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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

Dos and Don’ts for 2014 CFC

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September 25, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign begins Sept. 29 and will run until Nov. 7. It is one of two fundraisers authorized for the workplace. The other is the Air Force Assistance Fund.

Now that the 2014 CFC is underway it's a good time to review fundraising guidance.

Team Vance members assisting with this campaign must ensure that contributions are voluntary and employees are not to be coerced in any way to make contributions to the CFC.

Additionally, no one may establish lists of persons who do not contribute to this campaign. During the CFC, all other fundraising activities in the workplace are prohibited.
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Last operational B-29 flies over Vance

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September 25, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The world's only operational B-29 Superfortress "Fifi" landed at Woodring Regional Airport, Enid, Oklahoma, Sept. 22 after performing a flyover at Vance.

The B-29 is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber that was used in combat during WWII and the Korean War.

A B-29 came equipped with a fully pressurized cabin and remote-controlled machine gun turrets.  It was designed as a high-altitude daytime bomber, capable of reaching about 40,000 feet, but was often used in low-altitude, night-time incendiary bombing missions.
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Awareness is key to suicide prevention

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September 19, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

A security forces Airman returned home after a year-long deployment to discover his family has left him without notes or contact information.

He started drinking after failing to get in contact with his wife or any of her family members. One of his co-workers noticed changes in his behavior and decided to check up on him. His co-worker found him trying to commit suicide, but intervened and saved his life.

"Things could have easily gone the other way," said Staff Sgt. Michael Buchanan, the 71st Mental Health Services Flight NCO in charge, who investigated this very case a few years ago. "The key to suicide prevention is awareness. If that Airman didn't see the signs and go to check on his friend, we would have one less Airman today."
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Investing in mutual funds can lead to long-term gains

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September 19, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Twenty Team Vance members attended a mutual funds and savings class hosted by the Airman & Family Readiness Center Sept. 9 at the AFRC.

The class was led by Angel Dominguez, the Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness consultant, and it concentrated on the benefits of investing in mutual funds.

"You are never too young to start investing," said Dominguez, about the importance of attending financial planning classes.

The class is open to all Team Vance members and individual help is available for those interested in learning more about ways to invest.
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Vance ESG donates to YWCA

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

Members of the Vance Enlisted Spouses Group dropped off donations for the Enid Young Women's Christian Association Sept. 12.

"We partnered with the YWCA because we felt our group could help make a difference," said Staff Sgt. Nichole Curran, the 71st Weather Flight NCO in charge and member of the ESG. "Our organization is mostly made of females so it was easy to partner with them."

The ESG received a list of items the YWCA needed and put up donation boxes around Vance.
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Tornado watches & warnings what’s the difference?

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September 12, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Though tornado season is over, September is National Preparedness Month and tornados are a threat to Oklahomans -- even out of season.

"One of the reasons tornadoes are so dangerous is because they are unpredictable and hard to forecast," said Senior Airman Joshua Daggett, a 71st Logistics Readiness Squadron emergency management journeyman. "We can determine if a storm is able to produce a tornado, but we cannot say when or where they will occur. That's why it is important for people to take tornado watches and warnings seriously."
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Air Force offers path to legal degree

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

The Air Force has a constant need for legal advisors with an understanding of how the military works.

We get these advisors from two sources. One way is turn lawyers into Air Force officers. The other is to turn Air Force officers into lawyers.

The Air Force offers two programs to achieve that second option -- the Funded Legal Education Program and the Excess Leave Program. The application deadline for both programs is March 1, 2015.

"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. Megan Schmid, the 71st Flying Training Wing deputy staff judge advocate. "The FLEP and ELP will ensure that we can continue to maintain a corps of officers whose military experience complements their legal training, providing commanders with the highest caliber of legal support."
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Gen Rand visits Vance pilot Class 14-14

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September 10, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Twenty-two new pilots received their silver wings during a ceremony in the base auditorium Sept. 5.

General Robin Rand, the Air Education and Training commander spoke at Class 14-14's graduation ceremony, and for the first time, the graduation included a flyover of four T-6A Texan IIs.

Thirteen of the graduates will fly cargo and refueling aircraft, five of them will take to the sky in fighters, two will fly special operations aircraft, and two will remain here as instructor pilots.
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Vance kicks off National Preparedness Month

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September 5, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

"If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes," is a popular reference amongst Oklahomans referring to the diverse an unpredictable weather patterns they experience.

In acknowledgment of the unpredictable weather that exists not only in Oklahoma, but around the U.S., September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities.
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Airfield systems, ground radar Airmen join 71st OSS

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September 5, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The 71st Communications Squadron transitioned to a flight Sept. 1.

The down size is a result of the airfield systems and ground radar Air Force Specialty Codes realigning to the 71st Operations Support Squadron.

The process realignment of airfield systems and ground radar began in November 2012 during a Cyber Summit, where it was determined that these AFSCs were not inherently "cyber," said Jeffery Simon, the 71st Communications Squadron interim director.

The 71st CS lost 20 Airmen who were converted to the 1C8 AFSC and transferred 71st OSS in July, said Simon. Seventeen Airmen will remain in the new communications flight, which will report to the 71st Mission Support Group commander.
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4 new master sergeants recognized

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September 3, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Team Vance recognized four new master sergeants during a ceremony Aug. 28 at the Vance Collocated Club.

Senior NCO-Recognition ceremonies are annual Air Force traditions where master sergeant selects are welcomed to the Senior NCO tier and recognized for their accomplishments.

This year, Vance recognized:

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Barr, the 71st Communications Flight chief contracting officer
Master Sgt. Philip Bonadonna, the 71st Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Control RAPCON watch supervisor
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Campaign against DWI begins at Vance

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August 28, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest holidays in America due to drunk drivers on the road causing fatal accidents, which is why police nation-wide kicked off their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign Aug. 13.

"It's tragic how many people lose their lives to drunk drivers," said Tech. Sgt. Christopher Weathers, the 71st Security Forces Squadron plans and programs manager. "This is the second year in a row Vance Defenders will join the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. No tolerance, no excuses."
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Team Vance celebrates women’s equality

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August 26, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Three women who work at Vance shared their stories and points of view during a women's equality luncheon Aug. 26 at the Vance Collocated Club.

Chief Master Sgt. Melvina Smith, the 71st Mission Support Group superintendent; Felicia Stilley, the Force Development Flight chief; and Melody Shiflet, a Force Development Flight education counselor, were the featured speakers.

Women's Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the President to commemorate the women's suffrage.
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Taming the “Tyranny of the Urgent”

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August 20, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Many Airmen lead incredibly busy lives, full of unfinished tasks. We often wish that we had more hours in the day to fit it all in. In our professional lives, budgets remain tight, the Air Force is shrinking, and we are challenged to do more with less.

Yet the demands on our time never seem to diminish. We are overdue on annual online training, our shop will be inspected next week, our co-worker just deployed (their work is now ours), our inboxes are full, and we recently accepted another Outlook invitation for a meeting whose purpose is a mystery.
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Team Vance takes 1st, 2nd in Tour de Trykes

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August 20, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Two Vance Cycling Team members took first and second place in the Twilight Criterium in the Tour de Trykes in Enid, Oklahoma, Aug. 16.

2nd Lt. Matt Bell, a student pilot in the 3rd Flying Trianing Squadron, took first place in the Men's Category Five Criterium race, and 2nd Lt. Patrick Fausel, also a student pilot, took second.

In addition to winning first place in this race, Bell took third place in this same race last year and took second in the Category Five Firehill Criterium in Edmond, Oklahoma, a few months ago.
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