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VOL. 1, NO. 4 | FRIDAY, December 2, 2022

Base leadership served Thanksgiving dinner to Airmen on Nov. 17 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Wright-Patt leaders took the opportunity to get to know and thank the Airmen who serve at the installation. (U.S. Air Force photos by Hannah Carranza)

2022 Dayton Veterans Day Parade

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard leads the Nov. 12 Veterans Day parade at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Campus in Dayton, Ohio. The parade honored all who served in the U.S. military. The Wright-Patterson Honor Guard is the most heavily tasked in the Air Force, covering 210,000 square miles in more than 200 countries. (U.S. Air Force photos by Hannah Carranza)

CCAF Graduation

Members of the Community College of the Air Force fall graduating class listen to guest speakers during their graduation ceremony Nov. 15 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Thirty Wright-Patterson Airmen were awarded their associate degrees. (U.S. Air Force photos by R.J. Oriez)

Aircraft seek shelter

Aircraft from the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi sought shelter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Nov. 29, 2022, in response to severe weather affecting the southern United States. 

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COVID-19 Booster Clinic: On Friday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Medical Center will be holding a walk-in clinic for the one-time bivalent omicron booster. *Only the COVID booster will be available at this clinic.* This is open to all active duty members, all WPAFB employees and TRICARE beneficiaries ages 12 and over. Booster doses will be administered in the Medical Center Auditorium on the basement level. Please present with your military/government ID and your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card so that we may update your record.

COVID-19 Testing: Testing for the COVID-19 virus can be found at the Outpatient Clinic Entrance/MRI Entrance of the Medical Center. Testing is still administered as a drive-thru service. Upon arrival, call 937-257-0511, and one of the team members will come to your car. Appointments are required for COVID-19 testing. They can be made by calling 937-257-SHOT or by using the TRICARE Online (TOL) portal. In addition, at-home COVID-19 tests are available for TRCIARE beneficiaries at no cost. In order to pick up an at-home test kit you must make an appointment through TOL. Pick-up of the tests is also located at the outpatient entrance. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon.

Flu Vaccine/Flu Fast Track: The Immunizations Clinic is still running its Flu Fast Track for all TRICARE beneficiaries ages 18+. The Fast Track is located within the clinic and is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during normal duty days. Patients under 18 should check in at the main Immunizations Clinic desk, as opposed to using the Fast Track. You should not make an appointment in PEDS to receive a flu shot. The high-dose flu vaccine for age 65+ has also been received and is available. As a reminder, it is mandatory for active duty members (deadline Dec. 15) and healthcare workers to receive the flu vaccine.

Follow on social media to stay up-to-date on activities and events: Facebook: @88fss | Instagram @WrightPattFSS | E-Newsletter: text WPAFBFUN to 22828 | www.wrightpattfss.com

Information, Tickets & Travel

Still Time to Get Your 2022 Freedom Pass at Universal Orlando Resort!  - On sale now through Dec. 27, 2022. Call 937-257-7670 to schedule an appointment today!

Columbus Blue Jacket Tickets are available!  - $40 per ticket. Call 937-257-7670 today!

Youth Sports

Youth Basketball - Registration open thru Dec. 2 - Ages 5 to 14. Cost is $55. Practice starts the week of Dec. 12 and games begin Jan. 21. Contact Craig.Wilson.6@us.af.mil for more information.

Coaches Needed! -  Interested in becoming a coach for youth basketball, cheerleading or any other youth sport? Contact Craig.Wilson.6@us.af.mil today.

Outdoor Rec

Perfect North Ski Trip – Sat., Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Join Outdoor Rec for an afternoon of skiing and snowboarding. Open to all ages. Cost is $206, R4R $60. Sign up is Dec. 1 – Jan. 2. Call ODR at 937-257-9889 for more info.

Perfect North Tubing – Sat., Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Enjoy two hours of snow tubing with Outdoor Rec! Cost is $121, R4R $15. Sign up is Dec. 1 – Jan. 2. Call ODR at 937-257-9889 for more info.

Dive-In Movie Night

Thurs., Jan. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. – Dodge Fitness Indoor Pool – Leave the cold outside! Enjoy Sonic The Hedgehog 2 on the big screen while floating in the pool! Free entry and refreshments. All children must be 6 years or older to attend. Space is limited. For more info, call 937-257-4225.

Kittyhawk Bowling Center

Now Streaming Pro Football Games – Come out every Sunday and watch your favorite pro teams compete PLUS get a great deal on bowling, food and drinks! For only $47.95, get a lane for up to five people, free shoe rental, one large 1-topping pizza, 12 wings and pitcher of your choice. For more info or to reserve a lane, call 937-257-7796.

Holiday Special – Dec. 19 to 31 – Looking for something fun to do during the holidays? Come out to Kittyhawk Lanes Dec. 19-31 and enjoy $2 games and $1 shoe rental! Prices are per person. For more details, call 937-257-7796.

Arts & Crafts

Have a Scout competing in a Pinewood Derby? – The Consolidated Hobby Complex has everything you need to shape, sand and paint your derby car! Limited dates available in December. Available every Thursday and Friday in January. Call early to reserve your date! 937-257-7025.

Let’s Unite!

Want to have an awesome morale event with your unit, but worried about the cost? You're in luck! The Unite program has $18.50 for every Active Duty, Reservist, and DoD civilian at Wright-Patt to host amazing, fun team-building events with your unit. Funding available through December and can be used on or off base. Contact your installation C3, Kaley Bartosik, for more information at kaley.bartosik.1@us.af.mil, 937-713-2777, or WrightPattFSS.com/Unite

Unofficial Photo Event - The next unofficial photo events will be:

  • Friday, Dec. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Location is on Area B at AFIT’s Kenney Hall. Availability will be on a first come, first served basis. Appointments will not be offered.

Official Passport Photos - Please be advised, the official passport photo studio as moved from Area B, Building 50 to Area A, Building 1, RM 800 (88ABW/PA Photo Studio).

Combined Federal Campaign
How To Give:

  • Text. Text “DONATE” to 978-487-5678 *Use WPAFB zip code 45433

  • Online. Visit GiveCFC.org and click DONATE.

  • CFC Giving Mobile App. The CFC Giving Mobile App is available for iPhone and Android devices by searching “CFC Giving” in the app store.

  • Paper Pledge Form. Download the paper form from GiveCFC.org and fill it out using the instructions on the second page. Submit it to your Keyworker.

The CFC cause this week is Giving Tuesday/International Volunteer Day: It’s Giving Tuesday Week! Giving Tuesday is a charitable response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, founded over ten years ago. Today, it’s the world’s biggest giving day of the year, with an estimated $3 billion+ pledged to help charities fulfill their missions to better our communities, nations, and world. For the thousands of CFC charities, this is the most important time of the year. They rely on generous donations made this week to, in some cases, fund the entire upcoming years’ worth of services they provide to beneficiaries. Your gifts make it possible for them to budget and determine the scope of their upcoming and ongoing programs.

Base Thrift Shop - The Base Thrift Shop is bursting with holiday clothing and decorations. Stop by today to “shop” our great deals or check us out on Facebook at: WPOSC THRIFT SHOP to see our weekly photo updates. Located in Bldg. 95, Wright Ave, WPAFB (next to Outdoor Rec.), about 1 mile from the Commissary. Hours of operation are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Consignments are by appointment only from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call (937) 879-5630 during business hours to book an appointment or receive more information. All proceeds from the Base Thrift Shop are used to benefit our WPAFB and the surrounding communities. 

Civilian Health Promotion Services -November 30 to Dec. 6: CHPS is offering FREE Cardiac Risk Profile screenings (Glucose/Cholesterol) and Observe Skin Analysis screenings to DoD Civilians only, body composition screenings (Bodpod/Inbody) and blood pressure screenings to DoD Civilians and Active Duty personnel. Schedule with us for an appointment in our office or visit us during walk-in hours Mondays and Fridays! Our virtual briefings this week include "Happy Healthy Holidays" on Thursday, Dec. 1, and "Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life" on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. both via ZoomGov. For the ZoomGov link info, refer to the Wright-Patt Weekly Bulletin email. Please contact CHPS at 937-904-9359 or CHPSsupport@us.af.mil for more details and information.

Wright-Patt Chess Club. Please come join the Wright-Patt Chess Club for our weekly meeting. The meeting will be held at the Wright-Patterson Club in the room adjacent to the bar area Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Please bring your own chess set/clock.

The Wright-Patt Hockey Club drop-in hockey sessions every Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the Kettering Ice Arena (2900 Glengarry Road, Kettering, OH) starting Sept. 23. It is a non-checking, adult drop-in (no score-keeping or referees) and all skill levels are welcome. Cost is $20 per session and USA Hockey membership is required. Contact Scott Sherer (scott.sherer@us.af.mil) for more information.

Exchange Gift Wrapping – Every weekend until Dec. 24: Looking to raise funds for your unit’s holiday party? Your Wright-Patterson Exchange Main Store is hosting a gift-wrapping station this Holiday Season for base organizations to collect donations. We provide the table and supplies – just show up and wrap! Slots are held in three to four hour intervals every weekend from Nov. 12 thru Dec. 24. Groups may sign up for more than one time slot. If you are interested in adding your base organization, please contact Alex Jones at 937-879-2711 or jonessam@aafes.com. All base fundraisers require approval through FSS and unit command, so please allow time for request to be fully processed.

Greater Dayton Chapter of Blacks in Government Monthly Meeting - 2nd Thursday of the month, from 6 to 7 p.m. The GDC BIG meeting is an opportunity to interact and advocate, community involvement, equal opportunity and professional development for black government employees. Virtual meeting link: Join GDC BIG Meeting on MS Teams or Dial In: 410-874-6740 /Conference ID: 430 341 139#.  This meeting is open to all military, civilians and contractors working in local, state and federal government. If you have questions, please contact GDC BIG President Damon Smith at mrdzs@att.net.

Wright Way Toastmasters Virtual Meetings – Are you freaking out about public speaking? Toastmasters can help you improve your speaking skills, develop and present ideas more effectively, deliver better presentations, and gain self-confidence. Toastmasters program targets speaking, listening, thinking on your feet, giving, and receiving feedback, planning, motivation, and team building in a supportive environment. Join new and experienced speakers on December 6 and 20 for meetings on the Zoom platform. Email Keithallen2211@gmail.com for any questions and the meeting ID number. The meeting time is noon to 12:50 p.m.

Air Force Band of Flight Concert Setup: Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. We’re requesting for volunteers to help out the Air Force Band of Flight setup for their winter concert. This would be a great opportunity for people to get out of the office for a bit, get some volunteer hours, and spend some time in our amazing National Museum of the USAF. Interested parties can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094EAAAD22A2FAC70-afmuseum. The POC is Staff Sgt. Will Dellinger at William.Dellinger@us.af.mil.

Base Tax Center volunteers needed - The Wright-Patt Tax Center will be open for limited services during the upcoming tax season. This year, it will only be available for senior airmen and below in the enlisted ranks, as well as first lieutenants and below among officers.

Volunteers will become certified tax preparers after passing a certification test and completing an IRS online program. The training will be held via ZoomGov, and will last 5 days. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please email Capt. Michael Eagan at michael.eagan.5@us.af.mil or Heather Plue at heather.plue@us.af.mil.

In 2022, the Tax Center netted about $113k in federal and state refunds for 45 Airmen and their families as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and saved them over $32,000 in tax-preparation fees.

Education & Training is offering the following courses.  All classes are offered at no cost and are available to military and civilian employees.  Class registration through https://myetms.wpafb.af.mil/.  For more information call (937) 904-4801 or contact 88mss.dpet.training@us.af.mil.

NOTE:  Schedules could be subject to change due to low enrollments or delays.

For other scheduled courses:

Course Catalog Schedule

WPAFB Education and Training Course Catalog SharePoint site:

WPAFB Education & Training Course Catalog 2022

Follow us on Facebook @AirForceMarathon, Instagram @afmarathon, and Twitter @afmarathon for the latest news and announcements.

2023 Air Force Marathon Registration is open for the 27th Annual Air Force Marathon. The 27th Annual Air Force Marathon will be held on September 14-16, 2023. September 16th events include full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 3-person relay, Fly! Fight! Win! Challenge, and Finish Line Festival at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The Health & Fitness Expo will be held on September 14th and 15th at the Wright State Nutter Center with the 5K on the 15th. The 27th Annual event will feature three aircraft; HH-60W Jolly Green II, MH-139 Grey Wolf, and UH-1N Huey. Register now here!

Ambassador Program – Ambassadors have been selected. If you were not chosen, please apply again next year!

History and Heritage Race Series: November – The featured Aircraft for November is the C-47 Skytrain. Sign up now to receive the featured aircraft swag! The History and Heritage Race Series is a virtual series powered by the Air Force Marathon featuring retired aircraft that have shaped the U.S. Air Force's air power throughout history. With options to participate in the marathon, half marathon, 10K, or 5K distance, participants will each receive a finisher medal and patch portraying the featured aircraft for just $30! Learn more & register here.

Virtual Registration is Still Open! Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler: December 10, 2022 – Register for the inaugural event here today (virtual only)! This 10 mile race will be a part of the Space Force birthday celebration each year, and will take place surrounded by space launch history. The 2022 featured rocket of the Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler will be the RTV-G-4 Bumper! The featured rocket will be portrayed on the official race shirts, finisher medals, commemorative patches, and more throughout 2022. Virtual registration closes December 8.

Find Your Bib Number – Go to https://raceroster.com/events/2022/59185/space-force-t-minus-10-miler/confirm and search your name to find your bib number!

Hydration on the Course – HOIST will be the official hydration sponsor on the 10-mile course. Flavors include fruit punch and orange! Use the code SPACEFORCE10 for a discount on their website.

USO Holiday Land planned for Sat, Dec 10: Our biggest family event of the year is here! Families, sign up by Monday, Dec. 5 at noon for a chance to participate in USO Wright-Patt's annual children's holiday party on Sat, Dec. 10!! We'll welcome 100 families to join in craft-making, bear-building, snack-eating, and Santa-visiting fun. Two sessions will be available for fifty families each: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. If demand exceeds supply, we'll run a lottery to confirm participation. This event is open to currently serving military families only (active duty, guard, and reserve.) Please visit this link to register: https://forms.office.com/r/TzztX0Jar9.

4th Quarter Deployed Families Dinner Scheduled for Thurs, Dec 15: Deployed Families, sign up now to join us on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. for a catered dinner and a low-key evening out for your family. Our menu this quarter: Chicken and Waffles! We'll have therapy dogs and holiday-themed activities available for children in attendance. Let us give you a night off from cooking and provide some holiday cheer while your loved one is deployed. Registration is available at https://forms.office.com/r/JuXvP1haBk.

Airman’s Attic – New Owner, New Contact Info: We are pleased to announce that the Wright-Patterson 5/6 has taken over management of the Airman’s Attic. The Attic has a new phone number (937-904-1400) and a new email address (wpafbairmansattic@gmail.com). For the time being, operating hours and donation drop-off hours remain the same.

USO Wright-Patt programs are open to currently serving military members and family members. Follow us on Facebook (@USOOhio) and join our Wright-Patterson Group to stay up to date on all events or call us at 937-904-0541 for more information. Our USO center staff can also be reached at eoberg@uso.org and rfranz@uso.org.

Follow us on Facebook @wrightpattersonexchange for a listing of promotions, specials, events, food trucks schedules and MORE!

Exchange Holiday Price Guarantee - The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is ensuring Wright Patterson Airmen and families get the best deal on their holiday shopping with an extended holiday price guarantee. From Dec. 1 though Dec. 24, Wright Patterson shoppers who make a purchase at the Exchange or www.ShopMyExchange.com and find the identical item at a lower price at a local retailer can receive an Exchange gift card for the difference.

Buy Online, Pick up in store at the Wright-Patt Exchange: Military shoppers can plan for the holidays with added convenience when placing orders in advance with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's buy online, pick up in store and curbside services at the Wright Patterson BX. To start a pickup order, shoppers can go to www.ShopMyExchange.com, select items on their shopping list, choose the "Pick Up in Store" option, select the Wright Patterson BX main store and submit their order for pickup. Orders can be picked up at the customer service area at the Wright Patterson BX. Shoppers can also opt for curbside pickup at select stores.

A CUT ABOVE BACK!  A Cut Above will be at the Kittyhawk Gas Station from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday! 

Floyd & Gerties NOW OPEN!  At your Main Exchange Mall – Stop and in at Floyd & Gerties!  Store located in the foyer of the Exchange Entrance on the left! Check out their line of handmade cups, clothing, soaps, candles, bath bombs and much more! Talk to Krista about customizing items to make the perfect gift! 

HEALTHIER 4 U VENDING – HAS A NEW 24 HOUR LOCATION – Area B Express Lobby is open 24 hours for afterhours vending needs. If you are interested in adding vending machines to your location please call the Exchange Services Office at 937-879-2713.   

BLDG 16 News - Jus Juic’N has moved back in Bldg. 16. Jus Juic’N will be providing a limited menu of juice, vegan chili/soup and grab and go sandwiches and wraps. Stop in and see our Jus Juic’N team from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Coffee Café – Coffee Café is open in Bldg. 16 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with coffee, breakfast and lunch options made to order. Stop in and check out the daily lunch specials. Use the code word “ABW Bulletin” and receive a cookie or chips of your choice free with your meal purchase!  

Digital ads now available to be sent directly to your inbox!  Find fresh deals and savings in our digital ads! Sign up at www.shopmyexchange.com

DOD CIVILIANS and Coast Guard Civilian Employee can now shop at the Exchange in store and ONLINE!  ***NOTE: cannot purchase tobacco, alcohol or military uniforms

DOD CIVILIANS and Coast Guard Civilians can now apply for a MilStar Card!  

Now, DoD employees are eligible to apply for a MILITARY STAR account both in-store and on myecp.com and can shop both in-store and online. Perfect for the upcoming holiday shopping season! With access to online shopping, DoD employees also enjoy MILITARY STAR benefits, like free shipping!

Specific MILITARY STAR benefits for DoD employees include:

  • 2% Rewards on in-store and online purchases
    ($1 spend = 2 points; 2,000 points = $20 reward gift card)
  • Same industry low APR for everyone
  • 10% off all first day’s purchases at Exchange facilities
    (15% periodically throughout the year)
  • 5 cents off per gallon of fuel on installation
  • 10% off food court purchases
  • Exclusive savings and financing offers!

NOW HIRING at the Exchange – The Wright Patterson Exchange is hiring for admin, retail and food positions! For more information, call the Exchange Recruiting Office at (937) 879-1342. Apply now at www.applymyexchange.com and see where your future can go with the Exchange! #WhereHeroesWork

Burger King & Charleys – Salad Wednesdays! $2 off any salad valued at $4 or more. Offer valid at the Wright-Patterson Food Court Burger King, Charley’s, Area B Burger King.

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Registration for Fitness Under the Wings Begins Dec. 1: Join us every Saturday in January before the museum opens for a unique fitness experience! Take a FREE Yoga class, or get your steps in as you walk through aviation history. Prizes for anyone who attends all 4 weekends! Visit our website for the registration link.

Lego Robots are real!  Come see for yourself on Dec. 17 and 18 when the FIRST Lego League Challenge Regional Qualifier will take place at the museum. Come watch as students, aged 9 to 14, bring three months of work to fruition as they compete for top honors with these robotic masterpieces. (Please note: this is NOT a hands-on activity for visitors.)

Two Exhibits Closing Soon! Don't miss your opportunity to see two fantastic exhibits:

  • Honor, Courage, Commitment: Marine Corps Art, 1975-2018 is on loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps and includes 36 works by 15 combat artists, portraying Marine Corps service from the mid-1970s through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This exhibit is located in the Cold War Art Gallery until Dec. 11.
  • Have you gone 'Above and Beyond'? - This interactive exhibit features flight simulation, immersive theater, touch-table displays and augmented reality as examples of exhibit technology and offers an experiential understanding of the scientific concepts behind flight. 'Above and Beyond' is FREE for all visitors and open during regular museum hours through Dec. 15

Dec. 16 ASBP Blood Drive: Give the ultimate gift this holiday season at the Armed Services Blood Program Blood Drive, located in building 2 under the wing of the B-52 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or appointments can be made at www.militarydonor.com. 

Holiday Hours: The museum will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Year's Day Jan. 1.