Installation Overview --MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

MacDill AFB is located eight miles south of downtown Tampa on the Southwestern tip of the Interbay Peninsula on the west coast of Florida. Since its establishment in 1941, MacDill Air Force Base (AFB) has been a vital part of America’s defense and an important location for training those that keep America safe. MacDill has been responsible for training pilots on some of America’s newest and most renowned aircraft from the P-51 Mustang in the 1940’s, to the F-4 Phantom in the 1960’s, to the F-16 Fighting Falcon in the 1980’s, and has shown its strategic importance during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Operation Desert Storm, operations in Haiti, Somalia and Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism. MacDill also played a significant role in humanitarian assistance to southern Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew and is the command headquarters for the annual joint-service BRIGHT STAR training exercise.

Due to its unique geography, excellent security, premiere facilities, and its proximity to training areas, interstate highways and deepwater ports, MacDill AFB is ideal for joint air, land and sea training. With one of the longest runways in the Air Force, MacDill AFB is capable of hosting any number and/or type of aircraft, and was recently chosen as an alternate landing site for any future space shuttle missions; a major cost-saving alternative to the California location. The base is also home to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) fleet of weather tracking and research aircraft.

Location/Driving Directions

MacDill Air Force Base is located eight miles south of Tampa, Florida on the Southwestern tip of the Interbay Peninsula in Hillsborough County.

Driving Directions:

From I-75 South take the Leroy Selmon Expressway (also known as the Cross Town) toward Tampa. This is a toll highway with two toll stations. The first toll is $1.25 and the second is $1.00. Continue on the expressway until it ends at the MacDill AFB exit number 1B. Another route is from I-75 South to 275 South, taking exit number 41A. From both directions, you'll travel on South Dale Mabry to the Madill's Main Gate.

Directions from airport:

Follow airport exit signs to Tampa and Westshore Blvd (south). Continue south on Westshore until you reach Interbay Ave. Take a left onto Interbay until you get to South Dale Mabry, at the traffic light, take a right onto Dale Mabry. The main gate to MacDill is 2 blocks south.

Base Access:

MacDill has three entrances. The Dale Mabry Gate is located at the end of South Dale Mabry and it is open 24 hours a day. The MacDill Gate is located at the end of South MacDill Ave and is open Monday - Friday 0500-0830 for inbound traffic only and from 1600-1800 for both inbound and outbound traffic. The Bayshore Gate is located at the end of Bayshore Blvd and is open 24 hours a day.

Main Phone Numbers

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Senior Airman Nancy Hooks

24 Hour Child Care Program 813-828-5750 DSN: 968-5750

Billeting/ Lodging Office (813) 828-4259 / 2638 DSN: 968-4259/2638

Child Development Center (813) 828-3332/5195 DSN: 968-3332/5195

DEERS Enrollment (813) 828-2276/2278 DSN: 968-2276/2278

Dental Appointments for active duty 813-827-9400 DSN: 651-9400

Family Day Care Program (813) 828-7760

Family Housing Office (813) 828-3166 DSN: 968-3166

Home Education Program (813) 272-4995 recorded message

Housing Management Office (813) 828-5404/3166 DSN: 968-5404/3166

MacDill Child Care Resource & Referral Program 813-828-5750 DSN: 968-5750

MacDill AFB Lodging Office (MacDill Inn) (813) 828-4259

MacDill AFB Youth Programs (813) 828-6758 DSN: 968-6757

MacDill Community Clinic 813-827-2273 DSN: 651-2273

MacDill Education Center (813) 828-3115 DSN 968-3115

School Age Programs (813) 828-5971 DSN: 968-5971

Youth Center (813) 828-7957

Population/Major Units Assigned

Members of 6th Maintenance Group run for the finish line on the flight line while participating in the 6th Air Mobility Wing run. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; Photo credit: Master Sgt. Michael Gaddis

In addition to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base is also home to 53 Mission Partners, including United States Central Command and United States Special Operations Command. The presence of these two unified commands and other Mission Partners creates a unique multi-service community at MacDill, with all branches of service represented. So although MacDill is an Air Force Base, it is also home to many soldiers, sailors and Marines

At MacDill AFB there are 12,000 Joint Service Active Duty, 7,000 Joint Service Civilians, 2,150 Joint Service Reserves, 12,400 Family Members and 133,032 Retirees.

Temporary Lodging

The MacDill Inn. photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The MacDill Inn, located at 8604 Hanger Loop Dr, Bldg 411, offers a full range of temporary lodging facilities. Members planning to travel and/or relocate to MacDill are advised to make lodging reservations as soon as possible. If planning a move during the peak PCS months (May through September), at least 60 days advance notice is recommended. Reservations can be made in advance by emailing or calling the MacDill Inn Reservations Office, DSN 312-968-4259 or 813-828-42598. Reservations are taken between 24 hours per day.

Incoming members to MacDill AFB will be given reservations, depending upon availability for up to 30 nights; extended stays are new reservations and can be approved only as space available. Space A reservations may be made for retirees and members not on orders 24 hours in advance of the arrival day and for 3 days at a time

The MacDill Inn has 255 bed spaces including DV suites, VOQ, VAQ, and TLFs. The Inn's rooms have queen-sized beds, cable TV with VCR, telephones with message and wake-up service, microwaves, refrigerators, courtesy coffee makers, personal care amenities, as well as information booklets on MacDill AFB and the Tampa Bay area. All quarters are nonsmoking.

Limited pet friendly quarters are available.

Only civilian personnel coming from overseas can choose to stay at billeting, the MacDill Inn. Reservations should be made at least 30-90 days in advance. Civilians will not receive a non-availability statement if lodging isn't available when requested.

If no temporary lodging facilities are available on base, the Reservations Office will assist you in locating local hotels/motels that may offer special military rates.


Enlisted Quarters. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

MacDill Air Force Base on base housing is privatized and currently has 434 units but eventually will have 571 family housing units.

Military personnel ( E-1 and above) with accompanying dependents are eligible to apply for military family housing. Priority assignment to on-base housing for hardship reasons must be supported by the appropriate base agencies.

An advanced application for base housing can be made by submitting the application found on Harbor Bay's website. By submitting an advanced application for housing, your name will be placed on the waiting list the day you depart your current duty station. If an advanced application is not submitted by you, the effective date of your application will be when you apply for housing at this installation.

If you are an unmarried/unaccompanied E-4 with less than 3 years in the military, you will be assigned to reside in the base dormitories. All MacDill dorm sleeping rooms are private occupancy and fully furnished units. The only differences between styles of dorms is the bath: semi-private (two people share one bathroom) and private bath (dorms-4-airmen style).

MacDill AFB does not have long-term Bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQ) or Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) housing on base for Senior NCOs or Officers.

Child Care

Airman First Class Katherine Holt, 6 Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs reads books to the kids at the Child Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The MacDill Child Development Programs operates two Child Development Centers. Both sites are participants in the Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program for eligible children, 4 & 5 years of age. USDA Child Care Food Program requirements are ensured. You may contact the Child Development Center at 813-828-3332 /5195 or DSN 312-968-3332/5195. The CDC is open from 6:30 a.m. - 6:0o p.m., Monday through Friday.

The CDC requires a registration package for each child including an AF Form 1181 to be completed with proof of all required immunizations prior to the start of any CDC program.

First priority for child care goes to dual active duty military (mil-mil) families and active duty single parent. The waiting time varies for each age group. Please contact the Child Development Center for current information. Space available slots are available for Hourly or Drop In Care and are based on the absent of a regular enrolled child being on vacation or out sick.

Full day-care is provided for 156 children at Bldg 381 (CDC #1) and 188 children at Bldg 395 (CDC #2).

All Fees are in accordance with the Department of Defense guidelines and are based on Total Family Income (TFI). A sliding scale is used for fees. CDC fees cover quality child care, meals and snacks which include (breakfast, lunch, afternoon and evening snack).

The Child Development Center (CDC) opens one Saturday a month for the Air Force Aid Society funded Give Parents a Break program. The program targets military families under stress, separated due to deployment, and single parents. Eligibility for the program requires a written referral from a Commander, First Sergeant, Chaplain, Family Advocacy, CDC, physician or the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

The School Age Program is designed to provide developmental care promoting readiness and quality of life. The program accommodates 145 children first through sixth grade.

Family Child Care offers individualized extended day care to help meet the needs of shift workers, persons TDY, children with special needs and infants. The Family Child Care Program has an extensive Lending Program to aide providers with supplies and materials and a Resource and Referral program to assist parents with finding alternative care. The FCC program offers care for children ages 6-weeks to 12 years.

The Child Care for PCS program offers 20 hours of free child care to families with PCS orders. Child Care is provided through the Family Child Care Providers and must be used within 60 days of departure/arrival. This program is open to all ranks. Contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 813-828-0137 or stop by the Airman & Family Readiness Center 2306 Florida Keys Ave to get a voucher.


Tinker Elementary School.

Each school in the Hillsborough County School District has a designated attendance area determined by your address. The Pupil Assignment Office (phone 272-4096) will tell you the school that your child is assigned to. Children K-5 who live on base attend Tinker Elementary School, 6th-8th Monroe Middle School and 9th-12th attend Robinson High School.

Parents of every 4-year old child in Florida may choose, to participate in the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program. Tinker Elementary School participates in the voluntary 4 yr old Pre-K program. Tinker Elementary is not a DoDDS school, it's a Hillsborough County School.

Children attending Tinker Elementary MUST live on MacDill AFB or obtain a special permit from the Hillsborough County School Board. You MUST apply for and receive special permission from the School Board in order to register your child. Tinker has a school uniform.

To enter kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before Sep 1st. To enter First grade, a child must be 6 years old on or before Sep 1st and must have completed kindergarten before entering first grade.

Registration in a Florida school requires: Written verification of current address, Birth certificatt, Proof of immunization verified with HRS Form 680. Check with the immunization clinic prior school registration, Physical exam completed by a physician in the state of Florida within the past 12 months. (School physicals and immunizations are available at the Base Hospital, if needed), Proof of custody, Name, address of previous school attended, Any available information from previous schools such as report cards, transcripts or student participation in special programs, Student's Social Security number - bring the card with you.

All military dependents that are relocating to this area will have school choice. Students are NOT bound by time limitations/windows to apply for school choice options for schools that have space available (transportation may have to be provided by parents to some facilities), magnet schools, and special programs in which the applicant qualifies. School Choice provides parents and guardians the opportunity to choose a public school with capacity within their region. For students living in a region, school choice options are available for entering kindergarten, sixth, and ninth graders. For students living in an urban zone, school choice options are available each year at all grade levels. All school choice assignments are made through a random computerized lottery. The goals of the program are to: Create School Choice to enable parents to choose their child's school Market School Choice to encourage parent, community, and student participation Provide equal opportunity for all students to meet challenging academic performance standards Include parents and community in the development and implementation of School Choice.

The Florida Home School Network provides information for parents living in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

Medical Care

taff Sgt. Jeffrey Thornton, 6th Medical Operations Squadron physical health technician, checks Senior Airman Claudel Claude vitals during a Physical Health Assessment as a requirement prior to his deployment. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Senior Airman Nancy Hooks

The 6th Medical Group at MacDill AFB is an outpatient medical facility, which provides quality patient care to the patient population of or to civilian specialists. The Clinic hours are 7:30 am until 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday and on Saturday, for acute appointments only, from 7:30 am until 12 noon. There are no on-base emergency medical services available. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room. For non-emergency or urgent care, contact one of the Urgent Care Facilities .Ambulance service on MacDill provided by a civilian ambulance service.

The Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) is co-located with the Fitness Center in 8115 Cypress Stand St. It offers several classes from Fitness to Weight Management and beyond. For more information, call 813-828-4739.

The MacDill AFB Dental Clinic is located 8415 Bayshore Boulevard, and offers a full range of dental care for active duty personnel. Routine examinations for Air Force personnel are scheduled through the member's unit dental examination. Emergencies will be seen by calling 813-827-9400, call by 6:45 a.m. for a same day appointment. All annual dental exams will consist of an exam and cleaning. These appointments are mandatory and you must give at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. Dental treatment for family members not enrolled in the TRICARE Dental Program is extremely limited and available strictly on a space-available basis when an emergency occurs.

The 6th Medical Group has multiple locations to provide pharmaceutical care.

The Clinic Pharmacy: The outpatient unit provides initial fill service to our Active Duty and those patients seen by a provider in the clinic.
The PharmaCARE Center: Provides outpatient pharmaceutical care to all beneficiary categories.
The BX Refill Pick Up Center: Central point for picking up all phoned in refill requests and any new prescription not claimed on the day it was left at PharmaCARE Center.