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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

Department of Defense expands sexual assault prevention efforts

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

On Sept. 25, as part of the Department of Defense's efforts to confront the crime of sexual assault in the military, the department announced improvements to prospective commander and senior enlisted training and a review of the initial military training environment in every service.

First, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has instituted higher standards for sexual assault prevention and response training for pre-command training. These changes are the result of a review ordered by the secretary in January 2012.
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Twelve teams take on challenge of Vance’s 2012 Adventure Race

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September 26, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Fifty-eight members of Team Vance participated in this year's Adventure Race held Saturday, Sept. 22.

The race was a triathlon that included a four-mile run, two-mile raft event and a 12-mile bicycle ride, starting and ending at the base park.

There were three Extreme teams and nine Relay teams in this year's race. Members of the Extreme teams were required to participate in all three segments of the race. Relay teams could participate in individual segments of the race.
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Comm Squadron NCO named Warrior of the Week

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September 26, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Warrior of the Week for the 71st Flying Training Wing is Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Sykora, NCO in charge of Communications Focal Point with the 71st Communications Squadron.

Sykora led his squadron in support of President Barak Obama's "Feds Feed Families" campaign which resulted in 1,122 pounds of food donated by the 71st CS.

"We have a ton of outstanding communication warriors, but Tech. Sgt. Sykora really stepped up for this campaign," said Senior Master Sgt. Robert Woodin, the superintendent of the 71st CS.
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The 2012 CFC campaign kicks off Oct. 1 at Vance

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September 26, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Combined Federal Campaign at Vance AFB kicks off Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 15. Unit representatives plan to contact all Team Vance members during the first three days of the drive.

The base goal for the campaign is 100 percent contact of all eligible contributors. CFC organizers have chosen $95,000 as the target for the 2012 campaign.

CFC is the world's largest and most successful workplace giving campaign. Last year federal employees gave more than $272 million to charities ranging from the American Red Cross to the Young Women's Christian Association.
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Emergency mass notification system can save your life

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September 26, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

What do you do when you are on base and severe weather is fast approaching or a gunman is randomly shooting people on base?

The installation command post will warn and provide instructions simultaneously to all government computers, telephones, building public address systems, the outside "giant voice" public address system, and through social media.

Each base in Air Education and Training Command has an emergency mass notification system to rapidly pass critical information to all personnel within minutes of an emergency situation.
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Upgrade to personnel system may delay retraining requests

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

Air Force officials are encouraging regular Air Force Airmen who are eligible to retrain in December to submit their completed retraining packages through the myPers website by Nov. 15 to avoid processing delays.

Airmen need to accomplish these actions because the Air Force is upgrading and transferring the Military Personnel Data System to the Defense Information Systems Agency's Defense Enterprise Computing Center in December. The upgrade project is scheduled to take approximately 23 days to complete, during which time, MilPDS will not be available.
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Vance celebrates Air Force birthday with cake cutting

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September 19, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine


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T-1 unit takes new name during reactivation ceremony

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September 19, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine


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Spouses: Are you prepared for an emergency?

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September 19, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

September is National Preparedness Month, which has me thinking about the importance of being prepared.

As spouses, we prepare for deployments and we prepare for the school year with our kids. We prepare the budget and sometimes we even prepare dinner. But do we prepare for emergencies?

Our active duty partners have most likely been briefed by their squadrons about what to do in certain situations. They may or may not have passed that information on to you. In my experience, chances are good that it's slipped their minds.
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Air Force offers officers opportunity to attend law school

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September 19, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Eligible officers wanting to become Air Force lawyers can submit applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program between Jan. 1 and March 1, 2013.

The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected in any academic year is determined based on the needs of the Air Force.

"Our Air Force missions are constantly changing, and commanders deserve to have access to legal advisors with a broad background of military experiences," said Capt. David R. Groendyk, 71st Flying Training Wing deputy Staff Judge Advocate here.
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Patriot Day retreat ceremony honors those lost in 9/11 terrorist attacks

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September 11, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Members of the 71st Mission Support Group at Vance hosted a Patriot Day retreat ceremony at 4 p.m., Sept. 11, in honor of those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

Formations of Airmen representing all four squadrons in the 71st MSG stood at attention while the U.S. flag, which had flown at half-staff throughout the day, was lowered.

Col. Michael McDaniel, the 71st MSG commander, served as the commander of the troops during the ceremony.

The 71st Communications Squadron formation was commanded by Maj. Lamont Morrow.
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Hantavirus causes flu-like symptoms, early treatment is essential

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September 11, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Due to recent public media attention regarding the Hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite National Park, it is prudent to provide information regarding the disease to include symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Hantaviruses are a group of viruses that may be carried by some rodents. Some hantaviruses can cause a rare but deadly disease called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. The disease is called HPS for short.

People get HPS when they breathe in hantaviruses. This can happen when rodent urine and droppings containing a hantavirus are stirred up into the air.
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Comm Squadron leads the way in 2012 ‘Feds Feed Families’ food drive

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September 11, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The 71st Communications Squadron epitomized the true Wingman concept in support of President Barack Obama's "Feds Feed Families" campaign this year, collecting 1,122 pounds of non-perishable food items, double last year's total.

All of Team Vance donated a total of 2,001 pounds of food.

During the 2012 campaign, ending here Aug. 31, the base worked with five local community agencies and set-up multiple drop locations around Vance for non-perishable food donations.

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Vance Varsity takes fifth place in world softball tournament

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September 5, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Vance Varsity Men's Softball team took fifth place in the United States Specialty Sports Association Military World Tournament held Aug. 16-19 at Panama City Beach, Fla.

There were 119 teams participating in six divisions at the tournament. Players came from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, Reserves and National Guard.

And for the first time, the Wounded Warrior Amputee team participated in the Intramural division and won their first game.

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Smith faces command chief on August AOM board

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September 5, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Senior Airman Shakon Smith, the element leader of outpatient records for the 71st Medical Support Squadron, received the 71st Flying Training Wing Airman of the Month award for August.

"I was nervous at first because (the command chief) was on the board," said Smith, from Cordele, Ga. "I just took a few deep breaths and loosened up after talking for awhile."

Each month Airmen are selected to represent their squadrons in the competition. Normally, the board consists of a senior NCO, an NCO and the previous month's Airman of the Month.
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