SCU Students Tour Tinker AFB with Base Chaplains
Southwestern Christian University students in the Cross-Cultural Communication class had the privilege of touring Tinker Air Force Base under the guidance and mentoring of Chaplain Kory Capps (Captain) and Tinker AFB Chaplain Core Commander Chaplain Christopher Reeder (Major).
Professor Owen Mannin, who is retired military, knew the air force base would have a rich multicultural community and initiated contact with the Chaplain office to find opportunities for his class to broaden their exposure of cross-cultural communications.
Mannin said he was grateful and overwhelmed by the extent the Chaplain office embraced the learning experience for the class.
“We visited the 552 ACW (552nd Air Control Wing). Their mission is to provide airborne radar coverage of airspace for the interception of nonfriendly aircraft/missiles and to guide US forces to intercept them. They also participate in electronic warfare to "jam" enemy radar and radio transmissions,” Mannin said.
“We also enjoyed a lunch provided by Chaplains and Chapel Support personnel in a round table meeting at the Base Chapel. They explained the intercultural communication aspects within the USAF mission. This includes the ‘language’ and culture of the Air Force, and the variation within USAF units depending on their mission. The ministry to military families, personnel, and to civilian employees, encompasses a ministry to personnel with various cultural, ethnic, language, and religious backgrounds serving our nation in the USAF,” He continued.
“Our last visit was to the 72nd SFS (Security Forces Squadron) whose mission is to secure the safety of personnel and resources of Tinker AFB. This includes access to the base as gate guards, guarding secure areas and aircraft, police protection, and related duties,” Mannin said.
The students who were able to participate in this tour where Amanda Boves, Breanne Cline, Caleb Johnson and Abigail Yates.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Tinker AFB Chaplains’ office, as well as to Chaplain Capps and Chaplain Reeder, for investing in our students, and for the ministry they provide for our military personnel and their families.