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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

Mission essential — Nicola DeJesus, dental technician

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February 11, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Senior Airman Nicola DeJesus is one of five dental technicians who clean the teeth of more than 90 Team Vance members each month at the Dental Services Flight, part of the 71st Medical Operations Squadron at Vance Air Force Base.

By helping patients keep their teeth healthy, DeJesus is ensuring the 71st Flying Training Wing meets its mission of deploying combat ready warriors.

DeJesus is also the Airman of the Year for the 71st MDOS.
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Annual award winners for 2012 honored at banquet

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February 11, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Outstanding members of the 71st Flying Training Wing and CSC Applied Technologies were recognized during the 2012 Annual Awards banquet held Feb. 7 at the Vance Air Force Base Collocated Club.

The evening was organized around a boxing theme which included gloves, a championship belt and a flash dance to the song, "We are the Champions," by Queen.

Winners of the 2012 Annual Awards for 71st FTW members were:
  • Airman of the Year - Senior Airman Matthew S. Garrette, 71st Operations Support Squadron
  • NCO of the Year - Staff Sgt. Shawna M. Houston, 71st Medical Support Squadron
  • Senior NCO of the Year - Master Sgt. Jason K. Trickey, 71st OSS
  • Company Grade Officer of the Year - Capt. Mark W. Hassett, 71st MDSS
  • Field Grade Officer of the Year - Maj. Samuel B. Tobler, 71st Medical Operations Squadron
  • Civilian of the Year, Category I -- Jennifer L. Hughes, 71st MDSS
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Airfield systems technician named Airman of the Month

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February 7, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Senior Airman Anthony Marple, an airfield systems technician with the 71st Communications Squadron, is the 71st Flying Training Wing Airman of the Month for January.

Each month Airmen are selected by their supervisors to represent their squadrons as Airman of the Month. They face a board consisting of a senior NCO, an NCO and the previous month's Airman of the Month.

Marple discovered his success with the board when Col. Darren James, the 71st FTW commander, called for a meeting outside Building 248 where Marple works.
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Vance air traffic controller selected for direct appointment to academy

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February 6, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Approximately 2 percent of enlisted Airmen who apply to the U.S. Air Force Academy are selected each year for direct appointment, and one of the air traffic controllers here is among them.

Airman 1st Class Sage Keltee, with the 71st Operations Support Squadron, will be leaving for the academy in June.

"I heard about the commissioning program for the U.S. Air Force Academy in June after my First Term Airmen's Center briefing," said Keltee. "I went to the education office and started the process."
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Vance dentist, dental clinic named best in Air Force

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February 6, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The dental flight and one of its dentists at Vance Air Force Base were selected winners in the 2012 Air Force Medical Service Annual Award competition.

The 71st Dental Services Flight was named the Small Dental Clinic of the Year.

Capt. (Dr.) Christopher Fries was named the Clinical Dentist of the Year.

The Surgeon General's Medical Force Development Directorate announced the winners of the 2012 Air Force Medical Service Annual Award competition, Feb. 4.
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Keeping romance alive with regular deposits in the Love Bank

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February 4, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The hardest thing I've ever done is be married.

Sharon and I have been married almost 27 years - most of it wonderful, but not so at first. At about the 10-year point, something was wrong.

The commitment was there but the romantic feelings had faded. Later, Sharon told me that she wanted to find a way to leave. I'm so glad she didn't.

Our marriage began a turnaround when an Air Force chaplain gave us a book that provided a way to regain the romance. That book taught us that everyone has a "Love Bank."
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Tax preparation help now available at Vance

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February 3, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Vance Air Force Base Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program began operations Monday, Feb. 4, with free federal and state tax preparation for members of Team Vance.

The free tax service is available to active-duty members, Department of Defense civilians, reserve and National Guard members, retirees and family members.

At a minimum, customers should bring to their VITA appointment their 2011 tax returns; Social Security cards for the member, spouse, and all dependents; military ID; all W2s, 1099Rs, 1099Misc, 1099Int and 1099Div; education expenses; child care expenses; student loan interest; IRA contributions; and any other relevant documents.
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Tax preparation help now available at Vance

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February 3, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Vance Air Force Base Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program began operations Monday, Feb. 4, with free federal and state tax preparation for members of Team Vance.

The free tax service is available to active-duty members, Department of Defense civilians, reserve and National Guard members, retirees and family members.

At a minimum, customers should bring to their VITA appointment their 2011 tax returns; Social Security cards for the member, spouse, and all dependents; military ID; all W2s, 1099Rs, 1099Misc, 1099Int and 1099Div; education expenses; child care expenses; student loan interest; IRA contributions; and any other relevant documents.
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Single Airmen Night at gym features food, volleyball

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January 30, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

On Jan. 25 the base Chapel staff and the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator office hosted a Single Airmen Night starting at 6 p.m. in the Health and Wellness Center.

Single Airmen Nights are designed for Airmen E-4 and below and engineered to build Airmen morale and camaraderie, said Chaplain (Capt.) Jon Bravinder with the 71st Flying Training Wing Chapel.

Airmen were served sandwiches and salad provided by the Chapel. After having a bite to eat and some socializing Airmen headed to the gymnasium for a volleyball game.
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Junior ROTC cadets from Midwest City tour Vance

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January 30, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force Junior ROTC cadets from Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Okla., toured Vance Air Force Base, Jan. 25.

The 30 cadets, all 11th and 12th-grade students, were accompanied by retired Air Force Col. Marcia Walker, the senior aerospace science instructor at the high school.

The tour was divided into two groups. The first group was taken to the 71st Operations Group where they were shown the T-1 flight simulators.

The second group toured a flying squadron's flight room, Life Support, and got a closeup look at a T-6A Texan II.
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Air Force Assistance Fund 2013 campaign kicks off Feb. 4

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January 30, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The 2013 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off at Vance Air Force Base on Feb. 4 and runs through March 15.

The primary objective for this year's campaign is 100 percent contact with eligible contributors. The target monetary goal for the 71st Flying Training Wing is $30,071.

The annual AFAF campaign raises funds for the Air Force Enlisted Village, the Air Force Village, the LeMay Foundation, and the most widely recognized, the Air Force Aid Society.

All of these charities focus on taking care of the Air Force family.
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SIGMO celebrates New Year’s traditions by serving 136 meals

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January 30, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Volunteers from the 71st Mission Support Group hosted the monthly Singles' International Gourmet Meal Opportunity in the base Community Chapel Activity Center, Jan. 28.

The 33 volunteers served 136 dinners putting their spin on this month's theme, New Year's traditions.

On the menu was meat loaf, lemon chicken tenders, spaghetti, black-eyed peas, vegetarian pizza, salad and various homemade desserts.

"The good thing about having SIGMO during a night-flying week is being able to support the people working late to ensure mission success by providing them with a nice meal," said Chaplain (Capt.) Jon Bravinder, a chaplain with the 71st Flying Training Wing Chapel.
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Five Airmen receive Article 15s, reduction in rank

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January 25, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Five military members at Vance Air Force Base received nonjudicial punishment during the third and fourth quarter of calendar year 2012.

An airman was given nonjudicial punishment for making a false official statement. The member received a reduction to airman basic and a reprimand.

A senior airman was given nonjudicial punishment for dereliction of duty. The member received a suspended reduction to the rank of airman first class, 15 days extra duty and a reprimand.
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Honorary commanders for 2013 installed during ceremony Jan. 17

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

A special group of community leaders from the local area met with senior Air Force members at the Vance Collocated Club on base Jan. 17 for the annual Honorary Commanders Hail and Farewell.

An honorary commander is an influential member of the Enid and surrounding communities selected by the 71st Flying Training Wing commander to spend a year attached to one of 18 organizations at Vance Air Force Base.

Community members who had served as honorary commanders during 2012 were thanked for their achievements and participation.
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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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