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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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.

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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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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.

Nineteen members of Class 21-15 AU received their wings Sept. 17, 2021, during their graduation ceremony in the Vance Air Force Base auditorium.

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.

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.

❝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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❝I saw the smoke from my school building.❞ — Senior Airman Nicholas Figueroa, 71st Security Forces Squadron (SFS) member at Vance Air Force Base. He was 9 years old living in Manhattan when the Twin Towers fell.

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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.

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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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.

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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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❝That farm was their livelihood, and Ernest, as patriotic as he was, knew that selling it to the Army would mean ending the family tradition of running that farm.❞ — Chief Master Sgt. Kristy Earls, 71st FTW command chief

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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. 

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 Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) and the Formal Training Unit (FTU) at the 314th AW.

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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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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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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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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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