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VOL. 2, NO. 6 | FRIDAY, March 31, 2023

Airman Leadership School Graduates

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Lloyd Morales, 88 ABW command chief, pose with Airman Leadership School Class 23-C graduates March 30, 2023, at the Wright-Patt Club on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. ALS is required for staff sergeant selects and open to eligible civilians as Airmen learn more about leadership and Air Force culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Figueroa)

Command Civilian Award for Valor

Jacqueline Melcher, director of the 88th Civil Engineer Group’s Installation Management Division was awarded the Command Civilian Award for Valor during a ceremony on March 28 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The award honored her role in rendering aid at the scene of a fiery, head-on vehicle collision Oct. 16 in nearby Chester Township. (U.S. Air Force photos by R.J. Oriez)

Wright-Patt, Dayton community partner for the Big Hoopla

Wright-Patt and the Dayton community partner for the 2023 Big Hoopla. This year marks the tenth year University of Dayton Arena hosted the games that determine which four programs finish filling in the 64-team NCAA March Madness bracket. This event presents a tremendous opportunity to come together as a community, and as a country, to celebrate the great things that can be accomplished with teamwork, dedication, and a shared goal. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Figueroa and R.J. Oriez)

Holocaust Days of Remembrance

The internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2023 is April 18. On this day, Wright-Patterson will be hosting a Holocaust remembrance event for the base community at the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Kenney Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where Dr. Frydman will also be the guest speaker. (U.S. Air Force graphic by David Clingerman)

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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and Wright-Patt continues to focus on creating the appropriate culture to eliminate sexual assault. Wright-Patt’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team has numerous events planned for the base community. (U.S. Air Force graphic by David Clingerman)

Air Force Civilian Hiring Event

Air Force Civilian Service hiring event occurred March 22 at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn, Ohio. Interested candidates met with functional experts from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, who reviewed their resumes and explored potential employment options. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Figueroa)

Emergency Management Response Training

788th Civil Engineer Squadron fire chief and National Museum of the U.S. Air Force director respond to questions during a mock press conference March 15 in Dayton, Ohio. The event was part of an emergency management response training exercise conducted at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Figueroa)

Community and Base Events

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Masks are optional in all areas of the Wright-Patt Medical Center. Masks are now optional in all areas of the Wright-Patterson Medical Center. Individuals may choose to wear a mask based on personal preference and their potential for developing severe disease. We ask that you continue to wear a mask inside the Wright-Patterson Medical Center if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You have a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection and are visiting the hospital for treatment or testing.
  • You had close contact or exposure to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • You are visiting a patient with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

MHS GENESIS: The Wright-Patterson Medical Center will be implementing a new electronic health record on June 3, 2023. TRICARE beneficiaries should do the following in preparation for MHS GENESIS:

  •  Update all contact information on DEERS here.
  • Create a DS Logon here.
  • Review the features of the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal. The Patient Portal will replace TRICARE Online once it is active.

Body Composition Program:  Active Duty members who find themselves in need of a mandatory Body Composition medical appointment after having not met Air Force standard for the waist to height measurement will need to take the following steps to schedule an appointment:

  • Call the Wright-Patterson Medical Center Appointment Line at 937-522-2778 (Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Select option “1” to schedule an appointment
  • Select option “1” for medical appointments
  •  Select option “5” for all other clinics. 
  • Ask the appointment clerk to book an appointment under the Nutrition Clinic/Dr. Sean Barnett. The appointment is for the Body Composition Group Medical Appointment.
  • In addition, ask the appointment clerk to book a LAB appointment one week prior to the medical appointment for your Lipid panel, A1C, and liver enzymes. Fasting not required.

COVID-19 Testing: Testing for the COVID-19 virus can be found at the Outpatient Clinic Entrance/MRI Entrance of the Medical Center. The test currently being used is the rapid fire test which is a combination test for COVID, Flu and RSV. Testing is still administered as a drive-thru service. Upon arrival, call 937-257-0511, and one of the team members will come to your car. Appointments are required for COVID-19 testing and home test pick up, they can be made by calling 937-522-2778 or by using the TRICARE Online (TOL) portal. Hours are 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on normal duty days (subject to change).

COVID-19 Home Tests: Home tests are available to all beneficiaries ages 2 and up at Public Health in the Medical Center Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beneficiaries are authorized 8 tests per 30 days, please bring ID card to ensure proper documentation.

Lab Services: Reduce your wait time at the lab by scheduling an appointment. Call: (937) 522-2778, select 1 then Option 1 then Option 5 OR Book your appointment ONLINE 

Pharmacy Services: After receiving a new prescription from an on-base provider, try the Q-Anywhere Activation Process – text “Get in Line” to 877-909-2578 and follow the steps. For prescription refills or to activate a new prescription from an off-base provider call 937-656-1656 before making the drive to the Kittyhawk Pharmacy. As we get closer to the implementation of MHS GENESIS, we recommend that prescription refills get filled as early as possible to avoid longer than normal wait times.

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Laughter Saves Lives

Thurs., April 20 at 6:30 p.m. – Wright-Patt Club – Crack up with these firefighters turned comedians as they bring their hilarious comedy show to Wright-Patt! This show is dedicated to keeping alive the memories of the first responders who lost their lives on September 11. Ages 18 and over only. Entry is free and open to anyone with base access. Doors open at 5 pm. Seating is first come, first serve. Food and drinks available for purchase. For more info, visit

First responders are also invited to a meet & greet before the show from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Daedalian Room of the Club.

1-v-1 Soccer Shootout

Mon., April 17 at 6 p.m. – Jarvis Football Field – Head-to-head goal-kicking and goalie competition! Prizes for top two male and female participants. Double elimination tournament. Best of five goal kicks. To sign up, call 937-656-5961.

Wheels of Wonder

Thurs., April 27 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Child & Youth Complex – Bring out the whole family to this free, fun and hands-on event that explores a variety of different wheeled vehicles like a patrol car, fire engine, aqua trike, derby car, motorcycles, golf carts and more! Event is in the Prairies Housing area across from building 6933. For more info, call 937-656-0942.

Fruhlings Fest

Fri., April 28 – 4 to 8 p.m. – Wright-Patt Club – Celebrate Springtime and the warmer weather at Fruhlings Fest! Enjoy German food, beer and music! Pork & chicken Schnitzel sandwiches, bratwurst, soft pretzels and more will be available for purchase. Entry is free and open to anyone with base access. For more info, call 937-522-2160.

Spring Mower Tune Up

Auto Hobby – Schedule to have your lawn mower tuned up at Auto Hobby for as low as $35! Available thru April. Walk-Behinds (up to 24”) - $35, Tractors (up to 36”) - $45 and Stand Ups/Zero Turns (up to 60”) - $65. Price includes blade sharpening, spark plug replacement, oil change, belt inspection and tire check. Customer required to provide oil and spark plug. Belt replacement is additional $25 plus belt. Call 937-257-3310 to schedule an appointment.


Prairie Trace & Twin Base Golf Courses are now open daily from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Weather permitting.

Diddle Day Jones Cup - Sat., May 6 at 8 a.m. -Twin Base Golf Course – Pick your own foursome or computer generated teams. Entry fee is $35 and includes lunch and prizes. Does not include green fees and cart fees. To register, call 937-257-4130 by noon on May 5.

Intramural Softball League

Season starts May 8! Put your softball skills to the test this summer in our annual adult co-ed rec softball league! Teams must have a minimum of 9 players. The league will be played by USSSA/ASA rules. For more info, call 937-656-5961.

Rockers Lounge

During the Wing’s Bar & Grille renovation, Rockers Lounge will host the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night specials. To get to Rockers Lounge, enter through the Wright-Patt Club doors, turn left and down the stairs. First Fridays will be held in the Wright-Patt Club Ballroom.

Wednesday – Members Only – If you’re a Club member, stop by and enjoy free appetizers every Wednesday! Not a member? Visit and click on the JOIN NOW icon.

Thursday – Taps, Toppings and Trivia – Build your own 10” pizza for only $10 and enjoy a game of trivia every Thursday! Connect with colleagues outside the office for a change and have some fun! Doors open at 3 pm.

Friday – Start your weekend off Wright with drink and food specials at the Wright-Patt Club! Doors open at 3 p.m.

Youth Sports

Basketball Registration – Thru May 26 – Youth Basketball registration is open to ages 9 to 17. Cost is $55. Practice starts the week of June 4. Games begin June 23 and the season ends August 20. For more details, call 937-656-8693 or email

Dragons Pre-Sale Tickets Available

Pre-Sale tickets for Dayton Dragons games are now available! Cost is $36 per pair (sold in pairs only). Call 937-257-7670 today!

Massage Therapy

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

Let’s Unite

Want to have an awesome morale event with your unit, but worried about the cost? You’re in luck! The Unite program has $18.50 for every Air Force and Space Force Active Duty, Reservist, Guard, and DoD Civilian at Wright-Patt to host amazing, fun team-building events with your unit. FSS has many options to host your event right on base for little to no out-of-pocket cost. Contact your installation C3, Kaley Bartosik, for more information at, 937-713-2777 or

The official photo studio WILL BE CLOSED until April 17. This also includes passport photos. For emergent official photos needs during this time, please contact the 445th Airlift Wing.

Red Cross 'Sound the Alarm' event – April 15 from 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m.: We will be installing fire alarms in homes without them in the Dayton area. Lunch will be provided at noon as well. Anyone who wants to participate just needs to give the Disaster Relief Coordinator, Marc Cantrell, a call at 937-418-0269. Attached flyer has additional details as well.  All training and tools will be provided.

The ASMC Aviation Chapter invites you to the 26th annual Professional Development Institute: Tuesday April 25 from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. at the Officers' Club: 4771 Lahm Cir. Area A. A landing fee will be collected for food and refreshments: $30 for ASMC members, $40 for non-members. The attendee is responsible for paying the landing fee; it is non-refundable after April 17. Enroll: POC: or

DAF365 Microsoft Spring Training: Increasing knowledge of the DAF365 environment helps us all collaborate more efficiently and accomplish our missions more effectively. There is no-cost training available through the DAF365 PMO and their partnership with Microsoft and a company called Planet Technologies to provide weekly training webinars through June 29, 2023, via Teams. Trainings are offered each Monday at noon and Thursday at 3 p.m. with exceptions for government holidays. There is no need to sign up or register for training. Please note each date/time is a different link. Each week offers two instances of the same training to allow users to join one or both according to their scheduled availability. See attachment for more info!

Wright Patterson Junior Force Council caters to all junior members, less than 10 years of experience, non-supervisory GG-13 and below, O-3 and below and E-5 and below. Add yourself to our e-mail distro and Teams page for updates and news on upcoming opportunities. Registration for Young Guns vs. Old Pistols - the health, wellness, and networking challenge, is officially live! Sign-up here. Kick-off will be April 26 on Teams. Reach out to Brittany ( for more information and updates leading up to kick-off.

Unofficial Photo Event - The next unofficial photo events will be Friday, April 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. Location is on Area B at AFIT’s Kenney Hall. Availability will be on a first come, first served basis. Appointments will not be offered.

88 FSS Passport/Visa Application Process: The first step for a traveler is to send a copy of their approved travel orders to the 88th FSS Passports office organizations box via email: Once our office receives and reviews the orders, we will schedule you an appointment. In order to reserve the time slot offered, the traveler must accept the appointment invite. The traveler will also receive an email with detailed instructions and attachments needed to complete the application process. On the day of the appointment, please have all documents printed out, single-sided, to present to the passport acceptance agent. 

Appointments routinely run 3 to 4 weeks out from when we receive the orders. In addition, military members seeking special issuance passports for family members who will travel with the military member on a PCS must also have to have a MyVector medical clearance. The MyVector screenshot showing medically cleared dependents must be sent to the Passports organizational box along with the approved travel orders.

Visas follow the same process as passports. The traveler must submit a copy of approved travel orders to the Passport office, and then they will receive an appointment and email instructions to complete the visa application. POC: 1st Lt. Jacob Nixon (, (937) 257-8497.

Civilian Health Promotion Services – April 12 to 18: CHPS is offering FREE Cardiac Risk Profile screenings (Glucose/Cholesterol) to DoD Civilians only, body composition screenings (Bodpod/Inbody), blood pressure screenings, and the Observ Skin Analysis to DoD Civilians and Active Duty personnel. Schedule with us for an appointment in our office or visit us during walk-in hours Mondays and Fridays! Please contact CHPS at 937-904-9359 or  for more details and information.

Our virtual briefings this week include "Nutrition: Get Your Plate in Shape" on Thursday, April 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and "Exercise Progression: The How, What, When and Why” on Tuesday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., both via ZoomGov.

Meeting ID: 161 241 3852

Passcode: CHPS

We are also getting ready to start our newest challenge: SPRING INTO SHAPE. The Spring Into Shape physical activity challenge is an Air Force Civilian Health Promotion Services (CHPS) program initiative to improve overall health by increasing physical activity among the workforce across AFMC, AMC, AFSOC, ACC, AETC, AFGSC, and USSF. Enrollment starts on April 17. Participation is free for all Federal Civilians by visiting our website at

Holocaust Remembrance Day Guest Speaker. April 18 at 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. at Kenney Hall, Air Force Institute of Technology. In observance of the upcoming Holocaust Remembrance Days, April 16 to 23, and Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah), April 18, the 88th Air Base Wing Special Observance Committee is hosting a guest speaker event with Dr. Renate Frydman, who will share her Holocaust survivor story. Dr. Frydman is the curator and docent for the Holocaust exhibit at the NMUSAF and the Director of the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center. Attached is an event flyer. This event is hosted by. The event will also be livestreamed at

The Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) campaign: We are at the halfway point and need help! Our base goal for this year is $73K yet we have only raised $3K thus far (3% of our goal).  If your unit key worker has already come to talk to you about our AFAF charities but you haven't yet called them back to give, please consider doing it today, or simply give online at Thank you for continuing our proud tradition of "taking care of our own" through giving to the AFAF Campaign.  The only official campaign that's For Airmen & Guardians, By Airmen & Guardians!

Call for volunteers to assist with Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month (SAAPM) events. Volunteers can sign up for the following events by contacting the Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) office via email at 88 ABW/CVS More details for each of the following events will be included in future weekly bulletins.

  • May 1 – Denim Drive Donation Bin Pickup. Volunteers can assist by picking up and returning donation bins/boxes to the SAPR office anytime on Monday, May 1. Bins will be located at various locations around base (Areas A and B) and further details will be provided to volunteers at a later time.

AIR CAMP 2023 - Air Camp events have been announced online at All programs actively engage students (entering grades 4-12) and teachers (grades K-12 STEM content) in learning modules that are reflective of STEM in aviation and aeronautics with an emphasis on leadership, scholarship, and citizenship.  Scheduled programs include elementary student programs (entering grades 4-6 this fall) on a first come, first served basis while a complete application is required to be considered for selection to participate in all middle school programs (entering grades 7-9 this fall), high school programs (entering grades 10-12 this fall) and teacher programs (STEM content area grades K-12). There are two types of High School Events this summer; A National Camp this is 4 days, 3 nights in length, and a local event that is 4 days, approximately 8 hours per day for students who will be entering grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 and who are dependents of an employee connected to WPAFB. The high school event for WPAFB families is scheduled for July 10 to 13 and will include up to 44 full tuition scholarships. A highlight of all participants in middle school, high school, and teacher events is the opportunity to PILOT A REAL AIRPLANE! Registrations and Applications will be accepted online only through April 15. Visit today to learn more and sign up to receive direct notifications by email as more information is available!

45+ Senior Softball League Downtown Dayton. Season begins in late April. Wednesday’s at 6:30 p.m. Play on Kettering Field in Dayton, Ohio. Mix of double header/single game schedule. Approximately a 12-game regular season, followed by a double elimination tournament. Cost is $60 and includes a team shirt. For information see attached flyer and application, or reach out to

Wright-Patt Chess Club - Please come join the Wright-Patt Chess Club for our weekly meeting next week. The meeting will be held at the Wright-Patterson Club in the Fireside room (directly to the right from the main entrance) next Friday, April 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Please bring your own chess set/clock.

Great Dayton Chapter of Blacks in Government Membership Drive – April 13: Attention all community members! GDC-BIG is excited to launch a membership drive to welcome new members to our vibrant and thriving organization. And guess what? We're spicing things up with an extra tee-worthy offer! The third person to sign up for a new membership, at the event, will receive a FREE membership! Yes, that's right! It's an all-out membership mania, and we want YOU to join the fun! Whether you're looking to make new connections, explore fresh opportunities, or simply experience opportunities to expand your career progression, come out to see what GDC-BIG has to offer. So, swing by our exclusive membership drive event, at the American Legion Post 776 (5350 Burkhardt Rd Dayton, OH) at 6 p.m. There will be light refreshments also.

Great Dayton Chapter of Blacks in Government Community Service Award – May 13: In addition, please join us for an incredible evening of celebration at our Community Service Awards banquet. This is an opportunity to recognize and honor the outstanding members of our community who have gone above and beyond to make a difference. As well as raise funds for our annual scholarship for High Schoolers. The event will be held at the Presidential Banquet Hall (4548 Presidential Way Dayton OH) on 13 May 2023 at 6:00pm. Please RSVP here

Don't miss out on this fantastic chance to connect with the community, learn about new opportunities, and gain access to exclusive events. We can't wait to see you there!

These events are open to all military, civilians, and contractors.  If you have questions, please contact GDC BIG President Damon Smith at: Become a BIG member at: Always THINK BIG!

Ultimate Frisbee every Friday afternoon - There is a friendly game of Ultimate Frisbee played every Friday at 4 p.m. in Area A. If you wish to be placed on the distribution list, please contact Chad Kimmel at All skill levels are welcome and we would love to have you join us!

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. Toastmasters 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 on April 18 and May 2 for meetings on the Zoom platform. Email for any questions and the meeting ID number. The meeting time is noon to 12:50 p.m.

Upcoming SAAPM events. Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is recognized in April by civilian and military communities. The DoD observes SAAPM by focusing on creating the appropriate culture to eliminate sexual assault and requiring a personal commitment from all Service members. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) team at Wright-Patterson AFB has events planned for the base community during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year’s theme is STEP FORWARD. Prevent. Report. Advocate. See below and attached for SAAPM events.

  • April 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Awareness table/Swag giveaway. Swing by the commissary during your lunch break and meet the SAPR staff.
  • April 25, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Snacks with SAPR Blood drive at the USO. SAPR team is collaborating with the 88th Medical Group Blood Donor Program for the April 25 blood drive. It is open to the base population. Make an appointment:
  • April 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Strike out Assault at Kittyhawk Bowling Alley, Area A, WPAFB. The base population is welcome to this free event. SAPR is partnering with the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and the Military & Family Life Counseling Program (MFLC) to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault and provide support service information.
  • Throughout April. Denim Drive. The SAPR team will host a denim drive in honor of Denim Day and Sexual Assault Awareness and provide the donations to the Airman’s Attic. Donation bins will be located at multiple locations across base, such as the commissary, BX, shoppettes, DFACs, Wright-Patt Club, gyms, bowling alley, and at each of the SAAPM events.

WPAFB SAPR Contact Info: Phone: 937-257-SARC (7272)  

24/7 Cell: 937-689-2154


Address: 5215 Thurlow St., Area A, WPAFB 45433

Bldg. 70, Door 10 (Co-located with the EO Office)


From Kimberly A. Watson, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility chief: I wanted to share this quote by Carl Rogers: “We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” Listening to understand is a critical factor in changing workplace culture because we genuinely focus on what is being said, not just waiting for the other person to stop talking so we can respond or worse yet interrupting. I encourage you to take a few moments to watch this short video entitled “Empathy”.   

You can also visit the AF eLearning (skillport) site to learn more about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility topics.

Annual 5K Pride Fun Run/Walk on June 8: The AFRL/RX LGBTQ+ Resource Group is hosting the WPAFB Annual 5K Pride Fun Run/Walk at Huffman Prairie Flying Field on June 8. The race will begin at 3:40 p.m. The event is free and open to anyone, but registration is required. The first 10 registrants will receive a free T-shirt, and awards go to the top three finishers. Join us in supporting our WPAFB LGBTQ+ Airmen and their families! Register at POC:

Education & Training is offering the following courses.  All classes are offered at no cost and are available to military and civilian employees.  Class registration through  For more information call (937) 904-4801 or contact

NOTE:  Schedules could be subject to change due to low enrollments or delays.

Course Catalog Schedule

WPAFB Education & Training Course Catalog 2023

Catholic Services: 

Med Group Chapel: Mon., Wed., Fri. at 11 a.m.

AFIT:  Tue, Thurs at 11:30 a.m.

Prairies Chapel: Fri. at noon with Adoration immediately following until

1:30 p.m., Sat. at 5 p.m. and Sun at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Eucharistic Adoration:

Prairies Chapel: Tues-Fri 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Reconciliation: Before and after the weekend Masses, confession is heard in the Blessed Sacrament Room of the Prairies Chapel. You may also schedule an appt. with Fr. Moss. 

Catholic Women of the Chapel (CWOC):

Faith Study: Tue at 10 a.m., Thurs. at 6 p.m., both days in the Prairies Chapel Community Center

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

Please contact Joan LaPore with any questions about

Catholic Religious Education

Weekly Catholic Religious Education: Held between the 9 and 11:30 a.m. mass times at the Prairies Chapel.

Catholic Youth Ministry: Activities take place at the Prairies Chapel one weekend a month.

Catholic Sacramental Preparation: Classes are provided for youth and adult requirements.

Please contact the Catholic Religious Education Coordinator for information on any of these programs. Melissa Weeks: 937-656-8258/  

Protestant Services: 

Kittyhawk Chapel: Sun at 10:30 a.m. 

Jewish Community:

For more information, please contact Chaplain Rodriguez:

Additional Information

The 88 ABW Chapel main office, also known as the Religious Operations Center (ROC), has relocated temporarily from Building 219 to the Kittyhawk Chapel, 2267 Birch Street (near the bowling alley and commissary on Area A) until further notice. Should you need assistance or have questions, please stop by or call at (937) 257-7427.

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

Official Shirt Reveal - 2023 Air Force Marathon: We are excited to reveal the 2023 Air Force Marathon official race shirt! This shirt is designed to be "flight suit green" to honor the aircrew of the featured aircraft. The back of the shirt prominently portrays the three featured helicopters; MH-139 Grey Wolf, HH-60W Jolly Green II, and UH-1N Huey. A reversed American flag can be found on the right shoulder as a symbol of respect and dedication with the blue star field facing front, in the highest position of honor. The left shoulder portrays the race distance(s). Available in a unisex crewneck and fitted v-neck long sleeve or short sleeve, this shirt is made of a dry-fit, lightweight, breathable, 100% polyester material engineered for your complete comfort. Snag this year's official race shirt by registering for the 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, 3-person marathon relay, Fly! Fight! Win! Challenge Series, or any virtual event today at See you the third weekend of September!

Blue Streak Time Trial - 25 Years Cycling:  The Blue Streak Time Trial 10-mile loop course takes cyclists on a scenic route around Wright-Patterson Air Force Base the second Tuesday of each month from April through October. Registration for the May event is now open here. All Blue Streak Time Trial events are open to the public. We look forward to sharing one of the best and most safe cycling events in the region with cyclists of all talent levels from all over the Miami Valley and beyond! Learn more here.

MB-2 (NBS-1) Bomber Featured - History & Heritage Race Series: Registration is now open for the 2023 History & Heritage Race Series featuring the MB-2 (NBS-1) Bomber. Register here today! The History and Heritage Race Series is a virtual series powered by the Air Force Marathon featuring retired aircraft that have shaped the U.S. Air Force's air power throughout history. With options to participate in the marathon, half marathon, 10K, or 5K distance, participants will each receive a finisher medal and patch portraying the featured aircraft for just $30! Learn more & register here.

Inaugural Museum Mile: Registration is now open for the inaugural Museum Mile set for Thursday, May 11th, 2023. An open race, women's elite, and men's elite race will take place at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in celebration of their 100 years! This one mile course winds through the grounds of the museum before finishing under the wing tips of historic aircraft at the Air Park. Each finisher will receive a limited edition 16 oz. pint glass after crossing the iconic finish line! Learn more at and register at Interested in volunteering? Check out opportunities here.

Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler: The 2023 featured rocket of the 2nd Annual United States Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler will be the XSM-64 Navaho! The featured rocket will be portrayed on the official race shirts, finisher medals, commemorative patches, and more throughout the year. This 10 mile race will be a part of the Space Force birthday celebration each year, and will take place surrounded by space launch history. Registration will open May 4th, 2023 for the 2nd Annual event set for December 9th, 2023. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @RunSpaceForce for the latest news and announcements.

Group Run every Monday at Skeel Ave. - Join us every Monday at 4 p.m. on the Skeel Avenue running path on 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 it 1.1 miles. A portable restroom is available onsite. Don't forget to bring your own hydration and nutrition as needed. See you Monday afternoons rain or shine!

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 or announcements, this group is just for you!

SAPR BLOOD DRIVE at the USO: Wednesday April 25, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome! Sign-up here.

Board Game Night at the USO! Featuring Magic: The Gathering; other board games welcome. Last Friday of every month, beginning 5 p.m. Open to Military Service members (and their dependents) who may bring one civilian guest. Pizza provided. Open to beginners and seasoned players alike. No registration required.

USO Wright-Patt is now open on weekday evenings until 8 p.m. Volunteers needed to fill evening shifts! The WPAFB USO center is now open Tues-Sat until 8 p.m. This includes the center café, game room, and all amenities. Service members and family members – stop by for a snack and a beverage, or to use our Wi-Fi, CAC-enabled computers, or 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 between 5 to 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, Gina Franz, at with any questions.

USO Wright-Patt programs are open to currently serving military members 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. Our USO center staff can also be reached at and

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With Spring Comes Food Trucks! Your favorite food trucks are back with a few new ones, along with some new locations! Watch our Facebook page for the daily list of Food Trucks near you! and

Earn Double Points with Military Star. Use your Military Star Card on the 15th of each month to receive double rewards points for your purchases at your Wright-Patterson Express Stores.

H&R Block located in the Main Exchange Mall to serve WP during tax season. If filing returns is too taxing, let the professionals do it for you! The Exchange has teamed with H&R Block to provide tax preparation services at a 10% discount. Call 937-306-2100  for appointment. Last Day is April 18 so don’t wait!

Coming Soon! Online appointment scheduling for Wright-Patterson Barbershops!

Subway is Back and now located in the Wright-Patterson Food Court! Serving hours are Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have your old favorites and soon to be new favorites, made fresh just for you! Oh, and don’t forget the cookies!

Salad Wednesdays at your Wright-Patterson Food Court Subway, Burger King, and Charley’s! Get $2 off any salad valued at $4 or more every Wednesday. 

Food Court Burger King now open for Breakfast is 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Lunch is 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon. thru Fri., Closed Sat. and Sun. Woo-hoo! Croissants and French Toast Sticks are back!

Dunkin will be announcing their Grand Opening Soon! The vacated Einstein Bagel Shop in AFIT is in the process of converting the area to house our very first Dunkin on Wright-Patterson. Stay tuned for Grand Opening Day information!

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

HEALTHIER 4 U VENDING –Area B Express Lobby is open 24 hours for afterhours vending needs. If you are interested in adding vending machines to your location, please call the Exchange Services Office at 937-879-2713.   

Coffee Café – in Bldg. 16 is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving coffee, breakfast, lunch, daily specials, and always made to order. Use the code word “ABW Bulletin” and receive a cookie or chips of your choice free with your meal purchase!  

DOD CIVILIANS and Coast Guard Civilians can shop and now can apply for a Military Star Card!  Now, DoD employees are eligible to apply for a MILITARY STAR account both in-store and on and can shop both in-store and online. 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 employees include:

  • 2% Rewards on in-store and online purchases
    ($1 spend = 2 points; 2,000 points = $20 reward gift card)
  • Same industry low APR for everyone
  • 10% off all first day’s purchases at Exchange facilities
    (15% periodically throughout the year)
  • 5 cents off per gallon of fuel on installation
  • 10% off food court purchases
  • Exclusive savings and financing offers!

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

Survival: The Exhibition is NOW OPEN: Come see what all the talk is about at this new special exhibit! Adventure awaits museum visitors of all ages with this new exhibit offering an interactive, informative and safe place to learn and test essential survival skills. This exhibit is FREE and will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The FREE exhibit culminates in an optional   Adventure Zone Zip Line and Ropes course that will be accessible with the purchase of an Attractions Ticket from the Air Force Museum Foundation, this additional experience will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Survival The Exhibition (

Inaugural Museum Mile - May 11 - Registration is open now for the Inaugural MUSEUM M1LE: Celebrate 100 years of the National Museum of the United States Air Force with this one mile event! The family-friendly course winds throughout the grounds of the museum before finishing under the wing tips of historic aircraft at the Air Park.

Give the gift of life with your blood donation at the museum! Friday, May 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome or you can register:

Centennial Exhibit: Opens - May 21. The museum has aged well over the last 100 years and this new exhibit celebrating the Centennial will give visitors a glimpse into our history and the people that have made it all possible.

Fitness Under the Wings Returns with Free Yoga: Back by popular demand: FREE Yoga classes with Fitness Under the Wings! Class dates are: May 22, June 26, July 31, Aug. 28. All classes are from 4 to 5 p.m. in the museum's 2nd building. Space is limited, and advanced registration is requested to secure your spot. Click for more information and to register.  Walk-in yogis will be accepted on a space-available basis. Free exercise mat for the first 5 participants each week. This event is made possible, in part, by the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal Endorsement Not Implied)

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Model Event: Visit Aug. 12 to see a diverse array of unique model aircraft, locomotives and motor vehicles of all kinds featured against the backdrop of the museum's aircraft displays. Mark your calendar now, and continue to follow us here and on social media for event details.