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Lt. Col. Christian Egan, 966th Airborne Air Control Squadron commander, center, and members of his squadron celebrate at the unveiling at their new granite sign in front of their building on Nov. 25.The squadron moved from the south side of the base to Bldg. 201W six months ago and the long-awaited sign in front of their building solidifies their home near the rest of the AWACS facilities. “This sign is a symbol of pride and belonging for all the Eagles,” Tech. Sgt. Stanley Chatham said, noting the floods, fires and other issues the squadron has dealt with since moving into their new location. “Today, they leave these problems in the past and truly have a home worthy of their dedication to the mission.” (Air Force photo by Kelly White/Releaesed) Home sweet home

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Gen. David Hicks, 1st Air Force vice commander and deputy Joint Forces Air Component commander for U.S. Northern Command, coins Senior Airman Benjamin Schwartz, a crew chief with the 552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, for stepping up to provide last-minute support to a July 4 mission. (Courtesy photo) Tinker Airman coined for going above and beyond
A Tinker Airman was recently honored for his work over the Independence Day weekend.Senior Airman Benjamin Schwartz, a crew chief with the 552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, received a coin on Sept. 29 from Gen. David Hicks, 1st Air Force vice commander and deputy Joint Forces Air Component commander for U.S. Northern Command.With last-minute
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An E-3G “Sentrry” Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft patrols the skies over the U.S. on a recent homeland defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo) The wait is over...E-3 Block 40/45 deploys to combat theater
The long-awaited, highly anticipated deployment of the E-3 "Sentry" Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 aircraft is finally over, with the arrival of the first upgraded weapon system to a combat theater of operations.The first E-3G arrived in Southwest Asia Nov. 18, marking the deployment of the most comprehensive modification to the
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With 552nd Air Control Wing Vice Commander Col. Bradley Bird at the wheel, 552nd ACW Command Chief Master Sgt. Avery Woolridge throws candy as they drive down the parade route in their AWACS-modified golf cart.  (Air Force photo by Kelly White/Released) Saluting Veterans

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Members of the 552nd Air Control Wing’s Operations Group participated in a base retreat ceremony on Nov. 3. Led by 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Kristen D. Thompson, the 24-member group stood at attention as the flag was lowered and folded by the Tinker Honor Guard. (Air Force photo by Kelly White/Released) Honoring the flag

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Master Sgt. James Gasaway, an air reserve technician assigned to the 513th Maintenance Squadron, shows off equipment in the fabricator section to Brig. Gen. David Hicks, the vice commander for 1st Air Force, on Sept. 29 during a brief visit to Tinker Air Force Base.  General Hicks toured the 552nd Air Control Wing and 513th Air Control Group to thank Airmen for their efforts in homeland defense and counter-drug operations.   (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Caleb Wanzer/Released) Showcasing Tinker

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Master Sgt. James Gasaway, an air reserve technician assigned to the 513th Maintenance Squadron, shows off equipment in the fabricator section to Brig. Gen. David Hicks, the vice commander for 1st Air Force, on Sept. 29 during a brief visit to Tinker Air Force Base.  General Hicks toured the 552nd Air Control Wing and 513th Air Control Group to thank Airmen for their efforts in homeland defense and counter-drug operations.   (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Caleb Wanzer/Released) Photo: Showcasing Tinker

0 10/02
2015
Default Air Force Logo AWACS tragedy spurred safety improvements
"Lot of birds here ... We took one! We took two of them," called out Capt. Glenn Rogers Jr., aircraft commander, over the radio. "Elmendorf tower, Yukla two-seven heavy has an emergency ... lost number two engine we've taken some birds."On Sept. 22, 1995, an E-3B Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System, call sign Yukla 27, crashed, killing all
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Linda DeFrancesco, mother of Senior Airman Lawrence DeFrancesco, places her hands on a plaque with her son’s name on it during a quiet moment before a ceremony at the Yukla 27 memorial. American and Canadian airmen assigned to the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron, distinguished guests, and surviving family members of the crew of the E-3B Sentry, Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, call sign Yukla 27, gathered for 20th anniversary memorial ceremonies on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Tuesday. On Elmendorf Air Force Base, Sept. 22, 1995, Yukla 27 from the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron encountered a flock of geese and crashed shortly after takeoff on a routine surveillance training sortie, killing all 24 U.S. and Canadian Airmen aboard. (U.S. Air Force photos/Justin Connaher) Families mark 20 years since tragic loss of AWACS crew
Friday, Sept. 22, 1995 started out peaceful enough. Overcast skies were giving way to the heat of the sun, taking with them the last testimony of rain from the night before. Scattered clouds ranged from 5,000 to 20,000 feet, and visibility was 15 miles.For Elmendorf Air Force Base flightline personnel, it was to be a light work day; the F-15 Eagle
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During a Sept. 22 ceremony, Col. David Gaedecke, 552nd Air Control Wing commander, receives a wreath from a member of Tinker’s Honor Guard to place at the foot of the Yukla 27 Memorial. Assisting with the wreath laying are, from left, retired Master Sgt. Ken Lybolt, who was the crew chief for the Yukla; retired Col. Wylie Koiner, former 552nd ACW commander; and Lt. Col. Don “Boc” Saunders, Canadian Detachment commander. The ceremony marked the 20th anniversary of “Yukla two-seven” crashing 42 seconds after takeoff at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, killing all 24 crew members onboard. (Air Force photo by Kelly White/Released) 'Yukla two-seven' Airmen remembered on 20th anniversary of crash
The 24 U.S. and Canadian Airmen who lost their lives two decades ago did not die in vain and honorably inspire members of "America's Wing" today,  the 552nd Air Control Wing commander said Tuesday."They gave their lives for us," Col. David Gaedecke said to approximately 450 people gathered for the 20th anniversary of the E-3 Sentry crash at
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