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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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Commander’s call

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


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Vance firefighters recognized for meeting state standards

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

Forty-four Team Vance firefighters received certificates July 15 in the Fire Department's training room recognizing them as firefighters for the state of Oklahoma.

Jon Hansen, the Oklahoma Council on Firefighting Training director, presented the first responders with advanced or master firefighter certifications.

"These certificates represent reciprocity between our fire department and the state of Oklahoma," said Mark Morton, the Vance Fire Department assistant chief of training.
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How I found my heritage

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

In September of 2012 the 32nd Flying Training Squadron converted to the 3rd Flying Training Squadron. I was a student in the 32nd, some years later I taught in the 32nd, and a few years after that, I came back to lead the 32nd - or at least the squadron the 32nd became.

The 3rd FTS is the third oldest squadron in the Air Force.  After the 3rd Fighter Training Squadron, which taught Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals here, was deactivated it was determined that the squadron's rich history had to be carried on. The Airmen of the then 32nd FTS who fly the T-1 Jayhawk were chosen to inherit that heritage.
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Bike patrolman, student pilots rescue kitten

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

On July 3, a lost kitten decided to hide in the engine compartment of a Honda CR-V parked in the 71st Operations Group parking lot.

At 10 a.m. it was already 73 degrees and would climb to 93 by afternoon.

The kitten's hiding place was heating up fast, and it began to wail.

A group of junior officers were on their way to the Base Auditorium to attend the graduation ceremony of Class 14-11. As they passed the Honda, 2nd Lt. Matt Krussow heard the kitten.
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71st MDOS change of command

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


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Vance Clinic earns 3-year AAAHC certification

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July 2, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Vance Clinic earned a three-year accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. in June.

The four-person civilian team inspected the clinic in May and spent three days evaluating clinic personnel on 20 inspectable items, said Col. David Chiesa, the 71st Medical Group commander. That is four more inspectable areas that three years ago and this year the clinic received a Substantially Compliant in all areas. Substantially compliant is the highest possible rating.
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Cinnamon takes command of 71st Operations Group

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June 27, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine


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2013 water quality study released on Vance website

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June 27, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The 71st Medical Operations Squadron, Bioenvironmental Element released the 2013 Consumer Confidence Report, which is a broad summary of the water quality for Vance Air Force Base.

According to Environmental Protection Agency regulations, a Consumer Confidence Report must be published within six months of the end of the calendar year that it covers.

The report is a broad summary of different water parameters measured to ensure the health and wellbeing of the population served by a water system.
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Base Library hours cut

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

The Vance Library's hours have changed due to new Air Education Training and Command instructions.

The library is now open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; and closed Sunday.

The Vance Library falls under the "small" category outlined in Air Force Instruction 34-270, "Air Force Library and Information System." The AFI dictates that libraries that falls under the small category are limited to 40 hours a week.
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Ghost Rider named June Airman of the Month

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

A Ghost Rider learned he was the June Airman of the Month when the new 71st Flying Training Wing commander, Col. Clark Quinn, congratulated him in the Radar Approach Control break room June 23.

Senior Airman Matt London, a 5-level air traffic controller with the 71st Operations Support Squadron, received the news and a wing coin in front his fellow controllers, who packed the break room.

From Wilmington, Delaware, London is four years into a six-year enlistment. The past three and a half years have been at Vance.
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SFS, Fire Department merge communications centers

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

The 71st Security Forces Squadron and Vance Fire Department consolidated their Emergency Communication Centers May 12 to improve information dissemination during emergencies.

"Now we have representatives from each of our departments sitting back-to-back instead of at separate locations," said Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Friedman, the 71st SFS superintendent. "This will allow us to communicate more effectively amongst ourselves and the rest of the base."

Prior to the change, security forces and fire department emergency communicators were in two separate locations. Now, they are both located in the Base Defense Operations Center.
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0-0-1-3

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

Team Vance,

Alcohol misuse contributes to 88,000 deaths every year in the U.S., and it is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation. During the last four summers, 43 percent of Air Force motor vehicle fatalities involved alcohol, and we lost 34 Airmen - a tragedy for family members and a devastating impact to the Air Force mission.

At Vance, we have adopted a widely used rule of thumb to promote responsible alcohol use: "0-0-1-3." The 0-0-1-3 concept is a scientifically based guideline designed to promote healthier drinking habits and to increase awareness of alcohol misuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "Most people who binge drink are NOT alcoholics or alcohol dependent." Any of us who drink can easily misuse alcohol and accept unnecessary risks.
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Camp Tomahawk wraps up girls week at Vance

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

Vance wrapped up the last day of Camp Tomahawk for local, under-privileged children June 13.

Camp Tomahawk, a free summer camp for children ages 9 to 11 years old who may not otherwise have the chance to attend a summer camp, is funded by the Enid Chamber of Commerce.

This year 14 girls attended the second week of camp, which is dived into a week for boys and a week for girls.

The girls visited the Alabaster Caverns, took 20-minute rides in planes at the Woodring Airport in Enid, visited Frontier City, played games at the base park and visited the Plains Pool here.
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New Zealand AF visits Team Vance

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June 18, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Several members of the New Zealand Air Force visited Vance Air Force Base June 16 to learn about the T-6A Texan II.

The New Zealand Air Force is replacing the CT-4E with the T-6 as a primary training aircraft.

The members attended a T-6 operations and maintenance brief, observed a simulator flight and toured the Life Support Flight.

Lt. Col. Troy Henderson, the 8th Flying Training Squadron commander, briefed the military representatives on the pros and cons of the T-6, and the instructor pilot to student ratio that is recommended for a training program.
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71st FTW gets new commander

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June 18, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Col. Clark J. Quinn assumed command of the 71st Flying Training Wing from Col. Darren V. James in a change-of-command ceremony June 18 at Hanger 199.

Gen. Robin Rand, the Air Education and Training Command commander, presided over the ceremony. He took control of the unit flag from James and presented it to Quinn.

"I am truly humbled and honored to stand in front of you today," said Quinn. "As we execute the daily mission I ask you to never lose sight of the bigger picture of these young men and women we are training here. Within a year some of them will be flying combat sorties, and within 10 or 15 they will be dominating skies and protecting the rest of us as we are enjoying our retirements."
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