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Subject: RAAF instructor found dead at home in Alaska - RIP
DarthAmerica    7/29/2008 10:42:05 AM
WASHINGTON - The air wing commander at Elmendorf US Air Force Base in Alaska and who was an exchange officer and instructor with the Royal Australian Air Force has been found dead at his home. Brigadier General Thomas L Tinsley, commander of the 3rd Wing, died of a gunshot wound last night, the air force said. Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Paoli, an air force spokesman, said the death is under investigation, and there does not appear to be any indication of foul play at this time. Tinsley was an F-15 instructor pilot and test pilot and commanded the 12th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf. He had been the wing commander since last year. AP -DA
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THEPUSSMK2       7/30/2008 7:28:02 AM
"Brigadier General " um not a RAAF rank...have not heard anything on the news nor on the DOD website........"ShitBuzz"?????
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gf0012-aust       7/30/2008 7:44:22 AM

"Brigadier General " um not a RAAF rank...have not heard anything on the news nor on the DOD website........"ShitBuzz"?????

wasn't at work today so haven't seen any traffic, I guess I'll find out (if any) tomorrow.
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Old Grunt    He was an exchange officer...   7/30/2008 8:25:10 AM
to the RAAF, not from the RAAF.
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DarthAmerica    BIO   8/2/2008 9:55:45 AM
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Died July 27, 2008.

Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Tinsley is Commander, 3rd Wing, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. The 3rd Wing provides the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, trained and equipped tactical air supremacy assets with all-weather strike capability, command and control platforms, and strategic airlift resources for contingency operations. The wing flies the F-22A, F-15C, C-17, C-12 and E-3, and maintains a regional medical facility providing care for all forces in Alaska. The installation also hosts headquarters for the 11th Air Force, Alaskan Command and Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region as well as 41 tenant units.

General Tinsley was commissioned in 1984 through the ROTC program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and subsequently was a distinguished graduate of undergraduate pilot training. He has served as an F-15 instructor pilot, F-15C test pilot, wing weapons officer, exchange officer and instructor with the Royal Australian Air Force. He has served in the Directorate for Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff as South Asia desk officer and executive assistant to the Deputy for Political-Military Affairs for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He has commanded the 12th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB,  and the 1st Operations Group, Langley AFB, Va. Prior to his current assignment, he was executive officer to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. 

The general is a command pilot with more than 3,200 flight hours in the F-15, F/A-18 and F-22A.

1984 Bachelor of Science degree in air transportation management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz.
1989 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1995 Master of Science degree in aviation science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
1998 Masters degree in national security and strategic studies, Naval Command and General Staff College, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

1. May 1984 - May 1985, student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. May 1985 - January 1986, student, fighter lead-in training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. January 1986 - August 1988, squadron scheduler and assistant chief of training, 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
4. August 1988 - November 1988, student, 405th Tactical Training Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz.
5. Novemb
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Barca       8/4/2008 12:15:28 AM

Was this someone you knew, Darth?

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DarthAmerica       8/5/2008 10:25:33 AM

Was this someone you knew, Darth?

Negative. I posted this because of the RAAF connection. Perhaps one of you may have known of him or found his death news worthy. Other than that, no connection and my sympathies go to the family.
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TrustButVerify       8/6/2008 8:59:08 AM
Latest is that the wound was self-inflicted, which is a head-scratcher; folks say this guy was on his way up.
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