VOL. 2, NO. 16 | FRIDAY, September 1, 2023

Race Weekend Resources

Schedule of events

Health & Fitness Expo/Packet Pick-Up

Thursday, Sept.14 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
*Free & open to the public!*
Wright State University Nutter Center

Amputee Lower Extremity Running Clinic
**Clinic has been cancelled as of Sept. 1, 2023**

Gourmet Pasta Dinner

Friday, Sept.15
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Tailwind Trot 1K Kids’ Run

Friday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.
Wright State University Nutter Center


Friday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Wright State University Nutter Center


Saturday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 a.m.
National Museum of the United States Air Force


Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 a.m.
National Museum of the United States Air Force

Half Marathon

Saturday, Sept.16 at 7:30 a.m.
National Museum of the United States Air Force

Fly! Fight! Win! Marathon Challenge

5K – Friday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Wright State University Nutter Center
10K – Saturday, Sept.16 at 6:30 a.m. at National Museum of the United States Air Force
Marathon – Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 a.m. at National Museum of the United States Air Force

Fly! Fight! Win! Half Marathon Challenge

5K – Friday, Sept.15 at 6:30 p.m. at Wright State University Nutter Center
10K – Saturday, Sept.16 at 6:30 a.m. at National Museum of the United States Air Force
Half Marathon – Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 a.m. at National Museum of the United States Air Force

3-Person Relay

Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 a.m.
National Museum of the United States Air Force

Finish Line Festival

Saturday, Sept. 16
Noon to 4 p.m.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Virtual Events

Virtual Options: Marathon | Half Marathon | 10K | 5K | Tailwind Trot 1K

A Look Back at 2022 Air Force Marathon

The 27th running of the Air Force Marathon will take place Sept. 16 at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, with thousands of competitors from around the world scheduled to participate. (U.S. Air Force photos by Hannah Carranza Jaima Fogg, Airman 1st Class James Johnson, and R.J. Oriez)

Health & Fitness Expo

Air Force Marathon weekend kicks off with the Health & Fitness Expo on Sept. 14. The following day, Wright State University is also venue for the Tailwind Trot 1K Kids Run and 5K. All remaining races, including the half and full marathons, are set for Sept. 16. (U.S. Air Force photos by R.J. Oriez)

Air Force Marathon Mission

Facts to Know

Reveille and retreat infographic

Reveille and retreat – One of the military’s oldest and most-solemn traditions is to honor the American flag. Reveille is played every weekday on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at 7:30 a.m. to signify start of the duty day. At 5 p.m., retreat is played – followed by the national anthem – as the duty day comes to an end. Next time you hear them, think before dashing to your vehicle or running back into the building. (U.S. Air Force graphic by David Clingerman)

Community and Base Events











Annual Wright-Patterson Trainee PicnicWright-Patterson Medical Center Garden FlyerNational Public Lands Day

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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 go.thryv.com/site/88DTSLAB 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 Wright-Patterson Medical Center appointment line at 937-522-2778 (Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 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.

Follow on social media to stay up-to-date on activities and events:

Facebook: @88fss | Instagram @WrightPattFSS | www.wrightpattfss.com

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. Concert starts at 5:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Smash Up Comedy Tour

Sept. 6 – 6:30 pm – Wright-Patt Club – Come out for an evening of family entertainment and laughs as Air Force Entertainment presents “stand-up magician” Derek Hughes and high-energy comedy-drumming duo rePercussion! Doors open at 4 p.m. and show starts at 6:30. Food and drinks will be available for purchase until 6 p.m. Stop by after the show for a meet & greet with the performers. Entry is free and seating is first come, first served. For more information, go to www.WrightPattFSS.com.

Volunteers are needed for event setup and teardown. Sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FAEA829ABFFC70-airforce#.

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 www.firefest.net/wpafb.

Volunteers are needed for event setup and teardown, kids area, hydration station, and food & drinks. Sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FAEA829ABFFC70-planes#.

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.

Soul Food Buffet

Sept. 6 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Wright-Patt Club – Every first Wednesday of the month, enjoy the Soul Food Buffet featuring fried chicken, mac & cheese, ribs, collard greens and more! Cost is $15.95 for members and $18.95 for non-members. Call 937-522-2160 for more info.

Designer Handbag Bingo

Sept. 20 – 6-9 p.m. – Wright-Patt Club – Make it a girls night out! Get your co-workers and friends together and have fun playing bingo and trying to win amazing designer handbags and wallets. Cost is $50 for club members and $60 for non-members. Doors open at 4 p.m., games begin at 6. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 937-522-2160 or stopping by the club Tuesday through Friday.


Sept. 22 – 5-9 p.m. – Wright-Patt Club – Celebrate Oktoberfest at Wright-Patt! There will be live German music, food, drinks, games and more. Free entry. For more information, call 937-522-2160.

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

Columbus Blue Jackets tickets – Tickets are available for two games in Section 118: Sept. 24 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins and Oct. 5 vs. the Washington Capitals. Cost: $40 each. Stop by the ITT office today!

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 www.wrightpattfss.com/country-club.

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.

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 88FSS.Unite.WPAFB@us.af.mil or 937-713-2777. You can also visit www.wrightpattfss.com.

Auto Hobby Shop

Brake Service Special – Sept. 11-15 – Need your brakes serviced? Come in Sept. 11-15 and the Auto Hobby Shop will replace brake pads and rotors for $50 per axle, drums and shoes for $65. Customer must supply needed parts. Call today for your appointment 937-257-3310.

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. 30 to Sept. 5: 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 “Sugar Shock” on Aug. 30 from noon to 1 p.m., “Fad Diets: The Good, the Fad and the Ugly” on Aug. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and “Bone and Joint Health” on Sept. 5 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 CHPSsupport@us.af.mil for more information.

National Preparedness Month info booth Aug. 31 and Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – In support of National Preparedness Month, WPAFB’s Office of Emergency Management will host an informational booth inside the Base Exchange. Stop by to meet the Emergency Management Flight and spin the wheel for some free preparedness-related prizes to help get your emergency kit started. For more information, contact the WPAFB Office of Emergency Management at 937-257-3634.

Base Thrift Shop open on AFMC Family Day Sept. 1 – Anyone with base access can shop at the store. Bring your family and friends and show them the great deals. The Base Thrift Shop is in Building 95 along Wright Avenue (next to Outdoor Rec) on Area A. The store’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Consignments take place 9:30-11:30 a.m. on a walk-in basis only. Call 937-879-5630 during business hours for more information. Check out the store on Facebook at WPOSC THRIFT SHOP to see weekly updates. All Base Thrift Shop proceeds are used to benefit WPAFB and surrounding communities.

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 keithallen2211@gmail.com for any questions and the meeting ID number.

Vet Ohio Expo Sept. 7 from 2-6 p.m. – The third annual Vet Ohio Expo is coming to Franklin Park Adventure Center in Columbus. The event is free and open to the public. It’s designed to showcase veteran-owned businesses that provide services and products to the community and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.vetohioexpo.com, see the attached “Vet Ohio Expo” flyer or call 220-204-0624.

Unofficial photos – The next unofficial photo events will be:

  • 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.

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 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 daniel.straw@afit.edu.

The Wright-Patt Chess Club will not meet this week due to AFMC Family Day. Its next meeting is Sept. 8 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.

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 cbrad0918@aol.com.

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 (ashleigh.falk@us.af.mil) or Jessica Hamby (jessica.hamby@us.af.mil).

Hispanic Heritage Festival Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – The Puerto Rican, American and Caribbean Organization & Five Rivers MetroParks present the 22nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. The event features live music, entertainment and food from a variety of Hispanic cultures. Admission is free. Check out the attached “PACO Dayton Hispanic Heritage Festival 2023” flyer for details. If interested in volunteering, go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CAEAF2EAAFDC07-2023#.

The WPAFB Logistics Officer Association Chapter invites all logisticians to its next event Sept. 21 from 4-6 p.m. at Wandering Griffin Brewery in Beavercreek (3725 Presidential Drive). In addition to food and refreshments, it’s a great information-and-networking opportunity to collaborate with fellow WPAFB logisticians.

WPAFB LOA Chapter’s purpose is to promote the aims of the Air Force mission through dedicated efforts and promote quality logistical support to upgrade the image visibility and promotability of the professional logistics officer. The organization serves all logisticians in the Wright-Patt community.

For questions, comments or concerns, contact any of the WPAFB LOA Committee’s Executive Board members:

Senior mentor: Brig. Gen. C. Lyle Drew – lyle.drew2@us.af.mil

President: Capt. Shelby Olivera – shelby.olivera.1@us.af.mil

Vice president: Craig Mohr – craig.mohr@oneil.com

Treasurer: Rodney Hromada – rodney.hromada.1@us.af.mil         

Events chairperson: Steve Russell – steven.russell.15@us.af.mil

Membership: Capt. Katherine Kondas – katherine.kondas.1@us.af.mil

Information: Lamon (Max) Mabron-Rock – lamon.mabron-rock.1@us.af.mil


“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 robert.hemmerly.1@us.af.mil.


For event details, go to www.urbanacitizen.com/2023/06/29/moving-wall-coming-to-urbana. More information on the “Moving Wall” can be found at www.themovingwall.org.

Girls in Aviation Day Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – In partnership with the National Aviation Hall of Fame, Women in Aviation’s Huffman Prairie and The Wright chapters will host Girls in Aviation Day at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Designed for girls ages 8-17, Girls in Aviation Day is a FREE event to inspire girls and young women to get into aviation. Not everyone has to be a pilot – there are careers through engineering, mechanics/maintenance, logistics, human resources, accounting, air traffic control, dispatchers, hospitality, drones, marketing, management and more. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com/e/girls-in-aviation-day-2023-tickets-670298961237?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&from=452073fd259f11ee865a9a85c5a9d6fe. Check out the attached “Girls in Aviation Day boarding pass” for details. For more information, contact Ashley Ringer, Women in Aviation’s Huffman Prairie Chapter president, at 214-218-1069 or womeninaviationhuffmanprairie@gmail.com.

Fire Prevention Week kickoff eventSept. 29 from 3-6 p.m. – A fire-prevention community event will be held in the parking lot behind the Wright Field South Child Development Center. In addition to firetrucks and displays, there will be a “Firefighter Challenge” area for kids to explore, carnival games and the Fire Safety “Hazard House.” For more information, see the “Fire Prevention Week 2023” attachment or call 937-257-4075.

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. Registration for WPJFC’s Leadership Symposium on Oct. 12 is live at here. Reach out to Shevon Barnes at shevon.barnes@us.af.mil 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.

Retiree Appreciation Day – Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – The 88th Air Base Wing will host Retiree Appreciation Day at the Wright-Patt Club. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and briefings start at 8. The free annual event features guest speakers and links attendees with various services and agencies, including Wright-Patterson Medical Center, Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ohio Department of Veteran Services, and numerous other WPAFB and local organizations. It’s open to all military retirees, their family members and survivors, as well as those nearing retirement. For more information, call the base’s Retiree Activities Office at 937-257-3221 or email rao-wp@hotmail.com.

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 chad.kimmel.1@us.af.mil. All skill levels are welcome.

Defense Commissary Agency news releases:

Reveille and retreat – One of the military’s oldest and most-solemn traditions is to honor the American flag. Reveille is played every weekday on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at 7:30 a.m. to signify start of the duty day. At 5 p.m., retreat is played – followed by the national anthem – as the duty day comes to an end. Next time you hear them, think before dashing to your vehicle or running back into the building. See the “Reveille, retreat and taps” attachment for proper actions to take and courtesies to render.

Boy Scouts of America – Wright-Patt families can find scouting opportunities in the Miami Valley Council’s Wright Brothers District, which serves Dayton and the surrounding region. For details, check out the attached “Scout flyer” or go to https://beascout.scouting.org.

Prohibited dietary supplements – Did you know that some dietary supplements on the market are prohibited for use by military and Defense Department members? Some ingredients in dietary supplements can cause a positive drug test, which no one wants. To ensure the supplements you’re taking are approved, visit www.opss.org/dod-prohibited-dietary-supplement-ingredients and search by the ingredients listed in the supplement. This is part of Operation Supplement Safety and only provides the banned ingredients; there is no list of banned supplements. Do your research before trying something new to make sure you are not accidentally taking something that’s banned. Attached is “DODI supplements” for more information.

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, taraya.downhour@us.af.mil or jessica.rucker.1@us.af.mil@us.af.mil. Check out the attached “ADC flyer” 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 88fss.fsca.workflow@us.af.mil.

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 (dps.mil).

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.” 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: https://usaf.percipio.com/admin/areas/f0598f64-1868-440c-b4c7-96a935742b55/subjects. 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 WPAFB.WomensInitiativeTeam@us.af.mil.

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

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2023 Air Force Marathon – Lock in your race registration at current rates before it’s too late! The deferral window will close Aug. 31. 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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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: Northrop Tacit Blue 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.

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.

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 https://ohio.uso.org/wright-patterson-center 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 rfranz@uso.org and wwigg@uso.org

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 https://volunteers.uso.org/?nd=login 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 wwigg@uso.org with any questions. 

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Diners using MILITARY STAR at Exchange restaurants can win $15,000 in prizes

MILITARY STAR cardholders can stop by their nearest Army & Air Force Exchange Service restaurant to eat, save and win during a special sweepstakes, sponsored by Subway.

Through Aug. 31, cardholders who make a purchase from participating Exchange restaurants using their MILITARY STAR card will automatically be entered to win one of 15 $1,000 Exchange gift cards.

The chance to win comes on top of the everyday 10% discount cardholders receive whenever they use MILITARY STAR at participating Exchange restaurants.

“Not only does eating at an Exchange restaurant save money, but now, diners have a chance to walk away with $1,000,” Wright-Patterson Exchange General Manager Adam Shaw said. “Exclusive savings and offers like these are part of the big value MILITARY STAR delivers to cardholders.”

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 Tide.com/scholarship, 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 ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes 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 – www.facebook.com/WrightPattersonExchange.

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 https://kfubbq.com. 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 ShopMyExchange.com.

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 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! 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 www.myecp.com. With access to online shopping, DOD employees also enjoy MILITARY STAR benefits, like free shipping! ***NOTE: cannot purchase tobacco, alcohol or military uniforms.

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 www.applymyexchange.com and see where your future can go with the Exchange. #WhereHeroesWork


100 Years of the Italian Air Force Exhibit – Visit this special exhibit in the museum’s fourth building, celebrating the history and heritage of the Italian air force. The exhibit 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 www.militarydonor.com 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 opens Sept. 24 – How did thinkers of the late 1800s, including writers like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, envision the future? This new special exhibit is free and open daily to all museum visitors through Dec. 10. 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, rocketry presentations and activities in the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and more! This event is made possible by the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement not implied).

Troops and Treats – Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: 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 (af.mil).

STARBASE 2.0 needs youth STEM coaches – Energetic volunteers are needed to serve as science, technology, engineering and math coaches in the new 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: shawnwstarbase@gmail.com or 937-422-6473.

Environmental volunteers needed – Help WPAFB’s Environmental Branch collect seeds on Huffman Prairie. Seed collection helps sustain and protect this unique natural resource. Events are scheduled 9-11 a.m. on the following dates:

·       Aug. 30

·       Sept. 20

·       Oct. 18

Contact danielle.trevino.1@us.af.mil to sign up.

Volunteers are needed for graffiti and litter cleanup in celebration of National Public Lands Day. An event is scheduled Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Oakes Quarry Park (1267 E. Xenia Drive in Fairborn). All supplies provided. Email danielle.trevino.1@us.af.mil to sign up. The effort is being coordinated by WPAFB’s Environmental Branch, the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association and city of Fairborn. See the “NPLD flyer” attachment for details.

Job Shadow Day mentors needed – sign up by Sept. 22 – Every fall and spring, the WPAFB Educational Outreach Office sponsors a Job Shadow Day for high school juniors and seniors that allows them to learn firsthand about the many exciting careers available at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The next one is set for Oct. 27 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The day starts at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, which is where you’ll meet and pick up your student(s). Students will be paired with their mentors for a day of shadowing. This can include visiting your job site, introducing students to your colleagues, viewing a special project or arranging a tour. The students are thirsty to know what base personnel do and what kind of education is required to pursue such careers. Mentors return students to the museum at 2:30 p.m.

What does it take to be a mentor?

A person excited about their job and willing to tell students about it. Each mentor will be responsible for transporting the students to and from job sites, as well as providing the overall job shadow experience.

Note: As a mentor, it is up to you to secure any necessary permissions or clearances to bring students on base and into your work area.

How do I sign up?

It’s EASY! Register at 2023 Fall Job Shadow Day - 27 October 2023 Survey (surveymonkey.com). Deadline for volunteering is Sept. 22 so the career list can be assembled and the announcement sent to local schools.

The WPAFB Educational Outreach Office will do all the pre-event work, including pairing students with mentors, registrations, and securing school and parental permissions.

Job Shadow Day always has MORE students interested than officials can accommodate, so consider volunteering as a mentor. The more mentors we have, the more students we can accommodate. Contact Kim Stultz at kimberly.stultz.ctr@us.af.mil or 937-938-4861 if you have any questions, concerns or need additional information. Check out the attached “Job Shadow Day” flyer for details.

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

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 CWOC-jlapore5@hotmail.com.

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 Emily Leigh for more information on any of these programs: 937-321-2518.

Protestant services:

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

Protestant Women of the Chapel:

For information about PWOC, send an email to WrightPattPWOC@gmail.com.

Additional information:

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

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