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VOL. 2, NO. 15 | FRIDAY, August 18, 2023

88 Communications Squadron Change of command

The 88th Communications Squadron held a change of command ceremony on August 10 at Wright-Patt AFB. Col Sean Brazel, 88th Mission Support Group commander presented the squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Kimber Nettis as the new 88 CS commander. During the ceremony, Brazel presented Lt. Col. Timothy Adams, outgoing 88 CS commander, with a Meritorious Service Medal. (U.S. Air Force photos by Daniel Peterson)

Air Force Band of Flight Community Concert

Col. Travis Pond, 88th Air Base Wing deputy commander, gave opening remarks before the Air Force Band of Flight community concert at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio, Aug. 9, 2023. Pond thanked the community’s continued support of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its military personnel. (U.S. Air Force photos by Daniel Peterson)

88 ABW Commander Speaks at Rotary Club of Dayton

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88 ABW and installation commander, speaks during a Rotary Club of Dayton’s meeting at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2023. Meeker discussed the past, present, and future of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s impact and collaboration with the local community. (U.S. Air Force photos by Daniel Peterson)

Operation K.U.D.O.S.


Operation K.U.D.O.S. at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

88th Air Base Wing
Airmen and their families participate in Kids Understanding Deployment Operations (K.U.D.O.S.) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio on July 28, 2023. The K.U.D.O.S. event was designed to educate children ages 4-13 about preparing for military missions through fun simulations and discussion. (U.S. Air Force video by Austin Smith and Jeff Harris)

Miami Valley Consortium of Higher Education visits Wright-Patt

Miami Valley Higher Education Consortium members visited Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Aug. 8. John Faulkner, 88 ABW vice director, welcomed the group before their tour of several installation organizations to include: 445th Airlift Wing, 88th Security Forces Squadron, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, and Air Force Research Laboratory. The consortium is a group of area college and university administrators who meet annually to tour the installation. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Figueroa)

Community and Base Events

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Dental Clinic: The 88th Dental Squadron does not support messaging or appointment-cancellation services within the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal. Please do not cancel your scheduled dental visit via the portal as that message will not be received. To reschedule an appointment or contact a provider, call the clinic at 937-257-8761.

Lab services: Lab appointments can no longer be booked via TRICARE Online and patients should use the new process. Book your appointment online at or download the thryv app. You can also call the appointment line at 937-522-2778 for lab services: select 1, then options 1 and 5.

Pharmacy services: After receiving a new prescription from an on-base provider, try the Q-Anywhere activation process – text “Get in line” to 877-909-2578 and follow the steps. For refills or to activate a new prescription from an off-base provider, call 937-656-1656 before making the drive to Kittyhawk Pharmacy.

Garden Clinic: Want to improve your health, eat better, manage weight and make new friends? Volunteers are needed at Wright-Patterson Medical Center’s Garden Clinic, located on Redbud Lane across from Wright-Patterson Inns. For details, check out the “WPMC garden flyer” attachment.

Air Force body composition mandatory medical appointment scheduling:

1.     Call the WPMC appointment line at 937-522-2778 (M-F, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

2.     Select option 1 to schedule an appointment

3.     Select option 1 for medical appointments

4.     Select option 5 for all other clinics. Ask the clerk to book an appointment under the Nutrition Clinic. It’s for the Body Composition Group Appointment. The appointment is scheduled under Nutrition Float 1.

5.     In addition, ask the clerk to book a lab appointment one week prior to the medical appointment for your lipid panel, A1C and liver enzymes. Fasting not required.

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Fantasy Football Bash – Team Building

Aug. 24 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Wings Bar & Grille – Bond with your teammates over the thrills…and agony…of managing a fantasy football team! Eligible participants get a free lunch, giveaways and draft insight from pro fantasy football analysts. Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., league drafts from 1-5 p.m. Not familiar with fantasy football? No problem! Experts will be on hand to provide information and guidance on building your team. Eligible participants include military and civilian Department of Defense personnel only. To reserve a table for your fantasy football league, sign up here. For more information, visit

Are you a fantasy football expert and want to assist? Email and

25% off at Wingman’s 22 BBQ today

Aug. 16 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – 22 BBQ – The grand opening special continues! Receive a 25% discount off your purchase today only. Come out and give us a try! 22 BBQ is in Building 22, 1450 Littrell Road (Area A).

Bingo at the Club tonight!

Aug. 16 – 6-8 p.m. – Wright-Patt Club – Win cash & prizes during the next Bingo at the Club! Doors open at 5 p.m., games start at 6. Cost for members is $30 and non-members $40. No registration required. Food and drinks available for purchase. For more info, call 937-522-2160.

Kittyhawk Lanes Open House

Aug. 18 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Take a tour of Kittyhawk Lanes Bowling Center, learn about upcoming leagues, and enjoy two FREE games and shoe rental! Plus, if you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat at Sparetime Grill. For more info, call 937-257-7796.

Delayed opening – ITT office

Aug. 18 – The Information, Tickets and Travel Office will open at 1 p.m. due to facility maintenance. For more info, call 937-257-7670.

Free Club Member Appreciation Lunch

Aug. 23 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Wings Bar & Grille – As a “thank you” for your loyal patronage, Wright-Patt Club members can enjoy the soup, salad and potato bar for FREE on Aug. 23. For more info, call the Club at 937-522-2160.

Color Run

Aug. 25 – 3:30 p.m. – Bass Lake (Area A) – Join the Wright-Patt Fitness & Sports team on this free colorful 2-mile fun run! Along the route, volunteers will eagerly douse runners in colored powder as they go by. Color Run T-shirts are available first come, first served. Open to anyone with base access. Must be ages 3 or older. No registration required. For more information, call 937-257-4225 or 937-904-9381.

Want to volunteer to throw color? Sign up here. 

Sounds of Summer

Aug. 31 – 5-8 p.m. – Turtle Pond – The concert series wraps up with Ryan Broshear, a country music artist with a powerful voice and energetic stage show. Open to anyone with base access. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Volunteer for event setup or teardown, bouncy house monitor or floater here.

Auto Hobby Shop Retired Military Special

Every Tuesday in August – Calling all retired military! Every Tuesday in August, receive 50% off all “do it yourself” fees at the Auto Hobby Shop with a valid ID. Call 937-257-3310 for more info.

Courses at Wright-Patt

Base Club Championship – Aug. 19-20 – Twin Base & Prairie Trace golf courses – Tee times start at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 19 – Twin Base, Aug. 20 at Prairie Trace. Entry fee is $25 and includes prizes. Does not cover green or cart fees. USGA handicap required, except for Championship Flight. Must register by Aug. 18 at noon. Call 937-257-4130 or 937-257-7961 to sign up.

Beat the Pros – Aug. 26 – Twin Base Golf Course – 8 a.m. check-in – 9 a.m. shotgun start. 6 holes – Best Ball, 6 holes – Scramble and 6 holes – Alternate Shot. Entry fee is $25. Includes lunch and prizes. Does not cover green or cart fees. Must register by Aug. 25 at noon. Call 937-257-4130 to sign up.

Planes, Tunes & BBQ

Sept. 29 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Area B athletic fields – The 88th Force Support Squadron will host this brand-new free event featuring midsize RC plane demonstrations, a BBQ competition, live music with headliner Ryan Daniel, craft show and more. Bring the family out for a great day of fun. Open to anyone with base access.

BBQ contest grand champion wins a Bullseye Wood Pellet Grill! To sign up for the free BBQ competition, go to

Archery clinic

Sept. 2 – 11 a.m. – Rod & Gun Club – Learn the basics of archery, including proper draw length and stance. Cost: $20 per person. For more info, contact the Wright-Patt Rod & Gun Club at 937-257-3935.

Intro to kayaking

Sept. 2 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Bass Lake (Area A) – Join Outdoor Rec at Bass Lake and learn the basics of kayaking. Cost: $10 per person. Sign up at Outdoor Rec, Building 95. Payment due at time of registration. For more info, call 937-257-9889.

Lunch at Wings Bar & Grille

Soup, salad & potato bar – Wings Bar & Grille is offering a soup, salad and potato bar Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $12.95. The first Wednesday of the month will still be the Soul Food lunch buffet.

Information, Tickets and Travel

Kings Island tickets – $45 for ages 3 and up, $18 for a parking pass. Stop by our office today inside the Consolidated Hobby Complex.

Dayton Dragons tickets – Baseball season is headed toward the homestretch, so get your Dayton Dragons tickets today at the ITT office. Tickets are $36 per pair.

Wright-Patt Country Club

Introducing Wright-Patt Country Club, where you can do it all with just one membership. Receive discounts off daily green fees, bowling, wood shop time, trap & skeet targets, archery, equipment rentals, tennis court times and more. There are four tiers to choose from: dorm resident, silver, gold and the exclusive platinum package, which can earn you premium parking, VIP seating and other perks. For information on how to sign up, go to

Massage therapy

Massage therapy is now available Wednesday and Friday at Wright Field Fitness Center. Prices start at $35 for 30 minutes. Call 937-904-9381 to schedule your appointment.


Cardio tennis – Cardio tennis is a fun group activity for adults looking to maintain or improve their fitness levels. Open to adults who are level-advanced beginners and up. Classes are offered every Monday from 6-7 p.m. and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Call 937-257-7248 for more info.

Youth tennis – Whether they’re beginners or have experience on the court, children will learn and improve their skills while having tons of fun. Classes are offered Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. for ages 5-9; 10-11 a.m. for ages 10-11 and 11 a.m. to noon for ages 14-18. Cost: $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Call 937-257-7248 for more info.

Mower tuneup

Auto Hobby Shop – Schedule to have your lawn mower tuned up at Auto Hobby Shop for as low as $35. Walk-behinds (up to 24 inches): $35, tractors (up to 36 inches): $45 and standups/zero turns (up to 60 inches): $65. Price includes blade-sharpening, spark-plug replacement, oil change, belt inspection and tire check. Customer required to provide oil and spark plug. Belt replacement is additional $25 plus belt. Call 937-257-3310 to schedule an appointment.

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 Air and Space Force active-duty service member, Guard or reservist, and Defense Department civilian at Wright-Patterson AFB to host fun team-building events with your unit. The 88th Force Support Squadron has many options to host your event right on base for little to no out-of-pocket cost. Contact Kaley Bartosik, your installation’s community cohesion coordinator, for more information at or 937-713-2777. You can also visit

Base Directory Line is live: Call the Base Directory Line at 937-257-1110 for a listing of the most commonly used telephone numbers on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Civilian Health Promotion Services – Aug. 16-22: CHPS is offering FREE cardiac-risk profile (glucose/cholesterol), body-composition (Bodpod/InBody) and blood-pressure screenings, as well as OBSERV skin analysis, to DOD civilians only. Schedule an appointment in our office or visit during walk-in hours every Monday and Friday.

This week’s virtual briefings include “Fad Diets: The Good, the Fad and the Ugly” on Aug. 16 from noon to 1 p.m., “Sugar Shock” on Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to noon and “Diabetes Prevention and Management” on Aug. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:

Meeting ID: 161 241 3852

Passcode: CHPS

For details, check out the “Civilian Health Promotion Services” attachment. Contact CHPS at 937-904-9359 or for more information.

Frozen Friday Blood Drive Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Wright-Patterson Blood Donor Center **new location (basement of Wright-Patterson Medical Center, near Express and Chapel)

Scheduling link: ASBP - Donor Portal (

For details, see the “Frozen Friday Blood Drive” attachment.

Unofficial photos – The next unofficial photo events will be:

  • Aug. 18 from 9-11 a.m.
  • Sept. 8 from 9-11 a.m.
  • Oct. 20 from 9-11 a.m.

Location is on Area B at the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Kenney Hall Auditorium. Availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are not offered.

Base Thrift Shop will be open Aug. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for sales only after many weeks of renovations. Its regular business hours will begin the week of Aug. 22: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Consignments will begin Aug. 22 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) on a walk-in basis only. Donations are accepted during business hours. Anyone with base access may shop at the store. The Base Thrift Shop is in Building 95 along Wright Avenue (next to Outdoor Rec) on Area A. Check it out on Facebook at WPOSC THRIFT SHOP to see weekly updates. Call 937-879-5630 during business hours for more information. All Base Thrift Shop proceeds are used to benefit WPAFB and surrounding communities.

Come join the Wright-Patt Chess Club for its weekly meeting Aug. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bookery Games in Fairborn (15 W. Main St.) right outside Gate 1A. Please bring your own chess set and clock.

The National Park Service is hosting a National Aviation Day “Balloon Glow” event at Huffman Prairie on Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own chairs, blankets and nonalcoholic beverages. Check out the attached “Aviation Day 2023” event flyer for more info.

Air Force Sergeants Association Kittyhawk Chapter 751 Golf Classic, Aug. 25 AFSA Kittyhawk Chapter 751 will host its 15th Annual Golf Classic at WGC Golf Course in Xenia. Start time is 8:30 a.m. Check-in and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Pick your own team for the four-person scramble/best ball format. Fee is $75/player and includes green fee, cart, light breakfast and lunch. Prize drawings and additional mulligans will be sold. Contest includes closest to the pin, longest drive and best team score. See attached “AFSA golf tournament” flyer for more info. Sign up at:

Staff Sergeant Release Party – Aug. 25 at Wright-Patt Club: The Wright-Patterson 5/6 Council invites you to celebrate the base’s newest staff sergeant selects. Social hour starts at 2:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 3:30. See the attached “SSGT RELEASE PARTY-AUG 25” flyer for more information.

Air Camp Girls in STEM event sign up by Aug. 30 – Air Camp is hosting a daylong Girls in STEM event Sept. 30 at Greene County Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Xenia. Participants will pilot an actual aircraft under an FAA-certified instructor’s direction, train on simulators, engage in a career panel discussion and take part in an aviation STEM challenge. Open to high school females. Cost: $30. Sign up at For more information, check out the attached “Air Camp Girls in STEM event” flyer.

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. The 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 at noon Sept. 5 and 19 on Zoom. Email for any questions and the meeting ID number.

Air Force Institute of Technology Golf Tournament, Sept. 8 Show off your skills and have some fun with friends and colleagues in the Air Force Institute of Technology Student Association’s 4-player golf scramble Sept. 8 at WPAFB’s Prairie Trace Golf Course. Start time is 9 a.m. Cost: $70 per person, which includes lunch. You can sign up as a team or free agent. Prizes go to the top three teams and winners of Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. Spots available first come, first served. See attached “AFIT Golf Tournament” flyer for more info. Sign up by emailing Capt. Daniel Straw at

Greater Dayton Chapter of Blacks in Government has announced its scholarship window is open. GDC of BIG will again offer three $1,000 scholarships (Greater Dayton Chapter BIG scholarship for high school seniors, Paul Schooler Memorial scholarship for full-time college freshmen, and Honorable Leonard T. Stone scholarship for full-time college sophomores or juniors). The deadline to apply is Sept. 11. Scholarship winners will be announced Oct. 2 and funds disbursement takes place in January.

To request a scholarship application, reach out to any Blacks in Government member or Cheryl Bradley, the scholarship chair, at

2023 Wright-Patterson Trainee Picnic Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bass Lake Lodge (Area A) – This free annual event is open to all trainees (anyone with less than three years of experience) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Food will be provided for all those who RSVP by Sept. 1. To RSVP, see the “Annual Wright-Patterson Trainee Picnic” attachment. Scan the QR code to enter your name, phone number, email and any dietary restrictions. (Attendees must be willing to submit their information on the Google form using a personal cellphone). If you have any questions or issues registering, reach out to Ashleigh Falk ( or Jessica Hamby (

“Moving Wall” to be at Freedom Grove in Urbana – Sept. 21-24 – The “Moving Wall” is the half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and has toured the country for more than 30 years. VFW Post 5451 and several other veteran and community organizations will host the display Sept. 21-24 at Freedom Grove in Urbana:

Sept. 21 at 9 a.m.: parade through Freedom Grove

Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.: ceremony

Sept. 23: “Moving Wall” will join VFW during the Chili Festival Hoopla Parade

Volunteers are needed to prepare the display location Sept. 20 from 4 p.m. to dusk at Mid America Flight Museum (1412 N. Main St., Urbana). If interested, contact Robert Hemmerly at

For event details, go to More information on the “Moving Wall” can be found at

Wright-Patterson Junior Force Council serves all junior members with less than 10 years of experience, including nonsupervisory GG-13, captains, technical sergeants and below. Add yourself to our email distro and Teams page for updates and news on upcoming opportunities. Save the date for WPJFC’s Leadership Symposium on Oct. 12. Reach out to Shevon Barnes at for more information about the event.

Save the date! The 42nd Annual AFMC International Ball will be held Oct. 21 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Stay tuned for more information.

Ultimate Frisbee every Friday afternoon – A friendly game of ultimate Frisbee is played every Friday at 4 p.m. on Area A. If you wish to be placed on the distribution list, contact Chad Kimmel at All skill levels are welcome.

Attention, base supply customers: The Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Service is an excellent source of supply and can save your procurement dollars. Before you buy, check out the DLADS worldwide inventory. Get access and browse the website at If you have problems with the site, contact the enterprise help desk at 855-352-0001 or send an email to Your focal point for DLADS withdrawals is the 88th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Customer Service Unit. Direct any questions to 937-257-6194.

Area defense counsel – You’re never alone. Contact Capt Jessica Rucker, Wright-Patterson AFB’s new ADC. She and Staff Sgt. Taraya Downhour, defense paralegal, are here to help you navigate derogatory allegations. Call or email for an appointment at 937-257-7841, or Check out the “ADC flyer” attachment for details.

Civilian Personnel Office – Are you an appropriated civilian employee with an HR question? Perhaps you’re planning to retire soon and curious about the process, or maybe you had a name change recently and are wondering how to update your records? Our staff members are available to advise and guide you through the variety of administrative processes you might encounter during your federal service. If you have an HR question, call 937-904-3326, visit us in Building 2 or reach out via email at

The “DAF365 Hub” is your go-to website for all things Office 365, providing a wealth of information, training resources, troubleshooting guides and more. Whether you’re a seasoned O365 user or just getting started, The Hub offers a comprehensive collection of insights, tips and best practices to help you leverage Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive and other O365 applications effectively. Simply visit DAF365 Hub - Center for: MS Office, Teams, Email, SharePoint/OneDrive - Home (

The WPAFB Admins Info Teams channel is open to administrative professionals at WPAFB, their mentors and anyone with an administrative role. General questions can be submitted to the channel for assistance from knowledgeable members of the WPAFB Admins Info team, which caters to Wright-Patt administrative professional needs.

From Kimberly Watson, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility chief: This month’s PULSE Check topic is “Combating Sameness” (see attached flyer). I found this quote by an unknown author that I believe is a good reminder: “Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself with others. It’s our differences that make us unique and beautiful.” Differences do not equate to deficiencies. Here is a short video titled: “RISE into Allyship.” You can view it at Percipio Course Becoming a DEI Ally and Agent for Change. Focus on using the RISE model – respect, include, support, engage.

The Air Force e-learning site has migrated to Percipio. You can visit to learn more about diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility topics.

Wright-Patterson Women’s Initiative Team – Open to all genders, ranks, civilian and military personnel. Meetings are held the second Tuesday each month at 10 a.m. on Teams and in person. We are focusing on the following lines of effort: 1. Supporting women in the workplace. 2. Resources for women’s health (contraceptives, nursing mothers, family support). 3. Women’s fitness research. We support Air Force and Air Force Materiel Command WIT efforts. For questions or more information, email

WIT is a Special Emphasis Program under the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Directorate’s Affirmative Employment Program at Wright-Patterson AFB. Special emphasis programs enhance employment and cultural awareness of protected groups and support Affirmative Employment Program and equal opportunity initiatives by helping address professional development, advancement and training of underrepresented groups, so they have the chance to reach their full-employment potential.

WIT Special Emphasis Program manager: Maj. Elizabeth Foley

WIT champion: Kimberly Parrett

2023 Air Force Marathon – Lock in your race registration at current rates before it’s too late! If you’re already registered, forward this to your family and friends. We look forward to seeing you at the start line. For the Air Force Marathon, register here.

Free training programs: The 27th annual Air Force Marathon is set for Sept. 14-16. Sept. 16 events include a full and half marathon, 10K, three-person marathon relay, Fly! Fight! Win! Challenge Series and Finish Line Festival at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Health & Fitness Expo will be Sept. 14-15 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center, with the 5K and Tailwind Trot 1K held on the 15th. This year’s Air Force Marathon features three aircraft: HH-60W Jolly Green II, MH-139 Grey Wolf and UH-1N Huey. Don’t forget to check out the free training programs to help you prepare for your upcoming Air Force Marathon race. Officials have designed beginner training programs, as well as intermediate training programs, to help guide your training toward a successful finish. Lock in your race registration here!

Group Run every Monday at Skeel Avenue – Join us every Monday at 4 p.m. on the Skeel Avenue running path at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Area A) for the Air Force Marathon Group Run. All are welcome to run or walk the distance of your choice on the 2.2-mile out-and-back patch. Each way is 1.1 miles. A portable restroom is available on-site. Don’t forget to bring your own hydration and nutrition, as needed. See you Monday afternoons rain or shine!

Blue Streak Time Trial – 25 years of cycling: The Blue Streak Time Trial 10-mile loop course takes cyclists on a scenic route around WPAFB the second Tuesday each month from April through October. Registration for the Sept. 12 event is now open. All Blue Streak Time Trial events are open to the public. Organizers look forward to sharing one of the best and safest cycling events in the region with participants of all talent levels from all over the Miami Valley and beyond. Register and learn more here.

Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler – registration now open: Registration for the 2nd Annual U.S. Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler is now open here! 2023 pricing can be found here. 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. This 10-miler race will lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, on Dec. 9 and be a part of the Space Force birthday celebration each year. The 2023 featured rocket is the XSM-64 Navaho. It will be portrayed on official race shirts, finisher medals, commemorative patches and more throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @RunSpaceForce for the latest news and announcements.

New aircraft revealed: C-124 Globemaster II race – Registration is open for the 2023 History & Heritage Race Series. The featured aircraft is the Northrop Tacit Blue for the September-October race! The 3rd Annual History & Heritage Race Series is a virtual event powered by the Air Force Marathon, featuring retired aircraft that have shaped the Air Force’s airpower throughout history. With options to participate in the marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K distance, competitors receive a finisher medal and patch portraying the featured aircraft for $30. Learn more and register here.

2023 finisher medals: Race organizers continue to be an industry leader with the 2023 Air Force Marathon finisher medals (marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, relay, Tailwind Trot) made from American steel for the fourth year in a row. The finisher medal portrays the featured aircraft and will increase in size based on the miles you put in. You can find all the official 2023 finisher medals and race shirts here.

Volunteer registration now open: It takes over 1,500 dedicated Flight Crew volunteers to ensure all Air Force Marathon events take off without a hitch. Flight Crew volunteers make this possible by giving their time with pre-race setup, endless support during race weekend and postrace cleanup. There are opportunities for individuals and groups to help with shirt and packet pickup at the Health & Fitness Expo, distributing water cups on race day, gear check, supporting the start and finish lines, and much more. Register here today!

Race-transfer information: Are you registered for the 2023 Air Force Marathon and now want to transfer to a different event? Follow the instructions below to transfer into your new distance. Deadline to transfer is Aug. 31 or until an event sells out.

1. Visit your participant dashboard and sign into your Race Roster account using the same email you registered with.

2. Select “Transfer” and then click “Transfer to new sub event”

3. Choose the new event you’d like to transfer to in the dropdown and click “Start transfer”

4. Continue to move through the registration questions.

5. If you purchased additional products during your original sign-up, be sure to select them again when filling out your new registration. Your original payment will carry over.

6. Finish the registration process and you will then receive an email confirming your transfer.


The cost for all race transfers is $15 plus the difference between the price you originally paid and current price of the distance you’re transferring into. If you’re transferring into a distance that costs less than what you already paid, you will not be refunded the price difference.

Race-deferral information: If you are registered for an upcoming Air Force Marathon event but can no longer participate, you may defer your registration to the following year. Product purchases will NOT carry over, only your race registration. The deferral window is open through Aug. 31. No deferrals will be accepted after that date. Cost for all deferrals is $15. More info can be found here.

Air Force Marathon – featured guest speaker: Officials are honored to announce Brian L. Slade as featured guest speaker of the 2023 Air Force Marathon. He is a true force to be reckoned with – an accomplished veteran, writer and entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in various fields. With 25 years of military service, Slade has held command positions while in combat in both the Army and Air Force, earning numerous decorations for his service, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and 14 combat air medals. He is a veteran of several conflicts, including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and his dedication to service has been a consistent theme throughout his life, both in and out of the military. Slade will speak during the Gourmet Pasta Dinner on Sept. 15 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, where a hearty pasta meal will be served buffet style with vegetarian and gluten-free options. This special event is open to the public and the museum will be available to tour as well. Purchase your tickets here today! (Children 5 and under are free but still must be registered).

Air Force Marathon – Finish Line Festival: We are excited to announce the Air Force Marathon Finish Line Festival and After Party have joined forces in 2023. To alleviate the stress and hassle of getting from one venue to another, both festivities will be held at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 16. This free festival is open to the public and will officially begin once the first runner crosses the iconic finish line. Join family and friends in the celebration, listen to live music and enjoy ice-cold beverages with a bite to eat. Stick around until 1 p.m. because you will not want to miss out on the announcement of the 2024 featured aircraft. Check out all the happenings here.

Join our community – This Facebook group was created for anyone involved with or interested in the Air Force Marathon, Blue Streak Time Trial, Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler, Museum Mile, and History & Heritage Race Series. Whether you need some inspiration, training tips or just want to stay up to date with any news and announcements, this group is just for you.

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

Line dancing lessons at the USO – Aug. 18 from 6-8 p.m.: Monthly dance lessons, on the third Friday every month, are free to active military and family members, who may also bring one civilian guest. No experience or registration required. These events are FUN, so join in! Light dinner and nonalcoholic beverages provided.

Military spouse coffee connections (playdate edition) Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon: Attention, all military spouses: Come hang out with your future (and current) friends! The group will meet at the playground across the street from the USO building at 10 a.m. Kiddos welcome, but not required :) Coffee and snacks provided. Register at so organizers know how many to expect.

Board Game Night at the USO (Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Unstable Unicorns and more) Aug. 25 from 5-8 p.m.: Game nights, on the second and fourth Fridays every month, are free to active military members and family members, who may also bring one civilian guest. No experience or registration required. Make some magic! Snacks provided. 

USO Wright-Patt is now open until 8 p.m.: Volunteers needed to fill evening shifts! WPAFB’s USO Center is now open Tuesday to Saturday until 8 p.m. This includes the center café, game room and all amenities. Service members and family members – stop by for a snack and beverage, or use our Wi-Fi, CAC-enabled computers and gaming consoles. Come build connections or take a break at the USO! To keep the USO Center open with extended hours, we need to grow our roster of volunteers available to work evening shifts 5-8:30 p.m. Do you have an evening free after work? Sign up to volunteer at or stop by the center anytime for a chat. We’d love to have you join our team. The minimum commitment is one shift per month. Contact Center Operations Supervisor William Wigg at with any questions.

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Win $50,000 in scholarships during Procter & Gamble Sweepstakes - The Wright-Patterson Exchange is partnering with Procter & Gamble to give away five $10,000 scholarships to military shoppers in the Tide & Downy Scholarship Sweepstakes. Through Sept. 30, students in the U.S. can enter by visiting, where they will specify their school, demographic information and where they shop.

Win a 2023 Jeep Rubicon – A customized 2023 Jeep Rubicon 392 and ride-along experience with off-road racing star Casey Currie are up for grabs in the Monster Energy Casey Currie Jeep Sweepstakes! Enter at through Sept. 30.

Food trucks are back in full swing with added locations to better serve you! Watch our Facebook page for the daily list of food trucks near you –

KungFu BBQ now in Building 45 – Serving its food truck favorites now 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays in the cafeteria area. Online ordering and catering options are also available at The birria tacos are waiting for you!

Earn double points with MILITARY STAR. Use your MILITARY STAR card on the 15th every month to receive double rewards points for your purchases at Wright-Patterson Express stores.


Pay Your Way plans – Wright-Patterson Airmen and families can get more time to pay off their purchases with the MILITARY STAR card’s Pay Your Way plans, which enable shoppers to pay off purchases with fixed monthly payments at a reduced annual percentage rate. Plans are available at the Wright-Patterson Exchange and


Online appointment scheduling for Wright-Patterson barbershops is here! Easily schedule your next appointment with our new online-booking system. Book at your convenience, prepay for service and even check your favorite barber’s schedule. 


You Made The Grade! Work hard and earn big at the Exchange. WPAFB students in grades 1-12 with a B average or better can bring their report cards to the Wright-Patterson Exchange to receive a gift card, coupon sheet and chance to win a $2,000 grand prize.


Starbucks, Subway and Charleys Philly Steaks all offer catering! For your next office event, call the Food Court at 937-879-4317 and Starbucks at 937-879-4617 to arrange for sandwiches, wraps, coffee and more.


Salad Wednesdays at Wright-Patterson Area B Burger King, Food Court Subway, Burger King and Charleys Philly Steaks! Get $2 off any salad valued at $4 or more every Wednesday. Dunkin’ will announce its grand opening soon! The vacated Einstein Bagel Shop at the Air Force Institute of Technology is converting the area to house the very first Dunkin’ on Wright-Patterson AFB. Stay tuned for grand opening day information.


Floyd & Gertie Studio, Bunker 27 and GNC in your Main Exchange Mall. One-stop shopping for unique gifts and nutrition needs.


Micro Markets are now open in AFIT Building 642, AFRL Building 653 and Building 16! You have the convenience of self-serve with healthy options, snacks and drinks 24/7 at the automated and contactless market.


HEALTHIER 4 U VENDING – Area B Express lobby is open 24/7. If you’re interested in adding vending machines to your location, call the Exchange Services Office at 937-879-2713.  

Coffee Café in Building 16 is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving coffee, breakfast, lunch and daily specials – always made to order. Use the code word “ABW Bulletin” and receive a cookie or chips of your choice free with any meal purchase.  

DOD and Coast Guard civilians can shop and now apply for a MILITARY STAR card. DOD personnel are eligible to apply for a MILITARY STAR account both in store and on With access to online shopping, DOD employees also enjoy MILITARY STAR benefits, like free shipping! ***NOTE: cannot purchase tobacco, alcohol or military uniforms.

Specific MILITARY STAR benefits for DOD personnel include:

  • 2% rewards on in-store and online purchases ($1 spend = two points; 2,000 points = $20 reward gift card)
  • Same industry-low annual percentage rate for everyone
  • 10% off all first-day purchases at Exchange facilities (15% through Aug. 31)
  • 5 cents off every 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 Amy at the Exchange Recruiting Office: 937-879-1342. Apply now at and see where your future can go with the Exchange. #WhereHeroesWork

Fitness Under the Wings returns with free yoga – Aug. 28 from 4-5 p.m. – Just one more chance to take advantage of the summer Fitness Under the Wings program in the museum’s 2 building! Space is limited, and advance registration is requested to secure your spot. Click for more information and to register. Walk-in yogis will be accepted on a space-available basis. Free exercise mat for the first five participants. This event is made possible, in part, by the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement not implied).

Gallery feature The Global Reach Gallery: Providing airlift remains a major Air Force mission, which forms a critical part of its ability to maintain global reach. The Lt. Gen. William H. Tunner Global Reach Gallery houses large aircraft in the museum’s collection, such as the C-141 Hanoi Taxi, which airlifted the first American prisoners of war to freedom from North Vietnam in 1973. The Air Force’s airlift, aeromedical and evacuation missions also will be explained in this gallery. Visit Global Reach Gallery ( to learn more.

100 Years of the Italian Air Force – Visit this special exhibit in the museum’s fourth building, celebrating the history and heritage of the Italian air force. It will be on display through Sept. 5 and is provided under the Consulate of Italy’s patronage in Detroit.

Plane Talks Sept. 16 – In honor of the Air Force’s 76th anniversary, interact with various subject matter experts stationed in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their expertise. They include veterans, active duty, former pilots, crewmembers, engineers and navigators.

Blood drive Sept. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Give the gift of life with your blood donation under the wings of the B-52 in the museum’s second building. Walk-ins are welcome or pre-register at and search by ZIP code 45433, or call 937-257-0580 with questions. Free shirts and snacks for all donors.

Discover Steampunk: A Fantastical Hands-On Adventure – How did thinkers of the late 1800s, including writers like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, envision the future? Find out at this new special exhibition coming in September. Created by Imagine Exhibitions Inc., Discover Steampunk is made possible by generous support from CenterPoint Energy through its partnership with the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement not implied).

Rocket Day Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Join us for an out-of-this-world day of excitement at the museum – and did we mention it’s FREE? Kids will be able to build their own model rocket, launch it on the museum lawn (weather permitting) with help from Wright Stuff Rocketeers, see a real lunar rover brought by the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, and more! This event is made possible by the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement not implied).

Troops and Treats – Oct. 21: Open to ghosts and goblins of all ages! Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy trick-or-treating, games and fun. More info: Events (

Centennial Exhibit now open in the Cold War Gallery – The museum has aged well over the last 100 years, and this new exhibit celebrating the centennial will give visitors a glimpse into our history and the people who made it all possible. Since 1923, the facility has grown from a small engineering-study collection to the globe’s largest military aviation museum and is a world-renowned center for air and space power technology and culture preservation. Learn more at

Search and Rescue Exhibit now open in the Southeast Asia War Gallery: “That Others May Live” tells the story of search-and-rescue operations during the wars in Southeast Asia. Visit for more info.

STARBASE 2.0 needs youth STEM coaches – Energetic volunteers are needed to serve as science, technology, engineering and math coaches during the upcoming academic year at local-area middle schools. It’s part of STARBASE 2.0, a unique and innovative Department of Defense after-school program designed to raise interest and improve the knowledge and skills of at-risk youth in STEM education and career fields. Typical commitment is two hours a week. For additional information and requirements, see the “STEM coach recruitment flyer” attachment. Anyone interested can reach out to Shawn Warren at STARBASE Wright-Patt: or 937-422-6473.

Joint Service Size Study volunteers needed: The Air Force Uniform Office is seeking male volunteers for a fit assessment. All participants will try on multiple combat uniforms to evaluate the fit for a Joint Service Size Study. The testing evaluation could take up to 75 minutes. Location is WPAFB’s Air Force Uniform Office, 1901 10th St., Building 63, Area B.

Male participants:

For details, see the attached “Male Fit Assessment” flyer. Contact Stephanie Weatherhead at or 937-416-5676 for more information.

*No-cost courses

NOTE: Schedules are subject to change due to low enrollment or delays

Course Catalog Schedule

WPAFB Education & Training Course Catalog 2023

WPAFB E&T events, programs and services

The 88th Air Base Wing’s Continuous Process Improvement program will offer five classes in August. CPI Awareness is scheduled for Aug. 22 and 29 from 8 to 10 a.m. and Aug. 24 and 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. Sign up in the Education and Training Management System at under Self-Registration. Course numbers: MWECPI0000400SU or type “CPI” in the search bar (choose Wright-Patterson) and MKVC10000100SU or type “PPSM” (choose Wright-Patterson).

The 88th Air Base Wing’s Level Up Week is Aug. 21-25.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshop Aug. 29-30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – ASIST is a two-day face-to-face course featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions and simulations. Participants must be available for the entire two days, so obtain supervisor approval prior to signing up. Registration: For questions, contact the 88th Air Base Wing’s Integrated Prevention & Resilience team at 937-904-0992 or

CCAF degree program catalog and policy exceptions - Since Community College of the Air Force’s migration to the new Air University Student Information System affected the ability of students to complete degrees alongside certain CCAF policy requirements, the CCAF ETPs pdf file elaborates on exception to policies aimed at mitigating impact of CCAF catalog transfer, instructor of technology and military science degree enrollment and completion, and degree completion for separated and retired students.

“CCAF open for business” - Air University published June 22 about the college resuming operations.

CCAF 2022-2024 Catalog - Review overall CCAF and specific requirements for your Air Force specialty code

POC for CCAF inquiries: or through Air Force Virtual Education Center messaging.

On Sept. 1, join the WPAFB Chaplain Corps at Great American Ball Park as the Cincinnati Reds take on the Chicago Cubs. Enjoy the game from a luxury suite that includes all-you-can-eat food and nonalcoholic beverages. Open to single/unaccompanied Airmen and Guardians E-5 and below. In addition, explore what it means to build spiritual resiliency through value, purpose and meaning. Spaces are limited and will be accommodated based on rank and priority. Transportation will be provided. To sign up, visit: For more info, see the attached “Reds game flyer-WPAFB Chapel” or contact the WPAFB Chaplain Corps at 937-257-7427.

Catholic services:
Wright-Patterson Medical Center Chapel: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m.

AFIT: Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Prairies Chapel: Friday at noon with adoration immediately following until 1:30 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.

Eucharistic adoration:
Prairies Chapel: Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Reconciliation: Before and after weekend Mass, confession is heard in the Blessed Sacrament Room of Prairies Chapel. You may also schedule an appointment.

Catholic Women of the Chapel:
Faith study: Tuesday at 10 a.m., Thursday at 6 p.m., Prairies Chapel Community Center

Monthly meeting: First Thursday of the month, 6 p.m. in Prairies Chapel Community Center

For more information, contact Joan LaPore at

Catholic religious education
Weekly: Held after 9 a.m. Sunday Mass at Prairies Chapel.

Catholic youth ministry: Activities take place at Prairies Chapel one weekend a month.

Catholic sacramental preparation: Classes are provided for youth and adult requirements.

Contact Catholic Religious Education Coordinator Melissa Weeks for more information on any of these programs: 937-656-8258 or

Protestant services:
Kittyhawk Chapel: Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Protestant Women of the Chapel:
Are you looking for friends? Fellowship? Spiritual growth? Wright-Patterson AFB’s Protestant Women of the Chapel invites you to attend PWOC Information Night at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16. See the attached “PWOC Info Night” flyer for details. There will be cookies! For more information about PWOC, send an email to

Additional information:
For more chapel information and services, visit Chapel Community ( Should you need assistance or have questions, call 937-257-7427.