A Letter from Colonel Stephanie Wilson


If you’re not familiar with Tinker Air Force Base’s relationship with DoD STARBASE, then I am excited to tell you about it. DoD STARBASE is an initiative to develop STEM knowledge, skills and interest in youth. DoD STARBASE uses hands-on learning and encourages not only memorization, but problem solving and teamwork. Not only does this program benefit youth in general, but this program has the potential (and goal) to equip our youth for futures in DoD STEM careers.

The pilot classroom at Tinker Air Force Base was established in the spring of 2011. This partnership has now blossomed into two classrooms, three after school programs, summer camp programming and a weekly “Got Science” program for the Tinker Youth Center students. Career Days for the students at Tinker include learning stations at the Youth Center where military volunteers share their careers with students and talk about the preparation required for those careers. The partnership with Tinker has also included ongoing enthusiastic support from the Air Force Association Gerrity Chapter, the FAA, and Rose State College.

 It is my desire to keep this partnership between DoD STARBASE and Tinker Air Force Base strong and thriving. We need to raise future leaders for our defense, especially those trained in STEM fields. Further, we also need to care for our service members and communities; one way we do that is by reaching out to families and youth. I am confident that this collaboration is worthwhile, and I look forward to seeing its future and impact.


Stephanie P. Wilson, Colonel, USAF

Commander, 72nd Air Base Wing


Posted September 2017