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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

$21,000 awarded for higher education to Team Vance family

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May 14, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Nine Team Vance spouses and nine high school students were awarded scholarships by the Officers Spouses Club at the Vance Club May 13.

The 18 scholarships totaled $21,000 and ranged from $500 to $2,000.

In order to win a scholarship, applicants submit a packet to the OSC. An OSC member then removes the names from the applications and takes them to an anonymous judging committee at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, said Ankie Richard, OSC president.

Among those selected was Elena Gartland, winner of a $2,000 scholarship. She plans to use the scholarship in pursuit of a master's in curriculum and instruction to supplement her job as a second-grade teacher at Coolidge Elementary in Enid. She believes that her heart-felt essay and 3.99 GPA helped her to stand out above other applicants.
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Empowering women to combat violence

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

Eight Team Vance members graduated a My Body My Life instructor class April 30.

The new instructors are certified to teach My Body My Life, a women's empowerment program that takes a proactive approach to teach women awareness, risk reduction and violence prevention techniques for issues associated with violence against women.

The new instructors earned their certification by mastering the curriculum and demonstrating their ability to teach a class themselves.

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Med tech named outstanding professional at state executive board luncheon

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May 8, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

A Vance medical technician was named an outstanding professional at the 2014 Public Service Recognition Awards luncheon held May 5 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Tech. Sgt. Amanda Lenamond was one of 73 nominees, from government agencies across Oklahoma, who competed for 16 awards.

Lenamond's award, "Technical, Professional and Administrative, GS-08 and Below," was given in recognition of her work in the 71st Medical Group and with the 71st Flying Training Wing Inspection Team.
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Off-duty injuries can affect military, health benefits

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May 7, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The 101 critical days of summer -- Memorial Day through Labor Day - have finally arrived. Summer in Oklahoma is a time to relax and enjoy a much-needed vacation and not worry about a thing, right?

Well, almost. History shows that during the summer months the percentage of servicemembers and families who are injured during their off-duty time increases. The good news is that a majority of these incidents are preventable.

Now, few Airmen will think 'Line of Duty determination' when planning vacations, but it is important to understand what you are and are not responsible for. What if you are injured while water skiing at the lake this summer? What if alcohol is involved at the time of your injury? What if you hadn't filled out an Air Education and Training Command Form 29B, or if you did not request leave? What if the injury is caused by your own misconduct? What if the action is willful negligence?
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Fighting obesity leads to lower healthcare costs

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May 7, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

"Certified Healthy"

In February, Joel Urdang, the Vance Health Promotion Program coordinator, and I were in Norman for an awards luncheon for schools, businesses, restaurants and the like that were "Certified Healthy Oklahoma." Vance was honored as one of these, thanks to Joel's efforts here.

During the workshop the speaker talked about disease and healthcare costs.

We all know rising healthcare costs are a big topic nationally as well as in the Air Force.
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Watch for the pitch, magazine sellers can be too pushy

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April 30, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Security forces officials at military installations across the country are investigating reports of young adults gaining access to bases under false pretenses.

On Feb. 24 a Sailor stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., met four people at a local retail store and sponsored them onto the base to sell magazines to Airmen living in the enlisted dormitories.

Although not affiliated with the Tinker incident, Lavant wants to share lessons learned from the incident since there are potential targets here.
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Medication disposal box now available at security forces building

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April 30, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to stockpiles of medicines in homes. Studies show that a majority of people who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from family and friends.

In addition to abuse, an accumulation of medications poses a significant clinical concern as many people self-medicate or share their medications with family members.

As we consider the prevalence and accessibility of medication in our daily lives, it's critical that we develop a culture where responsible medication disposal is equally accessible.
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Vance Legal Office offers tips for filing natural disasters claims

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April 30, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Three out of every four tornadoes on Earth occur in the United States, and the majority of them strike in Oklahoma. Although the average tornado may only last 15 minutes, they may cost a fortune when it comes to damage repair, so don't let a lack of preparation "blow" you away.

The National Weather Service rates tornadoes using the Enhanced Fujita Scale. A tornados EF level is based on wind speed and surveyed damage. There are six intensity levels: EF0 - EF5, and their speeds range from 30 - 300 mph.
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Airmen run toward sexual assault prevention

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

Approximately 400 Team Vance members participated in the 5th Annual Sexual Assault Prevention Response Awareness run April 18.

The three-mile run is designed to give people time to reflect on the impact sexual assault has on the Air Force and how Airmen can work toward future prevention, said Tena Dominguez, the 71st Flying Training Wing sexual assault victim advocate.

"Since April is sexual assault awareness month, we put together events to spread awareness and how our Airmen can help with preventing these crimes," said Dominguez. "We have to think about the victims and the impact it has on them, their families, their friends and their co-workers."
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Team Vance hits 123 percent of AFAF fundraising goal

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

Team Vance raised more than $34,000 for the Air Force Assistance Fund this year.

"The AFAF campaign is a collection of organizations Airmen use to support each other with financial aid, and once again, Team Vance exceeded fundraising goals," said Capt. Ashley Swansiger, that Vance AFAF campaign organizer.

This year's goal was exceeded by more than $6,000.

"I really was not surprised by the results of the fundraiser, despite the stress Airmen are facing with sequestration," said Swansiger. "It just goes to show that Airmen want to take care of each other."
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Vance brings in spring with a fling

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

More than 500 Team Vance members attended the annual Spring Fling held at the Collocated club April 8.

Each year service organizations from Vance and businesses in the local community set up booths to talk about what services they offer.

Normally, Spring Fling is an indoor and outdoor event, but high winds forced the festivities inside the club.

Attendees enjoyed free sloppy joes while they visited the 21 booths set up by vendors.
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Network telephones replacing tradition desk units at Vance

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

One in five desks at Vance Air Force Base no longer have a telephone - at least, not in the traditional sense.

And the occupants of those desks are learning to use the term "VoIP" as a verb, not always with a smile on their face.

In October 2013, there were 3,000 telephones connected to the time division multiplexing switch in the basement of Building 500. As of today, 20 percent of those telephones have converted to Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, a process that uses the base computer network for voice communication.
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Key Spouses recognized during luncheon

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

Twenty-four Key Spouses were honored for their service to other Team Vance families during a luncheon at the Vance Collocated Club April 10.

Key Spouses fill several roles. Primarily, they support families of deployed Airmen. However, at Vance, they also focus on welcoming new members of Team Vance and help ease the transition to life in Enid.

Of the 33 men and women in the Key Spouse Program here, one was recognized for going above and beyond in her work as a Key Spouse. Sarina Houston, named the 2013 AETC Key Spouse of the Year, was highlighted at the luncheon for her exceptional leadership and dedication to the Vance community.
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Vance hosts recognition ceremony for newest Chief

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

Team Vance held a Chief Recognition Ceremony April 9 at the Vance Collocated Club where the base's only chief master sergeant select was recognized for entering into the top one percent of the Air Force enlisted corps.

Senior Master Sgt. Bruce McPherson, the 71st Security Forces superintendent, was welcomed to his new rank and responsibility by several retired chiefs, base leadership, his family and friends, and the command chief master sergeant for Air Education and Training Command -- Gerardo Tapia.
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Vance hosts Retiree Appreciation Day for local retired military

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

A crowd of retired military members visited Vance April 8 for Retiree Appreciation Day where active duty Airmen and private organizations gave briefings aimed at keeping retirees current on what services are available to them on base.

"The main reason we do this is to recognize their contribution in the past and let them know they are still part of the team," said George Pankonin, the retiree activities director at Vance. "It also provides them a forum to talk about memberships to various organizations dedicated to assisting military veterans and retirees."
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