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"We were getting down on fuel, so ... I said, 'Let's just make it a short pattern and full stop on the next landing. It was a full stop landing alright, but it wasn't how we planned it." — Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Edward Luckey

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ENID, Okla. — A pair of Enid natives are preparing for a five-week, nine-country expedition through Europe to create an educational and interactive TV series tailor-made for Enid Public Schools students.

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Vance Air Force Base found no notable discrepancies in its 242 housing units, officials said Monday, after wrapping up a review mandated for all bases by the Secretary of the Air Force last month in the wake of congressional testimony detailing health and safety concerns at some privatized military housing developments.

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Major Kinsley Jordan, 71st Flying Training Wing Chief of Innovation, recently was recognized by the wing for his team’s efforts to use commercially-available technology to streamline training at the base.

Northern Oklahoma College is hosting two Adult Learner Resource Fairs this month to provide anyone interested in pursuing higher learning with the information needed to get their start at NOC.

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Originally from Fremont, Calif., in the San Francisco Bay area, Johnson credits the influence of his grandfather, Navy Chief Petty Officer Arthur Lockwood, in leading him to a life in the military.

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Vance Air Force Base recently streamlined control over the traffic pattern for T-6 Texan II training flights, and the move is expected to help meet an increased demand for pilot output.

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SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A Vance Air Force Base pilot was hospitalized after he and another pilot ejected from a T-38 Talon aircraft Tuesday morning during training operations with the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, near Wichita Falls, Texas, according to a Van…

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ENID, Okla. — Col. Corey Simmons, commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, updated Enid City Commission Tuesday evening on an aircraft mishap that occurred last Friday.

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The T-38 Talon is a "twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record," according to an Air Force fact sheet.

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Oklahoma State junior Viktor Hovland, who was an All-American for the Cowboys this past year and was OSU’s No. 1 golfer when the program won its 11th NCAA national championship in May on its home course, is the fifth Cowboy to win the U.S. Amateur.

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The AP prep poll is more for show. It has no impact on playoff pairings (which are predetermined by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association). It’s good for bragging rights during the season, but little else. But it’s still good to have ...

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Col. Darrell Judy addressed the members of 71st Flying Training Wing one last time as their commander Monday morning before relinquishing command of the training wing to Col. Corey Simmons during a change of command ceremony at Vance Air Force Base Monday morning, July 16, 2018.

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Chili's Grill & Bar is warning people who ate at the restaurant in March and April of a possible data compromise involving card payments.

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VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Student pilots and their instructors at Vance Air Force Base had a chance to hear the realities of war Monday, thanks to a visit by a veteran bomber pilot from World War II.

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Volunteers from Vance Air Force Base and local businesses, churches and civic groups have purchased and wrapped enough gifts to brighten the Christmas holiday for more than 230 local children.

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VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Officials with the 71st Flying Training Wing confirmed Sunday they are conducting a limited number of T-6 Texan II test flights as part of an ongoing investigation into possible issues with the aircraft's in-flight oxygen system.

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Vance Air Force Base confirmed Friday it has temporarily pulled its T-6 Texan II training aircraft from flight operations.

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The contractor that conducts flight line operations at Vance Air Force Base is up for sale, company officials confirmed Tuesday.

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ENID, Okla. — A T-6 Texan II training aircraft from Vance Air Force Base made a precautionary landing at Tulsa International Airport on Friday after striking a bird during a routine training flight.

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"We were just so relieved and so happy to put on such a good performance, and it was so fun for us. We took practicing very seriously. It was extremely stressful because we wanted to do the best we could." — 2nd Lt. Zac Hevel

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Col. Charles Clark “Sonny” Kegelman, for whom Kegelman Air Force Auxiliary Field is named, was not awarded a Medal of Honor and is not a member of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

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"It’s not just critical to Vance, it’s very critical to the bigger picture and the bigger Air Force, that we have those locations out there that supplement our training.” 

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Retired Lt. Col. William R. Schwertfeger, himself a former prisoner of war in North Vietnam, remembered all those who have still not come home Friday afternoon during the POW/MIA Recognition Day retreat at Vance Air Force Base.

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Mike Cooper, city of Enid military liaison, reported on possible upcoming construction projects, like a consolidated flying squadron operations facility and the replacement of the base's middle runway.

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As far as weapons maintenance, Staff Sgt. Joshua Mitchell, combat arms noncommissioned officer in charge refers to his job as “Legos for adults.”

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Before Col. Lee Gentile Jr. came to Vance Air Force Base to become vice commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing, he was director of the Air Force element at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

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The report revealed Woodring pumps $29.2 million into the local economy every year, while the annual economic impact of Vance Air Force Base is $925 million.

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Obituaries

ENID [mdash] Memorial service will be 10:00am Thursday, July 25, 2019 in the Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Campbell passed suddenly July 15, 2019. He was born March 29, 1963 and worked as a local mechanic. www.enidwecare.com

ENID [mdash] Celebration of life service for Freddie Tipton, 81, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Enid Cemetery. Freddie passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019. www.andersonburris.com.

CARMEN [mdash] Services will be 10 am Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Carmen United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Carmen City Cemetery under direction of Wentworth Mortuary LLC, Carmen. See full obituary at www.marshallfuneralhomes.com.

ENID - Service 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019, Emmanuel Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, Forgotten Ministries is selected for memorial donations. Arrangements under the kind guidance of Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service. Remembrances at www.stittsworthfuneralservices.com.