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Spring FlingSpring Fling
Spring Fling

Airmen 1st Class Shafiquca Gause, a 71st Flying Training Wing Judge Advocate Office paralegal, and Eduardo Garcia-Santiago, a 71st Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, give an overview of the events to attendees before they set out on their own at Vance’s Annual Spring Fling held in the club April 8. During Spring Fling, vendors from the local community and representatives from different services on base, set up booths to talk with attendees about the services they offer. This year, attendees enjoyed free sloppy joes during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 4/15/2014

Spring FlingSpring Fling
Spring Fling

Master Sgt. Jason Trickey, the Radar Approach Control chief controller, carries his daughter Lilia on his shoulders during Vance’s Annual Spring Fling held in the club April 8. During Spring Fling, vendors from the local community and representatives from different services on base set up booths to talk with attendees about the services they offer. This year, attendees enjoyed free sloppy joes during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 4/15/2014

Spring FlingSpring Fling
Spring Fling

Airman 1st Class Daquan Johnson, a 71st Medical Operations Squadron flight medicine technician, attempts to catch a flying disk while wearing “drunk goggles” at Vance’s Annual Spring Fling held in the club April 8. During Spring Fling, vendors from the local community and representatives from different services on base, set up booths to talk with attendees about the services they offer. The drunk goggles simulate how vision is impaired while a person is intoxicated and their purpose is to demonstrate the lack of control someone experiences while driving drunk. This year, attendees enjoyed free sloppy joes during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 4/15/2014

Voice over Internet ProtocolVoice over  ...
Voice over Internet Protocol

VANCE AIR FOREC BASE, Okla. -- By December, Team Vance members will be making all telephone calls using Voice over Internet Protocol, either on their computers or with hardphones. Both methods will use the base network and are projected to save the Air Force money. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 4/15/2014

Key Spouses luncheonKey Spouses  ...
Key Spouses luncheon

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – The members of the Team Vance Key Spouses were recognized April 10 during a luncheon at the Vance Collocated Club. Key Spouses fill several roles. Primarily, they support families of deployed Airmen. However, at Vance, they also focus on welcoming new members of Team Vance and help ease the transition to life in Enid. (U.S. Air Force photo/Terry Wasson)
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Posted: 4/15/2014

Chief Recognition Ceremony Chief  ...
Chief Recognition Ceremony

Senior Master Sgt. Bruce McPherson, the 71st Security Forces Squadron superintendent, stands in front of a display recognizing each rank in the enlisted forces structure during a Chief Recognition Ceremony April 9 at the Vance Collocated Club. Each candle was lit by an Airman – E-1 to E-8 – as the responsibilities for each rank were read from the ‘Little Brown Book’ otherwise known as the enlisted force structure. Team Vance recognized McPherson as its only chief master sergeant select during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James Bolinger)
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Posted: 4/10/2014

Chief Recognition Ceremony Chief  ...
Chief Recognition Ceremony

Senior Master Sgt. Bruce McPherson, the 71st Security Forces Squadron superintendent, lights a candle above chief’s stripes during a Chief Recognition Ceremony April 9 at the Vance Collocated Club. Each candle was lit by an Airman – E-1 to E-8 – as the responsibilities for each rank were read from the ‘Little Brown Book’ otherwise known as the enlisted force structure. Team Vance recognized McPherson as its only chief master sergeant select during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Bolinger)
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Posted: 4/10/2014

Retiree Appreciation DayRetiree  ...
Retiree Appreciation Day

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Army 1st Sgt. (Ret.) John Novofny, learns about the benefits shopping at the Commissary could have from Shelia Gilbert, the Commissary director, right, during retiree appreciation night April 8. Nearly every year, military retirees are invited to out to Vance to get an update on what services are available to them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 4/9/2014

Steve Long, Arts and Crafts Center manager.Steve Long,  ...
Steve Long, Arts and Crafts Center manager.

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Steve Long, the Arts and Crafts Center manager, sits in the reopened woodshop during a soft opening for the Arts and Crafts Center here March 20. Base leadership decided to reopen the Arts and Crafts Center due to several requests from base personnel. The hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 4/9/2014

Gen. Robin RandGen. Robin Rand
Gen. Robin Rand

Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command, awards the Altus Trophy to Enid, Okla., community leaders April 2 at the Woodring Regional Airport in Enid. The Altus Trophy is presented to the civilian community that best supports its host AETC base. Enid received the trophy for the first time since the awards inception. (U.S. Air Force photo/Terry Wasson)
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Posted: 4/8/2014

Gen. Robin RandGen. Robin Rand
Gen. Robin Rand

Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command, speaks to Enid, Okla., community leaders before presenting the city with the Altus Trophy April 2 at the Woodring Regional Airport in Enid. The Altus Trophy is presented to the civilian community that best supports its host AETC base. Enid received the trophy for the first time since the awards inception. (U.S. Air Force photo/Terry Wasson)
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Posted: 4/8/2014

AETC Senior NCO of the YearAETC Senior NCO  ...
AETC Senior NCO of the Year

Master Sgt. Jason K. Trickey, the Radar Approach Control chief controller is the AETC Senior NCO of the Year.
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Posted: 4/4/2014

Special OlympicsSpecial Olympics
Special Olympics

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Special Olympians prepare to cross the finish line during a 50-meter dash at the Cherokee Strip Area 6 Special Olympics held here. This year more than 170 Olympians competed at Vance assisted by 200 volunteers from Vance, the Enid High School JROTC and the Oklahoma Bible Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Terry Wasson)
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Posted: 4/4/2014

Chief Aman enjoys pie in the faceChief Aman  ...
Chief Aman enjoys pie in the face

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Chief Master Sgt. Mark Aman, the 71st Flying Training Wing command chief master sergeant, enjoys the results of the “Pie in the Eye” fundraiser March 26 at the Vance Collocated Club. Aman was smeared by a special pie that was auctioned off at the last minute by the event organizers. Other pies were purchased with votes. The fundraiser brought in $817.75 for the 2014 Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James Bolinger)
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Posted: 4/2/2014

Col Abatti gets pie in faceCol Abatti gets  ...
Col Abatti gets pie in face

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Lt. Col. David Woodley, the 71st Operations Support Squadron commander, smears his boss, Col. James Abatti, the 71st Operations Group commander, during a “Pie in the Eye” fundraiser March 26 at the Vance Collocated Club. The fundraiser brought in $817.75 for the 2014 Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign. The pies were purchased with votes and Abatti took first place with 1,727. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James Bolinger)
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Posted: 4/2/2014

Capt Swansiger gets pie in faceCapt Swansiger  ...
Capt Swansiger gets pie in face

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Airman 1st Class Shalimar Figueroa and 2nd Lt. Kathrine Thompson pie Capt. Ashley Swansiger March 26 at the Vance Collocated Club. The “Pie in the Eye” fundraiser brought in $817.75 for the 2014 Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign. The pies were purchased with votes and Swansiger took third place with 280. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James Bolinger)
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Posted: 4/2/2014

Sarina HoustonSarina Houston
Sarina Houston

Sarina Houston, the wife of Capt. Jake Houston, T-1A Jayhawk instructor pilot with the 3rd Flying Training Squadron, was named the 2013 Air Education and Training Command Key Spouse of the Year. She will be recognized during a Key Spouse appreciation luncheon scheduled for April 10 at the Vance Collocated Club. The award recognizes the critical role of key spouses in successful mission accomplishment at wing, unit and organizational levels. (U.S. Air Force photo/Terry Wasson)
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Posted: 4/2/2014

Sexual Assault Awareness MonthSexual Assault  ...
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Teal bows, which signify the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, were tied to trees ringing the traffic circle in front of the Vance Air Force, Okla., Base Main Gate March 31. The teal color is a reminder of the Air Force’s commitment to prevent sexual assault, not just during the month of April, but every day, all year long. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Bolinger)
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Posted: 4/2/2014

Baton trainingBaton training
Baton training

Staff Sgt. John King, the 71st Security Forces unit training manager, demonstrates a defensive maneuver with an impact baton during augmentee training March 24 at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. Baton training is one of the culminating events before augmentees are certified to support SFS during emergency operations. Each year, the 71st SFS trains 24 Airmen from different squadrons across Vance to bolster their numbers in case of emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 4/2/2014

Baton trainingBaton training
Baton training

Airman 1st Class Torrance Johnson, a 71st Force Support Squadron customer support technician, shoves back his instructor and moves to strike with a practice baton during security forces augmentee training March 24 at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. Baton training is one of the culminating events before augmentees are certified to support security forces during emergency operations. Each year, the 71st SFS trains 24 Airmen from different squadrons across Vance to bolster their numbers in case of emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 4/2/2014

Pie in the facePie in the face
Pie in the face

Team Vance can vote for who they most want to receive a pie during the “Pie in the Eye” drive to raise money for the 2014 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 3/19/2014

SrA Matthew London wins Academic AwardSrA Matthew  ...
SrA Matthew London wins Academic Award

Senior Airman Matthew London received the Academic Award during graduation with Airman Leadership School Class 14-C at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 3/19/2014

SrA O'Connell takes Levitow AwardSrA O'Connell  ...
SrA O'Connell takes Levitow Award

Senior Airman Cody O’Connell is the John L. Levitow Award winner with Airman Leadership School Class 14-C at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 3/19/2014

A Texas tornadoA Texas tornado
A Texas tornado

Knowing the difference between a “watch” and a “warning” can made a big difference during tornado season in Oklahoma. (Photo courtesy of NOAA Photo Library)
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Posted: 3/18/2014

CAP cadet received awardCAP cadet  ...
CAP cadet received award

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Steffen Singleton, center, is presented the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award by Air Force Col. Darren James, left, 71st Flying Training Wing commander at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. Singleton’s father, Russell Singleton, participated in the ceremony. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 3/18/2014

SrA Figueroa with radar speed gunSrA Figueroa  ...
SrA Figueroa with radar speed gun

Senior Airman Alex Figueroa, 71st Security Forces Squadron, uses a LIDAR speed gun to monitor drivers on base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 3/14/2014

71 OSS group shot71 OSS group  ...
71 OSS group shot

The 71st Operations Support Squadron’s Airfield Operations Flight, is the Air Education and Training Command Airfield Operations Flight Complex of the year for 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 3/12/2014

Col Menozzi donates to AFAF campaignCol Menozzi  ...
Col Menozzi donates to AFAF campaign

Capt. Ashley Swansiger, left, accepts an Air Force Assistance Fund donation from Col. John Menozzi, 71st Flying Training Wing vice commander, during the 2014 AFAF campaign kickoff breakfast held March 4 in the Community Chapel Activity Center. Swansiger, the 71st Logistics Flight commander, is leading the Vance campaign this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 3/5/2014

MSgt Rodriguez dishes up foodMSgt Rodriguez  ...
MSgt Rodriguez dishes up food

Master Sgt. Nelson Rodriguez-Guerrero, 71st Force Support Squadron, is one of the 125 who attended the African-American Heritage Month food-tasting Feb. 27 in Building 500. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Posted: 3/3/2014

Joel explaining nutrition labelJoel explaining  ...
Joel explaining nutrition label

Joel Urdang, the health promotion program coordinator with the Health and Wellness Center, explains the art of reading nutrition labels to members of the “Planning, Shopping and Cooking for Health” class while in the Vance Commissary. The three-part class will be scheduled again in April. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 2/26/2014

Women looking at dried bananasWomen looking  ...
Women looking at dried bananas

From left, Charlotte Martin, Roxanne Johnson and Jennifer Todd, PAE employees at Vance Air Force Base, read the nutrition label on a bag of dehydrated banana slices during the shopping portion of the Health and Wellness Center’s class, “Planning, Shopping, and Cooking for Health.” (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 2/26/2014

Terry Crawford makes tortillasTerry Crawford  ...
Terry Crawford makes tortillas

Terry Crawford, with the 8th Flying Training Squadron, prepares tortillas during the February Singles’ International Gourmet Meal Opportunity, Feb. 24, in the Community Chapel Activity Center at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 2/26/2014

Major Dorrance serves cornbreadMajor Dorrance  ...
Major Dorrance serves cornbread

Maj. Daniel Dorrance, an 8th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, serves a slice of jalapeno cornbread during the February Singles’ International Gourmet Meal Opportunity, Feb. 24, in the Community Chapel Activity Center at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 2/26/2014

Airmen with fajitasAirmen with  ...
Airmen with fajitas

Airman 1st Class Eduardo Garcia-Santiago, left, and Airman 1st Class Nancy Figueroa, both 71st Comptroller Squadron customer-service technicians, dress their fajitas during the February Singles’ International Gourmet Meal Opportunity, Feb. 24, in the Community Chapel Activity Center at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 2/26/2014

TornadoTornado
Tornado

Surviving tornados like this F-2 twister that hit Alfalfa, Okla., in 1981, is a matter of preparation. (Photo courtesy of NSSL)
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Posted: 2/25/2014

EnsrudEnsrud
Ensrud

Senior Airman Bill Ensrud is the aerospace physiology Airman of the Year for the Air Force. As an aerospace physiology technician, he teaches student pilot egress procedures, the use of aircraft life support equipment, how to cope with high-altitude conditions, parachute landing falls and air sickness prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Terry Wasson)
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Posted: 2/13/2014

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Randall D. GrovesChaplain (Lt.  ...
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Randall D. Groves

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Randall D. Groves
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Posted: 2/11/2014

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Lt Col William Maher

Lt. Col. William Maher, 71st Student Squadron commander
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Posted: 2/5/2014

Capt Bobbitt practices self defense techniqueCapt Bobbitt  ...
Capt Bobbitt practices self defense technique

Capt. Gaye Bobbitt, left, a 71st Medical Group nurse, practices a self-defense technique on Navy Lt. Jonathan Kindel, a “My Body My Life” trainer, during a class held Jan. 21 in the Community Chapel Activity Center at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 1/29/2014

Derek Engle digs for water linesDerek Engle  ...
Derek Engle digs for water lines

Derek Engle, a PAE laborer, digs a trench in search of water pipes for a project that will upgrade the current heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the unaccompanied officers’ quarters. The $2 million project, which began earlier this month, is scheduled for completion this August. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 1/29/2014

Julie Abatti and Clarence the dogJulie Abatti  ...
Julie Abatti and Clarence the dog

Clarence the “gate dog” has a forever home thanks to Julie Abatti, (pictured here with Clarence), and her husband, Col. James Abatti, the 71st Operations Group commander at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 1/29/2014

SMSgt Horton briefs force management programs to Team Vance membersSMSgt Horton  ...
SMSgt Horton briefs force management programs to Team Vance members

“It is a tense time to be a member of the U.S. Air Force if you are planning on a career,” said Senior Master Sgt. Johnny Horton, the career assistance advisor at Vance Air Force Base, during one of many briefings he will present to Team Vance members impacted by the 2014 force management programs. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 1/29/2014

Folks in the serving line at SIGMOFolks in the  ...
Folks in the serving line at SIGMO

Attendees are served dinner during the Singles’ International Gourmet Meal Opportunity Jan. 27 in the Community Chapel Activity Center at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. Twenty volunteers from the 71st Mission Support Group served 168 meals. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 1/29/2014

Shredding carrots for SIGMOShredding  ...
Shredding carrots for SIGMO

Senior Airman Christina Mendez, a 71st Security Forces visitor control center clerk, left, and Airman 1st Class Shalimar Figueroa, right, shred carrots for salads at the Singles’ International Gourmet Meal Opportunity Jan. 27 in the Community Chapel Activity Center at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. Twenty volunteers from the 71st Mission Support Group served 168 meals. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 1/29/2014

New Year cake at SIGMONew Year cake  ...
New Year cake at SIGMO

A cake in the spirit of the Singles’ International Gourmet Meal Opportunity theme, “New Year’s traditions,” is one of many desserts served Jan. 27 in the Community Chapel Activity Center at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 1/29/2014

SrA Tumbagon served dinner at SIGMOSrA Tumbagon  ...
SrA Tumbagon served dinner at SIGMO

Senior Airman Mark Tumbagon, with the 71st Logistics Readiness Squadron, is one of 168 diners served at the Singles’ International Gourmet Meal Opportunity Jan. 27 in the Community Chapel Activity Center at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 1/29/2014

Lt Col Woodley, OSS commanderLt Col Woodley,  ...
Lt Col Woodley, OSS commander

Lt. Col. David Woodley, 71st Operations Support Squadron commander
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Posted: 1/29/2014

Airman's AtticAirman's Attic
Airman's Attic

Two women look at dresses in Cinderella’s Corner at the Airman’s Attic at Vance Air Force Base Okla. Cinderella’s Corner is a new feature at the Airman’s Attic that allows customers to borrow donated dresses for free. The Airman’s attic is a volunteer-run store led by the Enlisted Spouses Group that offers free clothes, uniforms and household items for Airmen ranks E-5 and below. Officers have access to uniforms. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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Posted: 1/24/2014

    

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