About Vance AFB, OK
Vance Air Force Base is located in Enid, Oklahoma, 90 minutes north of Oklahoma City. Built in 1941 and activated in 1942, the base was originally named Enid Army Flying School. It was renamed in 1949 in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Leon Vance, an Oklahoma native and Medal of Honor recipient who died during World War II.
Education is the primary function of Vance Air Force Base, with the 71st Flying Training Wing operating out of the base as a part of Air Education and Training Command. Colonel Paul M. Johnson acts as the Commander of the 71st Operations Group, which overseas the 71st Flying Training Wing.
Approximately 400 students train at Vance Air Force Base at any given time, with another 800 serving as officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians. Students practice their flight landings at nearby Kegelman Air Force Auxiliary Field, located in Cherokee.