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Those in attendance at Operation Yellow Ribbon's ribbon-tying ceremony were asked — nay, challenged — to show their support for America’s combat veterans, service members and first responders by tying yellow strands of ribbon throughout town — on cars, utility poles, trees, fences, storefronts and the like.

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VANCE AIR FORCE BASE — When severe weather is on the horizon, Team Vance jumps into action to develop a contingency plan for evacuating all aircraft to safer locations.

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE — Twelve future and three current non-commissioned officers graduated Airmen Leadership School Class 22-A last month at Vance Air Force Base.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The body of a woman was recovered from one of the mudslides caused by heavy rainfall in the Pacific coast Canadian province of British Columbia, authorities said Tuesday.

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials on Tuesday rejected accusations that they endangered astronauts aboard the International Space Station by conducting a weapons test that created more than 1,500 pieces of space junk, but a White House official said the move by Russia would threaten activities …

The 26 members of Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 22-02 at Vance Air Force Base received their wings Nov. 5 at their graduation ceremony in the base auditorium.

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Events this week are focused on thanking and supporting veterans and their families. The city of Enid declared Nov. 9 to be POW and MIA Day in Enid.

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Those in attendance at Operation Yellow Ribbon's ribbon-tying ceremony were asked — nay, challenged — to show their support for America’s combat veterans, service members and first responders by tying yellow strands of ribbon throughout town — on cars, utility poles, trees, fences, storefronts and the like.

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ENID, Okla. — In August 1980, when Sandi Ott travelled to her first active-duty assignment, she drove into Northwest Oklahoma wondering where all of the trees were, much less where Enid was.

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ENID, Okla —Smiling families, community members and Air Force personnel gathered at Enid Woodring Regional Airport on Friday evening to join Vance Air Force Base in celebration of its 80th anniversary.

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Maj. Floyd E. Welsh, as property officer, had the responsibility of evaluating property no longer needed by the military. An Enid Army Flying Field folder crossed his desk as one of the installations considered for permanent closure due to the decreased need for pilots. Welsh put the folder in his desk drawer where it remained for two years, according to Oklahoma Historical Society.

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❝All of those C-17 missions you saw coming out of Afghanistan, one-third of those people came out of Vance Air Force Base. We are doing absolutely incredible things to make sure we keep our advantage on the world stage. We are working hard to do that every day.❞ — Col. Jay A. Johnson, 71st Flying Training Wing commander at Vance AFB  

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Col. Eileen Collins graduated Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance in 1978. She was one of the first four women to go through the program and was the first female T-38 instructor pilot, according to a March 2021 interview between Collins and Taylor Watson with the Daedalians, a fellowship of military aviators.

From the first class of aviation cadets that arrived at Enid Army Air Field on Dec. 16, 1941, to the classes today, Undergraduate Pilot Training has seen changes to aircraft, simulators, syllabus and more.

Twenty-four students received their wings Aug. 27 when Class 21-14 AU graduated from Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base.

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The family friendly event will feature a flyover, a static display of historic planes, a presentation and discussion between Vance and the city. The celebration is open to the public at Enid Woodring Regional Airport. Gates open at 5 p.m. before the 6:15 ceremony. Vance’s heritage tails will fly over and land. There will be a kiddie area, face painting and food trucks.

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Three women at Vance Air Force Base have embraced that equality, overcome adversity and achieved the highest enlisted rank — chief master sergeant.

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The airmen leading the charge on Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 for the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base shared their success and challenges with more than 100 airmen, Guardians and soldiers during a summit hosted by the AFWERX Las Vegas Hub, June 22-25.

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Gone were the days of gazing skyward or smelling the air. I was trained to think of the atmosphere as a fluid, with flows and eddies comparable to the ocean. 

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LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — The 314th Airlift Wing hosted three first assignment instructor pilots (FAIPs) from Vance Air Force Base at Little Rock Air Force Base June 22 to highlight and share a new way forward in the pilot training process, which ultimately bridges the gap between U…

Master Sgt. Angela Dewberry retired from active duty during a ceremony held June 29, in the Greven Crosswinds Club at Vance Air Force Base.

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Last month, Lt. Col. Kenyatta Ruffin, past 71st Operations Support Squadron commander, helped honor his childhood role model, retired Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen.

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ENID, Okla. — Repair or replacement of aging dormitories at Vance Air Force Base is among the provisions authored by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and included in the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Col. Paul Miller assumed command of the 71st Mission Support Group from Col. Anthony Smith in a ceremony July 1 in Hangar 129.

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❝I grew up here in Enid, watching T-37s and T-6s fly, and it was always something that I thought was very cool, but never seemed realistic ... but I fell in love with it.❞ — 2nd Lt. Bartolozzi

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Legislation has been introduced in Congress to provide $10 billion to help clean up contamination at the so-called “Filthy Fifty” military bases across the country.

Five Class 21-11 and six 21-11 AU graduates were awarded during a graduation ceremony June 18 at Vance Air Force Base Auditorium.

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Col. Jay Johnson, 71st Flying Training Wing commander at Vance Air Force Base, will speak Friday at the graduation ceremony for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 21-11.

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