Follow Us:

Facebook
Twitter
RSS

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Vance Air Force Base »


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.

  • No categories


Vance Air Force Base News

Base Christmas Tree lights up during ceremony Wednesday

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

November 28, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Lights on the Vance Christmas Tree will be switched on during a ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, near the T-38 Talon display across the street from Eisenhower Elementary School on base.

"The ceremony will begin when the national anthem is played," said Chaplain (Capt.) Jon Bravinder, the organizer of the event.

Chaplain (Maj.) Randall Groves will give the invocation and then turn the ceremony over to Col. James Abatti, the 71st Operations Group commander.
more...

Prescription fax service now available at Vance pharmacy

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

November 28, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Vance Air Force Base pharmacy now accepts faxed prescriptions from civilian medical providers or treatment facilities.

Instead of writing out a prescription on a piece of paper, your doctor or other healthcare provider can enter it directly into his or her computer and fax directly to the Vance pharmacy.

To ensure the validity of prescriptions, Oklahoma law requires all faxed prescriptions to originate from the provider's office.

This prescription fax service offers several benefits to Department of Defense beneficiaries who use the Vance pharmacy.
more...

Spouses find success in home-based businesses

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

November 14, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Maybe I'm dating myself, but when my husband first entered the military, the only people that got to work from home were involved in direct-sell businesses like Pampered Chef and PartyLite.

While I avoided these people like a plague at first, I was also secretly wondering how I could land a work-from-home job. I eventually succumbed to -- and later abandoned -- selling Pampered Chef while stationed overseas.

Today, more spouses are working from home than ever before, and not just in direct-sell businesses. Ordinary companies are increasingly willing to allow telecommuting and spouses are generally becoming more educated and excited about entrepreneurship.
more...

The hardest part of giving up tobacco – making the commitment

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

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

For me, giving up cigarettes wasn't the hard part about quitting -- it was deciding to make the commitment to quit after smoking for five years that was the real challenge.

When I first decided to quit it was just a seed of an idea, and like any seed it had to be coaxed into growing.

For me, the seed was planted when I called the Health and Wellness Center and signed up for their smoking cessation class.

My purpose there was to prove to myself I wasn't just blowing smoke about quitting. Not too surprisingly, it ended up having more valuable content than I initially gave it credit for.
more...

Army Reserve unit practices bridge building

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

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

Members of the 401st Engineer Company, Detachment 1, with the Army Reserve, practiced assembling a dry support bridge Nov. 2 behind the Armed Forces Reserve Center on base.

The bridge is used to allow vehicles to pass over gaps of up to 150 feet or to replace damaged segments of bridges.

The bridge requires eight vehicles to transport and eight soldiers to assemble it. Assembly and disassembly takes less than 90 minutes.
more...

Oktoberfest menu featured at SIGMO

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

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

Twenty-two volunteers from the 33rd Flying Training Squadron fed 161 hungry guests a variety of German dishes during the monthly Singles' International Gourmet Meal Opportunity held Oct. 29 in the Community Chapel Activity Center on base.

The menu theme was "Oktoberfest," and featured bratwurst, green beans, sauerkraut, salad and various desserts.

SIGMO provides a free meal every month for single Airmen and families with deployed spouses.
more...

Zombies chase runners, children paint pumpkins during 2012 Fall Fest

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

November 2, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Thirty-six volunteers acting as zombies chased 217 Team Vance runners during the "Zombie Fun Run" 5K, the kickoff event for the 2012 Fall Fest held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Oct. 30.

In the Halloween spirit, some runners dressed as their heroic icons, like He-man and Tigger.
Hungry "zombies" meandered around points along the route ready to swarm over runners who came within reach of the ravenous rotting corpses.

The goal of the zombies was to snatch stripes of yellow caution tape from the waistbands of runners, signaling the runners had died. Runners who survived did not receive any awards other than pride, or perhaps relief, in their ability to survive a 5K while chased by zombies.
more...

Air Force officials delay personnel data system upgrade

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

November 2, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force officials are delaying the upgrade of the Military Personnel Data System that was originally scheduled for December.

Delaying the upgrade is necessary to ensure the new system is thoroughly tested by the Air Force Personnel Center and other Department of Defense and Air Force agencies that use personnel information from MilPDS.

"Despite the best efforts of many, we must delay the upgrade," said Robert Corsi, Air Force assistant deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. "It's critical we ensure our Airmen have the best possible personnel data system, and to do that we need to complete testing on the new system before we upgrade MilPDS."
more...

Spouse’s advice: Savor the journey because life is fleeting

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

November 2, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The spouses of military members at Vance AFB gathered for a luncheon Oct. 26 to hear an inspirational message from Cindy Wilsbach, a fellow military wife, accomplished volunteer and former White House employee.

The luncheon, arranged by Melissa James, spouse of Col. Darren James, the 71st Flying Training Wing commander, was held at the Community Chapel Activity Center and was open to all Vance AFB spouses.

Wilsbach is married to Brig. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, the deputy director of Operations for U.S. Pacific Command. He was the guest speaker for the JSUPT Class 13-01 graduation, held Oct. 26.
more...

Central energy control saves Vance $217,000 annually

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

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

Vance saves $217,000 annually in energy costs thanks to a system that had its beginning in 1971.

The Energy Management Control System, with its "brain" in Building 288, does a number of interesting things to keeping energy consumption levels low by monitoring and controlling room temperatures across the base.

"The EMCS allows me to monitor and control temperatures in about 75 facilities on base through 5,354 sensors," said Byron Gainer, an Energy Management and Control System network analyst with CSC Applied Technologies, the primary contractor at Vance.
more...

Vance entries win $1,000 scholarships in Air Force Services essay contest

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

October 24, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Three essay contest entries from Vance Air Force Base earned $1,000 scholarships in the 16th annual Air Force Club Membership Scholarship Program essay contest.

The Vance winners were 1st Lt. Cindy Thuli, Eduardo Lima III and 1st Lt. Ryan M. Fortney.

Thuli is the chief of the Exercise Evaluation Team with the 71st Flying Training Wing Plans and Exercise office here.

Lima is the son of now retired Air Force Master Sgt. Eduardo Lima Jr., who lives in the local area.
more...

Mechanical upgrades save energy at Vance

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

October 24, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Dens Mechanical, contractors based in Enid, Okla., started work Sept. 9 on improving the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in 17 facilities on base. The improvements will save the base $25,000 a year in energy costs.

"We are doing a lot of things that aren't visible, like replacing older fan motors with more efficient ones," said Glenda Watkins, chief of design and energy manager for Civil Engineering at Vance. "We are also putting in variable frequency drives that make the systems more energy efficient."
more...

Vance Airmen sweep awards for Airman Leadership School Class 12-H

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

October 24, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Team Vance Airmen swept the awards during the Oct. 19 graduation ceremony for Airman Leadership School Class 12-H at Altus Air Force Base, Okla.

Senior Airman Kevin Ellis, 71st Communications Squadron, received the John L. Levitow Award, the highest honor presented to an enlisted graduate of professional military training.

Ellis maintains airfield systems, to include navigational aids, air-to-ground radios and weather equipment, with the 71st CS.

Senior Airman James Ward, 71st Operations Support Squadron, received the Distinguished Graduate and Academic Achievement awards.
more...

Brightly-colored costumes help keep Halloween trick-or-treating safe

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

October 24, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Ghosts, goblins and a variety of super heroes will fill the streets of Vance family housing Halloween night. Keeping the treat-fueled celebration safe is everyone's job.

Trick-or-treating hours in housing will run from 6 until 8 p.m., under the watchful eyes of the Vance Pumpkin Patrol, members of the 71st Security Forces Squadron and even Craig Wetherington, Ground Safety manager with the 71st Flying Training Wing Safety Office.

"We will be cruising around the Housing area, making sure the kids are safe and passing out glow sticks to keep them visible," Wetherington said.
more...

Vance fire department testing hydrants next week

This post was originally published by Vance Air Force Base - News

October 17, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Vance fire department will conducting flow tests on hydrants beginning next week. The tests are required annually to ensure the hydrants can deliver enough water during emergencies.

The testing will start around 7 a.m., beginning Oct. 23 and running through Oct. 29.

The testing is scheduled around buildings in the 200 and 300 areas, the flight line and along Elam Road on Oct. 23.

The remainder of the base will be tested starting around 7 a.m., Oct. 25.
more...

Follow Us:

Facebook
Twitter
RSS