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Jeff Van Dorp showcases a photo of himself, Airman Van Dorp from 1975 at the “SH Okie” reunion Sept. 23 in the 507th Air Refueling Wing Hangar 1030. Van Dorp served in the Aerial Repair and Isochronal Inspection shop in the wing from 1981-2008 and currently works in maintenance in the Air Logistics Center as a civil service civilian. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Maj. Jon Quinlan)       Okie pride showcased at reunion
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- There is something special about being part of a team, especially a team that works so well together through the ups and downs; a team you can count on for anything; a team you never forget.  The “SH Okies” team is made up of several hundred, mostly retired, Citizen Airmen that are all former members of the 507th and
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2016
Senior Airman Josh Lemley, 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron locates equipment to assist with KC-135 maintenance on Aug. 10, 2016 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Abion) Traditional Reservist – Intertwining the military and civilian world
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - When Senior Airman Josh Lemley arrived to work that morning, he wasn’t expecting the change of status in threats and immediate tension to fill the room so quickly. Lemley’s first deployment was to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Returning from overseas before the coup d’etat in July 2016 was a relief, yet he still had a
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2016
Tech. Sgt. Dustin Staude, a jet engine mechanic from the 507th Propulsion Maintenance shop, installs fan blades on an F108 engine following a 1500 flight-hour fan blade inspection Sep. 3, 2015, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. The shop is responsible for inspecting and maintaining the 40 engines for the KC-135 Stratotankers in the 507th Air Refueling Wing’s inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason)

Reserve engine shop runs full throttle
When it comes to experience and dedication, the 507th Propulsion Maintenance shop has what it takes to maintain all of the KC-135 Stratotanker engines in the 507th Air Refueling Wing's inventory, according to Staff Sgt. Linton Riddick, engine manager with the jet engine shop here.The 10-person shop is comprised of five Air Reserve Technicians and
0 12/04
2015
Maj. Donna Mae Williams, a pilot assigned to the 465th Air Refueling Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., throws Styrofoam airplanes with 4th grade students from Kendall-Whittier Elementary School on May 20 in Tulsa, Okla. Williams visited the students after corresponding with them about her battle with cancer and career as a pilot in the Air Force Reserve. (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Caleb Wanzer/Released) Fly through it; Okie pilot connects with Tulsa students through battle with cancer
When Maj. Donna Mae Williams returned home from the hospital after complications from her first round of chemotherapy in late April, she felt less than invincible.Williams, a pilot assigned to the 465th Refueling Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, found out she had breast cancer while deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, earlier this year."I
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2015
Senior Airman Kelly Higgins, left, and Master Sgt. Amanda Black, both assigned to the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, show off their hiking gear August 3 in front of an E-3 Sentry at Tinker. Higgins and Black hiked more than 36 miles during a recent trip to Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Caleb Wanzer) Fit for a legacy
In the not-so-distant past, Kelly Higgins was a typical American guy with a 9-to-5 desk job managing property with family. But just after he turned 30, Higgins knew he was missing something. Whether it was a mid-life crisis or just being fed up with the norm, he knew he needed a big change."I just thought, this isn't what I want to do," Higgins
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2014
Pat Rupel, a retired lieutenant colonel and pilot with the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, crosses a checkpoint at the Boston Marathon on April 28. Rupel beat more than 2,000 runners to win the 60 to 64 year-old male division. (Courtesy photo) Former 970th pilot wins Boston Marathon division
When Pat Rupel crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year, he planned on it being his last. The weather had been perfect for long-distance running with light winds and temperatures hanging in the 50s.Rupel, a recently retired lieutenant colonel with the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, finished
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2014
Tech. Sgt. Lakesha Bailey, 507th Air Refueling Wing command post controller and training manager works from her console here Feb 14. The 137th ARW, Oklahoma Air National Guard and 507th ARW’s “Sooner Control” command post is the only associated guard and reserve command post with a nuclear mission in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers) Guard, Reserve Command Post, a unique epicenter
It's 12:30 a.m. in the command post and a radio mounted on Tech. Sgt. Lakesha Bailey's console lights up and blasts without warning thru the speaker, "Exercise, Exercise, Exercise, Sooner Control, this is Okie 34 we are declaring a in-flight emergency and request emergency personnel and fire rescue at runway three zero zero. We have four souls on
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2013
Senior Master Sgt. Jeremy Allen, shown here playing rugby, is the Tinker AFB “Athlete of the Year” for 2012. The sergeant, who serves in the 513th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, participates in Armed Forces Rugby, base flag football and Tinker bowling, and mentors members of the 513 AMXS and his deployed unit, the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, in matters of wellness and physical fitness. (Courtesy photo) 513th Reservist named ‘Athlete of Year’
Senior Master Sgt. Jeremy Allen of the 513th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has been named the Tinker Air Force Base "Athlete of the Year" for 2012.The honoree was chosen for his "long-time participation in Armed Forces Rugby, working as the strength and conditioning coach for the University of Oklahoma rugby team, involvement in base intramural
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2013
An E-3 Sentry moves to within 50 feet of a KC-135 from the 507 ARW recently as the two planes prepare for an aerial refueling over the cloudy skies of St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 3, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers) Highly skilled dance performed at 25,000 feet
When most people think about skillful dancing, the thought of a couple moving gracefully across a dance floor comes to mind. If you are part of the KC-135 Stratotanker refueling crew, you're probably picturing two planes less than 50 feet apart bouncing around at 25,000 feet while trying to connect a refueling boom into what appears to be a golf
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2013
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (ret.) Donald Klinko stands in front of the remains of a heating plant stand on the former location of Bruning Army Air Field, Neb., in this photo taken on July 17, 2004.  The 507th Fighter Group, the precursor to the modern-day 507th Air Refueling Wing, was activated at Bruning AAF in 1944.  (U.S. Air Force photo courtesy of Lt. Col. [ret.] Donald Klinko) Historical marker points to birthplace of 507th
Editor's Note:  The 507th Air Refueling Wing celebrates its 40th anniversary in May 2012.  In recognition of this milestone, we are reprinting the following story from the October 2004 issue of the On-final newsletter.En route to a history conference at old Fort Robinson, Neb., in April 2004, my wife Joann was driving as we crossed the
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2012
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