the F-35 Demonstration Team pilot, Maj. Kristin "Beo" Wolfe as well as F-5 Heritage flight pilot, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Tommy Williams. We talk careers, comparison of fighter aircraft as well as heritage as they get set to participate in this year's Tinker Airshow.
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