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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

Senior leader accepts top-level defense awards at Pentagon

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

The 71st Operations Group commander recently accepted the Secretary of Defense Group Achievement Award and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award on behalf of his former unit's successful destruction of over 600 tons of Syrian chemical weapons material.

Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense, presented the awards to Col. John Cinnamon during a ceremony at the Pentagon Nov. 12. 

Prior to joining Team Vance, Cinnamon served in triple hatted assignments as the lead planner on the Office of Secretary of Defense Acquisitions, Technology, and Logistics Syrian Integration Team and the chief of plans for both the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Strategic Command Center for Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction.
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Keep holiday gift exchanges ethical

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

gift-giving season is quickly approaching, and while exchanging gifts can be a joyous way to celebrate, gift giving is limited by ethical rules.

A common question Airmen often face is whether subordinates can give gifts to their supervisors. And, what about the other direction -- can supervisors give gifts to their subordinates?

First of all, it's important to understand that not every exchange is a gift. Modest food items such as soft drinks, coffee and donuts are not gifts, provided it does not create the appearance of impartiality or favoritism.
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vESD comes to Vance desktops

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

On Nov. 17 Team Vance members probably noticed a new blue icon on their desktop monitors with the letters vESD.

The icon brings up the Virtual Enterprise Service Desk (vESD), which is a client-based application that allows the user to solve common issues and self-initiate trouble tickets for email, desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. The application allows for status checks of any current trouble ticket, feedback submission and provides further contact information for more help.

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OKC Thunder, Vance Airmen join forces for community project

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November 20, 2014 in Oklahoma, Vance Air Force Base by clevine

The Oklahoma City Thunder's motto is "Team is One." On Nov. 8, that motto was stretched a bit when a team of more than 50 military members and 20 members of the Thunder staff -- including players Mitch McGary, Lance Thomas and Grant Jerrett -- came together to assemble care packages for military members serving overseas.

Airmen from Vance, Tinker and Altus Air Force Bases, a Sailor with Strategic Communications Wing One at Tinker, Army Recruiters and their new recruits from the Oklahoma City area and members of the Oklahoma National Guard tipped off the Thunder's first Commitment to Service project, part of the NBA Cares Hoops for Troops initiative, at the headquarters of The Hugs Project, a non-profit organization started 10 years ago.
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Vance Airmen complete GoRuck light

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

Fifteen Vance Airmen braved cool temps and a brisk Oklahoma wind to complete a GoRuck Light team cohesion challenge Nov. 15 here.

During the challenge, participants completed a vigorous calisthenics regimen and overcame obstacles set in place by former special forces servicemembers.

The Airmen completed an hour of calisthenics before hoisting backpacks filled with bricks or sandbags, said 2nd Lt. Weston Thomsen, a Roseman, California, native who has been at Vance for two years. They then carried two, 100-pound bags filled with sand over various obstacles.
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Pie in the face raises $450 for CFC

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

The Vance Company Grade Officers Club hosted a pie in the face Nov. 14 at the Vance Collocated Club that raised more than $450 for the Combined Federal Campaign.

Col. David Chiesa, 71st Medical Group commander; Capt. Mark Favinger, a 33rd Flying Training Squadron check flight instructional pilot; and Master Sgt. Deniece Miller, the 71st Operations Support Squadron NCO in-charge of air traffic control training; earned the most donations for the CFC and were rewarded with whipped cream and crust filled aluminum pie pans.
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Vance volunteers send holiday treats downrange

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

This holiday season deployed Vance Airmen will enjoy six dozen cookies each, thanks to donations and the work of 39 volunteers who baked, packaged and mailed boxes in this year's Operation Cookie Cutter Nov. 14.

"We do this every year to give our deployers a taste of home, plus some extra for those who may not get any care packages," said Tech. Sgt. Amy Snyder, who led Operation Cookie Cutter this year and is the NCO in-charge of family readiness at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. "They will also get cards from local children thanking them for their service."
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Airman’s Attic helps Airmen, families

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

An airman basic earns $18,378 in basic pay per year. It can be difficult to raise a family on so little income. Children need clothes, Airmen need new uniforms, and bills must be paid. For Airmen in these circumstances, the Vance first sergeants and volunteers operate the Airman's Attic.

The Airman's Attic is a volunteer-run store that solely exists to help Airmen and their families. It survives on donations from servicemembers and retirees. Airmen can help themselves, up to 10 items at a time, to an assortment of clothes, baby care items, housewares, uniforms and electronics - for free. 
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71st SFS changes command

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

Capt. Christopher Jackson assumed command of the 71st Security Forces Squadron from Maj. Thomas McGuillicuddy in a change-of-command ceremony Nov. 10 at the Vance Collocated Club.

Jackson joined Team Vance after a tour as the deputy chief, Contingency and Future Operations, United States Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Jackson commissioned in 2005 and holds a Master of Arts in criminal justice from American Military University, Manassas, Virginia.

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Paralegal named Airman of the Month

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

A 71st Flying Training Wing Judge Advocate Office paralegal is the 71st Flying Training Wing Airman of the Month for November.

Airman 1st Class Graham Davis was selected by group superintendents based on his work performance and merit as an Airman.

While catching up on paperwork after coming back from leave, Davis stood as Col. Clark Quinn, the 71st Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Peter Speen, the 71st FTW command chief, strolled into the JAG office with a small entourage Nov. 6.
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Vance Airmen meet Ross Perot

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

It's not every day that Vance Airmen get a chance to meet a world renown figure, but that is exactly what happened to four members of the Silver Talon Honor Guard.

Senior Airman Christina Sullivan, Senior Airman Ray Greene, Senior Airman Calvin Erkens and Airman 1st Class Chelan Carr met Ross Perot, the third-party candidate in the 1992 presidential race.

The Airmen performed a prisoner-of-war and missing-in-action table ceremony for the 2014 Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame Induction, which Perot attended.
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New T-38 static at Vance Airpark

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

Members of the aircraft maintenance section, help move a T-38 Talon Nov. 1 out of the Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma west gate and transport it to the main gate to be displayed as a static. This T-38 came to Vance from Warner Robins, AFB, Georgia where it was used as an indoor display. Members from the Enid community donated funds to bring the plane to Vance.  The T-38 will be repainted with a 1990s paint scheme in the near future. 
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Air Force pilot develops plan to reduce jet fuel consumption

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

The Air Force spends more than $9 billion annually on energy. Eighty-six percent of that amount is spent on aviation.

In support of the Air Force Energy Strategic Plan to foster an energy aware culture and reduce aviation fuel consumption, an instructor pilot from the 5th Flying Training Squadron has introduced some innovative ideas to make pilot training more energy efficient.

Lt. Col. Mark Lyons, a reservist and commercial pilot, is spearheading the effort to conserve jet fuel in the Air Force, starting with Air Education and Training Command.
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Vigilance key to preventing domestic violence

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

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the 71st Mental Health Flight is taking action to educate Team Vance about prevention.

"We are trying to educate Team Vance about partner and child abuse through various outlets," said Maj. Sam Tobler, the Mental Health Element family advocacy officer.

To help with domestic violence prevention amongst the base population, Airmen should look for warning signs in their wingmen, he said.

"If you see things like bruises, report it," said Tobler. "Do not try to look for more evidence on your own. We will investigate, and if nothing is found then nothing will come of it. It's better to report something and see nothing happen rather than not report while something is going on."
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Disaster Mental Health team can help before, after traumatic events

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

The 71st Flying Training Wing Disaster Mental Health team, formerly known as Traumatic Stress Response Team, is a group of agencies dedicated to helping the base, which include the Mental Health Element, the Chapel, and the Airman and Family Readiness Center that respond after a traumatic event. 

The DMH members consult with base commanders on appropriate responses to a variety of traumatic events, which could range from someone learning of a loved one's death to a possible mass-casualty scenario.
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