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  • 728th supports readiness exercise

    Convoys of trucks rolled out the gates April 1 to begin a 10-day training exercise in two geographically separated locations.The convoys, belonging to the 728th Air Control Squadron, are supporting the squadron's first large-scale field training exercise in more than two years. One of only three combat-coded air control squadrons in Air Combat
  • Top enlisted Airman impressed during Tinker visit

    The top enlisted Airman came here to speak with the Airmen Jan. 5-6. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy delivered an important message centered on three focus areas - being ready for the joint/coalition fight, building resiliency and developing Airmen. But something else also happened.Tinker impacted him. During his hectic two-day visit,
  • AWACS is pre-eminent symbol of American airpower

    A 2010 edition of AIR FORCE MAGAZINE declared the E-3 Sentry (AWACS) "perhaps the pre-eminent symbol of American operational presence." But how much do you know about this aircraft, its history, roles, missions, capabilities and personnel?Brought to life in the 1970s, the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) was originally
  • Special guest helps 552nd ACW celebrate holidays

    Answering a call for help, an E-3 Sentry pulled in front of Bldg. 289.The building, normally used for washing E-3s housed a crowd of anxious and excited children expecting an early Christmas surprise. On Dec 11, spouses and Airmen from the 552nd Air Control Wing joined forces to help children celebrate the Christmas season.Santa was the special
  • Identifying friendly forces to become easier for AWACS

    The Electronic Systems Center has achieved the next step in bringing an improved Identification Friend or Foe, or IFF, system capability to Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft.Currently AWACS provides situational awareness of friendly, neutral and hostile activity, along with early warning of enemy actions during joint, allied and
  • Two 552nd ACW squadrons welcome new commanders

    In two separate and unique ceremonies Oct. 20, the 552nd Air Control Wing welcomed two new commanders. In the first ceremony, Lt. Col. Peter Mykytyn assumed command of the 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron. Col. Gregory Roberts, 552nd Operations Group commander, presided over the ceremony and had nothing but praises for his new squadron
  • Guarding the skies: 15,000 hours and still going strong

    E-3 aircraft and crews have provided more than 15,000 hours of support to the Joint Interagency Task Force - South's mission to combat drug trafficking and associated narco-terrorism. In November 2004, the first E-3 and crew arrived at Manta Air Base, Ecuador. They came to resume AWACS support of the international effort. From bases in Ecuador,
  • Block party: Tinker celebrates milestone

    It seemed like the day would never come. But it did, and officials celebrated the momentous milestone Nov. 18 in Bldg. 2136. After roughly three years of planning, six E-3 Sentry aircraft will be the first to undergo a $2.9-billion initiative to upgrade the computer system, ground systems and infrastructure. Better known as "low-rate initial
  • 552nd greets familiar face

    7/30/2010 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The 552nd Operations Group welcomed a new commander and familiar face July 22.Col. Gregory Roberts, who has been stationed at Tinker twice prior to this assignment, succeeded Col. George Carpenter at a change-of-command ceremony at Bldg. 230's Dock 2. "Colonel Roberts has escaped the churn of bureaucracy
  • Oklahoma-Based 970th Receives Vital Training During First RIMPAC

    Airmen from the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron, 513th Air Control Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, arrived at the base on July 11 in support of RIMPAC, the world's largest maritime exercise.The multinational exercise is in its 22nd year and is comprised of 14 nations, 32 ships, five submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 20,000
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