Travis Air Force Base, California - Overview

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Overview

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Travis Air Force Base is a United States Air Force air base under the operational control of the Air Mobility Command (AMC), located three miles east of the central business district of Fairfield, in Solano County, California, Travis Air Force Base handles more cargo and passenger traffic through its airport than any other military air terminal in the United States. The base has a long and proud history of supporting humanitarian airlift operations at home and around the world.

The base is named for Brigadier General Robert F. Travis, who died in the crash of a B-29 Superfortress while transporting a nuclear weapon. The Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum which claims one of the largest collections of military aircraft on the west coast is housed at Travis AFB.

Official website for Travis Air Force Base

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Location/Driving Directions

Travis is located off Interstate 80 approximately 50 miles northeast of San Francisco and seven miles southeast of Fairfield. I-80 runs between San Francisco and Sacramento and goes through Fairfield and Vacaville. The Interstate brings traffic from the east through Reno, NV to Sacramento and 40 miles further to Fairfield. The easiest access to the base is to take the Air Base Parkway turnoff. This leads directly to the front gate. The base is within easy driving distance of California Wine Country in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, as well as the popular tourist destinations Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and Monterey.

Directions from the San Francisco International Airport

Merge onto US-101 N toward San Francisco (11.6 miles). Keep right to take I-80 E via Exit 433B toward Bay Bridge / Oakland / Seventh St / US-101 N (Portions toll) (46.1 miles). Take the Air Base Pkwy / Waterman Blvd exit towards Travis A F B (4.2 miles).

Directions from the Oakland International Airport

Merge onto I-880 N toward Downtown Oakland (6.3 miles). Keep Right to take I-980 E toward CA-24 / Walnut Creek (1.4 miles). Merge onto I-580 W toward San Francisco (5.8 miles). Take I-80 E toward Vallejo / Sacramento (Portions toll) (34.1 miles). Take the Air Base Pkwy / Waterman Blvd exit toward Travis A F B (4.2 miles).

Directions from the Sacramento International Airport

Merge onto I-5 N toward Woodlandiles). Merge onto E Main toward CA-113 S / Woodland (.7 Miles). Merge onto CA-113 S via the ramp on the Left toward Davis (11.1 miles). Take I-80 W (16 miles). Take the Mason St exit toward Travis AFB (.2 miles). Turn Right onto Mason St (.3 miles).Turn Right onto Peabody Rd (5.4 miles). Left onto Airbase Parkway (.25miles).


If traveling from the north, the best approach route would be on Interstate 5 to Interstate 505 which will intersect with I80 in Vacaville, just north of Travis.

If traveling from Los Angeles and Other Southwest/Southern Points, the approach would be on Interstate 5 or California Highway 99. Take I-5 14 miles past Stockton to California Highway 12. From there it is approximately 46 miles to Fairfield. Taking Highway 99, turn off at Lodi onto Highway 12. From Lodi, it is 54 miles to Fairfield. Upon arriving in Fairfield, take Walters Road east to Air Base Parkway.

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Main Phone Numbers

Senior Airman Eddie Nisperos helps a customer by phone to trouble shoot a computer network problem from the Help Desk. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Base Operator (707) 424-1110

David Grant USAF Medical Center

Air Museum (707) 424-5605

David Grant USAF Medical Center
--Medical Appointments: (707) 423-3000
--Dental Clinic: (707) 423-7000

Westwind Inn 707-424-8000, DSN 312-837-8000

Lodging Reservations (707) 424-8000

Space Available Information (707) 424-1854

Unaccompanied Housing Office (707) 424-0160, DSN 837-0160

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The host unit at Travis AFB is the 60th Air Mobility Wing. Other units stationed at Travis AFB are 15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, 60th Medical Group, 349th Air Mobility Wing (Air Force Reserve Command), US Army’s 3d Brigade, 91st Division (Training Support) and US Navy Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3) Detachment (TACAMO) .

Travis AFB includes approximately 7,260 active USAF military personnel, 4,250 Air Force Reserve personnel and 3,770 civilians.

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Temporary Lodging

Temporary Lodging Facility Office. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The Westwind Inn Lodging Office is located off Travis Avenue, building 402. If you arrive after duty hours or on a weekend/holiday, the 24-hour arrival point is the Westwind Lodging Office. Family quarters (TLFs) can comfortably accommodate families with pets. Space is limited so reservations should be made in advance to ensure your family will be accommodated. Active duty military traveling with their families can use the TLF while on PCS, leave, or permissive TDY. Transient quarters are available for individuals traveling alone. The Westwind Inn can be contacted at 707-424-8000.

Visiting Quarters (VQ) are available for individuals traveling alone. Priority is given to military members and U.S. civilian employees traveling on official government orders and active duty members on emergency leave.

Rates

Visiting Quarters $30.00
Large Distinguished Visitor Quarters $43.00
Temporary Lodging Facility $43.00
Temporary Lodging Facility (pet-friendly) $53.00

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Housing

Wherry Housing community. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Travis Air Force Base (AFB) currently has approximately 1,800 units but eventually will have only 1,179 family housing units. All units are equipped with stove and refrigerator. All officer family housing is adequate three or four bedroom homes. Military personnel, E1 and above, with accompanying dependents, are eligible to apply for military family housing. Priority assignment to on-base housing for either medical or financial hardship reasons must be supported by the appropriate base agencies.

There are several different waiting lists for base housing, depending on the member's rank and bedroom requirement. The waiting periods for base housing vary are subject to change.

All military personnel with dependents are authorized to submit an advance application for military housing at any time after they have received Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Active Duty orders for Travis AFB. The application must be submitted on DD Form 1746, Application for Assignment to Housing and a copy of your orders must accompany your application. The advance application can be made at your current housing office and they will forward your application to the Travis AFB housing office on your behalf.

The effective date of application is the first day of the month prior to the month in which the applicant states he or she will arrive at Travis. This is the actual reporting or sign-in month. If the applicant arrives at Travis AFB later than the stated arrival month, the effective date of application is adjusted to the first day of the month prior to the actual reporting arrival month.

If the applicant arrives at Travis prior to the stated arrival month, he/she has the option of retaining the original effective date of application, or assuming a "walk-in date".

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Child Care

Child Development Center I. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Travis AFB has three Child Development Centers: Child Development Center I - Located in Buildings 664 and 665. Accommodates 273 children, ages 6 weeks through kindergarten. Child Development Center II - Located in Building 668. Accommodates 273 children, ages 6 weeks through 5 years and also offers a part-day preschool program. Child Development Center III - Located in Building 7690. Accommodates 105 children, ages 6 months through 5 years. More than 25 Family Child Care homes on Travis provide daily, before and after school care, weekend care, and overnight care. Information is available by calling 707-424-4596.

The Teen Center is located in Bldg 650 and offers various recreational programs and assists with the personal development and leadership skills through the YES program and the Congressional Awards Program and the Keystone Club.

Family Child Care office is located in Bldg 251. Family Child Care features quality licensed individuals, providing care in a loving, warm and safe home environment. FCC also 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 aid providers with supplies and materials and a Resource and Referral program to assist parents in finding alternative care.

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Schools

Scandia Elementary School. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The Airman and Family Readiness Center - School Liaison Office is located at 351 Travis Avenue Suite 1, Building 660 60 MSS/DPF Travis AFB, CA 94535-1903, the phone is 707-424-2486 /(DSN) 312-837-2486. The Travis AFB School Liaison Officer improves transitional support for school children of Travis personnel by establishing partnerships between the base and local schools, advocating for military children, increasing awareness of the unique needs of military children, and providing a process to address and resolve military-specific education issues.

Each child entering the California school system must have all required immunizations prior to enrollment. Immunizations required prior to enrollment: Polio, TP, MMR, Hepatitis B, and Varicella.

Public schools in each school district are free to children residing in the district. Every child who has reached his/her 5th birthday on or before 30 September of any school year and who has not passed his/her 18th birthday is required to attend school.

Travis schools are located in Solano County. To complete registration the school district also requires a copy of your child's Birth Certificate or other proof of child's age, your student's immunization record, proof of your address - acceptable forms are (escrow documentation or purchase, copy of lease or rent receipt, PG&E bill, water bill or property tax receipt indicating your name and address). You will also need to complete Registration Form to finalize your enrollment. To register for kindergarten, the school needs your child's birth certificate; children being registered for kindergarten must turn five (5) years of age by December 2 of the school year. To register for grades 1-6, we will need your child's last report card. A physical examination is required of all students beginning school for the first time. The physical must have been performed after the child is four and a half years old. Commonly asked questions about the Immunization Requirements.

The Travis area has several private schools for every level of schooling. Many are religiously affiliated. There are waiting lists at many schools, particularly for first-grade classes. Most schools require admissions tests. Tuition varies widely and increases with the grade level at most institutions. Preschoolers can pay as much as $2,000 for five-day week program. High school costs can range from $3,000-$5,000 a year. In addition to basic fees, students pay for books and transportation. Most private schools do not provide transportation.

California provides a one-year tuition waiver for the spouse and dependents of active duty military personnel while attending community colleges. During that time, the non-military spouse and dependents are entitled to one year of in-state tuition. For example, Solano Community College charges California residents an enrollment fee of $12 per unit. Out of state residents pay that fee plus $125 per unit tuition.

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Medical Care

Grant Medical Center Travis Air Force Base. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

David Grant Medical Center serves Travis AFB and is a state-of-the-art medical facility serving 750,000 military beneficiaries in the eight western states.

The facility operated by the 60th Medical Group encompasses 808,475 square feet with 3,662 rooms, approximately 200 inpatient and 75 Aeromedical staging flight beds, 52 dental treatment rooms and serves 400,000 patients annually.

The Medical Center is divided into three patient areas - inpatient nursing units, diagnostic and treatment areas and outpatient clinics. The hospital is designed around five large courtyards and is greater than two football fields in width and almost four football fields in length.

The medical center offers a complete range of medical, surgical and dental services, including, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, and a world-class hyperbaric medicine service. These services are supported by an active clinical investigations program as well as extensive post-graduate training programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing and health care administration.

The medical center is currently staffed by 1,363 military and 238 civilian personnel.

David Grant also has two off-site outpatient clinics located in Sacramento approximately 50 miles from Travis. The McClellan Clinic and the Mather Clinic both fall under the Medical Operations Squadron and can be reached by calling DSN 799-3820 or (707) 423-3820.