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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 Spouse Spotlight: Kate Wetterhall

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January 23, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine


Name: Kate Wetterhall

Base affiliation: My husband, Capt. Justin Wetterhall, is an instructor pilot in the 3rd Flying Training Squadron.

Do you have children? I have two, Owen and Claire.

What is your educational background? I went to Virginia Tech for my undergraduate and master's degrees. My undergraduate is a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, which is the same program that Justin was in, and is how we met. My master's degree is in Secondary Math Education.
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Preventing fraud, waste, abuse is everyone’s job

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January 23, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Fraud waste and abuse quietly drains resources from Vance Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force, impacts mission accomplishment and hits the taxpayer right in the pocketbook.

What is FW&A? Let's take a look at some definitions and examples.

Fraud is any intentional deception designed to unlawfully deprive the Air Force of something of value or to secure from the Air Force for an individual a benefit, privilege, allowance or consideration to which the individual is not entitled.
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Base exercises bring unique challenges to housing residents

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January 22, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

"Exercise, exercise, exercise."

A familiar phrase, but have you ever asked yourself, "What is an exercise?" or "What am I suppose to do?"

Air Force units conduct exercises to hone and refine their execution of mission essential and supporting tasks, validate training, improve response capabilities, and enhance and evaluate readiness, according to Air Force Instruction 10-204, "Participation in Joint and National Exercises."

The Air Force goal is to optimize the benefits of participating in these exercises. Exercise participation helps validate and refine training and procedures to ensure the base is always ready to respond.
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Greene, Woodbury selected for early promotion to senior airman

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January 16, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Two Airmen from the 71st Operations Support Squadron will put on their third stripe early under the below-the-zone promotion program.

Airmen 1st Class Raymond Greene, an air traffic controller in the radar approach control building, and Scott Woodbury, an air traffic controller in the control tower, were selected for early promotion due to outstanding job performance and exemplifying what it means to be an Airman.

"I actually found out I was selected while I was home on emergency leave," said Greene. "My commander called me two or three days after I got home to let me know I won BTZ," said Greene. "It was good to have some uplifting news during that time."
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Develop, Deliver, Deploy…Empowered Airmen

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January 16, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Happy New Year Team Vance!

First, I'd like to thank all of our Airmen, government civilians, contractors, and community partners for a fantastic 2012.

As last week's Scoop newspaper article succinctly captured, change was indeed in the air in 2012, and Team Vance excelled throughout the year and in the face of numerous challenges. I am truly looking forward to what adventures 2013 may bring to the 71st Flying Training Wing.

Last week, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, released the vision for the United States Air Force: The World's Greatest Air Force - Powered by Airmen, Fueled by Innovation.
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HPV vaccination available at Vance clinic

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January 16, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

What is Human Papillomavirus?

HPV is a virus you may not know much about - but you should.

The virus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States which can affect males and females of all ages. HPV usually clears on its own but not for all.

This viral infection can lead to cervical, vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers and genital warts.

Bottom-line -- there is no way to predict who will or won't clear the virus, develop venereal warts or develop cancer.
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The grass really is greener at Vance

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January 16, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Sometimes when I tell people that Vance Air Force Base was our first choice for an assignment, I get a funny look, along with "you're kidding...right?"

I understand the reaction. My husband completed pilot training at Laughlin AFB in Texas, and had we been assigned to Laughlin after pilot training, I may have been less than excited. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when we learned that our first assignment would be to England!

I quickly learned, though, that England isn't as perfect as I'd envisioned.
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AFSA Chapter 990 begins 2013 with new officers

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January 10, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Chapter 990 of the Air Force Sergeants Association at Vance elected new officers and I was named president - a great honor and a great way to start 2013.

This year's vice president is Master Sgt. Phil Brandley, 71st Medical Group; and elected trustees are Tech. Sgt. Linell McKissick, 71st Communications Squadron; Senior Airman Evan Gillespie, 71st CS; and Senior Airman Alisha Jones, 71st Operations Support Squadron.

During discussions about where Chapter 990 is and where we want to go, one thing was very clear - membership is low at Vance.
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Vance flyers give local child three-wheeled mobility

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January 9, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Members of the 5th Flying Training Squadron at Vance Air Force Base raised enough money in 2012 to present a special tricycle to a child at Hoover Elementary School in Enid, Dec. 20.

The tricycle, called an AmTryke, is designed to give a child with physical challenges the chance to ride his own tricycle just like other children.

The 5th FTS members joined with the Enid AM Too AMBUCS, a local chapter of the National Association of American Business Clubs, to purchase the tricycle.
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Unprofessional relationships interfere with training, mission success

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January 9, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Pilot training in the Air Force can be a most exciting time for students. They meet lifelong friends and make strong bonds with those involved in training, whether fellow students or instructors.

But there is a line, and that line is crossed when students and instructors share a more personal relationship rather than keeping things professional.

All Air Force personnel are accountable for following the rules about professional and unprofessional relationships.

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Happy New Year Airmen: 2013 will be a great year

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January 8, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

To those of you who spent the holidays deployed, thank you. And I'm sorry you weren't home with your families. I know you understand that what you're doing is important, but I also know that doesn't make the separation any easier.

In these days where self-serving agendas seem to be on display everywhere we turn, your willingness to sacrifice for the good of our Nation and its citizens still inspires me.

Despite the budgetary uncertainty, the fiscal cliff, or whatever else time and circumstances throw at us, I believe 2013 will be a great year for our Air Force.
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Construction of new control tower reaching for the sky

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January 8, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine


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NORAD tracks Santa’s Christmas Eve flight

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

Team Vance families can track Santa Claus on his world-wide journey Christmas Eve with the help of the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

The official NORAD Santa tracker website, http://www.noradsanta.org, will provide updates on Santa's location using the GPS satellite systems, radar satellites, Santa cams and fighter jets escorts.

The website also features Christmas-themed games, videos and background information on Santa based on research from almost six decades of tracking him.
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The perfect – and legal — holiday gift

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

Do you want to give your boss that perfect gift this holiday to remember you? How about a ticket to see his or her favorite team?

Make sure the ticket costs less than $10. Unfortunately, for that price the only thing for which they will remember you is the nose bleed they got from those top level seats.

When gift shopping during the holiday season, remember these few simple rules.

First, do not give cash. It could be misconstrued as a bribe.

Second, if your gift is for a supervisor, make sure it is valued at $10 or less.
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Applying core values to the organizational culture

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

Happy holidays Team Vance. Here's hoping you have a joyful Christmas celebration and return safely in the new year.

Before your break begins, I've got some questions for you. What is the 71st Flying Training Wing mission statement? What's the Air Education and Training Command vision statement? And what are the Air Force's three core competencies?

Don't worry - you have lots of seasonal planning on your mind and I couldn't answer those questions from a cold start either. I'll provide the answers shortly.
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