Tinker Air Force Base

Gov. Mary Fallin and U.S. Air Force officials attend the announcement of a deal that will provide more land for Tinker Air Force Base.
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On Wednesday Tinker Air Force Base announced it now owns 158 acres of land just west of the base to house the maintenance hub for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46A Pegasus, which is designed to be the next-generation aerial refueling plane.

The land previously belonged to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co., which used it as a yard to serve the General Motors assembly plant that closed nearly a decade ago.

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Tinker Air Force Base officials have announced the purchase of 158 acres of land on the west side of the base for a maintenance facility for the Air Force's next-generation aerial refueling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus.

Air Force officials announced the purchase Wednesday.

The purchase was made possible through a joint effort of the Air Force, Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County.

The land was formerly owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co., where it operated a rail yard that primarily served the former General Motors manufacturing facility.

The emblem of the 507th Air Refueling Wing
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The 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker Air Force Base is assuming command over the 730th Air Mobility Training Squadron from Altus Air Force Base.

The 730th is a reserve unit of the Air Force charged with training aircrew. The reservists in the unit work next to active duty airmen.

Commander Col. Brian Davis of the 507th Air Refueling Wing says the unit is excited to be working with the airmen and happy to be gaining a new mission.

The training squadron is comprised of traditional reservists and air reserve technicians.


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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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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.

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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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 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.


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.