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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

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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Women have taken the right to vote to a powerful level

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August 29, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Women's Equality Day, held Aug. 26, celebrated the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

The amendment was passed Aug. 26, 1920, following 72 years of petitioning the government to recognize women's rights by a group of women called the Suffragettes. These brave women were led by Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

"The day will come when man will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation," said Susan B. Anthony. "Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race."
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August SIGMO provides tailgate menu for diners

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August 29, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Volunteers from the 71st Operations Support Squadron filled the bellies of 202 people with hotdogs and hamburgers grilled outside the Community Chapel Activity Center during the Singles' International Gourmet Meal Opportunity held here Aug. 27.

This month, 37 volunteers from the 71st OSS hosted the meal that featured a "Tailgate party" theme. Diners were encouraged to wear clothing promoting their favorite sports teams.

The menu included grilled hotdogs, hamburgers, pasta and garden salads, nachos with toppings, vegetarian chili and a variety of desserts.
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West Nile — a little knowledge goes a long way

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August 29, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the West Nile virus is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe the virus is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall.

The disease spreads predominately through mosquitoes. The Culex mosquitoes are thought to be the principal carriers of West Nile.

The Vance base entomologist has confirmed that there have been no mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus trapped on base so far. The drought has helped. But the weather is changing and a little knowledge and action can help protect you and your family.
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Last Marine completes undergraduate pilot training at Vance

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August 29, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The last Marine Corps student pilot to train at Vance Air Force Base completed his undergraduate pilot training here Aug. 27.

Marines, Airmen and Sailors have trained alongside each other at Vance since 1996, but to save taxpayer dollars, the Marines will now learn to fly in Texas and Florida.

"The bottom line is financial," said Marine Lt. Col. Brad Borman, the senior Marine at Vance and an instructor pilot with the 8th Flying Training Squadron. "By not having to move a number of folks out here each year will save the Marine Corps approximately $3 million annually."
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Women’s Equality Day — Celebrating the right to vote

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August 22, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Women's Equality Day commemorates the day when women in America were given full voting rights under the U.S. Constitution by the passage of the 19th Amendment.

This historic event was the culmination of a massive civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848. The women's suffrage amendment was introduced for the first time to the U.S. Congress on January 10, 1878.

Over the following year, the suffragists spent their time lobbying states in order to have the amendment ratified by the required two-thirds of the states.
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Vance holds Staff Sergeant Summit for new selectees

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August 22, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The 20 new staff sergeant selects here had an opportunity to learn about their upcoming transition from junior enlisted member to non-commissioned officer during a Staff Sergeant Summit held Aug. 18.

The summit attendees started the day raising the United States flag during reveille and spent the rest of the day taking in advice from senior NCOs regarding standards, discipline, customs and courtesies, Air Force history and guidance on their future career.

"I enjoyed hearing about Air Force traditions," said Senior Airman Rosa Garrette, a formal-training technician with the 71st Force Support Squadron. "I felt like the summit wasn't meant to make us NCOs but to remind us of what it takes to become one.
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Observe school-zone speed limits for children’s safety

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August 22, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

It's that time of the year when parents look forward to some quiet time and children moan and groan about homework.

The 71st Flying Training Wing safety office has some pointers for safe ways to approach the school season, which started Aug. 22 at Eisenhower Elementary School on base.

"We have a unique situation here having an elementary school on base," said Craig Wetherington, the ground safety manager at Vance AFB. "Off-base kids are brought on base by bus and by their non-base personnel parents, which increases traffic during school hours."
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More than 280 parents, children attend Back to School Bash

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August 15, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

More than 280 people attended the Back to School Bash, hosted by the Airman & Family Readiness Center Aug. 10 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center here.

Thirty agencies from both Vance and the local community showcased their services to parents and Exceptional Family Member Program participants.

Games and entertainment was provided for children attending the bash.

The Integrated Delivery System, a team committed to improving family services and education activities, represented services available at Vance, said Maggie Laws, the school liaison and EFMP manager with the A&FRC.
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Top 3, AFSA host Vance Airmen to burger burn

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August 15, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

More than 50 enlisted Team Vance members attended a burger burn, hosted by the Vance Top 3 and Chapter 990 of the Air Force Sergeants Association, Aug. 13, at the Armed Forces Reserve Center here.

"Every year the Top 3 tries to do something for our enlisted members," said Master Sgt. Michael Carradine, the acting first sergeant for the 71st Mission Support Group. "Today we wanted them to get off work and go home on a full stomach.

"I just don't think Burger King can do it quite like we do," said Carradine, while flipping a burger, flames from the grill licking at his fingers. "These burgers aren't flamed kissed -- they are flame cooked."
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