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Location

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is in southwestern Ohio, in Greene and Montgomery counties. It’s divided into Area A (about 10 miles northeast of Dayton) and Area B (about 5 miles northeast of Dayton). The base is surrounded by the cities of Fairborn, Beavercreek and Huber Heights and sits just west of Interstate 675 and south of Interstate 70.

Population

According to the base’s 2014 Economic Impact Analysis, more than 27,500 military members, civilian and government contractor employees worked there, making Wright-Patterson the largest single-site employer in the state of Ohio and one of the largest employers among Air Forces bases worldwide.

Base Size

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base covers 11.8 square miles spread over areas A and B, including two runways that support an average of 47,000 aircraft operations annually.

About Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was established in 1948 as a merger of Patterson and Wright fields. Its host unit is the 88th Air Base Wing (88th ABW), assigned to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and Air Force Materiel Command. The 88th ABW operates the airfield, maintains all infrastructure and provides security, communications, medical, legal, personnel, finance, transportation, air traffic control, weather forecasting, public affairs, recreation and chaplain services for more than 100 associate units.

Wright-Patterson AFB is one of the largest, most diverse and organizationally complex bases in the Air Force with a long history of flight tests from the days of the Wright Brothers into the Space Age.

It is headquarters of the Air Force Materiel Command, one of the service’s major commands. Wright-Patt (as the base is colloquially called) is also the location of a major USAF Medical Center, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, the Air Force Institute of Technology and the National Museum of the United States Air Force, formerly known as the U.S. Air Force Museum. In addition, Wright-Patterson is the home base of the 445th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve Command, an Air Mobility Command-gained unit that flies the C-17 Globemaster heavy airlifter, and headquarters of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Wright-Patterson hosts the annual United States Air Force Marathon on a September weekend closest to the date the service was created: Sept. 18, 1947.

Economic Impact

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s total impact on the local economy in fiscal year 2014 totaled approximately $4.3 billion.

History

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The past, present and future at Wright-Patterson are inextricably linked with the Wright brothers’ legacy. The stories of the brothers’ early years, their bicycle shop, their printing business and their early aviation efforts are in evidence throughout greater Dayton.

Wright-Patterson’s history as a military installation dates from World War I. Its aviation history, however, began around 1904 or 1905 when Wilbur and Orville Wright used an 84-acre plot of land, known as the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, for their experimental test flights. Here the Wright Brothers solved the final secrets of aerodynamics, learned to fly and developed the first truly practical airplane — their 1905 Flyer. They returned to the Huffman Prairie Flying Field in 1910 to operate a pilot training school — The Wright Company School of Aviation — and a flight exhibition company.

By the time they ended their operations in 1916, aviation had become a reality, and a rich tradition of invention, operations and education had been established on these 84 acres. The Huffman Prairie Flying Field was officially designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990 and became part of the newly created Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park two years later.

When the United States entered World War I in 1917, three military installations were established in the Dayton area. Two of these would become part of Wright-Patterson AFB; the third was near downtown Dayton. Their original missions — logistics, research and development, and military education — remain the missions at Wright-Patterson to this day.

Wilbur Wright Field and the Fairfield Aviation General Supply Depot were adjacent installations on what is today Area A of the base. Wilbur Wright Field was on a 2,075-acre tract of land adjacent to the Mad River that was leased to the Army by the Miami Conservancy District. The lease included the Huffman Prairie Flying Field. The Signal Corps Aviation School established at the new airfield began operations in June 1917 as a training school for pilots. The field also housed an aviation mechanics’ school and a school for armorers.

The Fairfield Aviation General Supply Depot was constructed on 40 acres of land purchased by the Army from the Miami Conservancy District, next to Wilbur Wright Field. It provided logistics support to Wilbur Wright Field and three other Signal Corps aviation schools in the Midwest. Each day the depot received, stored and issued equipment and supplies to Signal Corps aviation schools in the region.

The third World War I military installation was McCook Field. This 254-acre complex, just north of downtown Dayton between Keowee Street and the Great Miami River, was named for the “Fighting McCook” family of Civil War fame who once owned part of the land. McCook Field was the temporary home of the U.S. Army Signal Corps’ Airplane Engineering Division. As an engineering and research facility, McCook Field has been described as “the single most influential agency in the early years of American air power.” McCook’s engineers and technicians researched, developed, manufactured, tested and evaluated military aircraft and all their associated components and equipment.

Cooperation between the two geographically separated flying fields began in 1918 when Wilbur Wright Field agreed to let McCook Field use hangar and shop space as well as a force of enlisted mechanics to assemble and maintain airplanes and engines. Wilbur Wright Field’s expansive and relatively isolated open flying field also proved ideal for testing the Air Service’s experimental aircraft and the larger, more powerful models developed during the 1920s.

Following World War I, the training school at Wilbur Wright Field was eliminated, and the field and the depot merged to form the Fairfield Air Depot, which was active until 1946.

McCook Field remained in operation only until 1927, doomed by its location: Its limited size could not accommodate the larger, more sophisticated aircraft that quickly emerged after World War I. “This Field is Small — Use It All!” was painted atop the airfield’s hangars as a warning to pilots. When the Air Corps announced its intention to close McCook Field, local businessmen and citizens protested. The field offered a stable and expanding economic base for the community and was also a great source of pride to the city that considered itself the birthplace of aviation.

Under leadership of the Patterson family (who had founded the National Cash Register Company), prominent citizens formed the Dayton Air Service Committee Inc. This organization mounted a massive public campaign that raised $425,000 in two days. It used the money to purchase 4,520.47 acres of land northeast of Dayton, including Wilbur Wright Field and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and in 1924, the Committee presented the deeds to President Calvin Coolidge to build a new aviation-engineering center there. The entire acreage (including the Fairfield Air Depot) was designated Wright Field in honor of both Wright brothers.

Between 1925 and 1927, modern facilities were built on the portion of Wright Field west of Huffman Dam to house all functions being relocated from old McCook Field. Orville Wright raised the flag over the new engineering center at the dedication ceremony on Oct. 12, 1927, and the name “Wright Field” soon became synonymous with advances in aeronautical engineering, a reputation that Wright-Patterson retains. This new portion of Wright Field became headquarters of the Materiel Division, the main branch of the Army Air Corps responsible for developing advanced aircraft, equipment and accessories. The division also procured and provided maintenance for these systems and was charged with managing the extensive Air Corps depot system.

The Wright Field name covered the entire installation, but many local residents believed that part of the field should honor the Patterson family to recognize their leadership in keeping the engineering center in Dayton. This happened July 1, 1931, when the portion of Wright Field east of Huffman Dam was redesignated Patterson Field in honor of Lt. Frank Stuart Patterson.

Patterson enlisted in May 1917 and was commissioned in September 1917 as a first lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps with the aeronautical rating of pilot. The following May, 1st Lt. Patterson was assigned to the 137th Aero Squadron as a test pilot at Wilbur Wright Field. On June 19, 1918, little more than a month after his arrival, Patterson and his aerial observer, Lt. LeRoy Amos Swan, went aloft in their DH-4 to test newly installed machine gun synchronizers. They completed two trials successfully, but, during a steep dive on the third test, the airplane’s wings collapsed and the aircraft crashed, killing both crewmen.

Patterson Field is known today as Area A of Wright-Patterson AFB. It includes the Fairfield Air Depot and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field. Patterson Field soon became the Army’s center for aviation logistics, maintenance and supply. Although Wright Field and Patterson Field were now two separate installations, their missions continued to be intertwined.

Both fields experienced dramatic expansion during World War II, in real estate as well as structures. Employment at the fields jumped from approximately 3,700 in December 1939 to nearly 50,000 by mid-1945. Wright Field grew from a modest installation with approximately 30 buildings to a 2,064-acre facility with some 300 buildings and the Air Corps’ first modern paved runways. The Hilltop area, acquired from private landowners from 1943 to 1944, provided housing and services for the thousands of troops assigned to Wright Field. Office and laboratory buildings and test facilities crowded the original part of the field.

The outbreak of World War II provided a crucial test for the Materiel Division, which since 1926 had managed its experimental, engineering and procurement functions with limited peacetime appropriations. To accommodate the massive wartime Air Corps expansion program, the division’s functions were ultimately broken into two separate commands: the Materiel Command and the Air Service Command.

The Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright Field, was responsible for procuring airplanes and equipment in production quantities and for sustaining an accelerated program of testing and development. The Air Service Command, at Patterson Field, assumed responsibility for all logistics functions, including maintenance and supply.

The separation soon proved cumbersome and confusing. The Army Air Forces addressed this problem in August 1944 by inactivating the two commands and reuniting their functions in the newly established Air Technical Service Command. This action made Wright Field subordinate to the new headquarters at Patterson Field and had a psychologically divisive effect on the installation.

To solve that problem, the portion of Patterson Field from Huffman Dam through the Brick Quarters (including the Command headquarters in Bldg. 262) was reassigned from Patterson Field to Wright Field. To avoid confusing the two areas of Wright Field, the former Patterson Field portion was designated “Area A” of Wright Field and the original field became “Area B.”

Patterson Field likewise saw the addition of hundreds of barracks and their supporting mess halls, chapels, hospitals, clubs and recreational facilities. Two densely populated housing and service areas across Highway 444, Wood City and Skyway Park, were geographically separated from the central core of Patterson Field and developed almost self-sufficient community status. (Wood City was acquired in 1924 as part of the original donation of land to the government but was used primarily as a radio range until World War II. Skyway Park was acquired in 1943.)

They supported the vast numbers of recruits who enlisted and were trained at the two fields as well as thousands of civilian laborers, especially single women recruited to work at the depot. Skyway Park was demolished after the war. Wood City was eventually transformed into Kittyhawk Center, the base’s modern commercial and recreation core.

Patterson Field and Wright Field remained separate installations throughout WWII, but as the war drew to a close, base leaders recognized the need to make the most efficient use possible of their facilities. In 1945, they integrated the master plans for both fields and increasingly administered the functions and services of the two as a single installation. This practice was formalized in December 1945 with establishment of the Army Air Forces Technical Base in Dayton, which provided base operational support to the combined bases.

On Jan. 13, 1948, the newly created U.S. Air Force officially merged Wright and Patterson fields to create Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. To facilitate daily management, Patterson Field became “Area A” and Skyway Park became “Area D” of the installation. Area D was donated to the state of Ohio in 1963 for the creation of Wright State University.

Today, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is one of the Air Force’s largest installations. This is where America’s Air Force aircraft of tomorrow are conceived, developed and acquired. Wright-Patterson’s age and history coupled with its vital air power missions also make it one of the Air Force’s most historically significant bases.

“The Birthplace, Home and Future of Aerospace” — that’s what Wright-Patterson is about. The heritage of a legendary past spurs active-duty members, civil service employees and contractors to work as “One Team, Delivering Capabilities to Fly, Fight and Win … Today and Tomorrow.”

Organizations

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88TH AIR BASE WING

The 88th Air Base Wing is the host organization for Wright-Patterson AFB. The wing’s workforce maintains more than 8,000 acres of land and a physical plant of over 16 million square feet, and provides operational support for more than 100 associate units at Wright-Patterson AFB. The wing manages two runways that handle an average of 47,000 aircraft operations every year. The 88th ABW also has charge of payroll and workforce records, maintains infrastructure, provides weather forecasting and air traffic control, and furnishes chaplain, communications, legal, medical, security and transportation services.

The wing comprises more than 5,000 officers, enlisted, Air Force civilian and contractor employees and is responsible for three primary missions: operating the installation, training and deploying expeditionary Airmen in support of joint operations, and defending the base and its people. It includes the 88th Medical Group, Communications Group, Mission Support Group and Force Support Squadron, that is over the Airman and Family Readiness Flight.

The wing reports to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center that, in turn, is one of five centers reporting to Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command.

As the installation commander, it supports all organizations on Wright-Patterson AFB and provides services for other defense organizations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky. Responsibilities correspond to the government of a medium-sized community. The 88th ABW’s workforce takes care of nearly 600 buildings, including base housing, tends the grounds and environment, maintains roads and provides utilities, police and fire protection.

The wing orders supplies, performs judicial services, manages numerous recreational activities and administers people services. Its technicians oversee communication and computer networks, including vital defense supercomputers.

The wing’s 88th Medical Group operates Wright-Patterson Medical Center, one of the largest medical centers in the Air Force. The center handles hundreds of thousands of outpatient visits annually and regularly deploys trained medical personnel in support of global operations and exercises.

The wing also operates a contingency aerial port, which deploys military assets throughout the world. In 1995, the wing hosted the Balkan Proximity Peace Talks, where the Dayton Accords were negotiated.

445TH AIRLIFT WING

The 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB is under the Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, though if mobilized, the wing becomes part of Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The wing is composed of an Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Aeromedical Staging Squadron and three attached groups: the 445th Maintenance Group, which consists of the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Maintenance Squadron and Maintenance Operations Flight; the 445th Operations Group, which consists of the 89th Airlift Squadron, Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and Operations Support Squadron; and the 445th Mission Support Group, which consists of the 87th Aerial Port Squadron, Civil Engineer Squadron, Communications Flight, Logistics Readiness Squadron, Force Support Squadron and Military Personnel Flight, Recruiters, Honor Guard, and Security Forces.

The wing’s mission is to attain and maintain operational readiness, provide strategic transport of personnel and equipment, provide aeromedical evacuation, and recruit and train toward these goals.

The 445th Airlift Wing has nine C-17 Globemaster III aircraft built by the Boeing Company, the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft in the airlift force. This airframe is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or forward bases in deployment areas. The C-17 Globemaster III provides a major portion of the Air Force’s strategic airlift capability.

655TH INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISSANCE GROUP (ISR)

Since it stood up at Wright-Patterson AFB in 2012, the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) group had grown by 2016 from its original 38-person detachment to 11 classic associate unit intelligence squadrons with more than 1,000 people total, spanning six states and conducting eight different missions.

As an independent group under the 10th Air Force, the 655th ISR is a wing-equivalent organization that makes sure that intelligence squadrons with the Air Force Reserve Command are trained and ready to successfully carry out complex intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Their areas of operation can include human, signals, geospatial and measurement intelligence; targeting; distributed common ground systems; and ISR support to Special Operations Forces and Airborne Linguists.

AIR FORCE MATERIEL COMMAND

Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), headquartered on Wright-Patterson AFB, is a major command created July 1, 1992, by the merger of the former Air Force Logistics Command and Air Force Systems Command. The command conducts research, development, and tests and evaluations, and provides the acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapon systems ready for war. From start to finish, AFMC provides the workforce and infrastructure necessary to ensure the United States remains the world’s most respected air and space force, directing a highly professional and skilled workforce of some 80,000 military and civilian employees worldwide.

AFMC fulfills its mission of equipping the Air Force with the best weapon systems through the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson, plus additional centers that are responsible for overseeing aircraft, electronic systems, missiles and munitions from inception to deactivation or replacement.

Wright-Patterson is among nine AFMC host bases. The eight others are Arnold AFB, Tennessee; Edwards AFB, California; Eglin AFB, Florida; Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts; Hill AFB, Utah; Kirtland AFB, New Mexico; Robins AFB, Georgia; and Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. In addition, the command operates associate units on several non-AFMC bases.

AFMC has been agile in adapting to an ever-changing environment. Its biggest change came in November 2011 when it reduced its centers from 12 to five (later increased to six), to improve standardization and efficiency. The core mission areas and their six centers are:

  • Discovery and Development
    Air Force Research Laboratory
    Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  • Life Cycle Management
    Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
    Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  • Test and Evaluation
    Air Force Test Center
    Edwards AFB, California
  • Sustainment and Logistics
    Air Force Sustainment Center
    Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
  • Installation and Mission Support
    Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center
    Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
  • Nuclear Systems Management
    Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center
    Kirtland AFB, New Mexico

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), one of the two Wright-Patterson centers, is charged with total life-cycle management of Air Force aircraft, engines and munitions; electronic, weapons and agile combat support systems, such as training aircraft and simulators; and personal equipment, from their inception to their retirement. The center’s workforce of nearly 26,000 can be found at 75 locations across the globe. Its portfolio includes information technology systems and networks; command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; armaments; strategic systems; aerial platforms; and specialized or supporting systems such as simulators or personal equipment. AFLCMC also executes sales of aircraft and other defense-related equipment while building security assistance relationships with the air forces of foreign partner nations through the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate.

AFLCMC is intended to provide a single face and voice to customers, holistic management of weapon systems during their usefulness; and simplification and consolidation of staff functions and processes to eliminate duplication and enhance efficiency. In addition, the center’s operating structure provides an integrated framework for making decisions and optimizing processes.

It also oversees most Program Office personnel who provide weapons system support at air logistics complexes at Hill AFB, Utah; Robins AFB, Georgia; and Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.

There are 15 staff and functional offices within AFLCMC that report to the commander or vice commander to support leadership needs that involve organizing, training and equipping. These directorates include acquisition excellence, personnel, engineering, financial management, history, intelligence; information protection; logistics, contracting; small business; safety; plans and programs; and program development and integration; the Inspector General; and the Staff Judge Advocate.

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFMC’s other center headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, is the Air Force’s sole organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development and integration of warfighting technologies for air, space and cyberspace forces. Its 10,200-member technically diverse workforce is distributed across nine technical directorates and 40 other operating locations worldwide. AFRL’s science and technology portfolio ranges from fundamental and advanced research to the development of advanced technology; in addition, the lab provides technical services to joint acquisition, logistics, aerospace medicine and operational warfighting communities. AFRL was created in October 1997 by merging four former Air Force Laboratories and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. It and its predecessors have overseen more than 80 years of crucial research for the Air Force and the Department of Defense, and its technological breakthroughs can be found in all of today’s modern aircraft and weapon systems, including the B-2 Spirit, C-17 Globemaster III, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, and the Predator and Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Systems. It has contributed to significant advances in modern communications, electronics, manufacturing and medical research and products. AFRL’s headquarters, the 711th Human Performance Wing, and the Aerospace Systems, Materials and Manufacturing, and Sensors directorates all are at Wright-Patterson AFB.

711th Human Performance Wing

Headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, the 711th Human Performance Wing (711th HPW) is the first human-centric warfare wing to consolidate research, education and consultation under a single organization, with the goal of advancing human performance in air, space and cyberspace. Established in March 2008 under the Air Force Research Laboratory, the 711th HPW comprises the Human Effectiveness Directorate (RH), the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, and the Human Performance Integration Directorate. The wing’s primary mission areas are aerospace medicine, science and technology, and human systems integration. Its workforce of military, civilian and contractor personnel encompasses 75 occupational specialties including science and engineering, occupational health and safety, medical professions, technicians, educators, and business operations and support.

AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical, professional continuing education. A component of Air University and Air Education and Training Command, AFIT provides defense-focused graduate and professional continuing education and research to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air and space forces.

The institute accomplishes this through three resident schools: the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, the Civil Engineer and Services School and the School of Systems and Logistics. Through its Civilian Institution Programs, AFIT also manages the educational programs of officers enrolled in civilian universities, research centers, hospitals and industrial organizations. Since resident degrees were first granted in 1956, as of 2016 almost 20,000 had been awarded and more than 400,000 students had gone through the continuing education courses.

AIR FORCE INSTALLATION CONTRACTING AGENCY

Operating from its headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency (AFICA) uses its worldwide reach to manage high-expense and high-volume purchases for bases across the United States. Operating locations along with five specialized contracting squadrons are collocated with Air Force major command headquarters; in addition, there are three enterprise sourcing squadrons, and the Defense Technical Information Center at Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

The 750-plus personnel of AFICA support over 3,000 contracting professionals carrying out Air Force missions around the globe. The agency furnishes business advice and specialized contract support to Air Force major commands; contracting authority for operational contracting squadrons; and enterprise, regional and local sourcing to optimize Air Force spending efficiency. The agency also takes the lead in contingency contracting to make sure its personnel are trained and equipped to deal with them, whether in war, disaster or at home. This Primary Subordinate Unit reports to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at Joint Base San Antonio.

NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE INTELLIGENCE CENTER

Though headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center’s (NASIC) area of operations includes any foreign air or space threat to the United States, wherever that may be. The information NASIC gathers is used to create integrated, predictive intelligence in air, space and cyberspace to produce effective military operations, force modernization and policies. The president, Congress and senior U.S. military leaders rely on NASIC all-source analyses to craft U.S. defense policy decisions. NASIC data are used by airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines to make their operations safer and more effective. The future-oriented intelligence is used to develop the next generation of Air Force systems so the nation can combat any air and space threats to come.

NASIC’s global force of over 3,000 military, civilian, Reserve, Guard and contract personnel is spread over four intelligence analysis groups with 18 subordinate squadrons, and four support directorates. The Center’s repute rests on its unique ability to exploit and fuse every major intelligence source worldwide. It also oversees the Civilian Aircraft Intelligence Analysis Center at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE

The world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum, the National Museum of the United States Air Force is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There is no admission or parking charge, and a second-floor cafe is open for light meals.

The museum exists to inform the public of the service’s mission, rich history and evolving capabilities. Among its displays are items of historical and current significance to military aviation relating to the U.S. Air Force. The museum tells an authoritative and illustrated story of flight from the Wright Brothers to the present, featuring more than 400 aerospace vehicles. Nearly 1.2 million visitors annually tour the museum, which is the most popular free tourist attraction in Ohio. There is a charge, however, for the flight simulators (nine different aircraft to choose from to fly as pilot, gunner or solo), and for the 500-seat Giant Screen Digital Theatre.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON MEDICAL CENTER

This 57-bed general medical and surgical hospital, accredited by The Joint Commission and the lead agent medical treatment facility for TRICARE Region North, has 24-hour inpatient and emergency room services and is home to four Allied Health Professional Programs: Dental, Nurse Anesthesia, Clinical Psychology and Social Work. Two pharmacies are open Monday through Friday, the Main Pharmacy in the Atrium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Kittyhawk Pharmacy next to the Commissary, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

It has the Air Force’s only integrated residency program; students from the nearby Wright State School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences receive clinical training here and at six local civilian medical centers.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross, the Retiree Activities Program, the Masonic Services Association, Twinbase Childbirth Educators, Chapel Volunteers and the Civilian Air Patrol donate more than 90,000 every year at the Center.

AIR FORCE MARATHON OFFICE

The annual Air Force Marathon, an endurance race first held in 1997 at Wright-Patterson AFB to mark the Air Force’s 50th birthday, has grown into a 15,000-participant event with runners from all 50 states and many foreign countries. The third Saturday of September sees races at four distances — full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K — and there is a wheeled division. The full marathon is run over a Boston Marathon Qualifying course, with the start and finish lines at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Other weekend events include a Sports and Fitness Expo, a Gourmet Pasta Dinner, the Breakfast of Champions, the Finish Line Festival and the After Party. Though an Air Force event, about 60 percent of the participants are civilians, and the 2016 race raised almost $107,000 for charity.

Arrival

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See the Getting To & Around Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties chapter on Page 23 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Dayton International Airport in Dayton, Ohio, about 23 miles from the base. A commercial van service provides transportation between the base and the Dayton International Airport. Call 937-898-4043 to make a reservation.

SPONSORSHIP

Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information, if applicable, prior to your arrival at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging/dorm arrangements, meet you upon arrival, and be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.

If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 937-257-3592.

DRIVING

Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.

From Dayton International Airport

If you drive from Dayton International Airport, take the Airport Access Road south to Interstate 70, then go east on I-70 to I-675 (Exit 44A). Take I-675 south to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17), turn right (north) on North Fairfield Road to Col. Glenn Highway, and then turn left (west) on Col. Glenn Highway to National Road. Turn right onto National Road; Gate 19B at the base will be on the left. The drive of roughly 26 miles should take approximately 30 minutes.

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

Visiting Quarters

Bldg. 825, Area A 937-257-3451

www.dodhousingnetwork.com/air-force/wright-patterson-afb/inprocessing

All officers and enlisted soldiers must check in at the Personnel Center when they arrive at Wright Patterson AFB, and report to the 24-hour visitors’ quarters in Area A, Bldg. 825, using Gate 12A. Those who are inprocessing will need enough ACU duty uniforms to wear for all six days of the process, as well as their orders, medical, dental, financial and other personnel records, and receipts or documents for travel claims for check-in. A billeting assignment, bedding and a temporary meal card for those not on rations will be assigned after check-in. Family members may stay temporarily at the Air Force Inn on Wright-Patterson AFB. Call 937-257-3451 for reservations, or if the Inn is full, ask for referrals to hotels off base.

Newcomers Orientation Event

Your one-stop inprocessing will be accomplished at the Newcomers Orientation Event held in the Airman & Family Readiness Center, 2000 Albrook Drive, Bldg. 2. At orientation, you will be greeted by base leadership, meet local community representatives and receive all of your mandatory inprocessing briefings. The event is mandatory for military members, but spouses and new civilian employees are also encouraged to attend. Call 937-257-3592 for more information.

TEMPORARY HOUSING

Air Force Inns
Bldg. 825, Area A 937-257-3451/5442
http://af.dodlodging.net/propertys/Wright-Patterson-AFB

Open 24/7

The Air Force Inns facility provides safe, comfortable and clean commodations for active duty, Reserve and retired military, as well as DOD civilians. The inn accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and USAF Services Proprietary Cards. Payment must be made in advance. All lodging facilities are nonsmoking.

Temporary lodging available to personnel on accompanied PCS status features two- or three-bedroom suites. Pets (up to two cats/dogs) are allowed in limited accommodations for an additional fee, though pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers are not permitted. Pet shot records are required at check-in. Call for current room rates.

Getting Settled

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HEALTH CARE

Wright-Patterson Medical Center

4881 Sugar Maple Drive
Appointment Line 937-257-9700
Information Desk 937-257-0837
Pharmacy 937-257-9032
Kittyhawk 937-257-9016

www.wpafb.af.mil/Units/wpmc

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Wright-Patterson Medical Center (WPMC) is a 57-bed, multi-specialty facility accredited by the Joint Commission. It functions as one of the Air Force Medical Service’s primary deployment platforms and teaching hospitals. WPMC trains physicians in graduate medical education programs that are integrated with Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine. WPMC also has stand-alone training programs for nurses, technicians and other types of providers. WPMC is the lead agent medical treatment facility for TRICARE Region North.

WPMC consists of seven squadrons: the 88th Aerospace Medicine Squadron; 88th Dental Squadron; 88th Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron; 88th Inpatient Operations Squadron; 88th Medical Operations Squadron; 88th Medical Support Squadron; and the 88th Surgical Operations Squadron.

Dental care is available to active-duty military only. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. Information about the TRICARE Dental Program can be obtained by calling 855-638-8371 or visiting www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.aspx.

TRICARE

TRICARE is the health care program for active duty and retirees of the uniformed services, their families and survivors. TRICARE’s primary objectives are to optimize the delivery of health care services in the military’s direct care system for all military health system beneficiaries and attain the highest level of patient satisfaction through the delivery of a world-class health care benefit.

TRICARE coverage is completely portable so it moves with you when you relocate. The TRICARE Prime options include TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote in the United States, and TRICARE Prime Overseas and TRICARE Global Remote Overseas in regions outside of the United States.

Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:

  • Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.
  • Update your personal information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) immediately when you arrive at your new location.
  • Select a new primary care manager (PCM) when moving within the same region, or submit a new Prime enrollment form within 30 days if you’re moving to a new region.

Where you are moving will determine which Prime option you will enroll in. If you move to a new Prime service area, transfer your enrollment by submitting a TRICARE Prime Enrollment and PCM Change Form to your regional contractor. Be sure to include all family members who wish to use Prime on the form.

TRICARE Standard and Extra are available to family members only. Active-duty service members are required to enroll in one of the Prime options. TRICARE Standard and Extra are available throughout the United States, and enrollment is not required. Any active-duty family member who is registered in DEERS may use these programs by seeing any network or non-network provider that is authorized by TRICARE.

If you’re already using TRICARE Standard and Extra, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS immediately. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area.

Here are a few things to remember about using TRICARE Standard and Extra in a new region:

  • In the U.S., visit your new regional contractor’s website for a list of providers. Remember, if you see network providers, you’ll be using the Extra option and pay lower copayments.
  • If you move to a new region, you’ll have a new claims address for submitting your TRICARE claims.
  • Learn your new region’s prior authorization requirements as these requirements may differ by region.

For a complete description of the different types of coverage programs and regions, please visit www.tricare.mil.

HOUSING

Housing Management Office

1450 Littrell Road
937-257-6547
www.housing.af.mil/wright-patterson

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Housing Management Office (HMO) is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community. Use the resources provided to become familiar with the housing options and support services available to you. When you arrive at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, visit the HMO to receive invaluable information, counseling and guidance prior to entering into a written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.

Unaccompanied Housing

5571 Hemlock St.
937-257-0377
www.housing.af.mil/wright-patterson/unaccompanied

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3, and E-4 with less than three years of service. Each Airman is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. Permanent party unaccompanied housing consists of five buildings for permanent-party airmen (406 rooms) and one building for pipeline students.

Unaccompanied airmen in the rank of E-4 with more than three years of service will move into housing in the local community.

Wright-Patterson Family Housing
The Properties at Wright Field

5924 Hickam Drive
Dayton, OH 45431
937-253-6009
www.wpafbhomes.com
www.housing.af.mil/wright-patterson

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday by appointment.

At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, military family housing is privatized. Active-duty military members and their families may now choose to live in privatized military housing with discounts from BAH and a utilities allowance. Two-, three- and four-bedroom homes are available in a variety of floor plan styles.

Residents enjoy professionally managed communities, The Prairies and The Woods, offering 24-hour emergency maintenance service and full amenities. The Properties at Wright Field is also conveniently situated on the installation with The Prairies located in the Mad River Local School District and The Woods housing in the Fairborn City School District.

Please contact the Leasing and Management office at 937-253-6009 or visit www.wpafbhomes.com for details.

MAIL

Post Office

5435 Hemlock St., Bldg. 1226
937-257-2938

The temporary mailing address for all incoming PCS military personnel is:

Postal Service Center
General Delivery
Your Name
5435 Hemlock St.
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-5417

This mail will be held at the Postal Service Center at 5435 Hemlock St., Bldg. 1226, Kittyhawk, Gate 38C, until it is called for, or until an AF Form 624, Locator Card, is collected during inprocessing. Mail will be forwarded to your new address. Call the Postal Service Center for more information.

Receiving personal mail at organization locations is not appropriate. Incoming personnel should forward a Change of Address Card (PS Form 3576) including a due date to the postal service center. This provides the center with authority to retain forwarded mail until it is called for.

Postal Service Center

The U.S. Postal Service has four postal units to serve the base:

5237 Cooper St., Bldg. 258 937-257-2938
Medical Center, 4881 Sugar Maple Drive, Bldg. 830 937-257-4219
Unit 1, Kittyhawk, 5435 Hemlock St., Bldg. 1226 937-257-4458
Wright Field Laboratory, 2275 D St., Bldg. 16 937-255-6001

PETS

Veterinary Services

3892 Communication Blvd., Bldg. 1435, Area A 937-257-6853

http://phc.amedd.army.mil/organization/Pages/VtfDetails.aspx?VtfID=151&loc=O

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) provides basic health care to privately owned animals belonging to active-duty military, retired military and their dependents. These services include routine vaccinations, tests for parasites, sick call and treatment of diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

All pets living on base must be registered with the VTF upon arrival. Residents in The Properties at Wright Field, Wright-Patterson AFB’s on-base housing, may keep up to two pets without paying a deposit. There are no breed restrictions on dogs, but vicious pets or those that become a public nuisance will be banned from the base. Call on-base housing at 937-253-6009 for more information.

The VTF sees pets by appointment only. Due to staffing and resource limitations, pet emergencies are best handled by a full-service civilian veterinary hospital.

RELIGIOUS GUIDANCE

Wright-Patterson AFB Chapel Community

5030 Patterson Parkway, Bldg. 219, Area A
937-257-7427
www.wpafb.af.mil/units/hc1

The Wright Patterson chapel community includes the Kittyhawk Chapel on the installation (2267 Birch St., Bldg. 1220), the Prairies Chapel (682 Chapel Lane, Bldg. 6568) off-base in The Prairies at Wright Field community, and a smaller devotional chapel, the Medical Center Chapel (4881 Sugar Maple Drive, Bldg. 830) inside the Wright-Patterson Medical Center.

Wright-Patterson AFB recognizes that worship, community and spiritual fitness are key components of Air Force readiness. Contact chapel staff for information regarding services for other faiths.

Catholic Services

Daily Mass: Contact the chapel staff at 937-257-7427 for the current schedule.

Sunday Mass: 9 a.m. (Kittyhawk Chapel)
Saturday Mass: 5 p.m. (Prairies Chapel)
Reconciliation: 4 p.m. Saturday, Prairies Chapel, or by appointment

Protestant Services

Gospel service: 11 a.m. Sunday (Prairies Chapel)
Evangelical service: 11 a.m. Sunday (Kittyhawk Chapel)

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Privately owned vehicles on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base do not have to be registered with the base, but all must be insured and have current license plates. Ohio state traffic laws apply on base; state traffic laws apply on base; see the Getting To & Around Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties chapter on Page 23 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.

Serving You

Wright Patterson Our Military Serving You

DINING

For hours of operation, menus and special event information, visit www.88thfss.com/restaurants.htm.

Canteen 10

Bldg. 16, Area B 937-255-3511

Food Court 1

Bldg. 262, Area A 937-257-6082

Java Street Cafe I

Bldg. 262, Area A 937-257-6082

Java Street Cafe II (NASIC)

Bldg. 822, Area A 937-522-2960

Mandarin Chef

Bldg. 262, Area A 937-257-2679

Pitsenberger Dining Facility

Bldg. 1214, Kittyhawk Area 937-257-7151

Sphinx Cafe (NASIC)

Bldg. 828, Area A 937-257-4417

Valkyrie Cafe

United States Air Force Museum, Area B,
Second Floor 937-255-2735

Wings Grille & Lounge

Bldg. 800, Area A 937-522-2172

Wright-Patterson Club

Bldg. 800, Area A 937-257-9762/522-2160

Catering 937-257-7826

Young’s Cafe

Bldg. 22, Area A 937-257-4728

EDUCATION

Education and Training Section

2130 Fifth St., Bldg. 50, Area B
937-904-4801
www.facebook.com/WrightPattEducation

The Education Center provides educational opportunities and counseling services to all Air Force members assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, active-duty personnel, DOD civilians, adult family members and retirees.

The center offers testing facilities for college entrance exams such as the ACT, SAT and GRE. For information about testing times and specific programs, call the education office.

Seven higher education institutions are represented on base — the Air Force Institute of Technology, Central Michigan University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Park University, Sinclair Community College, the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (a 22-member consortium of colleges, universities and businesses) and the University of Dayton, in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory — and offer both undergraduate and graduate programs.

FAMILY SUPPORT

Airman & Family Readiness Center

2000 Albrook Drive, Bldg. 2
937-257-3592
www.wpafb.af.mil/afrf

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) is the focal point for a full range of services, resources and programs that respond to the unique needs of military families. Services are available to all DOD employees, spouses, family members, retirees and their family members, and Guard and Reserve and their family members when on active duty. The A&FRC provides services for deployments, financial counseling and assistance, spouse employment, transition and relocation assistance, family life development, volunteering, Airman’s Attic, grocery and personal care assistance, and informational and referral services. The center offers direct service or referrals to local agencies.

Child Development Centers

Resource & Referral Office 937-656-8684

New Horizons CDC
Bldg. 1403, Area A 937-904-1433

Wright Field North CDC
Bldg. 630, Area B 937-255-6254

Wright Field South CDC
Bldg. 630, Area B 937-255-6463

Wright Care CDC
Bldg. 6933 Prairies 937-904-8055

www.88thfss.com/newhorizons.htm

6:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed for federal holidays

Four full-day child development centers operate at Wright-Patterson AFB. All centers offer full-day care to the base’s eligible patrons for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Centers also offer hourly care to children from 6 months to 12 years old when space is available.

The New Horizons CDC, Bldg. 1403, offers care in Area A. Wright Field North and Wright Field South CDCs, Bldg. 630, offer care in Area B. The Wright Care CDC offers care in The Prairies housing area.

For more information, contact the Child Development Resource and Referral Office.

Exceptional Family Member Program

937-257-3592/5938

www.wpafb.af.mil/afrf

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to give information to military families with members in need of special assistance. The EFMP coordinator provides resources from local, county, state and federal agencies, both educational and medical, to accommodate the special-needs member and the family.

Family Child Care

156 Spinning Road, Prairies Youth Center,
Bldg. 6933
937-656-8686
www.88thfss.com/familychildcare.htm

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

The administrative office for the family child care program is in The Prairies housing area. The licensed and affiliated homes are throughout base housing and in the Fairborn, Huber Heights, Riverside and Beavercreek communities. Special programs include volunteer, PCS and extended duty care. For more information, contact the Family Child Care Office or the Resource and Referral Office.

School Liaison

2000 Albrook Drive, Bldg. 2, Room 239,
Area A 937-656-0942

The School Liaison Officer (SLO) promotes communication between local K-12 schools, military families, the installation and surrounding communities to achieve academic success for military children. The SLO educates local school districts on unique issues that affect military children such as frequent moves, deployments and Impact Aid benefits. The School Liaison Officer also supports ongoing base educational and recreational programs and training initiatives designed to enhance the military family lifestyle.

Youth Center

Teen/Preteen, Bldg. 234 937-904-4700
The Prairies, Bldg. 6933 937-656-8688

www.88thfss.com/ptp.html

Located in The Prairies Child and Youth Complex, The Prairies of Wright Field, the youth center is open to dependent children (5 to 18 years old) of all base-eligible patrons and their guests. Programs in social, recreational, instructional and athletics are offered. The center has activity rooms, a multipurpose gym, and teen and preteen clubs. Programs offered include activities from Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H. Outside facilities include tennis and basketball courts, soccer fields and baseball/softball fields. A youth sports program includes soccer, flag football, baseball, softball, basketball and cheerleading. Instructional programs include martial arts, piano, computers and crafts. One school-age program is offered for before- and after-school care and summer camp.

The youth preteen and teen center is open to military and civilian family members 9 through 18 years of age. Programs in social, recreational, instructional and athletics are offered. Outside facilities include tennis courts, a skateboard park, soccer fields and baseball fields.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Chase Bank

Area A 937-443-6350
Area B 937-443-6340
www.chase.com

Wright-Patt Credit Union

Area A 937-256-5470
Area B 937-256-2157
Kittyhawk 937-878-3077
www.wpcu.coop

LEGAL SERVICES

Legal Office

55135 Pearson Road, Bldg. 10,
Area A
937-257-6667/6142
www.wpafb.af.mil/units/ja

For military members and their families, the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides claims service and legal assistance. Legal assistance issues are handled by appointment only Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Walk-in legal assistance is available from 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday.

Powers of attorney, notary and claims services are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Wills require two separate appointments. Will preparation is done by appointment only Tuesday and Friday. Will executions are conducted only by appointment at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Will preparations may take up to 60 minutes, and will executions may take up to 90 minutes.

LIBRARY

Information & Learning Center

Bldg. 1226 937-257-4815
www.88thfss.com/library.htm

In April 2013, the former base library reopened in a new format as Wright-Patterson AFB’s Information & Learning Center (ILC). The ILC is open to the base population for computer use and research, in addition to supporting Airmen in their educational and mission endeavors. It provides a balanced collection of digital resources and print materials, and registered library users with a login and password can access 40 electronic database links.

RECREATION

For information about the recreational programs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, visit the 88th Force Support Squadron online at www.88thfss.com.

Consolidated Hobby Complex

Bldg. 1227, Kittyhawk Area
www.88thfss.com/consolidatedhobbycomplex.htm

Visit the Consolidated Hobby Complex online for detailed information about its programs and services. Wood, Multi-Crafts, Stained Glass, Frame and Graphics shop areas are all in the complex, and each offers custom work as well as resources for do-it-yourselfers. Specialty classes for beginners and experts alike are taught in stained glass, basket weaving, frame and mat work, and woodworking.

Arts & Crafts Center

937-257-7025

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Feeling crafty? Unleash your creativity using the center’s tools and tables. Stained glass and wood shop classes are available.

Auto Hobby

937-257-3310

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday

Do your own vehicle maintenance at the center using its stalls, lifts and tools. Auto classes are available for do-it-yourselfers, and so are mechanics for those who prefer to leave their repairs in expert hands. The Auto Hobby Shop has a resale lot for autos, motorcycles, boats and recreational vehicles as well as a 24/7 car with two self-service bays, one automatic bay and a vacuum center.

Frame Shop

937-257-7183

Give your images and keepsakes a beautiful display with full line of molding, mats and glass to choose from.

Fitness & Sports Centers

www.88thfss.com/Gyms.html

Three fitness centers and a health club offer so many programs that you’ll always be motivated toward your next workout. The sports and fitness programs range from the self-directed, such as open play basketball, volleyball and racquetball, to instructional classes, such as aerobics and karate. Intramural sports are also available. The fitness centers have no towel service, so don’t forget to bring your own. Visit the website for information, including hours, schedules and more.

Dodge Fitness Center

Bldg. 849, Area A 937-257-4225

Jarvis Fitness Center

Bldg. 1245, Kittyhawk Area 937-257-4469

The Health Club

Bldg. 262, Area A 937-257-4402

Wright Field Fitness Center

Bldg. 571, Area B 937-255-1961

Golf
Prairie Trace Golf Course & Pro Shop

4805 Skeel Ave. 937-257-7961

www.88thfss.com/golfcourses.htm

Prairie Trace Golf Course has an 18-hole course and a nine-hole course open to all active-duty military, retired military, reservists, civilian employees, family members and guests. In addition, there are three putting greens, a driving range, rental clubs, golf lessons, a club house and snack bar, a golf repair shop, and leagues for men and women.

Twin Base Golf Course & Pro Shop

3565 Communications Blvd. Bldg. 893
937-257-4130
www.88thfss.com/golfcourses.htm

Twin Base Golf Course is an 18-hole course open to all Wright-Patterson civilian employees, retired civilians, active-duty military, retired military, reservists and family members. There are three practice greens, golf lessons, a club house and snack bar, a pro shop, rental clubs, and leagues for men and women.

Information, Tickets & Travel

5450 Hemlock St., Bldg. 1227
937-257-7670
www.88thfss.com/itt.htm

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed for lunch 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Find information and get military discount tickets for area attractions, including Cedar Point, Walt Disney World, Kings Island, The Beach, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens and more.

Whatever travel destinations you seek, the ITT staff can also help you plan your trips with assistance with airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and even cruises.

Kittyhawk Bowling Center

Bldg. 1221
937-257-7796
www.88thfss.com/bowlingcenter.htm

The bowling center has 90 AMF automatic pin spotters as well as Qubica Automatic Scoring Systems for leagues and open bowling, and special events including youth bowling and glow-in-the-dark bowling are available. The center has a full-line pro shop and snack bar, and bowling is open to all base personnel. Hours vary by season; visit the website for more information.

Outdoor Recreation

Bldg. 95, Area A
937-257-9889
www.88thfss.com/outdoorrecreation.html

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

For a small service charge, the Outdoor Recreation Operation Center offers recreation equipment to all base personnel, retirees, Reserves and their family members, 18 years old or older. Camping, picnic and sporting equipment, outdoor games, campers, bicycles and other recreational supplies are available.

Outdoor Recreation also maintains a research library where you can plan your next outdoor activity, and the staff is readily available to answer questions about local recreation opportunities. The Operations Center additionally has a variety of trips and classes focused on outdoor recreation in the local area.

Air Force Outdoor Recreation FAMCAMP & Rec Lodging List

http://myairforcelife.com/CentralPrograms/Outdoor/reclodging_list.aspx

The Air Force maintains 36 recreational lodging camps with more than 500 cabins, and nearly 100 fixed RV trailers across the globe. Additionally, its 71 Family Camps feature thousands of RV hookups and primitive tent sites. Outdoor recreation programs vary by geography, climate and natural resources. Search the website to find a location near you.

SHOPPING

Wright-Patterson Commissary

2130 Sycamore St., Suite 1
937-257-2060
www.commissaries.com

9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Save an average of 30 percent of your hard-earned dollars when shopping for groceries at the Wright-Patterson Commissary. In-store amenities and specialties include an ATM, bakery, custom photo cakes, a deli, fresh sandwiches to go, party cakes, plants, rotisserie chicken and sushi.

Wright-Patterson Exchange

www.shopmyexchange.com

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Exchange wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Hours for services outside of the Main Exchange vary, so call or visit the website for detailed information.

Main Exchange

Bldg. 1250, Kittyhawk Area A 937-879-5730

9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Wireless Advocates 937-879-6341
Military Clothing Store 937-257-2800/6808

Exchange Restaurants

Burger King 937-879-4317
Charley’s Grilled Subs 937- 879-4317

Concessions

Alterations 937-878-6032
Barber Shop 937-879-5171/656-1746
Beauty Shop 937-879-5281
Bonnie’s Gifts no phone
Dry Cleaners/Laundry 937-878-4316
Flags and More no phone
GNC 937-878-4440
Optical Center 937-879-1949

Bldg. 20159

2330 Eighth St.
Area B Express 937-253-8793
Burger King 937-253-8865

Bldg. 1253

Firestone 937-879-6245
Kitty Hawk Express 937-878-8218/7985
Starbucks 937-879-4617

Bldg. 1238

Home & Garden 937-257-1833
Quick Tag Dog Tags inside Home & Garden

Bldg. 830

Barber 937-257-7304
Einstein Bros. Bagels 937-878-7863
Hospital Annex 937-879-5220

Bldg. 642 (Area B)

Barber Shop 937-255-5261
Bookstore 937-255-6063/254-4887
Einstein Bros. Bagels 937-258-0535

Bldg. 571, Area B Fitness Center

Fruits for All Reasons 937-256-2784

Bldg. 262

Barbershop 937-257-7860

Bldg. 209

Alterations 937-878-6032
Military Clothing 937-257-2800/6808
Subway 937-482-0035

Bldg. 16

Area B Annex 937-256-6780
Barbershop 937-255-6038

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