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Employment History

Captain
Oklahoma National Guard

High School Student
Oklahoma National Guard

Captain
U.S. Army

Vice President
Pawnee Bill Museum Association

Executive
Orion Security Solutions LLC

Next Representative
House District 35


Pawnee

Education



Oklahoma State University



Infantry Officer Candidate School



OSU



Pathfinder School

Web References (9 Total References)


• Capt. Gary Wayne Vance ...

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• Capt. Gary Wayne Vance Sr., Army and Oklahoma National Guard. A Pawnee native, Vance joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 1958. He transferred to an Army Special Forces Reserve unit in Stillwater while attending Oklahoma State University. In 1961 he attended Infantry Officer Candidate School and Army Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga. After graduating from OSU, he attended Pathfinder School and in 1965 was accepted for fixed-wing flight school. He was awarded the Soldiers Medal for saving the life of a passenger who survived a plane crash during flight school training. Vance went to Vietnam in 1966 and he flew 800 missions. His awards include Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Star Medals, 36 Air Medals and Army Commendation Medal with V for Valor. He lives in Pawnee.


Capt. Gary ...

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Capt. Gary Vance

Gary Vance joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 1958 as a high school student in Pawnee. After graduating high school, Vance moved to Stillwater to attend OSU. At the same time, Vance transferred to an Army Reserve unit in Stillwater.
Vance attended Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga.
Vance served as an Army pilot in Vietnam. During that time, Vance flew an O-1 Bird Dog, a small, single-engine observational airplane. Vance logged over 800 missions and 1600 combat hours during that time.
Vance flew the observational plane for about a year, after which he began flying twin-engine aircraft. During that time, Vance carried VIPs to a number of different locations in Vietnam, he said.
During his service, Vance received a number of awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Bronze Stars.
Since his retirement, Vance has been active in the Pawnee chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He has given presentations to school groups on Veterans Day and handled the community's Memorial Day ceremonies.
More recently, Vance purchased a building to allow the members of the chapter to have a place to meet.


Capt. Gary Wayne Vance Sr., ...

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Capt. Gary Wayne Vance Sr., U.S. Army and Oklahoma National Guard. A Pawnee native, Vance joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 1958, a year before graduating from high school. He transferred an Army Special Forces Reserve unit in Stillwater while attending Oklahoma State University. In 1961 Vance attended Infantry Officer Candidate School and Army Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga. After graduating from OSU, he attended Pathfinder School and in 1965 was accepted for fixed-wing flight school. He was awarded the Soldiers Medal for saving the life of a passenger who survived a plane crash during flight school training. Vance went to Vietnam in 1966 where he flew 800 missions. His awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Star Medals, 36 Air Medals, and the Army Commendation Medal with V for Valor. He lives in Pawnee.


PAWNEE - Gary Vance spent a ...

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PAWNEE - Gary Vance spent a good part of his adult life circling parts of the world as both an Army and commercial airline pilot.

Now, the Pawnee rancher is setting his sights on a new goal of becoming the next representative for House District 35.
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"Our state Legislature has a lot to say about Oklahoma's future and the people of north-central Oklahoma and House District 35 need to have a part in that conversation," Vance said."My circumstances allow me to devote full-time to the job of representing the people of District 35 and that's what I intend to do."
Vance, a Pawnee native and Oklahoma State University graduate, served two tours of duty in Vietnam as an Army pilot.He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier's Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, two Bronze Stars and 34 Air Medals.
Vance later worked as a pilot for Delta Airlines, retiring after 27 years of service.
He then moved his wife Gail and two sons back to Pawnee in 1976.
"It was a perfect place for my kids to grow up," said Vance, whose family operates the Diamond V horse ranch in Pawnee County.
Vance, 63, has also been involved with several Pawnee groups including: the Pawnee Rotary Club; serves as vice president of the Pawnee Bill Museum Association; member of the Pawnee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7966; and a member of the Pawnee Cemetery Board.
"I like getting involved," Vance said."I like making things happen."
Vance's platform includes improving Oklahoma's public school system, health care, Social Security, roads and bridges.
Vance said he has been blessed with a great family and business success.He also says he has been lucky.
Vance retold the story of how he and several fellow soldiers went through flight school training and each went to Vietnam.
He was the only one to survive.A teary-eyed Vance said he sometimes ponders why.
"I question how did I get to come back?"he said.
On a lighter note, Vance also has a bit of showbiz in his past.
A few years ago, Vance sold and leased some of his paint horses for use on Chuck Norris' television show, "Walker: Texas Ranger."Vance also got to appear in an episode.
"It was a fun experience," he said.


OSS Continues to Keep Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Interest High

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EDMOND,OK (October 24, 2010) - Gary W. Vance, Sr., father of OSS Executive ... Members of Orion Security Solutions will be attending this years G2E confer...

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