Tinker Air Force Base

Fallin signed into law
4:39 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Quality Of Jobs Program Act Allows State Subsidies To Tinker AFB

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About 1,300 jobs at a planned new aircraft maintenance facility at Tinker Air Force Base would qualify for state subsidies under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin signed a bill this week to amend the state's Quality Jobs Program Act so that direct cash payments from the state can be made to a public trust. State commerce officials say the bill was specifically tailored for the new jobs being added in conjunction with the facility for the new KC-46A refueling tanker at Tinker.

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State Capitol
7:45 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Abortion, DHS, And Job Incentives Among Dozens Of Bills Signed By Gov. Fallin

A bill that modifies Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Act could add thousands of positions at Tinker Air Force Base
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Gov. Mary Fallin signed more than three dozen bills Wednesday, including a controversial abortion measure and legislation designed to prevent abuse and neglect of disabled children.

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Defense Cuts
1:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Defense Budget Could Force Cuts To Tinker AWACS Reservists

A United States Air Force AWACS does touch and go's over Midwest City - October 2013.
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A reserve unit housed at Tinker Air Force Base that performs Airborne Warning and Control System missions would be deactivated if lawmakers pass the fiscal year 2015 defense budget.

The 513th Air Control Group partners with active duty military to provide crews and personnel during the AWACS missions. Unit commander Col. David Robinson says 345 citizen Airmen would be affected by the cuts.

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Tinker, Nat'l Guard and Storm Prediction Center
4:44 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutdown Affects Oklahomans

Interior of National Weather Center
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Thousands of civilian employees at Tinker Air Force Base are being furloughed and the national Storm Prediction Center is cutting down on its communication to the public as the federal government faces its first full day of a partial shutdown.

Officials at Tinker Air Force Base say about 2,900 of 14,000 civilian employees have been furloughed until federal funding is resumed. Nearly 700 federal technicians at the Oklahoma National Guard have also been furloughed.

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Tinker Air Force Base
8:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Tinker Worker Buyouts Offered

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Tinker Air Force Base is offering buyouts in an effort to trim 750 civilian workers from its payroll.

About 9,000 civilians work at the aircraft maintenance center, which is the largest in the US Air Force.

This is the fourth round of buyouts at the base since 2011 — with the first three leading to about 210 civilian employees leaving.

Union representative James Schmidt told The Oklahoman that he believes the goal of 750 employees accepting the buyout will be met. Schmidt said several workers who are 55 or older have been waiting for such an offer.

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Oklahoma Politics
6:29 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Lankford Addresses Immigration, Affordable Care Act

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.)
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On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it would delay the deadline companies with 50 or more full-time employees must comply with the Affordable Care Act until 2015.

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-OK5) says requirements of the law, also known as Obamacare, are too far-reaching for real, law-abiding small business owners to implement.

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