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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

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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Changes to military pay allotments aim to protect Airmen against predatory lenders

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December 9, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

New rules prohibiting the use of allotments to purchase, lease or rent personal property are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2015.  

The policy change was signed by the Secretary of Defense, and is intended to protect Airmen against predatory lending.

In response to a major enforcement action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an interagency team assessed the military allotment system and proposed changes to prevent businesses from taking advantage of servicemembers. Allotments are virtually guaranteed, which makes selling unaffordable items to servicemembers enticing to unscrupulous businesses.
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Tool to safeguard PII scheduled for December rollout AF wide

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

The Digital Signature Enforcement Tool is scheduled for Air Force-wide integration Dec. 5, providing Microsoft Outlook email users with an interactive, automated virtual assistant to help ensure the security of personally identifiable information.

"I can't overstate the operational importance of preventing PII breaches," said Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, commander of 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber.  "It's not an IT problem, it's a Total Force problem and DSET is an effective tool the Total Force can use, right now, to help reduce inadvertent PII breaches."
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Vance signs agreement with Altus AFB to host ALS

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

It took two commanders from two bases coming together Nov. 21 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow Team Vance to host two Airman Leadership School classes in 2015.

For many years, senior airmen selected for promotion to staff sergeant have been attending ALS, the professional military education course required to sew on staff sergeant stripes, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

"Team Vance will now get to celebrate and take park in an ALS class here on their own soil," said Chief Master Sgt. Peter Speen, the 71st Flying Training Wing command chief. "They will perform Reveille and Retreat and will participate in wing physical training, and round table discussions with chiefs, shirts and NCOs from Vance."
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Team Vance earns AF Outstanding Unit Award

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December 4, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Air Education and Training Command announced Nov. 26 that the 71st Flying Training Wing earned an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for duties performed between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014.

The 71st FTW was one of 12 AETC non-headquarters units selected for the award.

"Though I did not arrive here until June of this year, it was apparent from day one that I was working with an exceptional group of people," said Col. Clark Quinn, the 71st FTW commander. "The nomination form for an outstanding unit award has 93 lines. Every work center in the wing contributed to at least one of those lines, so the award is a reflection of the entire team's effort...and it's clearly well deserved. Congratulations, and thank you for your hard work."
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Aviation resource manager named Vance AOM

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

A 3rd Flying Training Squadron aviation resource manager is the 71st Flying Training Wing Airman of the Month for December.

Airman 1st Class Lizzette Kriner was selected by group superintendents based on her work performance and merit as an Airman.

It was a quiet day at the flight desk in Building 541 when Kriner sprang to attention for Col. Clark Quinn, the 71st Flying Training Wing commander; Chief Master Sgt. Peter Speen, the 71st FTW command chief, and other senior leaders from her chain of command who gathered around her Nov. 24 to make the announcement.
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3 tips to protect yourself from unscrupulous debt collectors

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

Late night phone calls, harassing voice messages and threats of legal action are tactics that could be used by an agency claiming that you owe money.

A debt collector could contact you claiming you owe several hundred dollars for magazine subscriptions you never ordered, or they could be calling you about a legitimate debt. Either way, you have rights under the 1978 Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

The act prohibits debt collectors from using predatory or harassing tactics to collect money. Personal, family and household debts are covered under the Act.
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Tulsa Opera performs for Eisenhower students

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

Four vocalists from the Tulsa Opera performed an opera version of "Jack and the Beanstalk" for Eisenhower Elementary School students Nov. 17.

The performers are visiting schools around Oklahoma in an effort to revitalize the performing arts.

"This kind of opera fills a need, because it helps build an audience for the future and keeps the performing arts alive," said Elizabeth Kelsay, a Tulsa Opera soprano vocalist.

Eisenhower is where many of Team Vance's children receive their elementary education.
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