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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

Arts and Crafts Center is back by popular demand

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

The Arts and Crafts Center has reopened and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for April 11 after it was closed December 2013 due to budget cuts.

Col. Darren James, the 71st Flying Training Wing commander, reopened the facility because of demand from the base population.

"I really encourage people to use it, otherwise we will lose it, forever," said Steven Long, the Arts and Crafts Center manager. "We are in a time were we can't afford to operate something that isn't utilized. Even though our hours are short now, they will extend once people start using it."
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AETC commander presents Enid, Vance Altus Trophy

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

Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command, presented the Altus Trophy to Enid civic leaders April 2 at the Woodring Regional Airport in Enid, Okla.

The Altus Trophy is awarded to the community that best supports its host AETC base.

"At the end of the day, it's not about a trophy, it's about mission, Airmen and families," said Rand.

Enid won the Altus Trophy for the first time since the award's inception in 2011.

The relationship between Enid and Vance is a 'two-way street,' said Jon Blankenship, the president and chief executive officer of Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce. "They take care of us as much as we take care of them."
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2 Vance Airmen earn AETC 2014 Outstanding Airmen of the Year honors

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

Two Vance Airmen earned top honors in the Air Education and Training Command 2014 Outstanding Airmen of the Year competition.

Master Sgt. Jason K. Trickey, the Radar Approach Control chief controller, and Master Sgt. Phillip J. Brandley, the 71st Mission Support Group first sergeant, are the AETC Senior NCO and First Sergeant of the Year.

"Two of Vance's finest Airmen have been recognized at the AETC level," said Chief Master Sergeant Mark Aman, the 71st Flying Training Wing command chief master sergeant. "Congratulations to Master Sergeants Trickey and Brandley on your selection, and Team Vance wishes you the best of luck at the Air Force level. Your leadership and the hard work of your Airmen allow this wing to continue launching planes, training Airmen and deploying warriors."
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Team Vance hosts Special Olympics

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


More than 170 special Olympians participated in the Cherokee Strip Area 6 Special Olympics held here March 28.

Nearly 200 volunteers from Vance, the Enid High School JROTC and the Oklahoma Bible Academy came together to help, feed and cheer on the athletes.

The Olympians participated in 16 different track and field events, including: a soft-ball throw, shot put, the 50 and 100-meter dash, and various wheelchair-based events.

Opening ceremonies kicked off at 9 a.m. with guest speaker Steve Chard, an Enid High School football player, followed by the Enid High jazz band.
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AF updates officer, enlisted voluntary force management eligibility lists

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

Select Airmen in specific categories who were not formerly eligible for fiscal year 2014 force management voluntary separation are now being offered voluntary separation. These individuals will not be subject to involuntary programs in fiscal year 2014.

Officers from 33 Air Force specialty codes by year group and enlisted Airmen from seven AFSCs by grade are now eligible to apply for voluntary force management programs, such as voluntary separation pay, limited active duty service commitment waivers and more, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 3. In addition, officers in 70 AFSCs by year group and enlisted members in 178 AFSCs by grade are no longer eligible to apply for voluntary programs, and they will not meet an involuntary board in fiscal year 14.
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Team Vance members take pies in the face for AFAF

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

Four Team Vance members took pies in the face to help raise $817.75 for the 2014 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign at Vance Air Force Base.

Capt. Ashley Swansiger, the Vance AFAF campaign organizer, received 280 votes at 25 cents each, and took the first pie in the face following the Wing Recognition Ceremony March 26 in the Vance Collocated Club.

The second in line for a pie was Capt. Kevin Stone from the 71st Student Squadron. He received 556 votes.

Col. James Abatti, the 71st Operations Group commander, with 1,727 votes, was third in line for a pie.
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3rd FTS spouse named AETC Key Spouse of the Year

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

For her work with the 3rd Flying Training Squadron, one Team Vance spouse was selected as the 2013 Key Spouse of the Year in Air Education and Training Command.

Sarina Houston will be recognized as the AETC Key Spouse during a Key Spouse appreciation luncheon scheduled for April 10 at the Vance Collocated Club.

The award recognizes the critical role of key spouses in successful mission accomplishment at wing, unit and organizational levels.

"Sarina ... has contributed an incredible amount to the success of the 3rd FTS and our wing," said Col. Darren James, the 71st Flying Training Wing commander. "We are tremendously proud of her accomplishments."
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Team Vance supports Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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

Teal bows, which signify the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, were tied to trees ringing the traffic circle in front of the Vance Air Force Base Main Gate March 31.

The teal color is a reminder of the Air Force's commitment to prevent sexual assault, not just during the month of April, but every day, all year long.

The 2014 theme for SAAM is "Live Our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault"

Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in America and in the military, said Terri Presa, the Vance Sexual Assault Response coordinator. Team Vance is committed to validating victims of sexual assault, educating base personnel, owning the problem and finding a solution. Values plus actions equal prevention of sexual assault.
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71st SFS trains new augmentees

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

Nine Airmen from different squadrons around Vance wrapped up security forces augmentee training March 24 by fighting off their instructors with practice batons.

Members of the 71st Security Forces Squadron train 24 augmentees annually to bolster their numbers in case of emergency.

One of the last training exercises before the augmentees are certified requires them to arm themselves with a practice baton and go toe-to-toe with one of their instructors. Practice batons are padded fiberglass rods.
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Two civilians convicted in federal magistrate court

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

Two civilians who committed crimes on Vance Air Force Base in 2013 were convicted and sentenced in federal magistrate court on March 25.

One was convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was sentenced to 12 months of probation, a $1,000 fine, a $100 mandatory contribution to the Oklahoma Alcohol and Drug Treatment Revolving Fund, a $25 special assessment and 90 days in-home detention -- commonly referred to as "house arrest."

His probation includes several restrictions such as no consuming alcohol, no frequenting bars or clubs where the primary business is the sale of alcohol and submitting to random urinalysis to detect alcohol use.
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Special-occasion gift giving has rules, limits

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

The season for moving and retiring is quickly approaching and folks often want to show appreciation to departing leaders, coworkers and subordinates with parting gifts.

Following some simple rules on gift giving will avoid trouble and prevent embarrassment. These rules apply to gifts exchanged between active duty and Department of Defense civilians.

There are limits to gifts that can be given to superiors, as well as the gifts that may be accepted from individuals of lesser rank.
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Air Force recertifying all Airmen receiving family-housing allowance

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March 24, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts.

At Vance Air Force Base, there are 534 members receiving basic allowance for housing at the with-dependent rate that will need to recertify, or see their BAH reduce to the single rate, said Staff Sgt. Shelby Kimmel, the NCO in charge of customer support, 71st Comptroller Squadron.

This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen's basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the Air Force spends annually on BAH is fully auditable.
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‘Pie in the Eye’ raising money for AFAF

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

Campaign organizers are hosting a "Pie in the Eye" event to raise money for the Vance 2014 Air Force Assistance Fund.

Team Vance members can cast votes for people they want to get a pie in the face. Votes can be purchased for 25 cents each.

The top three vote getters will receive a pie in the face immediately following the monthly Wing Recognition Ceremony, March 26, at the Vance Collocated Club.

Proceeds from the voting will go towards the Air Force Aid Society, one of the four organizations that benefit from the AFAF campaign. The other three are the Air Force Villages, the Air Force Enlisted Village and the Gen. and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation.
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Ghost Riders take honors at Altus leadership school

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

Six Team Vance Airmen graduated with Airman Leadership School Class 14-C, March 14, and two Ghost Riders took honors.

Senior Airman Cody O'Connell was named the John L. Levitow Award winner and Senior Airman Matthew London received the Academic Award. Both men are with the 71st Operations Support Squadron.

The Vance Airmen met Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody during their time at the leadership school at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., when he spoke to their class March 6.
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Watch, warning – important terms during tornado season

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

The traditional tornado season in Oklahoma runs from March to August, with May usually the most active month.

Two important weather terms to understand when preparing for the season are "tornado watch" and "tornado warning."

A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for tornado development. People located in and around the watch area should keep an eye to the sky and listen to their National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio or tune to local broadcast media for weather information.
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