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Tinker Frontlines: Meet Linda Ewings

Linda Ewings, the installation deployment officer with the 72nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, has 40 years of combined active duty and civil service.

Linda Ewings, the installation deployment officer with the 72nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, has 40 years of combined active duty and civil service.

Linda Ewings, the installation deployment officer with the 72nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, has 40 years of combined active duty and civil service.

Linda Ewings, the installation deployment officer with the 72nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, has 40 years of combined active duty and civil service. (Courtesy photo)

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Tinker Frontlines: Meet Linda Ewings

Linda Ewings, the installation deployment officer with the 72nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, has 40 years of combined active duty and civil service.

Originally from Kane, Pennsylvania, Ewings enjoys reading, watching movies and watching Survivor. She is also a grandmother of five.

As the IDO, Ewings is the chief of the Plans and Integration Section and is responsible for the execution of Air and Space Expeditionary Forces Management, In-Garrison Expeditionary Site Planning and Installation Deployment Planning. The section is charged with training both unit deployment managers and commanders on a variety of programs to ensure the readiness and successful deployment of assigned Airmen. Ewings also maintains the overall responsibility of making sure planning and integration War Reserve Materiel management, base/expeditionary support planning, sustainment, redeployment, cargo and logistics command and control are successful, which leads to a seamless deployment execution.

“I enjoy the challenge of working with personnel at every level across the base to coordinate all of the deployment and redeployments actions required for the success of Tinker Airmen,” she said. “There’s never a dull moment.”

Ewings said the coronavirus has altered the way her section operates.

“As the IDO, there is a level of coordination and oversight for every deployment and redeployment; however, executing the first-ever deployment of personnel with an Exception to Policy waiver to Central Command and executing one of the first redeployment of personnel from CENTCOM has required a much higher level of coordination and interaction with sections across Tinker,” she said.