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  • Mechanics, pilots carry out missions together

    Unlike other base units, pilots and aircraft mechanics with the 507th and 137th Air Refueling Wings have a unique relationship. Oftentimes, when a KC-135 Stratotanker is in the air, at least one mechanic is with the jet he maintains.A tradition carried from the Army Air Forces and days of World War II, the task is necessary for the aging KC-135s."I
  • Feature-The Cooking Crew Chief: Reservist's dream comes true

    A KC-135 Stratotanker dedicated crew chief here is not only ensuring our aircraft get safely in the air, but also ensuring his customers get some tasty food.Senior Airman Johnny Ordonez has been cooking for as long as he can remember and loving every minute of it after getting the idea originally from his grandmother.On December 12, 2012, Ordonez
  • Sequestration will impact Tinker Guard and Reserve

    Air Force Reserve Command officials estimate automatic budget cuts triggered by sequestration will result in a reduction of up to 18 percent of flying hours and affect the command's 13,000 civilians with more than 300 of those here in the 507th Air Refueling Wing and 513th Air Control Group.Sequestration is a provision in budget law that triggered
  • Guard and 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
  • 507th Maintenance Operations Flight gets new commander

    Lt. Col. Amee Howard assumed command of the 507th Maintenance Operations Flight from Maj. Carl Jones during an assumption of command ceremony here, Feb. 3, 2013. Howard remains at the 507th after serving the last three years as the Maintenance Group executive officer. "She has done great work for us in the past," said Col. Jeffrey Pickard, 507th
  • The total force mission continues

    The 137th Air Refueling Wing, Oklahoma Air National Guard maintenance and operations crews launched multiple missions here Wednesday, Feb. 6. The 507th Air Refueling Wing is the first Air Force Reserve unit to serve as a host wing for an associate Air National Guard wing. Aircrew and maintenance members from Oklahoma's 137th Wing are currently
  • New maintenance platforms to increase safety, decrease inspection time

    The 507th Maintenance Squadron received and installed new KC-135 maintenance platforms here Jan. 14, designed to increase safety and efficiency while completing Isochronal Inspections (ISO). These new platforms which are approximately 1,500 square feet, spanning the length of a KC-135 wing are also designed to decrease the ISO fly to fly time,
  • Reserve JAG earns Bronze Star

    A 507th Air Refueling Wing staff judge advocate was awarded the fourth highest combat decoration, the Bronze Star for leading detainee operations in Afghanistan for 12 months. Maj. Jack Spencer served as the Chief of Detainee Operations to the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force, Kabul, Afghanistan, from September 2011 to October 2012. As the
  • Over 130 Reserve Airmen deploy to Southwest Asia

    More than 130 Reserve Airmen said goodbye to their families, friends and civilian employers here Jan. 7, as they deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Air Refueling Operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.The reservists will support a broad spectrum of air refueling missions coming in and out of the area of operations. "The
  • 507th Civil Engineer Squadron gets new commander

    Lt. Col. Patricia Pettine assumed command of the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron from Lt. Col. Brian Stahl during a ceremony here Jan. 5, 2013. Pettine, a Dearborn, Michigan native comes to the 507th CES with an extensive background in civil engineering. She began her Air Force civil engineering career on active duty serving at Schriever and Eielson
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