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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

The hardest part of giving up tobacco – making the commitment

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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.
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Army Reserve unit practices bridge building

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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.
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Oktoberfest menu featured at SIGMO

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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.
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Zombies chase runners, children paint pumpkins during 2012 Fall Fest

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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.
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Air Force officials delay personnel data system upgrade

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

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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.
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Central energy control saves Vance $217,000 annually

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

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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.
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Mechanical upgrades save energy at Vance

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

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

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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.
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Vance fire department testing hydrants next week

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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.
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Advice on prospering where you are planted

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

For many of you, Vance is your first experience as a military spouse. And if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, I promise you're not alone.

When you're new to the Air Force, not only is the military a complete culture shock, but the additional stresses of being in a new town, away from family and friends can be suffocating. Add to that the fact our spouses are beginning one of the most rigorous training programs of their lives -- life can get challenging.

But fear not. One of the nice things about being at a training base like Vance is the countless numbers of spouses who are walking, or have walked, the same road that you are. If they can get through it, so can you.
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Team Vance generosity puts CFC almost halfway to 2012 goal

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

As the third week of the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign at Vance Air Force Base ends, CFC workers have contacted 96 percent of eligible contributors and raised $43,514.

The donation level is well ahead of last year's campaign, said Capt. Andrew Schrag, the CFC project officer. "We are confident the generosity of Team Vance will propel us well over this year's $95,000 goal," he said.

Contributions to CFC go to international, national and local charities.

"Donating to CFC provides the assistance desperately needed by those less fortunate in Enid and surrounding areas," Schrag said.
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Florescent bulb exchange will save Vance $30,000 annually

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October 10, 2012 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

In an effort to become more energy efficient, Vance is replacing approximately 8,800 32-watt florescent lights with 28-watt lights.

The changing of the light bulbs, which began Aug. 29, is scheduled for completion by Nov. 2. All of the 32-watt light bulbs will be recycled.

"In 2010 Air Education and Training Command funded energy audits at all their bases," said Glenda Watkins, chief of design and energy manager for Civil Engineering at Vance. "An outside consultant team evaluated our base to look for energy conservation measures we could take to meet the criteria to receive funding."
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