Tinker OK, but Airmen Face Effects of Tornado

The ferocious F4-force tornado that leveled large swaths of Moore, Okla., on Monday spared Tinker Air Force Base and the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, a base spokeswoman told the Daily Report on Tuesday. Although the base was up and running at mid-day on May 21, many nearby roads were closed and phone lines were down, and Tinker officials were still trying to make an accounting of the nearly 30,000 airmen and civilian employees who work on base, she said. Tinker dispatched assets—emergency vehicles and fire trucks—that, along with many volunteers from the base, were helping local authorities deal with the aftermath of the storms, which killed at least 24 people and destroyed a local school and hospital. The tornado hit about three miles south of Tinker, said base officials in a May 21 release. There are more than 18,000 dependents and 36,000 retirees in the six counties surrounding the base, which is Oklahoma's single largest employer. Tinker units operate E-3 AWACS and KC-135R tankers, and the Oklahoma City depot is the hub of repair and overhaul for the B-1B, B-52, C/KC-135, E-3, and Navy E-6 aircraft, and the F100, F101, F108, F110, F117, F118, F119, and TF-33 engines.

Reprogramming, Overseas Funding Requests go to Congress

The Pentagon has submitted a $9.6 billion reprogramming request for Fiscal 2013 to Congress as well as its request for $79.4 billion to cover the war in Afghanistan and other overseas contingency operations in Fiscal 2014, said Pentagon Press Secretary...

Operational ICBM Test Launch

The Air Force is scheduled to conduct an operational test launch of a Minuteman III ICBM on Tuesday from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., announced Air Force Global Strike Command officials. The unarmed missile’s single re-entry vehicle is expected to travel more...

North Koreans Fire off More Short-Range Missiles

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles off its coast for the third consecutive day on Monday, according to press reports. North Korean officials declared the launches of the six short-range missiles to the east and north of its territorial...

Sixth WGS Satellite Arrives in Florida

Boeing shipped the sixth Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft from the company’s manufacturing plant in El Segundo, Calif., to the Kennedy Space Center on the central Florida coast in preparation for its launch into space later this year, announced the...

Leadership Open to Change

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said he is open to having commanders no longer serve as the convening authority for prosecuting sex crimes in the military—a move some lawmakers are demanding following a series of high-profile sexual misconduct cases...

Raytheon Will Supply Deployable Air Traffic Control System

The Air Force awarded Raytheon a contract to build rapidly deployable air traffic control systems, according to a May 20 company release. The contract, with a potential value of up to $260 million, calls for Raytheon to supply one test...

Up-Close Look at Langley’s Transition Assistance Program

Defense Department officials visited JB Langley-Eustis, Va., to review the impact of recent changes to Langley’s Transition Assistance Program, according to a base release. TAP supports service members separating from the military and transitioning to the civilian workforce through services...

Academy Cadets’ Night Owl Wins Recognition

A team of nine Air Force Academy cadets took first place honors in a Boeing-sponsored competition for its design of a search and rescue and medical evacuation aircraft dubbed “the Night Owl,” according to an academy release. The competition pitted...