The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 19, 2013

Congratulations to men, women of Vance AFB for earning satisfactory rating


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Vance Air Force Base leaders have plenty for which they should be proud.

Chief among them is the conduct of the men and women at the base.

The biennial Consolidated Unit Inspection, which was conducted last week, determined the base and its personnel are doing their job well.

Vance received a rating of satisfactory, which is the middle rating of the five-point grading system that includes marks of outstanding, excellent, satisfactory, marginal and unsatisfactory.

That was the same grade the wing received in 2011 and 2009.

Col. Darren James, 71st Flying Training Wing commander at Vance, said he was pleased with the findings. He said the satisfactory rating means “the wing’s performance meets all mission requirements.

The wing’s procedures and activities are carried out in an effective and competent manner, and all resources and programs are efficiently managed.”

Individual squadrons and programs received their own grades, too. Records Management received an outstanding rating. Commander Programs exceeded mission requirements and received an excellent rating.

Wing Staff Agencies, 71st Operations Group, 71st Maintenance Directorate, 71st Mission Support Group and 71st Medical Programs all were rated satisfactory.

In addition, 51 members of Team Vance were recognized for being “Professional Performers,” singled out by the inspectors for going above and beyond Air Force standards in the course of their duties.

Of those, five were singled out by James for being the best of the best. Those individuals were Chaplain (Capt.) Jon Bravinder; Master Sgt. Kendall Kirk, contracting officers’ representative superintendent; Staff Sgt. Amanda Lenamond, non-commissioned officer in charge of 71st Medical Group Family Practice Clinic and deputy chief of the Exercise Evaluation Team; Senior Airman Taylor Buchea, NCOIC for 3rd Flying Training Squadron aviation resource management; and Wayne Anderson, 71st Student Squadron registrar.

Congratulations to everyone at Vance for their hard work.