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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

New medical element assists separating Airmen

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January 27, 2015 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

 A new office in the 71st Medical Group is up and running to assist Airmen separating from active duty and incoming Team Vance members.

The Medical Standards Element, which came into effect Air Force-wide in October 2014, handles medical clearance for Airmen who receive permanent-change-of-station orders, are retiring, separating, retraining, or transitioning to the Air Force Guard or Reserve.

Along with separations, they are the belly button for in-processing new Team Vance members, who previously visited the Public Health Element.
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Vance’s Fitness on Request kiosk tops 400 classes

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January 27, 2015 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

It's dawn at Vance's Bradley Fitness and Sports Center and an animated fitness instructor cheers her students through the final hills of an indoor cycling course.

"There are many hurdles in life," she yells over the whir of two dozen pedaling Airmen, "hurdles we all have to overcome. I know you can do it. Keep pushing."

The Airmen keep pushing and eventually finish the day's cycling course together. During their cool down, the instructor doesn't congratulate them, or thank them for coming - she instead just returns into a 10-foot gap in the cardio room ceiling and awaits the next class.
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Air Force BMT introduces innovative Capstone Week

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January 26, 2015 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force Basic Military Training at JBSA-Lackland will soon restructure its current eight-and-a-half-week course to make room for a new five-day program called Capstone Week, beginning with trainees entering BMT Jan. 27.

"Our Basic Military Training today does a tremendous job developing young men and women into Airmen," said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody. "But as we looked at the current structure, we saw an opportunity to further enhance those Airmanship skills with a final week focused entirely on character development. These are core skills every Airman needs to be successful in our Air Force."
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Air Force BMT introduces innovative Capstone Week

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January 26, 2015 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force Basic Military Training at JBSA-Lackland will soon restructure its current eight-and-a-half-week course to make room for a new five-day program called Capstone Week, beginning with trainees entering BMT Jan. 27.

"Our Basic Military Training today does a tremendous job developing young men and women into Airmen," said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody. "But as we looked at the current structure, we saw an opportunity to further enhance those Airmanship skills with a final week focused entirely on character development. These are core skills every Airman needs to be successful in our Air Force."
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33rd FTS, family members complete concealed carry class

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January 23, 2015 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Americans are the victims of almost 4 million household burglaries per year according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and approximately 30 percent of those crimes occur when someone is present in the home.

These types of statistics were not lost on Capt. Kevin Anderson, the 33rd Flying Training Squadron R Flight commander, an instructor pilot and married father of five, so he decided to do something about it.

More than 25 Airmen and family members from the 33rd FTS, along with guests from across the 71st Operations Group, received Title 21 Oklahoma Self-Defense Act handgun safety training, Jan. 6-11.
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Vance Airmen learn to two-step

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January 21, 2015 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

In preparation for the 2015 Vance Air Force Base Masquerade Ball, several Airmen learned how to two-step during a country dance class held Jan. 15 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center.

The class was hosted by the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 990 in coordination with the Vance Company Grade Officers Council.

Tom Drennan, from the 71st Security Forces Squadron, and his wife Becca, who bartends at a local dance club, taught the class.

The Airmen learned the two-step and a line dance to match the song "Copperhead Road."
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Leadership Pathways revamped for new year

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January 14, 2015 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

A series of new classes that answer the requests of Vance Airmen have been added to the course list for the 2015 Leadership Pathways program.

"This year we are focusing on the three main stressors that affect Vance Airmen," said Maggie Laws, the Leadership Pathways program coordinator. "Relationship stress, transitional stress and workplace stress will be the focus for many classes in 2015."

Laws, in coordination with Vance leadership, discovered the three main causes of stress for personnel here through surveys, including the 2014 climate assessment and interviews.
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Team Vance masks up for masquerade ball

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January 9, 2015 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Chapter 990 of the Air Force Sergeants Association is hosting its second Vance Masquerade Ball, scheduled for Jan. 17 at the Vance Collocated Club.

This year's theme is Mardi Gras, and AFSA representatives are estimating between 100 and 150 people will attend.

"I loved it last year," said Airman 1st Class Destiny Mitchell, a 71st Comptroller Squadron financial technician. "The music was good, the food was good and the atmosphere was fun and relaxed. It didn't feel like I was even on base."
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Vance BAH rates increase 2.7% on average

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January 8, 2015 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Most Team Vance Airmen will receive a steep increase in their basic housing allowance for 2015.

Even with new policy the Department of Defense will use to calculate BAH rates, Airmen here will see an average increase of $52.

There have been two changes to the way the DOD calculates military housing compensation benefits. Housing officials removed a fraction of a percent that was intended to cover renters insurance, and Congress authorized an annual defense spending bill Dec. 12 that will pay members for 99 percent of the cost for housing. The remaining one percent will be paid out of pocket.
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Save money on hotels with Choice Privileges Armed Services program

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December 17, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Are you traveling this holiday season? Do you need somewhere to stay? Why pay more than you have to pay?

The Choice Privileges Armed Services program is designed to help servicemembers save money when staying at a choice hotel.

The program is for active duty, Reserve and National Guard military members, retired military, and eligible spouses and dependents of all five services, said Cheri Clubb from the Information Tickets and Travel Office in Building 200.

Servicemembers can save 15 percent on their stays and earn points towards free nights, airline rewards, gift cards and more, she said.
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Spouses group brings holiday cheer

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December 17, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - The members of the Enlisted Spouses Group filled Christmas socks with treats and holiday cheer during their December social Dec. 11.

The socks, 16 in all, were delivered under the cover of darkness to 16 lucky spouses within the 71st Flying Training Wing, said Stephanie Harbuck, the ESG president.

The socks included a chocolate dipped spoon and were complete when the volunteers added a tag that read, "You've been socked!"

This random gift of holiday cheer encourages recipients to pay it forward by refilling the sock for someone else, said Harbuck.
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Okla. County Sheriff picks up surplus computers

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December 16, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Representatives from the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department picked up 102 computers from Vance Dec. 11.

"We've been trying to get some new computers for some time now," said Capt. David Baisden, who is in charge of support services for OCS.  "These are a godsend. We will be using most of them for training programs. The rest will be used to upgrade our old Windows XP software."

Baisden made claim to the computers through the Defense Logistics Agency program.
DLA allows for any state, school or federal agency to take surplus supplies for a five percent service fee.
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New 19th Air Force commander visits Vance

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December 15, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The 19th Air Force commander visited Vance Dec. 8. to share his mission of creating fifth-generation Airmen.

During a commander's call here, Maj. Gen. Michael A. Keltz presented his plan for training today's Airmen or what he calls "Fifth Generation Airman," as well as his vision for the new 19th Air Force.

Keltz said fifth-generation Airmen are the most "current and innovative" Airmen to date and have the capability to build an Air Force that can "dominate in land, sea, air, space and cyberspace."
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First sergeants use Angel Tree to take care of Vance Families

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December 15, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Vance first sergeants' "Angel Tree" on display in the Exchange is an avenue for Team Vance to help local Air Force families in need this holiday season.

The Angel Tree gives base personnel a chance to donate to those less likely to receive a holiday gift this year.

Paper ornaments are displayed on the tree with some basic information about a child -- age, gender, shoe and clothing sizes and special requests in some cases.

"If anyone sees an ornament on the tree and wants to help a family in need - just take the ornament and fulfill what requests you can," said Master Sgt. David Justiss, the 71st Mission Support Group first sergeant. "We all get wrapped up in caring for and giving to our own families, but we must remember that there are those out there who need some help. The smallest gifts can sometimes be the most important -- a pair of shoes, a warm jacket, that first Barbie or first Matchbox car -- you never know."
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Team Vance lights up Christmas tree

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December 11, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Children from Eisenhower Elementary School kicked off the Vance Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner Dec. 5 in front of the T-38 static display on base.

This ceremony is an annual event led by the 71st Flying Training Wing Chapel staff.

During the ceremony, Col. Clark Quinn, the 71st FTW commander, and Erik Lewis Jr., a student at Eisenhower, flipped the switch to turn on the Christmas Tree lights.

More than 150 people attended, including 50 children who performed Christmas songs directed by Lauren Griffin, an Eisenhower Elementary School teacher.
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