Specialized Under­grad­uate Pilot Training Classes 20-14 and 20-15 presented awards to a combined 11 graduates, in separate ceremonies over the last two weeks for the T-1 and T-38 graduates.

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VANCE AIR FORCE BASE — Lt. Col. Kenyatta H. Ruffin assumed command of the 71st Operations Support Squadron during a ceremony held May 14 in the Greven Crosswinds Club.

Enid native and Harvard professor of economics Melissa Dell has been awarded the John Bates Clark Medal by the American Economic Association (AEA).

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNS) — The 336th Training Group is streamlining Air Force survival, evasion, resistance and escape training with several possible permanent changes to modernize training which have been under review but are being expedited because of COVID-19.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A profession that faces disease and trauma and requires long hours on their feet may deter some, but for nurses, this profession was chosen to serve and ensure the health of those who live in their communities.

From the bright sunlight that glowed through my closed eyelids, it was a beautiful morning. But I couldn’t get up and face another day of this unending monotony. I pulled the pillow over my face, and yearned for sleep to deliver me.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — After national and worldwide tragedies related to COVID-19, the world faces a new challenge they have never before — finding ways to mourn loved ones who passed while practicing social distancing and travel restrictions.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) undersecretary for benefits will host a telephone town hall 4 p.m. today for any veterans who have questions or concerns about VA benefits.

ENID — The annual Picnic for Progress drug take back and safety day is set for 3-6 p.m. May 16 at Champion Park, with some modifications this year due to the coronavirus.

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — After receiving a devastating hit from Category 5 Hurricane Michael a year and a half ago, Tyndall Air Force Base is now set to purge the last of its significantly damaged facilities and start rebuilding from the ground up.

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — Travis Air Force Base is now one of three staging areas for the U.S. Air Force’s specialized aeromedical evacuation missions relating to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson will be one of the presenters for the first-ever Air Force Virtual Women’s Fly-In, which will be held live on the Columbus AFB Facebook page from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — The Department of Defense, in conjunction with U.S. Transportation Command, has adopted a set of safety measures and protocols designed to protect military personnel and their families who are required to move household goods to new assignments during the coronavirus …

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (AFNS) — An A-10 Thunderbolt II damaged in a deployed location was quickly returned to service after a remote engineering assessment, while disbursed in response to COVID-19.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTO­NIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (AFNS) — Within weeks of the pandemic’s spread, Brooke Army Medical Center drew on its deep bench of research expertise and joined the global race to find a COVID-19 treatment.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — The Air Force Research Laboratory is leveraging tactics from the Air Force pararescue, or PJ, community, employing a new tool that can monitor multiple patients’ vital signs, helping to alleviate the lean doctor-to-patient ratio that many medica…

Wednesday was National Nurses Day — an annual observance that is taking on special meaning this year, as nurses remain on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.

Occupational Safety and Health Admin­istration (OSHA) is investigating an accident that claimed the life a subcontractor at Vance Air Force Base on Monday, base officials confirmed Tuesday.

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) — When most Americans think of the Air Force and warfighting, they probably picture fighter jets engaged in dogfights in the skies above a hostile country, or in the case of Air Force Global Strike Command — bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles…

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) —The Department of the Air Force signed an agreement April 17 with Curative, Inc., to deploy and scale an oral fluid coronavirus test, which recently received a Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization, across Air Force installations.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — As state governors and Air Force base commanders implement measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, stay-at-home directives add new life stresses.

FORT LEE, Va. — The Defense Commissary Agency recently announced it will support an agent shopping service at local commissaries where installation leaders establish a process to recruit volunteers and connect them with the customers who need this service.

Aircraft from Vance Air Force Base and Altus Air Force Base will conduct flyovers at several hospitals in Enid and the Oklahoma City metro today, to salute health care professionals and other essential workers for their service during the coronavirus pandemic.

Plans for National Volun­teer Week, April 19-25, were made long before the coronavirus began making headlines. But, the need for volunteerism took on extra meaning in this year’s observance of National Volunteer Week, as new and younger volunteers continued stepping in to meet an increased d…

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