Sunday, October 22, 2017
Running an installation as large and complex as Tinker Air Force Base requires a variety of purchases and services, and a large portion of the dollars spent stay in Oklahoma.
Col. James DeLong, deputy director of the Directorate of Contracting for Tinker, said more than 300 people work under the directorate to do everything from sourcing parts and services for the base, to maintenance and renovations around the base.
“Our operational branch, they basically cover everything as soon as you walk on base. If you see it, they probably are involved in either maintaining it, furnishing it, they do all the computer buys, the facility upgrades, the road work that's being done, the grounds maintenance, the custodial work that we have done on base,” DeLong said.
Oklahoma contractors are vital to the mission, DeLong said, adding that over the past two years, about 31 percent of the $7 billion in contracts for Tinker has been awarded to state businesses.
“Vendors or contractors that are coded as being from Oklahoma, you're talking a little over $2.2 billion,” he said.