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  • Colonel Kennedy takes command of 552nd MXG

    "Nothing comes close to this honor," Col. André L. Kennedy said upon taking command of the 552nd Maintenance Group during an Aug. 13 ceremony. "It's an honor and a pleasure to be part of the 552nd."Colonel Kennedy assumed command of the 552nd MXG from Col. Stella Smith, who has been the commander for the past three years. "You have performed in a
  • Colonel Smith achieved high standards for 552nd MXG

    Col. Stella Smith - who retired from the Air Force on Aug. 13 after a 24-year career -- established high standards for the 552nd Maintenance Group during the three years she was its commander.· The Average Maintenance Scheduling Effectiveness Rate climbed to 97.3 percent, surpassing the standard of 95 percent. Of 2,584 scheduled maintenance jobs,
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  • Tinker Airmen return home from SW Asia

    Approximately 135 Airmen from Tinker who returned Oct. 9 from a six-month absence were met by about an equal number of family members, friends and military colleagues.The Airmen were greeted with hand-lettered signs, balloons, warm embraces, handshakes, whoops and shouts by a crowd who gathered in the parking lot just east of Bldg. 255.The Airmen,
  • 552nd ACW commander aims to help make America’s Wing better, stronger

    Twenty-one years ago and fresh out of pilot training a young second lieutenant began his Air Force career at the 552nd Air Control Wing. In mid-June, he returned as a colonel to lead America's Wing.Although the atmosphere is different than when his career began in 1992, Col. Jay Bickley said he brings a wealth of information to the job and can
  • Combat Air Forces, 552 ACW, to resume flying

    In response to a decision by Congress to return combat flying units to full status after a three-month hiatus, the 552nd Air Control Wing has received additional flying hours from Air Combat Command, their higher headquarters, the wing's Operations Group commander has confirmed."The additional hours are sufficient to return the wing to full Combat
  • Airman guilty of AWOL, drug counts

    A Tinker Airman admitted Monday that he went AWOL earlier this year in an attempt to evade preferral on multiple drug charges.Airman Gary D. Moore of the 552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron pleaded guilty to being absent without leave and unlawful use of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy.The judge presiding over
  • National commission to visit 13 bases, Tinker included

    The "National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force" is planning to visit 13 Air Force locations, including Tinker. The visits began Tuesday at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.Appointed by the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act, the commission is reviewing the Air Force's structure to determine if and how it should be changed to