Latest News at Tinker Air Force Base POW/MIA

2009-06-10 - POW/MIA Prayer

 POW/MIA PRAYER Father, Your own Son was a prisoner, Condemned, he died for us.   Victorious, he returned to bring us the gift of Life Everlasting.   Comfort us now in our longing for the return of the Prisoners Of War and those Missing In Action.   Help us Father~ Inspire us to remove the obstacles.   Give courage to those who know the truth to speak out.   Grant wisdom to the negotiators, and compassion to the jailors.   Inspire the media to speak out as loudly as they have in the past.   Protect those who seek in secret and help them succeed.   Show us the tools to do Your will.   Guard and bless those in captivity, their families, and those who work for their release.   Let them come home soon.   Thank You Father. Amen.   ~Author Unknown~ [...] read more >

2007-09-28 - A day to remember: POW/MIA Day honored with breakfast, memorial dedication

 TINKER AIR FORCE BASE -- It was a morning to remember, grieve and honor the nation's prisoners of war and those who are or were missing in action.     In correlation with National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Tinker held a breakfast and memorial dedication service honoring the captured and lost on Sept. 21. More than 350 guests attended the two Tinker ceremonies.     "I was really honored," said Chief Master Sgt. Roddy Hartsook, Tinker Chief's Group committee chairperson, which sponsored the breakfast. "Some true heroes were in our midst."     The first event, a breakfast at the Tinker Club, was attended by more than 330 people, including former POWs and the mother of a recently recovered MIA soldier's remains. Guests were also joined by the memory of 46 MIA military members as each table had one seat left open for a MIA member placard. Of the 46 empty seats, 42 were Oklahomans.     "The entire event went off [...] read more >

2005-09-23 - Never forgotten: Base observes POW/MIA Week

Tinker Air Force Base personnel honored former American prisoners of war at the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day breakfast Sept. 16 in the Tinker Club Ballroom. “The National POW/MIA Remembrance Week is our opportunity to confirm we will always remember the sacrifices of those who served this great nation, those who were prisoners of war, and those who remain missing,” said 72nd Air Base Wing and Tinker Installation Commander Col. Joan Cunningham. The theme, “Never Forgotten,” referred to not only the hardships all former POWs survived, but also as a reminder of those who are still waiting to come home. “We all know millions of Americans have fought though out this past century to preserve the freedom and the rights that we have and we enjoy in this country today,” Col. Cunningham said. “Right now, we still don’t know the fate of 78,000 Americans who fought in World War II, 8,100 Americans [...] read more >

2004-09-24 - Tinker memorializes POW/MIAs with monument

Three slabs of polished black granite bear stark images of despair and hope, serving as a “touchstone for the most worthy of causes” — remembering thousands of American service members taken as prisoners of war or missing in action. The memorial dedicated Sept. 17 at Maj. Charles B. Hall Memorial Airpark is a project of the Tinker POW/MIA Committee. Members of the 457th Fighter Squadron, 301st Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard flew a missing man formation over the newly dedicated monument. “While there is never a guarantee we will account for all who were called to serve, it is our duty, our responsibility, to remember not only those who are still missing, but those of us who may one day become lost ourselves,” Tech. Sgt. Kelly Papineau told a crowd of about 100. “This remembrance is not about the past. It’s about the day we finally achieve a full accounting [...] read more >