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Vol. 1, No. 1 | Friday, October 14, 2022

Community and Base Events

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Bob Purtiman Chief, WPAFB Installation Public Affairs
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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.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Schedule an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine or booster by visiting or call 937-257-SHOT. Vaccines for persons age 12 and up take place in the Immunizations Clinic while vaccines for ages 6 months to 4 years and ages 5 years to 11 years take place in the Pediatric Clinic. All COVID-19 vaccines are administered by appointment only. You must meet eligibility requirements for booster doses.

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

Pumpkin Carving Contest & Trunk or Treat

The Great Pumpkin Off Thurs., Oct. 20 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Turtle Pond – Join us for the ultimate pumpkin carving contest! Design a pumpkin masterpiece or enjoy games, activities and a live DJ! Food and beverages available for purchase. To sign up for the pumpkin carving contest go to Registration closes on Oct. 16. For more information, go to

Trunk or Treat - Thurs., Oct. 20 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Turtle Pond
Dress up the kiddos and bring them out to the Great Pumpkin Off for a trunk or treat! Goblins and ghouls will be passing out candy so make sure to bring a bag for all that sweet loot!

Wine Tasting

Last Week to Purchase Tickets! Fri., Oct. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. – Wright-Patt Club – Over 150 wines will be featured at this year’s wine tasting. Club members $55, non-members $65. Price includes hors d’oeuvres and wine tastings. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Club at 937-522-2160 Tuesday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Or visit Class 6 or Home & Garden. Tickets on sale until Oct. 16. Must be 21 and over to attend.

FSS Customer Appreciation Month

Win a $500 Gas Card! The Force Support Squadron is showing appreciation to our customers by offering a chance to win a $500 gas gift card!! All October long, visit any FSS facility, scan the Customer Appreciation QR code, fill out a short survey and you’re entered to win!!

Win Blue Jackets Tickets! The FSS Fun Squad will be at Wright Field Fitness on Wed., Oct. 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. and at The Great Pumpkin Off on Thurs., Oct. 20 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. giving out great prizes PLUS sign up to win four tickets to see the Columbus Blue Jackets! Follow the FSS on Facebook @88FSS, Instagram @WrightPattFSS or go to for more info.

Zombie Chase

Mon., Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. at Bass Lake – Run for your life!!! Join this free, family-friendly 5K run but don’t let the zombies catch you! Registration is not required. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Identifiers available for those who do not wish to be chased. For more information, call 937-713-5320 or email

Rod & Gun Club Picnic

Sat., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Rod & Gun Club – Sign up to become a member of the Rod & Gun Club! $45 per year for existing and new members during this membership drive only! Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided and 25 targets for only $4. For more info, call 937-257-3935.

Fun Volunteer Opportunities

Decorate a Trunk! Want to decorate a trunk and pass out candy during the Great Pumpkin Off? Follow this link TrunkOrTreat! to sign up today!

Contest Assistants Needed! Be a part of the Great Pumpkin Off by being a competition assistant, managing games or helping set up decorations, tables and signage! Go to PumpkinOffVolunteers and choose your spot by Oct. 19.

Want to be a Zombie? Obsessed with the Walking Dead? Now is your chance to BE the zombie! Volunteers are needed to dress up and chase participants during the 5k Zombie Run! To sign up, follow this link… BRAINS!

Fitness & Sports

Powerlifting Competition – Are you up to the challenge? Registration required. Sign up at Jarvis or Wright Field Fitness Center. Open to active duty, dependents and DOD civilian employees. For more info, call 937-904-9381.

Squat Competition – Fri., Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Deadlift Competition – Fr., Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Powerlifting Competition – All 3 Events – Fri., Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.

Back To Basics – Now thru Dec. 2 - This program is specifically designed to help Airman improve PT scores. Wright Field Fitness Center 6 to 7 a.m. and Jarvis Fitness Center 4 to 5 p.m., until Dec 2 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To register at Jarvis Fitness Center email: To register at Wright Field Fitness Center email:

Arts & Crafts
Create Your Own Holiday Card – Sat., Nov. 5 – Learn how to make your own cards using layering, stencils, die-cutting and more! To sign up, call 937-257-7025. Cost is $20.

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.

Information, Tickets & Travel

We now have Columbus Blue Jacket Tickets!  - $40 per ticket. Call 937-257-7670 today!

Want to see the Bengals in action? Call 937-257-7670 today for discounted tickets!

Dec. 11 - Browns $123 Sections 334 and 346 (must purchase before Oct. 18)

Jan. 2 - Bills $136 Sections 334 and 346 (must purchase before Nov. 8)

Jan. 8 - Ravens $92 Section 346. (must purchase before Nov. 15)

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, 937-713-2777, or

Retiree Appreciation Day - Oct. 28 at the Hope Hotel

Retiree Appreciation Day links attendees with various services and agencies, including the 88th Medical Group, Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Ohio Department of Veterans Services. Opening ceremony is at 8:30 a.m. with comments from 88 ABW leadership. Lunch is "on-your-own" through Packy’s. Vendor tables will open around noon. Vendors will have informational booths on topics such as health care, legal services, finances and more. Contact the base Retiree Activities Office at 937-257-3221 or for more information about the event.

National Public Lands Day – Fri., Oct. 14 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Wright Memorial - Volunteers needed! The 88th CEG is looking for volunteers to help plant native oak trees at Wright Memorial. Oak trees provide vital winter shelter to pollinator populations and they support hundreds of different species of pollinators. A senior base leader will offer opening remarks. For more info, check out the event page at

2022 Pumpkin Chuck - Sat., October 15 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - The AFLCMC Engineering Directorate is pleased to announce that the 17th Annual Pumpkin Chuck is on! Mark your calendars! This year's event will be held on the grounds of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. There will be competitive pumpkin launching, with high-powered Class A machines (as seen on TV), but there will also be Class B launch machines (launching two pound pumpkins), a Class C human-powered launcher (enter your four-person team on the day of the event to compete). There will be STEM activities for the kids and food trucks if you're hungry… fun for the whole family! This event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in entering a pumpkin launching machine into the competition, please contact Tom Condron at If you are interesting in being a sponsor of this event, please contact Yenitza Rodriguez Matias at

Combined Federal Campaign

Wright-Patterson's 2022 CFC campaign runs from Oct. 5 to Nov. 18.

CFC Cause of the Week: Disaster & Crisis Response

Unofficial Photo Event

The next unofficial photo event will be Friday, Oct. 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Area A at the USO Auditorium. 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).

Base Thrift Shop

Inflation has hit many places, but not your Base Thrift Shop. We are here to meet the needs of our military community. Stop by to shop, consign, or donate. 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 - October 12 to 18

CHPS is offering FREE Cardiac Risk Profile screenings (Glucose/Cholesterol) and Observ Skin Analysis (this service by appointment only) 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! Please contact CHPS at 937-904-9359 or  for more details and information. Our virtual briefings this week include "Staying Connected: Overcoming Loneliness and Social Isolation" on Thursday, Oct. 13 and "Supermarket Savvy" on Tuesday, Oct. 18, all from noon to 1 p.m.
Meeting ID: 161 241 3852
Passcode: CHPS

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) – See Yourself in Cyber! 

 For information on CSAM (and registration once the instructors, topics and schedule for CSAM courses are set) see the CSAM SharePoint site at:

Exchange Gift Wrapping – Every weekend from Nov. 12 to 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 All base fundraisers require approval through FSS and unit command, so please allow time for request to be fully processed.

Base Thrift Shop - Deals galore!

Stop by your Base Thrift Shop first when looking for items for your family. We are here to meet the needs of our military community. Shop, consign or donate.  Located about 1 mile from the Commissary. Bldg. 95, Wright Ave, WPAFB (next to Outdoor Rec. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 pm. 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.

Free Family Photos for Military Families Nov. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Military and Family Readiness Center is offering free family portraits for Wright-Patt military families at their center, Bldg. 2, room 244. The photo sessions are first come, first served. Photos will be sent digitally to the email address provided. Event POCs are Sydney Higginbotham ( and Shonte Gonzalez (

West Springfield Street, from Northcliff to Harshman Road is under construction until November 1. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times. Construction will resume again in April through September 2023.

Harshman Road, from Springfield Street to Airway Road, will be under construction for wall repairs beginning September 12 through the end of December, weather permitting. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained. Expect traffic delays.

WPAFB Education & Training Course Catalog 2022

All classes are offered at no cost and are available to military and civilian employees.

Register for a class:

For more information:
(937) 904-4801 or

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


Sukkoth Lunch and Learn – Friday, Oct. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kittyhawk Chapel

In the Sukkah at the Kittyhawk Chapel. Open to all WPAFB personnel and their families. Come learn about Jewish traditions, customs, and history in this one-hour class. Kosher lunch will be served (please contact me for dietary restrictions). RSVP encouraged, please text Chaplain Gerardo Rodriguez at (937) 802-0830.

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

Share Your Story

We would love to share your story with the AFM community! Share your 2022 Air Force Marathon story with us here.

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.

Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler: December 10

Register for our inaugural event here today! Veterans, retired military, active duty, reservists, National Guard, and ROTC of all branches will be offered a military discount of $5 off the in-person event. Space is limited in the inaugural in-person and virtual events. 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. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @RunSpaceForce for the latest news and announcements.

Deferral Window Closes October 15  

We understand life can be unexpected and plans change. That is why we offer a deferral option for the Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler event. You may defer your 2022 registration to 2023 for just $15. To defer, go to our registration page and start a new registration. Select the option ‘Defer Your Registration,’ fill out the form, and complete the transaction. Please contact our team at with any questions.

USO Wright-Patt programs are open to currently serving military members and family members. Follow us on Facebook @USOOhio and @wpusoairmansattic 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 and

Meet Bridgerton Author Julia Quinn Live at our next MVP Event!

Join us on Mon, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. for a live, virtual interaction with Bridgerton author Julia Quinn. Bring your questions because we'll have a chance to interact with Julia directly while we enjoy delicious Bridgerton-themed treats and enjoy Bridgerton trivia! Register now at

Dandelion Club Scheduled for Thurs, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. 

Parents of preschool age children (target ages 3 to 5), join the USO and Greene County Public Library for books, a craft, and a healthy snack while making new friends with other young families. Register now at

USO Line Dancing on Fri, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.

This free event is for currently serving military service members and spouses who may also invite a civilian guest. No previous skills required; instruction will be provided. A light dinner and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Register now at

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, effective Sep 15, 2022. The Attic has a new phone number (937-904-1400) and a new email address ( For the time being, operating hours and donation drop-off hours remain the same.

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


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! 


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!  

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.

Digital ads now available to be sent directly to your inbox! 

Find fresh deals and savings in our digital ads! Sign up at

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 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 and see where your future can go with the Exchange! #WhereHeroesWork

Save on Emergency Supplies

Now until Oct. 31, DeCA’s severe weather promotional package includes discounts on the following items: beef jerky and other assorted meat snacks, soup and chili mixes, canned goods, powdered milk, cereals, batteries, airtight bags, weather-ready flashlights, tape (all-weather, heavy-duty shipping and duct), first aid kits, lighters, matches, lanterns, candles, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes. Specific items may vary from store to store.   |

Open Aircraft, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Get an exclusive look inside the Gulfstream Aerospace C-20B! This aircraft provided executive airlift to thousands of senior American leaders for more than two decades, including Presidents Ford through Clinton.

Troops and Treats Trick or Treat Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whether you are a ghost, a goblin, a princess or a pirate, our event is for you! Games, music, candy, scavenger hunts and SO much more are in store for kids of all ages. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Bombers and Brews After Dark 21+ Event Nov. 5

Grab your friends (21+) and join us for an evening of entertainment and adult beverages in the most unique setting in Dayton! See attached flyer for more or visit for ticket information.

A new Immersive Exhibit has launched at the museum!  Go 'Above and Beyond'

This new, 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 of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. This exhibit will be here through Dec. 15.