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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

71st MDG Amn named Air Force aerospace physiology Airman of the Year

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February 13, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

A 71st Medical Operations Squadron senior airman was selected as the aerospace physiology Airman of the year for the Air Force.

Senior Airman Bill Ensrud was presented the award by Col. John J. Menozzi, the 71st Flying Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Aman, the 71st FTW command chief, in January.

Nominees are judged on three areas: job performance, community involvement and personal improvement.

Since Ensrud arrived at Vance in April 2012 he has volunteered more than 1,000 hours of community service to the Boy Scouts of America and a Christian organization called K-Life and he is also is pursuing his master's degree in kinesiology.
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AF announces new weight limit for certain household goods

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February 13, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force has announced a new weight limit of 2,000 pounds for professional books, papers and equipment effective May 1.

Previously, member entitlement for PBP&E was unlimited.

The shipment of PBP&E/Pro-Gear for a member is handled in the same manner and under the same conditions as other Household Goods. PBP&E/Pro-Gear will be identified, packed, weighed and inventoried separately, to include listing the actual weight of PBP&E/Pro-Gear.

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Vance Kicks Off Encroachment Management Project Efforts

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

Vance Air Force Base will kick off the development of an Installation Complex Encroachment Management Action Plan Feb. 10 with a workshop and installation personnel interviews.

These activities will provide a greater understanding of the installation's mission and operation requirements as well as insights into the shared interests of the installation and surrounding community.

"The ICEMAP will provide a road map to sustain current and future mission operations and requirements for Vance's entire operating area," said Col. Darren James, 71st Flying Training Wing commander.
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Travis riot pushed Air Force toward equal opportunity

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

February is African-American History Month in the U.S. Air Force. This year's theme is, "The Civil Rights Movement."

Although racially desegregation in 1948, it took a major incident in 1971 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., for the Air Force to create the Defense Race Relations Institute and establish equal opportunity throughout the service.

It is a typical night in base housing. A party was a little loud and someone confronted the party goers.

But this typical event escalated. It turned into a fist fight. Then Airmen spilled out of their houses and start rioting.
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Vance dentist, dental assistants will attend Mission of Mercy

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

Four dental assistants and a dentist from Vance are volunteering at the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy scheduled to take place Feb 7 and 8 in the Chisholm Trail Expo Center.

The two-day event provides dental care for Americans who otherwise would not receive dental care and is running for the fifth straight year in Oklahoma.

Dentists and dental assistants will perform dental tasks starting at 5 a.m. -- from cleanings to surgery. Other volunteers will escort patients, cook food, and translate for non-English speaking people.
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Is your Valentine’s Day relationship legal?

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

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. How do you plan to celebrate this year? With roses, a box of chocolates, a teddy bear holding a heart or maybe a sappy Valentine's Day card professing your love?

Valentine's Day is the time for celebrating relationships through loving, caring or romantic gestures. Relationships are a vital part of life. They give the support and motivation needed to succeed. It is important to take time to show appreciation and love.

Valentine's Day is a good time to reflect on the kinds of relationships and conduct that are prohibited for military members, their families and civilian employees.
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Managing stress one small step at a time

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

Why is change stressful?

The world is in a constant state of change. You'd think people would have figured out how to manage stress by now.

Yet an unprecedented life event can still upset your daily ability to function. When you encounter something new your mind has to process the information and develop a new game plan to manage it. It can be uncomfortable and unnerving.

For the most part humans are creatures of habit. People that deal with change the best are those who are out there trying and learning new things every day. Just like you can exercise your muscles to become stronger you can exercise your mind and maintain your mental fitness.
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SARC hosts ‘My Body My Life’ self-defense class

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January 29, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Vance Sexual Assault Response Coordinator office hosted its seventh "My Body My Life" self-defense class, Jan. 21, at the Community Chapel Activity Center on base.

The two-hour class centered on educating women about sexual assault and teaching self-defense techniques for fending off an attacker.

"The things we learned were more effective than I expected," said Capt. Gaye Bobbitt, a 71st Medical Operations Group nurse. "I like how the classes are broken up into modules because it makes it easier to soak up all the information."
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Construction projects begin in officers’ dorms

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January 29, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The first of several construction projects to improve the quality of life for residents of the unaccompanied officers' quarters here is underway.

The $2,035,000 project will replace the existing two-pipe heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with a modern four-pipe system.

"The new mechanical system will allow residents more control of the temperature in their rooms, especially during the spring and fall months, when temperatures can fluctuate between very warm to cold in the space of one day," said Glenda Watkins, architect and energy manager for PAE Civil Engineering.
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Four Vance Airmen receive Articles 15

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January 29, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Four military members assigned to Vance Air Force Base received Articles 15 non-judicial punishments during the fourth quarter of 2013.

An Article 15 is a disciplinary measure used to promote positive behavioral changes in service members without the stigma of a court-martial.

A senior airman was given an Article 15 for drunk driving, fleeing the scene of an accident and carrying a concealed weapon while intoxicated. The member received a reduction to the rank of airman, with a suspended reduction to the rank of airman first class, 45 days extra duty and a reprimand.
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How Clarence got his wings – and a forever home

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January 29, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

His name is Clarence because just like the angel in "It's a Wonderful Life," he was waiting outside the gates to get his "wings."

Clarence is the infamous Vance Air Force base "gate dog" who, until recently, made his home in the field outside the Baker Gate back in November and December.

The dog now lives with Col. James and Julie Abatti, who reside on base. Colonel Abatti is the commander of the 71st Operations Group.

The 18-month old German shepherd-Husky mix received significant attention from Team Vance members entering and leaving the base. The gate dog was being fed by people from all over base and several even tried catching him. Both Enid Animal Control and Furever Friends volunteers visited in hopes of leashing him - to no avail.
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Force management programs impact Team Vance

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January 29, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

"It is a tense time to be a member of the U.S. Air Force if you are planning on a career," said Senior Master Sgt. Johnny Horton, the career assistance advisor at Vance Air Force Base.

Enlisted and officers at Vance are facing a variety of programs designed to reduce Air Force manning by as much as 25,000 Airmen over the next five years.

Despite a congressional budget deal that lessens the impact of sequestration on the Air Force, it doesn't go far enough to halt actions to shrink the service, senior service officials said.
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SIGMO diners celebrate the new year

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January 29, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The 71st Mission Support Group fed more than 165 people with a traditional New Year's menu during the January Singles' International Gourmet Meal Opportunity Jan. 27 at the Community Chapel Activity Center on base.

SIGMO is hosted by the Vance Chapel and operated by unit volunteers the last Monday of each month from 4:45 until 5:45 p.m. Singles, unaccompanied Air Force members and the families of Airmen who are deployed or TDY are welcome.

Twenty volunteers from the 71st MSG served chicken stuffed with rice, pork fritter, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad and various homemade desserts.
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Airman’s Attic gets a makeover

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January 23, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Airman's Attic opened its doors Jan. 22 to show off newly designed layout and customer service features.

"We changed the layout to make better use of the space and look more inviting," said Stephanie Harbuck, the Airman's Attic liaison. "This is an amazing program. Our goal is to revitalize it and spur others to consider what the Airman's Attic has to offer."

Stephanie is married to Master Sgt. Toby Harbuck with the 71st Flying Training Wing.

The Airman's Attic is a volunteer-run store located on the south corner of the Exchange. It offers free clothes, uniforms and household items to Airmen, E-5 and below. Officers have access to the uniform section.
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Vance welcomes new honorary commanders

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January 23, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

Nineteen civic leaders from Enid were inducted into the 71st Flying Training Wing Honorary Commanders program Jan. 13 at the Vance Collocated Club.

In its 14th year here, the Air Force program matches specially selected members of the community with senior military commanders.

"The goal of the Honorary Commander program is to partner with the local community and our civilian colleagues with the hope of providing additional insight into the various aspects of the Vance mission," said Col. Darren James, 71st FTW commander.
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