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(Left) Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason, a public affairs specialist with the 507th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs office and native Oklahoman, poses for a Christmas snapshot with her sister Amy in 1984. (Right) Gleason waits on a bus before being deployed to Southwest Asia in 2005 during Operation Enduring Freedom. (Courtesy photo) Going out on a limb
It has been said that in order to succeed we must go out on a limb, because that's where the fruit is. As a little girl, I didn't take chances. I was terrified of climbing trees. My feet were firmly planted on the ground, while my neighborhood friends pretended to be cats, bounding from branch to branch. I secretly wished my Dad would weld the
0 12/03
2015
Lt. Col. Brent Vander Pol, the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron commander at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, taken on July 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Caleb Wanzer) Change as a constant
It seems with each passing day some new change jumps out in front of our Air Force lives. The current budget, global threats, a changing force and Total Force Integration are just a few that come to mind. You can walk down just about any hallway and hear the conversations about how this or that is going to change and how that is going to affect us.
0 5/02
2015
Col. David W. Robertson is the commander of the 513th Air Control Group at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He has more than 20 years of experience in command and control, including joint and multi-national operations. Robertson is a Master Air Battle Manager with over 3,500 flight hours in the E-3 Sentry. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mark Hybers) Family: what sets us apart
When I talk with family, friends and our active-duty counterparts about the Reserve, the topic almost always comes around to how we are different than the active duty. In many ways, we are no different, especially here at an associate unit like the 513th. We fly and maintain the same E-3s (albeit at a much higher rate of experience and excellence)
0 10/07
2014
Col. David R. Robertson's official photo, taken Dec. 12, 2013. Robertson is the commander of the 513th Air Control Group. March Madness
This past month, basketball fans have been afflicted with "March Madness," college basketball's unpredictable playoff season. The 513th Air Control Group has experienced its own form of March Madness with the announcement of the proposed FY 15/FY 16 defense budget. I know we as a team were shocked and frustrated with the proposal to deactivate the
0 4/22
2014
. Enlisted force development is the future
Today's digital age has brought a huge advantage in career advancement opportunities that were not available in years past. I want all of you to know the leadership of the 507th is committed to providing you the tools necessary to succeed.My focus in writing this is to ensure all of you are fully aware of the process for acquiring Enlisted
0 4/07
2014
Default Air Force Logo Keep your "tricycle" balanced
Several years ago I used to look to the sky, see a small aircraft flying by and tell my wife, one day I'd like to have that kind of freedom. That year I received flying lessons as a birthday present from my wife and mother. While learning how to fly, I realized that although you do have certain freedoms, none of these come free; not that it costs
0 2/28
2014
Triple ace fighter pilot, Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, center and former members of the 507th sport their mustaches throughout the years. “Mustache March” is a way to honor our heritage and our pride while having some fun and getting made fun of in many cases. (U.S. Air Force Photo illustration/Senior Airman Mark Hybers) Mustache March, Air Force Heritage and you
So it's March and what's the first thing you think about in this glorious month...Mustache March of course. Maybe not, but this year Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh issued a challenge to the force for this March."I don't think we've ever had an all-in Mustache March, have we?" Welsh said during his speech at the Air Force Association's Air
0 2/27
2014
First Lieutenant Cristi Jordan, 507th Operations Group, listens to a veteran during the Norman Veterans Center Annual Christmas party, Dec. 23.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Mark Hybers) Looking into the eyes of a Vet
Looking into the bright eyes of a World War II Marine Corps vet, I intensely listened as he described his experiences during the war. His voice cracked a bit as he detailed those days so many years ago.The gentleman was in his 90's but still was able to vividly describe to me what being a veteran is all about. Sacrifice, service, dedication, mental
0 12/23
2013
Get One Now Get 1 now program helps bring quality Airmen to the reserves
Whether you know it or not, you are a recruiter. We all are recruiters. Every day you wear the uniform, talk about your job in your community, or visit your children's school you are highlighting the Air Force. It may be a story you told your son's friend years ago or a discussion you had with a neighbor who refers a friend to you because, you are
0 11/15
2013
Col. Russell A. Muncy, 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander Farewell Okies, It’s been an honor and privilege serving with you
It has been an honor to serve with you. This is the best wing in AFRC and its all due to your efforts to make this unit the best it can be. Bringing our guard and reserve members together to form "Team Oklahoma" was an amazing accomplishment that set the bar for all future Air Reserve Component associations. I have learned a ton from you all and
0 11/04
2013
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