Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 30, 2017
Senator Jack Fry, R-Midwest City (far left) introduces Lt. Gen.
Lee K. Levy,
Capt. Tyner Apt (right) and legislative liaison Mindy Banz (far
following the reading of a Senate Resolution Thursday morning
commemorating the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base.
State Senate honors Tinker’s 75th anniversary with Resolution
State Senate presented a resolution Thursday morning commemorating
the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. The resolution was
presented by Sen.
Jack Fry to Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy, Air Force Sustainment Center
Commander at Tinker Air Force Base and the senior ranking military
member in the state.
Lt. Gen. Levy addressed Senate members and those in the gallery
following the presentation of the resolution, noting the importance
of steadfast community support in the continued success of Tinker
and reiterating the importance of STEM education and how future
graduates will impact the future of aerospace in Oklahoma.
“Tomorrow’s Air Force will require men and women with
science, technology, engineering and math training. It’s just
that simple,” Levy said. “The Air Force is transitioning
from the iron age to the information age. The ability of Oklahoma
to generate STEM-educated men and women will be the key to winning
future battles for our country.”
Levy continued by noting an increase in STEM graduates will be essential
to keep Tinker thriving and surviving in the future.
“I could hire every single four-year engineering graduate
the state of Oklahoma produces and I would still have empty seats,”
Levy said. “I would like to make the aerospace industry so
powerful both economically and intellectually that Oklahoma becomes
the center of gravity for aerospace for the nation. There is no
reason Oklahoma can’t be the premier place for aerospace industries
to live and work.”
Sen. Fry, who represents Midwest City where Tinker Air Force Base
is located, said he was honored to present the Resolution to Lt.
Gen Levy and the others who were present.
“It was a special opportunity for the members of the Senate
to join Tinker Air Force Base and Lt. General Levy in recognizing
the diamond anniversary,” Fry said. “As Oklahoma’s
largest single-site employer, Tinker provides jobs for approximately
30,000 military and civilian personnel, which also creates thousands
of additional indirect jobs throughout the state. Today we were
honored to join them in celebrating many years of outstanding community
partnership and I commend the great men and women of Tinker Air
Force for their contributions over the years to our state and nation.”
Tinker was officially activated on March 1, 1942 as Oklahoma City
Air Depot, and was named Tinker Field in memory of Oklahoma native,
Major Clarence L. Tinker later that same year. Today, the Air Force
Sustainment Center is located at Tinker Air Force Base and generates
millions of dollars in contracts with small businesses in Oklahoma.
Tinker is also home to the 507th Air Reserve Wing, the 552nd Air
Control Wing (AWACS) and the U.S. Navy Strategic Communications
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