Tinker Air Force Base
72d Air Base Wing
3000 S Douglas Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73150
Tinker Air Force Base is a major United States Air Force base, with tenant U.S. Navy and other Department of Defense missions, located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, surrounded by Del City, Oklahoma City, and Midwest City. The base, originally known as the Midwest Air Depot, is named in honor of Oklahoma native Major General Clarence L. Tinker, the first Native American Major General. Tinker is the headquarters of the Air Force Materiel Command’s (AFMC) Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC), and the host unit is the 72d Air Base Wing (72 ABW).
Tinker AFB is the host site for the Air Force Sustainment Center. The mission of the Air Force Sustainment Center is to Sustain Weapon System Readiness to “Generate Airpower for America.” The Center provides war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through world-class depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support. It consolidates oversight of the maintenance missions now performed at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex; Warner Robins ALC at Robins AFB; and Ogden ALC at Hill AFB. It also assumes responsibility for supply chain management and operations wings here and at Scott AFB, and an operating location at Langley AFB. The Air Force Sustainment Center is commanded by a three-star general and consists of more than 32,000 military and civilian personnel. AFSC provides installation support to more than 141 Associate Units with more than 75,000 personnel.
Tinker’s largest organization is the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex. It is the largest of three depot repair complexes in AFMC. It provides depot maintenance on the C/KC-135, B-1B, B-52 and E-3 aircraft, expanded phase maintenance on the Navy E-6 aircraft, and maintenance, repair and overhaul of F100, F101, F108, F110, F118, F119 and TF33 engines for the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Navy and foreign military sales. Additionally, the complex is responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of a myriad of Air Force and Navy airborne accessory components, and the development and sustainment of a diverse portfolio of operational flight programs, test program sets, automatic test equipment, and industrial automation software. The complex is headquartered out of historic Building 3001, which covers 62 acres and stretches for seven-tenths of a mile. Within its walls, workers perform a vast array of maintenance on aircraft, engines, components and accessories and perform a multitude of administrative tasks.
The 72nd Air Base Wing provides base installation and support services for the headquarters, Air Force Sustainment Center, the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex and 44 associate units assigned to six major commands, including the largest flying wing in Air Combat Command, the Navy’s Strategic Communications Wing One and several defense agencies. More than 1,600 personnel and 1,343 contractors work within the 72nd Air Base Wing. The groups, directorates and direct reporting units within the wing include the 72nd Mission Support Group, 72nd Medical Group, 72nd Communications Directorate, 72nd Civil Engineering Directorate, 72nd Operations Support Squadron, 72nd Comptroller Squadron, Public Affairs, Chaplain and Plans Office.
Temporary Lodging Reservations should be made as soon as you have an arrival date to Tinker AFB. Normal reservation for inbound PCS to the installation is 14 days but may be extended if needed and rooms are available. Request for extension must be done in writing prior to projected departure. Extension request are available at the Guest Service reception desk. Rooms are arranged for 4-people, if you have more than 4 in your family, you may reserve more than one room. There are a limited number of pet-friendly rooms available. You may only have two-pets per room and vaccination records are required. There is an additional $10.00 fee per night for the pet-friendly rooms. For more information, contact the Indian Hills Lodge at 405-737-1475 or 405-734-2822.
If you are enlisted and this is your first duty assignment, before you are permanently assigned to your unit, you will attend FTAC (First Term Airman Center).
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your sponsor. You may also contact the Base INTRO Manager at DSN 312-339-7646 or 405-739-7646 during duty hours.
If you arrive between 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, report to your unit commander. If you arrive after duty hours or on a weekend/holiday, the 24 hours arrival point is the Indian Hills Inn located at 4002 Mitchell Drive. Their phone number is DSN 312-884-2822 or 405-734-2822. Before departing for Tinker AFB, ensure you maintain contact with your sponsor to notify them of the date and time of your arrival.
After arrival you will be scheduled for the following briefings:
Base In-processing: Members in-process through Finance and the Military Personnel Flight Section. Base in-processing includes gaining the new member onto the base, travel vouchers, Permissive TDY for house hunting and scheduling the member for Tinker Family Orientation. Base In-processing is held on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. Bldg 1, door 8. Please contact MPFS to verify time/location.
Tinker Family Orientation: This event is held the first Tuesday of the month and twice a month during peak PCS season. All attendees must report to the Tinker Club, Bldg 5603, NLT 7:15 a.m. for 72d Medical Group in-processing. Briefings include, welcome address from the Installation Commander and the 72d Air Base Wing Command Chief; 72d Inspector General, Equal Opportunity office, Housing referral office, Emergency Management office, 72d Security Forces Squadron, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Housing Referral Office, Emergency Management, Equal Opportunity and Airman & Family Readiness Center.
Tinker Family Orientation hosts an Information Fair from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. There are representatives from various on/off base organizations to provide information and referral for newly arriving military and their families. There are representatives from the Child Development Centers, School Liaison Officer, Exceptional Family Member Program Manager, Golf Course, Bowling Center, Arts and Craft, Base Exchange, Tricare, Airman & Family Readiness Center and many more. The Information Fair is a fun and informative event for our newly arriving military and families. Spouses and children of all ages are highly encouraged to attend.
20 hours of free child care is available within 60 days of arrival. More information can be obtained from contacting the Airman & Family Readiness Center.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in an Oklahoma school, a child must be at least 5 years old before September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
The Department of Human services is the largest state agency in Oklahoma. DHS provides a wide range of assistance programs to help Oklahomans in need including: food benefits (SNAP); temporary cash assistance (TANF); services for persons with developmental disabilities and persons who are aging; adult protective services; child welfare programs; child support services; and child care assistance, licensing and monitoring. DHS also handles applications and eligibility for Sooner Care, the state’s Medicaid program offering health care to families with low incomes.
Oklahoma Department of Health (800) 522-0203
Oklahoma Humane Society (405) 286-1229
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society will make the compassionate and respectful treatment of animals a prevalent community value and the well-being of animals a community priority.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol (405) 222-3165
AAFES Base Exchange (405) 734-2641
AFGE Union Hall (405) 733-3851
Airman & Family Readiness Center (405) 739-2747
Area Defense Counsel (405) 739-7713
Billeting (405) 734-5095
Chaplain (405) 734-2111
Child Development Centers
-East (405) 734-4212
-Youth Center (405) 734-7866
-West (405) 734-3116
Commissary (405) 734-5212
Family Advocacy Program (405) 582-6604
Gates (405) 734-3737
ID Cards (405) 739-7646
Information and Referral Services (405) 739-2747
Inspector General (405) 739-2051
Installation Commander (405) 734-2102
Judge Advocate (405) 739-5811
-Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention-Treatment (405) 582-6605
-Central Appointments (405) 734-2778
-Dental Clinic (405) 582-6474
-Family Advocacy (405) 582-6604
-Health & Wellness Center (405) 734-5660
-Immunizations (405) 582-6521
-Life Skills/Mental Health (405) 582-6603
-Optometry (405) 582-6516
-Patient Administration (405) 582-6371
-Patient Advocate (405) 582-6201
-Pharmacy Refill Call-In 1-800-457-9928
Military Housing Referral (405) 734-2821
Military Customer Service & ID cards (405) 739-7646
Pass and ID (Outside Tinker Gate) (405) 734-5191
Retiree Activities (405) 739-2795
School Liaison Office (405) 734-3683
-Equipment Rental (405) 734-2289
-Family Housing (405) 734-7350
-Family Housing Maintenance (405) 732-3324
-Main Office (405) 734-3566
-Morale, Welfare and Recreation (405) 734-2289
-Outdoor Recreation/FAM Camp (405) 734-3162
-Skills Development Center (405) 734-5615
-Tickets and Tours (405) 734-3791
Contact the Housing Referral Office as soon as you know you are moving to Tinker AFB. The government housing team will provide you the latest information about privatized housing and details about the application process. Please make sure you send a copy of your Orders to TAFB / Oklahoma, current LES showing BAH, 4422 Sex Offender Form and an Application 1746. The HRO will also update you on any base specific policies regarding residing in privatized housing.
At Tinker AFB, military family housing is privatized. Balfour Beatty Communities owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Balfour Beatty Communities. Ensure you schedule a pre-inspection walk through of your new home or apartment prior to signing any lease on or off base. For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Tinker AFB, visit www.tinkerafbhomes.com The website provides information you need to know about the homes and amenities available in the privatized housing community.
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In Oklahoma City, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are very cold and windy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 30°F to 94°F and is rarely below 17°F or above 102°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 5 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 23, with an average high of 94°F and low of 74°F. The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 25 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 58°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 30°F and high of 49°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.6 months, from April 9 to September 28, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 4. The drier season lasts 6.4 months, from September 28 to April 9. The smallest chance of a wet day is 10% on January 16.
The average cost of living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is 86, which puts it 2% less than the average of Oklahoma and 14% lower than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the price of goods and services are 6% lower than the average of Oklahoma as well as 9% lower than the nation’s average.
Tinker Air Force Base and the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center are located in the “Heart of Oklahoma”, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County. The OKC Metro area is very military-friendly and the cost of living is reasonable. Oklahoma City is known for its cowboy culture and capitol complex, surrounded by working oil wells. The reflecting pool and empty glass and bronze chairs of the Oklahoma City National Memorial recall the victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The Survivor Tree, an American elm nearly destroyed in the attack, is also part of the memorial.
In the city center, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum displays Native American and pioneer art, plus cowboy memorabilia. Just south, Bricktown is a revitalized warehouse district offering shops, galleries, restaurants and breweries. It features Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home of the Oklahoma City Dodgers, and the American Banjo Museum, exploring the instrument’s history. The nearby Oklahoma City Museum of Art contains works by glass artist Dale Chihuly, while the art deco Civic Center Music Hall hosts shows and concerts. Across the Oklahoma River, Stockyards City puts on one of the world’s largest cattle markets.
For more information about Oklahoma City visit https://www.visitokc.com/.
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