Wright Patterson AFB

Arrival on Base

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Arrival on Base

24-hour arrival point is available for all active-duty newcomers on Wright-Patterson AFB. Information will be provided concerning your sponsor and unit orderly room, temporary billeting and meals. All active-duty newcomers should report to the Wright-Patterson Inns in Area A, Building 825, using Gate 12A. Automated attendant number is (937) 257-3451.

If you don’t need the assistance of the 24-hour arrival point, then report directly to your assigned unit orderly room. Signing in from a PCS is no longer required.

Members of Air Force Reserve components must report to the location specified on their orders.

Dayton International Airport (DAY)

3600 Terminal Drive

Vandalia, OH 45377..................................................... (937) 454-8200

Website............................................................. www.daytonairport.com

Located at the nucleus of the nation’s largest interstate highway systems, Interstates 70 and 75, getting to the Dayton International Airport couldn’t be more convenient. The Dayton International Airport provides air service to meet the needs of travelers to and from southwest Ohio. More importantly, the Dayton International Airport is “Easy To and Through!” The Airport operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are currently seven airlines that operate from the airport with service to 16 nonstop destinations to connect you to the rest of the world. Military personnel are welcome to use the Business Traveler Center and can take advantage of the welcoming USO facility. Additionally, all customers and passengers seeking access to the Internet can enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the Terminal Building to stay connected.

Airport Transportation

Phone............................................................................ (937) 898-4043

A commercial van service provides transportation between the base and the Dayton International Airport. Charter Vans operates on an on-call basis. The Charter Vans vehicle will depart at 15 minutes past the hour from the Hope Hotel and 20 minutes past the hour from the VOQ (Building 825) after reservations have been made. These times are available during Charter Vans operating hours only.

For hours of operation, rates, etc., visit their website at www.chartervans.com .


Appointments for in-processing are made by unit orderly rooms with the exception of accessions (including prior service on first duty station as an officer). Wright-Patterson AFB in-processing includes representatives from the Airman & Family Readiness Center, safety office, disaster preparedness, office of special investigations, pass/registration section, traffic management office, military equal opportunity and military and travel pay. In-processing occurs every Monday at 8 a.m., in the Medical Center Auditorium (basement). In order to achieve a smooth in-processing, members must bring with them all hand-carried records, all no-fee dependent passports, any do-it-yourself move paperwork and vehicle emissions paperwork/registration/insurance. All individuals must register their Common Access Card (CAC) or other government identification into the Defense Biometric Identification System, which enables electronic scanning of ID cards by installation sentries.

Base INTRO Manager Military Sponsorship

Phone.................................... (937) 257-2547

The INTRO Program was established to provide each incoming military member a sponsor. If your sponsor has not contacted you within 30days of your departure, telephone the INTRO manager at DSN 787-2547.

Civilian Newcomers

Phone.................................... (937) 257-8305

New civilian employees will receive letters prior to their reporting dates giving specific reporting instructions.

All new employees may contact the Civilian Personnel Division, Customer Service/Employment Section, Building 2, Area A.


Area A................................... (937) 257-6506

Area B.......................... (937) 255-7251/7169

Base visitors who do not have proper entry credentials must report to one of two visitor centers to obtain personal passes. Visitors must be sponsored by a military member or DoD civilian through a .mil e-mail account to the appropriate center. Contractors who were issued a Common Access Card may sponsor guests but cannot escort guests. Using the e-mail process is at the sole discretion of the sponsor and the 88SFS; it also requires personal information be protected in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974. Not providing the required information will result in the visitors not being allowed on base.

Visitors requesting access to Area A and Kittyhawk Center use Building 286, Pass and Registration, located in parking lot 1A next to AFMC Headquarters.

Visitors requesting access to Area B use Building 81, adjacent to Gate 1B off Springfield Street (Area B).

Pass and Registration

Phone.................................... (937) 257-6506

Building 286 (Area A/Kittyhawk)

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (full services); closed on weekends, holidays and certain designated family days.

Area B Visitor Center

Phone........................... (937) 255-7251/7169

Building 81 (Area B)

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7 to 10 a.m. (temporary passes only); closed on weekends, holidays and certain designated family days.

Entry Subject to Protection Conditions

Security Forces Law
Enforcement Desk..... (937) 257-6516/6517

Non-base connected personnel may be denied entry without prior notice due to increased Force Protection Conditions. When the visitor centers are closed, visitors are to use Gates 1A, 12A or 19B, with pre-announcements to the Security Forces Law Enforcement Desk, and be greeted and escorted by their sponsor. The sponsor must be a military member, retiree, or DoD civilian with appropriate identification in order to sponsor guests onto the installation.

For further information on sponsoring guests onto Wright-Patterson AFB, contact Pass and Registration at (937) 257-6506.

Entrances to Wright-Patterson

Phone.................................... (937) 904-2923

Directions are available at any of the following gates:

Gate 1A (Area A): Located on State Route 444 in Fairborn adjacent to the satellite pharmacy in Kittyhawk Center. Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Gate 8A (Area A): Located at a traffic light, across from Gate 38 A.

Gate 9A (Area A): Located at a traffic light on State Route 444 adjacent to the Wright-Patterson Medical Center.

Gate 12A (Area A): Located on State Route 444 near HQ AFMC. Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Gate 15A (Area A): Located on Interstate 844, west of the I-675 junction. Open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed weekends and holidays.

Gate 16A (Area A): Located on State Route 444 near entrance to Twin Base Golf Course. Serves as the entry point for all commercial vehicles. Open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays.

Gate 26A (Area A): Located on State Route 235, between Fairborn and State Route 4, near Skyborn Cruise-In theater at Haddix Road. Open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed weekends and holidays.

Gate 38A (Kittyhawk Center): Located at a traffic light on the east side of State Route 444 and leads to dormitories, recreational areas, the exchange and base commissary.

Gate 39A (Kittyhawk Center): Closed.

Turnstile 3A (Area A): Pedestrian gate at Building 286. Open 24 hours, seven days a week inside fenced/secured area.

Gate 1B (Area B): Second entrance to the right on Springfield Street, east of Harshman Road. Open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gate 16B (Area B): Located on Kauffman Avenue at the Wright Memorial, west of the intersection of State Route 444. Open for special events only.

Gate 19B (Area B): Located on National Road, between Huffman Road and Colonel Glenn Highway. Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Gate 22B (Area B): Located on Colonel Glenn Highway at the I-675 junction. Open Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays.

Gate 28B (Area B): Entrance to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, this gate is located on Springfield Pike, east of Harshman Road. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and for special events. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Due to periodic manning constraints, exercises or actual emergency operations, base entry points may operate on reduced hours or close completely. Call for current information.

Note: For special base functions, all required paperwork must be turned in to the security forces pass and registration section, Building 286, Area A, three working days prior to the event. All gate hours are subject to change.

Telephone Calls

The area code at Wright-Patterson is 937. From a commercial, off-base phone, all five-digit extensions beginning with 5 or 7 are preceded by 25 [(937) 255-xxxx or 257-xxxx]. Telephone extensions beginning with 6 are preceded by 65 [(937) 656-xxxx]; extensions beginning with 2 are preceded by 52 [(937) 522-xxxx]; and extensions beginning with 4 are preceded by 90 [(937) 904-xxxx].

To reach Wright-Patterson AFB by the Defense Switched Network (DSN) there are five different prefixes. For all five-digit extensions beginning with 5 or 7 the DSN exchange is preceded by 78 (785-xxxx or 787-xxxx). Extensions beginning with 6 are preceded by 98 (986-xxxx); extensions beginning with 2 are preceded by 67(672-xxxx); and extensions beginning with 4 are preceded by 67 (674-xxxx). To initiate a DSN call from Wright-Patterson AFB dial 94, then the seven-digit DSN number.

Only official calls are permitted from government telephones.

Mailing Address/Post Office

A temporary mailing address should be established at once if you want to receive your mail without interruption.

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

General Delivery

Postal Service Center

Building 1226

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-5417

This mail will be held in the Postal Service Center, Kittyhawk Center, Gate 39A, until called for or until an AF Form 624 Locator Card is collected during in-processing. Mail will be forwarded to your new address.

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

All personnel having a residence address must close their PSC box and receive mail at the residence.

Airmen who reside in Kittyhawk Center receive mail through lock boxes at the postal service center.

Persons staying in the VOQ should have mail addressed to:


2439 Schlatter Drive, Room 1269

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-5519

USPS Centers

Medical Center (Area A)....... (937) 257-4219

Kittyhawk Center (Area A).... (937) 257-4458

Building 16 (Area B).............. (937) 255-6001

The United States Postal Service has three post office units to serve you. The retail unit located in Area B, at 2275 D St., Building 16, is a full-service unit. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Phone: (937) 255-6001. In the Kittyhawk Center, 5435 Hemlock St., Building 1226, hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; phone: (937) 257-4458. In the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, through the front entrance lobby, beyond the information desk, hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch); phone: (937) 257-4219. Full postal service is provided at each location. U.S. Postal Service rental boxes are available in Building 16, Area B, and at 5237 Cooper St., Building 258, Door 1, Area A (no retail at this location); phone: (937) 257-2938.

Household Goods

Phone.................................... (937) 257-2153

Toll-free................................. (800) 762-7700

To ensure that shipment(s) of unaccompanied baggage and household goods are delivered with a minimum delay, contact the household goods unit of the Traffic Management Office in Building 1, Area A. Call Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If calling long distance, call (800) 762-7700.


Phone.................................... (937) 257-2547

Credentials for military members and their families are distributed at the customer service desk, Building 2, Area A. Military members should obtain their application forms for themselves and family members from the customer service desk, Building 2, Area A.

Military members are required to carry a CAC. Dependents are issued the Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (DDForm 1173).

Civilian base employees with af.mil computer access are also required to obtain a CAC. Contractors must get a DD Form 1172-2 from the site security manager of their unit. Contractors who do not require af.mil access will receive an AF Form 387 from the pass and registration office.

Civilian employees should check with their personnel office when they need a new identification card.

Hope Hotel and Conference Center

Phone.................................... (937) 257-1285

A 260-bed, contract hotel is located on base adjacent to Air Force Materiel Command Headquarters in Area A. Reservations for official-duty transients may be made with the VOQ reservations office, (937) 257-3810.


Phone.................................... (937) 257-3451

The lodging office is located in Building 825, Area A, and handles accommodations for both officers and enlisted members and special accommodations for distinguished guests.


Phone.................................... (937) 257-0377

Wright-Patterson has five permanent party dormitory buildings located in Kittyhawk Center. These buildings are comprised of 408rooms. All Unaccompanied E-1s through E-4s (under three years) are required to reside in the dorms. E-4s with over three years may opt to reside off base once the Dorm Manager has certified eligibility. The Dorm Manager’s office is located in Building 1216 on the first floor. The telephone number is DSN 787-0377.

Family Housing Units

Phone.................................... (937) 257-6547

Wright-Patterson’s housing office is located in Building 22, Area A.

The base is a mixture of privatized military housing and military housing located in AreaA. There are 100 brick quarters for senior and general officers in Area A. Of these, there are 37 three-bedroom single cottages, 10 four-bedroom single quarters located on Yount Drive and 32 duplex quarters for senior officers. Nine single-family dwellings and 12duplex quarters for general officers also are in this area. To submit advanced applications for housing, members should visit the housing office at their current base for assistance.

Privatized Military Housing

Phone.................................... (937) 253-6009

The Properties at Wright Field, Wright-Patterson’s Privatized Military Housing leasing office, is located at 5924 Hickam Drive.

The Properties at Wright Field currently is home to more than 1,200 service men and women and their families. Through privatization, virtually an entire new community was created to complement the Legacy homes in our neighborhoods. Our unique communities, known as The Prairies at Wright Field and The Woods at Wright Field, feature an array of living options ranging from spacious duplex-style town houses to contemporary single-family homes.

Many other amenities and conveniences are offered for residents’ enjoyment.

Stop by or call today for a private tour. We also welcome military retirees, federal civil service employees, National Guard/reservists, DoD contractors and the general public.

Base Taxi Service

Phone........................... (937) 257-3755/3756

Taxi service on Wright-Patterson is available Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Service is not available weekends and holidays.

Transportation is provided only in Area B; the base taxi service does not provide transportation between Area B and Area A.

Flight Crew Transportation

Phone.................................... (937) 257-2131

Base operations provides transportation between the flight line and quarters.

Your Car

There is designated parking on base. Signs and curb markings indicate parking limits. Visitors should use the parking spaces marked “visitor” or “time-limit.”

If you are new to the state, you’ll want to note that you can turn right on red. Drivers of motor vehicles in Ohio (and on base) may turn right when facing a steady red traffic signal, unless a sign is posted prohibiting the turn. Drivers may cautiously enter the intersection after coming to a complete stop at the red light. Drivers must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection.

Military personnel are not required to obtain an Ohio driver’s license or license plates if they are properly licensed in their home states.

Military personnel who desire Ohio license plates should take a copy of their Leave and Earnings Statement to their orderly room, as proof of legal residency in another state, and get a motor vehicle county tax exemption certificate. This certificate will save you $5 when you buy your tags.

The next step is to contact the clerk of courts in the Ohio county where you live to determine where to take the car for necessary steps to obtain an Ohio title. Once the title is transferred, you may purchase Ohio plates at various local establishments.

Civilian personnel must obtain both an Ohio driver’s license and plates within 30 days after establishing residency in the state.

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