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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is located 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. Gates 1A and 12A are open 24 hours, seven days a week and are the primary vehicle entrance points into Area A and Kittyhawk Center from State Route 444 in Fairborn. Gate 19B, off of National Road, serves as the 24-hour gate for Area B.


As of fiscal year 2012 WPAFB has a workforce of approximately 26,000 people, 12,000 of whom are government civilian employees, making it the sixth largest employer in the state of Ohio and the largest employer at a single location in Ohio.

Base Size

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is 30.5 km² (11.8 square miles) spread over areas A and B.

Interesting Facts

Is the birthplace, home and future of aerospace.

Supports more than 100 organizations here and at separate locations in a nine-state area representing a host of Air Force and DoD missions.

Has some of the finest family-oriented recreational programs in the Air Force.

Has approximately 850 facilities on base.

As of fiscal year 2012 WPAFB has an approximately $2.1 billion annual payroll.

As of fiscal year 2012 WPAFB has an overall approximate economic impact on the surrounding community of $4.2 billion.

Has a modern commissary-base exchange complex with nearly four acres under one roof, making it one of the Air Force’s largest.

Is in many measures the largest, most diverse and organizationally complex base in the Air Force. Missions range from acquisition and logistics management, to research and development, education, flight operations and many other defense-related activities.

Is home to Air Force Materiel Command headquarters, one of 10 Air Force major commands.

Is home to the single center responsible for total life cycle management of all aircraft, engines, munitions, and electronic systems — the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

Is home to the Air Force’s only organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development and integration of warfighting technologies for air, space and cyberspace forces — the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Includes the Air Force Institute of Technology, the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management, as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education.

Has the second largest medical center in the Air Force.

Is home to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.