Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff views Tinker capabilities

Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Mrs. Ricki Selva, are welcomed
to Tinker Air Force Base today by Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Air Force
Sustainment Center commander, his wife Mrs. Rhonda Levy, center, Col.
Stephanie Wilson, 72 Air Base Wing commander, and her husband Scott. General
Selva and his wife are here to learn about the AFSC and Tinker’s
contribution to the nation's strategic nuclear deterrence and attend the
Tinker Community Dining Out, where the Vice Chairman will serve as the
featured speaker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel)

Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Mrs. Ricki Selva, are welcomed to Tinker Air Force Base today by Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Air Force Sustainment Center commander, his wife Mrs. Rhonda Levy, center, Col. Stephanie Wilson, 72 Air Base Wing commander, and her husband Scott. General Selva and his wife are here to learn about the AFSC and Tinker’s contribution to the nation's strategic nuclear deterrence and attend the Tinker Community Dining Out, where the Vice Chairman will serve as the featured speaker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel)

Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, center foreground, receives a briefing by Ms. Theresa
Farris, 564th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron director, on how the Oklahoma
City Air Logistics Complex supports the nuclear mission to include the
KC-135, B-52, B-2, commodities, software and engines. The briefing was held
Friday in Bldg. 3001, Dock 9 ½, at Tinker Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force
photo by Greg L. Davis)

Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, center foreground, receives a briefing by Ms. Theresa Farris, 564th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron director, on how the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex supports the nuclear mission to include the KC-135, B-52, B-2, commodities, software and engines. The briefing was held Friday in Bldg. 3001, Dock 9 ½, at Tinker Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Air Force Sustainment Center Commander, points out key locations of the KC-46A industrial area to Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, after a briefing on the capacity and capability of Bldg. 9001 and the military construction plan for the new KC-46A industrial area. The briefing, conducted April 1 at the KC-46A industrial area overlook site north of Bldg. 9001, also highlighted how close community relations resulted in the Air Force being able to acquire the area.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Air Force Sustainment Center Commander, points out key locations of the KC-46A industrial area to Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, after a briefing on the capacity and capability of Bldg. 9001 and the military construction plan for the new KC-46A industrial area. The briefing, conducted April 1 at the KC-46A industrial area overlook site north of Bldg. 9001, also highlighted how close community relations resulted in the Air Force being able to acquire the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Air Force Sustainment Center Commander, comments during a briefing to Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, April 1, by Mr. John R. Sneden, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Propulsion Sustainment Division Chief, left, on F107 engine challenges.  The F107 engine is used to power cruise missiles, the F-22 vapor cycle system and the ethyl glycol and water pumps for the B-2 bomber. Also in the photo is Mr. Charles Alley, 565th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron director.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Darren Heusel)

Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Air Force Sustainment Center Commander, comments during a briefing to Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, April 1, by Mr. John R. Sneden, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Propulsion Sustainment Division Chief, left, on F107 engine challenges. The F107 engine is used to power cruise missiles, the F-22 vapor cycle system and the ethyl glycol and water pumps for the B-2 bomber. Also in the photo is Mr. Charles Alley, 565th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron director. (U.S. Air Force photo by Darren Heusel)

Michael Bassham, 565th Aircraft Maintenance
Squadron discusses sustainment and the challenges associated with the aging
B-52 aircraft, future modifications of the weapons system and its viability
to the nation's strategic nuclear deterrence with Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a tour of the B-52 hangar,
located in Bldg. 2121, Dock 3, on April 1 at Tinker Air Force Base. (U.S.
Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel)

Michael Bassham, 565th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron discusses sustainment and the challenges associated with the aging B-52 aircraft, future modifications of the weapons system and its viability to the nation's strategic nuclear deterrence with Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a tour of the B-52 hangar, located in Bldg. 2121, Dock 3, on April 1 at Tinker Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, April 1, to engage with Team Tinker on the missions of the Air Force Sustainment Center and associate units contribution to the nation's strategic nuclear deterrence.

Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, AFSC Commander, briefed General Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the Center's role in maintaining Air Force aircraft, engines and weapon systems. He also explained how Team Tinker is integral to sustaining the nuclear enterprise mission. Mrs. Selva began a separate tour of Team Tinker's resiliency programs supporting military members and their families while General Selva reviewed key elements of Tinker's massive maintenance complex.

With Brig. Gen. Mark Johnson, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex commander, and, Mr. Charles Alley and Colonel Kenyon Bell, 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group commander, covering the focus areas, General Selva saw both KC-135 Stratotanker and B-52H Stratofortress aircraft in various states of maintenance, repair and overhaul.  He was updated on some of the specific challenges the AFSC and OC-ALC face in maintaining aging aircraft fleets.  He also was shown why the KC-135 aircraft are subjected to longer stays in the facility due to age and how advanced diagnostic techniques are finding potential problems sooner. Earlier finding of problems adds repair time, but are critical to ensuring the overall safety and longevity of the fleet.

This stop on the tour highlighted for the general how the OC-ALC supports the nation's strategic nuclear deterrence through the Programmed Depot Maintenance of Air Force bombers, tankers, commodities, and engines.  The complex also has an emerging mission developing aviation software. 

The tour then moved to see an important industrial and planned military construction site which will add increased production capacity in the form of the KC-46A Pegasus tanker maintenance and support complex.

Strategic Communications Wing One, a U.S. Navy unit operating E-6B Mercury aircraft and based at Tinker AFB, was also visited by General Selva.  E-6Bs provide critical communication links from national command authorities to the nuclear-capable submarine fleet, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear-capable aircraft that make up the nuclear triad during wartime. Gen. Selva was given an in-depth tour of the aircraft itself while meeting with aircrew members and wing leadership.

Gen. Selva's visit wrapped up as he thanked Team Tinker leadership for the tour and information before preparing to be the guest speaker at the Team Tinker Community Dining Out held at the Tinker Club this evening.

"We are extremely fortunate to have General Selva be able to see first-hand how AFSC, Team Tinker and the Greater Oklahoma City community partner every day to support the warfighter and to enable our nation's strategic nuclear deterrence," said General Levy.