Installation Overview: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Wright-Patterson AFB is located less than one mile from the city of Fairborn, Ohio, within 5 miles of Dayton, the "Birthplace of Aviation." The past, present, and future at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are all linked with the Wright Brothers' legacy as it is the birthplace, home, and future of aerospace. Just off the end of runway 23, a marker, sign and a replica of the Wright Brothers' first hangar commemorate the exact location of the Wright Brothers' early aviation accomplishments.

Wright-Patterson AFB is one of the largest, most diverse, and organizationally complex bases in the Air Force with a long history of flight test spanning from the Wright Brothers into the Space Age. It is also the headquarters of the Air Force Materiel Command, one of the major commands of the Air Force. "Wright-Patt" is also the location of a major USAF Medical Center (hospital), the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force, formerly known as the U.S. Air Force Museum.

Here is the official website of Wright-Patterson AFB.

Location/Driving Directions

For those arriving from out of state or out of town, use I-70 to access Wright-Patterson AFB as well as the directions given below.

For those arriving via Columbus, Ohio, take I-70W to Exit 44, (I-675) to Rt 444/Broad Street exit. Turn right, proceed through town (approximately 6 lights) to gate 1C. Turn right at 6th light to gate 1C, then turn left at the light. Go to second building (Building 2) on left, turn left and park in parking lot on right. As you park, you should see the Family Support Center entry door.

For those arriving via Cincinnati, take I-75N to I-675 to Columbus. Take the Rt 444/Broad Street exit (left turn), and then follow instructions for personnel coming from Columbus Ohio.

For those arriving via I-75N, proceed to I-70E to Exit 44 and follow directions for personnel coming from Columbus Ohio.

For those arriving via locations west of Ohio using I-70E, go to Exit 44 and again follow directions for personnel coming from Columbus Ohio.

Main Phone Numbers

Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Base Operator: 937-257-1110

Local Directory Assistance: 937-555-1212

Housing Office: 257-6547

Housing Privatization: 255-3319

Education & Training: 904-4801

Education Outreach Office: 904-8622

Airman and Family Readiness Center: 257-3592

Family Services: 257-6934

Family Advocacy: 257-4608

Kittyhawk Hourly Care: 257-1086

Child Care Resource and Referral: 257-2644

Wright Care Child Development Center: 904-8055

New Horizons Child Development Center: 904-1433

Wright Field South Child Development Center: 255-6474

Wright Field North Child Development Center: 255-6254

Family Child Care: 255-5053 ext 375

Prairies School Age Program: 255-5053

Kittyhawk School Age Program: 257-1086

Hope Hotel & Conference Center: 257-1285

Wright-Patt Inns: 257-3451 or 257-5442

Medical Center Information Desk: 257-0837

Dental Clinic: 257-8761

Emergency Room: 257-2274 or 257-3203

Fisher House: 257-0855

Medical Center Pharmacy: 257-9032

Kittyhawk Pharmacy: 257-9032

TRICARE/HealthNet: 1-877-874-2273

Base Library: 257-481

Community & Family Center: 522-2681

Family Camp: 257-2924

Health & Wellness Center: 904-9355

Outdoor Recreation: 257-9889

Veterinary Clinic: 257-6853

Youth Center: 255-5053

Youth Sports Office: 255-5053

Base Exchange: 879-5730 x200

Commissary: 257-2060 or 257-7420

Base Taxi (On-base official transport): 257-3755

Population/Major Units Assigned

Members from the wing head out by boat to practice water survival class. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Lt. Col. Jim Couzins

The base has a workforce numbering approximately 22,000 people. Nearly 10,000 are civilians. Between 10,000 to 20,000 retirees also use the services offered by WPAFB.

As the host unit at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the 88th Air Base Wing operates the airfield, maintains all infrastructure and provides security, communications, medical, legal, personnel, contracting, finance, transportation, air traffic control, weather forecasting, public affairs, recreation and chaplain services for more than 60 associate units. The Wing is comprised of more than 5,000 officers, enlisted, Air Force civilian and contractor employees responsible for three primary mission areas: operating the installation; deploying expeditionary Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism; and defending the base and its people. The Wing reports to the Aeronautical Systems Center, a major development and acquisition product center of Air Force Materiel Command.

Temporary Lodging

The Wright-Patterson Inn. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The Wright-Patterson Inn located at Bldg. 825, Area A 2439 Schlatter Drive, consists of eight buildings. Facilities include 217 single rooms with private bathrooms and 204 suites with private bathrooms, and 1 guest cottage. Of the 204 suites, 31 are designated as Distinguished Visitor Quarters(DVQ's). All rooms are air conditioned and have televisions and telephones. Evening transportation to the Wright Club and Banquet Center and the Base Exchange is provided by the Wright-Patterson Inn van. Phone (937) 257-3451/(937) 257-3810 for more information or reservations.

Transient Living Facilities (TLF) is located in Bldg. 1230-1233, Kittyhawk, and offers 40 mini efficiency apartments for the military on a temporary basis. The Hope Hotel on base has 266 rooms.

TLF has limited pet-friendly units, based on availability contact 937-257-5442 or DSN 787-5442.


On base housing. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

There are 1,638 military family units in three housing locations, serving personnel assigned to Wright-Patt. All on-base housing is designated for senior and general officers, although field grade officers may occupy senior officer quarters if there are no senior officers on the waiting list.

Military Family Housing at Wright-Patt was privatized in August 2002. The Air Force turned over all of its housing, not located on the main base, to The Properties at Wright Field (PWF) to manage and maintain for the next 50 years. The homes are located in two distinct areas; The Woods at Wright Field and The Prairies at Wright Field. Through the privatization effort, The Properties at Wight Field constructed 789 new 2, 3, and 4 bedroom homes in The Prairies, and performed renovations and upgrades to the all 350 homes in the Woods. PWF will work with incoming members and perform minor upgrades, as necessary, to the 397 unrenovated homes in the Prairies.

Eligibility Military personnel, E-1 and above, with dependents, are authorized to submit an application for privatized housing once they have received orders. Privatized housing is also available to Single military members, DoD civilians, National Guard and Reserve soldiers, retired military and retired civil service employees as well as DoD contractor personnel. All persons other than active duty military should contact the Properties at Wright Field to apply for housing.

Military personnel, E-1 and above, 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. The application must be submitted on DD Form 1746, Application for Assignment to Housing, and a copy of your orders must accompany your application. You can complete your application at your current housing office and they will forward your application to the Wright-Patterson housing office on your behalf.

There are no Bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQs) at Wright-Patterson AFB.

E-1 through E-4 with less than three years of service are required to reside in the dormitories. E-4 with over three years of service may reside in the dormitories on a space available basis when a dormitory is less than 90% occupied. Unaccompanied E-4s and above, with over three years of service, should make arrangements to reside in the local community.

Wright-Patterson AFB requires that all airmen living in the dorms complete a budget with a Personal Financial Management technician or consultant at the Airman and Family Readiness Center before receiving approval to move off-base. A mandatory First Term Airmen's Financial Management and First Duty Officer's Financial Management Class is scheduled for all new members.

Before military members seek off-base accommodations, they are required to check with the Family Housing Office (Building 22) for a briefing and counseling.

Child Care

New Horizons Day Care Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Wright-Patterson's Child Development Program offers quality child care services for children six weeks through twelve years. The program is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and certified by the Department of Defense and the Department of the Air Force. The goal is to offer children of active duty military and Department of Defense civilians a safe, healthy, and loving environment while away from parents and home. The program offers various services in six facilities including full-day care, hourly care, after hours care, part-day preschool, and before-and-after school (BAS) care.

Telephone numbers for the facilities:
New Horizons CDC 904-1433; Wright Care CDC (temporarily closed); Wright Field North 255-6254; Wright Field South 255-6463; Family Child Care 904-8055; Kittyhawk School Age/Hourly Care 257-1086; Community/Teen Centers 255-5053 and 257-6231.

The Family Child Care Program offers child care in a licensed family setting by providers living in base housing. These self-employed providers operate their home independently in compliance with strict Air Force policies, including frequent inspections and close monitoring by the Family Child Care staff. Extensive background screening and orientation training must be completed prior to licensing. Annual training required to maintain licensing far surpasses state requirements. Various types of care are offered including full-day, hourly, part-day, nights and weekends. Children ages two weeks to twelve years of active duty military and Department of Defense civilians are eligible for care. To enroll in the Family Day Care Program please call (937) 904-8055.

By filling out a DD Form 2606, you can place your child's name on the child care waiting list in advance of your departure. To do so check with the Child Care Center at your present location. Contact the Resource & Referral Coordinator (937-257-2644, DSN 787-2644) at Wright-Patterson for answers to your questions.


Wright State University. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The surrounding areas of Wright-Patterson offer many educational opportunities for school-age children; from public, private, and homeschooling to meeting special needs. There are no schools on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Military families' children residing in Military Family Housing attend school at either Mad River Schools or Fairborn Schools.

Local area schools request, at a minimum, the following information in order to register your child(ren) in school: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Shot Records, Last Report Card, Custody Papers (if applicable).

A child must be five years of age on or before September 30 of the current school year to be eligible to enroll in kindergarten and six years of age on or before September 30 of the current school year to be eligible to enroll in the first grade. A child must complete an approved kindergarten program to be eligible to enroll in first grade. To seek a waiver for school age requirements, contact the school district of choice.

For information on services available to exceptional children through the public school system, contact the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP),937-257-6429, so that all services, in addition to education, may be coordinated for inbound personnel.

The Education Office offers Adult testing for the following: Regents College Examination Program, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, National Teachers Exam (Praxis Series), CLEP/DANTES. Testing services offered are for military only, with the exception of the National Teachers Exam (Praxis Series) and CLEP/DANTES, which are offered to both military and civilians.

Base personnel are referred to Fairborn and Stebbins High Schools for the Graduate Equivalent Diploma (GED).

Medical Care

Wright-Patt Medical Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Wright-Patterson Medical Center is a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations accredited 301 bed, multispecialty facility. It is designated the lead agent medical treatment facility for TRICARE Region North.

Wright-Patterson Medical Center trains physicians in fully accredited medical education programs, including general surgery, psychiatry, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and emergency medicine. It also has a free-standing internal medicine program. Through the only integrated residency program in the Air Force, students from the nearby Wright State School of Medicine, and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences receive clinical training at Wright-Patterson Medical Center and six local civilian medical centers.

Wright-Patterson Medical Center also trains general dentistry residents, clinical psychologists, nurse anesthetist, orthopedic and ENT physician assistants; clinical lab, radiology, cardiopulmonary and general medicine, hospital administrators and hospital logisticians.

Through a volunteer program, over 90,000 hours are donated annually by personnel from six separate groups including the American Red Cross, Retiree Activities Program, Masonic Services Association, Twinbase Childbirth Educators, Chapel Volunteers and the Civilian Air Patrol.