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VOL. 2, NO. 18 | FRIDAY, September 29, 2023

27th Annual Air Force Marathon

Sights & Sounds


Race Champions

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Cincinnati Reds Military Appreciation Day

Wright-Patt leadership participated in Cincinnati Reds Military Appreciation Day at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Sept. 1, 2023. Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, administered the oath of enlistment to Delayed Entry Program recruits and threw the ceremonial first pitch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel Peterson)

Cincinnati Reds Military Appreciation Night: Sept. 1

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Airmen of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are celebrated during Military Appreciation Night hosted by the Cincinnati Reds at The Great American Ball Park, September 1, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. As part of the evening's recognition, Airmen presented the colors, sung the national anthem and threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the pregame ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force Video by Jeffery Harris)

Air Force's 76th Birthday

The Air Force Ball was held in honor of the Air Force’s 76th birthday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton, Ohio. The ball was held on Sept. 9, 2023. It is tradition for the oldest and youngest members present to cut the cake together. (U.S. Air Force photos by Hannah Carranza)

Blue Streak Time Trial: Sept. 12

A Blue Streak Time Trial participant bikes along Skeel Avenue on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept. 12, 2023. The monthly time trial route is 10 miles long and circles the Area A flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James Johnson)

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At-home COVID-19 tests: Public Health has exhausted its supply of at-home COVID-19 test kits. Until providers receive more and the distribution process is solidified, the Medical Center cannot hand out home tests to any TRICARE beneficiaries. Should someone need an at-home test, they will have to purchase it on the local economy. Current TRICARE coverage and instructions can be found at

COVID-19 vaccines – On Sept. 11, the Food and Drug Administration approved (ages 12 and older) and authorized for emergency use (6 months to 11 years of age) updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for the 2023-2024 season (news release).

On Sept. 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published recommendations for use of these updated mRNA vaccines:

  • Updated COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
  • Older adults and immunocompromised individuals are at greatest risk for hospitalization and death.
  • In addition, healthy adults and children can still experience severe disease. 

As part of the FDA decision, the bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech) are NO longer authorized for use in the United States; therefore, Wright-Patterson Medical Center cannot offer the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. Officials will share updates once the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines arrive for the 2023-2024 season.

The FDA has not yet authorized or approved an updated Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for 2023-2024. 

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.

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Planes, Tunes & BBQ, plus fireworks!

Sept. 29 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Area B athletic fields – Come out this Friday for RC plane demonstrations, all-day music with the Air Force Band of Flight, Rusted Reserve, Vinyl Countdown and headliner Ryan Daniel, a very competitive BBQ contest and lots of delicious BBQ for sale, plus an amazing fireworks show to wrap up this day of fun! Bring the entire family out for a great time. Entry is free and open to anyone with base access.

Compete to be the BBQ master! Grand champion wins a Bullseye Wood Pellet Grill! Plus, other great prizes. Receive a goodie bag worth $100 just for participating. To sign up for the free BBQ competition, go to

VOLUNTEERS are still needed for event setup and teardown, kids area, hydration station, and food & drinks. Sign up at

Masquerade Ball

Oct. 28 – 6-11 p.m. – Wright-Patt Club – Dress up in your ballgown or tuxedo and spend an elegantly haunted evening dancing to music from a string quartet, gallivanting through the Club on a scavenger hunt, enthralled by a fortuneteller reading your cards, awed by aerial acrobatics, dining on delectable hors d’oeuvres and partaking in specialty cocktails. Don’t miss out on this mystical night of fun – call the Wright-Patt Club from Tuesday-Friday at 937-522-2160 or stop in to purchase your tickets.

Members: Tickets on sale now! Single: $65. Couple: $120.

Non-members: Tickets available starting Oct. 3. Single: $75. Couple: $140.

Club Member Breakfast

Oct. 3 – 7-9 a.m. – Wright-Patt Club – Attention, club members! Join us for a FREE breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits & gravy, freshly made pancakes, coffee & juice. Cost for non-members is $12.95. For more information, call 937-522-2160.

Ryder Cup Tournament

Oct. 7-9 – Prairie Trace Golf Course – Oct. 7 – scramble, Oct. 8 – best ball and Oct. 9 – alternate shot. Entry fee is $35 and includes lunch and prizes. Green and cart fees not included. Must register by noon Oct. 6. USGA handicap required. 8 a.m. check-in and shotgun start at 9. Register by calling 937-257-7961.

Tennis Club Open House

Oct. 13 – 1-6 p.m. – Wright-Patt Tennis Club – Stop by the Tennis Club for FREE tennis classes from our club pros, racket-stringing demos, contests and refreshments. Learn how to become a member. For more information, call 937-257-7248.

Rod & Gun Open House

Oct. 14 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Wright-Patt Rod & Gun Club – Come out to the Rod & Gun Open House and receive a one-day-only discounted annual membership fee! Plus, tour the facility, purchase discounted rounds and enjoy a potluck-style meal. For more information, call 937-257-3935.

Friday the 13th Horror Night

Oct. 13 – 7 p.m. – Wings Bar & Grille courtyard – Come out to Wings Bar & Grille for a horror double feature outside on the big screen! There will be door prizes, a costume contest prior to the movie, s’more packs available for purchase and a special cocktail menu. Doors open at 3 p.m. Movies are R-rated. Adults 18 and over only. Join us…if you dare! Call 937-522-2160 for more information.

The Great Pumpkin Palooza & Trunk or Treat

Oct. 26 – 4-7 p.m. – Turtle Pond – Join us for a great evening of fun for the entire family featuring a pumpkin-carving contest, trunk or treat, pumpkin bowling, mini pumpkin decorating, games, caricatures, photo booth and lots more! Entry is free and open to anyone with base access. Food & beverages will be available for purchase.

Pumpkin-Carving Contest! Show off your skills in the ultimate pumpkin-carving contest! Plus, win a $100 Visa gift card and trophy. You may compete as an individual or team of two. Sign up at  by Oct. 20.

Trunks needed! Get creative and have some fun decorating a trunk and passing out candy during The Great Pumpkin Palooza! A prize will be awarded to the best decorated trunk! Sign up at by Oct. 20.

Zombie Chase

Oct. 27 – 5 p.m. – Bass Lake – Run for your life!! The annual Zombie Chase is here! Come out for this free family-friendly 5K run where zombies will be lying in wait to chase you. Not a fan of being chased? No worries! Identifiers are available for those who wish to be zombie-free. Costumes are optional. Multiple prizes awarded. No registration is required but we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to get everyone organized. For more info, call 937-257-4225.

Looking to be a part of the undead? We need fun people who want to dress up like zombies and chase runners at the Zombie Chase! Sound like fun? Sign up at by Oct. 24.

Sparetime Grill now serving breakfast

Looking for someplace new to grab a quick, delicious breakfast? Sparetime Grill at Kittyhawk Lanes has you covered! Stop in from 7-9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday for your choice of breakfast sandwiches, burritos, bowls, biscuits & gravy, hash browns, French toast sticks and more.

Want to pre-order for an early-morning breakfast meeting? Just call 937-257-7796 by 5 p.m. the day before and pick it up on your way.

Information, Tickets and Travel

Columbus Blue Jackets tickets – Get your Blue Jackets tickets today! Only $40 each. Stop by the ITT office.

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. 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 10-13 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 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 – Sept. 27 to Oct. 3: CHPS is offering FREE cardiac-risk profile (glucose/cholesterol), body-composition (Bodpod/InBody) and blood-pressure screenings, as well as OBSERV skin analysis, to federal civilian personnel only. Schedule an appointment in our office at Wright Field Fitness Center or visit during walk-in hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday and Friday.

Join Air Force Civilian Health Promotion Services for the “Choose What Your Lose” weight-management challenge, which is running until Oct. 27! “Choose What You Lose” allows participants to select their personal goal of either weight loss, gain or maintenance. You can enroll today at – contact CHPS for more information.

This week’s virtual briefings include “Sticking to Your Goals” on Sept. 27 from 10-11 a.m., “Understanding Body Composition” on Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and “Fad Diets: The Good, the Fad and the Ugly” on Oct. 3 from noon to 1 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.

Wright-Patt Jamboree and Commander’s Cup Challenge – Sept. 27-29 – As the fiscal year comes to a close, the 88th Air Base Wing is hosting its 2nd Annual Jamboree this week to promote team-building and unit cohesion. It’s free for all military and DOD civilians at WPAFB. The Commander’s Cup is also up for grabs, with units and organizations battling in several sporting events and competitions. Prizes and awards will be presented during the “Planes, Tunes & BBQ” event Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Area B athletic fields. See the attached “2nd Annual Jamboree” flyer for details. To sign up for sports and activities, go to

NASIC Blood Drive Sept. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Canteen Dining Area (Bldg. 856)

Scheduling link: ASBP - donor portal (

For details, see the “NASIC Blood Drive” attachment.

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.

Come join the Wright-Patt Chess Club for its weekly meeting Sept. 29 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.

Southwest Ohio Purple Star and Hidden Helper Student Ice Cream Social Sept. 30 from 1-3 p.m. – Families and their military-connected students age pre-K through college can meet and greet with various support resources, enjoy ice cream and browse the Middletown Art Center (130 N. Verity Parkway). There will also be a chance to win prizes. See attached “Ice Cream” flyer for more info. Register here to attend.

Last call for 2023 SAPR annual facilitators and Tier 3 training – The final Tier 1 and Tier 2 facilitator training sessions (aka “train the trainers”) take place in October. Facilitators are needed to accomplish mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention and Response annual training for Tier 1 (E-6, O-3, GS-11 civilians or equivalent, and below) and Tier 2 (E-7 to E-9, O-4 to O-6, and civilians GS-12 and above or equivalent).

To become a 2023 SAPR annual training facilitator, individuals must first complete and send their “SAPR annual training vetting application” (template attached) and completion certificates for the two below computer-based training courses to the 88th Air Base Wing’s SAPR org box at no later than Oct. 1:

Then, prospective facilitators will attend a facilitator course (aka “train the trainer”) with SAPR staff. The final remaining courses are listed below. Sign-up instructions will be sent to prospective facilitators after a SAPR staff member has verified their application and prerequisite training completion:

  • Tier 1 – Oct. 15 at 8:30 a.m. and Oct. 18 at 9 a.m.
  • Tier 2 (individuals will be certified as both Tier 1 and 2 facilitators at the end of this training, if nominated as a Tier 2 trainer on their vetting application). Final courses are scheduled for Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. and Oct. 15 at 8:30 a.m.

2023 SAPR annual training for Tier 3 personnel (general officers and Senior Executive Service civilians) must be facilitated by a sexual assault response coordinator. To sign up for a Tier 3 session, go to

2023 Cybersecurity Awareness Month – October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! The 88th Air Base Wing Cybersecurity Office wants to help you and your organizations understand solutions and tips to keep your data secure and mitigate the cyberattack risk.

Take advantage of these opportunities to discover or enhance your cyber knowledge and experience. Remember, cybersecurity begins with you!

To register, visit the Wing Cybersecurity Office’s CSAM SharePoint site:

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 Oct. 3 and 17 on Zoom. Email for any questions and the meeting ID number.

Combined Federal Campaign 2023 – The Combined Federal Campaign is officially open and runs through Jan. 14. This year’s theme is GIVE HAPPY, because studies show that when you give happiness, you get happy, too. CFC is a federal tradition – an annual opportunity to come together to raise money and volunteer for our favorite charities, spreading happiness around the world one gift at a time.

Last year, federal employees heard the urgent call to action and responded by giving generously from their hearts – donating more than $70 million. Right here at Wright-Patterson AFB, personnel pledged $754,000. With your help, we can surpass this! These CFC pledges make a real and meaningful difference to a countless number of individuals throughout our communities, nation and world.

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base CFC committee is gearing up for this year’s local campaign, which runs Oct. 4 through Nov. 17, and seeking your help. If interested in sharing your “Why I give” story and comfortable with a 30-60 second recorded video interview, reach out to Lt. Col. Olga Brandt, committee chair, at or Vice Chair Craig Erford at Please provide the below information and you could be featured on the 88th Air Base Wing website and social media platforms:

  • name
  • organization
  • email
  • phone number
  • brief description of why you donate

Save the dates! WPAFB’s CFC committee will host a couple of events to start the campaign. More details to come:

  • Oct. 6 – CFC Awareness Golf Scramble at Twin Base Golf Course
  • Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – CFC Charity Kickoff at the USO Center on Area A

Throughout the campaign, officials will share weekly stories about how funds raised through CFC help people and communities in need. So keep a lookout in the Wright-Patt Weekly Bulletin and 88 ABW social media platforms. We’ll also provide key updates via “Wright-Patt All” emails. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your CFC campaign manager.

As a reminder, if you’re interested in sharing your “Why I give” story, connect with the CFC committee by Sept. 29!

In the meantime, check out this brief video to see what CFC is all about:

Cause of the Week Food & Nutrition: So much of our overall health is based on food and nutrition. Across the nation and around the world, lack of access to healthy food results in malnutrition, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and many other issues. Recent rising grocery costs have exacerbated these issues. CFC charities work to address food deserts, bridge the gaps in supply chains, ensure clean drinking water, provide nutritional counseling, teach effective farming techniques and enhance overall food security.

Here is just one example of how a CFC-participating charity provided food for a family in need:

A few years ago, Robert and his wife, Kimberly, became guardians for all six of their grandchildren. And then, right before the COVID-19 pandemic, Kimberly passed away.

Feeding six children three meals a day is a challenge no matter what. But the rising cost of groceries and school cafeterias closing for the summer left this family in a bad spot. Robert’s income from his job as a cook and maintenance worker at a senior care facility could not cover the cost of feeding his family.

Luckily, he found help through a CFC-participating charity’s summer meals program.

“Summer meals help because I never worry about them eating,” Robert said. “Not being hungry allows my kids to enjoy life.” 

Here are a few more examples of how CFC donations can help:

• Deliver nutritious meals to homebound individuals.

• Plant neighborhood gardens so communities have fresh vegetables.

• Train farmers using sustainable agriculture practices.

Combined Federal Campaign golf outing Oct. 6 Twin Base Golf Course – This event will have a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $70 and includes green fee with a cart, beverages on the course, buffet lunch and prizes after the round. To register, contact Jeff Leonard, Air Force Research Laboratory/Aerospace Systems Directorate, at The outing is limited to the first 32 teams registered, so sign up early. If you do not have a complete team or want to register/play as an individual, contact the POC to be paired up with other players.

Payment: All players will pay at the course the day of the event. Cash or check is preferred for faster processing. Credit cards will be accepted.

This is an awareness event for the Combined Federal Campaign. Several charities will be on hand. Due to Office of Personnel Management guidelines, officials cannot accept cash donations for charities; however, there will be a mobile app at the event for participants to make an optional donation directly to a charity of their choice. You can also call or text 937-609-6803 with questions. Include emails for your players so organizers can contact everyone with updates as necessary. For more details, see the attached “CFC golf outing flyer.”

Nourish the Service: Empowering Families Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Hope Hotel – Blue Star Families, Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, United Way of Greater Dayton (Greene County), Fairborn Fish, Greene County Fish Food Pantry and Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center will host Nourish the Service: Empowering Families 2023. Event organizers will give out 400 boxes of nonperishable food, 400 boxes of personal care items and 400 boxes of household items. Various Southwestern Ohio organizations will also attend to meet with you. Registered attendees will have the opportunity to win prizes. Sign up here to attend.

19th Annual Pumpkin ChuckOct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – The Pumpkin Chuck is returning to the Air Force Museum airfield! (Entrance is at Spinning Road Gate, 5901 Airway Road in Riverside). Sponsored by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Engineering Directorate, the event is family-friendly, open to the public and a fun way to raise awareness about the STEM outreach program at WPAFB for future engineers. There will be food trucks, local vendors, live music, lots of flying pumpkins for everyone’s enjoyment and a kids STEM area packed full of fun activities. See the attached “Pumpkin Chuck” flyer or check out the event’s Facebook page at For registration and volunteer info, email

42nd Air Force Materiel Command International Ball RSVP by Oct. 11 – The annual gala will be held Oct. 21 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This year’s theme is “The Starry Night ... Timeless Beauty & Friendships.” The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour and cocktail reception, including heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, and continues with a dinner service. The International Ball will conclude with music and dancing. View your invitation and RSVP at AFMC International Ball 2023. For payment instructions, see the “AFMC International Ball” attachment.

Energy Action Month guest speaker events Oct. 11 and 24 – Energy Management officials from the 88th Civil Engineer Group will host two free guest speaker events as a part of Energy Action Month. Every October, the Air Force highlights energy’s critical role in operations and mission continuity by encouraging its smart use and management for installations, ground vehicles and aircraft. This year theme, “Powering Possibility,” reflects the Air Force’s forward-looking approach to energy innovation and powering the future force:

Guest speaker Meg Maloney, Dayton sustainability manager Oct. 11 at 9 and 11 a.m. Wright-Patt Club, Fireside Room – Maloney will talk about the city of Dayton’s energy strategy geared toward helping reduce emissions and save money for residents and city facilities. This strategy includes energy procurement, energy-efficiency updates and exploration of renewable-energy options. In addition, she will discuss the process of starting a decarbonization strategy for the city, with a goal of zero emissions by 2050.

Meg Maloney bio: In her role as sustainability manager at the city of Dayton, Meg Maloney advocates for a more sustainable future for local residents and businesses through energy and environmental justice programs. She helped save over $14 million for residents and small businesses in 2022 and 2023 through energy programs. In addition, Maloney helped identify over $3.5 million in savings through utility-billing audits and curtailment for city of Dayton facilities last year. She is passionate about advocating for the redevelopment of disinvested communities and works to turn blighted sites into assets. Over the past two years, Maloney has been recognized for her sustainability work and was honored by the Dayton Business Journal as an Innovator under 25, Best Sustainability Staff Member in the state by the Ohio Mayor’s Alliance, and top Sustainability Leader for the Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio region.

Guest speaker from National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Oct. 24 at 9 and 11 a.m. location TBD – The speaker will discuss installation energy-emerging topics. NREL is one of 17 Department of Energy laboratories and primarily focuses on sustainable transportation and renewable energy. It supports the Department of Defense through interagency agreements while also working directly with other federal agencies, countries and industry. Current projects include leading a Global Power Systems Transformation program and assisting nations around the world with resilient, modernized power solutions.

With more than 20 years supporting ground-vehicle electrification and decades of work toward new alternative-liquid fuels for aviation, NREL has made a strategic initiative to support the aerospace industry as a whole in its goals for increased efficiency, unlocking the potential benefits of alternative-power trains, and developing guidance to deploy energy systems in support of fixed and contingency operations. Lessons learned within DOD and the commercial sector can be leveraged for all. Without energy, DOD does not function – NREL assists in making sure it’s available when and where needed, safely and reliably.

For questions about the Energy Action Month guest speaker events, contact Rick Papetti at or 937-656-1981.

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 here. Reach out to Shevon Barnes at for more information about the event.

Tree Festival volunteer event – Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Join WPAFB’s Environmental Branch for a Tree Festival and Volunteer Work Day in celebration of Wright Brothers Memorial’s arboretum accreditation. Free and open to the public. Location: 2380 Memorial Road. Take a guided tour of the arboretum and help with small autumn tasks to keep the site in great shape for next season. All supplies provided. Volunteering not required – you can just come for the arboretum tour. Contact to sign up.

Glow RunOct. 13 at 6:30 a.m. – In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a free 2.5-mile Glow Run is set to start in the Tennis Club parking lot. Participants will receive pink glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces to light up the course. See the attached “Glow Run” flyer for details and how to register.

Unofficial photos – The next unofficial photo event will be:

  • 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.

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

“Run for Your Life” Zombie ChaseOct. 27 at 5 p.m. – For all Halloween lovers out there, this free annual 5K run returns to Bass Lake. No registration required, costumes welcome. Prizes will be awarded. If running the 5K is not your thing, no worries: Dress up like a zombie and chase the participants. Check out the “Zombie Chase” attachment for details and how to volunteer.

The Wright State Football Club is offering free admission for active-duty military members at its Military Appreciation Game on Nov. 5 at noon as the team faces Michigan State’s Football Club. The game will be played at Wright State’s Mulhollan Field. Active-duty military must show ID card for free admission. Additional tickets are $5 for ages 18 and older, free for under 18. For more information, go to

Base Thrift Shop getting ready for fall! – Help us clear out our summer items. Stop by to shop, donate or consign. 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), about a mile from the commissary. Hours of operation: 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 us out on Facebook at WPOSC THRIFT SHOP to see our weekly updates. All Base Thrift Shop proceeds are used to benefit WPAFB and surrounding communities.

Greater Dayton Chapter of Blacks in Government meets the second Thursday every month from 6-7 p.m. at Dayton Metro Library’s Burkhardt Branch (4704 Burkhardt Ave, Dayton). The GDC-BIG meeting gives government employees a chance to interact, advocate, engage with the community, and promote equal opportunity and professional development. You can also join via Teams at BIG Membership Meeting or dial in: 410-874-6740 (conference ID: 430 341 139#). The meeting is open to all military, civilians and contractors working in local, state and federal government. For more information, contact GDC-BIG President Damon Smith at

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.

Defense Commissary Agency news releases:


Department of Defense civilian retiree ID cards are no longer valid. Effective immediately, new DOD civilian retiree ID cards and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve field committee volunteer Uniformed Service Identification cards will no longer be issued. This is a result of memorandums signed Feb. 17 by the undersecretary of defense for Personnel and Readiness –

To facilitate installation access, DOD civilian retirees must present an acceptable credential, such as a Real ID Act-compliant driver’s license, and establish their fitness. The registration process is as follows:

1. Real ID registration: DOD civilian retirees who possess a Real ID Act-compliant driver’s license are required to register it at the Pass & ID Office (Visitor Control Center), 4185 Logistics Ave., Building 286. This will facilitate future installation visits and grant you access.

2. Establishing fitness: During the registration process, retirees will be required to establish their fitness, which includes providing a valid/current driver’s license or U.S. passport.

3. Enrollment with retirement SF-50: DOD civilian retirees in receipt of their retirement Standard Form-50, “Notification of Personnel Action,” may proceed with the Real ID registration process. For those without the forms, SF-50s may be obtained through the Civilian Personnel Office. Location: Area A, Building 2. Phone: 937-904-3326.

Please note: Sixty days AFTER the retirement/separation effective date, the request for SF-50 or other documents must be submitted to:

National Personnel Records Center

1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138


Telephone: 314-801-0800
Fax: 314-801-9195

ACTION REQUIRED: DOD ID cards are U.S. government property and must be returned. DOD civilian retiree ID cards may be surrendered at installation gates, the Customer Support ID Card Office, any other DOD ID Card Office or by mail:

Customer Support ID Card Office

Location: Area A, Building 2

Phone: 937-522-3664

DOD ID Card Office locator:

Return by U.S. mail to:

DMDC – DMDC Support Center Warehouse
ATTN: DOD Civilian Retiree ID Card Returns
2102 E. 21st St. N
Wichita, Kansas 67214

By registering your Real ID at the Pass & ID Office, a smooth transition will be ensured for your future installation visits.

In addition, DOD civilian retirees are reminded that the limited use of morale, welfare, and recreation activities on WPAFB remains at the installation commander’s discretion. Access to these activities is subject to the DOD civilian retiree meeting the identity, fitness and purpose requirements for base access.

For further questions or clarification, contact the Pass & ID Office at 937-257-6264. You may also visit

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley matches positive adult mentors (“Bigs”) with youth mentees (“Littles”) in Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties. Bigs and Littles meet 4-6 hours a month and participate in fun, safe activities while focusing on behavioral, social or academic goals. Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley currently has more than 50 youth mentees on its waitlist, including five from military families.

Give a LITTLE time and make a BIG impact in the life of a young person. Go to or call 937-220-6850 to get started.

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

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 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, or 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

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 “Respectful Curiosity” (see attached flyer). I found this relevant quote by an unknown author: “Curiosity is the fuel for discovery, inquiry and learning.” I also wanted to share this short video titled: “Creating an open, inclusive dialogue about disability.” You can view it at Percipio video: Creating an open, inclusive dialogue about disability.

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

We are currently looking for a special emphasis program manager to lead Team Wright-Patt’s Hispanic and Empowerment Action Team and an SEPM to lead our LGBTQ+ Initiatives Team. If interested in learning more about leading HEAT or LIT, contact Affirmative Employment Program Manager Dawn Mubaslat at This would be a great opportunity if you’re interested in making a change, forming and fostering collaborative relationships, helping mitigate or eliminate barriers, and supporting our mission of creating a workplace based on merit, dignity and respect.

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

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

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 season-ending Oct. 10 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.

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

Military Family Dinner Sept. 27 from 5-7 p.m.: For currently serving active-duty, Guard and Reserve families. Register at for a fun evening of activities and free dinner at the USO! It’s a “Double Dog Night!” Dinner will be provided by Hollywood Gaming’s Zombie Dog Food Truck. Military working dogs from the 88th Security Forces Squadron’s K-9 unit will do a demonstration, and therapy dogs from Best Friends Pet Assisted Therapy will be on-site for petting. All in support of military families! (This event is not open to retirees or extended family members. Currently serving military members and dependents only).

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. Currently serving military 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.

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

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.

Soldier Showdown V Sweepstakes – Game on! Wright-Patterson shoppers can enter to win one of 50 gaming prizes in the Soldier Showdown V Sweepstakes at through Sept. 30. For details, check out the attached “Soldier Showdown Sweepstakes” flyer.

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.

Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Photo Contest – Ring in the spooky season with the Wright-Patterson Exchange! Show off your pet in their most spook-tacular costume in the annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Photo Contest for a chance at a share of $3,000 in Exchange gift cards. Enter throughout October at For details, check out the attached “Howl-O-Ween pet contest” flyer.

Happy birthday, Air Force! – Celebrate 76 years with one of the year’s biggest sweepstakes. Nearly $7,000 in tactical prizes are up for grabs through Oct. 13. See the “AF birthday” attachment for details. Authorized Wright-Patterson Exchange shoppers can enter at

Red Bull Exchange Gift Card Sweepstakes – Red Bull gives you winnings! Nearly $22,000 in prizes are up for grabs in the Red Bull Exchange Gift Card Sweepstakes. Through Oct. 31, you can enter at Winners will be randomly chosen by Nov. 10.

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
  • 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. #WhereHeroesWor

Discover Steampunk: A Fantastical Hands-On Adventure – How did thinkers of the late 1800s, including writers such as 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 courtesy of 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 (

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – CONTRACT POSITION FOR WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB CHAPEL TITHES AND OFFERINGS FUND PROTESTANT PARISH COORDINATOR: The Wright-Patterson AFB Chaplain Corps is seeking to hire for the contract position of Protestant parish coordinator. Candidates must be over age 18. Contracts will be awarded on best value, and the final selectee must successfully complete a background check. Specific details on requirements, qualifications, job responsibilities and the selection process are included in the application packet, which can be picked up at Kittyhawk Chapel, 2267 Birch St., WPAFB, OH 45433 or Prairies Chapel, 682 Chapel Lane, WPAFB, OH 45433. Sealed bids with resumes will be accepted at either chapel until 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Direct questions to Chaplain (Capt.) Tim Thurber, the CTOF contracting officer, at or 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 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

Additional information:

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