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.
Arriving at Tinker Air Force Base
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.
There are over 100,000 active duty, reserve, guard, civilian personnel, military family members, and retirees assigned to Tinker Air Force Base.