Oklahoma Strategic Mili­tary Planning Comm­ission approved late last week $142,000 in funds to support operations at Vance Air Force Base and Enid Woodring Regional Airport, and continue to work toward another $10-$20 million in grants and projects in the Enid area.

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The class of 2020 is pleased to announce their graduation event on April 18 culminating their four years at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Sixteen junior officers received awards during the joint online graduation ceremony last Friday for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Classes 20-10 and 20-11.

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The combination of physical isolation and social distancing can have varying impacts on mental health, and officials from the 66th Medical Squadron are offering tips to keep mental health in check.

In many ways, military families are just like civilians during the coronavirus pandemic. We’re all — military and civilians alike — holed up in our homes, suffering through virtual schooling, whining kids, surreal food shopping experiences and fears about our financial futures. But few civil…

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- In a significant step that enhances the U.S. Space Force’s capabilities and development, the Department of the Air Force has identified 23 U.S. Air Force organizations whose space-related missions will soon transfer to the Space Force.

McCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — During the global pandemic that we find ourselves in today, it is important to remember to stay connected to our military mission. Mission readiness means keeping a sound body and mind during trying times like these.

ENID — An Enid woman is joining a nationwide movement of volunteer sewers, who are making homemade masks as health care workers, the elderly and immunocompromised face shortages of masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — It is shown the stability of a caring adult — family member, coach, teacher, CDC & Youth Center worker or another positive adult — in the life of a military child can increase the child’s resilience and be a source of trust and support for the child.

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The survey is an attempt to determine the technology needs of the district's students for upcoming distance learning coursework. All Oklahoma schools have been ordered to develop distance learning lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic that has shuttered schools across the state and nation.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — As we navigate these uncharted waters surrounding the coronavirus outbreak and response, let me start by saying “thank you.”

By the time you read this, what I’ve written will be a mere time capsule — a frozen moment in our ever-changing sociological and physiological status. Columns are supposed to be timely, but with a new chronicle being made in hourly increments since the coronavirus outbreak, this week’s musin…

Nearly 10,000 National Guardsmen have been called up across the United States, with more expected soon, are performing a variety of missions in response to COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.

OKLAHOMA CITY — In an effort to support a whole-of-Oklahoma-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oklahoma National Guard has activated its Joint Task Force at the Oklahoma National Guard Regional Training Institute in Oklahoma City.

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — The 435th Construction and Training Squadron hosted the NATO Firefighter Fundamentals Course March 9-13 to train for aircraft mishaps and pilot-extraction scenarios.

This time of the year, the softball fields at Government Springs Park normally would be crowded with parents, players and fans, enjoying a favorite spring pastime.

A veteran who came to America as a refugee donated two bicycles Friday to local children, through the Salvation of Enid. The donation brought full circle a gift Richard Voss received as a boy, shortly after coming to Bison with his sister, Cecilia, in the wake of World War II.

With in-person collections suspended due to coronavirus concerns, local advocates for the 2020 Census are asking people to be proactive and fill out the census online.

Several local nonprofits are stepping up to expand their services, to provide deliveries of food, medicine and other essentials for those who need to be isolated at home.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Scheduling training for C-17 Globemaster III pilots and crew is about to get easier with the launch of Puckboard, a data-powered software application to plan aircrew qualification flights automatically. The tool, developed by and for airmen, allows schedulers to rapidly matc…

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNS) — The 92nd Maintenance Group and the 92nd Mission Support Group collaborated to create the maintenance vehicle of the future. Since November 2019, the groups have designed, tested and approved a new innovative maintenance van to better equip 92nd Aircra…

A recently completed annual survey shows military families are feeling increasingly cut off from traditional support networks in the Department of Defense.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AFNS) — The Air Force Recruiting Service’s Detachment 1 teamed up with multiple Air Force agencies to create an extensive Total Force recruiting display at the Women in Aviation International conference at Lake Buena Vista, March 5-7.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Eric McKinley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron real property organization specialist, was presented the 2020 Air Force Sergeants Association Pitsenbarger Award on behalf of Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, Air Education Training Command deputy commander, for…

RAF LAKENHEATH, United Kingdom (AFNS) — The 48th Fighter Wing concluded its first Valiant Liberty exercise which incorporated Agile Combat Employment techniques, at RAF Lakenheath March 13.

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFNS) — Marines assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., conducted tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel training with MV-22B Osprey aircrews at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled the moon alone in 1971 while his two crewmates test-drove the first lunar rover, has died at age 88, his family said Wednesday.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Department of Defense response to the coronavirus outbreak continues to be dynamic and policy may quickly change, but as of March 17, U.S. Air Force’s basic military training, technical training and flying training operations have been deem…

ARLINGTON, Va., (AFNS) — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein hosted the first Air Force Survivor Advocacy Council meeting at the Pentagon March 6, to discuss how the Air Force can better serve military families after the loss of a service member.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AFNS) — On a rainy December afternoon, pilots are suiting up for their afternoon sorties. Among them is Col. Todd Hofford, a 27-year Air National Guard member and F-15 Eagle fighter pilot with more than 2,500 hours of flying under his belt. Although there have been many such …

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AFNS) — A group of Air Force special warfare airmen met up at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Performance Institute in Las Vegas with some of the UFC’s finest athletes to film a promotional video to be shared by the UFC.

Vance public affairs stressed as of Thursday morning there are no positive COVID-19 personnel on the base but said, "The base has chosen to err on the side of abundant caution and implement more stringent health protection measures."

FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2020, file photo, a trader walks on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during President Donald Trump's televised speech from the White House, in New York. Stock markets are set for another week of turbulent trading as U.S. index futures fell sharply aft…

FORT LEE, Va. — The Defense Comm­issary Agency (DeCA) is working with the military communities most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak to increase shipments of high-demand items, particularly hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes.

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