Tinker Reservists Expect Busy RIMPAC

More than 180 airmen from Air Force Reserve Command’s 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker AFB, Okla., along with four of the unit’s KC-135 tankers, are taking part this month in the Rim of the Pacific exercise in and around Hawaii. US Pacific Command sponsors RIMPAC, a biennial, multinational, joint maritime event. The main contingent of Tinker Reservists will depart for Hickam AFB, Hawaii, on July 5. Additional airmen from the unit will arrive in mid-July to relieve others. “During previous [RIMPAC] exercises, we found our aircraft heavily engaged and flying three to four missions daily, refueling a variety of aircraft,” said Lt. Col. Gerald Malloy of the wing. This year, wing officials expect to surpass those totals. RIMPAC 2010 also marks the first-ever participation of Air Force C-17s in this exercise. (Tinker report by Lt. Col. Richard Curry)