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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Historical marker points to birthplace of 507th

    Editor's Note:  The 507th Air Refueling Wing celebrates its 40th anniversary in May 2012.  In recognition of this milestone, we are reprinting the following story from the October 2004 issue of the On-final newsletter.En route to a history conference at old Fort Robinson, Neb., in April 2004, my

  • Education and training chief reflects on her career

    On the occasion of her retirement, Chief Master Sgt. Sharlotte Epps answered a few questions about her career, her future plans, and the unusual way she once earned an incentive flight.Why did you enlist?  I came to work for the 507th as a civilian employee in Customer Service in 1975. I worked here

  • '605' gets an 'opportunity for autonomy'

    Few people who, after finishing careers involving teaching and uniformed service and spanning more than three decades, would be opposed to call themselves retired.     But retirement isn't a word that Chief Master Sgt. Nathaniel McGuire said he would apply to his upcoming end of uniformed service on