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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

Open mic night starring junior enlisted Airmen

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March 28, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Chapel staff is teaming up with the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator office to host an open mic poetry night in the Health and Wellness Center at 6 p.m., March 29, for E-4s and below.

Airmen attending can either show off their poetic works or listen in while enjoying snacks, chips and dip courtesy of the Chapel staff and SARC office.

"We are hoping Airmen will come out and share their poetry or give their own interpretation of a poem they find meaningful to them," said Chaplain (Maj.) Ruth Segres, the 71st Flying Training Wing deputy chaplain, and published poet.
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March SIGMO features an Irish theme

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March 27, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

More than 180 Team Vance single Airmen and families with deployed spouses enjoyed a free meal during the Singles' International Gourmet Meal Opportunity March 25 at the Community Chapel Activity Center.

March's menu theme was "a taste of the Irish." Dinner selections included chicken dumplings, beef stew, vegetarian stew, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas, salad and a spread of homemade desserts.

Eighteen volunteers from the Enlisted Spouses Group and the Officers' Spouses' Club hosted March's SIGMO, organizing the menu, preparing the selections and serving the meals to diners.
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Mission essential – Taylor Buchea, resource manager

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March 27, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Senior Airman Taylor Buchea is a squadron resource manager for the 3rd Flying Training Squadron at Vance Air Force Base.

As aviation resource managers, Buchea, and three other Airmen, are responsible for ensuring approximately 90 instructor pilots and more than 100 student pilots are physically able to fly. They make sure training records are current and qualified.

Each training day resource managers like Buchea complete more than 35 pre-flight checks, giving clearance to pilots who are about to fly.
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Time to prove that Team Vance is excellent

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March 27, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine



Team Vance,

My sincere thanks for what you do every day to accomplish our mission to "Develop professional Airmen, deliver world-class pilots and deploy combat ready warriors!"

Times are not easy with sequestration upon us. We face many challenges that may hinder our ability to meet our mission requirements. Yet, we must continue to find innovative means to meet our nation's security requirements and continue to accomplish our Develop, Deliver and Deploy mission.
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Medical tech named March Airman of the Month

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March 27, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Airman 1st Class Lana Short, an aerospace medical technician with the 71st Medical Operations Squadron, was named the 71st Flying Training Wing Airman of the Month for March.

Each month Airmen are nominated to represent their squadrons as Airman of the Month. They face a board consisting of the previous month's Airman of the Month, a junior NCO, a senior NCO and a chief master sergeant.

The candidates are judged on military bearing and appearance while being questioned on current events and military policy.
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Stand together as a team to overcome, excel

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March 26, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

You know spring has arrived when sports talk turns to the men's and women's NCAA Basketball tournaments - March Madness. This season, no different than past, is focused on upsets on the way to the Sweet 16 and Final Four.

Who would have thought the No. 15 seed in the South region, Florida Gulf Coast, would knock off the No. 2 seed, Georgetown 78-68? Or what about in the West region, where the No. 9 seed, Wichita State, took down one of the tournament favorites and No. 1 seed, Gonzaga, 76-70.
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Vance Spouse Spotlight: Danielle Smorol

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March 26, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine


Name: Danielle Smorol

Base affiliation: My husband, Capt. Chris Smorol, works in Wing Safety as a flight-safety officer and is attached to the 3rd Flying Training Squadron as an instructor pilot.

Do you go to school? I have a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. I'm in my last semester of my master's degree in Professional Writing at Oklahoma State University.

Do you work? I'm currently a graduate teaching assistant at OSU. I've worked in the Writing Center as a tutor, taught sections of freshman composition, and this semester, I'm working as a research assistant helping design curriculum for a new course. Previously, I taught high school English for four years.
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Inappropriate conduct has long term effects on a unit

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

Do you occasionally make jokes or engage in discussions about sex while at work?

Do you utilize racial or religious slurs in the duty section?

Do you feel since no one complains about these behaviors nothing is wrong?

Do you feel these behaviors are acceptable because you work in a predominantly male or female duty section?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's likely you are engaging in inappropriate conduct at work that may have unlawful discriminatory and sexual harassment overtones. And you are in violation of Air Force policy.
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Proper disposal of florescent lights, batteries is everyone’s responsibility

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March 20, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Rechargeable batteries and florescent lights can't be tossed in the trash. They need to be turned over to the base Environmental Office.

"Florescent lights contain lead and mercury vapors, which can leech into the ground water," said Shannon Elledge, the hazardous waste manager for the base. "We have to handle them a specific way."

Knowing how to properly dispose of common hazardous materials is the responsibility of every member of Team Vance.

When changing florescent lights in the work area, the bulbs must be marked with a universal hazard waste label and placed in a closed container. The light is then taken to the self-help office in Building 288 and exchanged for a new one.
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Mission essential – Allison Bir, immunizations technician

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March 19, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Tech. Sgt. Allison Bir is the NCO in charge of the Immunizations Clinic with the 71st Medical Operations Squadron at Vance Air Force Base.

Immunizations technicians like Bir are essential to the mission here. They ensure the men and women of Team Vance are protected against diseases wherever they may be deployed. Combat ready warriors are just one part of the mission at the 71st Flying Training Wing.
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Vance reducing tobacco use areas

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March 19, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Tobacco users at Vance will soon see a significant reduction in authorized tobacco use areas, better known as Designated Tobacco Areas.

The push to reduce DTAs is based on health and readiness as well as compliance with the recently updated Air Force Instruction 40-102, "Tobacco Use in the Air Force." This AFI states that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and its use degrades the state of military readiness and the health of military personnel.
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The challenge of finding a good babysitter

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March 19, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

I'm constantly looking for babysitters.

No, my kids aren't that unruly and I'm not overly demanding. But there always seems to be a shortage of babysitters in general. Couple that with the fact that we're always moving and our babysitters are always moving and we're actively looking for babysitters most of the time.

Finding good babysitters can be difficult. As military families, we like to rely on word of mouth and referrals from friends most of the time. And if you're like me, you probably trade babysitting with other friends who have kids. But have you tried Sittercity.com?
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Time – our most valuable resource

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March 19, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Let's face it; life in today's Air Force is busy.

While we deal with shrinking budgets and manpower reductions, the mission remains and the demands are high -- especially the demands on our time.

Work schedules, additional duties, TDYs, professional military education, academic degrees and various military functions are all vying for our time. And I haven't even mentioned any of the things that compete for our time in our personal lives.

I would be lying if I told you I had this whole "time" thing figured out, but here are some of my thoughts on the subject for your consideration.
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Paralegal retraining — Are you a difference maker?

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March 19, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Are you a difference maker that is looking a challenge?

Twelve years ago I was an aerospace ground equipment mechanic. I was okay at my job, but by the end of the day it was not very rewarding and my wife hated me coming home smelling like grease, oil and gas.

So, after nine years of being an AGE mechanic, I decided to try something new. After looking at what was available, I walked into the legal office and inquired about becoming a paralegal.

I have never regretted switching over to the exciting and diverse paralegal career field. Sound interesting? Let me tell you a little more.
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Facing our challenges – one by one

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March 13, 2013 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

In the face of unprecedented budget cuts and with an Air Education and Training Command inspection around the corner, the men and women of Team Vance are once again confronted with genuine challenges.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."

We have overcome even greater challenges than those we currently face. Now is the time for us, as Airmen, to hone our troops to razor sharpness so that we will persevere with excellence!
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