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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.

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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.

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

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Seven graduates of Vance Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 21-03 received awards during the class’ graduation ceremony last Friday.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II, the U.S. Air Force video production team produced a video series to highlight the Tuskegee Airmen and their impact on the war, and society as a whole.

Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma will begin its annual Project Santa program on Sunday, and is seeking local churches, nonprofits and civic groups to support the drive to brighten Christmas for area kids in need.

At Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Robert Wilkie, secretary of Veterans Affairs, participated in a Veterans Day wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to honor those who have served in the U.S. military.

In the spring of 1943, just days after graduating from high school, 18-year-old Dwight Jeter, of Enid, joined more than 16 million other Americans in answering the call to serve in World War II.

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE — “When I initially found out I had cancer, I didn’t fully comprehend how serious it was,” said 1st Lt. Jason Mavrogeorge, a squadron executive officer and instructor pilot for the 8th Flying Training Squadron.

When I was in college, my main concerns were keeping my checking balance over $50, taming my unruly bangs, learning how to survive on ramen and finding a date. Unencumbered by the realities of responsible adulthood — mortgages, taxes, cholesterol, corporate ladders, insurance, in-laws — I wa…

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — At the heart of the Air Force Safety Center’s mission is safeguarding the airmen and space professionals that protect the nation. This requires digging into the core of mishaps, identifying hazards and ensuring risk awareness to prevent the next mishap.…

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- Air Force Special Operations Command’s guiding principle is that human capital is a competitive advantage. All airmen — officers, enlisted and civilians — must be enabled and empowered to meet the needs of the nation, in an increasingly complex and multipolar world.

With temperatures dropping, Dense Mechanical & Dense Comfort Solutions expanded an innovative way to warm up the holidays this year, by providing free heat and air systems to two area families.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of Air Force Reserve Command, highlighted Total Force integration, the Reserve’s rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Reserve’s unique weather reconnaissance, aerial spray…

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Flight Academy is once again accepting application packages from exceptional student-citizens across the country who want to earn their wings in 2021.

F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AFNS) — In the early morning of June 8, 1994, a then-1st Lt. Linda Tonnies, 740th Missile Squadron operator, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, turned the launch key and launched an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM for Glory Trip 155 at Vandenberg AFB, Californi…

Duane Kyser said the appropriate thing to do with the remains of his uncle, who was killed aboard the USS Oklahoma, is to return them here for burial.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The red cockaded woodpecker is making a comeback, thanks to partnership efforts between the Air Force and multiple public and private organizations.

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — Amid a changing global strategic environment, Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of Air Mobility Command, announced Oct. 27 her four command priorities to accelerate change and maximize readiness within AMC.

Local volunteers are organizing a Halloween parade for local nursing home residents, and are asking members of the community to dress up in costumes and spread some joy to those in need.

Last year at this time, I was most likely grumbling under my breath about America’s culture of excess. I’ll admit it — I’m one of those annoying people who waxes poetic about simpler times. I’ve blamed Emeril for teaching us all to “BAM! Kick it up a notch!” and I often stress about society’…

U.S. and Indian leaders made more progress today on building what Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper called “one of the most consequential relationships for the United States in this century.”

FOLEY, Ala. (AP) — A U.S. Navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed Oct. 23 in an Alabama residential neighborhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both people in the plane, authorities said.

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE — While October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, Tinker Air Force Base’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program team urges personnel to be watchful of alcohol and drug abuse year-round.

Enid Elks Lodge will host a Halloween trick-or-treat party for community children, 5-7 p.m. Saturday in the lodge parking lot at 520 W. Oxford.

“A child who was once scared to face the world now realizes that her words and motions mean so much — she can control a 1,200-pound animal. That is power. That is the first step to each day — each horse, each rider.”

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- The Department of the Air Force will soon conduct focus groups with Total Force airmen and space professionals about their experiences surrounding interpersonal violence.

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