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  • 552nd ACW commander leaving 'home' for 12th AF

    On July 1, Col. Jay R. Bickley and his immensely supportive wife, Karla, will bid farewell to Tinker Air Force Base -- a place they've called home for a number of years -- and start embracing their new roles at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Ariz.Succeeding Colonel Bickley will be Col. David M. Gaedecke.Colonel Bickley will become the vice commander
  • Tinker captain wins ACC award

    A pilot with the 552nd Operations Group has taken home the 2015 Airlift Tanker Association Young Leadership Award for Air Combat Command.Capt. Fernando Nicolalde had an impressive award package that included accomplishments from the last year, from his time as a flight commander for the Aircrew Flight Equipment (formerly known as Life Support) and
  • Leaders hail 552nd ACW's 60th anniversary

    Bookended with addresses from two former wing commanders, the 552nd Air Control Wing's three-day Diamond Anniversary Salute "exceeded all expectations," wing Commander Col. Jay Bickley said.The extravaganza drew hundreds of distinguished visitors, past wing commanders, current and former Airmen, family members and community guests for activities
  • Ready to roll: Production miliestone revs up AWACS upgrades

    The 552nd Air Control Wing recently received its first full-rate production E-3G AWACS aircraft, a milestone marking the start of faster upgrades for the rest of the surveillance and battle management fleet.E-3 Program Manager Thomas Ramsey with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center said the turning point means Tinker AFB's 566th Aircraft
  • ACC commander praises 552nd ACW's professionalism

    Air Combat Command's top leader took time to meet with Airmen of the 552nd Air Control Wing last week."I needed to come out and see the Airmen, and see what I can do to help them," Gen. "Hawk" Carlisle said last week, following his first visit to Tinker Air Force Base since taking over as commander of ACC last November.After his visit April 21-22,
  • 552nd ACW commander encourages maximum participation in 'Salute'

    Ever since assuming command of the 552nd Air Control Wing in June of 2013, Col. Jay R. Bickley vowed to make educating his Airmen about their Air Force heritage one of his top priorities.The 552nd ACW commander has made good on his promise by periodically inviting retired service members to the base to talk to Airmen about 552nd ACW heritage.That
  • Retired AEW members look forward to Diamond Anniversary Salute, May 7-9

    "Military heritage is the foundation of patriotism."At least, that's according to retired U.S. Air Force Maj. William "Bill" Richards III, a former E-3 "Sentry" Airborne Warning and Control Systems weapons officer, tactics officer and instructor senior director, who will be one of the many veterans helping to celebrate the 552nd Air Control Wing's