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The current operations squadrons that fall under the 71st Flying Training Wing are the 71st Operations Support Squadron, the 3rd Fighter Training Squadron, the 8th Flying Training Squadron, the 25th Flying Training Squadron, the 32nd Flying Training Squadron, and the 33rd Flying Training Squadron. A reserve unit, the 5th Flying Training Squadron, augments all phases of flying training by providing qualified instructor pilots to the other flying squadrons.

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Vance Air Force Base News

Vance instructor pilot selected for Air Force rugby team — again

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August 9, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

An instructor pilot with the 8th Flying Training Squadron was selected for the Air Force Rugby team and will compete in the International Defense Sevens Rugby Tournament Aug. 18 and 19 in Glendale, Colo.

Capt. John Lockard has been playing rugby since 2002 when he picked up the game during his time at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"I played football at the Academy for a year but it just wasn't working out," said Lockard.

He began his pursuit of rugby in 2002 when his friends at the academy suggested he try it instead of football.
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Chapel hosts rock climbing adventure for single Airmen

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August 8, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Vance Chapel hosted a trip for single Airmen to Oklahoma City July 28 for a day of rock climbing and a spaghetti dinner.

Chaplain (Capt.) Jon Bravinder and Staff Sgt. Darick Alexander, with the Chapel staff, organized the trip to the Rocktown Climbing Gym in Oklahoma City because, according to Alexander, "We have a lot of programs for married Airmen and we want to start doing just as much for our single Airmen."

Rocktown Climbing Gym is housed in a former grain elevator and includes 16 silos that are 90-foot tall with hand-holds on both the inside and outside walls.
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Falcon Loan program helps Airmen through financial emergencies

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August 8, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Senior Airman Shakcon Smith awoke one morning in January to a phone call from her mother with the news her grandmother had passed away.

Devastated and not knowing what to do, Smith, the element chief of outpatient records for the 71st Medical Support Squadron, called a friend who suggested she get in touch with her first sergeant.

"Before I even got the chance to call, my first sergeant called me and said he had contacted the Airman & Family Readiness Center," said Smith. "After I got myself together I went to base and they (A&FRC) had everything set up for me, to the point where I could have left that day."
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Organizing supply closets improves efficiency

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August 8, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Faced with budget constraints in the present and future, front-line supervisors and commanders must lead the way in developing the mindset of a cost conscious culture, said Gen. Edward Rice, commander of Air Education and Training Command.

One way Team Vance will embrace General Rice's guidance is by self-inspecting to improve unit supply efficiency, beginning Aug. 10.

"The idea is for offices to go into their supply closets and clean them," said Terri Schaefer, the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century strategy and program manager at Vance.
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Twenty Vance Airmen selected for promotion to staff sergeant

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August 7, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Twenty Vance Airmen were among the 11,337 selected Air Force wide for promotion to staff sergeant.

Team Vance members selected were:

71st Security Forces Squadron
Jean Arroyomaclean
Michael Correa
Richard Ficarelli
Quintin Haynes
Remmecya Lavant
Mitchell Melot

71st Operations Support Squadron
Derek Bernard
Kyle Good
Adam Lewis
Jerad Robinson
James Ward
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Vance Exchange celebrates AAFES 117th birthday

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August 1, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Vance Exchange celebrated the Army and Air Force Exchange Service's 117th birthday with free soft drinks and cake and a variety of in-store specials July 25.

AAFES was originally called the "Exchange," a name the stores worldwide are using once again.

In 1895, the War Department issued General Order 46 directing commanders to establish an Exchange at every post. Since then, Exchange associates have served alongside service members wherever they are called to serve.
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Airfield technician named July’s top Airman

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August 1, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Airman 1st Class Chris Savage, an airfield management technician with the 71st Communication Squadron, is the 71st Flying Training Wing Airman of the Month for July at Vance AFB.

"I was actually shocked that I won," said Savage, who was also named Airman of the Month in February 2011.

As an airfield management technician, Savage maintains both air-to-ground radio equipment used by air traffic controllers to communicate with pilots, and instrument landing systems used by pilots to safely land their aircraft on a daily basis.
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Italian menu featured at July SIGMO

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August 1, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

More than 180 Vance Airmen had a taste of Italy during the July Singles' International Gourmet Meal Opportunity July 30 at the Community Chapel Activity Center.

Hosted by the Chapel staff and 13 volunteers from the 71st Flying Training Wing Staff Agencies this month, SIGMO is an opportunity for a free, home-cooked meal for single Airmen and families of deployed Airmen.

The menu included spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken Alfredo, baked ziti, and vegetarian lasagna, Italian green beans, garlic bread, salad and a variety of desserts.
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Whooping cough — early intervention is the key

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July 31, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

By The death of a 4-week old infant in Enid, Okla., has heightened awareness and concerns about the prevention and treatment of whooping cough.

The 71st Medical Group is dedicated to providing beneficiaries with all the tools they may need to protect themselves from this disease.

Pertussis, a respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough, is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis.

It is only found in humans and is spread from person to person. People with whooping cough usually transmit the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, who then breathe in the pertussis bacteria.
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Security Forces trainer named Warrior of the Week

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July 31, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Staff Sgt. Nolan Endres, the unit training manager with the 71st Security Forces Squadron, is the 71st Flying Training Wing Warrior of the Week.

"The best part of my job is mentoring and training our new Airman," said Endres, a Marco Island, Fla., native.

Endres has a number of jobs. He is the self-aid buddy-care instructor, combat readiness instructor, Taser instructor and technician, pepper spray instructor, shoot- and- move instructor, installation augmentee program manager and unit airfield driving manager.
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Packing ‘essential last chances’ one parachute at a time

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July 25, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

While working at base supply more than 30 years ago, Ruby Riemann learned of a job opening in Fabrications and saw the chance to pursue her lifelong hobby of sewing as a career.

"I saw that posting and thought that's exactly what I want to do," said Riemann, now the lead maintainer at the Survival Equipment shop operated by CSC Applied Technologies on base.

She landed the job in Fabrications where she worked for a year mending flight suites, sewing on patches and making fabric repairs.
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Tops In Blue performs at the Expo Center Aug. 7

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July 25, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force Entertainment and Vance Air Force Base present the annual Tops In Blue show at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center, 111 W. Purdue, Aug. 7.

The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. This is a family-friendly event.

This year's tour features the music of life through the rhythms and sounds of pop, country and patriotic tunes. Songs by the Doobie Brothers, Carrie Underwood, Earth Wind & Fire, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum and Whitney Houston will be among those featured throughout the 90-minute concert.
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Kimmel takes top honor in ALS Class 12-F

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July 25, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Senior Airman Shelby Kimmel took the top honor in Class 12-F at the Airman Leadership School at Altus Air Force Base, Okla.

Kimmel, one of three Vance Airmen graduating July 20 with Class 12-F, earned the John L. Levitow Award, the top honor presented at all levels of professional military education.

Kimmel is a finance technician with the 71st Comptroller Squadron.

Senior Airman Brandon Gallemore, with the 71st Operations Support Squadron, earned the Academic Award.
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Law enforcement jurisdiction now shared by Security Forces, Enid police

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July 18, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

As of July 3, law enforcement units with the 71st Security Forces Squadron at Vance Air Force Base have joint jurisdiction in the base housing area and roads leading off base.

Before, only City of Enid police had legal jurisdiction in the housing area and beyond the gates.

Thanks to the hard work of base agencies, the City of Enid and State of Oklahoma, those areas now fall under the concurrent jurisdiction of the city and the United States Air Force.

Those areas on base previously patrolled solely by Security Forces will continue under Air Force jurisdiction.
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Local district attorney takes orientation ride in T-38

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July 18, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Michael Fields, the district attorney for District 4 in Oklahoma, received an orientation flight in the T-38 Talon trainer aircraft July 17 at Vance Air Force Base.

The orientation ride, in the same aircraft used to train student pilots at Vance, is one of the perks for being selected honorary commander of the 71st Operations Group.

As an honorary commander, Fields also participates in unit activities, quarterly tours of other organizations and is invited to official functions at Vance.
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