TINKER AIR FORCE BASE — Work on the first leg of the new KC-46A Pegasus’ maintenance depot, the single-largest construction project to hit Tinker Air Force Base since the 1940s, is progressing ahead of the official ribbon-cutting scheduled for today.

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Col. Corey Simmons, commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, gave an update on the base during a talk Thursday at Enid Regional Development Alliance’s quarterly meeting.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (AFNS) — With inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci, the 23rd Flying Training Squadron is transforming the learning environment with the intent of developing better trained vertical-lift aviators prepared to conduct combat search and rescue, homeland security and special opera…

“Oh no!” I gasped last Sunday, in a crowded Rhode Island bar, as I watched 6-foot-5 Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph drop like a rag doll after a helmet hit by Ravens safety Earl Thomas.

MOSCOW (AP) — Alexei Leonov, the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago — and who nearly didn’t make it back into his space capsule — has died in Moscow at 85.

The U.S. military and the commercial sector rely heavily on space-enabled capabilities, and the Defense Department must protect those assets and maintain U.S. superiority in the space domain, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy said.

Veterans, civic organizations, schools and individuals are being sought to participate in the annual Veterans Day Parade, set for 11 a.m. Nov. 9 on the downtown square in Enid.

Friends of the Enid Public Library will hold its fall book sale beginning Thursday. The event also will include T-shirts and knitted bookmarks for sale.

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October is not all skeletons and jack-o-lanterns, there are also scary things that live in cyberspace. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with this year’s theme, “Be Cyber Smart.”

ENID — Oakwood Christian Church is looking for other congregations in Enid to partner with them in Embrace Grace, a program designed to give love and support to young women in unplanned pregnancies.

FORT LEE, Va. – On a rainy Monday morning, Rebecca Ingvalson shopped the Fort Belvoir, Va., Commissary, like she’d never shopped there before. She sat in the comfortably dry confines of her car with her three children while CLICK2GO workers loaded her vehicle with groceries under the shelter…

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE — Some families you are born into, and some you gain along the way.

“We’re going to be late,” my husband Francis began saying two hours before the Navy Ball. He would repeat the phrase every 15 minutes. It was October 1994, the night of my first formal military event as a Navy spouse. We had only been married one year, and I was four months pregnant.

The Defense Department is raising awareness of technology-facilitated domestic abuse as part of its Domestic Violence Prevention Month campaign, which launched Oct. 1.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force met with privatized housing project owners at the Pentagon on Oct. 2 to discuss the status of actions being taken to reform the delivery of privatized housing under the Military Housing Privatization Ini­tia­tive.

The FBI Oklahoma City Division will host a diversity agent recruitment event on Oct. 17 in Oklahoma City. The event is part of the FBI’s Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR) Program, an initiative committed to building a high-performing, diverse, and inclusive special agent workforce.

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The Air Force Academy recently redesigned its Airmanship program to give cadets more opportunities to experience the Air Force’s flying mission and produce the best pool of rated candidates.

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — In 2003, Airman 1st Class Saeed Shnawa was not Airman 1st Class Saeed Shnawa. He was a 21-year-old Iraqi student of technology at a university in Baghdad.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — When I was 18 years old, the problem felt permanent and the solution seemed simple. It had for years.

Eva Meraz-Corral, 47, told Enid Police Department detectives she was responsible for an attack on Diana Baez, 41, because she dated a man she had been involved with previously. Baez later died of her injuries.

Specialized Undergrad­uate Pilot Training Class 19-25 presented awards to eight junior officers during the class’ graduation ceremony last Friday.

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE — The 71st Medical Operation Squadron was re-designated to the 71st Operational Medical Readi­ness Squadron at Vance Air Force Base, Sept. 27.

ENID — Volunteers and homeowners who need smoke alarms in their homes are being sought for this Saturday’s American Red Cross Sound the Alarm event. The deadline to sign up to receive smoke alarms is 4 p.m. today.

Cherokee Strip Reg­ional Heritage Center’s Family Farm Day will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Humphrey Heritage Village.

“C’mon, please go with me,” I begged Patti, “we’ll have fun, I promise.”

Denny Price Family YMCA, 415 W. Cherokee, is offering the community a free opportunity to enjoy family activities, ice cream and learn about the YMCA at this year’s “Sundae at the Y” event, 2-4:30 p.m. next Sunday.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan, along with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and secretaries from the Army and Navy, gathered with privatized housing project owners Oct. 2 to address the progress in reforming the Military Housing Privatization Initiative.

When I was a teenager, I spent an inordinate amount of time staring out of windows, over the water, into the distance, up at the sky — pondering my place in the world. I was prone to feeling overwhelmed by minuscule problems, so contemplating the vastness of the universe comforted me by maki…

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE — The U.S. Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command welcomed rated officers and career enlisted aviators to come together during the Women’s Fly-In event in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 18-21. For the first time, Mobility’s Hometown sent an all-women aircrew to support…

Enid Aviation Advisory Board met in a special session Monday and greeted new Enid Woodring Regional Airport Director Deirdre Gurry, who will assume the position today when current director Dan Ohnesorge retires.

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