ON-FINAL NEWS BULLETIN – Dec. 4, 2021 (Vol 41, No. 12)

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  • By 2nd Lt. Mary Begy
  • 507th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

ON-FINAL NEWS BULLETIN – Dec. 4, 2021 (Vol 41, No. 12)

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Tinker Reservist harnesses personal strengths at Yellow Ribbon
Staff Sgt. Johnny Kheng, an air transportation specialist with the 72nd Aerial Port Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, attended his first Yellow Ribbon event Nov. 19-21, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia.

Global Thunder concludes at Tinker
Exercise Global Thunder 22, an annual U.S. Strategic Command nuclear command and control and field training exercise, concluded Nov. 7, 2021, with elements of the 507th Air Refueling Wing taking part.

Tinker selects civilian community leaders to serve as honorary commanders in 2022
Seventeen leaders from across the metro area were chosen to participate in the Tinker Honorary Commander program in 2022. Now in its 25th year, the program pairs members of the community with key leaders from Tinker Air Force Base for one year.

Honorary Commanders see the Okie mission in action
Tinker Air Force Base Honorary Commanders join the 507th Air Refueling Wing for an orientation flight over Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The orientation flight gave the honorary commanders an opportunity to see the Okie in-air refueling mission in action, Oct. 15, 2021.

Air Force releases alternate component fitness score charts
After announcing the components in July, over 9,000 data points were collected to determine the point values for each component by assessing approximately 2,000 Airmen from 23 installations.

Air Force Reserve Key Spouse Virtual Conference
The Air Force Reserve Key Spouse Program hosted the first-ever Air Force Reserve Virtual Key Spouse Conference Nov. 10, 2021, with the theme “Building Resilient Teams.

507th ARW December Enlisted Promotions  

Fiscal Year 2022 UTA schedule available

Message from Air Force Leaders
Airmen and Guardians,

As the holiday season begins, we want to thank each and every one of you for your selfless dedication and contribution to a noble cause—the security of our Nation.  As you enjoy this time of celebration, please keep those Airmen and Guardians who cannot be with their loved ones this year in your thoughts.

Your continued support to the joint force, our allies, and partners defines the gift that keeps on giving: your selflessness.  Airmen and Guardians’ accomplishments over the last year include the largest airlift of people in history, second busiest wildfire response, multiple space launches, and sustained support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Despite the numerous challenges at both a Departmental and National level, your dedication to the mission never wavered. 

During your holiday celebrations, we encourage you to take time to relax and recharge with family and friends, as you are able.  And please, make deliberate decisions to continue to protect yourself and your loved ones so that we can begin 2022 with a strong force ready to meet the challenges of the future. 

Happy Holidays – One Team, One Fight!

Frank Kendall                                                                      Gina Ortiz Jones
Secretary of the Air Force                                                Under Secretary of the Air Force

John W. Raymond                                                              Charles Q. Brown, Jr.               
General, U.S. Space Force                                                General, U.S. Air Force                         
Chief of Space Operations                                                Chief of Staff

Roger A. Towberman                                                         JoAnne S. Bass
Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force                    Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

Airmen and Guardians –

In keeping with our commitment to honesty and transparency, the Department of the Air Force recently released both an Addendum to the Disparity Review and the findings from the Interpersonal Violence Task Force.  Both documents are available at https://www.af.mil and https://www.spaceforce.mil. 

As your leadership team, we are committed to ensuring every Airman and Guardian has the opportunity to serve to their full potential.  The Addendum provides us with increased granularity on the trends identified in the previous Racial Disparity Reviews.  We recognize that some of our teammates have had a different experience while serving; this addendum provides us with greater insight into the disparities that exist at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and gender.

The Interpersonal Violence Task Force findings specifically focused on the support and services available after someone experiences interpersonal violence.  Behaviors of interpersonal violence exist on a continuum of harm ranging from bullying, to sexual innuendo, to stalking and physical behavior such as pushing or shoving.  The behaviors were grouped into four categories – intimate partner/non-intimate partner violence, workplace harassment, workplace bullying, and hazing.  Over half of the approximately 68,000 Total Force Airmen and Guardians who responded to the survey reported experiencing behaviors considered consistent with at least one type of interpersonal violence during the previous two years at work or in their personal lives. 

One Team, One Fight!

Frank Kendall                                                         Gina Ortiz Jones
Secretary of the Air Force                                   Under Secretary of the Air Force

John W. Raymond                                                       Charles Q. Brown, Jr.
General, U.S. Space Force                                         General, U.S. Air Force
Chief of Space Operations                                         Chief of Staff

Roger A. Towberman                                                   JoAnne S. Bass
Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force              Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force


Operation Home Front Toy Giveaway

Dollar Tree and Operation Home Front have partnered again this year to collect toys for military families.  We’ll be holding our event on Sunday, 5 December, from 0800-1100.  The location will be the 507th MXS AGE Shop (Building 1070), which is located behind the Reserve gym/HQ building.  This event is open to ALL Reserve members and their families while supplies last.  This is a great opportunity to grab those stocking stuffers or let siblings “shop”. 

Federal Benefits Open Season
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced the Federal Benefits Open Season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP), and the Federal Flexible Spending Account (FSAFEDS) Program.
 The Open Season for all three programs runs from Monday, 8 November through Monday, 13 December 2021.

Chapel services available on UTA Sundays
Event: Chapel Service Date: Sunday UTA Time: 0715-0745, Location: Bldg 1094, 72nd MDG, Heritage Hall in the basement

Event: Chapel Service Date: Sunday UTA Time: 0730-0800 Location: 72nd APS Conference Rm.

Event: Catholic Mass Date: Sunday UTA Time: 0730-0800 Location: Bldg 1059, 507th Operations Group, Conference Room

Event: Bible Study Date: Sunday UTA Time: 0800 – 0830, Location: Bldg 1048, 507th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Conference Room

For more information, please contact the 507th Chapel Staff at 405-734-1912.

Family Day postponed to 2022
507th Air Refueling Wing Family Day is rescheduled until 2022. Family day is an annual event designed to give families of Okies the opportunity to enjoy aircraft static displays, food and fun.

Sign up for a Family Day vendor booth today: https://afrc.eim.us.af.mil/sites/507ARW/SitePages/507%20ARW%20Family%20Day.aspx

Vanwey Dining Facility – Open for business






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0600 – 1300


1100 – 1300


1600 – 1800


1630 – 1830



Due to social distancing requirements and minimal dine-in seating, the Vanwey Dining Facility requests your support in minimizing DFAC congestion by staggering customer meal times. The following schedule shows the suggested time-slots for customers:

10:30am- 507 MXS, 507 SFS, 513 AMXS, 970 AACS
11:00am- 507 CES, 507 LRS, 513 MXS, 513 OPS
11:30 am- 465 ARS, 507 OG, 507 OSS, 507 AMXS
12:00 pm- 507 FSS, 507 ARW, 507 MSG, 507 MXG
12:30 pm- 507 MDS, 72 APS, 513 ACG

507th Chiefs Group – TOP 3 – Rising 6 & CGOC Present “E-Finance Overview”

DATE/TIME: Sunday, December UTA @ 1200-1300
LOCATION: New Wing Auditorium
COURSE: “E-Finance Overview”

Can’t make it in person?
Available via teleconference, just call 301-909-7357 and use access #: 247310745
POC: MSgt Megan Denman

Tinker AFB Family Advocacy


Pregnancy Resource Briefing:  Tuesday, 7 Dec 2021, 9:30-11:30am @ Tinker Medical Clinic’s Levy Conference Room.  Timely, essential information and support services for pregnancies will be presented.  The material is focused on the expecting parent’s needs and includes such topics as:  New Parent Support Program; nutrition during pregnancy; maternal dental care, Tricare enrollment for baby; fitness during pregnancy & profile information; shaken baby prevention & Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

New Parent Support Program (NPSP):  This FREE program offers scheduled home visits from a Registered Nurse to assist expecting parents and/or those with children from birth to 3 years of age.  Breastfeeding support, infant nutrition, & child developmental assessments are just a few of the many topics covered.  In-home marriage counseling upon request.  Call to inquire and enroll at any time.  (Home Visits have begun again for those who elect to participate in this manner; telephonic/virtual visits are also supported).

507 ARW 4th Quarter Award Packages due January UTA
DUE: January UTA, CGO packages due 4 December COB (Late packages will not be accepted)

If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding the due date of the 3rd quarter award packages, please contact MSgt Kerra Hibner or CMSgt Stephen Nicholas.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
Dec 17-19: Los Angeles, CA
Jan 28-30: Costa Mesa, CA
Feb 18-20: Orlando, FL
For more information, contact the 507th ARW and 513th ACG YR rep, MSgt Stephanie Charkowski at stephanie.charkowski@us.af.mil

If you would like to submit information or photos to the On-final, email us at 507arw.pa2@us.af.mil.