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TABLE OF CONTENTS Frequently Used Numbers .............................................................................................................................. 6 Need Directions from Vance? ......................................................................................................................... 9 Helpful Websites .......................................................................................................................................... 11 List of Agencies for Assistance and their Services ........................................................................................ 14 List of Needs and Corresponding Agencies for Assistance ........................................................................... 19 Airman & Family Readiness Center, Est. 1992 .............................................................................................. 22 Airman’s Attic ............................................................................................................................................... 27 American Red Cross ...................................................................................................................................... 27 Arts and Crafts Center .................................................................................................................................. 27 Auto Skills Center.......................................................................................................................................... 27 Base Exchange (BX) ....................................................................................................................................... 28 Base Services ................................................................................................................................................ 28 Bowling Center ............................................................................................................................................. 32 Casualties ...................................................................................................................................................... 32 Chapel ........................................................................................................................................................... 33 Cherokee Lodge ............................................................................................................................................ 33 Childcare ....................................................................................................................................................... 33 Clubs and Groups on Vance .......................................................................................................................... 34 Commissary .................................................................................................................................................. 35 Complaints .................................................................................................................................................... 36 Counseling Assistance................................................................................................................................... 37 Dental Information ....................................................................................................................................... 37 Deployment Information for Family Members ............................................................................................ 37 Educational Services ..................................................................................................................................... 40 2

Emergency Assistance .................................................................................................................................. 41 Employment ................................................................................................................................................. 41 Enid - Community Information ..................................................................................................................... 42 Enid - Family Activities .................................................................................................................................. 48 Enid – Surrounding Big Cities ........................................................................................................................ 57 Equal Opportunity Office .............................................................................................................................. 60 Equipment Rental ......................................................................................................................................... 60 Vance AFB Facilities ...................................................................................................................................... 61 Family Advocacy Program ............................................................................................................................ 63 Finance ......................................................................................................................................................... 63 Financial Issues ............................................................................................................................................. 68 Fisher House ................................................................................................................................................. 68 Fitness and Sports Center ............................................................................................................................. 68 Health and Wellness Center ......................................................................................................................... 68 Housing ......................................................................................................................................................... 69 Identification Cards: Military Personnel Flight Customer Service ................................................................ 71 Joint Services ................................................................................................................................................ 71 Legal .............................................................................................................................................................. 73 Library ........................................................................................................................................................... 75 Lodging ......................................................................................................................................................... 75 Medical Needs .............................................................................................................................................. 75 Mental Health Clinic ..................................................................................................................................... 78 Military Information ..................................................................................................................................... 79 Moving ........................................................................................................................................................ 107 Navy Spouse Resources .............................................................................................................................. 107 Protocol ...................................................................................................................................................... 109 Recommended Reading .............................................................................................................................. 123 Retirement Planning ................................................................................................................................... 124


Retirement and Separation Planning.......................................................................................................... 125 Schools ....................................................................................................................................................... 125 Security Forces............................................................................................................................................ 127 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office ......................................................................................... 130 SIGMO (Singles International Gourmet Meal Opportunity) ....................................................................... 131 Sponsor Program ........................................................................................................................................ 131 Spouse Activities on the Base - Protocol .................................................................................................... 131 Straight Scoop Commander’s Program ...................................................................................................... 132 Thrift Shop .................................................................................................................................................. 133 Traffic Management Office ......................................................................................................................... 133 Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) ..................................................................................... 134 Tricare ......................................................................................................................................................... 134 Vacation Destinations – Armed Forces Recreation Center Resorts ............................................................ 134 Vehicle Registration/Identification Cards ................................................................................................... 137 Vehicle Regulations/ Oklahoma Regulations .............................................................................................. 138 Visitors to Vance ......................................................................................................................................... 139 Volunteer Resource Program ..................................................................................................................... 139 Voting Registration ..................................................................................................................................... 141 Women, Infants & Children - WIC .............................................................................................................. 142 Youth Center ............................................................................................................................................... 142 Youth Supervision Policy ............................................................................................................................ 143 Casualty Benefits for Dependents and Survivors of Active Duty Air Force Casualties ............................... 148 Childcare Checklist ...................................................................................................................................... 166 Coping with Separation During Deployments ............................................................................................ 168 Emergency Planning ................................................................................................................................... 169 Emergency Preparation Checklist ............................................................................................................... 180 Family Readiness Checklist ......................................................................................................................... 182 Financial Planning ....................................................................................................................................... 183


Financial Tips for Spouses ........................................................................................................................... 187 School Moves Checklist .............................................................................................................................. 191 Severe Weather Conditions ........................................................................................................................ 192 Stress Management Tips ............................................................................................................................ 194


FREQUENTLY USED NUMBERS For more information, see Section II, Facilities at Vance AFB) AAFES (Base Exchange) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Air Force Aid Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


After Hours Call the First Sergeant via Command Post Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


American Red Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Arts and Crafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Auto Skills Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Bank (Central National). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Barber/Beauty Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Bowling Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Child Development Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Clinic Appointments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Clothing Sales (Base Exchange) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Club (Vance Collocated). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Commissary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Command Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Credit Union (Tinker Federal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Dry Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Education Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Employee Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Equal Opportunity Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Equipment Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Family Advocacy Program/Mental Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Fitness & Sport Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Gate (Hairston Main) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Health & Wellness Center (HAWC). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Housing Referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Information Tour & Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Legal Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Loan Locker (PCSing in/out only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Lodging Facility (Cherokee Lodge) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Military Personnel Element (MPE) Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . .


Operator Assistance (On Base). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Optical Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Pass and ID (Vehicle Registration). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Personal Financial Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Pharmacy (Base) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Pharmacy Refill Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Public Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Red Cross (404 N. Grand, Enid) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Rod & Gun Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


School Age Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Security Forces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Service Station. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Sexual Assault Response Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Sexual Assault Program Response Center 24-hr hotline . . . . . . . . .


Staff Judge Advocate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Swimming Pool (Plains) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Teens Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Thrift Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Transition Assistance Program (TAP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Transportation Management Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


TRICARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Veterinary Clinic (Small Animal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Tinker AFB Veterinary Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Volunteer Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


WIC Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .




Tinker AFB: Tinker AFB is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Vance AFB. In Oklahoma City, follow I-40 East and follow the signs to Tinker AFB. Take exit 157 B for Air Depot Blvd toward Tinker Gate. Gate one is at Air Depot and S.E. 29 th, inside the gate, take Arnold St. or follow the signs. Gate Two is at S.E. 29th and Turnbull. The medical clinic is in Bldg 5801.

Sheppard AFB: Wichita Falls is approximately 123 miles south of OKC. Follow US 81 S out of Enid to Chickasha; then take I-44/US 277; then US 277/28l (Red River Expressway). Take exit 12 to merge onto S Red River Expy and turn left at TX-240 E/Sheppard Rd. Follow the signs to Sheppard AFB main gate. From the main gate, Gate 1, take Avenue “E” to Hart St. The medical clinic is in Bldg 1200.

Enid Woodring Municipal Airport: Located east of Enid. Out of the main gate, turn right onto Southgate Rd ; turn left onto Van Buren/ US 81 ; then turn right onto Owen K. Garriot/ HWY 412. Follow the signs; the Airport is located on the right off of HWY 412.

Will Rogers World Airport (OKC): Allow approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours travel time. Out of the main gate, turn right onto Southgate Rd, then turn right onto Van Buren/ US 81 South. Once passing through Okarche, continue on to OK-3 E/Northwest Expy. Turn right to merge onto OK-3 E/ OK-74 S toward I44 and then continue onto I-44 W. Take exit 116B to merge onto OK-152 W/Airport Rd. Then take the Meridian Ave S exit toward Airport.


Tulsa International Airport (Tulsa, OK): Allow approximately 2 ½ hours travel time. Out of the main gate, turn right onto Southgate Rd ; turn left onto Van Buren/ US 81 ; then turn right onto Owen K. Garriot/ HWY 412, and follow all the way to Tulsa. Once in Tulsa, exit onto LL Tisdale Pkwy ; then turn right at Gilcreast Expy. Continue onto OK-11 E. Take the exit toward Airport Terminal.

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (Wichita, KS/ICT): Allow approximately 2 ½ hours travel time. Out of the main gate, turn right onto Southgate Rd ; turn left onto Van Buren/ US 81 ; then turn right onto Owen K. Garriot/ HWY 412. Take the exit onto I-35 N toward Wichita. Take exit 42 to merge onto I-135 N. Shortly after, take exit 1C on the left to merge onto I-235 N. Take exit 7B to merge onto US-400 W/US-54 W/W Kellogg St. Take the Mid-Continent Airport exit.



Military Information The official website of Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma The online military exchange shopping resource. The official community website of the United States Air Force and their families The official website for Army Reserve Family Programs Air Force Travel Online is for family travel that is based off of a military travel agency, SATO. They have airfare, hotel, rental cars, etc. Operation Home Front Community of Military Wives and Women in Uniform The official website for commissaries. This official website of every military installation is only accessible by a military computer. Visit the A&FRC to review the material or have them copy off the pages you have an interest. The hometown newspaper for the military services – European, Middle East and Pacific Editions 11

The official website for the United States National Guard The official community website for the United States Sailors, Marines and their families The official website for the United States Marines and their families A great source of information on the resources available to those who serve, and those who have served in the US Armed Forces. For military member is looking for a home or selling their home. Members can look up the base they’re PCSing to and see what homes are available and the number of miles they are away from the base. Military Homefront is the official Department of Defense website for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers. Supplements existing installation services, provides free help and information by phone with a professionally trained consultant or online, on a wide range of issues that affect you and your family. The official community website for the United States Army and their families The official website for the military healthcare system The official website for the United States Coast Guard The official community website of the United States Marine Corps and their families A publication serving Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma

12 See if the Vance AFB Library has the book, CD, DVD you want without leaving your house. Search for books by author, title or subject.

Oklahoma Information Need to find a business, job, hotel, movie theater, church, restaurant, or even activities for the children? Want to know what’s going on in Enid this weekend? This is the place to look. An excellent site for maps, schools, parks, activities, etc. in Enid, Oklahoma Learn all there is to know about Enid. Here you find information on the mayor and city updates, government departments, public services, parks, city maps, activities to do with your visitors, city news, activities, schools, newspapers, etc. This site provides library catalogue, tax information, children/teen activity calendar, government links, and City of Enid links. Provides activities for children, exercise classes for adults, youth camps, a climbing wall and swimming lessons Download tax forms, file taxes on-line, and see business workshops, special order license plates, etc. Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. For information on DPS meetings, road conditions, driver’s licenses, and vehicle registration refer to this site.

13 The official Oklahoma Tourism website where you will find all the information you need to plan your perfect vacation or weekend getaway. You can order free travel brochures, check out our vacation ideas section, and find money saving coupons and specials. Search our extensive databases to find attractions, activities, lodging and restaurants to make your Oklahoma trip a great experience.



Emergency Financial Assistance


Crisis Notification Assistance


Emergency Financial Assistance


Spouse Tuition Assistance Loans, Dependent Education Loan Applications


Information and Referral


Personal Financial Management


Spouse Employment Resource


Volunteer Resource Relocation Assistance Transition Assistance Air Force/Navy/Marine/Army 14

Relief Family Readiness


Death benefits from USAF, Social Security, VA, and other Assistance



Worship Services, Counseling, Airmen’s Center, Activity Center


Active Duty member’s Exams, Cleanings, X-rays, Restorative, Root Canals, Extractions, Prosthetic Work, Night and Sports Guards



Family Maltreatment, Parenting Class, Individual, Marital and Family Therapy, Drug/Alcohol Evaluation, Stress Management, Consultations, TRICARE Referrals



Rental/Sale Listings &Community Information Available upon Request

213-7438 213-7439



IG Complaints, Congressional Inquires, Fraud, Waste and Abuse Complaints

213-7101 213-7102


Family Practice, Flight Medicine Pediatric Clinic, Wellness Clinic, Optometry Clinic, Pharmacy, Dental Clinic, Radiology, and Laboratory (Bldg 810), Health and Wellness Center (Bldg 316) and Mental Health (Bldg 816)



Crime Prevention/Police Services



Takes proactive steps to prevent, correct, and eliminate any unlawful discrimination or perceived sexual harassment based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or physical/mental disability.



Notarizations; Legal Assistance for Personal (non business) and Civil (non criminal) Legal Matters.




TRICARE Briefings and Assistance with Completion of Paperwork and Referrals







Need for Marital Counseling

Chaplain, Mental Health Clinic, Family Advisor, Military Family Life Consultant

Pastor or Professional Counselor

Financial Counseling

A&FRC, Personal Financial Mgmt Counselor or Legal Office

Lawyer, Local College, Legal Aid Center, Counselor

Drug or Alcohol Abuse

Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT

Alcoholics Anonymous, or Local Counseling

Legal Assistance

Legal Office

Lawyer or Legal Aid Center

Mental Health

Mental Health Clinic

Professional Counselor

Need for Spiritual


Local Church, Temple



or Mosque

Death and Illness Notification

Casualty Officer

Family Abuse/Domestic Violence

Family Advocacy,

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Prevention Response Office

Discrimination or Sexual Harassment


Chaplain, Mental Health Clinic

Equal Opportunity


Red Cross or Pastor/Chaplain

Parents Anonymous, Dept. of Social Services, Minister, YWCA Safe House

YWCA Safe House

Lawyer or Legal Aid Center




The Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bldg 314. The A&FRC is the service organization for Air Force families and singles and is a focal point for family matters.

One of the major reasons the A&FRC was created was because of you, the Air Force spouse. The A&FRC is here to assist Total Force Airmen, Army, Navy, Marine, Guard, and Reservists, DoD Civilians, Retirees and their families on a wide range of work and family issues.

The Air Force realizes there is a direct relationship between a member’s ability to successfully accomplish the mission and the quality of life which his/her family experiences. Because of this relationship, many programs and services are available through the A&FRC to promote a positive family environment.

Come by the office to see the variety of free literature and pamphlets the center has on various subjects. There are also computers available for you to access your E-mail and the internet. Remember that the center is here to help you with any of your families needs. Here's a quick overview of the specific programs available at the A&FRC:

1. Information, Referral, Assessment & Follow-up Each family's needs are different, and there are many agencies on and off-base which can assist with specific needs. The A&FRC’s key function is linking individuals and families with the right resource to meet their specific needs. This Information and Referral (I&R) assistance can be as simple as, "Where's the nearest laundromat?" or as complex as "Our baby needs a breathing monitor, and I don't know how TRICARE works here!" For more information call 213-6330.

2. Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) (See Financial Issues)


3. Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (See Navy;Spouse Resources: Navy Marine Corps Relief Society)

4. The Spouse Employment Program and Military Spouse Virtual Assistance Training Program (See Employment)

5. Volunteer Resource Program (VRP) Functions as the centralized referral service to agencies or individuals looking for volunteers.

(See Volunteer

Resource Program). 6. Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) Helps single and married Air Force members and their families prepare for relocation to a new base and adjust to the new base. Key elements of this activity include base and area information, addresses special needs, spouse employment assistance, pre- and post-move assistance, as well as financial planning for the move. Base brochure and base windshield tour videos available for checkout. There is also a Smooth Move workshop offered. See the A&FRC immediately when your spouse is notified of an assignment. For more information call 213-6330.

7. Family Readiness Program (See Deployment Information: A&FRC Family Readiness Program)

8. Heartlink Heartlink is a program designed for spouses who have been connected to the military for five or less years ("space available" for those with over five years military experience). It is intended to introduce you to the basics of military life and resources, as well as help you realize the important part you play in the military mission. Some of the things that are covered in this program is information on your financial benefits, how to read an LES, protocol, and community panel. This also gives you the opportunity to meet and network with other spouses.

9. Transition Assistance Program (TAP) 23

Assists single and married Air Force members and their families to prepare for separation or retirement. Key elements of this program are career planning, interview skills, resume-writing, self-employment information, etc. A three day TAP seminar is offered each month and includes the above listed items plus a briefing about Veterans Administration’s VA benefits. For more information call 213-6330.

10. Community Action Information Board (CAIB) A quarterly meeting of base support services chaired by the Wing Commander. This is an ACTION committee that actively seeks solutions to problems that affect family life. Suggestions, questions, complaints, and recommendations for ways to improve the quality of life at Vance are always welcome. You can attend as a guest or leave your suggestions with a member of the A&FRC staff. For more information call 213-6330.

11. Bundles for Babies If you are an active duty Air Force member or spouse of an active duty Air Force member who is expecting a baby or is a new mother, you are encouraged to attend the OB Orientation Class sponsored by the 71st Medical Group. Upon completion of the class, you will receive a free gift from the Air Force Aid Society, purchased from the Gerber Company, called “Bundles for Babies.” In the bundle you will find:

-Large canvas tote bag w/AFAS logo

-2-pack printed cotton receiving blanket

-Thermal weave plaid cotton crib blanket

-4-pack cotton diapers

-Chambray towel set

-2-pack sleep-n-play

-Chambray wash puppy

-2-pack onesies

-White knit crib sheet

-2 pair booties

Classes are open to all ranks and are not limited to a first pregnancy. What a wonderful opportunity to learn more about parenting skills, meet other expectant parents, and receive a great gift for your precious bundle. For more information contact the A&FRC at 213-6330.

12. Emergency Family Assistance Control Center (E-FACC)


The E-FACC serves as the focal point and staging area for family assistance services during disaster relief and contingencies. The center’s primary mission is to handle the practical/emotional needs of families of potential DoD casualties and/or DoD people affected by the disaster or crisis, including families of the responders. The EFACC provides a consolidated facility through which the families of potential casualties can receive supportive services. These services will include:

A. Initial Response and Assistance. The E-FACC will serve as a central gathering point for families awaiting information about potential casualties. Families and community members will be directed to report to the E-FACC for the most up-to-date information on the crisis. E-FACC staff will provide a supportive environment for individuals remaining at the center. A log-in/out sheet will be maintained to keep track of the location of family members who may prefer to wait for information at their own homes or in alternate settings. Progress reports will be provided at the E-FACC through appropriate senior leadership or representatives of the Public Affairs Office. A Volunteer Control Center will be established to match volunteers with identified needs (e.g., manning phones, child care, and logistical support). Private E-FACC facilities will be maintained for casualty notifications. Supportive counseling services will be provided to those needing emotional support. Following receipt of confirmation on causalities, the E-FACC will serve as a centralized location for required services such as grief counseling and assistance with funeral arrangements, entitlement briefings, financial assistance, legal assistance, etc. The E-FACC can also serve as the centralized location for management of incoming calls from individuals seeking information on the crisis and from those offering assistance.

B. Long-Term Assistance. After initial arrangements are made for the affected families, the focus of the EFACC will shift to long-term assistance. These services will include continued counseling; support for grieving family members; services to non-casualty families, survivors, “first responders�, staff and volunteers; continued coordination of support services; and completion of an after-action report. (See also Section III: Emergency Preparation Checklist.)

13. Key Spouse Program The role of the key spouse is specifically defined by the unit and tailored to the individual needs of the unit. Key spouses are a valuable part of the unit team. This team usually consists of the commander, first sergeant, and the key spouse.

Key Spouses serve as the focal point for information and support to families in their units. A key spouse is someone that is there when a family member needs to talk, and can also point families in the right direction for various services. The A&FRC will be the training location, an excellent source of information, and serve as the


direct link for the key spouses. Key Spouses are an important resource for military families because they are PEERS, and as AF spouses they “know what it is like!”

Benefits of a Key Spouse Program Provides an open, efficient communication link between the Commander and families in the unit - Promotes family readiness - Improves the quality of life for unit families - Assists families in finding and using available base and community resources - Welcomes new families and familiarizes them with available services - Increases sense of “unit caring” - Provides the Commander with a “heads up” on potential problems

14. Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) The AFAS is a non-profit organization that helps Air Force members and families take care of financial emergencies through interest free loans or grants for basic needs. Here are some examples of financial need that may qualify for emergency financial assistance: - Rent or mortgage payment to prevent eviction or foreclosure - Money to purchase food - Money for a dependent's funeral expenses, and in some cases, travel to a funeral - Help paying utility bills to avoid their being cut off - Car repair for an essential vehicle

The AFAS provides grants for community enhancement programs such as: - Child Care for PCS - Give Parents a Break - Bundles for Babies - Child Care for individuals who volunteer (see Volunteer Coordinator)


- Heart Link - Car Care Because We Care (see Deployment Information for Family Members)

The AFAS also offers loans and grants (General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant) for education. Information on the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (loans/grants for emergency funds) can be directed through AFAS. Speak to the A&FRC for questions about these programs or call 213-6330.

AIRMAN’S ATTIC The Airman’s Attic is a FREE self-service thrift store open to all military members E-5 and below and their dependents with a valid military ID. The Attic’s outside entrance is located on the southwest corner of the Base Exchange building near the Commissary. The hours of operation are Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. An Airman can also contact his or her first sergeant for emergency access to the Attic. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Airman’s Attic at 213-5565 or email the Enlisted Spouse Group at

AMERICAN RED CROSS Cimarron Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is located at 1023 W. Elm, Enid OK, in Garfield County. They can be reached at 237-5994. The six community programs all emphasize how to recognize an emergency and how to respond. The programs include Community CPR, Community First Aid and Safety, First Aid Responding to Emergencies, Infant and Child CPR, Sport Safety Training, Till Help Arrives, External Defibrillation, and workplace specific training modules. Also available are courses for youth, professionals and instructors. American Red Cross Aid for Military Personnel: Service members assigned to CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico military installations, or their immediate family may call toll-free: 1-877-272-7337 to reach each others in times of emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.



(See Base Services)


Checks may be written at the checkout counter and can be cashed through customer service for $l00 a day

Layaways greater than $25 are allowed with a 10% down payment and a $3 non-refundable deposit. Clothing and shoes are held for 30 days. Computer and software cannot be put on layaway

Authorized Patronage: Relatives or non-military friends are allowed in the BX but may not purchase items

Catalog sales and special order items are available at the customer service counter

Special requests from Tinker BX are honored when products are available

Credit Cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards are accepted

BASE SERVICES 1. Arts & Crafts: Bldg 305, call 213-7402 The Arts & Crafts Center provides the essential tools and expert instructors to assist patrons in completing their own woodworking and framing projects. The center offers over 30 classes ranging from basic woodworking to seasonal holiday projects. There is a complete woodshop, a state-of-the-art framing, computerized matting, and a laser engraving shop. From hero shot framing to special gifts; check out the Arts & Crafts Center before you go anywhere else. Open Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2. Auto Skills Center: Bldg 301, call 213-7508 The Auto Skills Center offers certified personnel who ensure you do the job right when it comes to repairing your vehicle. There are 8 indoor work stalls, 2 lifts, 19 outdoor work stalls, an engine overhaul area, covered car washes, commercial vacuum cleaner, a certified welding and fabrication facility, a vehicle resale lot, and all the hand tools necessary. Don’t forget if you have a dead battery or flat tire on base to call them. Their specially equipped Jeep will come to your rescue and take care of most minor car emergencies free of charge. Open Tuesday through Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


3. Bowling Center: Bldg 345, call 213-7331 The Falcon’s Nest Bowling Center features eight bowling lanes with automatic pin setters and electronic scoring. Winter and summer leagues are offered, as well as youth leagues and bumper bowling for younger children. The center also offers holiday tournaments and specials; in addition to pro-shop that features name-brand bowling equipment and accessories. Free bowling instructions are offered to those who want to learn to bowl or just want to sharpen up their game. Lanes are open Monday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Snack Bar is open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 pm.

4. Cherokee Lodge: Bldg 714, call 213-7358 The Vance Cherokee Lodge, located in the heart of Vance Air Force Base, is the holder of many Air Force and AETC Innkeeper Awards. The Lodging facilities have ten family units, a playground, outdoor charcoaling, laundry facility, 56 VQ rooms, five DV/VIP suites, a handicap room, all with TV’s/DVDs. Call for room rates. They accept VISA and MasterCard, and are open 24 hours a day and seven days a week for your convenience.

5. Child Development Center: Bldg 336, call 213-7310 (See Childcare)

6. Equipment Rental (Logistics Support): Bldg 244, call 213-7348 Equipment Rental offers camping equipment, ski and pontoon boats, bass boats, mountain bikes, video items, carpet cleaner, sports equipment, BBQ grills, tables and chairs, and a complete line of gardening tools. A Loan Locker program, RV Storage, and reservations for the base park’s Picnic Pavilion are available. Summer hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The winter hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday.

7. Fitness & Sports Center: Bldg 316, call 213-7670 Vance has a world class no-fee fitness facility. It is equipped with a regulation size basketball/volleyball court; three racquetball courts; dry saunas; conference/training room; locker rooms; cooking demonstration kitchen; and over 90 pieces of exercise equipment that includes Life Fitness, Stairmaster, Body Master, Hammer Strength and a rotating climbing wall. Outdoor facilities include four tennis courts; a multipurpose court; flag football, soccer, and softball fields; volleyball courts; and a quarter mile running track. Programs include personal Micro-Fit assessments; FitLinxx, exercise prescriptions; special fitness events such as 5K and10K runs, a duathlon, a triathlon and aerobathons; 4 exercise incentive programs, equipment demonstrations; intramural, extramural and varsity sports. Call for a schedule of group exercise classes. There is a Parent/Child Fitness room providing you the


opportunity to work out while watching your child. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday, 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

8. Golf Driving Range A self serve golf driving range is open 24 hours a day except on Thursday morning during mowing season. The range is located behind the clinic and features night lights, covered patio and picnic tables. Machines offer approx. 50 balls for $1 or 25 balls for .50 cents.

9. Health & Wellness Center: Bldg 316, call 213-7968 The Vance Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) located within the Fitness Center provides programs and services supporting healthy lifestyles through fitness training, health education and health risk reduction. A well-trained and motivated staff is there to assist you in identifying and reaching your health and fitness goals. Programs and services include: tobacco cessation, overweight/obesity/cholesterol improvement, nutrition consultation, individual fitness assessments, commissary tour, healthy cooking class, hypertension/stress management/diabetes classes, relaxation therapy chairs and remedial fitness programs for airmen. All Air Force beneficiaries are invited and welcome in our center. Contact 213-7968 or stop by for more information.

10. Information, Tickets, and Travel: Bldg 200, Suite 212, call 213-7215 When going on a vacation, contact the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office. They offer plenty of discounted tickets! ITT offers tickets to attractions, sporting events and a variety of cultural and community events. ITT offers tickets and discounted hotel vouchers to various local events as well as other locations such as Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Dallas, Florida, and California. Information brochures on parks, attractions and events are also available. ITT also sells balloon bouquets for special occasions. They are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

11. Library: Bldg 314, call 213-7368 The base Library offers fiction and non-fiction books, photo copying, fax service, Video cassettes, DVD’s, laminating, customer computers, on-line reference services, on-line catalogs, plus much more. The newest DVD’s are purchased monthly. The library has a transition section that has books and video cassettes dealing with career opportunities, job searching and interviewing, resumes, and cover letters. The Toddler Sit Story Time is on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 10:15 a.m. Pre-School Story Time is the 1st Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. each month. The Story Time program incorporates the use of stories, finger 30

plays and crafts to introduce children to books and the early stages of reading. Preschool Craft Time is offered on the third Wednesday each month at 10:30 a.m. There are also school-age activities for some of the holidays. See the base library for details. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

12. Parks and Picnic Pavilions: Base Park, 213-7348 The Vance AFB park area has two pavilions for year round use. One is enclosed while the larger pavilion is covered with open sides. Cooking grills are located at each pavilion as well as electrical capabilities and restroom facilities. Picnic tables, barbecue grills, and an RV dump station are available for use. To reserve the pavilions, call Services Equipment Rental, Bldg. 244, 213-7348. A softball field, sand volleyball, basketball courts, two horseshoe pits, and a large children's playground area with several types of playground equipment are also available.

13. Plains Swimming Pool: Bldg 304, call 213-7638 or 213-7670 The Plains Pool is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day with three additional weekends. The Plains Pool offers daily recreational swimming, lap swim, water aerobics, swim lessons, private and non-private pool parties. Daily and season passes are available. Contact the Pool or the Fitness Center for further information. The pool is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

14. Rod & Gun Club Membership is open to all base personnel. Contact 213-7170 for details.

15. Teen Center: Bldg 415, call 213-7166 The Teen Center serves Vance’s 13-18 year old young adults in grades 7-12. The Teen Center hosts activities such as dances, sport activities, and trips. Several nationally recognized organizations are affiliated with the Teen Center, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Congressional Award, & Youth of the Year. These programs are eligible to all patrons. Lifetime membership to the Teen Center and the Boys and Girls Club is available for just $10. Sign up at the Youth Center, building 323. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The Teen Center also provides programming for children ages 10-12 during the first two hours of each day they are open.


16. Vance Animal Clinic: Bldg 241, call 213-7248 or (405)734-5780 The clinic provides first-rate veterinary care for your small animals. Vaccinations and microchip implantations are offered. The small animal clinic is only for animals of personnel with valid ID cards and operates on a limited schedule. If more frequent care is required please refer to the Yellow Pages for Enid Veterinary Services. During appointment hours, for safety reasons, children under 12 are not allowed in the clinic. When the clinic is closed, call the Tinker Clinic at (405) 734-5780 to make an appointment.

17. Vance Collocated Club: Bldg 601, call 213-7595 or 213-7881. The Vance Collocated Club offers a daily lunch menu, a variety of dinner opportunities to include Tuesday evening all-u-can-eat specials. The Club provides catering and is available for special events. The Club is open for lunch Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lounges are open Tuesday evenings 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday nights 5:00 p.m. to midnight.

18. Youth Center: Bldg 323, call 213-7474 The Youth Center provides supervised care for school-age children who are enrolled in kindergarten through the end of the sixth grade. The school-aged program is open after school hours, during school holidays and summer vacation for day camp. The youth programs offer developmentally appropriate activities, field trips, as well as nutritional meals and snacks. The Youth Center also offers several Sports Programs, and a teen council that meets and chooses activities for teens, which include field trips, lock-ins, dances, and other age-appropriate events.

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 6:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., while school is in session; Monday through Friday; 6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., during school holidays and school breaks. One Saturday per quarter, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., for Kid's Night Out.

BOWLING CENTER (See Base Services)

CASUALTIES (See Casualty Benefits for Dependents and Survivors of Active Duty Air Force)


CHAPEL While serving as visible reminders of the Holy, the Air Force Chaplain Service provides spiritual care and the opportunity for Team Vance members and their families to exercise their constitutional right to freedom of religion. The Vance Chapel Vision is creating a healthy community…Connected for care.

Please call the chapel for information on other faith groups or religious support not found on base. The Chapel is located next to the water tower in Building 505 & 528. Phone: 213-7211. After hours a duty chaplain is available by calling the command post at 213-7384. Worship services: Rosary Devotions– Sunday 9:30 a.m. Protestant Worship – Sunday 11:00 a.m.

CHEROKEE LODGE (See Base Services)

CHILDCARE The Child Development Center (CDC) -The CDC Program at Vance AFB strives to provide quality care and programs for children six weeks to five years of age (pre-k). Programmed activities include music, arts, crafts, games, field trips, holiday parties, and carnivals as well as unstructured play time. Indoor and outdoor activities provide healthy growth and development of the children. For more information, contact the CDC at 213-7310.

1. CDC Child Care Eligibility Authorized CDC users are defined as dependents of active duty personnel, DAF/NAF civilians, AAFES employees, and contractor employees at Vance AFB. Upon initial enrollment, AF Form 1181, Permanent Record, must be completed and a current immunization record provided. Once enrolled, children of civilian employees may not be removed from center programs to accommodate higher priority


placement until scheduled annual registration.

2. Family Child Care Family Child care is defined as child care provided in base housing by individuals. These providers are licensed and trained through the Child Development Center. If you would like to learn more about this program or if you are interested in becoming a provider, contact the CDC supervisors at 213-6406.

3. Child Care Options Outside Of Vance The Community Development Support Association is an excellent source concerning off base child care options. Call 548-2285 or 548-2318, or go to Always use a licensed provider and thoroughly check each facility before leaving a child.

(See Youth Supervision Policy)

(For Before and After School Care See: Services: Youth Center)

(For tips on obtaining childcare See Section III: Childcare Checklist)

4. Babysitters To obtain a current list of teen babysitters, contact the CDC at 213-7310 or the A&FRC at 213-6330. Sitters appearing on these lists are required to hold a Red Cross Babysitting certification. To become a certified teen babysitter, contact the Red Cross to enroll in a babysitting safety course.

CLUBS AND GROUPS ON VANCE 1. Company Grade Officer’s Council (CGOC) Mission: To promote Morale, Welfare, Esprit De Corps and professional development of Team Vance CGO’s. Contact the A&FRC at 213-6330 for POC.


2. Enlisted Spouses Group (ESG) The Vance ESG is a unique blend of enlisted spouses from all branches of the military who share common bonds like deployments, family separation, and adjusting to new places to live. Our organization is here to help you learn all about Vance AFB, the community, and most of all us. Our purpose is to bring together those individuals who are interested in activities designed to promote good community relations, to engage in and support worthwhile charitable projects and to maintain a solid foundation of encouragement and strength for all enlisted spouses. We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month. For more information please contact the A&FRC at 213-6330 for POC.

3. Officers’ Spouses’ Club (OSC) Mission: To provide an open and welcoming place for military officer’s spouses to go to socialize and interact with other military spouses. To provide support to the Vance community and to Vance’s local community. To raise money to support both local and nationwide charities. To raise money to provide scholarships for dependents of military members, government workers, and contractors. To provide opportunities for spouses to volunteer, mentor, and support other military spouses. Contact the A&FRC at 213-6330 for POC.

4. Student Spouse Group (SSG) The SOSC is an informal social group. There are no dues or membership requirements. The goal is to provide an opportunity for the spouses and significant others of student and casual status officers to socialize, stay informed, and learn more about the various aspects of military life in a supportive atmosphere. For more information E-mail

5. Vance Top Three Mission: To establish, maintain, and enhance the spirit of camaraderie and esprit de corps of all active duty, reserve, national guard, retirees, sister service and allied nation equivalents in order to foster that same spirit among members of the Vance AFB community. Contact the A&FRC at 213-6330 for POC.


1. Privileges The primary consideration in authorizing commissary privileges to individuals is the compensation status of the member, or in the case of dependents, the sponsor's compensation status. The intent of patronage is to provide an income effect benefit


through savings on food and household items necessary to subsist and maintain the household of the military member and family for the inclusive period of compensated duty.

2. Restriction on Purchases Authorized personnel shall not sell or give away commissary purchases to individuals or groups not entitled to commissary privileges. Personnel are prohibited from using Commissary purchases to support a private business. These prohibitions do not apply to food served to guests in the homes of authorized personnel or to limited and reasonable donations to acceptable charitable organization food drives. Violations of these restrictions shall provide a basis for suspension of commissary privileges or permanent revocation of commissary privileges.

3. Request Forms If there is an item a customer can not find in the Vance Commissary, there are two Customer Suggestion boxes located at the front of the Commissary. There are forms attached to these boxes. If the customer will tell us what they are looking for, brand, size, and UPC, if available, the Store Director will attempt to have the item added to the Vance Commissary.

4. Miscellaneous 

Baggers work for tips only

Information to be included on your check is spouse's rank, home and duty phone numbers, current address and which branch of the service they are in, and name of their organization/squadron

ID checks will be made at the register by the cashier before purchases are made. You are allowed to bring guests into the Commissary but only ID card holders can make purchases.

5% surcharge is added to your bill to cover construction of new commissaries and upkeep of existing ones. Items are sold at cost only, saving you an average 32% on your groceries. There is no mark up on items

COMPLAINTS (See A&FRC, Community Action Board (CAIB), Equal Opportunity, Sexual Assault Prevention and Respone office SARC)


COUNSELING ASSISTANCE (See Military Civilian Matrix, Chapel, Mental Health, or Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office (SARC)

DENTAL INFORMATION Dental care is available to all active duty members. Examinations and cleanings are provided annually for all active duty members. Appointment hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For appointments call 213-7307. The TriCare Dental Program (TDP) is administered by United Concordia Companies, Inc. It is a voluntary comprehensive dental plan available to family members of all active duty Uniformed Services personnel. When the active duty member (sponsor) enrolls family members in the Family Member Dental Program, a monthly premium is paid through payroll deduction. The plan has cost shares, maximums, and limitations similar to typical civilian dental group plans. The amount covered by the plan ranges from 100 percent to 50 percent, depending on the type of service. Enrollment is handled through the Military Personnel Flight, Bldg 500, call 213-7500.

DEPLOYMENT INFORMATION FOR FAMILY MEMBERS A&FRC: The mission of the Family Readiness Program is to provide individuals and their families’ information and education to support them during times of separation or crisis (remote tours of duty, deployments, or extended TDYs), reunion and reintegration, natural disasters/evacuations.

The families of deployed members should always know the emergency telephone numbers of the ambulance, police, fire department, poison control center, family practice clinic or doctor, and squadron Key Spouse or the A&FRC. They should also know the particular unit/organization to which the member is assigned. For a complete checklist, see Section III: Deployment Family Readiness Checklist.


1. Hearts Apart Morale Call Program Nothing bridges the miles like the sound of your loved one’s voice. International phone calls can be expensive and hard to schedule. This program can offer help in making the connection using government phone lines at no cost to you. This program entitles a family member or significant other to four calls, 15 minutes in duration to the military member per week. Contact the A&FRC at 213-6330 for more information.

2. Hearts Apart Support Services There is a monthly Hearts Apart newsletter which provides families with information on up and coming Hearts Apart events and programs as well as other events that may be of interest. Each month a meeting with Hearts Apart family members is held during SIGMO. This allows families to network and enjoy making new friends during the separation. Contact the A&FRC at 2136330 for more information.

3. Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Sevices During an emergency at home, family members of deployed personnel can contact the deployed service member through the American Red Cross. The family must have a copy of deployment orders, unit and commander information, and the deployed member’s Social Security number.

4. Deployed Family Member Assistance provided by the Air Force Aid Society* Phone Home Program: Entitles Air Force members prepaid calling cards when deployed or TDY for 30 days or more Car Care Because We Care: Entitles Air Force spouses to a free oil change and safety check during 30-plus day TDY’s and two oil changes and safety checks during remote tours. Services are provided by the Base Service Station Give Parents A Break: Entitles the Air Force family to five hours of free child care. Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) will pay the cost of opening the base (CDC) once a month *Due to funding, these programs are available only to Air Force dependents


5. Services’ Deployed Family Member Program** The men and women of the Vance Services division are committed to providing quality programs and services to the families through the Deployed Family Member Program. The intent of the program is to support our Vance Team family members during a time of increased stress and sacrifice in their lives. Outlined below are services offered at Vance AFB through the program. Each service noted will have the coupons at their facility. Spouses simply need to bring their sponsors orders and their ID to the location and they will receive the benefit offered.

a. Vance Collocated Club: All active duty military members, and activated reservist will receive free dues during the duration of their deployment. Dependents of deployed Services Club Card members who bring their children to the club on Tuesday evenings for family night meals will receive family discounts. Children 12 yrs-old and younger eat for FREE.

b. Falcon’s Nest Bowling Center: Family members of deployed service members of bowling with shoe rental once a month.

receive three free games

c. Outdoor Recreation: Each family with a deployed member is authorized one free lawn care equipment rental per month or $10 worth of camping equipment.

d. Arts & Crafts Center: Arts & Crafts Center provides all the essential tools and expert instructors to assist patrons in completing their own woodworking and framing projects. Two classes are offered each month with a cost of materials only. Also a FREE Woodworking Safety class is offered every Wednesday of each month.

e. Auto Skills Center: Two Free classes are offered each month. Also, a free 12-point vehicle inspection (not including supplies) will be given to deployed members’ spouses and are available during normal operating hours.

f. Child Development Center: A Parents’ Night Out is held monthly for families. Parents of deployed members may obtain free vouchers for this event; they are issued by First Sergeants and the A&FRC.

g. Teen Center: A free Boys and Girls Club membership for teens of deployed parents is provided.


h. Fitness Center: Parents who cannot find the time to workout without their children can take advantage of the Parent/Child Fitness area.

i. Library: Parents can enjoy a few quiet moments with their children from birth to five years old by bringing them to story time at the base library. For more information see Services: Library.

Note: A "deployed" member performs duties under an order known as Contingency, Exercise, and Deployment (CED) orders. Individuals can actually "deploy" to stateside locations on CED orders. These orders are separate and distinct from regular/routine TDY orders (DD Form 1610) to courses, etc. Services' Deployed Family Member Program benefits can be obtained by showing a copy of the sponsor's "CED" orders. Services will honor requests for benefits from anyone (USAF, USN, USMC) who provides a copy of their sponsor's CED orders and meets any other applicable requirements such as Club membership.

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES The Base Education and Training Office is located in the same building with the A&FRC and provides educational counseling and advice to military members and their families. Graduate, undergraduate, and vocational classes are available to Vance members in the local area. Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Northern Oklahoma College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Autry Technology Center, are the four main institutions serving Vance AFB.

1. Tuition Assistance Active duty military members utilizing Military Tuition Assistance (MilTA) receive a maximum of $250 per credit hour for tuition, up to a maximum of $4,500 per year. For eligible members, the Top-Up (VA/MGIB) Program can be used to cover tuition over the TA limit of $250. In addition, this program will pay up to $100 per textbook, for up to two courses, for a total of $200 per semester.

2. Vance Scholarship Program Any active duty military members who are not utilizing Military Tuition Assistance, DoD civilians, and adult children or spouses of any active duty military personnel working at Vance may receive scholarship assistance to assist with 50% of the tuition cost for a maximum of six semester hours of credit per semester. Scholarship money can only be used at local institutions within the city limits of Enid. This includes Northwestern Oklahoma State University Enid campus, Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and Autry Technology Center (although not at 50% funding).


(See Section II: Schools)

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Emergency (Police, Fire, Ambulance) Dial 911 Poison Control, 1-800-764-7661 Base Security Forces Crime Stop, 213-7200 Base Command Post, 213-7384

To obtain a copy of the Vance Air Force Base Family Disaster Preparedness Guide, contact the 71st Logistics Readiness Squadron, CE Readiness at 213-6409 or via E-mail at In the city of Enid, if there is a tornado warning, hazardous material release, or any peacetime emergency you will hear a three to five minute steady tone on the Enid emergency siren system. Take shelter immediately in a basement or the inner room of a house or building, preferably with no windows and wait for the all clear to be given. You should monitor radio stations: KGWA (AM 960), KCRC (AM 1390), KXLS (FM 95.7), KMMZ (FM 96.9), KNID (FM 99.7), and KOFM (FM 103.1) for up to date information. Those with any of the Enid Cable systems can monitor channels 4, 5, 9, 11, or 32. A NOAA weather radio and as a minimum a battery transistor radio should be part of your family shelter kit.

(See: Section II: American Red Cross; Airman & Family Readiness Center: Emergency Famiy Assistance Control Center (E-FACC); Air Force Aid Society (AFAS); Navy Marine Corps Relief Society; Section III: Emergency Preparation Checklist and Severe Weather Conditions)

EMPLOYMENT The spouse employment specialist at the A&FRC will assist with career planning, job search, skills, self assessment for the job market, as well as provide information on the job market off base. Workshops are available each month on a variety of topics including, resume-writing, interview skills, self-employment, etc. A variety of video tapes on job search topics are available for in house viewing. Employment assistance when relocating is also available, call 213-6330 for more information.


Military Spouse Virtual Assistance Training Program: The goal of this program is to give active duty spouses a chance to develop a move-proof career by starting their own business as a Virtual Assistant. A Virtual Assistant is someone who works from home providing administrative and other services to businesses via email, telephone, and fax. This is by no means a get-rich scheme, and just like any other business it takes a lot of hard work on the part of the Virtual Assistant to make the business a successful one. However, this could be an opportunity for the right individual to develop a career that is resistant to the interruptions created by the military life style. The first piece of the program is a week long training that lays the foundation for you to start the business. After completing the training, you will receive project leads and ongoing support from the company who developed the program ; StaffCentrix. To learn more about this program, call 2136213. For more exploration try

ENID - COMMUNITY INFORMATION Enid is the county seat of Garfield County, and is the medical, entertainment, and retail hub of Northwest Oklahoma. It is located in “Red Carpet Country,� a 17-county area in Northwestern Oklahoma that boasts high mesas, vast plains, and gorgeous sunsets. Enid was founded in 1893 as a result of the largest land run in history, when hundreds of thousands of people came to the newly opened Cherokee Outlet searching for free land. It is th currently the 8 largest city in Oklahoma with a population of roughly 47,000. The major industries in Enid include oil and natural gas, wheat/grain, and wind energy.

1. Newspaper Enid has one newspaper, The Enid News and Eagle. It publishes a morning edition as well as Saturday and Sunday editions.


2. Living in Enid a. Apartment Complexes Adams Court

Hunters Hills


1228 W. Broadway

2502 Hunters Hills Dr.

1210 W. Garriott

Sunridge Estates— Townhomes 4121 S. Van Buren




Cedar Creek

Indian Oaks

Pine Manor

580-233-5745 The Timbers Condo

213 East Hemlock

1111 S. Oakwood Rd.

1011 S. 30th

3002 N. Cleveland





Cherokee Terrace

Le Chateau

Pheasant Run

Universal Apartments

619 East Maine

4105 LaMesa Dr.

1602 W. Chestnut

701 S. Hayes





Classic Apartment

Mosher Drive

Randolph Village

Winchester West

2323 Indian Drive

1917 Mosher Dr.

707 W. Randolph

1002 S. Oakwood





Colonial Plaza

New View

Rolling Meadows

Winlen Apartments

614 S. Hayes

1726 Leona Mitchell Blvd.

3225 E. Randolph

1501 W. Garriott





Edgewood Arms

The Oaks


1701 Mosher Dr.

1910-30 Mosher Dr.

408 N. Oakwood Rd.





Fountain Lake Condo

Oakwood West

Seven Pines Village

2226 Fountain Lake Rd.

4811 Spring Ridge Rd.

4004 Village Dr.




B. Rental Properties Andrew Real Estate

Garner Agency

Nicholas Real Estate

Rural Real Estate

20 N. Van Buren

720 W. Maine

900 W. Maple

4420 North 4th





Century 21/ Homes Plus Real Estate

HomeSellers Real Estate

Northwest Realty Inc.

Smith Real Estate

2501 N. Van Buren

2553 Homestead Dr.

1023 W. Elm




580-233-3500 Cimarron Real Estate

JKJ Real Estate

Personal Realty

Gary Unruh Homes & Real Estate

2302 W. Willow

1301 E. Willow

721 W. Maine




715 W. Maine

1711 W. Willow 580-234-1275 Coldwell Banker/Realty

K-T Development Inc./ Eagle Real Estate

101 N. Van Buren

Pope Real Estate

Wiggins Auctioneers

1024 W. Maple

4720-A W. Garriott



409 N. Main 580-233-8833 Hennessy, OK 73742 405-853-4858


Enid Homefinders Realty

Lippard Auctioneers

Pratt Agency

802 W. Maine

1102 W. Broadway

100 S. Washington




Enid Property Mgmt/ Landmark Real Estate

Lovell Real Estate

REMAX Premier Realtors

1625 W. Garriott

2901 W. Garriott



706 W. Maine 580-233-2461

c. Utility Resources City of Enid Water Dept

Direct TV Service

Suddenlink Telephone

US Cellular



(580) 237-7373

(580) 237-3514


Dish Network TV

AT&T Oklahoma

Cellular One

(Oklahoma Gas & Electric)


(580) 233-5411

(580) 242-0141

Suddenlink Cable TV

Pioneer Long Distance


(580) 237– 2355


ONG (Oklahoma Natural Gas) 1-800-664-5463

*Don’t forget to get your utility deposit waiver from the Housing Referral Office (580) 213-7438 if you plan on living off base! **For more resources, go to


3. Medical and Dental Facilities There are two hospitals and many other small clinics in Enid: 

St Mary’s Mercy Hospital, 305 S. 5th, 233-6l00

Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, 600 S. Monroe, 233-2300

Urgent Care Plus Clinic, 1805 West Owen K. Garriott, 233-9012

Minor Emergency Clinic, 402B S. Oakwood Rd. Ste. B, 234-1831

Go to and use the “Find a Dentist” tool to locate dentists and other specialists in Enid participating in the Tricare Dental Program (also known as United Concordia).

4. Local Retail Discounts for Military Families *Note: The appearance of an organization or business on this list does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Air Force, or Vance Air Force Base. This list is provided by the Enid Chamber of Commerce. Retailers may change discount policies at any time. This list does not necessarily reflect all military discounts within Garfield County or the city of Enid. For an up to date list, please contact the Enid Chamber of Commerce at (580) 237-2494.




AE Howard Tile and Carpet A.P.R. Inc.


10% discount with military I.D.


10% discount on U-Haul one-way rental

Baymont Inn & Suites


Online Military Banking Division Regular military rates (vary by room size)

Bell Jewelers


Best Western Inn


Buck’s Wine & Spirits


Carpet Plus


Bank of America

15% discount with military I.D. (excluding repairs) Discount on room & 10% discount at Dutch Pantry 10% discount with military I.D. on Wednesdays 10% discount with military I.D.


El Chico’s


10% discount with military I.D.

Emrick’s Van & Storage


Enid Super Lube (2 locations) Flaming Automotive


Discount on mini-storage in Enid (prices vary on size of storage units) $2.00 off oil change with military I.D.


Discounts vary

Golden Corral


Grand Avenue Lighting


10% discount off meal price with military I.D. 10% discount on purchases

Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce Holiday Inn Express


Jackson’s of


10% discount on Cherokee Strip belt buckles 20% discount on room rates with military I.D. 10% discount on Parts and Service

Jumbo Foods


10% discount every Monday

Maple Place Bed & Breakfast Mazzio’s Pizza

234-5858 234-1558

Corporate rate 7 days a week (starting at $55) 10% discount with military I.D.



10% discount (Enid locations)

Merrifield’s Office Supply


10% discount with military I.D.

Northwest Oklahoma Blood Institute Riddle’s Jewelry


TPI Staffing Services


Wings to Go


Appreciation item given for blood donation (items vary) Discounts vary on all purchases & repairs with military I.D. Free gift bag with pen, message pad, and other items if you register for work with them. 10% everyday, 20% on Thursday with military I.D.




ENID - FAMILY ACTIVITIES In Enid and the surrounding area you can always find entertainment for the whole family to enjoy during the year. For more information on Enid and Red Carpet Country visit the Oklahoma Information Center [602 S Van Buren (intersection of Van Buren and Owen K. Garriott), 233-5914] or the Enid Chamber of Commerce [210 Kenwood Blvd, 237-2494,]. Also, please visit Information, Tickets, & Travel (ITT) [Bldg 200, Suite 215].

Keep up to date with what is happening in Enid at

1. Outdoor Recreation/State Parks 

Canton Lake, Canton

Kaw Lake, Kaw City

Roman Nose Resort and State Park, Watonga

Little Sahara Recreation Area, Waynoka

Great Salt Plains Dam and Lake, Jet

Gloss Mountains, Fairview

Alabaster Caverns State Park, Woodward

2. Event Centers 

Enid’s Convention Hall (arena area) hosts concerts, children’s theatre, and is home to Mark Price Sports Arena.

The Chisholm Trail Expo Center located at the Garfield County Fairgrounds seats about 9,000. The center hosts events ranging from concerts, team and steer roping, trade shows, rodeos, ice shows, and other sporting events. For a schedule see


3. Special Events in Town 

Garfield County Fair: September – Garfield County fairgrounds in North Enid.

Enid High School sporting events: Year-round

May Fete: May - Government Springs Park

Tri-State Music Festival: May - Features marching, symphony, stage bands and soloists in contests and concert for three days.

4th of July Fireworks: July - Meadowlake Park

Maze in a Daze: Labor Day through Thanksgiving - Come get lost in a 300,000 sq ft living field maze.

Enid Farmers Market: Saturday mornings May through October- Offers fresh seasonal produce and homemade breads, cheeses, and crafted arts. Includes a special event each month and live musical entertainment! Located at the corner of Grand and Garriott at the old train depot.

First Fridays: First Friday of each month year-round - A retail event and campaign to draw people to the downtown Enid square. Downtown merchants will put on special events after hours at their respective locations.

Enid Lights Up the Plains: November - Includes food, entertainment, grand lighting ceremony, and fireworks.

Fling at theSprings: September - Music Festival at Government Springs Park.

Crazy Days: July - Sales and fun activities at many stores throughout town.

4. Local Businesses (by category)

Pocket Change – Oakwood Mall 4125 W. Owen K Garriott 233-5122


Hobby Lobby Creative Center

Art Instruction taught by Leah Shaffer

610 S. Cleveland

5 – 12 grade students



Quilting taught by Jacquie Campbell

Creative Arts @ St. Matthews Episcopal Church

Youth and Adult Instruction

One Page at a Time – Scrapbooking Supplies

Patricia Bradley – 977-7124

112 N Independence




Falcon’s Nest Bowling Center – Vance AFB Bldg. 345 213-7331

Oakwood Bowl 4709 West Owen K Garriott 233-8712

Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse

Northern Oklahoma College (NOC)

200 E. Maple

100 S. University


Open August through May Call 548-2399 days and times


Baseball, Basketball, David Allen Memorial Ballpark Football and Soccer 301 Grand – downtown Enid 548-0396

Enid Soccer Club POC: Rob Camp 402-5846 or

Enid Joint Recreation Triad USSSA Sanction Enid Baseball League, summer program Youth ages 4-14, Registration Feb through March POC: 237-3578 or email www,

Enid Roller Hockey League Ages 5-15 Spring League Harry Hunt –233-5360 Extreme Sports Indoor Reball & Paintball Laser Tag Center Oakwood Mall 4125 W Garriott (580) 234-4111

NWDASA Youth League - Softball 242-9012

Vance AFB School Age Program 213-7474

Boy Scouts of America 317 N. Grand 234-3652

YWCA Headstart program 6 wks to 12 yrs 525 S. Quincy 234-7581 Camp Tomahawk Held each year the first two weeks of June. The Enid Chamber of Commerce and Vance AFB offer a weeklong (1 week for girls and 1 week for boys) summer camp; to 40 young people whose families have limited income. Held at Vance AFB south of Enid. Contact the Chamber at (580) 237-2494, 210 Kenwood Blvd

Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma 319 W Cherokee Ave 234-6400 YMCA 415 W. Cherokee 237-4645


Dance Works of Enid 123 1/2 N. Grand, 233-2623

Step-N-Rhythm Clogging April Iverson – 237-0949

Lana’s School of Dance 519 N Van Buren 233-5480

Cheer Unlimited 4204 N 81 Bypass 237-2525

Mary Alice Stalcup School of Dance 1821 W. Randolph 237-1818 or 233-0872

Liberty Cheer Training Center 302 S. Jefferson 237-9355 Spirit Express Cheer & Tumbling Academy 3214 Craftsman Dr. 405-612-1002

Putt-Putt Golf Course 710 Overland Trail 237-7888

Meadowlake Miniature Golf 1017 W. Rupe 237-0405 Pheasant Run Golf Club 1702 Club House Dr. 233-2355

Stalcup School of Gymnastics 864 Commercial Circle 237-4748

Tumble Time Gymnastics 113 N Grand 233-1560


Enid Public Library POC: 234-6313

Vance AFB Library Bldg. 314 213-7368

America’s Kids Against Crime (AKAC) Free Tae Kwon Do Classes St. Matthews Church 518 W. Randolph 234-8378

Humanitarian School of Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do Classes Free to students 17 and under 1730 N Adams 554-8287 Concept Martial Arts 1528 N Grand 237-1366

Dickinson Oakwood Mall Theater 4125 W Owen K. Garriott 233-7469

Vance AFB, Theater Saturdays and Sundays Check commander’s channel and base newspaper for movie schedule


Railroad Museum of Oklahoma 702 N. Washington 233-3051

Southern Heights Cultural Center & Museum 616 Leona Mitchell Blv 237-6989

Museum of the Cherokee Strip 507 S. 4th Artifacts and materials pertaining to the settlement of the Cherokee Outlet 237-1907

Waverly Historic District This district is bounded by Broadway on the north, Oklahoma on the south, Harrison on the east, and Buchanan on the west. 234-2197 Includes 287 historic homes, 2 churches, and 1 apartment building. Most homes in the district were built from 1906 through the 1920's. Annual tours and ghost tours are held in the district.

Midgley Museum 1001 Sequoyah Dr 234-7265 Originally a home built from rock and petrified wood

Simpsons Old Time Museum 228 East Randolph 234-4998


Midwest Music 2013 W Garriott (877) 237-0134


Indian Summer Stables 237-2027

Skate Park 400 W. state A 60’ x 90’ concrete slab with a hip and deck Quarter pipe, hip and bank, kink rail and shelter

Skate town Enid Roller Hockey League 905 Overland Trail 233-5360

Champlin Pool Outdoor – summer only 400 W. Cherokee 237-7530

Splash Zone Water Park Outdoor – summer only 1122 Trails West Loop 242-5152

Vernie Snow Aquatic Center Indoor swimming facility Kingfisher, OK 405-375-3318

YMCA Indoor Pool – year round 415 W. Cherokee 237-4645 Vance Plains Pool Outdoor – summer only 213-7638


Enid Symphony 300 W Cherokee Ave 237-9646

The Gaslight Theater 221 N. Independence Provides drama, musical and comedy plays Box office, 234-2307.

Comet Go Carts 3200 N. 4th 234-8689

Enid Motor Speedway Located at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, holds races every Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in Kiwani train and Fun Rides

Meadowlake Park 1017 W. Rupe 234-8832

Enid Twirling Academy 1302 W. Owen K. Garriott Belva Lamb - 242-3892

Enid Majorettes 2201 Appomattox 242-4822

Indian Creek Village Winery Ringwood, OK 883-4919 or 883-4922



Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Oklahoma City is about 80 miles southeast of Vance AFB, approximately a 1 to 1 ½ hour drive. With its many amusement parks, theaters, movies, fine eating establishments, Oklahoma City provides an enjoyable weekend! Recreation Oklahoma City Zoo, Frontier City Amusement Park, State Fair Park (State Fair of Oklahoma) held in late September to early October, White Water Bay, Martin Park Nature Center, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Bricktown Canal and Entertainment District, AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, Remington Park Racetrack Casino, Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park, Rocktown Climbing Gym, Pole Position Raceway, Chesapeake Boathouse, Celebration Station, Stockyards City Museums Kirkpatrick Center (includes Air Space Museum), Science Museum and Planetarium Oklahoma, National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma Art Center and Annex, Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion, Oklahoma State Firefighters’ Museum, Oklahoma State Capitol, Overholser Mansion, Oklahoma Museum of Art, State Museum of Oklahoma, Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Red Earth Museum and Festival (June) Cultural Programs Myriad Convention Center, Oklahoma City Oklahoma Theater Center, Lyric Theater, Oklahoma City Ballet (Civic Center Music Hall), Oklahoma Opry, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra (Civic Center Music Hall), Festival of the Arts (April), Paseo Arts Festival (Memorial Day), Arts Festival Oklahoma (Labor Day), Ford Center, Cox Convention Center Shopping Centers Crossroads Mall, Heritage Park Mall, Penn Square Mall, Quail Springs Mall Sports Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA pro basketball), OKC Yard Dogz (arena football), OKC Redhawks (AAA Baseball)


Tulsa, Oklahoma “Nestled between gentle hills, beautiful lakes and rolling plains, Tulsa enjoys its reputation as one of America’s most beautiful cities.” Tulsa is approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours (driving) East of Enid.

Recreation Discoveryland! USA, Mohawk Park/Tulsa Zoological Park, La Fortune Park, Tulsa International Raceway, Expo Square (home of the Tulsa State Fair), Oklahoma Aquarium, Mayfest, Dfest, The Mayo Hotel, Tallgrass Prarie Preserve, Brady District (Brady Theater and Cain’s Ballroom), Blue Dome District (nightlife), Cherry Street Farmer’s Market (during growing season), RiverParks, Big Splash Water Park, Tulsa Zoo Museums World Museum Art Centre, Frankoma Pottery (in Sapulpa), Will Rogers Memorial (in Claremore), J. M. Davis Gun Museum (in Claremore), Woolaroc Museum (40 miles N of Tulsa near Bartlesville), Antiques, Inc. Car Museum, Gilcrease Museum of American History and Art, Harwelden Mansion, Philbrook Art Center, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame at Union Depot, Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium Cultural Attractions Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa Civic Center, Gaslight Dinner Theater, BOK Center, Expo Center Shopping Centers Promenade Mall, Southroads, Woodland Hills Mall, Utica Square, The Farm Sports Tulsa 66ers (NBA development basketball), Tulsa Drillers (minor league baseball), Tulsa Oilers (pro CHL hockey), Tulsa Talons (arena football)


Wichita, Kansas Wichita is the largest city in Kansas and known as the Air Capital of the World! There are many things to do, including an Aviation museum. To get there, go north on I-35 for approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours. Recreation All Star Adventures, All Star Sports, Northrock Lanes, The Alley, Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center, Coleman Factory Outlet and Museum, Great Plains Nature Center, Lake Afton Public Observatory, Rock River Rapids, Sedgwick County Zoo, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Wild West World, Cheney Lake, El Dorado Lake and State Park, Wichita Ice Center, Club Rodeo (nightclub and rodeo), INTRUST Bank Arena Museums Exploration Place, Inc, Frank Lloyd Wright-Allen Lambe House Museum, Great Plains Transportation Museum, Kansas African American Museum, Kansas Aviation Museum, Kansas Cosmo sphere & Space Center, Kansas Firefighters Museum, Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology, Museum of World Treasures, Old Cowtown Museum, Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, Wichita Art Museum, Kansas Underground Salt Museum, Lake Afton Public Observatory, Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Old Town (nightlife district) Cultural Programs Cabaret Old town (dinner theater), Chamber Music at the Barn, Crown Uptown Professional Dinner Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita Grand Opera (Century II Concert Hall), Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Commerce Street art galleries, Ballet Wichita Shopping Centers Bradley Fair, Clifton Square Shopping Village, New Market Square, The Shops at Tall grass, The Waterfront, Towne East Square, Towne West Square Sports Wichita Thunder (minor league hockey), Wichita Wingnuts (minor league baseball)


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICE The Equal Opportunity (EO) staff provides service to all active duty personnel, retirees, DoD civilians, spouses, and family members. The primary objective of the program is to improve mission effectiveness for the base and human relations by promoting an environment free from personal, social, or institutional barriers. The EO office seeks to eliminate unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. It assists commanders at all levels with proactive engagement of all Airmen by fostering and supporting equal opportunity through day-to-day actions and implementation of various EO programs (e.g., complaint program, human relations program, climate assessment program, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program - including conflict consulting, affirmative employment program, and special emphasis program). Educates and trains all Airmen to make workplace professionalism a top priority and to take proactive steps to prevent, correct, and eliminate unlawful discriminatory behavior. The EO office is located on the first floor of Bldg 500, Room 103, and can be reached at 213-7328 or 6181.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL (See Base Services)


Vance AFB Facilities AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CTR Bldg. 314 Mon - Thu Fri Holidays

213-6330 0730-1630 0930-1630 Closed

AIRMAN’S ATTIC Bldg. 312 213-7731 Wed 1100-1300 Second Sat of the month 10001200 Excluding holidays

ALAMO TRAVEL Bldg. 200, Suite 218 Mon - Fri Closed for lunch Holidays

237-0362 213-7436 0800-1630 1230-1330 Closed

ARTS & CRAFTS Bldg. 305 Tue - Fri Sat Sun - Mon Holidays/Mondays

213-7402 1200-2000 1000-1900 Closed Closed

AUTO SKILLS CENTER Bldg. 301 Tue - Wed Thu Fri - Sat Sun Holidays/Mondays

213-7508 1100-1900 1400-1900 0900-1900 1000-1800 Closed

BASE EXCHANGE Bldg. 415 Main Exchange Mon - Thu Fri - Sat Sun Barber/Beauty Shop Mon - Wed, Fri Thu Sat Laundry/Dry Cleaners Mon - Fri Sat Optical Shop Tue - Sat Service Station Mon - Fri Sat - Sun Shoppette/Class Six Mon - Thu Fri - Sat Sun BOWLING CENTER Bldg. 345 Lanes Mon - Sat Sun/Holidays Snack Bar Mon - Fri

213-7366 237-6765 0900-1900 0900-2000 1000-1800 234-8939 0800-1700 0800-1800 1000-1600 233-6347 1000-1730 1000-1700 242-7005 1000-1700 237-7445 0730-1800 Closed 237-6765 0900-1900 0900-2000 1000-1800 213-7331 1100-2230 1300-2100 0600-2100

Sat 0900-2100 Sun/Holidays 0900-1830 Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day



Bldg. 505 Office Hours Catholic Sunday Mass Daily Mass (Tues - Fri) Confession Protestant Sunday Worship Daily Prayer

213-7211 0730-1630 0930 1145 By appointment 1100 (Tues - Fri) 1100

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER Bldg. 336 Mon - Fri Holidays

213-7310 0600-1800 Closed

COMMISSARY Bldg. 410 Mon Tue - Fri Sat Sun

213-7788 Closed 0900-1900 0900-1800 1000-1700


Bldg. 430 Mon - Fri Closed for lunch Holidays

213-6388 0900-1600 1230-1330 Closed

RECYCLING CENTER Bldg. 126 Mon - Fri Holidays

213-7219 0700-1545 Closed

SWIMMING POOL Plains Pool Bldg. 304 213-7638 Open Memorial Day to third weekend in September Mon - Sun 0900-2100 Open 1300-2100 on alternate Wednesdays for cleaning.


213-7166 or 213-6762

Bldg. 244 213-7348 Mon - Fri 0845-1645 Sat - Sun (summer only) 10001400 Holidays Closed

Mon - Thu 1515-2030 Fri 1515-2215 Sat 1500-2300 Holidays/ Sunday Closed Summer Hours Mon - Thu 1300-2030



Bldg. 316 213-7670 Mon - Thu 0500-2300 Fri 0500-2100 Sat - Sun 0800-2000 Holidays 0800-1600 Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day


HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER Bldg. 316 213-7968 Mon - Fri 0730-1630 Holidays Closed INFORMATION, TICKETS & TRAVEL Bldg. 413 213-6268 Mon - Fri 0900-1600 Holidays Closed LIBRARY Bldg. 314 213-7368 Mon - Thu 0900-2000 Fri 0900-1800 Sat 1100 - 1800 Sun 1200-1800 Holidays 1200-1800 Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day LODGING Bldg. 714 213-7358 Lodge Switch Board 233-0059 Cherokee Lodge open 24 hours. PICNIC AREA Call for reservations.



Bldg. 312 213-7731 Wed - Thu 1000-1400 Second Sat of the month 09001200 Excluding holidays

Bldg. 412

1-800-456-4828 213-7229

Mon - Thu 0900-170 Fri 0800-1700 Closed for lunch 1300-1400 Holidays Closed

VANCE CLUB Bldg. 601 Club Information Line Cashier's Cage Mon - Fri Catering Office Fax Mon – Fri Vance Club Dining

213-5500 213-7595 0900-1500 213-7595 213-5175 1400-1600 213-6610

Mon - Fri Tue Fri - Sat Sun

1300-2300 Closed

1100-1330 1700-2000

Crazy Horse Enlisted Lounge 213-7881 Tue 1600-2000 Fri 1530-2400 The Final Turn Officers' Lounge 213-7881 Tue 1600-2000 Fri 1530-2400

VANCE VETERINARY CLINIC Bldg. 220 COMM 405-734-5780 DSN 884-578 By appointment only


YOUTH CENTER (SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAM) Bldg. 323 213-7474 Mon - Fri 0600-0800 1500-1800 School Holidays 0600-1800 No care offered during school hours. Summer Hours Mon - Fri 0600-1800 Holidays/Sat-Sun Closed

FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM (See Mental Health Clinic)

FINANCE Basic pay is determined by your spouse’s rank and completed years in service. He/She may also qualify for additional pays for special skills or duties. Allowances are largely determined by the location at which he/she is stationed and how many dependents he/she claims. Pays are generally taxable (unless member is in a qualifying combat zone) while allowances are always non-taxable.

1. Types of pay include - Basic Pay – primary pay, “salary” - Special and incentive pay and bonuses – specific to hazardous conditions as well as special duties or skills (ex. Flight Pay, Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay, Selective Reenlistment Bonus, etc.)

2. Types Of Allowances include - Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) – determined by rank and location if government quarters are not assigned or by rank and adequacy of government quarters if assigned - Basic Allowance for subsistence (BAS) – based on whether officer or enlisted and if member is required to use a dining facility if available - Clothing Allowance – if enlisted, yearly on the anniversary of entry; if officer, one-time - Family Separation Allowance – members qualify if they have dependents and military orders separate them from those dependents Spouses can keep track of their sponsor’s pay, allowances, and deductions by reviewing his/her monthly Leave and Earnings Statement (LES). Use it as the cornerstone of your financial planning. Sponsors can also create one Limited Access Account so that a spouse or family member can review LESs and tax statements but cannot alter banking or allotment information. Read the LES carefully each month. Be sure to keep all the statements together with other important financial records. The information about your spouse’s pay and deductions comes from the installation’s Financial Services


Office (FSO) and Military Personnel Flight (MPF) as well as the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) and Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC). The LES can help influence choices about starting/stopping/changing allotments and taking leave. Information includes: entitlements, deductions, allotments, leave, career information, and remarks.

3. LES A full LES is issued only at the end of each month. Mid-month pay statements are available from about the second week through the end of the third week until replaced by an LES. See below on how to read the sponsor’s LES: LES Breakout:

Block 1

Members Name

Block 2

Members Social Security Number

Block 3

Member Pay Grade (Rank)

Block 4

Pay Date (Date of Enlistment/Commission)

Block 5

Completed Years of Service

Block 6

Expiration Term of Service

Block 7

Branch of Service

Block 8

Accounting & Disbursing Station Number

Block 9

Period Covered By Statement

Block 10

Members Total Entitlements Identified by Type

Block 11

Total Entitlements before Deductions

Block 12

Standard Deductions Identified by Type

Block 13

Total Deductions

Block 14

Allotments (Elected Deductions) Identified by Type

Block 15

Total Allotments

Block 16

Amount Carried from Previous Month

Block 17

Total Pay Entitlements


Block 18

Total Standard Deductions

Block 19

Total Allotments

Block 20

Total Due Member This Pay Period

Block 21

Amount Carried Forward

Block 22

Actual Amount to Be Deposited

Block 23

Number of Leave Days Brought Forward From Previous FY

Block 24

Number of Leave Days Earned In Current FY

Block 25

Number of Leave Days Used in Current FY

Block 26

Current Leave Balance

Block 27

Leave through Expiration Term of Service

Block 28

Leave Lost from Prior FY

Block 29

Number of Leave Days Sold

Block 30

Number of Leave Days That Must Be Used Before the End of the FY

Block 31

Amount of Taxable Wages for the Current Month

Block 32

Total Taxable Wages Year to Date

Block 33

Marital Status for Federal Tax Purposes

Block 34

Number of Exemptions for Federal Tax Purposes

Block 35

Additional Federal Tax Withholdings

Block 36

Total Amount of Taxes Deducted Year to Date

Block 37

Amount of Taxable Wages for the Current Month

Block 38

Total Taxable Social Security Wages Year to Date

Block 39

Amount of Social Security Taxes Paid

Block 40

Total Taxable Wages for Medicare Year to Date

Block 41

Amount of Medicare Taxes Paid Year to Date

Block 42

State of Legal Residence Identification Code


Block 43

Taxable Wages Subject to State Tax in Current Month

Block 44

Taxable Wages Subject To State Taxes Year to Date

Block 45

Marital Status for State Tax Withholdings

Block 46

Number of Exemptions Used In Computing State Tax

Block 47

Amount of State Tax Paid Year to Date

Block 48

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Rate (With or Without Dependents)

Block 49

Dependent Identification

Block 50

Zip Code of Residence for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Purposes

Block 51

Amount of Rent Paid Each Month (Somewhat Obsolete)

Block 52

Others Residing At Your Residence (Somewhat Obsolete)

Block 53

Indicates Owning or Renting (Somewhat Obsolete)

Block 54

Oversees Country Code for Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)

Block 55

Number of Dependants for Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)

Block 56

Oversees Country Code for Dependants

Block 57

BAS Ration Type

Block 58

Charitable Deductions Year to Date

Block 59

Army Country Code

Block 60

Pass Code for Army Deployment

Block 61

Year to Date Gross Entitlements (If All Taxable)

Block 62

Year to Date Taxable Deductions (If All Taxable)

Block 63

Any Comments from DFAS-DE on Entitlement Changes Also Used For Local Comments

Block 64

Identification of Bank for Sure Pay Deposit and Account Number

Block 65

Information on Basic Allowance (BAH) for Housing and Basic for Entitlement




FINANCIAL ISSUES The A&FRC’s Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) offers information, education, and personal financial counseling. One-on-one counseling and classes are available on budgeting, checkbook maintenance, establishing credit, consumer protection, investments, and debt liquidation. When seminars are planned they will be announced in the Daily Bulletin and in the base newspaper. (Call 213-7873)

(For Financial Tips, See Section III “Financial Tips for Spouses”).

FISHER HOUSE Fisher House is a home-away-from-home for the families of seriously ill or injured patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 45 Fisher Houses located on 18 military installations and 15 VA medical centers. Three more are under construction. Call (888) 294-8560 or visit for more information.




HOUSING The Housing Management Office is located at 4405 Lehr St. on Vance AFB, and the office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Privatized Housing Office (Pinnacle Hunt) is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Their office is located at 1386 Lehr in base housing. The contact number is 234-0498. You can also contact them at Pinnacle Hunt is responsible for the maintenance and repair of your assigned home, refuse collection and disposal, pest control and snow removal from streets. The base security forces and base fire department serve as the first response to emergency calls within privatized housing.

1. Lockouts If a housing resident is locked out of their home they should contact Pinnacle Hunt at 234-0498 during normal working hours and after normal working hours. Proper identification is required. There is a small fee to replace permanently lost keys and for after hours lock-outs.

2. Maintenance and Repair Call Pinnacle Hunt help desk at 234-0498 for maintenance and repair requests for on base housing. This number is available 24-hours a day for housing or base personnel. When a call or request is received, the service call specialist will assign a priority. The goal for each priority is as follows: Emergency - complete within 24 hours; Urgent - complete within three working days; and Routinecomplete within seven days

3. Do it Yourself (DIY Supply) The Pinnacle Hunt DIY supply is located at 4427 Lehr St. and has many items to help improve your home. Examples of available supplies are touch-up paint kits, plastic shovels, basic tool kits, filters, and fluorescent bulbs. Please go by and look for those items that will improve your unit.

4. Trash and Recycling Vance residents receive trash pickup once a week-typically Wednesdays. When a holiday falls on the pick up day, trash will be picked up the following workday. Base residents may place their recyclables. Newspapers, plastics, aluminum cans, tin cans, glass and cardboard must be placed on the curb and will be collected on Thursdays.


5. Tenant Responsibilities Vance AFB maintains quiet hours from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. As a general rule, children under 12 years of age should not be left unsupervised, with the degree of supervision later decreasing as the child’s level of maturity and ability to accept responsibility increases. Anyone under 18 years old must be off the streets or any other public area on Vance unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian from 11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 8:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday. There is an exception for minors returning home from work or an official base function. Residents are permitted to run small business enterprises from their assigned home. (A business enterprise is defined as a commercial activity conducted for profit.) Written approval must be requested and received from Pinnacle Hunt prior to commencing business. Fund-raising, scout activities, school sales, etc., require prior approval from Pinnacle Hunt. Once a year, all residents have the opportunity to participate in a large garage sale held at the base picnic area; these events ARE open to the general public. Private yard sales are not authorized in housing. Pinnacle Hunt limits the number of pets you may have. No resident may have more than two dogs, two cats, or one of each. Residents must notify Pinnacle Hunt within five days of acquiring a pet. Also, pet owners must bring verification of immunization along with pet registration. Pets must also be registered with the base veterinarian. Pets must always be maintained on a leash when outside of your home or fenced yard. (NOTE): Certain breeds of dogs will not be allowed in privatized housing. Contact Pinnacle Hunt for details and breed of dog. Snow removal for residents’ sidewalks and driveways will be provided if the snowfall is greater than two inches once conditions permit. However, main roads, side streets, and sidewalks have priority. Snow shovels and ice melt are available. Much more information is available in the Pinnacle Hunt guidelines. A copy may be obtained by contacting the Pinnacle Hunt office or by accessing their web site

6. Off-Base Housing Referral Services offered     

A Complete listing of available rental property (Houses, Apartments and Duplexes) in the Enid community. Homes for sale information Deposit waivers for AD military members Point of Contact for any renter/landlord dispute Information about the Enid community available


7. Quick Reference for Utilities Note: Please call the housing referral office at 213-7438 to request the deposit waiver for utilities before you contact the various city agencies.   

City of Enid Water Department call 234-0440 OG & E (electric) 1-800-522-3230 Gas (ONG) 1-800-664-5463 (no waiver of fees available)

IDENTIFICATION CARDS: MILITARY PERSONNEL FLIGHT CUSTOMER SERVICE Spouses and families needing assistance with Military Identification (ID) Cards and Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) updates should contact the 71st Force Support Squadron, Military Personnel Element, Customer Service Branch at 213-7500 for an appointment. ID card and DEERS Customers are now seen via appointment or on a walk-in basis Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. Customer Service closes for nd th training on the 2 and 4 Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Customers with appointments are given priority service. We are located in bldg 500, Suite 124. If needing a Military ID card, each member of your family will require a separate appointment. Appointment times are set in 20 minute increments. Please contact the Military Personnel Element with any questions at 213-7500. Your military sponsor must sign/initiate the process.

When your sponsor is overseas on a remote tour and you need to renew your ID card, advise your spouse to initiate your ID application at his/her location. The authorization needs to be mailed to you.

JOINT SERVICES Vance is the U.S. Air Force’s only Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training base training more than 400 Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and allied student pilots. As such, the Vance family includes many spouses accustomed to the cultures of other services. There is a difference between the different services when it comes to the organization of spouse groups and activities.

Much like the A&FRC, Navy spouses also operate with the support of a governmental office. In the Navy, it is known as a Family Readiness Group (FRG). According to governing directives, they exist to plan, coordinate and conduct support activities to enhance family readiness, which the Navy recognizes as a vital component to mission readiness.


Also, as with the Air Force, Navy spouses’ groups are always active providing support in a multitude of forms (spiritual, psychological, and even material). Just as in the case of Air Force deployments, remote tours and extended TDY’s, spouse groups in the Navy become especially relevant during command deployment and when families are left at home for extended periods of time. While there may also be a social/ entertainment aspect to these organizations, their primary function is to institute a caring and supporting environment for family members in need when the military member is “over the horizon” executing the mission. This support structure becomes especially critical for Navy spouses due to the large amount of time a Navy member spends away from his or her family.

The main difference, however, is that all Navy spouses’ groups are set up similar to the Air Force’s basewide Officer and/or Enlisted Spouses’’ Club(s) (OSC/ESC/SC). A Navy spouse, then, is used to the squadron or unit’s spouses’ group operating as a full fledged club, with leadership elected from volunteers. The Commanding Officer’s spouse is an advisor to the club, just as the Wing Commander’s spouse is an advisor for the Air Force’s OSC, and the Command Chief’s spouse is an advisor for the Air Force’s ESC or where these clubs are combined both the Wing Commander’s spouse and the Command Chief’s spouse share the role of advisor.

In the Navy, then, the spouses’ clubs are unit-level groups (a unit being an aviation squadron or ship). This is not to say that base-wide (aka Air Force “Wing”) or wing-wide (aka Air Force “Group”) Spouse Clubs do not exist in the Navy. Many higher level commands (Naval Station, aviation wing or ship squadron) have spouse organizations, but they are secondary to the spouse support organizations that exist at the unit-level. The other difference is in terminology. The squadron and unit clubs are called a “Officer Spouses’ Club” and an “Enlisted Spouses’ Cub” and use the generalized abbreviations “OSC” and “ESC”.

The structure and methods of Navy spouses’ clubs are a direct result of the environment in which they operate. Leadership requirements and command structure have been tailored to the unique challenges of operating at sea. Leadership is pushed to the lowest command level because historically ships would sail to distant seas for months or years with little to no capability to communicate with “the beach” and the leadership had to implement measures to ensure a Captain and his crew could accomplish their tasking without direct oversight. This same mindset is reflected in the OSC and ESC structure of today. They also operate at the lowest command level so sailors at sea can be more comfortable knowing their families have a tight knit system of support that can withstand long-term separation.

Another reason Spouses’ Clubs are most effective at the unit level is Navy commands assigned to the same “home port” (base from which they deploy) do not share many commonalities. Air, ship, land-based and subsurface commands may reside together on the same base while “ashore,” but they usually execute vastly different missions and operate on separate timetables. This results in the relevant issues of an individual spouses’ club being very different than those spouses’ organizations that are geographically close. Even on those bases with units that share a common mission or weapons system, the spouses’ clubs tend not to intermingle because of the differences in deployment schedules.


Unlike a Wing-down, base-centric command structure as seen in the Air Force, Navy operational commands have dual, parallel chains of command. With rare exception, every “fleet unit” has an administrative chain of command and an operational chain of command with one taking precedence over the other depending on whether the command is deployed or ashore. These two chains of command do not intersect until reaching above the 2-star level and neither includes the Base Commanding Officer. Therefore, organizing spouses’ clubs above the unit level does not make sense.

LEGAL The Vance Legal Office provides legal assistance to Air Force members, dependents, and retirees on personal civil matters. Legal Assistance is available in Building 500, Suite 202, call 213-7404. Days and times are subject to change so please call in advance. The most common (and important) services provided by the Legal Office include:

1. Power Of Attorney This document gives one person (usually the dependent spouse) the authorization to act on another person’s (usually the Air Force member) behalf. There are several different types of Power of Attorney (POA), each targeting a specific need:

a. General POA gives one person complete authorization to act in all matters on behalf of another (i.e., authority to sign legal documents, mortgage agreements, loan agreements, bill of sale, etc.). There is no required time limit on a general power of attorney, although some attorneys advise a statute of limitation of some sort, generally one or two years.

b. Special (or ‘Express’) POA is designed for a particular purpose, such as signing mortgage papers on a new house, selling an automobile, allowing someone else to make medical decisions for your dependent children, etc. The agent (person given the authority to act) has no authority or power beyond the specific reason cited in the POA. POA’s are revoked on the death of the principal (the person giving the authorization) and most may not be used when a person is mentally incompetent.

c. Durable power of Attorney for Health Care appoints someone to make health care decisions if the grantor becomes mentally incompetent or otherwise unable to make their own decisions about their health care. This may be used with or without a Living Will.


2. Wills While no one likes to think about their death, not planning for the future can have disastrous results. Quite simply, if you die without a will, the law decides who will get your money, material assets, guardianship of your children, etc., no matter what you wanted. Even if your spouse told you, in front of witnesses, that everything will be yours upon his/her death, the law may decide differently (and in most cases than not, usually does). A will is a very flexible instrument and can be structured to fit each individual’s need. Consider the more common means of Estate Planning:

a. Simple Will is the ‘plain vanilla’ of all Estate Planning. This will usually state that one spouse gives all his/her assets to the surviving spouse. However, a spouse may name other beneficiaries in addition to the surviving spouse. Guardian(s) for any children can be named and specific bequests can be made to individuals, institutions, etc. As in any will, an Executor is named, usually, but not always, the spouse.

b. Living Will, which in Oklahoma is called an Advance Directive for Health Care, basically allows one to state that in the event he/she is physically and mentally incapacitated to the point of no recovery, no artificial means or heroic measure should be taken to prolong life.

3. Other Documents Trust is a legal agreement designed to ensure the future support of the surviving spouse, the future support and education of the children of the testator (one who is make the trust) and to preserve the capital (assets) of the estate. A Trust allows one to give control of his/her assets to a Trustee (bank, lawyer, trusted individual) before death for the benefit of another. The Legal Office does not prepare trusts, but if you consult with a Judge Advocate, he/she can help you determine whether you need such an instrument.

4. Notary Public Another common and valuable service provided by the Legal Office is that of the Notary Public. Most legal documents require execution before a Notary Public. Simply put, a Notary is an authorized public officer who witnesses and attests to the authenticity of signatures on legal documents (will, bill of sale, transfer of property title, etc.).

5. Basic Advice The Legal Office can render advice on a wide variety of subjects including tax questions, debtor/creditor problems, some real estate transactions and domestic law (separations, divorces, child custody suits, adoptions). The important difference between these areas of concern and the above detailed POA’s, wills, and Notary Public 74

Services, is that the latter items can be drawn up and executed by the Legal Office. State law prohibits the Vance AFB attorneys from representing individuals in such matters as divorce and child custody suits.

If your legal needs cannot be resolved by a Vance AFB attorney, you will be given information about area attorney referral services. These services will provide you with names of attorneys specializing in the type of law your situation requires. You may also qualify for ‘pro bono’ status, so be sure to ask about it. (Pro bono means free of charge.)

LIBRARY (See Base Services)

LODGING (See Base Services)

MEDICAL NEEDS 71st Medical Group is located at Bldg 810. The clinics currently offered are Family Practice, Flight Medicine, Pediatrics, Optometry, Dental, Health and Wellness Center (Bldg 316) and Mental Health (Bldg 816). The clinic also houses a Radiology Department, Laboratory, and Pharmacy. Vance Clinic does not have an emergency room. All emergencies will be treated at local Enid Hospitals. If you are enrolled in TRICARE Prime you need to follow their procedures. For persons not enrolled in TRICARE Prime care may be sought at any medical treatment facility. Charges will be cost shared through TRICARE Extra/Standard. See ENID AND THE SURROUNDING AREA: MEDICAL FACILITIES for a list of Enid Medical Facilities.

1. Appointments Call the appointment line at 213-7416 or make an appointment in the clinic On-Line. You can also use the following toll free number 1-888-383-1854 to make an appointment


2. Clinic Hours nd


Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,closed 2 and 4 Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m.

3. Emergency Care During Clinic Hours Call your PCM at 213-7416 for urgent and routine health care needs.

4. Emergency Care After Clinic Hours 

Call your Primary Care Manager at 249-4471

Emergency Care: Call 911 or seek care at the nearest hospital

Call your Primary Care Manager (PCM) within 24 hours to report the visit

5. Emergencies While Away From Vance 

In an emergency, access the nearest medical facility; contact your PCM as soon as possible.

Urgent Care: Call your PCM at 1-580-249-4471 prior to seeking care.

6. Mental Health Clinic (see Mental Health Clinic) 213-7419

7. Patient Advocate The patient advocate program is designed with the patient in mind to act as your advocate for any health care related needs whether in the clinic or in the local community. Each section of the clinic usually has a primary and alternate patient advocate for the section. This is the first person a patient should talk to for a concern in that area. For example, if you have an issue related to off-base care, the Referral Management advocate would be your first stop. For a billing or enrollment question, please see the TRICARE Service Center. There are primarily and alternate patient advocates for the Med Group in general, including issues related to off base care and billing. They also stand ready to help if the section is not able to resolve the issue. The primary patient advocates can be reached at 213-7745 and 213-6343 and can also be reached by e mail at


8. The Pharmacy Is open Monday through Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm and is closed for lunch daily from nd


12:30pm – 1:30pm daily. The pharmacy is closed on the 2 and 4 Thursday of each month at 2:00pm.

a. Pharmacy Refills: Call 213-7292 or 1-800-453-0387 by 7:00 a.m. to have refills by 10:00 a.m. Anything called in after 7:00 a.m. will be available the next duty day after 10:00 a.m. Please be ready to provide the last four of your social security number and the numeric portion of your prescription number. b. All local pharmacies off base participate in the TRICARE Retail Pharmacy program and will fill prescriptions after hours. There is a co-pay of $3 or $9 for non-active duty and you may receive no more than a 30 day supply.

9. Special Needs Program - The purpose is to identify family members with special needs and ensure the availability of medical and educational services required for family members prior to reassignment. The Special Needs Coordinator can be reached at 213-6343.

10. TRICARE service line: 1-800-444-5445

TRICARE South region provides health care services and support in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, most of Tennessee and most of Texas.

Humana Military Toll-free Telephone Phone: 1-800-444-5445 Humana Military Web site Claims Mailing Address (Prime, Prime Remote, Extra and Standard): TRICARE South Region Claims Department P.O. Box 7031 Camden, SC 29020-7031


Toll-free Telephone Number for Claims Assistance 1-800-403-3950 TRICARE South Region Claims Web site

11. Referrals A Primary Care Manager (PCM) writes a routine referral to receive medical care from a civilian provider specialist). The patient receives a call within 72 hours and/or a mailed authorization letter in seven to ten business days. A patient can also access referral status by calling 1-800-444-5445 or going online The Referral Management Center (RMC) can make an appointment (213-5082) or a patient may call the specialist after receiving a written referral in the mail. Call the RMC staff at 213-5082 if you have questions or help in the referral process.

a. If a specialist refers a patient to another specialist, the patient must contact his/her PCM for approval and a new referral if it is unrelated to the reason you were referred. If it is related, you do not need to get another referral from your PCM. For example, if you are referred to a neurologist for neck pain, the neurologist may refer you to a physical therapist or neurosurgeon for further treatment without a new referral from your PCM. If you tell the neurologist about your severe heartburn, you’ll need a referral from your PCM to see the gastroenterologist.

b. Occasionally beneficiaries may be referred by one of the Vance clinic healthcare providers to the USAF Clinics at Sheppard AFB or Tinker AFB. Appointments are made through Patient Affairs ONLY on referral from one of the doctors. If services are available at these facilities, you may be offered the opportunity for an appointment. Please contact Referral Management for further information. *For assistance to families of seriously ill or injured patients See Fisher House.

MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC The Vance Mental Health Clinic is a base helping agency that offers a variety of counseling and counseling related services to eligible tri-care beneficiaries. Services are provided by credentialed/licensed mental health professionals and augmented by paraprofessional technicians.

Mental Health offers general counseling for most concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, stress, occupational problems, inter-personal problems, mood disorders, etc‌. Bio-feedback and psychological/academic testing are also offered.


Your privacy and confidentiality are important to us. In general the same confidentiality rules apply at the Mental Health Clinic as are found in the local community. Exceptions to confidentiality are child, elder, or spousal abuse.

If a spouse comes into the clinic and asks for restrictive reporting, services may be offered without being reported. Exceptions to this involve issues of immedient degree of the involvement of children. Records may be obtained for civilian or military criminal investigations. In addition, information is reviewed to ascertain if psychiatric care needs can be met at certain overseas locations. Please ask a staff member at the Mental Health Clinic for a more thorough explanation.

If you do not desire counseling services, the Mental Health Clinic has prevention pamphlets covering a variety of topics. Video resources for marriage enhancement and parenting are also available and can be signed out.

The Mental Health Clinic is open Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays and designated down days. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is located on Gott Road, Building 816. Please call 213-7419 to contact the Mental Health Clinic.

The Family Advocacy Program The Family Advocacy Program provides assessment and treatment for domestic violence and child maltreatment incidents. Secondarily, prevention services, such as marital counseling and psycho-educational classes, are also available. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, education, information and referral, and treatment services for alcohol and drug issues.



Air Force Acronyms and Abbreviations The military language of acronyms can be confusing for all spouses....



Army Air Force Exchange Service


Airman Basic


Airman First Class


Air Combat Command


Air Command and Staff College (as a Major)


Active Duty Service Commitment


Air Education and Training Command


Air Force Aid Society


Air Force Base


Air Force Manpower and Personnel Center


Airman & Family Readiness Center


Air Force Specialty Code (a number assigned to specific AF jobs and skills)


Air Mobility Command




Air National Guard


Area of Responsibility


Aero Post Office (Overseas)


American Red Cross


Air War College (as Lt Col or Col)


Absent Without Leave ("A-wall")


Basic Allowance for Housing


Basic Allowance for Subsistence


Battle Dress Uniform (camouflage uniforms)


Buddy Instructor Pilot


Bachelor Officer Quarters



Base Exchange (AF), Post Exchange (Army)


Commanders Awareness Program


Captain (Capt and below are company grade officers) Capt wears 2 silver bars


Crisis Action Team


Commander/Commanding Officer


Career Development Course


Commander Chief Master Sergeant


First Sergeant


Civil Engineering (on base maintenance)




Colonel ("full bird") (rank is an eagle)


Chief Master Sergeant


Cost of Living Allowance


Continental United States (OCONUS - outside US)


Civilian Personnel Office


Defense Commissary Agency


Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (ID cards)


Date of Eligibility to Return from Overseas


Defense Finance and Accounting Service


Dislocation Allowance


Duties not including flying (due to illness or injury)


Operations Officer (Air Force)


Department of Defense


Department of Defense Dependent Schools



Date of Rank


Defense Outplacement Eligibility Reporting System


Date of Separation


Deferred Payment Plan


Dependent Spouse


Defense Switch Network (worldwide telephone system


Elimination check


Exceptional Family Member Program


Equal Opportunity


Emergency Operations Center


Emergency procedures


Enlisted Performance Report


Enlisted Spouses Group


First Assignment Instructor Pilot


Flight examiner


Foreign Object Debris


Flying Training Squadron


Greenwich Mean Time


Government Owned Vehicle


Geographically Separated Unit


Unsatisfactory grade on a training mission


Headquarters (generally where wing commander’s office is)


Instrument Flight Simulator


Inspector General


Instructor Pilot


Judge Advocate General (base legal office)



Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training


Joint Travel Regulation (determines a family's weight allowance for a move)


Leave and Earning Statement (Pay slip)


Lieutenant Colonel (U.S. Army abbreviation)


Logistics Group (Commander)


Letter of Counseling


Letter of Reprimand


Lieutenant (one gold bar second lieutenant/one silver bar First Lieutenant)


Lieutenant Colonel (rank, silver leaf)


Major (Majors and above are field grade officers; a Major wears a gold leaf)


Major Command (like AETC, AMC)


Merit assignment ranking system


Manifestations of apprehension


Military Operations Area


Military Personnel Flight


Master Sergeant


Mission Support Squadron


Morale, Welfare & Recreation


Non-Appropriated Fund


Noncommissioned Officer


Noncommissioned Officer in Charge


Not Later Than (RNLT - report no later than...)


Nuclear Surety Inspection



National Security Personnel System (jobs for Civil Service workers on base)


Officer in Charge




Operations Group Commander


Deputy Operations Group Commander


Office of Primary Responsibility


Operational Readiness Inspection


Officers’ Spouse Club


Office of Special Investigations


Operations Support Squadron (included in Operation Group with Flying Squadrons)


Officer Training School


Pacific Air Forces


Progress check


Permanent Change of Assignment


Permanent Change of Station


Primary Care Manager


Pilot Instructor Training


Personal Financial Management Program


Professional Military Education


Point of Contact


Privately Owned Vehicle


Quality Assurance Evaluator (people who check what the contractor does) ("Qway")


Relocation Assistance Program



Radar Approach Control


Runway Control Structure/Runway Supervisory Unit “The Box”


Reduction in Force


Reserve Officer Training Corps


Response If You Please (expected yes or no)


Sexual Assault Program Resource Office


Sexual Assault Response Coordinator


Survivor Benefit Plan


Selective Early Retirement Board


Security Forces


Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance




Self-initiated elimination




Special Monitoring System


Supervisor of Flying


Standard Operating Procedure


Squadron Officer School


Student (Pilot) Officers’ Spouses’ Club


U.S. Southern Command


Senior Master Sergeant


Senior Airman


Supplemental Separation Benefit


Staff Sergeant


Social Security Number (usually sponsors not yours


unless stated) STAN/EVAL

Standardization and Evaluation (area where check rides come from)


Stripes for Exceptional Performers


U.S. Strategic Command


Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training


Designates a Trainer Aircraft


Transition Assistance Program


Temporary Duty Assignment (cross countries, short trips, training classes)


Temporary Living Facilities


Transportation Management Office (sets up to move household goods)


Training Operations Center


Training Review Board-Board of officers convened to review a students training


Technical Sergeant


Uniform Code of Military Justice


Unit Effectiveness Inspection (Big inspection from HQ AETC)


Uniform Code of Military Justice


Unfavorable Information File


Unaccompanied Officers' Quarters


Undergraduate Pilot Training


United States Air Force Academy


Unites States Air Force - Europe



Veteran’ Administration


Variable Housing Allowance (additional money for housing if applicable)


Visiting Officers Quarters


Voluntary Separation Incentive


Weighted Airman Promotion System


Women, Infants and Children’s Program




Executive Officer


Initial Progress Check


Final Progress Check

2. Naval Acronyms And Abbreviations BOLTER

An attempt at an arrested landing on an aircraft carrier where the aircraft arresting hook fails to engage the arresting gear


Perform touch-and-goes or FCLPs


Old term standing for Carrier Air Group Commander (now known as CVW)


Chief of Naval Operations


Chief of Naval Personnel


Commanding Officer


Aircraft Carrier


Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier


Carrier Air Wing (used to be CAG)


Carrier Qualification



Person in the Naval Personnel Command who handles future assignments for officers


Fitness Report (similar to Air Force Officer Performance Report (OPR))


Field Carrier Landing Practice


Flight Duty Officer (like Air Force Squadron Supervisor)


Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Board (like Air Force FEB)


Foreign Object Damage


Fleet Replacement Squadron (previously the “RAG”)


General Quarters



JO Junior Officer

Usually O-3 and below


Junior Officer Protection Association (informal grouping of all O-1 to O-3)


Landing Signal Officer


Maintenance Officer (usually a senior O-4)


Naval Air Station


Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (program)


Naval Flight Officer


Navy & Marine Corps Intranet


Operations Duty Officer (like Air Force Base Supervisor of Flying (SOF))


Officer of the Deck


Officer in Charge (or OinC)

Ops O

Operations Officer (usually a senior O-4)



Quality Assurance Officer


Replacement Air Group (now known as FRS)


Runway Duty Officer (like Air Force RSU)


Search and Rescue


Squadron Duty Officer


Standard Operating Procedures


Surface Warfare Officer (ship drivers)


Temporary Additional Duty (Temporary Duty (TDY) in the Air Force)


Tactical Action Officer


Perform an arrested landing on an aircraft carrier


Unrestricted Line Officer (Naval Aviators and SWOs are URL)



Executive Officer (2 in command, similar position to Air Force DO)

3. Military Terms and Phrases of the Air Force Accompanied Tour

Tour of duty with family members

Active Duty

Member is on active duty

Advanced Pay

Payment before (duty performed) actually earned

Airman and Family

An Air Force organization of professionals who assist

Readiness Center


commanders in their responsibility for the health and welfare of the military community and support mission readiness by helping individuals and families adapt to the changes and demands of military life Emergency call to be ready


Allotment Allowance

Designated payment by member or civilian employee to bank or individual Pay and special compensation

Article 15

Non-judicial punishment given by squadron commander

Base Ops

Base Operations


Medical, dental, commissary, BX


Dress Uniform

Career Program Casual Officer

Grouping of civilian employee positions at grades GS-11 and higher in the same career field Officer at Vance awaiting start of Pilot training

Chain of Command

Leadership structure


Military minister, priest, rabbi, or pastor


Class VI

Refers to civilian employees who work for the Department of the Air Force (DAF) employees or Civil Service employees (can also be referred to as DoD employees). Other civilians on a base may work for contractors, AAFES (Exchange Services) or other agencies. Beverage Store (Alcohol)

Code of Conduct

Rules by which military must live


National and unit/organizational flags

Commander Commissary

The officer in charge of an entire unit or the military members Grocery store for military


All ranking officers O-1 and up have a “Commission�

Company Grade

Second Lieutenants, First Lieutenants and Captains

Court Martial

Trial system within the military

Cross Country

Training flight from one base to another


Dash One

Explains how the airplane works (like an owner's manual)

Deployment Dining In

Military or civilian employee sent on a mission without family members Formal dinner for military members only

Dining Out

Formal dinner for military members and spouses


Kegelman Auxiliary Field (landing field northwest of Enid)


Enlisted Club (at Vance a Co-located Officer/Enlisted)


T-37 runway supervisory unit (RSU)

Enlisted Esprit de Corps

Either an Airman, Non Commissioned Officer, or Senior Non Commissioned Officer Morale within unit or organization

Family Advocacy

A Program that addresses family issues and concerns

Field Grade

Majors, Lieutenant Colonels, and Colonels

First Shirt

First Sergeant

Flight Doc

Physician for flying personnel

Force Shaping

Program to reduce number of Active Duty forces


Gathering of military in a prescribed way


Force Protection Condition – Measure of threat condition set by the base


Assume next higher grade without pay

Fruit Salad

Ribbons and medals worn on uniform


Equipment used by military and civilian employees

GI Bill

Education entitlement


Corresponds to pay level of military or civilian employee (e.g., E-3, O-1, GS-4) Military member of the Army or Air National Guard

Guard Member



Unit identification flag

Hazardous Duty Pay

Extra pay for duty in hostile area

Housing Office

Where you check in for housing

ID Card Insignia

Identification card issued to legally recognized members of military family Indicates branch of military




Dogs trained for military police service

Key Spouse Klick

A Commander named and hand selected spouse for a leadership role within the unit Slang for kilometer

Last Four

Last four numbers of sponsors social security number




Approved time away from duty


Cockpit simulators

Location Allowance

Allowance received for PCS move


Equipment and support needed for performance

Mess Dress Motor Pool

Formal attire; short jacket equivalent to “white tie and tails” Area where official vehicles are kept


Enlisted Staff Sgt To Chief Master Sgt (E-5 through E-9)


Officers' Club (on Vance Collocated Officer/Enlisted)


Second Lt through General (O-1 through O-9)


Spoken or written instructions to military members (usually for TDY’s Deployments, or PCS’s) Central location for pre-departure for flight crews

One Stop


Power of Attorney Protocol

Legal document permitting a person to act on behalf of another Customs and courtesies


Government housing for married members



Official title of member (also relative position within a military grade such as sergeant or captain) An overseas assignment, usually for 12-18 Months. Families cannot accompany sponsor Army and Air National Guard and US and Air Force Reserve and equivalent in other services Bugle/flag ceremony at end of the day


List of members by name

Rotate Ruffles and Flourishes

Move to next duty station Musical honor for general officers and equivalent ranking officials

Separation Pay

Pay for unaccompanied duty


T- 38 Runway Supervisory Unit (RSU)

Short Timer

Person with short time left to serve on active duty

Short Tour

Unaccompanied tour

Sick Call

Specific block of time for medical attention


Name of a flight

Space “A�

Space available (referring to aircraft space)

Sponsor Subsistence

Salaried government worker assigned to assist another with relocating Food allowance

Sure Pay

Direct Deposit to bank


T-38s real name

Tech School

Formal school training for a military job

Remote Reserve Component


Terminal Leave

Leave taken right before retirement

Texan 2



Threat Condition measured by DoD


Medical Insurance for members and dependents


Group of military members, both officers and enlisted personnel, assigned to work together with a common purpose and goal A day off; not counted against leave

Wing Down Day

4. Military Terms And Phrases Of The Navy Aft

In, near or toward the stern of the ship


Slang, a naval aviator


Term used to acknowledge receipt of a command or order from senior


To cancel an order; stop; firmly secure a line

Black Shoe

An officer who is not an aviator

Brown Shoe

An officer who is an aviator

Blue Jacket

Navy enlisted member below the grade of CPO


Slang, any remote or isolated place


Slang for recruit


0-6 rank or commanding officer of a ship or squadron


Almost any paper document (i.e. Leave Chit, Request Chit, Up Chit)


National ensign; distinguishing flag flown to indicate a ship’s nationality



Gun Deck

To pencil-whip or write-up paperwork after the fact 94

Hash Mark

Slang, service stripe worn on uniform of enlisted personnel

Key Wife

The Marine Corps equivalent to a Navy Ombudsman




Authorized absence of individual from place of duty, not chargeable as leave

Med Down

Medically grounded from flying (like Air Force DNIF)



Passage (way)






Turn To

An order to begin work

NOTE: The “V” in squadron and ship designations stands for fixed-wing. VF VFA

Fixed-Wing Fighter Squadron Fixed-Wing Fighter-Attack Squadron


Fixed-Wing Patrol Squadron


Fixed-Wing Training Squadron


Fixed-Wing Aircraft Carrier


Fixed-Wing Aircraft Carrier, Nuclear Propulsion






6. Military Time For a quick configuration after 12 noon, just add 12 to the time and you will have the military time. Example: 2:00pm plus 12:00 will give you 1400

1:00 a.m.


2:00 a.m.


3:00 a.m.


4:00 a.m.


5:00 a.m.


6:00 a.m.


7:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m.


12:00 noon


1:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m.


7:00 p.m.


8:00 p.m.


9:00 p.m.


10:00 p.m.

2200 98

11:00 p.m.


12:00 midnight



7. Military Service Ranks, Grades, Insignia And Rates



8. FPCON Conditions And Definitions

Terrorist Force Protection Condition (FPCON is measured by the base.) These different levels are:

FPCON NORMAL: Exists when a general threat of possible terrorist activity exists but warrants only a routine security posture.

FPCON ALPHA: This condition applies when there is a general threat of possible terrorist activity against personnel and facilities, the nature and extent of which are unpredictable, and circumstances do not justify full implementation of FPCON BRAVO measures. However, it may be necessary to implement certain measures from higher THREATCONS resulting from intelligence received or as a deterrent. The measures in this THREATCON must be capable of being maintained indefinitely.

FPCON BRAVO: This condition applies when an increased and more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists. The measures in this THREATCON must be capable of being maintained for weeks without causing undue hardship, affecting operational capability, and aggravating relations with local authorities.

FPCON CHARLIE: This condition applies when an incident occurs or intelligence is received indicating some form of terrorist action against personnel and facilities is imminent. Implementation of measures in this THREATCON for more than a short period probably will create hardship and affect the peacetime activities of the unit and its personnel.

FPCON DELTA: This condition applies in the immediate area where a terrorist attack has occurred or when intelligence has been received that terrorist action against a specific location or person is likely. Normally, this THREATCON is declared as a localized condition.



9. 71 Flying Training Wing Organizational Chart


10. Aircraft Flown at Vance AFB

T-6A Texan II

Primary Function: The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer designed to train Joint Primary Pilot Training (JPPT) students in basic flying skills common to U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots. Builder: Raytheon Aircraft Co. Powerplant: 1,100 horsepower Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turbo-prop engine Wingspan: 33.5 feet (10.19 meters) Length: 33.4 feet (10.16 meters) Height: 10.7 feet (3.23 meters) Speed: 320 miles per hour Standard Basic Empty Weight: 6,500 pounds (2,955 kilograms) Ceiling: 31,000 feet (9448.8 meters) Range: 900 nautical miles (1,667 kilometers) Crew: Two, student pilot and instructor pilot Armament: None Date Deployed: The first operational T-6A arrived at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, in May 2000. Instructor pilot training in the T-6A began at Randolph in 2000. JPPT began in October 2001 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Unit Cost: $4.272 million Inventory: Active force, 454 aircraft by 2010 (current acquisition plans)


T-38 Talon

Primary Function: The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record. Advanced jet pilot trainer for students selected for the bomber or fighter tracks. Builder: Northrop Corp. Power Plant: Two General Electric J85-GE-5 turbojet engines with afterburners Thrust: 2,050 pounds dry thrust; 2,900 with afterburners Thrust (with PMP): 2,200 pounds dry thrust; 3,300 with afterburners Length: 46 feet, 4 inches (14 meters) Height: 12 feet, 10 inches (3.8 meters) Wingspan: 25 feet, 3 inches (7.6 meters) Speed: 812 mph (Mach 1.08 at sea level) Ceiling: Above 55,000 feet (16,764 meters) Maximum Takeoff Weight: 12,093 pounds (5,485 kilograms) Range: 1,093 miles Armament: T-38A/C: none; AT-38B: provisions for practice bomb dispenser Unit Cost: $756,000 (1961 constant dollars) Crew: Two, student and instructor Date Deployed: The Talon first flew in 1959. More than 1,100 were delivered to the Air Force between 1961 and 1972 when production ended. Inventory: Active force, 546; ANG, 0; Reserve 0


T-1A Jayhawk

Primary Function: The T-1A Jayhawk is a medium-range, twin-engine jet trainer used in the advanced phase of specialized undergraduate pilot training for students selected to fly airlift or tanker aircraft. It is also used to support navigator training for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and international services. Builder: Raytheon Corp. (Beech) Power Plant: Two Pratt and Whitney JT15D-5B turbofan engines Thrust: 2,900 pounds each engine Length: 48 feet, 5 inches (14.75 meters) Height: 13 feet, 11 inches (4.24 meters) Wingspan: 43 feet, 6 inches (13.25 meters) Maximum Speed: 538 miles per hour (Mach .78) Ceiling: 41,000 feet (12,500 meters) Maximum Takeoff Weight: 16,100 pounds (7,303 kilograms) Range: 2,222 nautical miles (2,900nm flying long-range cruise) Armament: None Crew: Three (pilot, co-pilot, instructor pilot) Date Deployed: The first T-1A was delivered to Reese Air Force Base, Texas, in January 1992, and student training began in 1993. Unit Cost: $4.1 million Inventory: Active force, 179; ANG, 0; Reserve, 0


MOVING The Child Care for PCS Program is intended to help relieve some of the stress felt by Air Force families in the process of a PCS move. The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) will pay up to 20 hours of child care (per child) in licensed Family Child Care (FCC) homes on base, or in Air Force affiliated homes off base. Eligible families may receive a certificate both at the base the family is departing from and the base where the family is arriving, if both bases offer the program. Certificates are valid only at the base at which they are issued and unused hours do not transfer from one base to another.

Air Force Families with PCS orders are eligible to receive a Child Care for PCS Certificate from the Airman & Family Readiness Center (AFRC) staff for use within 60 days of the family’s departure from or arrival at the base. (See also Traffic Management Office; and Airman and Family Readiness Center: Relocation Assistance Program)

NAVY SPOUSE RESOURCES 1. Navy Family Ombudsman Each Navy unit has an “Ombudsman” who is typically the spouse of an enlisted military member within the command. The Ombudsman works directly for the Commanding Officer as a direct liaison to all enlisted family members. They are appointed by the Commanding Officer and usually serve a term of at least one year. Although volunteers, they serve in an official capacity as the direct representative of the Commanding Officer. They are selected on the basis of availability for service, organizational skills, judgment, discretion, empathy, and ability to maintain confidentiality with the dependents of the command. He or she is provided training by various formal and informal schools, seminars, and meetings. In the performance of their duties, a frank, trusting and loyal relationship will be established with the Commanding Officer (CO), Executive Officer (XO), Command Master Chief (CMC), Chief of the Boat (COB-Submarines only), and Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA). It should be mentioned that in some smaller commands, the officer and enlisted spouses’ clubs may combine. In such cases, the ombudsman can be the spouse of either an officer or enlisted person.

The most important function of the Ombudsman is to act as a conduit for information between the command while deployed and the enlisted families back at home. They provide the CO with a single-point-of-contact for disseminating information to enlisted spouses relaying the wishes and policies of the command to enlisted families as well as expressing family needs and concerns back to the CO. It should also be mentioned that because communications while deployed are historically problematic, often the CO or XO’s spouse is designated to serve as an advisor to the Ombudsman in order to facilitate increased information flow. Ombudsmen are also tasked with managing all spousal issues at the lowest level while the command is deployed. In this capacity they refer calls and


problems to the proper source such as a chaplain, Family Service Center, or other agency and do their best to assist spouses through any problems they are experiencing when the military member is unavailable to do so.

2. Fleet and Family Support Centers A valuable resource for Navy spouses is the Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) that are located around naval installations. Fleet and Family Support Centers are professional staffed and provide information and referral, education and training, counseling and advocacy to facilitate personal self-sufficiency, and command readiness. FFSCs are especially valuable during prior to and during deployments.

a. COMPASS: A new and evolving program modeled after the Marine Corps L.I.N.K.S. and the Army's AFTB programs, and is designed for educating new Navy spouses so that they better understand the Navy system. Spouses are guided through the basics of rate/rank structure, benefits and services, pay and entitlements, relocation and resources. The program is taught by volunteers and sponsored by Naval Services Family Line, a non-profit, volunteer organization serving Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard families throughout the world.

b. LIFElines:The service network providing online resources (

c. The Navy Wife-line Association (NWA): An informational and educational organization established in l965 by and for Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard spouses. It reaches out to all Sea Service families near and far in an effort to inform and shape solutions to the problems of military life. NWA is available to spouses, family members and all on active duty. Every Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard spouse is a member of NWA with no membership fee.

3. Military families must cope with special problems brought about by separations from their loved ones, shifting roles of responsibility and changing environments. It is NWA’s belief that spouses need to have a feeling of “belonging,” to know that others do care about them and share their problems.

4. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Founded in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is a private non-profit charitable organization. It is sponsored by the Department of the Navy and operates nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases throughout the world. The Society provides financial assistance to eligible recipients in the form of interest-free loans and grants to meet emergency needs, needs-based scholarships and interest-free loans for educational purposes, and lifetime benefits information assistance. In addition, the Society offers budget counseling services, food lockers (at some locations), infant layettes and Budget for Baby Seminars, thrift shops, and visiting nurse services. Although sponsored by the Department of the Navy, the Society is a non-profit,


primarily volunteer organization whose programs are totally funded by charitable contributions. The work of the Society is supported by an annual fund drive conducted by the Navy and Marine Corps. When the service member can afford to repay, financial assistance is provided as an interest-free loan, which is normally repaid by allotment. If repayment would cause a hardship, assistance may be provided as a grant or a combination of grant and interest-free loan.

For members stationed away from NMCRS locations, the Society has agreements with other service organizations including the Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, and the American Red Cross. Navy members and their families can obtain similar services from these organizations.

While stationed at Vance, you may reach the Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society at the A&FRC. They will make the call for you and with Navy approval will loan/grant you emergencies funds immediately. Call 213-6330.

PROTOCOL Protocol for the military and government agencies is a code of traditional precedence, courtesy and etiquette in matters of military, diplomatic, official, and celebratory ceremonies. Military protocol encompasses the knowledge, accumulation, and application of established service customs.

1. National Anthem

The Star Spangled Banner O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O say does that star spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

Civilians should stand at attention facing the flag with their right hand over their heart. Persons should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, with the hand being over the heart. When the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.


During the playing of national anthems of friendly nations, military members and civilians should render the same customs and courtesies as those given during the playing of the United States National Anthem.

2. Pledge Of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag: I pledge allegiance to the flag Of the United States of America, And to the Republic for which it stands, One Nation under God, Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all

The Pledge of Allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention and facing the flag. Persons should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, with the hand being over the heart. Military members in uniform do not recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

3. Reveille And Retreat The US Flag is flown daily from reveille 7:00 a.m. until retreat 5:00 p.m. Reveille, the raising of the colors for the day’s activities, is a ceremony in which the unit honors the US flag when it is raised in the morning. Retreat, the retirement of the colors from the day's activities, is a ceremony in which the unit honors the US flag when it is lowered in the evening.

If you are in your vehicle during Reveille or Retreat, pull the car to the side of the road and stop. All occupants sit quietly at attention until the last note of the music has played. When outdoors stand at attention and place your right hand (with a hat if wearing one) over your heart.


4. TAPS Taps began as a signal to extinguish lights or lights out at the end of the day. Many bases across the Air Force play Taps to signify lights out or to begin quiet hours. For these purposes, there is no formal protocol procedures required.

However, when played during military funeral or memorial honors ceremony. Both military and civilians attending the funeral service will rise for military honors and be seated at the conclusion of military honors. Military members will render the hand salute from the beginning of the firing sequence till the conclusion of Taps. Civilians place their right hand over their heart during military honors.

5. Courtesies To Our Services Songs When the song representing each of our military services is played, it is customary for military members to stand at attention from the first to the last note of the music. Do not salute. Civilians should stand with arms to their sides. It is not proper protocol to sing or clap to the music. However, this is often done. If the officiator of the event starts clapping or singing, you may join in.

Marines’ Hymn From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, We fight our country’s battles On the land as on the sea. First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean, We are proud to claim the title Of United States Marines.


Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh. Farewell to college joys, we sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay. Through our last night on shore, drink to the foam, Until we meet once more.

Here’s wishing you a happy voyage home.

Air Force Song Off we go into the wild blue yonder Climbing high into the sun. Here they come, zooming to meet our thunder At’em boys give’er the gun Down we dive spouting our flames from under Off with one helluva roar! We live in fame or go down in flame, Nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force.

6. Displaying the United States Flag There are certain rules and customs connected with the flag of the United States that all citizens should know and follow to show respect for the country and our patriotism. It is proper to fly the flag every day in the year, weather permitting, between sunrise and sunset. Customarily it is not flown in inclement weather unless there is a particular occasion that requires its display. You may purchase an all-weather flag and fly it on inclement weather days if you desire. It may also be displayed at night as part of a patriotic display as long as it is illuminated. The


flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and solemnly.

The flag should never be displayed with the union down except as a signal of distress. The flag should never touch anything beneath it. The flag should never be used as a covering of a statue or monument. The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.

When flying the flag at half-staff, the flag should be hoisted to the peak for a moment and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak before being lowered for the day.

When flags of states or cities are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the United States flag should always be at the peak. When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from a window sill, balcony or the front of building, the union of the flag should go all the way to the peak of the staff. When displayed vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window it should be displayed with the union to the left of the observer on the street.

The flag should be carefully protected in storage and in use so that it will not be damaged. It should not be permitted to touch the ground. Flags should be dry-cleaned, not washed. The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. In many American communities, one or more organizations render an important community service by collecting and overseeing the proper disposal of old, worn, tattered, frayed, and/or faded U.S. flags. You can try contacting the local VFW to find out whether or not they conduct these ceremonies.

7. Social Protocol

a. Addressing Senior Spouses: It is appropriate to address a senior spouse by “Mr. Smith” or “Mrs. Jones” until they ask you to address them otherwise. This affords them the proper respect as a senior spouse. If a senior spouse asks you to use his/her given name, you should respect their wishes and feel comfortable using his or her first name. This courtesy should be offered to all commanders’ spouses at the squadron, group, and wing levels.

b. E-mail Etiquette: E-mail is a means of instant communication and should not include subject matter you would be uncomfortable having anyone else see. It is important to be careful with both humor and sarcasm over E-mail. Since it is not a face-to-face conversation, the tone in the E-mail can be easily misunderstood. On a computer keyboard capitalization helps to indicate tone of voice. It is impolite to


type all in capital letters because this means that you are shouting, something you would not do in a faceto-face conversation.

When replying to an E-mail: Make sure you are replying to the correct person. If a n E-mail is sent to you along with several others, make sure it is appropriate to “reply to all.” If information is to be shared with everyone, then reply to all. Only replying to the person that sent it to you can possibly slow down the flow of information. Look at the “to” in an E-mail to see if you were the only person the E-mail was sent to.

c. Making a Proper Introduction: When introducing two individuals, mention the honored or senior person first, e.g. General Smith, I would like to introduce to you, Captain John Jones; Captain Jones, General Smith. Please note, proper etiquette suggests using, “introduce to you”, and not “introduce you to”. It is always appropriate to offer information about the junior person to the senior person when making the introduction. “Mrs. Smith, I would like to introduce to you Betty Jones. Betty is on the fund-raising committee for the OSC.”

d. Shaking Hands: A handshake can create a feeling of immediate friendliness or of instant irritation between two strangers. The proper handshake is brief, but there should be firmness and warmth in the clasp. It should always be accompanied by a direct look into the eyes of the person whose hand one is grasping. Traditionally, shaking hands occurs when people are introduced to one another, or even if already acquainted, when they meet on the street, at a function or social occasion, or in business situations. If someone extends their hand in greeting, it is appropriate to extend your hand in return. A few guidelines for shaking hands are: a woman offers to shake hands with a man, an older person extends his or her hand first to a younger one and a “more important” person proffers his or her hand to a “less important” person.

1. When you meet someone whose right arm or hand is missing or is deformed, extend your right hand even though he or she cannot shake hands in the normal way.

2. In foreign countries it is not uncommon to be given a hug or kiss versus a hand shake. American women should be prepared to have their hands kissed instead of shaken in some European and South


American countries, and to find some Oriental and Middleastern businessmen who are not prepared to shake hands with women as readily as they do with men. Additionally, many Europeans shake hands each time they meet, even if they have seen each other several times that day.

e. Thank You Notes: Whatever the gift, be it the gift of time and friendship or a baby gift, it must be acknowledged. Thanks take many forms but all share one common guideline-that they be prompt. This is particularly true when gifts have been sent in the mail or delivered by a store so that the sender knows that they have arrived safely. It is never wrong to write a thank you note!

1. For wedding gifts there is no excuse for not having all thank you notes written within three months of the wedding; at the most. As much as possible, thank you notes for wedding presents should be written as soon as the gift is received.

2. For gifts of money the recipient should indicate in the thank you note how the money will be used.

3. For holiday and birthday gifts the thank you note should be written within two to three days of the time the gift was received.

4. For dinner parties, if you are the guest of honor, it is obligatory that you send a thank you note to the host. If you are just a guest, it is appreciated, but not necessary if you have thanked the host/hostess when leaving.

5. Thank you notes are not necessary for presents that have been given in person on a birthday, at a house party, a shower or similar occasions. A sincere verbal thanks at the time you receive the gift is sufficient. Sending printed cards of thanks is inexcusable unless a personal note is added. It is appropriate to include in the thank you note the gift you received and if applicable, how you will use it.

f. Events: You will encounter many different military ceremonies and events while you are the spouse of a military member. The sequence of events at each function will differ. Most formal events generally start with welcoming remarks. Then you will be asked to rise for the entrance of the official party (or head table). The National Anthem will be sung or played and then there will be an invocation. From here is where you will see many differences with each ceremony. You will find the sequence of events usually listed in the program if there is one provided for the event. Your best bet will be to listen to the cues the emcee will give you to stand and be seated.


At most formal dinners there will be a seating diagram placed at the front of the dining room to show you where you are seated. The seating diagram should have a layout of the floor plan so you can see approximately where your table is located. You should find your name in alphabetical order with the table number next to your name in which you are seated. At some events you may have a “You Are Seated At (YASA)” card. This is a card that is handed to you as you enter the dining room that has your name and the table number in which you are seated.

g. RSVPs: The "rules" say RSVPs are to be answered within two or three days of receipt of the invitation. However one should always RSVP (either attending or regretting) by the date requested!

i. Receiving Line: The word reception means the act of receiving or greeting. A receiving line is a practical and efficient way to accomplish this greeting. In the Air Force, receiving lines are frequently used to greet a new commander and spouse or to introduce a guest of honor. At Spouses’ Clubs’ senior incoming spouses are often welcomed with a receiving line as an opportunity to meet the members. There are few formal rules governing the formation of a receiving line.

1. People in the receiving line are stationed single file according to the rules of precedence. The host and his/her spouse if present are number one and number two. Then follows the most important guest of honor, if there is one, followed by his/her spouse, followed by the next honored guest in order of rank. In no case should the receiving line consist of more than five people.

2. Procedures for Guests Going Through the Receiving Line -Air Force. For civilians, a gentleman precedes his guest through the line; military members should precede their spouse or guest; the invited military member should precede their military spouse. -Army. Ladies first at all functions except at the White House -Navy. Ladies first at all functions except at the White House. Although many senior Naval Officers have adopted the Air Force practice of gentlemen first at official functions.


3. Place drinks and food on the table provided before entering the reception area. When going through the line the first person of a couple should give the host both names (Major and Mrs. Smith), official


title (Mayor and Mrs. Tom Jones) or name (Mr. and Mrs. Brown). Always provide your name even though you know the host.

4. Never engage in extended conversation in a receiving line; it will add to the congestion for those behind in the line. Do not hesitate to repeat your name to members of the receiving line. Names do not travel well.

j. Toasts A toast is a gesture of honor. A toast is rendered to the guest of honor by the host. The toast usually begins with a welcome to the guest of honor; when accompanied by his/her spouse, they may be referred to in the toast. Traditionally, only people are toasted, but it has become acceptable to toast organizations or groups. Champagne is a favorite beverage for toasting, but any wine is appropriate. You would not offer a toast with a mixed drink or after dinner liqueur. Toasting with water is acceptable. Ensure everyone's glass is charged with the appropriate beverage prior to proposing a toast. 

The subject of the toast is always based upon the type of occasion. Those offering a toast, man or woman, should stand and raise the glass to shoulder level in a salute while making the toast, then raise the glass above eye-level prior to drinking.

The person to whom a toast is being given does not drink at the time they are being toasted. The honoree usually remains seated. After everyone sits down, the guest may rise and thank the host, offering a toast in return.

All military members and civilian males should stand unless they are the recipients of the toast. They should hold their glass at shoulder level while the toast is being given, raise their glass above eye level when responding to the toast and then partake of the beverage.

Nonmilitary females in attendance are not required to stand for a toast unless it is to the President of the United States, the US flag, or if the wife of the host rises. Then, common sense and good manners dictate that all females follow suit. Women may remain seated for any further informal toasts.

Toast to Persons KIA, MIA or POW are always with water.

k. Forms of Dress: Over the years, terms like “casual” and “informal” have become less clear. In order to ensure that event participants and guests are appropriately dressed, hosts should be very specific about dress requirements. Avoid use of terms like “smart casual” or “holiday attire.” Following are recommended types of dress for official and social functions from the most casual to the most formal.


1. Civilian casual functions: This term means "comfortably unrestricted" and offers the broadest of possibilities (and often the most confusion). When choosing attire, always consider the type of event. A host will often specify any minimum level of dress (i.e. “no blue jeans”, or “open collar” meaning no tie, etc.), however, where no guidance is provided, avoid shorts and blue jeans and opt for khakis or a casual dress instead. For ladies, a casual dress, nice pants, or skirt are always appropriate. When hosting an event, avoid using terms like “smart casual” that are not clear to all guests. Any minimum level of dress should be specified in the invitation, for example “business casual, no blue jeans.”

2. Casual Dress at Military Functions: The casual civilian dress at military official functions is what a person would ordinarily wear to work on a day-to-day basis. For most men this will be a sports coat with or without a tie or business suit and for women a suit, sweater set and nice slacks or a dress. Invitations for military members for "casual dress" will state the uniform and in most cases this will be the "uniform of the day” (UOD).

3. Coat and Tie: This is the next stage up the ladder toward more formal attire and would be appropriate for most receptions and dinners. For men, this means a jacket or blazer and tie. Women have the option of wearing an appropriate dress or a dressy pants suit.

4. Business Suit: This term means a dark (subdued) suit with a tie. Women should wear business suit or dress. The military counterpart to "business suit" is Service Dress for Air Force and its equivalent for the other services. The types of military functions where the Service Dress uniform is appropriate include ceremonies, parades, reviews, official visits of civilian dignitaries, changes of command, and receptions.

5. Formal Wear: For civilian men this is a normally a dinner jacket or tuxedo. A dark suit is also acceptable. Once again, consider the type of event. Appropriate attire for women can range from a cocktail length evening dress or pants suit to a floor length dress or ball gown. For military members this is the Mess Dress/Semi-Formal Uniform. It is appropriate attire for functions such as dining ins, dining outs, formal receptions, military weddings (if a participant), military balls, pilot graduation dinners, and civilian "black tie" events.

6. Overall, when you are attending military events, use your common sense and dress appropriately. Women should make sure they do not have a dress that is cut too low, or a skirt that is too short. Knee length or longer is appropriate for military functions. You never want to be known as “that person” who wore something everyone will remember, not because it was so beautiful, but because it was too


revealing. Use good taste and good judgment! . l. Name Tags: Name tags should be worn on the right side of the body to facilitate line of sight while shaking hands with other guests.

m. Smoking: In someone’s home, never smoke without asking permission. In a club/restaurant, smokers should ensure they’re in a designated smoking section. Do not smoke at the table without the approval of the entire party.

m. Proper Utensils at Formal Dinners: Table settings are usually the concern of the establishment where the luncheon or dinner is to be held. There are few general rules to help you know which utensils to use and when. Not all formal dinner tables are set the same or with the same amount of utensils so the basic knowledge is to start using the utensils from the outside and work your way toward the plate. The butter knife is usually placed across the top of the butter plate parallel to the edge of the table. The water glass is usually placed above the knife and in front of the wine glass. Dessert spoons or forks are generally brought out with the dessert, but can also be found at the top of the plate. Again, you will find that each place you go for a dinner party may have different place settings, but always remember to start on the outside of the utensils and work your way in to the plate.

8. Naval Protocol Introductions and Forms of Address� When you introduce members of the military to someone, introduce them by rank or title. This is especially important when an enlisted person is being introduced to an officer, because professionally they do not address each other by their first names. By giving titles and ranks, you provide the necessary information to both parties.

Navy ranks and rates are different from those of other services:


Paygrade Army Commsioned Officers O-10 O-9 O-8 O-7 O-6 O-5 O-4 O-3 O-2 O-1 Warrant Officers W-5 Master Warrant Officer W-4 Warrant Officer 4 W-3 Warrant Officer 3 W-2 Warrant Officer 2 W-1 Warrant Officer 1 Non-Commisioned Officers E-9 E-8

Sergeant Major First Sergeant or Master Sergeant

Sergeant First Class E-7 Staff Sergeant E-6 Sergeant E-5 Corporal E-4 Enlisted Personnel Specailist E-4 Private First Class E-3

Air Force

Marine Corps

General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain 1st Lieutenant 2nd Lieutenant

Navy/Coast Guard Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral (upper half) Rear Admiral (lower half) Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign

USAF no longer employs Warrant Officers

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Warrant Officer

Chief Master Sergeant First Sergeant or Senior Master Sergeant First Sergeant or Master Sergeant Technical Sergeant Staff Sergeant

Master Gunnery Sergeant or Sergeant Major First Sergeant or Master Sergeant

Master Warrant Officer Warrant Officer 4 Warrant Officer 3 Warrant Officer 2 Warrant Officer 1

Master Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer

Gunnery Sergeant Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal

Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer First Class Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer Third Class

Senior Airman Airman First Class

Lance Corporal

Seaman/Airman/Fireman Seaman/Airman/Fireman Apprentice Seaman/Airman/Fireman Recruit




Private First Class


Private (recruit)

Airman Basic


a. When you arrive at a Navy squadron, you will likely notice Warrant Officers (WOs) and Limited Duty Officers (LDOs) which the Air Force does not employ. These officers have been promoted from senior NonCommissioned Officers for their technical expertise and leadership ability and many will already have more than twenty years of service. WOs and LDO spouses are invited to be members of the OSC.

b. Naval tradition dictates the use of some titles based on position that differ from the normal rank structure. One form of address that you may find confusing is when Navy members call their Commanding Officer (CO) “Captain” regardless of the actual rank of that officer. In other words, the Commanding Officer of a small vessel might be a Lieutenant, but his crew will address him as “Captain.” Aviation squadron Commanding Officers are typically referred to as “Skipper,” however, it would be considered inappropriate to refer to a Commander (O-5) or Captain (O-6) in command of a vessel in this way. In the Navy, the Executive Officer is the second in command and is commonly called “XO.” Traditionally in Naval aviation squadrons, XOs “fleet-up” to become the CO of the same squadron. Beginning in 2006 the Navy’s surface ship force adopted the same “fleet-up” system. Another positional title is “Commodore” which refers to a senior Navy Captain (O-6) in command of a ship/submarine Squadron or an aircraft Wing. Such officers are referred to, both verbally and in correspondence, as "Commodore," but wear the insignia of a Navy


Captain. Don’t worry when addressing or introducing military personnel! Your intention to do the right thing will be more than sufficient to make up for any slips you might make through inexperience.

9. When introducing and addressing naval officers, the following rules apply:

a. Admirals, vice admirals and rear admirals are introduced by their rank. Admiral William Smith, Vice Admiral Richard Brown or Rear Admiral David Johnson. They are addressed as Admiral Smith, Admiral Brown or Admiral Johnson.

b. Captains, Commanders, Lieutenant Commanders, Lieutenants, Lieutenants Junior Grade, Ensigns and Warrant Officers are introduced and addressed by their ranks. Lieutenant Commander Sam Anderson can be addressed as “Commander Anderson”. Likewise Lieutenant Junior Grade or Lieutenant (JG) Smith can be called “Lieutenant Smith.”

c. Members of the Medical and Dental Corps of the Navy who are below the rank of Commander (Lieutenant Commander and Lieutenant) may be addressed as “Doctor.” Doctors and dentists of the rank of Commander and above are addressed by their rank; Commander Jones, Captain Smith or Admiral Jackson.


d. First names may be used down the rank structure (a Lieutenant or his spouse calling a subordinate officer by his first name), but up the rank structure, courtesy suggests one should address senior personnel by their rank and name or “sir.”

10. When introducing and addressing naval enlisted, the following rules apply:

When introducing naval enlisted personnel, officers and their spouses should not address enlisted personnel by their first names, but use the individual’s title which is comprised of both rank (pay grade) and rating (job specialty). The following rules apply:

a. Navy Senior Enlisted personnel include Chief Petty Officers (E-7), Senior Chief Petty Officers (E-8) and Master Chief Petty Officers (E-9). Promotion to “Chief” is a significant milestone for an enlisted Sailor and is recognized by a Navy-sanctioned initiation process and ceremony. Chief Petty Officers are always referred to as “Chief”, “Senior Chief”, or “Master Chief” as appropriate. As example: “Chief Jones” or in subsequent references, just “Chief” (Chiefs’ ratings can also be abbreviated; e.g. BMCS is a Senior Chief Boatswain’s (pronounced “Bo-sun’s”) Mate). It is important to note that a Senior or Master Chief should not be addressed as “Chief” since the “demotion” would be seen as disrespectful.


b. Petty Officers, 3rd, 2nd and 1st Class are introduced by their rank. “Petty Officer First Class Jones” also “Petty Officer Jones”. They can also be introduced by their specific rate by saying the letters of the rating abbreviation. Each Navy enlisted rating (job specialty) has an abbreviation. For example: Yeoman (YN), nd Boatswain’s Mate (BM), Hospital Corpsman (HM), Aviation Machinist’s Mate (AD). So, a Yeoman 2 Class Petty Officer could be called “YN2 Jones” or less formally “YN2.”.


c. Non-Petty officers (Seaman, Seaman Apprentice, Seaman Recruit) are introduced as Seaman Recruit Smith, or simply Seaman Smith.

11. Navy Social Events

a. Wetting Downs: This is a party an individual or a group of individuals gives when a promotion or advancement is received. The custom was to pour a drink over the new stripe, thus wetting it down.

b. All Hands Parties: Once or twice a year a social event may be planned called an All Hands Party. The event might be a picnic, a cook-out or dinner and dancing. This includes everyone in the unit or command and their guests. It is an opportune time to meet the husbands and wives of the unit with whom your spouse works. When attending these functions, protocol prescribes that junior people seek out senior ones and introduce themselves and their families rather than wait for them to circulate.

c. COW Parties: A uniquely Navy spouses’ club tradition is the COW party. In many Officers’ Spouses’ Groups, the incoming CO’s wife is honored with a “COW” (Commanding Officer’s Wife) Party during which she is given cow (as in the animal) oriented gifts. Given that in the Navy the XO (DO) of a squadron will “fleet up” or move into the CO position of same command in which they are XO, their spouse is already an established member of the spouses’ club and a “welcome” to the new CO’s wife is unnecessary. Therefore, the COW party acts as an opportunity for members to “re-welcome” the new COW and offer her the respect she deserves that comes along with her husband’s newly acquired position.


RECOMMENDED READING Many books are available for spouses by spouses that provide interesting facts and insights into military life. The following books are popular resources for spouses and most of them are available for checkout for FREE at the Airman & Family Readiness Center:

Military Wives Cookbook By: Carolyn Quick Tillery

Married to the Military: A Survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform By: Meredith Leyva. Help! I’m a Military Spouse: I Get a Life Too! 2nd Ed. By: Kathie Hightower & Holly Scherer The Homefront Club: The Hardheaded Woman’s Guide to Raising a Military Family By: Jacey Eckhart


Today’s Military Wife: Meeting the Challenges of Service Life 5th Ed. By: Lydia Sloan Cline

RETIREMENT PLANNING Air Force Village Foundation The Air Force Village Foundation was founded in 1964 to fulfill the vision of the leaders in the Air force Officers' Wives' Club of Washington D.C. The Foundation developed a plan to provide a home and financial assistance (via the widows' Fellowship Trust) for retired Air Force officers' widows who had no other means of support. At that time, many widows were left without social security and their survivor's benefits were minimal, if not non-existent. Today the Air Force Villages provide retired and honorably separated officers of ALL uniformed Services, their spouses, widows, widowers, and elderly dependents with very comfortable, fun, and cost effective living options. A six month to two year wait is typical. Call 1-800-724-5771 or visit for more information.

Air Force Enlisted Village The Air Force Enlisted Village was founded in 1967 to provide a safe, secure and dignified place for indigent widows of retired Air Force personnel. The Village's primary goal and focus is to "Provide a Home," and financial assistance to these women. The widow/surviving spouse with the greatest need is cared for first and none are refused assistance due to financial status. Low pay and frequent military moves leave some spouses without careers, home equities, retirement plans or any significant assets. Surviving spouses requiring financial assistance live here among peers sharing memories of Air Force life without the stigma normally associated with subsidized housing facilities. Enlisted Air Force retired couples become eligible when the retired member is 55 and the spouse is at least 55. Surviving spouses whose enlisted sponsors served in other branches of the service are admitted when space is available, however, they are not eligible for financial assistance. Younger applicants in need, whose active duty sponsor has just died, may be admitted for up to one year. Call 1-800-258-1413 or visit for more information.


RETIREMENT AND SEPARATION PLANNING (See Airman and Family Readiness Center; Transition Assistance Program)

SCHOOLS 1. Enid Public Schools consists of one high school, three junior high schools, and ten elementary schools. Information about the school district can be obtained by contacting the Board of Education’s Central Office, 500 S. Independence or visiting A parent may petition the School Board in order to attend a different Enid School out of their particular boundary. For more information contact the Enid Board of Education.

2. Chisholm Public Schools have a small school setting with a large school atmosphere. Chisholm High School, 4018 Carrier Road, offers all levels of core subjects and a wide variety of electives and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Chisholm Middle School is located at 4202 W. Carrier Road is home to grades 6, 7, and 8. Please contact the Office of Administration for further information or visit their website at or call 2375512.

3. Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Public Schools are comprised of Pleasant Vale Elementary, Pioneer Junior High School and Pioneer High School. The elementary campus is located at 6020 E. Willow in Waukomis, and the junior high and high schools are located six miles east of Waukomis on a rural road commonly called the Pioneer Road. Information can be obtained by calling 758-3282.

4. Other public schools in Garfield Country are Waukomis Public Schools, 758-3247; Drummond Public Schools, 493-2271; Garber Public Schools, 863-2220; Kremlin-Hillsdale Public Schools, 874-2284; and Covington-Douglas Public Schools, 864-7481.

5. Oklahoma Bible Academy (OBA) Private School, is Enid’s Christian Junior High and High School and offers a full extracurricular activity program that includes athletic and music programs for grades 7 through 12. For more information call 242-4104.


6. St. Joseph Catholic Private School is located on the south side of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 110 N. Madison. The school includes pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. The school information line is 242-4449 or visit the website at

7. Emmanuel Christian Private School serves pre-kindergarten through the 6th grade. Emmanuel Christian is an accredited school located at 2505 W. Owen K. Garriott. For more information, call 237-0032.

8. Bethel Baptist Academy Private School 901 S. Cleveland, offers the Accelerated Christian Education or School of Tomorrow curriculum. For more information, call 237-6480.

9. Cimarron Montessori Private School is located at 419 W. Maple. The school offers an individualized program for ages 2 through 12. Call 233-8820 or visit the website at

10. The Learning Tree Private School is located at 401 W. Randolph. The school offers a program for 2 year olds through kindergarten. Call 242-3728 for more information

11. Hillsdale Christian Private School is located in the quiet farming community of Hillsdale, just twenty minutes from Enid between Highways 132 and 81. Bus service is available from Enid. Visit the website at or call 635-221.

12. St. Paul’s Lutheran Private School is located 1626 E. Broadway is a full-day kindergarten program through grade 6. Call 234-6646 for more information.

13. Seventh-Day Adventist Private School is located at 1501 W. Purdue. Call 234-2838 for more information.

14. Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) Enid campus offers upper level classes (3000 and 4000) and masters programs. In cooperation with NOC-Enid a student can obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Nursing, Accounting, Business Administration, E-Commerce and Psychology while never leaving Enid. The Enid campus also offers graduate degree programs in Education, Business, and Counseling. For more information visit the website at


15. Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) includes degree programs in Business Administration, Nursing-RN, Aviation-Professional Pilot Training, and Education, among others. High school juniors and seniors may enroll concurrently. Scholarships and financial assistance are available for qualified students. For more information call 580-242-6300 or visit the website at

16. Autry Technology Center (ATC) provides state-of-the-art career and technical training to high school and adult students. Full-time programs include business and information technology, healthcare, technical trades, and service careers. Autry also serves as a Regional Center for the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics for high school juniors and seniors. For more information, call 580-242-2750 or visit the website at

17. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University has an on-base presence and offers associate/bachelors in Technical management and professional aeronautics as well as masters degree program in aeronautical science. ERAU offers five terms during the year maximizing opportunities for higher education.

SECURITY FORCES Main Gate/Hairston Gate is open daily, 24 hours a day, call 213-7524. Visitors Center, Monday through Friday 0700 to 1600 call 213-5528 Industrial Gate/West Gate is open from Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For Oklahoma Driving Regulations (See Vehicle Regulations)

Driving on Base All Oklahoma state vehicle laws apply to motorists on Vance AFB.

On base, the wearing of seatbelts by operators and passengers, excluding buses and motorcycles, is mandatory whenever the vehicle is in motion. There may be no more occupants in any vehicle than there are individual seatbelts. If a child is four years of age or under, or under 50 pounds in weight, the child must be properly secured in a child safety device approved for that age or weight by the United States Department of Transportation, or in a seatbelt if over 50 pounds, whichever is appropriate.


The installation speed limit is 25 mph, except as follows: 

Housing Area: 15 mph

Vance Park:

10 mph

Parking Lots

10 mph

Base Gates

15 mph

During reveille and retreat, the driver of a vehicle should immediately pull to the right shoulder of the roadway or traffic lane and stop when reveille or retreat is sounded. The vehicle will not be placed into motion until the last note of all music is sounded or unless directed by an authorized traffic controller.

Pedestrians and joggers are prohibited from wearing radio/stereo/MP3 headsets when walking or jogging on roadways normally used for vehicular traffic.

Vehicle operators will not move vehicles if involved in vehicle accidents until arrival of Security Forces personnel, or if the law enforcement desk is notified and instructs the vehicle operators to report to the law enforcement desk to file reports for minor accidents. The VAFB Law Enforcement Desk Sergeant can be reached at 213-7415.

Major vehicle accidents are defined as accidents causing death, injury, disabling damage to vehicles, or accidents over $10,000 in damage or cannot be explained. Minor accidents cause no death, injury, vehicle disabling, and are under $10,000. Security Forces will respond to all accidents, minor and major.

The point system applies to civilian personnel driving Government vehicles on and off station and to their privately owned vehicles on the installation. It applies to all military personnel operating GOVs and POVs on or off the installation and to dependents, civilian employees, and all other individuals subject to base regulations. The point system is not used for non-moving violations. Driving privileges are suspended or revoked for one violation or an accumulation of 12 traffic points within 12 consecutive months, or 18 traffic points within 24 consecutive months. Any revocation must be for a period of 6 months or more. In all cases, military members must successfully complete a prescribed course in remedial driver training before reinstatement of driving privileges.

If you witness reckless vehicular activity in the housing area, you can contact the law enforcement desk at 2137415. Provide the on-duty desk sergeant with as much vehicle information as possible, i.e., license plate number (if known), vehicle make, model, color, location of the offense, and any other pertinent information.


Drinking and Driving Security Forces will document all apprehensions of intoxication using tickets, sworn statements, and results of breath tests performed on station or off-base when applicable for military members. Active duty or civilian personnel cited for driving while intoxicated will have their installation driving privileges suspended or revoked.

Any driver on base with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration Standards) or BrAC (Breath Alcohol Concentration Standards) of 0.08% or higher is considered drunk for purposes of a DUI. Any driver on base with a BAC or BrAC of .05% to 0.07% is presumed to be driving while impaired (DWI) on VAFB.

If a military member is arrested for driving while under the influence, a preliminary revocation/suspension letter of base driving privileges will be issued. If the offender or offender’s family members have installation driving privileges, the DoD Registration Media will be removed from all registered vehicles and a Visitor Pass will be issued to family members who retain installation driving privileges for the duration of the revocation. Security Forces will ensure the removal of DoD Registration Media from all registered vehicles. A pre-signed and pre-coordinated temporary suspension form letter is issued to all personnel cited for intoxicated driving, driving under the influence, driving while impaired, refusing to submit to a chemical test, or reckless driving with alcohol involved. When a revocation/suspension action is final, Security Forces will send a memorandum with the basis for suspension/revocation and BAC, if applicable, to the licensing agency of the state where the individual was issued a driver’s license. Reciprocal revocation/suspension may be taken by the state. Convicted intoxicated drivers who fail to complete a required remedial driver-training course, drug or alcohol programs, or other programs deemed necessary to rehabilitate driving skills will continue to be suspended or revoked. A military dependent’s driving privileges on base can also be revoked for instances of driving under the influence.

If you’ve been drinking and absolutely cannot locate anyone who can drive you home safely, call a TAXI at 2332224. The taxi fare will be a small price to pay for the possible punitive actions of a DUI/DWI. Active duty members assigned to VAFB can take advantage of the “Safe Ride Home” program. Members are given a Safe Ride Home card to present to the taxi driver upon pickup; this program is sponsored by the Vance First Sergeant Council and provides members with a free taxi ride home.

A letter of intent to suspend/revoke installation driving privileges is also issued to personnel cited for driving under suspension, driving without a license, reckless driving or driving without minimum required insurance.


Base Security Report all suspicious activities to Security Forces at 213-7415 or Office of Special Investigations (OSI) at 747-7076.

Security Forces are authorized to conduct Base Entry Point Checks BEPC’s at either the Hairston or Industrial Gate. Base entry point checks are performed as an anti-terrorism measure and a deterrent against the trafficking of illegal items onto the installation or the theft of government materials off the installation. If you are selected for a BEPC, a Security Forces member will ask you to turn off your vehicle and open all compartments, e.g., the hood, glove compartment, trunk, and center console as applicable. BEPCs may appear to be an inconvenience but are conducted to protect those that reside and work on VAFB.

(For information on Base Vehicle Registration see Vehicle Registration/Identification Cards)

SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE OFFICE The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), located in Bldg 312, next to the fitness center, serves as the focal point for providing care, comfort, and support to survivors of sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is responsible for not only responding to incidents of sexual assault but also for providing an aggressive program to increase awareness and build skills to prevent such incidents.

The program continues to evolve in finding ways to have a positive impact upon our Air Force Family including civilians, family members, and active duty. Programs such as self-defense classes and “Protecting Your Children on the Internet” are just two examples of skill building prevention activities. Victim advocates grow personally from their support of victims who are helped to heal by reconnecting with others and empowered to move forward.

A relaxation or “comfort” room with recliners, soft music and waterfall is available for anyone who just wants to “decompress.” The SAPRO office is a safe haven for anyone who wants someone to listen, a place to get more information, or just to relax. Contact the SAPRO at 213-5598 or 213-5597. There are numerous ways to assist in our mission of helping others. The 24 hour response line is 541-7095.

Videos are available at the SAPRO office that cover child safety and child internet safety. These videos may be checked out for free.


SIGMO (SINGLES INTERNATIONAL GOURMET MEAL OPPORTUNITY) SIGMO is the Singles International Gourmet Meal Opportunity. All military single, unaccompanied and families of deployed personnel are invited to enjoy a monthly free home cooked meal. SIGMO is held the last Monday of every month at Building 528, the Community Chapel Activity Center (CCAC), from 4:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. unless it is a holiday. There are a range of volunteer opportunities for spouses, including food preparation on the day of the event, donating dessert, working in the food srving line, and clean up. Contact the Chapel for further information at 213-7211.

SPONSOR PROGRAM The AETC Sponsorship Program is a commander’s program. Commanders need personnel to be ready to dedicate their full attention to unit mission accomplishment – be “mission ready” – at the earliest possible time. Effective sponsorship initiates the mission-ready process before a member departs the losing base. Sponsors are assigned to all permanent party individuals projected to PCS to Vance AFB. Sponsors are trained on an annual basis to ensure they understand the requirements of the AETC Sponsorship Program. The Airman and Family Readiness Center assists incoming spouses with employment and child care issues.

SPOUSE ACTIVITIES ON THE BASE - PROTOCOL There are many opportunities to participate in spouse activities at Vance. Many squadrons and other units organize spouse socials and events. These squadron/unit groups are there to support all of the squadron/unit’s spouses. Additionally, spouses are encouraged to participate in Vance’s Officers’ Spouses’ Club or Enlisted Spouses’ Group. By participating, you will not only help to create a network of friends and build necessary support for yourself and your family, but in turn you also contribute to the military community as a whole. The choice to participate or not, however, is strictly your own, and should never be confused as a requirement for your spouses’ military career. It is the Wing Commander’s hope that you will feel welcomed and included at base


spouse events. Get involved and make these groups your own! If you are not being invited and welcomed, you are encouraged to talk to other spouses in the unit, group and wing. You are not alone. While attending events, be respectful and gracious. Try to keep in mind the efforts of the spouse who has volunteered their own time and money to organize the event for your enjoyment. When hosting events, be welcoming to the entire group and make a special effort to make newcomers feel welcome. While participating in all base spouse activities it is important to conduct yourself in a respectful and caring manner. We are a family and we value every member of our family equally. It is your duty to behave with the same code of conduct as expected by military members and professionals in the community. Disrespectful or abusive behavior (verbal confrontations or physical assault, etc.) to any member of the Vance community, regardless of their position (officer, enlisted, or civilian) is not acceptable. Such behavior while on base could result in your being restricted from the base or some of its‟ facilities by the Wing Commander. There are times during a military member’s career when, as a spouse, you will have a unique opportunity to take on a civic leadership role with the other spouses of your husband’s or wife’s unit. If you are presented with the opportunity, and are either not able to, or choose not to, it should always be offered to another spouse within the unit. 101 Assuming this role as a volunteer is a tremendous labor of love. It is a great opportunity for personal fulfillment by contributing positively to people’s lives. Volunteering for spouse leadership is extremely rewardingso much so that it may be difficult to leave your role behind when it is time to PCS. However, it is important that you find the courage and grace to entirely depart when the time comes regardless of how much you have grown to care for those you lead.

See Clubs and Groups on Vance (p. ) for an overview of spouse clubs/groups at Vance AFB.

STRAIGHT SCOOP COMMANDER’S PROGRAM The Straight Scoop commander’s program is a program that allows Vance members to recognize exceptional service, or to quickly and effectively resolve complaints or questions that can’t be resolved through the chain of command. Questions or comments that may be of interest to a significant percentage of the base population will be printed in the Scoop, a newspaper publication for members of the community of Vance Air Force Base. The Public Affairs staff will provide approved responses to self-identified Straight Scoop callers whose questions are not published.


The Straight Scoop phone number is 213-7777. Callers receive a recorded message instructing them to leave a recorded message, a complaint, compliment or comment, as well as their name and telephone number if they would like a personal response.

THRIFT SHOP The Thrift Shop is a function of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club. Profits go to local charities. Support the Thrift Shop by donating, volunteering, shopping, and telling a friend. The Thrift Shop is located in, Bldg 312 between the Fitness Center and the Base Pool. The hours of Operation are Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Consignments are accepted until 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions call us at 213-7731.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT OFFICE The Traffic Management Office is located in Bldg 200. It is the key to a successful move. Before a move, make an appointment with a counselor to get the advice you need. Some questions to ask: What is the weight limit that will be allowed for moving belongings? What are the options for long- and short-term storage (if you are moving overseas or to a location with a limit on possessions)?

Should I purchase additional insurance coverage for my possessions? The better prepared you are, the more help your transportation office counselor can give. Bring along copies of your orders. Select the dates that are best for you to move out and to arrive at your new duty stations. Bring an inventory of any heavy or unusual items you may own such as a piano or a boat. Weight allowances for moving will vary according to installation destination and your rank. In cases where shipping a full weight is not permitted, the installation will normally make “loaner” furniture available for the duration of your assignment. Call TMO at 213-7586.


TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS (TAPS) TAPS is America’s national peer support organization, providing a wide range of free services to all those affected by the death of a loved one in the Armed Forces. It supports the military family through a national network of those who have lost a loved one in the Armed Forces; offers military survivors a network of grief support groups and services; educates survivors about grief and the traumatic effects following the sudden death of a loved one; and operates a national toll free help and information line. TAPS is a nonprofit Veterans Service Organization. Contact them at 1-800-959-TAPS or

TRICARE (See Medical Needs)

VACATION DESTINATIONS – ARMED FORCES RECREATION CENTER RESORTS AFRC resorts are affordable Joint Service facilities operated by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) and located at ideal vacation destinations. AFRCs offer a full range of resort hotel opportunities for service members, their families, and other members of the Total Defense Force. AFRCs are selfsupporting and funded by non-appropriated fund revenues generated internally from operations. Revenues from AFRCs are continually reinvested to maintain and improve the physical plant while providing the greatest possible value for AFRC guests. Providing high-quality, affordable resort-style facilities at the AFRCs is commensurate with the Chief of Staff, Army's philosophy that soldiers are entitled to the same quality of life as the citizens they are pledged to defend. The Army continues to promote strong family values by providing the AFRCs; a reflection of our strong commitment to improved quality of life. AFRC room rates are affordable and based on rank, pay grade, duty status, room size, and/or room location. The AFRCs are centrally-managed, U.S. Army FMWRC-operated facilities with a mission to provide rest, relaxation, recreation, and sustainment for Army personnel, their families, and other members of the total Defense Force Authorized users include active-duty military, retirees, currently employed and retired Department of Defense civilians, reservists, delayed entry recruits, and family members. Whether strolling barefoot on the sands of Waikiki Beach, sightseeing historic European castles, shopping Seoul’s exciting shopping district or visiting the enchanting Walt Disney Resort; there is a vacation getaway that will leave you with fresh memories and new perspectives.


Facilities: 1. SHADES OF GREEN Go ahead. Pinch yourself. You're not dreaming. Experience the warm Florida sun, cascading waterfalls, lush tropical gardens, spectacular views, or a dip in the pool. Doesn't this sound like the total vacation to you? Not quite there yet? How about a visit to the enchanting MAGIC KINGDOM® on Walt Disney World® Resort? This hot spot and other area attractions are just minutes away. Our guest services staff can assist you with discounted tickets for all area attractions and vacation planning.      

Within minutes to MAGIC KINGDOM and other DISNEY attractions Spacious guest rooms Two heated swimming pools Children's wading pool and play area Exceptional dining, banquet and meeting facilities High-speed Internet access

Call (888) 593-2242 or visit for more information.

2. Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, Garmisch Germany It's not just the altitude that will take your breath away. Whether you're seeking an intimate Bavarian dream vacation or high adventure, Edelweiss Lodge and Resort promises to peacefully surround you in Bavarian culture and luxury accommodations.          

Majestic Alpine views Restaurants featuring foods from around the world, including regional cuisine and all-American favorites Spacious guest rooms and cozy wood cabins Alpine adventures, recreation and guided tours Wellness club, indoor pool, outdoor hot tub Spa services Casual or fine dining Full-service conference facility High-speed Internet access A destination for all seasons

Call (011-49) 8821-9440 (from the USA) / (00-49) 8821-9440 (from Europe) or visit for more information.


3. Hale Koa, Honolulu, Waikiki, Hawaii Your tropical Hawaiian dream vacation awaits you at the Hale Koa Hotel. Diamond Head, the sparkling blue Pacific, lush and colorful tropical gardens, Polynesian entertainment, hospitality and more, for your vacation enjoyment. Whether you're strolling barefoot on the sand, sunbathing lazily on Waikiki Beach, or simply relaxing comfortably, you'll simply be dazzled by this Polynesian paradise.            

Located on Waikiki Beach Beach services renting surf and snorkel equipment Swimming Pools and Fitness Center Spa Services with massage Tennis Courts Sand Volleyball Outdoor Racquetball Courts World-Class golfing opportunities near the hotel Arrange Tours of local attractions or take an outer-island hop Military exchange, gift shops, jewelry, flower shop and sundries Enjoy a wide-range of dining and entertainment on property In-house entertainment features magic, songs and dances of Polynesia, and the best luau on Waikiki beach

. Call 1-800-367-6027 or visit

4. Dragon Hill Lodge, Seoul, Korea Nestled in the heart of Seoul, Korea, Dragon Hill Lodge is the gateway to Asia's mystical culture. Visit internationally acclaimed museums and art galleries, attend a lively sporting event, or simply enjoy world class shopping!      

Within minutes of the exciting Seoul City Center Premier conference rooms and gardens Elegant and comfortable guestrooms State of the art health club and pool Irresistible restaurants and comfortable lounges Travel and Tour experts

Call 011-82-2-7918-222, visit


5. Cape Henry Inn and Beach Club, Ft. Story, VA Located on one of the most desirable resort locations on the Atlantic coast, the Cape Henry Inn on Fort Story near Virginia Beach provides service members an affordable vacation with plenty of relaxation and seaside activities. Families can choose between the nearby activities of the Virginia Beach area, or never leave the Beach Clubs lapping waves and soft sand perfect for making sand castles. The historical significance of this area dates back to the first settlers in 1607, who arrived on this beach before making their way down the James River to establish Jamestown. A historic marker details the location of the landing along with a historic lighthouse guarding entry into Chesapeake Bay.          

Situated among protected sand dunes overlooking Chesapeake Bay Located near America’s historic triangle (Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown) 50 spacious hotel rooms with kitchenette and private balcony Multiple cottages, bungalows and log cabins Cottages come equipped with a full kitchen, bay side deck and a private carport 10 handicap equipped rooms Two outdoor pools Fitness Center Pristine beaches, hiking, whale watching, fishing, museums, shopping and dining A destination for all seasons

Reservation Information: Call (757) 422-8818 or visit

VEHICLE REGISTRATION/IDENTIFICATION CARDS Base Vehicle Registration: The Registration office is located in Bldg 527; office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the office number is 213-7410.

Vehicle registration is no longer required on Vance AFB. Navy and Marine Corp personnel may request vehicle registration decals as needed. When requesting initial or renewal of base vehicle decals, the following items are required:


Note: If you sell, trade, or otherwise dispose of a vehicle with a Vance registration decal, remove the decal and return it to the Pass and Registration Office.

VEHICLE REGULATIONS/ OKLAHOMA REGULATIONS Seatbelt use is mandatory. The Oklahoma child restraint law states that all passengers under the age of 13 traveling in any type of vehicle must be in a seat belt/child restraint system, no matter where they are seated. You will be fined for not having your children secured.

DUI law requires that a convicted drunk driver having a blood or breath alcohol concentration of fifteenhundredth (0.15) or more shall, in addition to criminal penalties, be punished by a mandatory minimum 28 day inpatient treatment. In addition they will be under a minimum one year of supervision which will include periodic testing and aftercare at the defendant’s expense. They will also be subject to 480 hours of community service after they complete their treatment and required to put an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.

Vehicle Safety Inspection stickers are not longer mandatory in Oklahoma.

No motor vehicle shall be operated in Oklahoma unless the owner maintains, at all times, approved liability insurance in an amount not less than $10,000 bodily injury per person with a maximum of $20,000 and $10,000 property damage. Owners must certify to the existence of liability insurance at time of registration. The owner of a motor vehicle registered in this state shall carry, in such vehicle at all times, a current owner’s insurance verification form listing the vehicle.

Thirty (30) days is the maximum for using an overseas driver’s license in the State of Oklahoma. Oklahoma DOES NOT recognize international driver’s licenses. Foreign born spouses can obtain a permit to practice driving for 30 days and then test for state license.

Proof of insurance is required to register a vehicle in the State of Oklahoma. There is a fee for license plates and excise tax. There is no military exemption on paying sales tax. If a member purchases a car overseas, they will have to pay fees and taxes in Oklahoma. A member may only keep their overseas plates and license for 30 days after arrival in Oklahoma, however some exemptions could apply. You may call 1-800-522-8165 for any exception. Members can apply early for tags if all documentation, title and


proof of insurance, etc., are included in the request. (For Driving on Base See Security Forces)

VISITORS TO VANCE Military members or family members 18 years of age or older can pre-announce and request a pass for their visitors by going to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) right outside the main gate. They will need to provide the following information: Full names of guests; their home address and telephone number; their vehicle information including make, model, license plate number, state registration and name of the insurance company; and the length of stay. Also include the sponsor’s full name, unit and home address. Base housing residents can also request long-term visitor’s passes for guests staying more than 72 hours. Remember that sponsors are responsible for their visitors while on the installation. For more information call (580) 213-5528. Please inform guests that they will be required to present a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance at the gate before a pass will be issued.

For personnel who are going to have large groups of visitors (six or more), for such things as parties, retirement and so forth, sponsors can submit a letter to the VCC by either stopping in or emailing it to, NLT 72 hrs prior to the event and those personnel on the list will not have to stop at the VCC for a pass. On the letter the following is required: Name of Sponsor, telephone number, squadron information, reason for the event, to include location/time of arrival and ending, and finally full names of all the guests. The letter must be signed and dated. It is the sponsor’s responsibility to remind all guests to have a valid picture ID (State or Federal) on them at all times and proof of insurance when coming onto the installation.

If the VCC is closed, personnel may sponsor a guest at the main gate. Both the sponsor and the guest must be present and all proper identification documents are required.

VOLUNTEER RESOURCE PROGRAM The Volunteer Resource Program (VRP) functions as the centralized referral service to agencies or individuals looking for volunteers. Contact the A&FRC at 213-6330 for more information or to join the volunteer force at Vance or the local community. Opportunities fluctuate as community needs and events are available.


Volunteer Opportunities at Vance AFB and in Enid Program

Contact Information

Adopt-A-School Program Arthritis Walk American Red Cross American Legion Blue Star Mothers Boy Scouts of America Camp Tomahawk Cancer Relay for Life Carter Hospice CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) CDSA ( Community Development Support Agency) Chapel-Receptionist & Monty’s Recreation Center Choices Institute Christmas In Action Disabled American Veterans Girl Scouts of America Enid Public School Mentoring Enid Soccer Club Hope Outreach Thrift Store Horn of Plenty Food Drive Hospice Circle of Love Integris Bass Hospital Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse March of Dimes MS Walk NODA (Northern OK Development Authority) Northwest Oklahoma Blood Institute Our Daily Bread Ross Health Care Salvation Army Sexual Assault Prevention Victim Advocate SIGMO (Single International Gourmet Meal Opportunity) Special Olympics SPCA Animal Adoption Volunteer St. Mary’s Hospital Thrift Shop on Vance AFB YMCA YWCA Victim Advocate Quilts of Valor

(580) 213-7120 (580) 237-5994 (580) 233-5914 (580) 541-4775 ; (580) 234-3652 (580) 213-7500 (580) 796-2248 (580) 237-3963 (580) 242-5190 (580) 242-6131 (580) 213-7211 (580) 234-8880 (580) 234-6043 (580) 242-3808 1-800-698-0022 (580) 234-5270 (580) 237-4673 (580) 234-2596 (580) 234-2273 (580) 233-2300 (580) 233-2787 (580) 233-5914 (580) 541-1312 (580) 242-5718 (580) 213-3333 (580) 237-4123 (580) 213-5597 (580) 213-7211 (580) 213-7500 (580) 233-1325 (580) 233-6100 (580) 213-7731 (580) 237-4645 (580) 237-7581 ; POC: Jacquie Campbell ;


VOTING REGISTRATION Each military installation has a voting officer and each squadron has a designated voting representative to assist with your voting concerns. If you have questions or require guidance contact the Installation Voting Officer at extension 213-7500. If you need general information please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website A person may register to vote who is: - A US Citizen, 18 years old - Resident of the state and county for 30 days - Not denied right to vote because of a criminal record

A qualified person may register at the office of the County Commissioner of Registration (sometimes called the Superintendent of Elections). Mail registration forms may be obtained by writing or calling this office. You may register to vote at anytime, however, there are deadlines before each Election Day. A voter must re-register when he or she: - Fails to vote in any election for four consecutive years - Changes legal state of residence or moves - Changes their name

If Oklahoma is your legal state of residence and you are assigned to Vance AFB contact: Garfield County Election Board 903 Failing Ave Enid, Ok, 73701

Absentee Voting: In order to ensure that your vote counts, it is imperative that all citizens (military and dependents) keep their local elections officials informed of address changes. This can be accomplished by contacting the Installation Voting Officer or designated squadron representative. They will be able to furnish you with Absentee Voting Material (see attachment 2) and ensure that your vote counts! For your local Unit Voting counselor, contact the Military Personnel Flight at 213-7500. Members who are not Oklahoma residents must


register and vote under the guidelines established by their state of residence. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) requires that the states and territories allow certain groups of citizens to register and vote absentee in elections for Federal and local offices.

WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN - WIC The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC Program) was authorized in legislation passed by the United States Congress in Section 17 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. The reason for enactment was due to findings that substantial numbers of pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and young children from families with inadequate income are at special risk with respect to their physical and mental health by reason of inadequate nutrition or health care, or both.

To apply for WIC Call 233-0650. Go to the Garfield county Health Department, P.O. Box 3266 Enid, OK 73702. If you have questions, please call the state of Oklahoma for other questions at 1-888-655-2942

YOUTH CENTER (See Base Services)


YOUTH SUPERVISION POLICY NOTE: The ages specified are the maximum ages and are based on the child's ability to demonstrate age-appropriate behavior. Children who do not consistently demonstrate age-appropriate behavior should not be given the same degree of self-management responsibilities. In all instances below where a "yes" is indicated, the parent is responsible for using reasonable judgment and for any incident or mishap (not considered reasonably preventable) which may occur.


Left Without Sitter in

Left Without Sitter in


Quarters for two hours

Quarters for two Alone hours

or less

or more

Outside Unattended

Left in car

Child Sit

Child Sit

(includes playing)




System (1)







Newborn through Age 4

No; Restraint No



Age 5

through Age 6


Yes; playground or No (2)



yard with immediate access (visual or hearing distance) to adult supervision -3

Age 7

Yes; with access Yes; except in to hot

through Age 9

No (2)



adult assistance weather, and (3) only for





10 minutes or less (4)

Age 10

Yes; with ready access

through Age 11

(phone No number, etc.) to



Yes (4)

an adult supervisor (5)

Age 12

through Age 14

Yes; during hours Yes

before curfew

Yes; 12 years




Yes (6)

of age or 7th grade minimum (3,6)

Age 15 through High School


Yes; Minors age 16 Yes


and up may be left alone for short TDYs or


leaves not to exceed 5 consecutive days, with periodic checks by adult supervision

Child Restraint System must be in use when vehicle is in motion Ages 6-9, child may walk to and from Eisenhower School Adult supervision is defined as someone who assumes responsibility for the child, e.g., parent, guardian, care provider, friend (youth ages 1214 may sit during the hours before curfew only) Keys must be removed from vehicle and the handbrake applied Home-alone training by Youth Center or other source required. Red Cross baby-sitting training or equivalent required. NOTE: Curfew hours for all dependents and guests under the age of 18 are 2300 - 0600, Sun - Thurs; 2400 - 0600, Fri - Sat. EXCEPTIONS: (1) Accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (military sponsor) (2) Returning from employment (on/off base) or attending officially recognized function (i.e., school, church, base activities, or special events). Individuals will proceed directly from the place of employment or function to their on/off base quarters





Upon the death of an active duty Air Force member, a Casualty Assistance Representative (CAR) is assigned to assist the survivor(s). CARs are from the Military Personnel Flight (MPF) at the nearest Air Force base. Their task is to help the survivor(s) with application for and counseling on government entitlements. They help the survivor(s) in applying for all entitled benefits. The representative will also coordinate with other base and Government agencies (Legal Office, Veterans’ Administration (VA), Social Security, etc.) to ensure that all possible assistance is given. When death occurs, the casualty assistance representative contacts the next of kin within 24 hours of death.

NOTE: Be sure the member updates the virtual Record of Emergency Data (vRED) card on virtual MPF to reflect the current name and address of the Next of Kin (NOK) or contact the Military Personnel Flight customer service section for assistance. The address listed next to the NOK is the place the casualty team will go to notify the NOK of the death of the member. If this is incorrect the team will be delayed in notification. Also if the name of the NOK is incorrect, i.e., a fiance’ listed for benefits instead of someone else who the member has later married will cause benefits to be paid to the wrong person!

1. Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance (SGLI) The service member determines the amount of SGLI coverage. Some members decline SGLI coverage. This program insures military personnel on active duty for up to $400,000. The present cost is $29.00 a month for the full $400,000. It continues for 120 days or for one year if disabled, immediately following separation or retirement from service. The office of SGLI processes and pays claims under the jurisdiction of the VA. NOTE: The member needs to ensure the beneficiary listed on the SGLI application is the correct person they want to receive the insurance

2. Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP): The Survivor Benefit Plan is a monthly payment made to the spouse (or children if there is no spouse) of a member who dies on active duty. However, the member's death must be classified in the line of duty in order for the annuity to be payable unless the member was retirement eligible (had completed 20 years of active duty service) on the date of death. The spouse or children would receive 55% of the amount the Defense Finance and Accounting Service determines the member's retired pay would be as of the date of death. The spouse is eligible to receive the annuity for life unless she/he remarries prior to the age of 55. If remarriage occurs before age 55, the annuity must be stopped. Children are eligible until they are 18 or 22 if full time students. Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) through the VA (See Section D, para 20) will offset the SBP dollar for dollar.


3. Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (ID CARD) DD Form 1172, Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card, continues to be issued to the surviving dependents of deceased active duty personnel. Cards are issued to surviving dependents, including the unremarried widow or widower and any dependent children, ages 10 through 21 (23 if attending school). Each card show the privileges authorized for the holder and allows them the use of these privileges at Uniformed Services installations where adequate services and facilities are available. ID cards issued while the sponsor was alive are not valid. The holder must apply for a new card that show he or she is a dependent of a deceased service member.12. Medical

REMEMBER: Information presented in this guide is general in nature; additional information will be provided by the CAR to assist you during this time.



________________________________________________________________________ First



____________________________________________________________________ Retired Grade


Social Security Number

____________________________________________________________________ Street Address

City and State

Zip Code

____________________________________________________________________ Service Number

VA Claim No (if applicable)

Date and type of retirement:_________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________ Signature Date


1. Place and date of birth:_______________________________________________ Town



2. Naturalization (if applicable)___________________________________________


by:_________________________________________________________________ Designation and location of court granting naturalization

3. Parents’ name:

Father:______________________________________________________________ First



____________________________________________________________________ Date and place of birth

Mother:______________________________________________________________ First



____________________________________________________________________ Date and place of birth

(Attach additional sheets as necessary)


4. Your marriage(s):

To whom:___________________________________________________________ First



Place and date:_______________________________________________________ Town



If terminated, show reason, place, and date:_________________________________

To whom:____________________________________________________________ First



Place and date:_______________________________________________________ Town



If terminated, show reason, place, and date:_________________________________

5. Children (full name, place and date of birth; if living apart from parent, list address – minors indicate name of guardian)





6. Name and address of personal lawyer or trusted friend who may be consulted in regard to my personal or business affairs:

____________________________________________________________________ Name

____________________________________________________________________ Street Address






1. Birth certificates or other proof of date of birth for self and each member or immediate family member:



My Record of Personal Affairs (Continued)

2. Adoption papers (if applicable):


3. Naturalization papers (if applicable):



4. Marriage certificate:


5. Divorce decree, death certificates or certified copies thereof (in case of either spouse):


MILITARY SERVICE PERSONNAL FILE LOCATION: Retirement order, separation papers, awards and decorations, personal medical records, etc.




1. Will: I have/have not executed a will.

a) Will located at: _____________________________________________________

b) Executor’s name and address: _________________________________________



c) Lawyer’s name and address: ___________________________________________


2. Power of Attorney: I have/have not executed a Power of Attorney, dated:

_________________________ Month/Day/Year

Naming: ____________________________________________________________ Agent or attorney in fact


3. Income Tax: Copies of my federal and state income tax returns and related papers are located at:


4. Other taxes: Copies of ________________ tax returns and related papers are located at: Property, etc.


BANK ACCOUNTS (Include Credit Union, Savings & Loan Association, IRA, 401K):

1. Type of account:


_____________________________________________________________________ Checking/Savings Acct #


Name/location of Bank

_____________________________________________________________________ Checking/Savings Acct #


Name/location of Bank

_____________________________________________________________________ Checking/Savings Acct #


Name/location of Bank

2. Location of passbooks for savings accounts:


3. Location of statements/canceled checks for checking account:



Charge Accounts and Credit Cards (include Account Numbers):





Safety Deposit Box:

1. Name of bank or trust company: _______________________________________

___________________________________________________________________ Address

2. Location of Key:____________________________________________________

United States Savings Bonds:

1. Where kept: _______________________________________________________

2. Approximate value: ________ (attach listing of serials numbers and denominations)

Stocks, Bonds and Securities Owned:




Property Ownership or Interest:

Real Estate located at:__________________________________________________


The property is encumbered by a _________________________________________ Mortgage/Trust/Deed/Etc.

Held by

The property is insured with _____________________________________________ Insurance company

Policy #

The papers are located at: ______________________________________________ Location of deed, abstract, mortgage, insurance, contracts and other papers

Life Insurance:

1. I have the following types of life insurance: �Government �Commercial �Both

2. Insurance Company Policy Number Face Value Payment Options





3. The policies are located at: ____________________________________________



Other Insurance:

1. I have the following health, property, accident, liability or other insurance coverage:


2. Insurance Company Type of Coverage Policy Number Amount




3. The policies are located at: ____________________________________________


Annuities: Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/SSBP, Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP), Civil Service, etc.:

1. Annuities are payable as follows: �Government �Commercial �Both

2. SBP/SSBP payable to: ______________________________________________


Address: ___________________________________________________________

Current amount $___________ per month (increased whenever retired pay is raised)

3. RSFPP payable to: _________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

Current amount $_________________ per month (fixed amount)

4. Other annuities: ____________________________________________________

Payable to:__________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

Amount $_________________ per month

5. Annuity papers located at:_____________________________________________



____________________________________________________________________ Employer


Telephone No.


Survivor Benefits:



Military Retired Pay:

1. Defense Finance and Accounting Center/Service Finance Center that pays my military retired pay:



2. Retired pay now being sent to:_________________________________________

Indicate home address or bank

3. If you have waived all or part of your military retired pay in favor of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation or combined civil service payment, list these offices below:

____________________________________________________________________ VA Claim No. VA Office Address


____________________________________________________________________ CSA Number Civil Service Address

4. The following deductions (payments of insurance premiums etc) are currently made from my retired pay: Amount Purpose




5. I have designed the following person as beneficiary of any unpaid retired pay at the time of my death:

____________________________________________________________________ Name, relationship and address

Names, Addresses, and Telephone Nos. of Friends or Business Associates Who May Be Helpful:



Telephone No.





Survivor Assistance Office – Nearest Military Installation: Whenever possible, the military departments will designate an officer to assist the surviving spouse in funeral and burial arrangement and to advise and assist in applying to the various government agencies for benefits that might be payable. In some installations, the offices that render assistance might be referred to as the casualty assistance office, survivor assistance office, personal affairs office or retirement services office.

___________________________________________________________________ Name of installation

Telephone No.

Identification Cards:

Your spouse should turn in all military ID cards, and obtain a new card for him/herself and any eligible children.


Department of Veterans Affairs:

1. Your surviving spouse may be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), or might qualify for a small non-service connected death pension, or your dependent children may qualify for benefits.

2. Even if a surviving spouse is not eligible for DIC or a death pension, burial allowances will be payable. As a general rule, the funeral director will assist in claiming this benefit.

3. My VA Claim number (if any) is: _______________________________________

4. Location of my personal papers: _______________________________________

5. Nearest VA office: __________________________________________________ Address Phone No,

Social Security Administration: 1. If there are dependent children, your spouse will be entitled to survivor benefits until the youngest child reaches age 16. If there are no dependent children, your spouse will be eligible for benefits at age 60 (50 if disabled). A burial allowance up to $255 is payable. These benefits are, of course, dependent on your entitlement to Social Security benefits. Your spouse should contact the nearest office and file an application to determine eligibility.

2. My Social Security Number is _________________________________________

3. Location of my personal Social Security papers:___________________________


4. Social Security Office: _______________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________ Address

Telephone No.


CHILDCARE CHECKLIST You can make sure your caregiver meets all of your expectations while providing a happy, safe environment for your kids.

Evaluate the Setting _____Does the center have a license that meets state regulations? _____Does the care provider have adequate education, training, and proper credentials? _____Ask for references from past employers or other parent _____Does the care provider have procedures in case of emergency? _____Is the center safe? (Covered outlets, no sharp corners, cleaners out of reach, etc?) _____Inquire into sanitary procedures. Do staff and children wash their hands regularly, and particularly after diaper changes or before food preparation? _____Have fire extinguishers been inspected and have smoke detectors been installed _____Do they have liability insurance?

Evaluate the Care Providers _____Are the staff members friendly and helpful? _____Do you trust them? _____Do the care providers treat the children as individuals? _____Are they involved with the children or do they just provide basic needs? _____Do they show patience with the kids? _____Do they have a good sense of humor and seem warm and affectionate? _____Are they in good physical condition and able to play with the kids? _____Do you approve of their methods of toilet training and other self-help skills?


_____Are their philosophical or religious beliefs compatible with yours? _____Do they seem open to communication with you?

Evaluate the Environment and Program _____Is the atmosphere cheerful and pleasant? _____Is there an adequate play area – both indoors and outside? _____Are there adequate toys which are clean and well-maintained? _____Are activities and rest periods scheduled or flexible? _____Are the activities creative and interesting? _____Is there a drop-in policy for parents? _____Is there a mechanism for the home/day care transition and vice versa? _____Can this provider and setting allow personal attention for your child?



1. Communication is the Key - Separation is a challenge. You can make it successful if you prepare in practical and emotional ways. Communication is key for military members, spouses and families. You and your family need to talk openly and frankly about your concerns and feelings before, during and after the deployment.

- You and Your Spouse. Before deployment, you and your spouse are likely to feel some anticipation and excitement. As deployment approaches, feelings of anger and frustration may mount. Be understanding with each other. When deployment is near, you may even begin to withdraw from each other. This can be a natural way of dealing with powerful feelings.

- Your Children. Children respond best to honesty. Share the facts about the parent’s deployment. Let them know when it will happen and how long it will last. Look at a map or a globe and talk about where their parent is going and what he or she will be doing. Children can experience a range of emotions. They may be angry that their parent is leaving. Encourage children to share their feelings openly negative and positive.

2. Staying in Touch During Deployments - Letters: One of the most personal and least expensive ways to keep in touch. Short, frequent letters can brighten many days during separation. Encourage children to send postcards and handmade greeting cards.

- Phone Calls. Phone calls can be expensive, but planning can help you make the most of them. Discuss costs and timing before you go. Before you call, write down what you want to say. Find the least expensive times to call, and look into discount plans and phone cards. The Hearts Apart Morale Call program may be able to help. (See Family Readiness – TDY/Deployments)

- Video and Audiotapes. Talking to your loved ones and children on audiotapes is a rewarding way to communicate. It is less expensive than a phone call. Videos can show how the children are growing. Audiotapes of favorite books and stories recorded before deployment can be entertaining and comforting for children.


- E-mail and Videoconferencing. if the deployed parent has access to a computer, e-mail can be a spontaneous and entertaining way to communicate. Check with your A&FRC about videoconferencing at 213-6330

EMERGENCY PLANNING You should plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation, use common sense and whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Think about the places where your family spends time: school, work and other places you frequent. Ask about their emergency plans. Find out how they will communicate with families during an emergency. If they do not have an emergency plan, consider helping develop one.

1. Develop a Family Communications Plan Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. Consider a plan where each family member calls, or e-mails, the same friend or relative in the event of an emergency. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members. Be sure each person knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. You may have trouble getting through, or the phone system may be down altogether, but be patient.

2. Deciding to Stay or Go Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the attack, the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information, including what you are learning here, to determine if there is immediate danger. In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for information or official instructions as it becomes available. If you're specifically told to evacuate or seek medical treatment, do so immediately.

3. Staying Put and Shelter-in-Place Whether you are at home, work or elsewhere, there may be situations when it's simply best to stay where you are and avoid any uncertainty outside. In fact, there are some circumstances where staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process known as sheltering-in-place and sealing the room, is a matter of survival. Plan in advance where you will take shelter in this kind of an emergency. Choose an interior room or one with as few windows and doors as possible. Consider precutting plastic sheeting to seal windows, doors and air vents. Each piece should be several inches larger than the space you want to cover so that it lies flat against the wall. Label each piece with the location of where it fits.


4. Getting Away There may be conditions under which you will decide to get away, or there may be situations when you are ordered to leave. Plan in advance how you will assemble your family and anticipate where you will go. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency. If you have a car, keep at least a half tank of gas in it at all times. Become familiar with alternate routes as well as other means of transportation out of your area. If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if you have to. Take your emergency supply kit, unless you have reason to believe it has been contaminated, and lock the door behind you. Take pets with you if you are told to evacuate; however, if you are going to a public shelter, keep in mind that they may not be allowed inside. If you believe the air may be contaminated, drive with your windows and vents closed and keep the air conditioning and heater turned off.

5. Working Together Schools, daycare providers, workplaces, neighborhoods and apartment buildings, like individuals and families, should all have site-specific emergency plans. Ask about plans at the places where your family spends time: work, school and other places you frequent. If none exist, consider volunteering to help develop one. You will be better prepared to reunite your family and loved ones safely during an emergency if you think ahead, and communicate with others in advance.

6. Neighborhoods and Apartment Buildings A community working together during an emergency also makes sense. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together. Find out if anyone has specialized equipment, like a power generator, or expertise such as medical knowledge, that might help in a crisis. Decide who will check on elderly or disabled neighbors. Make backup plans for children in case you can't get home in an emergency. Sharing plans and communicating in advance is a good strategy.

7. Schools and Daycare If you are a parent, or guardian of an elderly or disabled adult, make sure schools or daycare providers have emergency response plans. Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis. Do they store adequate food, water and other emergency supplies? Find out if they are prepared to shelter-in-place if need be, and where they plan to go if they must get away.

8. Employers If you are an employer, make sure your workplace has a building evacuation plan that is regularly practiced. Take a critical look at your heating ventilation and air-conditioning system to determine if it is secure or if it could be feasibly upgraded to better filter potential contaminants. Be sure you, and others, know how to turn off the


system if necessary. Think about what to do if your employees can't go home, and make sure you have appropriate supplies on hand.

9. Specific Terrorist Threats It is important to remember, there are significant differences among potential terrorist threats that will influence the decisions you make and the actions you take. By beginning a process of learning about these specific threats, you are preparing yourself to react in an emergency.

10. Biological Threat A biological attack is the deliberate release of germs or other biological substances that can make you sick. Many agents must be inhaled, enter through a cut in the skin or be eaten to make you sick. Some biological agents, such as anthrax, do not cause contagious diseases. Others, like the smallpox virus, can result in diseases you can catch from people.

Unlike an explosion, a biological attack may or may not be immediately obvious. While it is possible that you will see signs of a biological attack, as was sometimes the case with the anthrax mailings, it is perhaps more likely that local health care workers will report a pattern of unusual illness or there will be a wave of sick people seeking emergency medical attention. You will probably learn of the danger through an emergency radio or TV broadcast or some other signal used in your community. Perhaps you will get a phone call or emergency response workers may come door-to-door. If you become aware of an unusual or suspicious release of an unknown substance nearby, it doesn't hurt to protect yourself. Quickly get away. Cover your mouth and nose with layers of fabric that can filter the air but still allow breathing. Examples include two to three layers of cotton such as a t-shirt, handkerchief or towel. Otherwise, several layers of tissue or paper towels may help. Wash with soap and water and contact authorities.

In the event of a biological attack, public health officials will provide information on what you should do as quickly as they can. However, it can take time for them to determine exactly what the illness is, how it should be treated and who is in danger. What you can do is watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet for official news including the following: Are you in the group or area authorities consider in danger? What are the signs and symptoms of the disease? Are medications or vaccines being distributed? Where? Who should get them? Where should you seek emergency medical care if you become sick? At the time of a declared biological emergency, if a family member becomes sick, it is important to be suspicious. However, do not automatically assume you should go to a hospital emergency room or that any illness is the result of the biological attack. Symptoms of many common illnesses may overlap. Use common sense, practice good hygiene and cleanliness to avoid spreading germs, and seek medical advice.


11. Chemical Threat A chemical attack is the deliberate release of a toxic gas, liquid or solid that can poison people and the environment. Watch for signs of a chemical attack such as many people suffering from watery eyes, twitching, choking, having trouble breathing or losing coordination. Many sick or dead birds, fish or small animals are also cause for suspicion. If you see signs of a chemical attack, quickly try to define the impacted area or where the chemical is coming from, if possible. Take immediate action to get away from the affected area.

If the chemical is inside a building where you are, try to get out of the building without passing through the contaminated area. Otherwise, it may be better to move as far away from where you suspect the chemical release is and seal the room. If you are outside when you see signs of a chemical attack, you must quickly decide what is the fastest way to get away from the chemical threat. Consider if you can get out of the area or if it would be better to go inside a building and follow your plan to shelter-in-place.

If your eyes are watering, your skin is stinging, you are having trouble breathing or you simply think you may have been exposed to a chemical, immediately strip and wash. Look for a hose, fountain or any source of water. Wash with soap, if possible, but do not scrub the chemical into your skin. Seek emergency medical attention.

12. Nuclear Blast A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water and ground surfaces for miles around. While experts may predict at this time that a nuclear attack is less likely than others, terrorism by its nature is unpredictable. If there is a flash or fireball, take cover immediately, below ground if possible, though any shield or shelter will help protect you from the immediate effects of the blast and the pressure wave. In order to limit the amount of radiation you are exposed to, think about shielding, distance and time. If you have a thick shield between yourself and the radioactive materials, it will absorb more of the radiation and you will be exposed to less. Similarly, the farther away you are from the blast and the fallout, the lower your exposure. Finally, minimizing time spent exposed will also reduce your risk.

13. Radiation Threat or "Dirty Bomb" A radiation threat or "Dirty Bomb" is the use of common explosives to spread radioactive materials over a targeted area. It is not a nuclear blast. The force of the explosion and radioactive contamination will be more localized. While the blast will be immediately obvious, the presence of radiation may not be clearly defined until trained personnel with specialized equipment are on the scene. As with any radiation, you want to try to limit your exposure. Think about shielding, distance and time.


14. Natural Disasters Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However, there are important differences among natural disasters that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Some natural disasters are easily predicted, others happen without warning. Planning what to do in advance is an important part of being prepared.

Find out what natural disasters are most common in your area. You may be aware of some of your community's risks: others may surprise you. Historically, flooding is the nation's single most common natural disaster. Flooding can happen in every U.S. state and territory. Earthquakes are often thought of as a West Coast phenomenon, yet 45 states and territories in the United States are at moderate to high risk from earthquakes and are located in every region of the country. Other disasters may be more common in certain areas. Tornados are nature's most violent storms and can happen anywhere. However, states located in "Tornado Alley," as well as areas in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Florida are at the highest risk for tornado damage. Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Scientists can now predict hurricanes, but people who live in coastal communities should plan what they will do if they are told to evacuate.

Planning what to do in advance is an important part of being prepared. Find out what natural disasters are most common in your area.

Get Involved...Join Citizen Corps Today Citizen Corps actively involves citizens in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger, and better prepared. We all have a role to play in keeping our hometowns secure from emergencies of all kinds. Citizen Corps works hard to help people prepare, train, and volunteer in their communities.

What role will you play? Being ready starts with you, but it also takes everyone working together to make our communities safer. Citizen Corps provides a variety of opportunities for you to get involved.

You can provide valuable assistance to local fire stations, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and emergency management. Get connected to disaster volunteer groups through your local Citizen Corps Council, so that when something happens, you can help in an organized manner. Citizen Corps programs build on the successful efforts that are in place in many communities around the country to prevent crime and respond to emergencies


You can join the Citizen Corps community by: 1) Volunteering for local law enforcement agencies through the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program; 2) Being part of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to help people immediately after a disaster and to assist emergency responders; 3) Joining a Neighborhood Watch group to help with terrorism awareness and neighborhood emergency preparedness; 4) Volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps to provide public health and medical support; 5) Providing fire safety and prevention education in the community and helping out at your local fire station through Fire Corps; 6) Helping others get prepared, especially those with special needs.

It starts with you There are no limits to how you can prepare and train for emergencies. All over America, communities have organized Citizen Corps Councils to inspire citizens to take action and get involved in hometown preparedness. Contact your local Council by going to and click on the homepage link to find the Council nearest you.

Prepare. Train. Volunteer.

In All Cases, Remain Calm. Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. Above all, stay calm, be patient and think before you act. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected. If you have a working smoke detector, you understand that preparing makes sense. Get ready now. Use the tool to the right to get started today.

This common sense framework is designed to launch a process of learning about citizen preparedness. For the most current information and recommendations, go online to

15. Family Communications Plan Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. 174

Out of Town Contact Name: _______________________ Email: _______________________ Tel. Number 1: _______________________ Tel. Number 2: _______________________

Fill out the following information for each family member and keep it up to date.

Name: _______________________ Social Security Number: _______________________ Date of Birth: _______________________ Important Medical Information: _______________________

Name: _______________________ Social Security Number: _______________________ Date of Birth: _______________________ Important Medical Information: _______________________

Name: _______________________ Social Security Number: _______________________ Date of Birth: _______________________ Important Medical Information: _______________________

Name: _______________________ Social Security Number: _______________________ Date of Birth: _______________________ Important Medical Information: _______________________


Name: _______________________ Social Security Number: _______________________ Date of Birth: _______________________ Important Medical Information: _______________________

Name: _______________________ Social Security Number: _______________________ Date of Birth: _______________________ Important Medical Information: _______________________

Where to go in an emergency. Write down where your family spends the most time: work, school and other places you frequent. Schools, daycare providers, workplaces and apartment buildings should all have site-specific emergency plans.

Home Address: _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________ Neighborhood Meeting Place: _______________________

Regional Meeting Place: _______________________ Work Address: _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________

Evacuation Location: _______________________ Work Address: _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________

Evacuation Location: _______________________ 176

School Address: _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________

Evacuation Location: _______________________ School Address: _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________

Evacuation Location: _______________________ School Address: _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________

Other place you frequent Address: _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________ Evacuation Location: _______________________

Other place you frequent Address: _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________ Evacuation Location: _______________________


Important Information

Doctor Phone Number: _______________________ Policy Number: _______________________

Other Name(s): _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________ Policy Number: _______________________

Pharmacist Name(s): _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________ Policy Number: _______________________

Medical Insurance Name(s): _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________ Policy Number: _______________________

Homeowners/Rental Insurance Name(s): _______________________ Phone Number: _______________________ Policy Number: _______________________

Veterinarian/Kennel (for pets) Name(s): _______________________


Phone Number: _______________________ Policy Number: _______________________

Other useful phone numbers: 9-1-1 for emergencies Police Non-Emergency Phone Number: _______________________ Every family member should carry a copy of this important information


Emergency Preparation Checklist Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now. For more information go to:

Everyone should have a plan.

The likelihood of you and your family surviving a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy, as on a well-trained fire department. The same is true for surviving a terrorist attack or other emergency. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes sense. Get ready now.

Potential threats terrorists are working to obtain include biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological weapons, and the threat of an attack is very real. All Americans should begin a process of learning about potential threats so we are better prepared to react during an attack, natural disaster or other emergency. While there is no way to predict what will happen, or what your personal circumstances will be, there are simple things you can do now to prepare yourself and your loved ones. Some of the things you can do to prepare for a terrorist attack, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or manmade emergency. With a little planning and common sense, you can be better prepared for the unexpected.

1. Emergency Supplies Just like having a working smoke detector in your home, having emergency supply kits will put the tools you may need at your fingertips. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. While there are many things that might make you more comfortable, think first about fresh water, food, and clean air. Remember to include, and periodically rotate, medications you take every day such as insulin and heart medicine. Plan to store items in an easy-to-carry bag, such as a shopping bag, backpack or duffle bag. Consider two kits. In one, put everything you will need to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you have to get away.

Water - Store one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation in clean plastic containers. If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary.


Food - Store food that won't go bad and does not have to be heated or cooked. Choose foods that your family will eat, including protein or fruit bars, dry cereal or granola, canned foods and juices, peanut butter, dried fruit, nuts, crackers and baby foods. Remember to pack a manual can opener, cups and eating utensils.

2. Clean Air Many potential terrorist attacks could send tiny microscopic "junk" into the air. For example, an explosion may release very fine debris that can cause lung damage. A biological attack may release germs that can make you sick if inhaled or absorbed through open cuts. Many of these agents can only hurt you if they get into your body, so think about creating a barrier between yourself and any contamination. Be prepared to improvise with what you have on hand to protect your nose, mouth, eyes, and cuts in your skin. Anything that fits snugly over your nose and mouth, including any dense-weave cotton material, can help filter contaminants in an emergency. It is very important that most of the air you breathe comes through the mask or cloth, not around it. Do whatever you can to make the best fit possible for children. There are also a variety of face masks readily available in hardware stores that are rated based on how small a particle they can filter in an industrial setting.

Have heavyweight garbage bags or plastic sheeting, duct tape and scissors in your kit. You can use these things to tape up windows, doors and air vents if you need to seal off a room from outside contamination. Consider precutting and labeling these materials. Anything you can do in advance will save time when it counts.

3. Basic Supplies Store a flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, utility knife, local map, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, soap, garbage bags and other sanitation supplies, plastic sheeting, duct tape, as well as extra cash and identification. Periodically rotate your extra batteries to be sure they work when you need them.

Warmth - If you live in a cold weather climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have heat. Have warm clothing for each family member in your supply kit, including a jacket or coat, long pants, a long sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, a hat and gloves. Have a sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.

Special Items - Think about your family's unique needs. Pack diapers, formula, bottles, prescription medications, pet food, comfort items, books, paper, pens, a deck of cards or other forms of entertainment.


Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit: 1) Water - one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation 2) Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food 3) Battery-powered radio - and extra batteries 4) Flashlight - and extra batteries 5) First Aid kit 6) Whistle - to signal for help 7) Dust mask - or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air 8) Moist towelettes - for sanitation 9) Wrench or pliers - to turn off utilities 10) Can opener - for food (if kit contains canned food) 11) Plastic sheeting and duct tape - to shelter-in-place 12) Infant formula and diapers - if you have an infant 13) Garbage bags and plastic ties - for personal sanitation

Unique Family Needs: ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________

FAMILY READINESS CHECKLIST Do you know where each of the following documents is located?

___ Birth Certificates


___ Marriage License ___ Divorce Decrees ___ Death Certificates ___ Medical Records of each Family Member ___ Dental Records of each Family Member ___ Veterinarian Records (for each pet) ___ Adoption Papers ___ Citizenship/Naturalization Papers ___ Passports/Visas ___ Insurance Policies (Life, Health, Home, Vehicle, Flood, Others) ___ Real Estate Documents (Lease, deed, first and second mortgages) ___ Car Title, Registration and Inspection ___ Most Recent Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) ___ Social Security Numbers of each Family Member ___ Current Address and Phone Numbers of Immediate Family Members of both spouses ___ Do you have wills? ___ Is the Service Member’s Record of Emergency Data (vRed) updated? ___ Is the amount and beneficiary information current for the Service Member’s Group Life Insurance? ___ Are Power of attorneys needed for buying a house, moving into government quarters, completing taxes, etc.? ___ Is a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act form required to access medical records? ___ Will military identification cards expire during deployment? ___ Are all family members enrolled in Defense Eligibility Enrollment and Reporting System? (DEERS) ___ Have your spouse complete a Mortuary Affairs Planning Checklist (may be obtained from Services, A &FRC and legal)


___ Do you have a written monthly spending plan or budget? 183

___ Does your budget include money for phone calls, gifts/souvenirs, and Care packages? ___ Does your budget include additional funds for family separation allowance and other special payments (flight, submarine, combat duty, etc)? ___ Will there be promotion during deployment? ___ Will a reenlistment bonus be received during deployment? ___ Do you/your spouse have access to My Pay? ___ Are you enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan? ___ Do both you and your spouse understand and agree how finances will be handled during the deployment? ___ Have you decided who will be using which credit cards during the deployment?

Banking ___ Is pay distribution set up the way you want? Direst Deposit to correct account(s)? Split pay? Any allotments or automatic check drafts? ___ Are you using joint or separate checking accounts? If joint, have you discussed how you will manage? ___ Do you have overdraft protection for your checking accounts? ___ Will your debit/credit cards expire during you spouse’s absence?

Bills ___ How will you be making payments to creditors? Do they have your corrected address? ___ How will you be paying rent/mortgage/utilities? ___ Are there any annual/quarterly expenses such as car or home insurance or tuition payments due while your spouse is deployed? If so, how will they be paid?

Taxes ___ If you plan to file federal or state taxes while your spouse is deployed, do you have all the needed records? ___Do you have a specific power of attorney allowing you to file on behalf of your spouse or are you going to request a filing extension?


Vehicles ___ Are vehicle insurance, tags, registration, title, and inspection stickers current? ___ Is all routine maintenance current? ___ Do you have the name of a trusted mechanic/repair garage? ___ Do you know what routine maintenance will be necessary such as oil, filters and tires?

House ___ I s all routine household maintenance complete? ___ Is your renter’s/homeowner’s insurance current? ___ If expecting to move into government quarters during the deployment is a special power of attorney available to arrange the move? ___ If you are planning to stay with extended family during the deployment note that this is not covered in the military clause of most leases. Does your lease allow you to sublet or will there be a penalty? ___ Prepare house/apartment if it will be vacant for an extended period during deployment – stop mail and newspaper, turn off or reduce the temperature of hot water heater, air conditioning or heat, arrange lawn maintenance, etc.

Emergencies ___ Do you have at least one month’s pay saved in case of financial emergency? ___ Have you considered a power of attorney for Air Force Aid Society/Army Emergency Relief/ Navy Marine Corps Relief Society? ___ Do you know how to access the TRICARE health care system, particularly when outside the local area? ___ Do you and your immediate family know the service member’s social security number, command name and mailing address? ___ Do you know how to use the American Red Cross in case of emergency? ___ Do you have the name and number to the key spouse, or command ombudsman, first shirt, and commander for your spouse’s unit at home? ___ Do you have a disaster preparedness plan and a place to meet/call after a disaster? ___ Do you have a support system – people you can turn to for assistance during the deployment? 185

Communication ___ Have you discussed how often you will communicate and by which methods? ___ Does your spouse have an adequate supply of pens, stationary, stamps, and greeting cards? ___ Have you discussed how bad news will be shared? ___ Have you told your extended family and friends about the deployment and provided your spouse’s address, and asked them to keep in touch? ___ Have you expressed your love and appreciation to each other, your children and extended family members? ___ If you have children, have you thought about recording a video of your spouse reading bedtime stories?

Comfort Items for Service Member ___ Have you updated magazine/book subscriptions? ___ Have you discussed the kind of items to include in care packages? ___ Has your spouse packed a supply of contact lenses/solutions, shampoo, disposable razors, etc? ___ Does your spouse have a full mobility/sea bag? ___ If a promotion is expected, does your spouse have a supply of rank/insignia? ___ Does your spouse have a family picture?

Goals ___ Have you and your spouse established goals to accomplish during this deployment – get in shape, further your education, etc? ___ Have you written them down or discussed them with your spouse? ___ Does your spouse have the items needed to pursue the goals such as books for classes or workout gear?

Homecoming ___ Have you discussed homecoming plans and expectations? ___ Does your spouse want a large celebration or just immediate family? ___ Do you and your spouse want to stay at home or take a vacation upon reuniting? 186

___ If you have children what are the homecoming plans for them? ___ Have you planned some special time to reconnect without other family members present?

Additional Items: (List Items not covered in the checklist)


It’s a well known fact that members of the military are not going to become rich (unless you hit the lottery). Become a wise money manager; check into the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), Roth IRAs, and Mutual Funds now, don’t wait another minute!

1. The Phone Your current cell phone may not work in this area. Most carriers will let you out of your old contract if you provide them with a copy of your husband’s orders. If you decide to keep your carrier, use non-peak hours when you do call. Non-peak hours are usually after 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., and all day on weekends.

2. Banking Inflation in the United States is running at 3%; make sure your savings account exceeds inflation, otherwise your losing money. Most people get stuck in the trap of sticking with their local bank because they’ve had them since they were children. If you want to make money, go to where the money is! - Another option is to research the interest rates using This website will provide you with current rates on CD’s, mortgages as well as financial advice. - Take advantage of on-line bill pay. Most financial institutions offer this service free of charge. It also comes in handy while your spouse is deployed.

3. Buying Don’t become a credit card slave. Did you know that most consumers who use a credit card spend 50% more in purchases than their cash toting counterpart? Pay with cash. Take advantage of layaways.


Check out the Base Thrift Shop. You can often receive great bargains at garage sales as well as auctions.

4. Insurance Salesmen Most young couples, without children, need “term” insurance only. The military offers Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance, most commonly referred as SGLI. For $27 your spouse is covered in the amount of $400,000; an additional $5 covers you, the spouse, in the amount of $100,000. Check out your spouse’s most recent LES, you’ll find the deduction already in place. - Whole Life, Premium or Universal Life Insurance policies are expensive and carry several fees. They vary from traditional “term” insurance as they provide coverage out to 99 years of age. Most young couples do not need this type of policy. There is a caveat to this however; if you feel that your future insurability might become an issue you may want to consider this type of policy, example: cancer runs in the family, parent died before the age of 50 due to unnatural causes, etc.

5. Financial Crisis Remember, the Air Force Aid Society offers no interest loans and occasional grants for emergencies. Every Air Force installation also has a Career Readiness Consultant with a specialty in Finance who can assist you in almost every facet of your financial endeavor. Stop by the A&FRC, building 314, or give them a call at 213-7873.

6. Quick Tips - Create a Budget, it helps you tell your money where to go as it comes in instead of wondering where it has gone after it is spent - Don’t say “never again” say “once in a while” - If you are used to buying gourmet coffee every morning, you must enjoy it - Give yourself a gift of coffee once or twice a week - Buy a smaller size - If you have an afternoon snack from a vending machine, there’s no need to tell yourself snacks are off limits - Buy the snacks at the grocery store where they are less expensive and then bring one to work every day - If you work in an office that goes out for lunch every day, see if others might be interested in eating in - Make it fun and swap lunches once a week - If you enjoy books or music CDs allow yourself a certain amount of money each month…don’t feel guilty - Buy used books or CDs


- Shop on-line

7. Additional tips - Take up a sport such as jogging - Walk in the park with a friend - Candlelight bubble bath - Take a bike ride - Curl up to a movie with a cup of home made coffee, tea, or hot chocolate - Write a letter to a friend - Have a picnic - Instead of saying “I’m going to the salon every six months” say “I’ll color my hair at home and go to the salon just for hair cuts” - Rent a movie instead of taking the whole family to the theater

8. Here are some things you can do right now to ease the woes - Put your credit cards out of reach - Stay away from EBay, Amazon, or QVC - Have a monthly family meeting on finances - Monitor ATM usage - Do you have a magazine subscription you can cancel? - Can you wear clothes that do not require dry cleaning? - Eliminate on-line gambling or buying lottery tickets - Reevaluate your cable or satellite TV services - Reevaluate your Cell Phone bill - Place items on Lay Away - Avoid “Wal-Mart” unless you have a list, remember, they’ve got a $50 cover charge


9. And then there are the small savings - Turning off the lights - Lowering or raising the thermostat - Walking, biking, or carpooling instead of driving - Turning down the water heater - Planning meals ahead of time and using the crock-pot - Taking something unnecessary out of your grocery basket before you go through the checkout


SCHOOL MOVES CHECKLIST _____From the Parent/Guardian _____Student’s Birth Certificate _____Student’s Social Security Number _____Student’s Health Record (Immunization, etc.) _____Legal documents as Needed _____Proof of residency/Military Orders

School Information: _____Address, Phone Numbers, Other Contact Information _____Course Description Book/Grading Scale (if available for 6th grade and above) _____Copy of the Cover of Each Textbook or the title Page _____School Profile/Handbook _____School Web Page (URL)

Other: _____School Records _____Copy of Cumulative Folder (only the copy mailed between schools is considered official) _____Current Schedule _____Report Cards _____Withdrawal Grades or Progress reports _____Test Scores (standardized or Special program Testing, etc.) _____ Other:


Special Programs Records as Appropriate: Individual education Plan (IEP)/Individual Accommodation Plan (504) Gifted Program Description English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual Education At-risk or Other action Plans for Classroom Modifications Writing Samples and Other Work Examples Activities Records (co/extracurricular) Community Service or Service Learning Other Work or Performance Examples Academic Recognitions and Competition Participation

SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS Weather conditions vary widely throughout the year and warrant your review and preparation. Springtime is the period when Vance AFB will experience its most violent weather. Although tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, they are generally associated with severe thunderstorms characteristic of this area from April to June. The most prevalent month is May. Winter storm conditions with ice or snow are likely to occur from November through March.

1. Weather Information The following terminology is used by civilian and military sources to describe various weather conditions:

Winter Storm Watch - Conditions exist for possible winter weather to include snow or ice.

Winter Storm Warning - High winds and snow are presently occurring.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Conditions exist for development of severe thunderstorms. 192

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Actual occurrence of thunderstorms with winds greater than 58 MPH and hail ¾ inch or larger.

Tornado Watch – Conditions exist for development of tornado.

Tornado Warning – Tornado or funnel cloud actually sighted (BASE SIRENS ARE SOUNDED).

2. Warnings Warnings issued for Vance AFB have a desired 1 hour lead time with the exception of a tornado warning, which has a desired 10 minute lead-time. Watches are typically issued three to six hours prior to the onset of the expected weather condition. Warnings for Vance cover a five nautical mile radius around the base; watches cover a 25 nautical mile radius. Watches announced by civilian authorities can precede development as much as four to six hours and over a large area.

3. Severe Weather Preparation Be prepared for adverse weather. Preview the Base Disaster Preparedness Family Guide for protective actions. Keep food stocked for emergencies. Have a reliable flashlight, portable radio, and a supply of spare batteries. When a watch is announced, place any objects that can be blown away (i.e., trash cans) indoors. Anything outside can be a dangerous missile when carried by strong winds.

Up-to-date severe weather information is broadcast on local TV, radio, and emergency weather radios. Each home in family housing has been issued a weather alert radio preprogrammed to warn residents of weather changes in the area. Damages to the radio caused by abuse, neglect, or packing it when relocating may result in the occupant paying for it.Shelter areas in your home need to provide maximum protection from flying glass and debris, usually an interior hallway or centrally located room. Be prepared to go immediately to this area if a tornado warning is issued. You should attempt to cover yourself with heavy blankets and mattresses if you can.

CAUTION: DURING A TORNADO WARNING YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY TAKE COVER. Most tornado casualties occur when people are caught outside. If your children are in the Child Development Center or in school, leave them there. Those agencies are prepared to deal with the emergency.Remain in your location until the all clear is announced. An all clear is announced by either civilian authorities (KCRC 1390 AM, KGWA 960 AM, 96.9 KNID FM), Security Forces, or other governmental vehicles.


4.All Clear “All Clear” announcements are verbal. If you hear another siren, it means there is another tornado.

STRESS MANAGEMENT TIPS Stress is the pressure and tension you feel when faced with a new or unpleasant situation. It is usually regarded in negative terms, and closely associated with demands, pressures, and annoyances. Experiencing some stress can be good, as it may motivate a person. Although you deal successfully with some degree of stress every day, excessive stress can sometimes be difficult to overcome and can lead to health concerns such as sleep disorders, chronic illness, headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and many other problems.

Some symptoms of stress include rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, forgetfulness, over or under eating, sleep problems, social withdrawal, irritability, frequent worrying, and a general feeling of being overwhelmed. Fortunately, a number of methods have been developed for helping people manage excessive stress levels. The most common techniques include meditation, deep breathing exercises, and relaxation therapy. These methods were designed to lower states of bodily arousal, and can be used to help manage stress, anxiety, or even pain. Meditation is an age-old method of alleviating stress and tension. The skills of meditation are intended to narrow your consciousness or attention by focusing on repetitive stimuli such as your breathing or heartbeat. The basic idea behind this approach is that you can temporarily avoid concerns that initiate stress by excluding them from your thought process for brief periods of time. Breathing exercises and relaxation therapy operate on similar principles. The common goal is to temporarily remove stress-inducing thoughts from your mind, allowing you to calm down, collect your thoughts, and approach your worries from a fresh perspective. A diaphragmatic breathing guide can be found below.

There are other practical tips for managing and reducing stress in your life. Eliminating negative-self talk will increase optimism and self confidence. “I’ll never be able to do this,” is a statement that leads to self defeat. If you believe you will fail, chances are, you will fail. Replacing negative-self talk with positive-self talk, such as, “I know I can do this,” is reassuring. Believing in yourself and your abilities is half the battle.

Make your worries work for you. Focus on worries that you can influence, not those that you have no control over. It may help to make a list of your worries in two categories, those that you can influence and those that you can’t influence. By doing this, you allow yourself to focus more energy on situations you are more likely to resolve.

Determine what your priorities are and get organized. Organization builds structure into you life and helps to


eliminate procrastination. This idea expands on the previous paragraph. By organizing your concerns you are better able to focus your energy on your priorities.

A body lacking in physical stamina is in no shape to handle stress. An exercise tune-up can increase your emotional and physical strength. Exercise enhances, rather than saps, your energy. It also has a distinct relaxing effect. An exercise program can help relieve anxiety and tension. In general, exercise promotes a sense of well-being by enhancing ego strength, dissipating anger and hostility, relieving boredom, and resolving frustration.

Take time for yourself. This is perhaps the most important stress management tool you have and often the most neglected. Do something you enjoy or something that will allow you to relax. Read a book, take a walk, spend time with a friend, and enjoy a hobby. Allow yourself a break from the responsibilities of life and you will feel refreshed and better able to tackle whatever life may throw at you.

Of course, it is okay to ask for help. Talking to a friend or your spouse may prove helpful. Chaplains and therapists can provide professional assistance and are available through the military and the local community. Your Primary Care Manager will have information on drug therapy, which some people find helpful, but is not a long term solution. Military One Source,, is an on-line resource available to help you with most concerns that a military spouse may have. Military One Source also has therapists, whom are available 24 hours a day.

Stress cannot be avoided, but it can be managed. If you utilize the methods and resources mentioned above, you will find yourself better equipped to handle the day to day stressors we all face.

Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise 1. Sit in a comfortable position 2. Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. 3. Try to breathe so that only your stomach rises and falls. As you inhale, concentrate on your chest remaining still while your stomach rises. It may be helpful to imagine that you have a balloon in your stomach which you are blowing up each time you inhale. When exhaling, allow your stomach to fall in and the air to fully escape. 4. Take some deep breaths, concentrating on only moving your stomach. Hold each breath for 2 seconds.


5. Return to regular breathing, continuing to breathe so that only your stomach moves.

NOTE: It is normal for this healthy breathing to feel a little awkward at first. With practice, it will become more natural to you.

Vital Information Reference Sheet Vital Phone Numbers. Dates, And Other Information

My Family

Birth Dates:

Social Security Numbers:

My Address:

My Spouse’s Deployed Address/Phone Number:


Emergency Numbers:

Fire:____________________ Police/Sheriff___________________________ Emergency Medical Services_________________ Poison Control Center____________________

Military Information:

Member’s rank_______ Date of enlistment_____________ ID card number_____________________ Unit________________ Unit location/Phone number________________________________________ Commander name/phone number_______________________________________________________

Other important numbers/ email / web sites: Airman & Family Readiness Center -213-6330



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