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VOL. 2, NO. 19 | FRIDAY, October 13, 2023

Dominate the Dirty Work Mini-Series

The 88th Air Base Wing's “Dominate the Dirty Work” mini-series offers a behind the scenes look at the hard work and dedication of our Mighty 88th! Join the 88 ABW Public Affairs team throughout the next month for more at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Fire Prevention Week

The Wright-Patt Fire Dept. hosted their annual fire prevention week kick-off event to recognized National Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage.(U.S. Air Force photos by Daniel Peterson)

2023 Combined Federal Campaign

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Air Camp Girls in STEM

Air Camp held its Girls In STEM Career Exploration and Fly Day Event on September 30 and sponsored by the Dayton Chapter of Women in Defense. (U.S. Air Force photos by Daniel Peterson)

Community and Base Events

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Primary care manager realignment: In an effort to optimize health care provided to you, the 88th Medical Group is realigning many active-duty members within the Warrior Operational Medicine Clinic and Flight Medicine Clinic. You will empaneled to a PCM based on your assigned squadron. Active-duty PCMs are assigned to support members within specific squadrons to streamline your care, identify workplace trends and conditions associated with your career fields. This will help build direct rapport between you – the patient – your health care provider team and unit commanders. You can verify your current PCM at any time by logging in to your MHS GENESIS Patient Portal account at and choosing the dropdown on the top right titled “Patient Information.” You can also contact Humana at 800-444-5445.

At-home COVID-19 tests: Public Health has received a limited supply of at-home COVID-19 test kits. Beneficiaries are eligible to receive two test kits every 30 days (each kit contains two tests). As an additional resource, every U.S. household can again place an order to receive four free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home. Individuals can visit to order tests and get more information.

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.

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

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

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: Single: $65. Couple: $120. Non-members: Single: $75. Couple: $140.

Sunday football

Kittyhawk Lanes has all the 1 p.m. NFL games! Reserve a package that includes a large one-topping pizza, fountain drinks, unlimited bowling and shoes for only $24.95. Four people max. Lanes fill up fast so call 937-257-7796 today.

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 to reserve your spot.

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 or to reserve your spot.

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.

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:

Civilian Health Promotion Services – Oct. 11-17: CHPS is offering FREE cardiac-risk profile (glucose/cholesterol), body-composition (Bodpod/InBody) and blood-pressure screenings, as well as OBSERV skin analysis, to Air Force civilians 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 weight loss, gain or maintenance. You can enroll today at – contact CHPS for more information.

Energy Action Month – Throughout October, base Energy Management encourages everyone to check out the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure’s installation energy resources page at Installation Energy ( You can learn more about the complex energy challenges facing the Air Force today and some creative ways that have been developed to address them.

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.

Come join the Wright-Patt Chess Club for its weekly meeting Oct. 13 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.

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. 17 and Nov. 7 on Zoom. Email for any questions and the meeting ID number.

SAPR “Catch All” annual training – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office personnel will offer SAPR annual training sessions on the below listed dates/times in the USO auditorium. These are “catch all” sessions and NOT meant to replace the primary method of accomplishing training, which is using unit-level facilitators who have been trained/certified to facilitate 2023 SAPR annual training by SAPR office personnel. Sign up to attend at

  • Tier 1: Oct. 17 from 1-2 p.m., Nov. 29 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Dec. 5 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Tier 2: Oct. 17 from 2-3 p.m., Nov. 29 from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Dec. 5 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.


5/6 Blood Drive Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

Scheduling link: ASBP - Donor Portal (

For details, see the “5-6 Blood Drive” attachment.

Unofficial photos – The next unofficial photo events will be:

  • Oct. 20 from 9-11 a.m.
  • Nov. 17 from 9-11 a.m.
  • December – no event scheduled

Location is 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

Retiree Appreciation Day Blood Drive Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Wright-Patt Club, Daedalian Room

Walk-ins are accepted. Donors may also schedule an appointment: (search by ZIP code: 45433)

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

Combined Federal Campaign 2023 – The Combined Federal Campaign is officially open until 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.

Save the date! WPAFB’s CFC committee will host its 2023 CFC Trivia with the Charities event Nov. 3 from 2-5 p.m. at the Wright-Patt Club. Read more about the campaign here:

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.

Base Thrift Shop – Halloween is quickly approaching. Let the Base Thrift Shop be your costume headquarters. Find stylish costumes at GREAT prices! Anyone with base access can shop at the store. 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.

Base Thrift Shop – Halloween is quickly approaching. Let the Base Thrift Shop be your costume headquarters. Find stylish costumes at GREAT prices! Anyone with base access can shop at the store. 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.

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!

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

Board Game Night at the USO (Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Unstable Unicorns and more) Oct. 13 and 27 from 5-8 p.m.: Game nights, on the second and fourth Fridays every month, are free to currently serving military and family members, who may also bring a civilian guest. No experience or registration required. Make some magic! Snacks provided. For details, check out the “USO game night” attachment.

Line dancing at the USO – Oct. 20 from 6-8 p.m.: Let’s dance! This monthly event is free to active military and family members, who may also bring a civilian guest. No experience or registration required. Pizza provided.

USO Wright-Patt open until 8 p.m. (beginning Nov. 1, center will close at 7 p.m.): Volunteers needed to fill evening shifts. WPAFB’s USO Center is open Tuesday to Saturday until 8 p.m. This includes the center café, game room and all amenities. Military and family members can 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.

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

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


Tide “Turn to Cold” sweepstakes – Throughout October, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, in collaboration with Procter & Gamble, is giving Wright-Patterson shoppers an opportunity to score a new washer and dryer, along with other high-efficiency laundry products, in the Tide “Turn to Cold” sweepstakes. Authorized shoppers 18 and older can enter at for a shot at winning a piece of the $6,300 in prizes. See the “Tide sweepstakes” attachment for more information.


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 during 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.


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 your favorites with new hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday-Friday 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 and Charleys Philly Steaks! Get $2 off any salad valued at $4 or more every Wednesday.


Dunkin’ is now open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at AFIT! The grand opening will be announced soon. The vacated Einstein Bagel Shop at the Air Force Institute of Technology has been converted into the very first Dunkin’ on Wright-Patterson AFB.


Starbucks has reopened! Get your favorite coffees and Frappuccinos again. Drive-thru coming soon.


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


Bunker 27 now also open in Bldg. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.


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 – 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 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving coffee, breakfast, lunch and daily specials – always made to order. Use the code word “ABW Bulletin” and receive a cookie or chips of your choice free with any meal purchase.

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

Specific MILITARY STAR benefits for DOD personnel include:

  • 2% rewards on in-store and online purchases ($1 spend = two points; 2,000 points = $20 reward gift card)
  • Same industry-low annual percentage rate for everyone
  • 10% off all first-day purchases at Exchange facilities (15% from Oct. 12-26)
  • 5 cents off every gallon of fuel on installation
  • 10% off all food purchases at participating Exchange restaurants
  • Exclusive savings and financing offers

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

Troops and Treats – Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: FREE and open to ghosts and goblins of all ages! Are you a ghost, goblin, princess or pirate? Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy trick-or-treating, animal encounters, Halloween-themed balloon twisters, face painting and the always-popular 501st Legion Star Wars-themed characters. This event is made possible by the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement not implied).

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).

Air sports demonstrations – Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Look to the skies above the museum Oct. 28 for an exciting day of air sports demonstrations presented by the National Aeronautic Association*. See formation-paramotor flying by the Airythmia Paramotor Demonstration Team*, hot air balloons, radio-controlled aircraft and canopy-formation parachute jumps by Team Fastrax*. Museum grounds will open at 7:30 a.m. for this free event. Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs. Note: All outdoor activities will be weather-permitting, and museum buildings are scheduled to open at the regular time of 9 a.m.

*Federal endorsement not implied.

Holiday hours: The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23), Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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.

The Wright-Patterson AFB Educational Outreach Office was established in 1999 to build student excitement and enthusiasm in science, technology, engineering, math and aviation in hopes they will consider future careers with the Air Force right here at WPAFB. Since that time, base personnel have had a direct impact on over 1.7 million students in programs ranging from classroom visits and one-on-one mentoring to robotics competitions and student internships. More than $49 million in free educational programs have been provided and WPAFB volunteers donate over 5,100 hours each month to support local efforts. It’s fun, rewarding, and a great way to volunteer and get involved in the community.

Programs include but are not limited to:

  • Wizards of Wright!
  • FIRST LEGO League Program/tournament volunteer
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Program volunteer
  • Job Shadow Day
  • Scanning Electron Microscope EDucatorS (SEMEDS)
  • Science fair judges/support
  • Classroom speakers
  • DOD STARBASE Wright-Patt
  • Various mentoring programs
  • Reading and academic tutoring

Take a look at the “Educational Outreach help wanted” attachment, which describes a variety of programs and volunteer opportunities coordinated by the WPAFB Educational Outreach Office. A point of contact for potential volunteers (available to answer specific questions) is listed with each program. Additional information is available on the WPAFB Educational Outreach Office website at