The Okies of the 507th Air Refueling Wing celebrated 50 years at Tinker in May. Across the past five decades, the mission and aircraft have changed, but one aspect remains the same: Okie spirit.

The wing held Family Day April 30, which is historically held in September, to commemorate the 50th anniversary May 20.

The Okies operate like a family, so naturally this year’s family day festivities were a success. The festivities included static aircraft displays, food vendors, and historical displays highlighting the wing’s accomplishments over the past half century.

The 1100 Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 507th ARW each play a critical role in supporting the mission. The mission support group has the most personnel and are the heartbeat of the wing, performing logistics functions, civil engineering, force support, aerial port, and defense to not only the wing but also to associate units.

The operations group operates 8 KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, ensuring fuel is delivered to the fight.

The maintenance group ensures the aircraft fleet is meticulously maintained ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.

The medical squadron monitors the medical, dental and mental health of all members in the 507th as well as the personnel in the associate unit, the 513th Air Control Group, making sure members are ready to serve at any time.
None of these groups could work independently of the others because the Okies are a team. Here are some of the highlights of this landmark year:

In March, current and former Okies searched for a 50th anniversary time capsule in the Charles B. Hall airpark, located at the entrance to the base. The capsule was rumored to be hidden somewhere in a compartment of former 507th TFG F-105 Thunderchief, tail number 62360. Former crew chief, retired Master Sgt. David Phillips, assisted in the search, but unfortunately, the capsule was not recovered from the aircraft.