Tinker AFB: America's largest air defense depot

Published: Thursday, October 15, 2020 By: Chamber Staff Source: VeloCity

Tinker Air Force Base is the heartbeat of the U.S. Air Force mission, sustaining operations around the world. Its presence is critical not just to Oklahoma, but to the defense of our nation.

With more than 26,000 military and civilian workers, Tinker AFB is the largest single-site employer in Oklahoma and has an annual payroll of $1.8 billion. The nine-square-mile base includes 760 buildings totaling a building floor space of more than 15 million square feet. It provides an annual statewide economic impact of $4.5 billion, and it creates an estimated 33,000 secondary jobs. To put it into perspective, Tinker has all of the facilities, infrastructure and environmental needs of a 31,000-person city.

This small city is a global hub home to major Department of Defense, Air Force and Navy units with national defense missions. It heads up the U.S. Air Force Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) effort, one of the largest and most important operations in the free world.

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