Tinker Commander Speaks on Veteran's Day

Brigadier General Donald E. Kirkland, the commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex at Tinker Air Force Base, told Rose State students that the recent national election was a successful transition of power due to veterans who “risk all” to uphold their oath to the U.S. Constitution.

Kirkland, who commands more than 9500 personnel at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, was designated as the keynote speaker for Rose State College’s Veteran’s Day observances. More than 200 students attended the luncheon.

“We should take justifiable pride in knowing that whatever the outcome of an election, whether for president, school board, or even dog catcher, the authority and power that comes from that position will move in an orderly and peaceful fashion from one person to another,” General Kirkland told students. “This is our Constitutional heritage, and this is the ideal that the veteran cherishes. It should be at the core of our gratitude that we show to those who risk all to preserve it.”


Brigadier General Donald E. Kirkland, Commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex at Tinker Air Force Base, addresses students at Rose State College in observance of Veteran’s Day. 

In his introduction of General Kirkland to the students, Rose State College President Terry Britton noted the general’s extensive education background and told students that education was a lifelong endeavor that is a road to success.

“General Kirkland has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, he received a Master of Science degree in Administration , he received a Master of Arts in National Security, and he received a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy. For generals at Tinker Air Force Base, this is typical. Their education does not stop once they get a rank,” President Britton said. “It is a matter of lifelong learning. If you want to change and adapt, you will keep working, struggling toward other degrees, and keep making yourself better and better.”

Kirkland told Britton that his first degree was from a community college like Rose State.

“I have an Associate of Arts degree from Pensacola Junior College. That, in fact, was a wonderful foundation for everything that followed,” General Kirkland said.

Britton noted that Rose State was founded in 1970 partially with the intent to serve Tinker personnel and to serve veterans returning from the Vietnam War.

Rose State is designated a “Military Friendly” college by GI Jobs Magazine.

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