Vance Air Force Base
71st Flying Training Wing
1601 W Fox Dr, Enid, OK 73703
Vance Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in southern Enid, Oklahoma, about 65 mi north northwest of Oklahoma City. The base is named after local World War II hero and Medal of Honor recipient, Lt Col Leon Robert Vance Jr. The host unit at Vance is the 71st Flying Training Wing (71 FTW), which is a part of Air Education and Training Command (AETC).
The mission of the 71st Flying Training Wing is to produce military pilots, build Air Force leaders and meet taskings in support of national defense objectives. The 71st Flying Training Wing conducts undergraduate pilot training for qualified United States military officers and also international officers. Flying training is also provided for members of the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and the air forces of several allied countries.
There are more than 5,800 active duty, reserve, guard, civilian personnel, military families, and retirees assigned to Vance Air Force Base.
Once you know the date you plan to arrive at Vance AFB, go to Department of Defense Lodging to book a room. If rooms are not available, a statement of Non-Availability will be e-mailed automatically from the property management system. This is very important because Lodging does not have the ability to backdate a statement of Non-Availability. The statement must be printed for Finance prior to going off base to get full reimbursement.
Base Lodging has 2 GO Suites, 4 VQ Suites, and 17 VQs. After renovations are complete in March 2019 we will have 5 TLFs (4 two bedroom and 1 three bedroom ADA TLF). Suites are $79, TLFs are $77, and VQs are $70.
If you plan to arrive at the base after hours, you will need to call the lodging office prior to the day of arrival so a pin number can be set up for key access. The lodging office telephone number is 580-213-7358. The after hours number is 580-366-9775.
Vance is scheduled to begin enforcing provisions of the Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID Act on October 10, 2018. The act requires states to issue ID cards or driver’s licenses with special security features that allow access to Federal facilities, which includes Vance. Those with an active duty (including dependent) or retired military ID card or a Department of Defense civilian ID card are not affected by the REAL ID Act requirements. If you or your spouse do not have a military ID card, contact the Visitor Control Center, 580-213-7410, or visit the DHS website, https://www.dhs.gov/real-id. You will want to find out if your state driver’s license is Real ID compliant; if not, then you will need to ask what forms of identification you need to have to enter the installation.
It’s very important to coordinate your travel plans with your sponsor. They might be willing to pick you up. Please report to the Housing Referral Office no later than your first duty day to complete in-processing. (Note: this is important in case there are any home finders on the “OFF LIMITS” list). Those coming to Vance for pilot training, your first stop will be building 690, room 34; there you will be provided checklists that will outline the steps for in-processing.
Members with TDY En route
If you are coming to Vance but will be going TDY en route and have decided to locate your family here in the Enid area before you in-process, please inform the Vance Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) at 580-213-6213. Be prepared to provide the following information:
Sponsor’s name, spouse’s name, estimated time of arrival, number of children, if you have special needs family members, local address (if known), and Sponsor’s Squadron at Vance AFB. The A&FRC will connect your spouse with your squadron’s Key Spouse.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in an Oklahoma school, a child must be at least 5 years old before September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
The Department of Human services is the largest state agency in Oklahoma. DHS provides a wide range of assistance programs to help Oklahomans in need including: food benefits (SNAP); temporary cash assistance (TANF); services for persons with developmental disabilities and persons who are aging; adult protective services; child welfare programs; child support services; and child care assistance, licensing and monitoring. DHS also handles applications and eligibility for Sooner Care, the state’s Medicaid program offering health care to families with low incomes.
Oklahoma Department of Health (800) 522-0203
Oklahoma Humane Society (405) 286-1229
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society will make the compassionate and respectful treatment of animals a prevalent community value and the well-being of animals a community priority.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol (405) 222-3165
Base Operator (580) 213-5000
Family Housing at Vance is privatized, managed by Hunt Military Housing and includes 2,3, and 4 bedroom units, available for all ranks. Call the Family Housing Office at 580-234-0498. To view more information visit https://www.vancefamilyhousing.com/. Military members married to another military member (MIL-to-MIL) in grades E1 through E3 and E4 with less than 3 years of service when geographically separated and not accompanied by family members must reside in the dorms. Please see note in “Check-in Procedures” for dorm room arrangements.
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In Enid, the summers are hot, muggy, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, dry, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 95°F and is rarely below 14°F or above 104°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 2 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 95°F and low of 72°F. The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 24 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 56°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 27°F and high of 46°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.6 months, from April 9 to September 27, with a greater than 23% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on May 31. The drier season lasts 6.4 months, from September 27 to April 9. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on January 11.
Residents in Enid, OK enjoy a cost of living index of 84. This index is 4% lower than the Oklahoma average, and 16% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Enid, OK, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in Oklahoma, and it is 4% lower than the national average.
Vance Air Force Base is in the city of Enid, OKlahoma in Garfield County. The population of Enid is approximately 50,000 and it is 70 miles north of Oklahoma City. Enid holds the nickname of “Queen Wheat City” and “Wheat Capital” of Oklahoma and the United States for its immense grain storage capacity, and has the third-largest grain storage capacity in the world.
Enid is home to the annual Tri-State Music Festival which takes place each spring. In the summertime, Enid’s Gaslight Theatre hosts a production of Shakespeare in the Park, as well as year-round theater productions. The Enid Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1905 and is the oldest symphony in the state, performing year-round in the Enid Symphony Center. Enid’s Chautauqua in the Park takes place each summer in Government Springs Park, providing five nights of educational performances by scholars portraying prominent historical figures.
Enid’s Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center preserves the local history of the Land Run of 1893, Phillips University, and Garfield County. Enid also commemorates its land run history each September by hosting the Cherokee Strip Days and Parade. The Humphrey Heritage Village next to the museum offers visitors a chance to see the original Enid land office and other historical buildings. Visitors to Enid’s Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, located in the former Santa Fe Railway Depot, can see railroad memorabilia, explore historical trains, and watch model railroads in action.
The Midgley Museum is operated by the Enid Masonic Lodge #80 and features the rock collection of the Midgley family. Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse, located in the former Alton Mercantile building in downtown Enid, is an arts and sciences museum, which features Adventure Quest, an outdoor science-themed playground. Simpson’s Old Time Museum is a Western-themed museum by local filmmakers Rick and Larry Simpson. George’s Antique Auto Museum features the sole existing Geronimo car, once manufactured in Enid. The Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum records the history and culture of African Americans and Native Americans, featuring exhibits on Enid’s former black schools (George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington), and opera star Leona Mitchell. Enid also has a number of locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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