Vance Air Force Base and the word excellence often go together.
We’ve seen more proof of that recently.
For one, Enid’s chapter of the Air Force Association, which supports Vance and personnel serving at the base, received several awards at the recent AFA National Convention.
Enid AFA Chapter 214 received seven unit awards and four individual honors. The Enid chapter was named small chapter of the year. The local AFA chapter also received an exceptional service award for community partners. Since the beginning of the year, the Enid chapter has added 81 community partners, which allowed it to receive the Arthur C. Storz Membership Award, which goes annually to the AFA chapter that produces the highest number of new members in the previous 12 months.
Chapter 214 also received the Jack Gross Award for small chapters. The award goes to the chapter in each size category with the highest number of new members as a percentage of chapter size at the beginning of the membership year.
The Enid AFA chapter also received a community partner membership gold award, as well as special recognition for sustained new member recruitment and chapter growth.
Individually, chapter Vice President George Pankonin, President Dan Ohnesorge and member Mary Feightner received medals of merit. Member Terry Cox received an exceptional service award.
Then, 1st Lt. Kyle Yaffe, commander of the 71st Weather Flight at Vance, will be featured in the 2016 edition of Futures Magazine, a joint service publication put out by the Department of Defense and distributed to 86 percent of high schools nationwide.
The theme of the magazine is “Be Amazing At What You Love,” and the story on Yaffe centers on his love for technology and his job as a military meteorologist.
Yaffe’s goal is to show high schoolers the armed forces could be a good career choice.
In this issue of the magazine, he’s the only Air Force officer featured, and one of only two active-duty members included.
That’s a testament to Yaffe and his professionalism.
It also reflects highly on Vance that one of its own is highlighted as a success story.