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Eighteen Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training T-1 students from Class 21-06 will graduate in a ceremony 10 a.m. Friday at the Vance Air Force Base Auditorium.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Department of the Air Force’s effort to improve housing programs for airmen and their families scored some major victories in 2020, but housing officials say there is still much work to be done.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Vance Air Force Base continued its record of being the most productive pilot training base in the Air Force in 2020, and it is moving forward by implementing new training processes and major upgrades to base infrastructure.

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Due to record low temperatures, poor driving conditions and more snow on the way, Vance Air Force Base will be closed Tuesday.

Eight T-38 students of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 21-05 are set to graduate at 10 a.m. today, in the Base Auditorium at Vance Air Force Base.

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE — Lt. Col. Kenyatta Ruffin, the 71st Operations Support Squadron commander, was awarded the Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee Aviation Inspiration Award Feb. 3 in a virtual ceremony.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Department of Defense is extending the deadline for Air Force housing residents to complete the annual Tenant Satisfaction Survey to Feb. 5 to ensure residents have an opportunity to voice their opinions.

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE — Contractors began a $320,000 renovation to the Vance Exchange gas station Jan. 18 that is scheduled for completion by March 31.

Nine graduates of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 21-04 and the T-1 portion of Class 21-05 received awards during the classes’ graduation ceremony Jan. 22 at Vance Air Force Base.

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — The Department of the Air Force announced Jan. 15 the opportunity for U.S. Air Force officers to voluntarily transfer into an internationally focused core career field beginning spring 2021.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) —The Department of the Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2021, including an expanded PALACE CHASE program and limited Active Duty Service Commitment waivers.

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Leaders from across the 375th Air Mobility Wing stepped into a virtual reality-inspired test phase Jan. 12 for a new training effort targeted to help airmen feel more comfortable about engaging with others to prevent suicide.

Contractors ripped up the Vance kiddie pool beginning Jan. 4 as part of a planned $248,000 renovation that should be complete before April.

Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 21-03 will graduate 29 junior officers in a 10 a.m. ceremony today at the Vance Air Force Base Auditorium.

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Vance Helping Hands, an independent, airman-led volunteer group from Vance Air Force Base, will be handing out hygiene kits for homeless people and those in need, 6 p.m. Saturday at Salvation Army of Enid, 518 N. Independence.

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The memo, signed by Col. Timothy Danielson, commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance, applies to all military personnel assigned to Vance, even when they are off-base and on leave, and to government service civilian employees while on base.

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — The 81st Fighter Squadron, a geographically separated unit assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., graduated its last class of Afghan A-29 Super Tucano student pilots on Nov. 13 at Moody AFB.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Rick Sinkfield is the president of the San Antonio Chapter of The Tuskegee Airmen Inc., which exists to motivate youth to outstanding achievement and leadership in American society and to preserve the legacy of their role models, the Tuskegee Airmen.

Since my husband, Francis, and I tied the knot many years ago, I’ve cooked exactly 26 Thanksgiving turkeys. We ate every one of them, from their white tenderloins to their sinewy wings. Molinaris are not known to waste food, after all. But truth be told, not every turkey I cooked was perfect.

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The Hairston (Main) Gate at Vance Air Force Base will close Monday for three to four months, for upgrades to the gate's entry control equipment.

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A truck struck the East Maine bridge Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, damaging the vehicle but not causing any injuries, according to Enid police.

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Jim Schoenhals, of Shattuck, hoped for a book presentation as a late 78th birthday present for his older brother, Doug. Vance Air Force Base did far more than he had hoped for ...
 

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With coronavirus cases still on the rise, a replacement project on the base's longest runway and the continuing need to balance increased production with quality and safety, Col. Timothy Danielson, who assumed command at Vance Air Force Base on June 29, has his work cut out for him to continue that high standard.

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❝We're developing the world's best pilots here, and when they mentioned this as a possibility to me, I was more than excited to come here.❞ — Col. Timothy Danielson, commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base

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Col. Corey "Senator" Simmons relinquished command of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, on Monday, completing his two-year tour by handing over the reins of the base and its airmen to Col. Timothy Danielson.

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❝We're going to miss this place.❞ ... Vance Air Force Base has distinguished itself under Col. Corey Simmons as the only Air Education and Training Command base to meet its production goals in both 2018 and 2019.

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A Vance Air Force Base graduate died Monday in a training accident over the North Sea, according to information provided by the Air Force and the 71st Flying Training Wing.

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