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VOL. 2, NO. 23 | FRIDAY, December 22, 2023

Happy Holidays, from Team Wright-Patt!

88 ABW Holiday Greetings


88th ABW Holiday Greeting

88th Air Base Wing
U.S. Air Force Colonel Chris Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander, and base leadership offer their best wishes to everyone during the holiday season at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force video by Dylan Kaericher, Chris Decker, Austin Smith, and Jeffery Harris)

Tree Lighting Ceremony


2023 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

88th Air Base Wing
The 88th Force Support Squadron hosts the 2023 Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 7, 2023 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force Video by Dylan Kaericher and Second Camera Airman James Johnson)

120th First Flight Anniversary

Team Wright-Patt and the National Park Service host a ceremony commemorating the first flight of a powered airplane at Wright Brothers Memorial. (U.S. Air Force photos by Daniel Peterson)

2023 Memories

Community and Base Events

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Influenza vaccine: The flu vaccine is available for beneficiaries on a walk-in basis in Wright-Patterson Medical Center’s Allergy & Immunizations Clinic. Active-duty members who received the vaccine at an off-base location should turn documentation in to the clinic.

Latest COVID-19 vaccine: The 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine is available in the Allergy & Immunizations Clinic. You can get the Pfizer vaccine on a walk-in basis; appointments for flu and COVID-19 vaccines will not be scheduled due to others taking place in the clinic. Wait times vary and can be lengthy at peak hours; we thank you in advance for your patience. The clinic is open to administer vaccines from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. You can receive both the flu and latest COVID-19 vaccines during the same visit.

Contraceptive Clinic: The walk-in Contraceptive Clinic, located inside the Women’s Health Clinic, is open Fridays from 7:45-11:15 a.m. It’s available to beneficiaries ages 16 and older. No appointment is necessary, but wait times may vary as this is a first-come, first-served clinic.

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.

Unofficial photos – The next unofficial photo events will be:

  • December – none scheduled
  • Jan. 12 from 9-11 a.m.
  • Feb. 9 from 9-11 a.m.

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.

Holiday Blood Drive Dec. 20 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

*Sponsored by 88th Medical Group 5/6*

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

Scheduling link: ASBP - Donor Portal (

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

Civilian Health Promotion Services – Dec. 20-26: 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. (CHPS will be closed Christmas Day).

This week’s virtual briefings include “Nutrition: Get Your Plate in Shape” on Dec. 20 from noon to 1 p.m., “Happy Healthy Holidays” on Dec. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and “Colds and Flu” on Dec. 26 from 10-11 a.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.

Base Thrift Shop Shop with us before you shop retail! – Hundreds of items arriving daily. We’re open through Dec. 20 (the store will close for winter break Dec. 21 to Jan. 8). Stop by now to shop, donate or consign. Hours of operation: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; consignments take place 9:30-11:30 a.m. on a walk-in basis. Invite your family and friends to shop with us. The store is open to anyone with base access. The Base Thrift Shop is in Bldg. 95 along Wright Avenue (next to Outdoor Rec), about a mile from the commissary. Check us out on Facebook at WPOSC THRIFT SHOP to see our weekly updates. Call 937-879-5630 during business hours for more information. All Base Thrift Shop proceeds are used to benefit WPAFB and surrounding communities.

Letters to Santa – Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s checking his mail at the Military & Family Readiness Center through Dec. 22! Write a letter to Santa and drop it in Santa’s mailbox and he will write a letter back to you. For details, check out the “2023 letters to Santa” attachment.

Legal Assistance Office early closure – The 88th Air Base Wing’s Legal Assistance Office will close at noon Dec. 22 and 29. This includes powers of attorney, notaries and legal assistance. For urgent matters during this temporary closure, call 937-257-6142 to leave a message and/or email the org box at and the office will get back to you as soon as possible.

BUS RIDERS NEEDED – RTA continues support to Area B through New Year’s Eve – The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is running a FREE “Tripper” shuttle service with two morning and afternoon runs, connecting five major stops on Area B to off-base housing and the Airway Shopping Center (RTA public transit routes 1, 2 and 11). The original trial period has been extended through Dec. 31; RTA will continue it or convert to a fixed route if there is enough interest.


The WPAFB Tripper Shuttle will *not* run on Christmas Day. Otherwise, it’s on track for two morning and afternoon routes as scheduled – see below for stops and times.

Individual pickups/drop-offs can still be scheduled through RTA Connect On-Demand by calling 937-425-8300. Go to for details on how to use Connect On-Demand within Zone 4.


The RTA “Tripper” service to WPAFB’s Area B is free. CAC checked at gate for all riders. To ride, simply show up (no scheduling required) at any pickup spot (see attached “RTA Tripper flyer”). Stops 1 & 2 connect to off-base housing and RTA city bus routes 1, 2 and 11. Visit Dayton RTA at for details.

Download the Transit App for live city bus tracking (the “Tripper” shuttle not yet available for tracking). The Transit App works in all major U.S. cities, streaming live information from bus, shuttle and metro routes. The cost of RTA city bus rides caps at $4/day and $40/month. Bus fare is paid using Tapp Pay (card available downtown) or directly in the Transit App (click the “Ride now” button). Or input your departure and destination location and desired arrival time on Dayton RTA’s Trip Planner tab at Dayton RTA ( You can ask our POCs to help.


AM route

(1) Airway/Woodman (7:40 & 8:10) – pickup at Taco Bell
(2) Off-base housing (7:45 & 8:15) – pickup at Donatos Pizza
(3) AFRL/RY Bldg. 600 (7:55 & 8:25) – drop-off at Visitor Center
(4) AFIT Bldg. 642 (8 & 8:30) – drop-off at Kenney Hall
(5) USAFSAM Bldg. 840 (8:05 & 8:35) – drop-off at North parking lot flagpole  
(6) Wright Field Fitness Center (8:10 & 8:40) – drop-off at West front doors
(7) AFRL headquarters (8:15 & 8:45) – drop-off at glass bus stop (Loop Road and 5th Street)

PM route

(1) AFRL/RY Bldg. 600 (5 & 5:30) – pickup at Visitor Center
(2) AFIT Bldg. 642 (5:05 & 5:35) – pickup at Kenney Hall
(3) USAFSAM Bldg. 840 (5:10 & 5:40) – pickup at North parking lot flagpole
(4) Wright Field Fitness Center (5:15 & 5:45) – pickup at West front doors
(5) AFRL headquarters (5:20 & 5:50) – pickup at glass bus stop (Loop Road and 5th Street)
(6) Off-base housing (5:30 & 6) – drop-off at Donatos Pizza
(7) Airway/Woodman (5:35 & 6:05) – drop-off at Taco Bell


RTA needs your suggestions/requests in order to optimize service. Consider riding even one day a week or one-time-only while we establish ridership for this critical infrastructure-promoting alternative and safe transportation to base. If you or someone you know has any interest in commuting by bus or bicycle-bus combination, let Area B organizers know. RTA wants input for pickup/drop-off locations and best service times; adjustments to routes and pickup times are possible during and after the trial period, so let us know what stops/times work best for you. Bus commutes save you the expense and stress of driving, wear & tear on your vehicle, and reduce emissions – save your car this winter! Ride the bus now to see how it works for you. Want to suggest new stops and times? Send your building number (Area A or B) and work hours to We will work with RTA to optimize the schedule and accommodate as many riders as possible.

Your support equals a dramatic “quality of life” improvement for WPAFB! POCs: Dr. Rachel Kinard at or 432-210-2954 (call or text) and James Kennedy at


If you’re concerned about the high cost of gasoline, traffic congestion or air pollution, you may be interested in the Mass Transportation Benefit Program.

MTBP makes it possible for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel to be reimbursed up to $245 a month for utilizing public transportation as a means to travel to and from work.

The program is open to all civilian employees (appropriated and nonappropriated), military members and reservists on active duty. Contractors are not eligible.

The Mass Transportation Benefit Program is limited to vanpools, Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority and Greene CATS Public Transit riders. Carpools do not meet reimbursement criteria.

Compensation is paid in the form of vouchers and debit cards funded through the Department of Transportation, 88th Force Support Squadron officials said. Personnel normally receive vouchers on a quarterly basis and must sign for them.

Registration and program participation are simple. An eligible employee or service member adhering to all governing rules and regulations via public transportation submits an application package to Program Manager Shawnetta White of the 88 FSS Civilian Personnel Office, who will forward it to DOT.

To obtain an application or more information, contact her at or 937-904-3272.

The Wright-Patt Chess Club’s weekly meetings resume Jan. 5 from 6-9 p.m. at Bookery Games in Fairborn (15 W. Main St.) right outside Gate 1A. Please bring your own chess set and clock. POC:

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 Jan. 9 and 23 on Zoom. Email for any questions and the meeting ID number.

Combined Federal Campaign 2023 – The Combined Federal Campaign remains 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.

You can check out this short video to see what CFC is all about: Read more about the campaign here:

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your CFC campaign manager. Or visit today to learn more and GIVE HAPPY.


Wright State University Air Force ROTC Detachment 643 Career DayJan. 19 – Air Force ROTC Detachment 643 is searching for motivated officers to speak about their Air Force specialty codes at its Career Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To sign up, visit Once submissions are received, you will receive more information from Capt. Mister Raby, Detachment 643 instructor and Operations Flight commander. For more info, email

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

Defense Commissary Agency news releases:

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 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.

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. Reach out to Lexi Heironimus at if you have any questions.

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.

Holy day services

Catholic Mass

Christmas Eve Mass and Children’s Pageant: 4 p.m. at Prairies Chapel

Christmas Day Mass: 10 a.m. at Prairies Chapel

Protestant services

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 6 p.m. at Prairies Chapel

*For details, see the “Holy day services” attachment.


Holiday Wrap Fest

Need somewhere away from home to wrap your holiday gifts? The Chapel team wants to help! Enjoy hot cocoa, coffee and snacks along with holiday music while you wrap your gifts. A children’s program is available, and our volunteers are ready to assist you. Special VIP treatment for spouses of deployed members and single parents. Supplies provided. See the attached “Holiday Wrap Fest” flyer for more details and to sign up as a volunteer or VIP.


The Chapel invites you to be a part of its HOPE Spiritual Fitness Initiative. We are excited to get this started and look forward to discussing any questions you may have. See the attached “HOPE Spiritual Fitness Initiative” flyer and scan the QR code to find the application, handbook and sign-up link.

WHAT: HOPE is a peer-to-peer resilience initiative where specialists work to set a positive example for peers, build bridges to helping agencies, model spiritual fitness, and serve others.

HOPE focuses on leadership development, character formation, embedded resources, spiritual fitness, community service, and connection with peers.

WHEN: Phase 1 training will be held the second week of January.

HOW: Participation will require completion of the application (including commander signature), an interview and final approval from the HOPE Religious Support Team before attending.

WHO: Enlisted and officers who fall under the 88th Air Base Wing.

Catholic services:

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

Air Force Institute of Technology: Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Prairies Chapel: Friday at noon with adoration immediately following until 2 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:

Prairies Chapel: Sunday at 11 a.m.

Address: 682 Chapel Lane (Bldg. 6568), WPAFB, OH 45433 (Properties at Wright Field housing area)

Protestant Women of the Chapel:

Women’s Bible studies

Lunchtime Tuesday at noon in 88th Security Forces Squadron building, Commander’s Conference Room

Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in Prairies Chapel Community Center

682 Chapel Lane in Prairies housing – children welcome

Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. in Prairies Chapel Community Center

682 Chapel Lane in Prairies housing – children welcome

Lunchtime Thursdays at noon in Wright-Patterson Medical Center cafeteria

For information about PWOC, send an email to

Additional information:

The 88th Air Base Wing Chaplain’s Office, also known as the Religious Operations Center, has relocated from Kittyhawk Chapel back to Building 219 (5030 Pearson Road). For chapel info, facility and invocation requests:

From Kimberly Watson, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility chief: What does “cultural proficiency” mean to you? How can you become more culturally proficient? Learn more by checking out this month’s PULSE Check flyer (see attached). Take a few moments to watch this short video titled: “Challenging prejudice and stereotypes” – you can view it at Percipio video: Challenging prejudice and stereotypes. According to Pat Wadors, chief people officer at UKG: “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become wiser, more inclusive and better as an organization.”

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 special emphasis program managers to lead Team Wright-Patt’s Hispanic and Empowerment Action Team and LGBTQ+ Initiatives Team. If interested in learning more about leading HEAT or LIT, contact Affirmative Employment Program Manager Dawn Mubaslat at This is 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.

Check out this article: “Inclusion, not exclusion: Affirmative Employment Program aims to remove barriers, promote diversity.”

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!

New aircraft revealed: Air Force One race – Registration is open for the 2023 History & Heritage Race Series. A former Air Force One plane is the featured aircraft for the season-ending November-December 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

USO Wright-Patt open until 7 p.m.: Volunteers are needed to fill evening shifts. WPAFB’s USO Center is open Tuesday to Saturday until 7 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!

Extended holiday price guarantee – Wright-Patterson shoppers can see even more green in their bank accounts with the Exchange’s holiday price guarantee. Through Christmas Eve, shoppers making a purchase at the Wright-Patterson BX could receive an Exchange gift card for the price difference if they find an identical item from a local retailer at a lower price. To receive it, visit the Exchange customer service desk with an original receipt or order confirmation alongside a local competitor’s advertisement.


“Your Holiday Bill is on Us” sweepstakes – The most wonderful time of the year is back: the MILITARY STAR “Your Holiday Bill is on Us” sweepstakes! Through New Year’s Eve, Wright-Patterson Exchange shoppers will automatically be entered to win every time they use their MILITARY STAR card. Five grand-prize winners will have their entire holiday bill paid off, and 35 other winners will receive statement credits.


Happy returns! – Shoppers can spend more time enjoying the holidays and make gift returns later as the Wright-Patterson Exchange is extending its return policy to Jan. 31. Some exclusions apply. For additional info, shoppers can visit the Exchange or call 800-527-2345 for online returns.


Buy online, pick up in store – Military shoppers at WPAFB can save with military-exclusive deals — always tax-free — and added convenience during the holiday season when placing orders in advance with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s buy online, pick up in store or curbside services. To start a pickup order, authorized in-store shoppers can visit, select items on their shopping list, select “Pick Up in Store” or “Curbside Pickup,” choose the Wright-Patterson Exchange and submit their order.


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 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 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 take advantage of 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 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 open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at AFIT! 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 (with new drive-thru) has reopened! Get your favorite coffees and Frappuccinos again.


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


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


Micro Markets are 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” sand receive a cookie or chips of your choice free with any meal purchase.

DOD and Coast Guard civilians can shop and 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 personnel 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 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

Holiday hours: The museum will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Museum Store and Launchpad Shop ’n Snack inventory closures: These museum amenities will be closed Jan. 2-4 to conduct annual inventory. During this time, Valkyrie Café will remain open for food service.

Fitness Under the Wings returns: Keep two New Year’s resolutions with us: Move more and spend less with these FREE classes offered every Saturday from 8-9 a.m.! Participants can choose to take free classes presented by Indigo Yoga* or get their steps in with a walk through the museum’s galleries. See the attached “Fitness Under the Wings” flyer or visit our website for details. * Federal endorsement not implied.