Developing a sense of community here starts before you arrive at Vance AFB. We recognize the efforts behind this transition and want to make sure you are satisfied with the details of your move. To obtain referral and relocation assistance, we encourage you to reach out for personalized services provided by the Military Housing Office (MHO) staff.

Vance AFB is located in Garfield County, 5 miles south of Enid, OK and approximately 94 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. Enid, which is located approximately 35 miles west of I-35 on Hwy 412 and is intersected by Hwy 412 and Hwy 81, is the county seat of Garfield County. The economy of the city largely depends on oil and agriculture. The current population of Enid is approximately 49,000 while Garfield County is home to approximately 62,000 people.

The average temperature ranges from 83 degrees in summer to 33 degrees in winter, creating a sense of simple antiquity with changing seasons.

TWENTY-FOUR HOUR ARRIVAL POINT: The 24-hour arrival point is the Cherokee Inn, (lodging office), Building 714, Goad Street. If you are arriving via airlines, the Will Rogers International Airport in Oklahoma City is the closest major airport to Vance. It is best to arrange transportation from the airport with your sponsor as the taxi service to Enid is expensive. The trip is about 1¾ hours one-way and cost approximately $208. Visit the Will Rogers International Airport website for a comprehensive list of options for Public Transportation.

If you are driving, from Interstate 35, take the Enid exit and head west on US 412/64. Once in Enid turn left onto Van Buren (US 81) and head south. At Southgate Road, take a right and proceed until you see a well marked sign for the Vance AFB main gate. Stay on the main road (Gott St.) and when it divides into a Y stay to the right on Goad Street. The Cherokee Inn will be on the right side.

Please note the Cherokee Inn does have pet friendly Temporary Lodging Facilities. If you are traveling with a pet you will need to make arrangements for your pet until you have secured a permanent residence.


Military members are entitled to various allowances to ensure the transition to a new location is as smooth and stress free as possible. If you have any questions about the allowance listed, please contact the MHO.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
Military members assigned to Vance AFB receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). The purpose of the BAH program is to provide housing allowances to service members based on median housing costs in local civilian markets. The DoD determines the correct housing allowance to enable members to afford suitable housing within a reasonable distance of their duty location. The allowance is set based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependent status and is adjusted each year.

For more information about your BAH, visit the Defense Travel Management Office website.