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'Once an Okie, always an Okie.' It's a mantra spoken by a group of several hundred former members of the 507th Air Refueling Wing. This group of Okies meets at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, every two years, and they met here Sept. 28-29.
Senior Master Sgt. Chad Bolding, 507th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, holds the International Bavarian Military Competition first place trophy Aug. 3, 2018, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Bolding was the captain of the Air Force Reserve Command team who won first place at the international competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)
A 154th Wing Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptor flies behind a 434th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, near Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 17. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, and about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Family, friends, and co-workers greet a deployed group of U.S. Air Force Reserve Citizen Airmen assigned to the 507th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, July 3, July 5, and July 7, 2018. More than 100 Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 507th ARW deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of air operations.
Maj. Gen. Randall Ogden, Fourth Air Force commander, hands the 507th Air Refueling Wing flag to Col. Richard Heaslip, 507th ARW commander, June 3, 2018, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. The passing of a flag during a change of command ceremony serves as a visual symbol of command to Airmen within the unit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)
Staff Sgt. Justin Jarrett, a Reserve Citizen Airmen with the 507th Security Forces Squadron, stands for a photo May 10, 2018, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. As a civilian police officer, Jarrett received a Life Saver Award from the Oklahoma City Police Department in May 2018 for administering life-saving CPR to a local citizen in December 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)
The sun sets on the Oklahoma City Memorial site. One of the Gates of Time lights up to reveal the moment just after the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed. The site of the Reflecting Pool leading west toward this gate was once N.W. 5th St., with the Murrah Building just to the left. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mark Hybers)
Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., refueled seven F/A-18 Hornets from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels team March 19, 2018. The Blue Angels returned home to Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., after three months of training at El Centro Naval Air Facility, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)
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Total Force Citizen Airmen from the 507th Air Refueling Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma demonstrate flight and refueling capabilities of the KC-135R Stratotanker while augmenting the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, July 1-29 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. F-15C Eagles from RAF Lakenheath, England and F-16 Fighting Falcons from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany air refuel with the 507th ARW KC-135R in this time lapse video, shot from two different missions, July 19 and July 25, 2017.
The "Okies" of the "Fighting 507th" have seen many changes in its diverse history from the P-47 “Thunderbolts” to the KC-135 “Stratotankers”, the unit continues to play a important role in our national defense. This video highlights the historical past of the 507th Air Refueling Wing, Air Force Reserve Command. (507th Fighter Wing, 507th Wing, 507th Tactical Fighter Group, 507th Fighter Group). (U.S. Air Force Video/Maj. Jon Quinlan)

   

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