Armed Forces Community Appreciation Week leads up to Tinker Air Show July 1-2
By Jeff Harrison
Tinker Air Force Base leaders expressed appreciation to local communities for their support Monday during an Armed Forces Community Appreciation Week event Monday at the Charles B. Hall Airpark.
Col. G. Hall Sebren, Jr, 72nd Air Base Wing commander thanked the loyal support the base receives from Midwest City, Del City and Oklahoma City. Sebren presented a Tri-City Proclamation highlighting that support.
The proclamation was signed by Sebren, Julie Sibilla, U.S. Army, Ft. Sill deputy commander, Capt. Robert P. Majoris, Strategic Communications Wing 1 commodore, Midwest City Mayor Matt Dukes, Oklahoma City Councilman Todd Stone. Del City Mayor Floyd Eason could not attend the event.
Sebren said Midwest City and Tinker AFB have “grown up together” over the past 80 years.
“They’re kind of twins and that partnership over the last 80 years has really helped us thrive, and it’s important to recognize,” Sebren said.
Tinker is gearing up for the Tinker Air Show on Saturday and Sunday. It is the first air show since 2019. This year’s event will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the new F-35 fighter jet among others.
“We’re trying to bring it back bigger and better than it’s ever been,” Sebren said. “We want to open up the base and show how we generate air power in the United States.”
The free air show will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. The ground displays, exhibits and vendors open at 8 a.m. followed by STEM City Hanger at 9 a.m. The Wings of Blue Parachute Jump is set for 11 a.m. followed by aerial performances. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform at 3 p.m.
Visitors are encouraged to park on the south side of the base near the former GM Plant. Free shuttles will transport guests to the air show entrance.