Housing DormitoryThere are eight permanent dormitories on base. Staff sergeants (E-5) and above are granted single-rate basic allowance for quarters and are not permitted to reside in the dormitories. There are plenty of affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments off base. Normally, Airmen in the grades between E-1 and E-4 are housed in the dormitories. All dormitory personnel are assigned a private room, and recent upgrades and renovations have made dorm life even more pleasant for residents.
Base Housing - Soaring Heights CommunitiesSoaring Heights is more than a community that provides sustainable, well-maintained homes and amenities for Air Force families at Davis-Monthan AFB. It is an example of how innovation, successful long-term planning and forward-thinking community partnerships can make a meaningful difference in the lives of Airmen, their families and the communities in which they reside. Its homes and communities feature pedestrian-friendly streets, a spacious community center and other amenities focused on comfort and convenience for Air Force families.
Since its beginning in July 2006, Soaring Heights has evolved into a spacious community of 1,185 properties that include legacy, new and renovated homes. Its efficient, friendly services and community amenities are recognized as examples of excellence that strive to meet and exceed Air Force families’ expectations.
Soaring Heights’ new homes feature five-star Energy Star appliances, technology spaces and covered porches for integrated indoor/outdoor living. These energy-efficient homes are 20-40 percent larger than many of the homes Airmen and their families have been living in for years and boast a number of features designed specifically to allow residents to live the lifestyle they deserve in the place they belong. Soaring Heights’ homes and neighborhoods are family-friendly and designed with the active lifestyles of residents in mind.
In addition, Soaring Heights offers educational and family-focused resident programs, premier and innovative safety and recycling programs, community events and recreation opportunities that connect with Soaring Heights’ priorities of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Soaring Heights is home to the largest solar-powered community in the continental United States, taking full advantage of its surrounding climate and open spaces through its combined 6-megawatt, ground-mounted and rooftop solar arrays.
Today, Soaring Heights is an example of how partnership and a shared goal of doing what is best for Air Force families bear results. And most importantly it’s the place Davis-Monthan Air Force families call home.
If you want a quality home and neighborhood in an Air Force community, call SHC at 520-745-5024 to speak with a leasing consultant and schedule a tour of the community.
You can find the Soaring Heights Welcome Home Center at 8090 E. Ironwood St. Visit Soaring Heights online at www.SoaringHeights.net to view photos and virtual tours and to download floor plans. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/soaringheights.davismonthan. The Soaring Heights Self-Help Store is located at 6065 National Blvd. For hours of operation and to learn about the items available, please call 520-748-3326.
Tucson Off-Base HousingThere are more than 60,000 apartments in the local area ranging from single-room studios to lavishly constructed units in luxurious complexes complete with pools, fitness centers and tennis courts.
Apartments may be furnished or unfurnished and utility costs may or may not be included in rental price.
Rental availability is itself seasonal, with availability falling and rent prices rising during winter when Tucson’s tourist and student populations are highest. The median rent on an unfurnished two-bedroom apartment is about $600 to $700 per month.
There are single-family homes available for rent in Tucson. However, the supply varies throughout the year. Houses generally rent for about $100 more per month than an apartment with the same number of rooms. Typically, rentals require a first and last month’s rent and security deposit upon moving in.
Although labor costs are low in Tucson, building material costs are high. As a result, the median price for a single-family home is about $240,000. Condominiums, town houses and “fixer-uppers” may be significantly less expensive.
In addition to carpets, drapes and built-in kitchens, many Tucson condominiums also provide private patios, security guards, recreation facilities and other amenities.
Prices vary depending on the area, but condominium units and town houses begin at nearly $60,000.
For additional information on availability and prices, contact the Tucson Association of Realtors at 1622 N. Swan Road, Tucson, AZ 85712 or call 520-327-4218.
Household GoodsThe customer service section of the Traffic Management Office is located in Building 3200, on Granite Street.
If you would like to check on the status of your inbound personal property or would like to set up delivery, call JPPSO-Colorado Springs at 800-771-1819. To turn in do-it-yourself move paperwork, please visit our office 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. On the day your personal property is delivered the military member or designated representative must be at the residence from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 520-228-4818/4817/4816.
Local Utilities and ServicesElectricity
Tucson Electric Power Company
220 W. Sixth St.
Tucson, AZ 85701................ 520-623-7711
Southwest Gas Corporation
3401 E. Gas Road
Tucson, AZ 85714................ 520-889-1888
Tucson Water Department
310 W. Alameda St.
Tucson, AZ 85701................ 520-791-3242
PetsLodging offers pet-friendly TLF units. To help facilitate your arrival, contact billeting at 520-228-3230 for availability or assistance with locating alternate lodging that accepts pets. They also have a complete list of kennel providers.
Medical355th Medical Group
The 355th Medical Group is housed in the Medical Treatment Facility, a well-maintained 38-year-old building and $10.2million, 42,000-square-foot addition to help better focus on wellness and patient-centered care. The Ambulatory Health Care Facility addition opened July 3, 2002. The staff includes dozens of physicians and physician extenders and several dentists who offer a wide range of medical and dental specialties.
The 355th Medical Group is one of the busiest in the command, averaging more than 12,000 outpatient visits, 23,000 laboratory procedures and 40,000 prescriptions filled each month. The providers and technicians maintain the highest level of professional competency and currently participate in training affiliation agreements with several civilian institutions, which include St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tucson Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. There are no emergency services at our facility, so members needing urgent care are directed to one of the many off-base facilities with these capabilities.
Also, the clinic is closed every third Thursday for training.
The dental clinic has the capability to treat active-duty military members with most dental conditions except orthodontics. Active-duty military family members are encouraged to enroll in the MetLife Dental Plan, since they are not eligible for scheduled appointments at the base dental clinic. Dental urgent care hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Screening appointments for dental urgent care can be scheduled by calling 520-228-2652/2651/2650. For emergency treatment after normal duty hours call 520-228-2652/2651/2650 as well.
The Appointment System
Central appointment personnel are available to answer the telephone from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, call the appointment desk at least 24 hours in advance to cancel so another patient may be scheduled. An appointment that is not canceled 24 hours in advance of the scheduled time will be considered a “no-show” and an appropriate letter may be forwarded to the individual’s commander. Appointments are scheduled according to the member’s primary care manager: Aerospace Medicine Team, Blue Team, Silver Team, Copper Team or Internal Medicine. The contractor, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans, schedules all initial specialty appointments (referrals).
TRICARE Prime................ 520-228-2778
........................................... 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(space available only)...... 520-228-2778
................................................... 2 to 4 p.m.
(24 hours in advance)...... 520-228-2778
Referral cancellations.......... 520-512-1501
... (or the referral clinic to reschedule)
Hours of operation (Monday through
Friday) Main.............. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Satellite Refill...................... 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Satellite Refill........................ 520-228-5007
The pharmacies are closed weekends and federal holidays. The clinic pharmacy is also closed every third Thursday for training.
Patient Administration consists of three elements: TRICARE, clinical and administrative.
The flight consists of the Medical Evaluation Board, patient advocacy, dependent relocation clearances, Secretarial Designee Program, CHCS (Composite Health Care System) registration (non-enrollees), eligibility verification, quarters notifications, con-leave notifications, admissions and dispositions, tumor registrar, clinical records, TRICARE functions and aero-medical evacuation. Patient Administration is located in Building 400. Reach the appointment desk at 520-228-2665.
Health and Wellness Center
The Health and Wellness Center offers awareness, education and intervention programs focusing on lifestyle and behavior change. The HAWC offers classes on nutrition (weight management, diabetes and cholesterol), tobacco cessation, stress awareness, parenting, women’s health, injury prevention and high blood pressure awareness. For more information, call 520-228-2294.
Davis-Monthan veterinary services provide health care only for animals belonging to active-duty and retired members, along with their dependents. Everyone living on base must register their dogs or cats with veterinary services within 10 duty days of their arrival. Other veterinary services include HomeAgain microchips, health certificates for travel, routine vaccinations of dogs and cats, and examinations for diseases that are transmittable between animals and man or present possible health hazards to the community. The clinic is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours are subject to change based on mission requirements. Vaccinations are done by appointment only. For more information, call 520-228-3529.
The chaplain division provides for the religious and spiritual needs of the Davis-Monthan community through several chaplains, two chapel centers and a flightline ministry. The chapel also sponsors The Loft, a dayroom ministry center located in the dormitories. The Loft coordinates discussion groups, service projects, monthly outings, a state-of-the-art video gaming system, and weekly Bible studies and religious education.
Regular worship activities are held on base for Catholic and Protestant members with weekend masses Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. Sunday services for Protestants follow contemporary and gospel worship traditions. In addition, numerous Bible studies and programs are conducted throughout the week.
Muslim, Jewish and other faith groups are encouraged to call the chapel for the names and phone numbers of their respective lay leaders or faith resources off base. For more information on pastoral counseling, schedules, special events and religious education, call 520-228-5411.
Base Legal Office
The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, located at Building 2300 on the second floor, provides legal assistance to active-duty members, reserve component members on orders or pending deployment, retired military members and their military identification card-eligible dependents. This assistance includes wills, powers of attorney, and other personal civil legal matters such as landlord/tenant, domestic and consumer affairs issues. Additionally, we provide legal counsel to commanders on all matters affecting the installation and the mission, including such wide-ranging areas as military justice, administrative actions, ethics, operations law, environmental law, claims, contracts, civil law and labor law.
Powers of attorney and notary service is available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed. Priority is given to military members in uniform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Legal assistance is available by appointment Tuesday through Thursday. Due to mission requirements, retirees and their dependents will be seen on a “space available” basis for legal assistance.
Active duty members and their dependents may also attend walk-in legal assistance 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays. Active-duty members and/or their dependents who sign in during this time period will be seen by an attorney for legal assistance on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If you need a power of attorney or a will, please complete a legal worksheet before coming to the legal office. Go to https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil. On this page, select “Legal Worksheets.” Select the appropriate document and complete it online. You will be given a ticket number (warning: it is case-sensitive).
When you make your will appointment, please give us your ticket number. We will start working on your will before your appointment.
For powers of attorney, bring your ticket number with you to the legal office. With that number, we can pull up your documents right away. Clients with ticket numbers go to the front of the line for powers of attorney.
Legal assistance is available on a priority basis to deploying members. For after-hours assistance, please have your commander or first sergeant contact the on-call JAG through the command post.
For additional information on a wide variety of legal assistance topics, visit https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil.
Claims for damage to household goods resulting from DPS shipments are processed using the DOD website www.move.mil. Notice of loss or damage reports for DPS claims must be filed using this website. If you are unhappy with the carrier’s settlement offer or your DPS claim is denied by the carrier, please contact the Air Force Claims Service Center (AFCSC) at 877-754-1212.
The AFCSC is located in Kettering, Ohio, and open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Personnel who were not moved using the DPS system can file using the AFCSC website https://claims.jag.af.mil. Claims for damages to POVs that occur during shipment can also be filed on the AFCSC website.
The base legal office is available to assist claimants with general claims information and questions 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Please call 520-228-5242 for assistance.
The Military Justice Division of the Legal Office reviews evidence and provides advice to commanders and first sergeants on appropriate disciplinary and administrative actions ranging from letters of counseling/admonishment/reprimand, Article 15s and UCMJ actions, to administrative discharges and courts-martial.
Air Force courts-martial are open to the public. The docket of upcoming courts-martial is found at www.afjag.af.mil/docket.
Area Defense Counsel
The Area Defense Counsel at Davis-Monthan is separate from both the Staff Judge Advocate and the base command channels. It reports to the western circuit’s Air Force Judge Advocate General, headquartered at Travis Air Force Base, California.
The ADC provides objective legal defense services to military members facing Article 15, court-martial, forced discharge actions and investigations by security police or the Office of Special Investigations, as well as any other adverse actions in which counsel is required or authorized. To reach the Area Defense Counsel, call 520-228-5664.
Sexual Assault Prevention
and Response (Sapr) Office
The installation Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) is located on the first floor of Building 2300. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) can be contacted by calling 520-228-SARC (7272). The 24/7 crisis line number is 520-940-8059.
The SAPRO manages the installation-level sexual assault prevention and response program. The primary focus of the SAPR program is on victims of sexual assault. The SAPRO coordinates victim care and the resolution of issues related to the survivor’s health and well-being. There is support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all victims.
The SAPRO assists commanders in meeting annual SAPR training requirements and provides community education regarding SAPR services.
The SAPRO recruits, selects and trains victim advocates. Victim advocates provide support and liaison services to victims of sexual assault, such as crisis intervention and referral, and ongoing nonclinical support.
Restricted reporting is available to members of the armed forces, the Coast Guard and adult dependents over 18 years old. Military personnel include reserve and Guard members on active duty. If you would like to report a sexual assault and have questions concerning restricted reporting, please consider contacting the SAPRO as other restrictions may apply. Department of Defense civilian employees are not eligible for restricted reporting.
Only SAPRO staff, assigned victim advocates and health care providers may receive restricted reports of sexual assault. Chaplains may not take a restricted report, however they will keep information confidential and the victim will not lose the restricted reporting option. For more information concerning sexual assault, please contact the SAPRO.
The financial services flight provides travel and pay services to military (active duty and retired) and civilian employees, and provides funding certification responsibilities. They service more than 30,000 customers and process more than 150,000 transactions annually.
The accounting and finance office is located on Fifth Street, in Building 2300. Staff members can answer questions or assist with pay matters that may arise. The office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
The finance office offers a variety of pay and travel services on a walk-in basis. During inprocessing, a finance representative will help customers complete travel vouchers and any other finance-related issues. For more information, call customer service at 520-228-5111.
U.S. Post Office and
Postal Service Center
The U.S. post office and Postal Service Center located in Building 4428 provide a full range of postal services.
The U.S. post office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
The Postal Service Center is where dormitory personnel receive their mail. The Postal Service Center hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday and the Tuesday after Monday holidays; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Davis-Monthan’s general delivery address for personal mail is PSC Box 80001, Tucson, AZ 85707-0001.
Base Information Transfer Center
The Base Information Transfer Center, located in Building 2240, processes incoming and outgoing official mail. The center is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except for holidays. Mail not received before 3:30 p.m. on weekdays will be posted the following business day. For more information, call 520-228-1106.
Civilian Personnel Office
Equal Opportunity Office
The Equal Opportunity Office provides training, conducts informal inquires, coordinates complaint investigations and conducts mediation of workplace disputes in the civilian workforce. The Military Equal Opportunity advisers provide human relations training and guidance in formal and informal equal opportunity and treatment complaints processing; conduct complaint clarifications; mediate MEO complaints; perform wing climate assessments; and provide awareness training on subjects relating to human relations (i.e., cultural diversity, sexual harassment and team building).
We encourage people to use the chain of command and support early resolution of any human relations issue. The EO office is located in the 355th Fighter Wing headquarters, Building 2300, Room 2047.
We also offer mediation through the Alternative Dispute Resolution program to resolve issues involving potential conflicts. For more information, call 520-228-5509.
The 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office is the official point of contact between Davis-Monthan and the local community. The PA office works with the local, national and international news media through its media relations section, and arranges tours, public speaking activities and special events through its community relations section. For more information call 520-228-3406 or visit www.dm.af.mil.
The 355th Fighter Wing Inspector General manages two key areas for the commander — oversight and congressional liaison. Within the oversight area, the IG handles complaint investigation and resolution, as well as fraud, waste and abuse disclosures from active-duty members, retirees, their dependents and DOD civilians. The IG is also the wing’s point of contact for all congressional inquiries and liaison. To contact the IG, call 520-228-3558.
The Wing Safety Office is responsible for oversight of all unit safety programs. The individual units are responsible for maintaining safe working and living conditions for the base. The Wing Safety Office has three major divisions: Ground, Flight and Weapons.
Ground safety inspects work areas and recreational facilities for hazards and recommends corrective action. It also conducts safety training classes. Flight safety monitors the flying operations of the wing’s six flying squadrons, oversees all investigations of aircraft mishaps within the wing’s area of responsibility and directs the wing’s flight mishap prevention programs. Weapons safety inspects work areas for hazards and compliance with instructions. They are responsible for all weapons site plans.
Education ServicesThe Education Services Center is located in Building 2441, the Kennedy Professional Development Center (KPDC). Air Force members and families are provided assistance with both on- and off-base educational opportunities. Programs available to the active-duty military population are: Tuition Assistance, Air Force commissioning, Air Force educational leave of absence, the Community College of the Air Force, educational advisement and testing. The PDC has three testing centers: Education Testing in Room 139, Military Testing in Room 155 and a National Test Center in Room 141. Pima Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Park University all offer on-base evening and weekend courses required to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees. For more information or appointments, please call 520-228-4815.
PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Pima Community College is a two-year college that serves the greater Tucson metropolitan area at six locations throughout Pima County, as well as multiple learning and education centers that deliver specialized training programs.
Pima’s Davis-Monthan Education Center (DMEC) offers quality academic instruction leading to a two-year liberal arts degree, or an Associate of Science or Associate of Business Administration degree for transfer to an Arizona state university. Classes are primarily eight-week sessions and are offered during the evenings or on the weekends to provide flexibility and convenience. DMEC is located in Building 2441 in the Kennedy Professional Development Center and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed from 1 to 2 p.m. Students can take assessment exams; receive admissions and registration advising, financial aid services, GI Bill and Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) information; and sign up for CLEP and DSST testing. For more information, please call 520-206-4866 or visit www.pima.edu.
Our campus in Tucson, Arizona, is a part of the Park University, School for Extended Learning. We understand what a challenge it is to work full time, juggle family responsibilities and attend class. That’s why we offer a variety of quality education opportunities in accelerated formats that are designed to meet student’s needs. We serve not only the military members and their dependents who are assigned to our Air Force base, but also welcome all civilians in the local communities. You’ll find Park’s tuition rates to be especially competitive, considering Park’s academic excellence and full accreditation. Our accelerated semester scheduling allows you to complete your degree fast. Generous financial aid is also available. Our Davis-Monthan Campus offers three associate and 18 bachelor’s degrees.
We’re available to answer questions about transferring credits, degree requirements, financial aid, earning credit for military or work experience, and more. For more information, visit our website www.park.edu/davi, phone 520-748-8266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY Davis-Monthan Campus
At Embry-Riddle Worldwide, we remove the obstacles. Experience a premier education with compelling benefits designed to accommodate your demanding life, including:
More than 150 locations worldwide.
A focused and efficient curriculum that instills real-world knowledge.
Courses taught by experts with real-world experience who are leaders in their fields.
Flexible scheduling, online course delivery and EagleVision technology — a Web-based video conferencing platform.
And every day, we’re working on even more ways to improve our classrooms, enhance our curriculum, add to our program offerings and give you more options. Because, just like you, we won’t stop reaching for excellence. At Embry-Riddle Worldwide, convenience is always an option with classes beginning every month. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Davis-Monthan Campus is located at 5355 E. Granite St., DMAFB, AZ 85707. For more information, call 520-747-5540 or visit their website at www.erau.edu.
COLLEGE IN TUCSON
Pima Community College is a multiple-campus, two-year college serving all bona fide residents of Pima County. It is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In addition to its comprehensive general education curriculum, the college also offers many noncredit classes through its own skill center and the office of community services. Fees vary according to the number of credits taken and the residency status of the student.
For more information, call 520-206-4866 or visit www.pima.edu or the campus nearest you.
At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — Worldwide, our goal is to give you exactly the education you need, exactly the way you need it. That’s why, in addition to offering the industry’s most sought-after degrees and programs, we offer you more ways to take courses and complete those programs. Each of our learning modalities, while distinct in its delivery and operation, provides the same high-quality information, instruction and opportunities for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Simply pick the one that fits your learning and lifestyle best, and embark on the road to educational success.
1. Classroom Learning
2. EagleVision Classroom
3. EagleVision Home
4. Online Learning
5. Blended Program
At Embry-Riddle Worldwide, convenience is always an option with classes beginning every month. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Tucson Campus is located at 5099 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712. For more information, call 520-512-5787 or visit their website at www.erau.edu.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
The University of Arizona awards undergraduate degrees in 121 academic fields, 114 master’s degrees and 82 doctoral degrees. Also available are three professional and four specialist programs. The UA has 17 colleges and 10 schools, and is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. As a member of the Pacific 10 conference, the UA’s strength in undergraduate and graduate education and scientific research is paralleled by its excellence on the playing fields, courts and other venues of its Intercollegiate Athletic Program.
Arizona’s status as a world leader in astronomy research is bolstered by the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory, the largest of five centers of observatories and astronomy research in Arizona.
The UA’s strengths in engineering and optics; biotechnology, medicine and life sciences; public policy, arts and humanities; information and business technology; and water and environmental resources make it a vital economic and cultural resource in Arizona.
Costs to attend vary according to the number of units taken and the residency status of the student. For more information, visit the UA website at www.arizona.edu or call 520-626-8201.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA SOUTH
University of Arizona South offers bachelor’s and certification programs during evening and weekend hours at Pima East. For more information, visit www.uas.arizona.edu or call 520-626-8402.
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
The University of Phoenix, Southern Arizona Campus, offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, nursing, business, technology, human services, criminal justice and others. The University of Phoenix is designed for working adults. Classes are held in the evenings and on weekends. In addition to the in-class format available at the university’s seven southern Arizona locations, a unique FlexNet format combines the classroom experience with the flexibility of online. Educational credit is available for military training through the university’s credit recognition program. For more information, call 800-366-9699 or visit the University of Phoenix website at www.phoenix.edu.
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
Northern Arizona University’s mission is to provide education to residents in rural communities throughout Arizona. NAU’s goal is to prepare students to be well-educated, informed and productive participants in their communities and the larger society. NAU offers complete degree programs in the local community, allowing working students to earn their degrees. Several undergraduate and graduate programs are available through NAU Tucson. For more information or evaluation, call 520-879-7900 or go to www.nau.edu.
PRESCOTT COLLEGE OF TUCSON
The Prescott College of Tucson Center opened in 1987 to serve adult learners. The adult degree programs offered through the center provide opportunity for Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees and post-baccalaureate teacher education. Prescott College can also transfer credits earned through the Community College of the Air Force. Other programs are available through a distance-learning format. Information sessions are held the first and third Tuesday of each month and are open to the general public. To learn more about the options available, call 888-797-4683. Their office is located at 2233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719. For more information, visit www.prescott.edu/tucson.
WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
Wayland began in 1908 as the dream of pioneers who respected the life-altering value of education. Now the oldest university in continuous existence on the High Plains of Texas, Wayland Baptist reaffirms that commitment every day through a distinctive combination of offerings. Its mission is to educate students in an academically challenging, learning-focused and distinctively Christian environment for professional success, lifelong learning, and service to God and humankind. WBU Tucson is uniquely equipped to meet the growing educational needs of military personnel and working adults. It maximizes your military and work experience credits, making your road to graduation as direct as possible. Offering various bachelor’s and master’s programs, it also offers Christian ministry and occupational education with specializations in military career fields, such as intelligence operations, aviation operations, electronic systems technology and many more. Wayland Baptist University Tucson Campus is located at 6235 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85711. For more information, call 520-792-1506 or visit their website at www.wbu.edu/colleges-in-tucson.
Airman and Family ServicesAirman & Family
The Airman & Family Readiness Center is the service organization for Air Force families and is the focal point for family matters.
The Air Force realizes there is a direct correlation between a member’s quality of life and their ability to successfully accomplish the mission. The A&FRC is open to all active-duty members and their families, as well as single military members, National Guard and reserve members and their families when on active duty, retired military personnel and their families, and Department of Defense civilians. The A&FRC’s core function is matching individuals and families with the right resources to meet their specific needs. It also houses the following direct services:
Information and Referral — assesses the needs of family members and links them with appropriate agencies. It also maintains a profile of base and community agencies.
Personal Financial Management Program — offers information, education and personal financial counseling. The PFMP offers long-term solutions to financial problems.
Air Force Aid Society — this nonprofit organization helps the Air Force take care of its own in emergencies through interest-free loans and grants. The AFAS also offers education assistance.
SpouseEmployment—helps members and their families enhance their marketability and learn the skills and techniques needed for a successful job search.
Volunteer Program — functions as the military community’s resource for basewide volunteer activity. Volunteers acquire skills to enhance personal and professional development.
Relocation Assistance Program — provides a full range of relocation services, information and assistance to newly arriving personnel and to military members involved in or anticipating a permanent change of station move.
Family Life Education — provides comprehensive family education and skills development programs, services and support groups that enable Air Force families to better adapt to the Air Force environment.
Family Services Program — a volunteer program offering extra assistance to relocating families. They maintain information about military locations worldwide and maintain a supply of household items you may borrow when relocating.
Transition Assistance Management Program — provides transition counseling, career planning, development of job search skills and access to employment opportunities and information. Workshops, seminars and individual counseling sessions teach members how to convert Air Force skills to civilian equivalents and how to market these skills effectively.
Readiness — plans and exercises responses to family mobility and deployment issues in contingency and real-world situations, and ensures members and their families receive coordinated support.
Casualty and Survivor Benefit Services.
School Liaison — provides information and resources to families with school-age children.
Exceptional Family Member Program — Family Support Coordinator — provides information and resources to families with special needs.
For more information about A&FRC programs, call 520-228-5690.
Child Development Center
Davis-Monthan has two Child Development Centers: The D-M CDC, which holds 200 children, and the Dorothy H. Finley CDC, which can accommodate 312 children. Both centers are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and care for children from infancy to 5 years old.
The CDCs focus on developmentally appropriate practices and promote cognitive, physical, social and emotional development for each child. Both facilities are located on Comanche Street, just west of the commissary. Fees are on a sliding scale, based on total family income.
The centers are open 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and offer drop-in care on a space-available basis. They also offer special events like Give Parents a Break and Parents’ Day Out.
Parents can also enroll their children in a part-day preschool program for 3- to 5-year-olds. For more information on the preschool program, call the D-M CDC at 520-228-3336.
Family Child Care
The base’s successful Family Child Care program includes licensed on-base and affiliated off-base child care homes. Contact information on current FCC providers, on base and in the local community, is available 24/7 at the outside of the FCC office, Building 700, located at 2300 Albro Blvd. (corner of Ironwood and Albro).
Family Child Care provides quality, affordable and available child care for military families in safe and secure homes. FCC providers can care for up to six children ages 2 weeks to 12 years, including their own under the age of 8. Of those six children only two can be under the age of 2 years.
FCC providers receive comprehensive training, guidance and support, and homes are inspected regularly to assure that they meet or exceed Department of Defense requirements. FCC maintains an extensive lending library for its providers, with a full range of toys, educational materials and child care equipment.
Family Child Care also offers various programs to assist military families. Some of the programs offered are:
Free PCS child care (20 hours) within 60 days of PCS arrival or departure date.
Returning Home Care (RHC) offers free care for up to 16 hours per child to Airmen returning from deployment.
Subsidy reduces child care costs for families on the CDC’s waiting list for ages younger than 3, children with special needs, and children requiring care during swing and midnight shifts.
Call the FCC offices at 520-228-2201 for more information. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.
The Family Advocacy Program is the focal point for responding to family conflict. Through its family maltreatment component, the program seeks to prevent, identify, assess and treat families experiencing significant levels of conflict that could potentially lead to spouse or child abuse. The outreach and prevention component provides life enhancement skills to prevent family maltreatment and to increase positive participation in the family system. Services such as the New Parent Support Program, parenting classes and domestic conflict groups are available. The Exceptional Family Member Program helps minimize the impact of handicapping conditions on active-duty members and their families. Any family member with a special need — any ongoing medical, educational, mental or physical handicap — is required by regulation to be enrolled in EFMP.
The Davis-Monthan Family Advocacy Office can be reached at 520-228-2104.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross, located at 4601 E. Broadway Blvd., supports military members and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services include sending messages to command regarding family emergencies, counseling for personal and family problems, and reporting on health and welfare conditions of service members and their families. The Red Cross also assists with financial emergencies for family members of deployed service members. In addition to teaching first aid and CPR skills, baby-sitting and HIV/AIDS awareness, the ARC also sponsors blood drives throughout southern Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. For assistance or information on volunteer opportunities, call 520-318-6740.
School Options for Children
The school liaison is located at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. The liaison can provide up-to-date information about local schools, as well as act as an advocate for families needing assistance.
Frank Borman Elementary School, part of the Tucson Unified School District, provides education from kindergarten through fifth grade on Davis-Monthan. The school also offers special education classes.
Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan is a public charter school on base, serving students in grades six through 12. In 2006, the Tucson Unified School District consolidated two public elementary schools located on the base and returned the vacated property to DMAFB. With military families wishing to have their children attend school on the base, the vacated property provided a perfect opportunity to open an alternative option for middle school education. A Charter School Working Group held town hall meetings with base families to find out what they were looking for in a good school. After a year of working on the project, the CSWG team was awarded for their initiative in the opening of one of the first charter schools located on an Air Force base.
In August 2009, Sonoran Science Academy Middle School opened. In its first year, student aptitude in all three grades registered saw increases of 46 percent in reading, 53 percent in writing and 60 percent in math.The school is accredited by the North Central Association Commission, and is recognized as an “A” school by the Arizona Department of Education. Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan is managed by Sonoran Schools, whose educational model is nationally acclaimed, with its high school in near northwest Tucson ranked in the top 50 high schools in the nation. Sonoran Schools focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and college preparation. The schools have small class sizes, high academic and behavioral expectations, free after-school tutoring and extracurricular activities, and actively encourage parent and community involvement.
Middle school students living on base may attend TUSD’s Naylor Middle School for grades six through eight; on-base high school students may attend TUSD’s Palo Verde High School. Busing is provided for all secondary students living on base.
Children living off base can attend one of the district’s 75 elementary schools, 21 middle schools and 11 high schools, as well as 14 alternative education programs.
Tucson has 27 parochial schools, representing Catholic, Hebrew, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran and Seventh Day Adventist faiths. They accept students from the first through the 12th grades. Additionally, there are more than 100 private schools in Pima County providing curricula for elementary through college-preparatory students. For more information, call the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office at 520-740-8451 or visit www.tusd.k12.az.us.
The Davis-Monthan Youth Center, an affiliated Boys & Girls Club, is located in Building 6000 and features activities for youth from 9 to 18 years old. The facility includes a game room, multipurpose and computer room, full-size gymnasium, snack bar and more.
The youth center hosts dances, field trips, and arts and crafts events and includes an outdoor program. Various instructional classes for youth are available.
The youth center offers many individual and team sports and activities, including a First Steps program for children 3 to 4 years old.
School Age Program and Before- and After-School Summer Camp
The School Age Program is located in Building 6006 and is accredited by the National After School Association. It offers care for children in first through sixth grades. Transportation is provided to and from Borman Elementary School and collaborates to provide transportation to and from Vail District schools as well.
The program operates from 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. and from 2 to 5:30 p.m. during the academic year. All-day care is provided on nonschool days and early dismissal days. A full day camp program is offered in the summer. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are served in accordance with USDA guidelines.
Fees for this program are based on total family income. Space is limited. For more information, call 520-228-8206.
Shopping and DiningArmy and Air Force
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service provides multiple services on base, most notably the Base Exchange, located in Building 2527 at 5405 E. Granite St. Shopping privileges are limited to those who have valid military identification cards.
More than 29,000 square feet of selling space supports more than 43,000 items. The Davis-Monthan exchange carries a larger selection of Arizona souvenirs than any other exchange in the state. Customers can write checks for purchases made within the BX — verified at the checkout registers — for as much as $300 more than the purchase amount. Patrons may also cash personal checks at the cashier’s cage for up to $300 per day, if their name and address is imprinted on the check, and up to $100 without imprinting. Members may cash military paychecks for as much as $500.
The BX now accepts debit cards for payment of purchases. Up to $100 cash back is allowed for purchases paid for with debit cards.
AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service) catalogs have a special order section containing items not normally stocked in the exchange. Patrons must pay for catalog orders in advance and the items will usually arrive at their residences three to six weeks after placing an order.
Military Clothing Sales is also co-located with the main store. It is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Refunds and exchanges are handled in the store’s customer service area. Concessionaires providing a wide variety of services and products are located just outside the BX such as: base laundry and dry cleaners, tailor shop, barbershop, beauty shop, flower shop (which also offers gift wrapping), watch repair shop, optical shop, nutrition center, Southwestern gifts, cellular phone service and equipment, and a UPS Store. All are open Monday through Saturday.
The BX hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Other AAFES operations include two shoppettes, service stations, Burger King, a Class Six store and more.
The Human Resources office for AAFES employment is located in Building 4320. The HR office is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Defense Commissary Agency
The base commissary’s goal is to achieve unprecedented efficiency in military grocery sales and to provide better service to its customers. It strives to do this by offering high-quality products at the best possible prices with savings of at least 30 percent. DeCA has devised a set of standardized floor plans, simplified stocking procedures and regionalized stock lists. Headquarters controls item additions and deletions, and only items on the stock list are authorized for stocking at the Davis-Monthan commissary. DeCA has significantly reduced the stock in warehouses in an effort to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs. This means it operates without warehouse stock on many products, relying instead on daily deliveries and shelf restocking. Customers may special order products from all departments.
The commissary is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The commissary is closed for some holidays. For more information, call 520-228-3116.
The Mirage Club is located in Building 2050, which is near transient quarters at Craycroft Road and Ironwood Street. The Poly Bar is located in the Mirage Club and the Shockwave is located in Building 4455.
Specialty dining is offered on scheduled nights only, but may be canceled in support of special functions; it’s best to call ahead to check on service availability. The club’s Sunday brunch offers dozens of breakfast and lunch items. Monday through Friday, members and guests can enjoy the club’s lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
An extensive variety of entertainment, membership and retiree nights, dinner specials, holiday brunches, a barbershop and lounges all provide the conveniences for the club. For more information, call 520-228-3301.
Desert Inn Dining Facility
Military members and travelers on temporary duty are eligible to eat at the Desert Inn dining facility, Building 4100. The Desert Inn is open seven days a week: 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. (breakfast), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch) and 4 to 6 p.m. (dinner) Monday through Friday. There is a midnight meal 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. On weekends: 7 to 9 a.m. (breakfast), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch) and 4 to 6 p.m. (dinner). For Christmas and Thanksgiving, breakfast is also 7 to 9 a.m., lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Carryout service is available. For more information, call the Desert Inn at 520-228-3072/5501.
The Roadrunner Inn flight kitchen, Building 5428, offers a more limited menu. For eligibility and hours of operation call 520-228-4096.
Head Pin Cafe
The Head Pin Cafe is located in the Davis-Monthan Bowling Center in Building 3203. Call 520-228-3461 for hours of operation.
Eagle’s Nest Restaurant
The Eagle’s Nest located at the Blanchard Golf Course is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, with menu items and weekday specials. Patio and inside dining are available. For more information, call 520-228-7066.
RecreationParks and Picnic Areas
The use of Davis-Monthan’s many parks, playgrounds and picnic areas is generally on a first-come, first-served basis. However, reservations are accepted for a paved section of Heritage Park, inside the Craycroft gate, and for Bama Park, across from the golf course. Groups must reserve the parks in advance. If alcoholic beverages will be present at Bama Park, advance permission is required (no alcohol is permitted at Heritage Park). A refundable $50 cleanup deposit is required to reserve Bama Park. For reservations, call the Outdoor Recreation Center at 520-228-3736.
The Arthur J. Benko Fitness and Sports Center, located in Building 2301, is one of the Air Force’s premier sports and fitness complexes. The new facility is equipped with state-of the-art exercise equipment, an indoor track, a parent exercise room and a six-lane lap indoor pool. For more information, call 520-228-0022.
The Haeffner Fitness and Sports Center, located in Building 2505, is modern and well-equipped. It is equipped with an aerobics room, weight room, cross-functional room and cardio areas. There is also a racquetball annex, which is located next to the golf course, and lighted tennis courts. For more information, call 520-228-3714.
Both fitness and sports centers have men’s and women’s saunas, lockers and shower facilities. The fitness center staff coordinates activities on three ball fields, conducts regular intramural season events in a number of sports and conducts a variety of daily exercise classes.
The Benko Fitness and Sports Center is open 4 a.m. to midnight weekdays, 8a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and holidays, and is closed Sunday. For more information, call 520-228-0022.
The Haeffner Fitness and Sports Center is open 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6p.m. Sunday, and is closed Saturday and holidays. For more information, call 520-228-3714.
Blanchard Golf Course
The Blanchard Golf Course on base offers a variety of golfing activities, as well as the Eagle’s Nest Snack Bar and Grill. The course and pro shop are open every day of the year except Christmas, from sunrise to sunset.
Players can sharpen their game on several practice areas, or at the modern driving range. The pro shop carries the latest in golf equipment along with a full line of men’s and women’s clothing. Youth and adult golf clinics are offered regularly and a golf pro is available for individual or group lessons. For golf or pro shop information, call 520-228-3734.
The Davis-Monthan Outdoor Recreation Center is located in Building 4430, at the corner of Craycroft Road and Nuggat Street, west of the golf course. Outdoor Recreation encompasses many functions, all committed to providing services and programs that meet the leisure-time needs of the Davis-Monthan community.
Outdoor adventure programs include a spectrum of seasonal activities tailored to meet novice and expert tastes — everything from structured trips to self-directed activities, including day hikes, historical tours, horseback riding and river tubing. Caving, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, skiing and Grand Canyon backpacking trips challenge the more daring individuals. For more information, call 520-228-3736.
The base also has a paintball range located off Yuma Road (reservations required). Modern and well-equipped skeet and trap ranges feature two skeet fields and two trap fields, including the popular “wobble trap.” Programs are available for skeet, trap and shotgun shooting, hunter education and firearm safety. Get skeet or trip information at 520-228-3736.
Davis-Monthan is home to one of the finest recreational vehicle parks in the country, the “Agave Gulch” FamCamp. There are 257 spaces with full water, sewer and electrical hookups to meet the needs of the traveling military family. The office clubhouse building, along with modern laundry and shower facilities, help make Agave Gulch one of the finest military RV facilities anywhere. Call the FamCamp at 520-747-9144.
Outdoor Recreation’s equipment rental section is stocked with hundreds of items that can be rented by the day, weekend or week. In addition to a full complement of outdoor and yard equipment there are lawnmowers, camping trailers, boats and canoes, and specialty equipment items. Equipment rental also manages the temporary storage and RV storage lots. For more information, call 520-228-3736.
Outdoor Recreation also operates two swimming pools — the year-round fitness pool located in the Benko Fitness and Sports Center and the Outdoor Recreational pool Aquatics Center (and aquatics program), which is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Recreation and fitness swimming, water aerobics, squadron physical fitness and special events are offered at the indoor fitness pool. The outdoor pool hosts swim lessons for all ages and all abilities, water safety and special events, such as squadron pool parties and children’s birthday parties. Call the fitness pool at 520-228-0015 or the outdoor pool/Aquatics Center at 520-228-3759.
The Davis-Monthan Bowling Center is on Ironwood Street, west of Craycroft Road, in Building 3203. The center has 20 lanes, rental lockers, a full pro shop, and lots of programs and leagues.
The center is open six days a week, as is the spacious and clean Head Pin Cafe. League play is active throughout the year, tournaments are conducted on a regular basis and an extensive youth bowling program is available. Individual lessons, group lessons and clinics are available on a continuing basis. Bowling Center hours vary, depending on the season.
For more information, call 520-228-3461 or visit www.dmforcesupport.com/Bowling/bowling.html.
Information, Tickets and Tours
The Information, Tickets and Tours office, located in Building 4430 (Outdoor Recreation), is set up as a convenient one-stop location for customers to buy discount tickets for most local and in-state attractions, as well as many in southern California. The office also conducts educational and informational trips and tours. For more information on ITT, call 520-228-3700.
Arts & Crafts Center
and Auto Hobby Shop
The Arts & Crafts Center, Building 4531, includes plaque, frame and auto craft shops. The frame and plaque shops are open Monday through Friday. They feature a selection of self-help items and professional assistance, as well as youth and adult classes. For general arts and crafts information, call 520-228-4385.
The Auto Hobby Shop includes a two-bay car wash (one equipped for RVs), welding booth, hydraulic lifts, maintenance stalls, air conditioning service and contract mechanics. On- and off-base towing is also available. Contact the auto shop at 520-228-3614.