HomeNewsFeaturesDisplay

60th MXS honors former chief with room dedication

Lt. Col. Claudio Covacci, 60th MXS commander(left), Michelle Marinucci, daughter of late Chief Master Sgt. George R. Tucker(center), and James Marinucci, grandson of late Chief Master Sgt. George R. Tucker(right), stand with a plackard the 60th Maintenance Squadron presented to Tucker's family in tribute to the work he accomplished for the squadron while he was alive January 12 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Tucker worked at Travis from 1964 until his retirement in 1985.

Lt. Col. Claudio Covacci, 60th MXS commander(left), Michelle Marinucci, daughter of late Chief Master Sgt. George R. Tucker(center), and James Marinucci, grandson of late Chief Master Sgt. George R. Tucker(right), stand with a plackard the 60th Maintenance Squadron presented to Tucker's family in tribute to the work he accomplished for the squadron while he was alive January 12 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Tucker worked at Travis from 1964 until his retirement in 1985.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. James "Andy" Anderson(left) makes a speech about late Chief Master Sgt. George R. Tucker while his family, Michelle Marinucci, daughter of Tucker(center), and James Marinucci, grandson of Tucker(right) look on. Both Anderson and Tucker were assigned to Travis in 1964 and spent many years working together.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad/Released)

Retired Chief Master Sgt. James "Andy" Anderson(left) makes a speech about late Chief Master Sgt. George R. Tucker while his family, Michelle Marinucci, daughter of Tucker(center), and James Marinucci, grandson of Tucker(right) look on. Both Anderson and Tucker were assigned to Travis in 1964 and spent many years working together.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad/Released)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The life of late Chief Master Sgt. George R. Tucker is a storied one.

Born on April 22, 1937, Tucker was the 14th child born of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Tucker’s 15 children. From the outset of his development into a chief master sergeant, Tucker was a hard worker.

“He was very much a ‘get it done’ kind of guy,” said Sgt. Maj. James Marinucci, Tucker’s grandson. “If there was ever a committee someone needed to take the lead on, he would be the one everyone would just naturally look to. He was known for good work, and he would always deliver on that.”

Despite a rocky start to his enlistment where he found himself taking an additional detail heading his squadron mailroom at then-Schilling Air Force Base, Kansas, Tucker would eventually find himself serving overseas in Greenland, Germany, England and France as non-commissioned officer in charge of the shops he worked in.

A rubber products repairman by trade, Tucker’s hard work finally paid off, when in 1964, he was assigned to the 60th Maintenance Squadron at Travis AFB where he held many key leadership positions such as survival equipment shop superintendent, fabrication branch chief, field maintenance squadron superintendent and, finally, senior enlisted advisor to the 60th Military Airlift Wing commander, a position Tucker would hold until his retirement in January 1985.

It was Tucker’s contributions to the U.S. Air Force and, in particular, his contributions to the 60th MXS that the decision was made to immortalize his legacy through the rededicating of the 60th MXS heritage room, said Master Sgt. Dominic R. Durgin Rodriguez, 60th MXS section chief of aircraft metals technology.

“When it comes to the culture of the U.S. Air Force, Chief Tucker was a cultural icon,” said Durgin Rodriguez. “If there was ever a hall of fame for an enlisted man, all anyone would have to do is take a look around this heritage room and they’d be in it. It’s been an honor for us, the 60th MXS, to bring Chief Tucker back home.”

The heritage room went through a complete renovation for the rededication and now includes Military Airlift Wing memorabilia, career pictures of Tucker and his family, three TVs and a kitchen with a customized food and beverage bar; exclusively for the aircraft maintainers of the 60th MXS.

Also in attendance during the rededication ceremony was Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) James “Andy” Anderson who, 53 years ago, arrived at Travis AFB with Tucker.

“It was an easy enough thing to admire the guy,” said Anderson. “I remember one day asking another Airman if there was anything George did not know about or if there was anything that he was not involved in. The Airman replied ‘George knows all and can handle any task thrown at him.’ In essence, he said that when God said ‘let there be light,’ it was George who flipped the switch. He was a man whose integrity was flawless, and he’s a man with who my association with I will always be thankful for.”

More so than the 60th MXS itself, it’s Travis AFB as a whole that his family and friends feel to be his legacy. Of all the programs, committees, initiatives and advancements Tucker was instrumental in, it was the effect he had on the Airmen on base and on the Travis culture that is, in some ways, more tangible.

“Simply riding around on base or even around Fairfield, there is so much of my father there,” said Michelle Marinucci, Tucker’s daughter. “It’s been 12 years since he’s passed away, but being here and knowing that much of this was thanks to him—realizing that the look these Airmen give me when they shake my hand is the same look I’d see on my father when he’d shake someone’s hand—makes me feel as though he hasn’t truly left. Not while there are Airmen here who embody his spirit and his vision of this squadron.”

For Durgin Rodriguez, though, the rededication is meant not only as a way of memorializing Tucker, but also as a way to inspire more enlisted Airmen to reach the heights he did.

“I hope that Team Travis takes with them the importance of our enlisted heritage,” said Durgin Rodriguez. “I am a firm believer that by honoring this amazing chief, it will reassure the importance of the stripes and inspire even the most junior Airman to reach the top.”

Social Media

Facebook Twitter
The Shooting Stars Drones will launch again at around 10:20 p.m. and we will do another live video stream at that time. Thank you for your patience.
#TeamTravis, As we get closer to tonight’s festivities, what part of the celebration are you most looking forward to? In addition, we’ll also be hosting a bounce house, a beer and wine truck, a hotdog and burger food truck, and an on-site DJ. We will also be allowing families to bring in their own food and water as long as the water is in a clear container. Hope to see you all out there!
#DidYouKnow the United States Air Force has a new Airman Against Drunk Driving app available on the App Store and Google Play? Just another way the U.S. Air Force is committed to #NeverDUI
**Edited for clarification*** #TeamTravis, As weather updates continue to come in, the Intel® Shooting Star Drone Light Show show portion may not happen. As of now, the show is still happening, but we're monitoring tomorrow's weather on a minute-to-minute basis and will continue to update you all as we get closer to the event. No matter what, festivities are a go! Airmen and the public are still invited to celebrate with bouncy houses, food trucks, a DJ, and a rock climbing wall! Below are maps to the parking areas and entrance for the event as well as the event location.
Due to forecasted high winds, the scheduled July 3 rehearsal, which was open to DoD ID Cardholders, has been canceled. Please stay tuned for more updates as we monitor the weather for the 4th of July event.
#Repost Visit Fairfield, California -- "There are no active fires near Travis AFB or Solano County. . . . Good morning friends! Solano County photographer James Guzzo was up early for the sunrise and captured these images from our hills. The smoke cloud you can see is from a fire burning in Yolo County. There are no active fires near Fairfield and Solano County. #VisitFairfieldCA"
To all of #TeamTravis and our local community, please be safe! For continued updates, please sign up with alertsolano.com to get them sent straight to your device.
"Anything that is an extension of, what I call, America's power, promise, or ideals, is done through logistics and transportation." --USAF Gen. Darren W. McDew, U.S. Transportation Command commander. Travis #Airmen deliver on that promise...anytime, anywhere. And we're proud it. #NoBounds | #TeamTravis
🎶This is ground control to Major Tom...🎶 Always on the cutting edge, #TeamTravis has recently entered into talks with NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration to establish a research collaboration leading to advances in medical support for deep space missions as well as warfighters. Read more about Travis' potential role in the future of space exploration in the article below. United States Air Force | U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) | Airman Magazine | Air Force Times | AFMS - David Grant USAF Medical Center - 60th Medical Group, Travis AFB | U.S. Military | #NoBounds
Congratulations SMSgt Lucero Stockett, 6th ARS, for being named one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2018! It is a honor to call you a member of #TeamTravis!
This 4th of July, #TeamTravis is partnering with Intel to put on a #patriotic light show with the help of more than 500 individual drones. Check out the video below and visit our event page, Travis AFB 4th of July ft. Intel® Shooting Star Drone Light Show, for a taste of what's to come during next week's jaw-dropping spectacle. United States Air Force | U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) | Airman Magazine | United States | Air Force Times | Military.com | #FourthofJuly ***The DoD does not endorse Intel***
Team Travis Defenders teamed up with #SpecialOlympics athletes to run through Travis AFB and Vacaville, California last week for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run.
A KC-10 crew recetly completed a mission in the pacific refueling fighters supporting Exercise RED FLAG-Alaska and strengthening relationships between the USAF and the Japan Air Self Defense Force. To learn more click on the photos below. #NoBounds | #EngagingGlobally | #GotFuel
Not only is 2018 the 75th anniversary of Travis but also the 9th Air Refueling Squadrons #75thAnniversary. The diverse history of the 9th ARS includes operating in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations, flying the F-4U Corsair as well as the P-38 Lightning. Click on one of the photos below to see what it means to wear the 9th ARS patch. #GucciPride | #Universal | #Travis75th
This week we salute SrA Steven Fing for being named the #TeamTravis Warrior of the Week. Fing is a Nondestructive Inspection Technician in the 60th MXS. His leadership skills as a shift leader enabled 22 maintenance acts ensuring 620 sorties. #WoW | #Maintenance
#TeamTravis is kind of a big deal in Fairfield, California! On Tuesday during a city council meeting, leadership received a proclamation from the city in honor of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the base. #Servinglocally | #Travis75th
During a recent KC-10 Extender mission, two flying crew chiefs kept the aircraft serviced enabling it to complete a roundtrip journey of more than 9,000 nautical miles and offloaded more than 200,000 pounds of fuel to eight F-15s. #FueltheFight | #RapidGlobalMobility | #NoBounds
The rumors are true! #TeamTravis is celebrating #IndependenceDay with a special light show featuring the Intel Shooting Star Drones. We are opening our gates to the community for this event. Stay tuned for more information! #NoBounds | #PoweredbySpark | #75thAnniversary | AFWERX | Air Mobility Command | Heather Wilson
Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is no stranger to Travis. He has commanded a squadron and a group here in the past. Last Friday #TeamTravis was honored for him to return to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Travis and the 9th ARS. #Travis75th | #NoBounds Check out more images here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmnD5ga6
#PhoenixSpark, Travis's grassroots innovation program is kindling connections and spreading ideas on their new LinkedIn page! Airmen, community members, and business leaders alike, join the conversation as we deliver tomorrow's tools to the Warfighter today! #PoweredBySpark https://www.linkedin.com/company/travis-afb-phoenix-spark/
RT @usairforce: Today we celebrate 71 years as the world's greatest #AIRPOWER! #Birthday #AFBDay https://t.co/VOY8ixMUlO
#TeamTravis now has their new commander, Col. Jeff Nelson. https://t.co/bmac1rbjxd
Check out our live stream currently on Facebook. #WorkingTowardYes #NoBounds
#TeamTravis Airmen are preparing for Col. Jeff Nelson to assume command. https://t.co/rqj9ARJAML
Rules of engagement: Train the way you fight > Travis Air Force Base > Display https://t.co/cjRNwM2dLT
“You matter”: A look inside Travis’ mental health clinic > Travis Air Force Base > Display https://t.co/1XJSR0l0V9
RT @KCRAMax: Medical response teams from @Travis60AMW are on standby for #HurricaneFlorence. Members of the Critical Care Air Transport Tea…
US Air Force participates in Angel de los Andes https://t.co/pWYPxPb19Z
Like an ICU in the sky, CCATTs assist in transporting critical patients to higher levels of care. Contact us… https://t.co/7iwphVdPV7
At request of civil authorities, four Critical Care Air Transport Teams are preparing to respond. Five Airmen with… https://t.co/aepOTzLPAr
#TeamTravis medical personnel are on stand-by and contingency response Airmen are providing support relief efforts for #HurricaneFlorence.
RT @usairforce: #USAF Reserve #Airmen from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron assisted the @USCG w/ a search & rescue mission, locati…
Update as of 4:00 pm, Sept. 11: both fires are completely contained and extinguished with neither posing an immedia… https://t.co/HWLx28DJkz
We are currently aware of 2 fires in Suisun City, southwest of TAFB. First responders are on scene. Please follow… https://t.co/PdRjA2lG3R
Today #TeamTravis honors the lives that were lost on 9/11 during a #PatriotsDay ceremony. TAPS will play four times… https://t.co/XY50aYnooR
RT @AirmanMagazine: A1C Jason Klaus, 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, renders a salute to a C-17 Globemaster III with CMSgt. Steve Nich…
First Sergeant Council: Team effort to care for Airmen, families > Travis Air Force Base > Display https://t.co/LFIp6XQ2SI
Mental health is just as important as physical health. This goes a long way in de-stigmatizing the act of seeking h… https://t.co/iHWgDlFdM0
RT @usairforce: We are just 23 days away from the OCP! @AFCareers is going to help you avoid getting called out for uniform violations! Che…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Enormous thanks to Gen Everhart for his leadership of our mobility enterprise. No doubt, @AirMobilityCmd will continue…