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First Lieutenant Kinder Blacke, 552nd Air Control Wing, and her son, Reginald "Reggie" Blacke smile for the camera while taking pictures for the Double Duty project. Photo compliments of Ms. AnnaMarie Garcia. Photographer Honors Military Moms' 'Double Duty'
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Mothers across the country are making an important sacrifice by serving in the military. One local photographer wants to capture these moms who she says are on "Double Duty." The photographer has begun with a few women stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. Her plan is to compile a set of soldier mom photos in a book. There's
0 12/10
2008
Tech. Sgt. Douglas Lichoff, air surveillance technician, 727 EACS, displays the critical role he plays in the CRC of interpreting radar and IFF codes to identify aircraft in the airspace, as Lt. Gen. Gary North, commander, 9th Air Force, Lt. Col. Bryan Gates, commander, 727 EACS, and Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff look over his shoulder. 552 ACW’s Air Control Squadrons work tirelessly, provide essential BMC2 information
The 552nd Air Control Wing is popularly known for the E-3 Sentry aircraft, which can often be seen flying through the skies of Oklahoma City out of Tinker Air Force Base. The unique jet, complete with a giant rotating radome affixed on top, needs no introduction. However, the 552 ACW's newest warning and control system is not so conspicuous. In
0 12/09
2008
Santa Claus arrives at the 552 ACW Children’s Christmas Party on an E-3 Sentry and is greeted by Col. Pat Hoffman, commander, 552 ACW. Photo courtesy of 1Lt Kinder Blacke. Santa visits the 552nd Air Control Wing children
Children of the 552nd Air Control Wing received a special visit from Santa Claus Dec. 6 when he flew in on an E-3 Sentry for the annual 552 ACW Children's Christmas Party. Santa was greeted by Col. Pat Hoffman, 552nd ACW Commander, along with a crowd of excited children and their parents. Each child met with Santa to share their Christmas wish and
0 12/09
2008
Senior Airman Crystal Garza proudly pins the Purple Heart on her grandfather, Mr. Hilario Riojas, during the official Purple Heart Ceremony in his honor November 26. Purple Heart awarded after 62 years
Mr. Hilario L. Riojas was in disbelief when he finally received the Purple Heart that he earned in battle over sixty-two years ago when he sustained a shrapnel injury and was one of only eight men out of fifty to survive. The 552nd Maintenance Operations Squadron officially presented the award to Mr. Riojas November 26, in an emotional Purple Heart
0 12/03
2008
Airmen from the 552d Maintenance Group enjoy a plentiful Thanksgiving feast November 20 to kick off the holiday season. Airmen enjoy annual 552 MXG Turkey Feast
Airmen from the 552nd Maintenance Group enjoyed a bountiful Thanksgiving meal November 20th at the annual 552 MXG Turkey Feast.The meal included turkey and all of the traditional fixings, as well as an appetizing array of desserts, all served by the 552nd Air Control Wing leadership.The feast was kicked off with opening words from Col. Patricia
0 11/21
2008
Col. Patricia Hoffman, commander, 552nd Air Control Wing, and Capt. Brian Hardeman, air battle manager, 552nd Operations Group welcome DelQuest students onto the E-3 Sentry for a tour and a chance to talk with several crewmembers. Photo compliments of 1Lt Kinder Blacke. Outstanding DelQuest students visit 552 ACW
Airmen from the 552nd Air Control Wing spent an afternoon mentoring 25 gifted high school students from the Del City district November 13 as they toured the E-3 Sentry and mission simulators. The event was sponsored by the DelQuest Future Leaders of America Program, which selects deserving high school juniors from the Del City district to
0 11/18
2008
The 552d Air Control Wing congratulates its two new Chief Master Sergeants, James Griffin, 552d Air Control Networks Squadron (left) and Stewart Stangl, 552d Operations Support Squadron (right). On Wednesday morning, the 552 ACW senior leaders and fellow chiefs surprised the two Airmen at their offices to celebrate the good news. Photo courtesy of Mr. Kenneth LaFayette. 552 ACW celebrates two new chiefs
The 552d Air Control Wing congratulates its two new Chief Master Sergeants, James Griffin, 552d Air Control Networks Squadron and Stewart Stangl, 552d Operations Support Squadron. Wednesday morning, the 552 ACW senior leaders and fellow chiefs surprised the two Airmen at their offices to celebrate the good news. Public law only allows one percent
0 11/13
2008
The 960th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron, led by Lt. Col. Lawrence Brundidge. Photo courtesy of 380 AEW/PA. 960th EAACS reaches significant milestones while deployed
When the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron returned from Southwest Asia in September, they had some impressive accomplishments to look back on. The 142 Airmen in the 960th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron were led by Lt. Col. Lawrence Brundidge, commander, 960th AACS for four and a half months as they fulfilled their mission in the
0 11/10
2008
Volunteers at the Sooner Stand Down help homeless veterans find clothing and shoes to fill their backpacks. Photo courtesy of 1Lt Kinder Blacke. Tinker Airmen help homeless veterans at Operation Stand Down
Tinker Airmen volunteered in impressive numbers October 23rd and 24th to help provide free services to homeless and disadvantaged veterans at the 9th annual "Sooner Stand Down." Operation Stand Down is a nation-wide program that helps homeless veterans "combat" life on the streets. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about one
0 10/28
2008
Maj. Dwight Minnick, 552nd Maintenance Operations Squadron Commander Building Bridges: The Framework for Mission Success
1986 seems almost like a lifetime ago. I was a young Airman First Class assigned to the 391st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Our AMU maintained a fleet of F-111A's, an aircraft that has long since retired from our inventory. The work was hard and the hours long because the mission always came first. My AMU
0 10/22
2008
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