Total Force Tinker to Get New Facility

The Air Force broke ground last week for a new $8 million joint squadron operations facility that will serve as the nerve center for the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 137th Air Refueling Wing and Air Force Reserve Command’s 507th ARW. The redesignated 137th ARW is the first reserve associate unit under USAF’s Total Force plan. The Air Guard unit converted from airlift to air refueling under BRAC 2005 and began helping to fly and maintain the 12 KC-135s of the 507th ARW earlier this year. The AFRC wing was slated to receive funding for a new ops building, but officials of both wings pushed to combine efforts into one larger structure. “By combining funding sources and combining mutual joint use aspects such as the joint use auditorium, we are able to get a facility that will better satisfy the operational needs for both,” said Joe Wade, 507th ARW facility program manager. (507th ARW report by Lt. Col. Rich Curry)