VANCE AFB

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Housing

Field Grade Officer Family Housing, Vance Air Force Base

 

Government Housing

Visit the Air Force Housing website to find your new home with the Air Force. This website serves as a one-stop shop for Airmen and their families to obtain information about the housing options and support services available to them at Air Force bases world-wide.

 

Other

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 or visit the Family Housing website. 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.

Support Services

As a gateway to the resources you need, the Military and Family Support Center provides information, support and services to help you balance the demands of military life. The Military and Family Support Center is one part of the overall Family Readiness System, which is the network of agencies, programs, services, partnerships and individuals that supports your personal and family life readiness, mobilization and deployment readiness, and mobility and economic readiness. It should be one of your first stops once you arrive at a new installation. The programs and services are a key resource for you and your family. They include:

 

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)

FVAP.gov ensures Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens have the tools and resources to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, regardless of their state of residence. The Voting Assistance Guide (VAG) is a reference guide for everything you need to know about absentee voting in all 50 States, territories and the District of Columbia.

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) The Voting Assistance Guide is available at: www.fvap.gov/vao/vag. Select your state to find your local election office’s contact information.

Voting forms are available at: www.fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms.

Special Messages:

  • Air Force Aid Society will pay up to 20 hours of child care (per child) on a space-available basis in the on-base childcare facilities.
  • Dining: There are no dining facilities located on Vance AFB. Newcomers should plan their arrivals accordingly.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

 

Programs and Services

Military and Family Support Centers are part of the network of agencies, programs, services and partnerships which supports the overall well-being of military families. Military and Family Support Centers provide information, education and support programs to help balance the demands of military life. The Military and Family Support Center should be one of your first stops once you arrive at a new installation to connect with key programs, services and support systems. Programs and services may vary across services and installations.

  • Deployment support provides information, education and support to assist you and your family during all phases of the deployment cycle.
  • Relocation assistance provides an array of services during the relocation process to meet your moving needs.
  • Personal financial management provides information, education and one-on-one financial counseling to assist you and your family in maintaining your financial readiness.
  • Employment assistance offers comprehensive information, tools and resources to support career exploration, training and licensing, and employment readiness.
  • Family life education provides information and education to assist you and your family in developing resilience skills that can help as you navigate your mobile military lives.
  • Information and referral can assist you in identifying and clarifying needs to determine appropriate forms of assistance and in locating services and programs available both on and off your installation.
  • The Transition Assistance Program prepares separating, retiring and demobilizing service members (and their families) with the information, skills and knowledge necessary for a successful transition from military to civilian life. The first step in your transition process is to complete the congressionally mandated pre-separation counseling session, which furnishes detailed information on the various benefits and services available.

Military and Family Support Centers may provide other programs, such as the Exceptional Family Member Program, Family Advocacy Program and the New Parent Support Program. These services vary by location.

Deployment Support

Deployment can be a challenging phase of the military lifecycle, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. The military provides a variety of resources and support programs — ranging from educational briefings to morale calls — for your loved ones, children and service members to ease the stress of deployment. Military members may be assigned to a specific installation but support may come from local communities, Yellow Ribbon events or the installation itself.

Family Deployment Support

The leaders and service providers at Vance are committed to helping families remain strong during deployments, extended TDYs and remote tours. A Readiness NCO is assigned to the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) to work with unit leadership and service agencies to work directly with Airman and families during separations. For additional information or questions please contact the A&FRC at 580-213-6288 or DSN 312-448-6288.

Give Parents a Break

The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) recognizes that Air Force families are subject to unique stresses due to the nature of military life, deployments, remote tours of duty, extended working hours, etc. In an effort to help these families, the AFAS, in cooperation with the Air Force child care community, has agreed to provide funding for child care under our “Give Parents a Break” program. The purpose of this program is to offer eligible parents a few hours break from the stresses of parenting. Active duty Air Force families may use this time to suit their personal needs. AFAS will pay the cost of having the base Child Development Center (CDC) open once a month for families referred to the program. Families will not be charged for the care.  Certificates can be obtained at the A&FRC.

Hearts Apart Events

A monthly event (swimming, movie, bowling, skating) is held and sponsored by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. A meal is provided along with various speakers, topics, and themes.

Special Events

During holidays or other special times, events and activities are provided just for spouses and families. Some examples are arts, crafts, holiday parties, and special activities for children.

Information and Referral

It’s never possible to anticipate all the things that might occur during a separation. Families can contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center if they have a concern and we will help you find the available resources.

Airman Support

Pre-Deployment Briefing

Pre-deployment briefings are held on a one-on-one basis. Topics discussed are expectations, support services offered, and positive ways of dealing with stress. Resources are given out and family information is obtained. This briefing is mandatory for active duty members and highly suggested for spouses.

Automated Health & Morale System (AHAMS)

Active Duty Air Force members of all ranks, single and married, who will be deployed for over 30 days will receive AHAMS pin number card for use while deployed. This program makes it possible for the service member to “phone home” to family or friends during deployment and to make emergency contacts when necessary, without added expense to the service member.

Reintegration Briefing

When the active duty member returns, they are required to attend a Reintegration briefing. These briefings are held on a one-on-one basis at the A&FRC and topics range from expectation at home and work, how to reintegrate with family and friends, communication, coping skills, and sources to help the process. This briefing is mandatory for active duty members but spouses are invited to attend as well.

Employment

It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.

 

Employment Opportunities

Consult the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 314, Rm 15 or area employment specialists for further information and counseling. For personal help finding employment contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center. They can help get you started before you even make your PCS move. If you want information on networking Vance/Enid employers call DSN 312-448-6330 or 580-213-6330.

Good Prospects

Clerical, health care, sales, and unskilled labor job prospects are good.

Fair Prospects

Mid to upper level management positions are relatively few.

Local Economic Climate

Wheat, cattle and oil exploration are major industries. Enid is considered to be the retail trade and major medical center for northwestern Oklahoma. Vance AFB is the largest single employer in the area. Enid is part of Garfield County, which has an unemployment rate of 3.3. Average hourly rates for local jobs are: Secretary, $13.90; Registered Nurse, $27.50; Cashier, $8.93; Elementary Teacher, $19.49 (FT teacher salary, not substitute); Real Estate Agents $22.50; Tellers, $11.10.

Employment Opportunities on Base

On base employment opportunities include Civil Service, Non-appropriated funds, and various contractors. More specific information on openings, eligibility, etc. can be obtained through the Spouse Employment assistance office at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Call 580-213-6330 or DSN 312-448-6330 for a one-on-one appointment.

Employment Assistance

The Airman and Family Readiness Center at Vance AFB provides employment assistance to all military members and their families. Programs and services include a comprehensive Discovery Center where job announcements, information on employers, occupational outlook, and training opportunities are posted. Computers with Internet access are available for use. Fax and copy machines are available on a limited basis.

Employment Workshops: Times and days may vary: Please call 580-213-6330 for more information.

The Airman & Family Readiness conducts employment workshops that discusses current local job opportunities, resume assistance, cover letters, interviewing, networking and other valuable information to provide spouses as well as military members with professional assistance in finding employment in Enid.

Military Spouses Seeking Employment

Before you get to Vance AFB contact the spouse employment program manager at 580-213-7087 to get started on your job hunt right away. You can also "like" the Vance Job Link page on Facebook to see job announcements sent to the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

 

Spouse Resources

Two financial aid programs are available for the spouse of the active duty member. Counseling for these programs is available from the Vance Airman & Family Readiness Center. Contact them at DSN 312-448-6330 or 580-213-6330.

Vance Scholarship Program

In conjunction with the local community, the Vance Scholarship Program provides textbook reimbursement to active duty military stationed at Vance up to $100 per course, maximum of $200 per semester, and maximum of $400 per fiscal year. Receipts for textbooks must be submitted with application. Active duty military, spouses of active duty military, adult children of active duty military that are claimed as a dependent, and DOD civilians are eligible for a scholarship up to 50% of tuition for a maximum of two courses. There is a maximum award amount of $300 per semester and a maximum award amount of $600 per fiscal year. Applicants must reside in Garfield county and classes must be taken within the city limits of Enid. Correspondence courses are not covered by this program.

MyCAA

For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.

Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)

The Student Career Experience Program is a strong recruitment source for Federal agencies. Participation in this program enriches the educational process by giving students relevant job experiences and provides Federal employers with an opportunity to take an active role in developing their future workforce. For more information visit the SCEP website.

 

Area Employment

Enid is considered to be the retail trade and major medical center for northwestern Oklahoma. Vance AFB is the largest single employer in the area. Job opportunities are available on base. Contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN 312-448-6330 or 580-213-6330. The unemployment rate of Enid Metro Area is 3.3%. Median household income $35,000 to $50,000.

Financial Assistance

Resources are available to help you understand and manage your finances, including one-on-one financial counseling to assist you and your family with financial readiness. Services are designed to focus on money management issues throughout your active-duty lifecycle and into retirement. Financial readiness educational opportunities range from basic planning to long-term investing. Check out the information below to see what’s available at your installation.

 

Pay and Allowances

If you anticipate being short of cash for your move, please contact your local finance office to discuss the possibility of various travel advances. You may be able to request advance travel pay, advance BAH, or advance Dislocation Allowance (DLA). These advances will be offset when you receive your travel reimbursement. As a last resort, you are also eligible to request advance basic pay. Avoid this advance if possible because it will be automatically withheld from your paycheck for a period of up to 12 months.

The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) provides small, no-interest loans to assist with miscellaneous financial problems caused by a PCS move.

Disadvantages of advanced pay:

1. You have to pay it back.
2. You might spend it on a vacation instead of PCS related expenses.
3. You have to pay it back within 12 months unless the command gives an extension to 24 months.

Advantages of taking advanced pay:

1. It is guaranteed for PCS related expenses.
2. No interest.
3. Great in time of need.

Be aware of the misuse of government credit card:

1. Unauthorized purchases.
2. Non-reimbursable expenses.

 

Cost of Living

For a family of two, moving to Vance and living in the Temporary Living facility for the first few days after arrival, you might expect to pay approximately $83.00 a day to include lodging, food and laundry and dry cleaning. If you are boarding a pet, of course the cost will be more.

Housing Costs

The average cost of living in the Enid Community is relatively inexpensive. However, housing costs have increased recently. Average rental cost for a three bedroom house is $1400 per month. The average price for homes in popular neighborhoods is $198,000.

Temporary Lodging Allowance

Temporary lodging facilities are available at the Cherokee Lodge located at Vance AFB. Stays are normally limited to 30 days during the non-peak periods. If there is no vacancy on base, you will need a non-availability statement from temporary lodging before you can be reimbursed for off-base lodging. If you do not get this, you may not be eligible for reimbursement. If you must stay off-base, you will be reimbursed at the perdiem lodging rate for the Oklahoma area.

 

Air Force Aid Society

The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the United States Air Force. A private, non-profit organization, the Society promotes the Air Force mission by providing worldwide emergency assistance, sponsoring education assistance programs, and offering a variety of base community enhancement programs that improve quality of life for Airmen and their families. The AFA Society assists with rent, food, shelter, vehicle repairs including parts and labor; emergency travel for death or serious illness of immediate family members.

Child Care for PCS

Sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS), this program offers relocating families 20-hours of free child care per child within 60-days of a PCS. Childcare is authorized for both inbound and outbound families, however care must be provided by on-base licensed Family Child Care (FCC) providers.

Car Care Because we Care

A free oil change, sponsored by the AFAS, authorized for first term airmen, spouses of active duty Air Force member deployed for more than 30 days, and spouses of active duty Air Force members assigned to a remote tour.

Give Parents a Break

The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) recognizes that Air Force families are subject to unique stresses due to the nature of military life: deployments, remote tours of duty, extended working hours, etc. In an effort to help these families, the AFAS, in cooperation with the Air Force child care community, has agreed to provide funding for child care under our "Give Parents a Break" program. The purpose of this program is to offer eligible parents a few hours break from the stresses of parenting. Active duty Air Force families may use this time to suit their personal needs. AFAS will pay the cost of having the base Child Development Center (CDC) open once a month for families referred to the program. Families will not be charged for the care.

 

Airman and Family Readiness Center

To help budget your move wisely, contact your local Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) and sign up for classes and counseling sessions on your PCS move. Even if you are an experienced mover, you need to know the most current and up to date allowances and benefits available. Remember, you normally incur expenses which will not be fully covered by your PCS entitlements. A good rule of thumb is to have at least enough savings to cover 90 days cost of living expenses.

At Vance AFB, the Airman and Family Readiness Center offers many programs to help you become financial fit. A budget can be the best indicator of what you need to do with your money (savings, investing, paying down consumer debt, etc.) and will help you plan accordingly!

Let your A&FRC representative help you:

  • Create a budget based on your lifestyle and needs
  • Reduce your consumer debt quickly and efficiently by providing a Power Pay assessment
  • Contact your creditors to arrange payment plans
  • Provide you with the latest financial/consumer information (car buying, consumer scams, credit bureau research, etc.)

Along with one-on-one assessments, the A&FRC also offers monthly classes and has a variety of programs. 

They include but are not limited to:

  • Homebuyers
  • Checking 101
  • Couples & Money
  • Psychology of Spending
  • Get out of Debt
  • 10 Steps to Financial Success
  • Raising Money Smart Kids
  • Buying a Car
  • Predatory Lending
  • Traits of Wealthy People
  • On The Road to Riches
  • Organizing & Building Better Budget
  • Breezing through the holidays
  • ID Theft
  • Financial Assistance for PCSing
  • First Term Airman Training

Family Advocacy Program

The Family Advocacy Program is responsible for the prevention of and response to child abuse and neglect and domestic abuse/intimate partner violence in military families. It works with civilian social service agencies, military and civilian medical providers, law enforcement, legal personnel, chaplains, and child and youth programs to provide a coordinated community response. The goal of the program is to promote the prevention, early identification, reporting and treatment of child and spouse abuse.

Program services vary by installation, but generally include:

· Public awareness campaigns, education and support for couples and parents

· Parenting support at every age and stage, including New Parent Support Program home visits for expectant parents, new parents and families with young children

· Safety planning, advocacy and support for domestic abuse victims

· Clinical treatment for offenders and all affected family members as appropriate

 

Prevention, Education, and Outreach

The Family Advocacy Program is responsible for the prevention of and response to child abuse and neglect and domestic abuse/intimate partner violence in military families. It works with civilian social service agencies, military and civilian medical providers, law enforcement, legal personnel, chaplains, and child and youth programs to provide a coordinated community response. The goal of the program is to promote the prevention, early identification, reporting and treatment of child and spouse abuse.

Program services vary by installation, but generally include:

· Public awareness campaigns, education and support for couples and parents

· Parenting support at every age and stage, including New Parent Support Program home visits for expectant parents, new parents and families with young children

· Safety planning, advocacy and support for domestic abuse victims

· Clinical treatment for offenders and all affected family members as appropriate

 

Eligibility Requirements

Family Advocacy Program services are available to service members and family members eligible for care in a military treatment facility. Intimate partners and others may qualify for limited support and referrals as appropriate. Contact your installation Family Advocacy Program for details.

Loan Closet

A loan closet is a program that allows service members, families and loved ones to borrow durable equipment or resources especially as they are awaiting their household good. This program varies by service so check out the below information to see what is offered at this installation.

 

Items Available

The Airman & Family Readiness Center’s loan locker has pots & pans, cooking utensils, dish sets, silverware, card tables, folding chairs, and vacuums. We do not provide beds or bed linens.

 

How to Borrow

Military and DOD civilian personnel, PCSing in or out and on TDY orders to Vance AFB, are eligible to check out items.An ID card and a copy of your orders are required to check out items. Please call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 580-213-6330 and they will arrange to meet you at the Loan Locker to check out items.

New Parent Support Program

The New Parent Support Program offers information, support and guidance to military families who are expecting a child or have a child 3 years old or younger. Services are provided free of charge to eligible families. Program staff provides support in the areas of pregnancy, labor and delivery, infant and toddler care and safety, growth and development, parenting and family relationships through home visits, classes, support groups and referrals to community services. New Parent Support Program staff understands the impact that military life can have on expectant and new families and assists families in coping with these special situations. Program services are tailored to each family's unique circumstances and can help with preparing for parenthood, parenting skills, understanding growth and development, couple communication and stress management.

 

Eligibility

Program services are available to military families with an expectant parent or with children 3 years of age or younger.

 

Installation Specific Information

The Family Advocacy Office at Vance AFB does not have a New Parent Support Nurse but classes on parenting are available upon request and OB Orientation is offered at the base clinic every two months. Contact the clinic at (580)213-5411 for more information or to sign up for the OB Orientation class.

Relocation Assistance

Relocation assistance can provide support if you’re preparing to move or PCS. The programs and services defined below are provided by the Military and Family Support Center. In addition to the assistance program, a variety of other services may be available. Check the additional information topic to see what unique installation services are available to you.

 

Programs and Services

If you are approaching a permanent change of station, or PCS, you may have questions about your upcoming move. As part of the Military and Family Support Center, the relocation assistance program provides services and resources to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Below is a listing of resources.

  • PCS planning — Most relocation assistance programs offer counseling/consultations to assist in the moving process. Those making their first military move, those making their first overseas move or those with challenging or complex situations should contact their installation relocation assistance office as soon as possible for information and assistance.
  • MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and Military OneSource — For managing and planning your move, you may want to take advantage of these Department of Defense-sponsored online resources and tools.
  • Loan Closet — Loan Closet offers basic household goods while your personal property is in transit. Typical items include pots and pans, dishes, silverware, irons, ironing boards and infant or toddler car seats. Generally, towels and bed linens are not available, so these should be packed in your express shipment. This service varies by service and installation.
  • Workshops and briefings — Workshops vary from installation to installation, but you may find classes on housing options, moving with children, moving with pets or general moving preparation and resources.
  • Pre-departure briefings — These briefings may be called Smooth Move or PCS Briefing and provide essential information about your next duty station. These briefings can be critical in setting you up for success during the transition to your next duty station.
  • Settling-in services — Welcome Wagon services or local area tours may be a part of your installation’s settling-in services. Overseas arrival services may include introductory language classes and cultural awareness training.
  • Foreign-born spouse support — Whether you have questions or concerns about immigration and naturalization, learning the English language or how to use local transportation, the relocation program provides assistance, classes and referrals.
  • Emergency assistance — From time to time, emergencies occur while moving. The Relocation Assistance Program office has the resources to provide emergency financial assistance and referrals.

Programs and services may vary across the installations.

 

Installation Specific Information

The Relocation Assistance Program provides concrete aid to help minimize the impact of mobility on the emotional and physical well being of the Air Force family. Note: Vance participates in the Air Force Aid Child Care for PCS Program. Child care up to 20 hours of per child is paid by the Air Force Aid Society on a space available basis in the child development center. If you qualify, you must be within 60 days of PCS (in or out). See the Relocation Manager at the Airman and Family Readiness Center for certificates and more information. Vance also offers the "Give Parents A Break" Program. The base can schedule times to open the base Child Development Center (CDC) and Youth Center for the purpose of offering respite time to families under stress. Families are given certificates to use the program for a specified period of time. AF Aid handles the payments for this program. If the stress of moving and handling children is too much, contact your first sergeant, squadron commander or the AF Aid Society Officer.

Available at Vance to help in your move are copies of the USAF base windshield tour videos (most bases), trip information including maps, moving checklists and information pamphlets. A personalized relocation organizer is available to help you in relocating along with one-on-one counseling. For your personalized organizer stop by and fill out a request form; for one-on-one counseling call for an appointment. Feel free to stop by and use our customer computers to prepare your own road map. Computer programs available to help your spouse locate jobs or create/update resumes, etc.

Personal Financial Management counseling is available to help you budget for your move. The Relocation Assistance Program Manager at the Family Support Flight, and members of the staff are here to help you with any relocation questions you might have after arrival. You will also find local information handouts, employment counselors for spouse job search.When separating contact the Separations/Retirement Section of Military Personnel Flight. Also the Family Support Flight, Transition Assistance Program offers a comprehensive program for those separating/retiring from the military and their spouses. See Family Centers, Transition Assistance in Support Services Section.

Relocation Assistance

The Airman and Family Readiness Center’s (A&FRC) relocation assistance provides information and services to relocating personnel and their families to lessen the stress of moving. The A&FRC can be reached at 580-213-6330 or DSN 312-448-6330. The A&FRC manages the Airman’s attic which has kitchen items, tables, chairs, TV/DVDs, dish packs, futons, children’s playpens, and high chairs available for check out.

Officers relocating to Vance for pilot training can contact the STUS Duty Section at 580-213-6396 with any question you may have.

Service Specific Information

Base Services

  • Support Services Squadron: Recreation at Vance Air Force Base includes arts and crafts, bowling, library, auto hobby, theater, golf driving range, fitness center, tennis, and swimming.
  • Commissaries: 1 on base, 580-213-7788
  • Exchange System: 1 small exchange on base, 580-237-6765 1 shoppette
  • Financial Institution on base:Tinker Federal Credit Union

 

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