Annual Tinker Air Force Base Contracting Conference Approaching in Midwest City

Tinker Air Force base is planning another effort at attracting business with civilian firms with its Tinker and the Primes.

For eleven years, Tinker and the Primes has attracted hundreds of aerospace, defense and government contracting agencies and organizations. This year’s conference “Innovating Together” will be the 12th and is planned for Aug. 21-23 at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City.

The Midwest City Chamber of Commerce and Rose State College with the help of Tinker Air Force Base are sponsoring the event. Gov. Mary Fallin will open the conference on the morning of Aug. 21.

Among the speakers will be Ed Dolanski, President of Global Services and Support for The Boeing Company; Col. John Waggoner who is Director of Customer Operations for the Department of Defense/Defense Logistics Agency; and Tom Owen, Vice president of Sustainment Strategies at Lockheed Martin who will discuss sustainment of the F-35 fighter jet.

There will also be a presentation and discussion of the overview of the next five years at Tinker regarding the management of the KC-10, KC-46A and the KC-135. Col. R. Mark Mocio, Chief of the Legacy Tanker Division will give the in-depth look at the planes.




7:45 am | Registration opens

8:30 am – 9:25 am | Opening Session
Welcome and Introductions: Captain John “Irish” Keilty, US Navy (Retired)
Featured Presenters: The Honorable Governor Mary Fallin and Lt. General Lee K. Levy II, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center
Special Presentation: 3rd Annual Tinker and the Primes Patriot Award

9:25 am – 9:35 am | Exhibits Open/Break with Exhibitors

9:35 am – 9:45 am | Facilitator’s Welcome

Mr. Garry Richey, Owner, Richey Leadership Group

9:45 am – 10:15 am |  Premier Title Sponsor: Northrop Grumman
Dr. Christopher Jones, Corporate Vice President & President, Northrop Grumman Technology Services

10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Supplier Search Interviews

10:15 am – 10:45 am | Premier Sponsor: The Boeing Company: “The Services Landscape”
Mr. Ed Dolanski, President of Global Services & Support, The Boeing Company
Synopsis: After more than a century of aerospace innovation, Boeing continues to drive toward the future, which is increasingly focused on modernizing and maintaining current platforms. This briefing will address the services and support landscape for customers, Oklahoma and industry.

10:45 am – 11:15 am | Department of Defense/Defense Logistics Agency (Aviation): “Enabling Solutions to Readiness”
Colonel John Waggoner, Director, Customer Operations
Synopsis: DLA Aviation enables readiness to their customers through diverse supplier relationships. They are enhancing their current state by expanding performance in basic and core business processes while focusing on impacting initiatives. This briefing will discuss how leveraging strategic supplier capabilities through tools like their Captains of Industry Supplier Capability Contracts can increase system responsiveness and better provide for the customer.