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Vance Air Force Base

T-38 Talon jet at Vance Gate, Vance Air Force Base



Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma is located in Garfield County, on the south side of the City of Enid. Enid is approximately 95 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, 115 miles west of Tulsa, and 123 miles south of Wichita, Kansas. This is a military town and the community appreciates our presence.



The mission of the 71st Flying Training Wing is to develop professional Airmen, deliver worldclass U.S. & Allied pilots and deploy combat-ready warriors. Vance is responsible for training Air Force and allied student pilots for worldwide deployment and Aerospace Expeditionary Force support. The wing reports to Air Education and Training Command.

Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) is divided into three phases that cover 52 weeks. Phase I (preflight) is 24 days long and is split into two units: five hours of ground training, including emergency procedures, aircraft operating limitations, checklist usage and local radio procedures; and 220.9 hours of academic training including aerospace physiology/human factors, T-6 systems, flying fundamentals and introduction to aerodynamics. As part of the primary training syllabus developed at Vance, water survival training was added to Phase I in April 1998.

Phase II (T-6) primary training is 90 flying training days (28 calendar weeks) long and split into five units: Contact, instrument, navigation, formation and low-level. These units include 50.6 hours of academic and ground training, including instruments, weather, navigation and mission planning; 48.3 hours of flight simulator training; and 86.8 hours of aircraft flying training.

Phase III fighter-bomber track (T-38C) advanced training is 120 days long and is split into five units: 60 hours of ground training, 80 hours of academic training, including T-38C systems, aerodynamics, flight planning, and an instrument qualifying examination; three hours of cockpit familiarization; 29 hours of simulator training; and 119 hours of aircraft flying training.

Phase III tanker-airlift track (T-1A) advanced training is 120 days long and is split into five units: 10 hours of ground training; 140 hours of academic training, including T-1A systems, aerodynamics, instruments and an instrument qualifying examination; three hours of cockpit familiarization; 42 hours of simulator training; and 87 hours of aircraft flying training.

Vance Air Force Base is named for Lt. Col. Leon R. Vance, a local World War II hero and Medal of Honor recipient. Originally a flight school that trained more than 9,000 pilots for the Army Air Corps between 1941 and 1945, the base was activated Jan. 13, 1948, within the Air Training Command of the newly formed Air Force.

Vance was the first base in AETC to have extensive civilian contractor support for base functions ranging from aircraft maintenance to fire department to child care services. The support contract began in 1960 with Serv-Air. Northrop Worldwide Aircraft Services assumed the contract in 1972 and then on Feb. 1, 2001, the support contract transferred to DynCorp Technical Services. DynCorp's contract was assumed by Computer Sciences Corporation in 2005. Computer Sciences Corporation’s contract was assumed by Pacific Architects and Engineers in 2013 and they presently perform in that capacity.



Vance has about 1,200 active duty and Reserve military, as well as more than 1,100 family members living in the local area. The base also employs almost 1,300 Federal civilian employees, non-appropriated fund civilian employees, contractors and private business employees. There are an estimated 2,200 retired military members in the local area.

Area Population

Enid Oklahoma's population is 52,787, making it the 9th largest city in Oklahoma.

Major Units and Organizations

71st Flying Training Wing
P: 580-213-7101

Mission: To Develop Airmen, Deliver Pilots, And Deploy Warriors
Priorities: Accomplish the Mission, Take Care of Airmen and Families, Uphold Standards
Commander's Vision: To be the Air Force's preeminent flying training wing empowered and dedicated to producing world-class military pilots.


71st Vance AFB Medical Group, Vance Air Force Base

71st Medical Group
P: 580-213-7494

The 71st Medical Group (MDG) supports the 71st Flying Training Wing in execution of the global reach mission by providing, expanding, and deploying medical capability for contingency taskings. The 71 MDG trains many healthcare professionals annually through our training programs and sustains the readiness skills for more than 115 active duty personnel. Additionally, the 71 MDG provides health services for more than 4,300 beneficiaries. The Group is accredited by The Joint Commission, American Dental Association, and College of American Pathologists and has affiliations with the American Hospital Association, and American Medical Association.

The group is comprised of two squadrons:

The 71st Medical Operations Squadron (MDOS) provides comprehensive primary care and limited referral and subspecialty care to TRICARE-enrolled patients. The squadron is comprised of: Family Health Clinic, Flight Medicine Clinic, Education and Training, Public Health, Mental Health, Optometry, and Pediatrics. Available services include: Family Advocacy, Family Medicine, Immunization, Mental Health, Primary Care and Substance Abuse Counseling. Combined, these clinics average more than 1,775 patient visits per month totaling approximately 21,300 visits per year.

The 71st Medical Support Squadron (MDSS) consists of flights providing Personnel and Administration, Resource Management, TRICARE Operations and Patient Administration, Medical Readiness, Information Management, Pharmacy, Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory, and Logistics which includes Medical Equipment Repair and Facility Management. The 71 MDSS supports healthcare delivery by managing a group budget of $11 million as of October 2016 and manpower programs for more than 160 staff members. The managed care program supports an enrolled population of 4,300 amounting to approximately 21,300 annual patient visits. Additionally, the squadron provides ancillary services with a $2.3 million pharmacy budget, diagnostic imaging with an average of more than 660 patients annually and laboratory services with an average of 24,600 patients annually.

25th Flying Training Squadron (T-38)
P: 580-213-7994

5th Flying Training Squadron (Reserves)
P: 580-213-7319

71st Force Support Squadron
P: 580-213-7245

33rd Flying Training Squadron (T-6)
P: 580-213-6640

71st Comptroller Squadron
P: 580-213-7269

71st Installation Support Squadron
P: 580-213-7510

3rd Flying Training Squadron (T-1)
P: 580-213-6484

71st Operations Group
P: 580-213-7465

71st Student Squadron (STURON)
P: 580-213-5203

71st Operations Support Squadron
P 580-213-7213

8th Flying Training Squadron (T-6)
P: 580-213-6102

71st Mission Support Group
P: 580-213-7519

71st Security Forces Squadron
P: 580-213-7155


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