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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

Vance flight simulators go HD

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October 22, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Instead of flying in a computer-generated world reminiscent of a Windows 95 graphics reproduction, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training students will take to the simulated blue skies in high definition beginning Oct 27.

Vance is the first base to receive the new system called Virtual Image Takeoff and Landing XI.

"Students will have much better visual image," said Michael Oaks the site manager overseeing the system upgrades. "The brightness capability of the new systems is about five to six times that of the old system. The fine details of the display will be much crisper and will emulate the real world to a much greater degree."
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Vance water lines flushed after total coliforms detected

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October 21, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

On Sept. 2 Bioenvironmental Engineering received three sample results that were positive for Total Coliforms in Vance Air Force Base's water system.

These tests do not cover family housing, which is a separate water system.

Total Coliforms are harmless organisms that naturally exist in almost any environment and are used as a water quality indicator.

"Total Coliform alone doesn't mean that the water is unsafe to drink; it's just an early indicator that water systems use to screen for possible problems," said Capt Trevor Sleight, the 71st Medical Operations Squadron bioenvironmental engineer.
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Cody visits Vance Airmen, addresses concerns

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

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody and his wife, retired Chief Master Sgt. Athena Cody, spent two days addressing the concerns of Vance Airmen Oct. 14 and 15.

"This is not our first visit to Enid and to Vance, but it is our first visit in this capacity," said Cody. "(This visit) was an opportunity to spend time with our Airmen and families and some of the community leaders. It was a chance to thank them for all that they do for our Air Force and for our nation."

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Join Sparky for Fire Prevention Week

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

Sparky the Fire Dog and members of the Vance Fire Department greeted Team Vance members who were driving to work through the Hairston Gate Oct 7.

Oct. 5 to 10 is Fire Prevention week, and Vance firefighters want to remind everyone to check their smoke alarms and change the batteries at least twice a year.

Vance firefighters and Sparky visited Eisenhower Elementry School Oct. 6 to speak with students about fire safety and conducted fire extinguisher training throughout the week. 
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Safeguarding your digital footprint

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

Social media is a great resource for Airmen and their families to share information and stay connected to relatives at home and abroad.

Although many depend on these wonderful tools, recent events have encouraged us to re-evaluate our digital footprint to ensure our personal and professional information is protected from online predators and individuals who want to do us harm.

Facebook smartphone photoWhile social media use can be entertaining and informative, it poses potential operations security weaknesses, and Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards, provides guidance on appropriate social media use by Airmen.
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Team Vance gears up for Wingman Day

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

Team Vance will conduct Wingman Day from Oct. 14 to 31.

The theme of this Wingman Day is "Team Building," said Maggie Laws, the community support coordinator and Wingman Day organizer. According to surveys, the largest single stressor at Vance is work place related, and for this Wingman Day units will be focusing on creating unit cohesion.

Along with team building exercises, which Laws promises will be fun, there will be a suicide prevention briefing, a resiliency video and another round of Story Tellers.
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Team Vance celebrates Hispanic Heritage month

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

Members of Team Vance joined together to support Hispanic Heritage Month during a luncheon Oct. 2 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bob Vasquez spoke about being an Hispanic American in the military. Vasquez is currently the course director for the Vital Effective Character freshmen seminar through Observation Reflection, offered through the U.S. Air Force Academy's Center for Character Development. 

Luncheon attendees also enjoyed a Hispanic themed lunch, with a Zumba dance class and music.
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VITA volunteers needed

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

Is it already time to start thinking about income taxes? Not quite, but as we approach the end of the calendar year, it is time to start preparing for the upcoming tax season.

In that regard and on behalf of the base, the legal office is asking for your assistance in requesting volunteers to become Volunteer Income Tax Assistance representatives to assist Vance Airmen this coming tax season.

Those who volunteer should be available to attend training. This training will be conducted in November and we will schedule a firm date with the IRS once we have the number of new volunteers and returning volunteers.
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CFC kicks off with a breakfast

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

Members of Team Vance gathered at the Community Chapel Activities Center for the Combined Federal Campaign kick-off breakfast Sept. 30.

This year, CFC started Sept. 29 and will run until Nov. 7.

The CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign. It consists of nearly 200 CFC campaigns world-wide raising millions of dollars each year.

Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits to those in need throughout the world.
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Mental Health technician named Airman of the Month

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

A 71st Medical Group mental health technician is the 71st Flying Training Wing Airman of the Month for September.

Senior Airman Danielle Jamison was selected by group superintendents based on her work performance and merit as an Airman.

Jamison's supervisor hatched a devious plan to convince her she was in trouble for a fabricated incident to keep her off-guard.

"I got the whole chain of command involved," said Staff Sgt. Michael Buchannan, the 71st Mental Health Services NCO in charge.
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Time to get “Happy”!

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October 1, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force Entertainment and Vance Air Force Base present the annual Tops In Blue show at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center, 111 W. Purdue, Oct. 7. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. This is a family-friendly event.

Tops In Blue celebrates 60 years this year and will commemorate six decades of performing for military families throughout the world by showcasing current top hits by Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, Florida Georgia Line, and the Pistol Annies as well as popular tunes from yesteryear.
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CFC to kickoff with breakfast

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

A free kickoff breakfast for the Vance Combined Federal Campaign is scheduled for Sept. 30 at 7 a.m. in the Community Chapel Activities Center.

The annual breakfast is hosted by the Vance Air Force Base CFC Committee and other Vance professional organizations. 

The event will celebrate the beginning of Vance's largest charity drive. All 71st FTW active duty, Reserve and government employees are invited to enjoy a free breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage and pancakes to initiate this year's campaign.
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What should you do during an earthquake?

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

In the last year, Oklahoma experienced more than 1,300 earthquakes.

"Whether or not you feel them depends on a variety of factors," said Senior Airman Joshua Daggett, a 71st Logistics Readiness Squadron emergency management journeyman. "Things like distance from the epicenter, the depth at which the earthquake occurred and the local geology play a big factor in whether or not you will feel them. Oklahoma is mostly granite and hard rock, so the affects can be felt at long distances."
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Vance, community leaders tee off

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


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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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