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"Us three, we're very blessed to be in the families we're in, being able to wake up on Christmas day and know we have presents under the Christmas tree. A lot of kids don't understand it's not like that for everyone, and we want to have an impact on kids in need by giving them a Christmas they can remember." — Koda Oller, Garber High School senior


“Many people ask me if the wing is OK after all of this … the simple answer is no … we are not … we miss our friends and wingmen. But very soon, we will be … because we have to be. And tomorrow, Vance Air Force Base will continue training our next generation of aviators. Because that is what we are called to do.” — Col. Corey Simmons, the 71st Flying Training Wing commander

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — Two soon-to-be-retired chief master sergeants sat next to each other on interview chairs, teasing each other and laughing as they spoke. They both give an impression of being easy-going, yet enthusiastic.

Ever since I realized that we have one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, I’ve been moping around feeling ripped off. We can’t be expected to cram every holiday celebration and tradition into three lousy weeks! There is far too much to do, see, eat, sing, drink and buy b…

From GPS location services to communications, the United States’ dependence on space capabilities is well documented, the vice commander of Air Force Space Command said.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett insisted to the Senate Armed Services Committee Dec. 3 that the service is moving aggressively to fix chronic problems with privatized housing while also acknowledging that the “Air Force owns part of the responsibility” for …

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — I have never been good at doing nothing.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) -- Leaders from the 16th Air Force, also known as Air Force Cyber, recently launched an initiative to streamline its cyber weapon systems tools called “12N12.”

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — The trio shuffled into the small room with canes and walkers to record their testimonies of the first confrontations of the Cold War and how the allies prevailed without firing a shot, saving a former enemy from oppression.

FORT LEE, Va. – Starting Jan. 1, all service-connected disabled veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and primary veteran caregivers will be eligible to shop at commissaries worldwide.


ENID, Okla. — A new house sprang up in the city’s southeast side last Friday, as volunteers from several states gathered to build the home for a local wounded veteran.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, will open three drop-off sites in the Enid area Nov. 18-25 for people to deliver gift boxes for children in the developing world.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-CAMP BULLIS, Texas — More than 1,100 Security Forces airmen gathered Nov. 8 for the 12th Annual Defender Ruck, hosted by the 343rd Training Squadron, in honor of the 186 Defender airmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom.

Eighteen junior officers are scheduled to graduate in Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 20-03, in a graduation ceremony set for 10 a.m. today in the Vance Air Force Base Auditorium.

Deirdre Gurry, director of Enid Woodring Regional Airport and former commander of the 8th Flying Training Squadron at Vance Air Force Base, has been presented the 2019 Geraldyn Cobb Award of Oklahoma Military Aviation Distinguished Service from The Ninety-Nines.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Those who aspire to one day become a U.S. Air Force aviator must first meet several requirements, including height, before they are considered for pilot training.

FORT LEE, Va. — Nov. 10 is the 244th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Marine Corps by the Continental Congress in 1775 to create a seafaring infantry for the Navy during times of battle at sea and ashore.

United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is inviting the community to participate in its annual World Day of Kindness on Wednesday.

4RKids, 710 Over­land Trail, will host a Flapjacks and Flannels fundraiser, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, featuring mini golf, pancakes, prizes and family-friendly activities.

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the first African American general in the Air Force, once said, “I could have been a teacher. I could have been a doctor or a lawyer, if I wanted to, but I didn’t — I wanted to be a pilot.”

ENID — No two people face a cancer diagnosis in exactly the same way. But Lyndsay Watts’ response to breast cancer has been unique, indeed.

FORT LEE, Va. – Since 1996, the month of November has been earmarked to honor the sacrifices of military families, serving on the “front lines” of supporting the careers of our nation’s service members.

Specialized Under­grad­uate Pilot Training Classes 20-01 and 20-02 presented awards to a combined eight junior officers during the classes’ joint graduation ceremony at Vance Air Force Base last Friday.

In 26 years of marriage, long-standing feuds have formed between my husband and me, never to be resolved. Which direction the toilet roll should be mounted. Where bowls go in the dishwasher. Whether it is insensitive to one’s passengers to insist on driving with the car windows down when the…

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AFNS) — Millions of people in every corner of the world lack basic supplies for food, water and education. In an effort to mitigate some of these issues, the Department of Defense created the Denton Cargo Program, which allows the Air Force to deliver private…

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