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  • Video: Surprise homecoming

    Lt. Col. Stephen Williams, a Reserve Citizen Airman with the 513th Air Control Group, returned home to Oklahoma City to surprise his three sons at an OKC Dodgers baseball game May 10, 2019. Williams was deployed to Southwest Asia performing duties as part of Operation Resolute Support. Welcome home!
  • Tinker Reservists earn CCAF degrees

    Two Reserve Citizen Airmen in the 507th Air Refueling Wing here received their Community College of the Air Force diplomas May 5, 2019, during commander’s call at the base theater. Seven other members of the wing also earned their degrees, along with seven Reservists in the 513th Air Control Group.
  • Vanwey Dining Facility to close until Oct.1

    The Vanwey Dining Facility here is closing Feb. 25th through Oct. 1st for structural renovations, but Tinker Air Force Base Reservists exclusively will be fed in an alternate location for the remaining seven drill weekends of FY 2019.
  • In the Wake of the Whirlwind: October tornado proves severe weather happens year-round

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- To say it struck like a bolt from the blue would mean you saw it coming; no one did.  No sirens in the area heralded its wake.  Its appearance was so abrupt, base meteorologists said there was no time for on-base warnings to go out.  At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 9, an F-1 tornado touched down near the
  • 513th ACG reveals new facility

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The 513th Air Control Group – call sign ’Thumper’ – has officially moved into its new home Sept. 7, after six years of planning, bringing the operations, support and headquarters elements together in the same building for the first time in twenty years. With representatives from across the Tinker Air Force Base community in attendance, the Airborne Warning and Control System Reserve associate unit dedicated the new 30,000 square foot, two-story facility, also known as Building 461. With inclement weather in the forecast and last-minute maneuvering, the new structure was also the location for the Reserve unit’s family day Sept. 9.
  • Commentary: Maintaining a legacy

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Commanders are often asked how they see their mission from a top-down perspective. These questions give a context of mission priorities and objectives that are understood at every level. The answers we give communicate where we believe our personnel should focus their best efforts, as well as to invest their
  • 513th safety office welcomes new team members

    Staff Sgt. Germaine Graham, Tech. Sgt. Erin Nitzel, and Staff Sgt. Nick Lucas are the most recent additions to the 513th Air Control Group safety office at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
  • AWACS maintainers at leading edge of 3-D printing

    Imagine you’re in aircraft maintenance and a mission is scheduled to fly in the next 24 hours. You need a part that hasn’t been manufactured in more than 30 years. A specially-commissioned replacement is available for $15,000, but it will take a year to arrive. A technician tells you he can get you the part by the end of the day for less than $500. When you ask how, the answer is shocking: He’s going to “print” one.
  • Reserve AWACS completes Sentry Aloha exercise

    Reservists from the 513th Air Control Group finished their last day of Sentry Aloha 17-01 on Feb. 3, here, marking a full two weeks of successful missions in one of the best training events in the unit's history.
  • 513th, 552nd team up for world's largest naval exercise

    Nearly 150 Airmen from the 513th Air Control Group and 552nd Air Control Wing deployed July 17 from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, to the Hawaiian Islands to participate in the world’s largest maritime exercise.