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  • Once an Okie, always an Okie: The History of Reserve Airmen at Tinker

    U.S. Air Force Reserve units served here dating back to June 1946, when they were still part of the Army Air Forces. Since that time, Air Force Reserve units on base have flown bombers, trainers, transports, fighters and now command and control and aerial refueling aircraft.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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