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VOL. 2, NO. 8 | FRIDAY, April 28, 2023

Celebrating our Little Heroes

Nearly 30 families with 53 kids participated in the largest Little Heroes event to date, recognizing their support and service as children of Air Force and Space Force service members. The ceremony took place on April 21 at the Wright-Patt Club on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photos by Hannah Carranza)

SAAPM Events

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office hosted a Be Fit fitness class during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, April 12 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. This year’s theme is “STEP FORWARD. Prevent. Report. Advocate.” The slogan is a call to action for individuals at all levels within the Department of Defense to use their personal strength in a way that bolsters prevention, increases reporting and promotes advocacy for a safer military community. (U.S. Air Force photos by Hannah Carranza)
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office partnered with the Wright-Patterson Medical Center Blood Donor Center to host a blood drive during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, April 25 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. This year’s theme is “STEP FORWARD. Prevent. Report. Advocate.” The slogan is a call to action for individuals at all levels within the Department of Defense to use their personal strength in a way that bolsters prevention, increases reporting and promotes advocacy for a safer military community. (U.S. Air Force photos by Hannah Carranza)

Airmen receive Norwegian foot march qualification pin

Maj. Arild Stangenes, Air Force Security Assistance Center Norwegian liaison officer, speaks to Airmen on April 7 who completed and met the standards in the Norwegian Foot March at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The march consisted of an 18.6-mile march with rucksacks weighing 24 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photos by Hannah Carranza)

Earth Day Clean Up

Wright-Patt partnered with the city of Fairborn and Beaver Creek Wetlands Association to host a community cleanup at Fairborn Central Park in celebration of Earth Day April 21, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photos by Brian Dietrick)
Cyclist race along the perimeter of the flightline April 11 during the Blue Streak Time Trial at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The 10-mile loop race, hosted by Air Force Marathon, will be held the second Tuesday of every month, the last one being Oct. 10. (U.S. Air Force photos by Hannah Carranza)

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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 here. The Patient Portal will replace TRICARE Online once it is active.

MHS GENESIS Town Hall: There will be a Town Hall held on Wednesday, May 3 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Wright-Patt Club regarding MHS GENESIS. Join Col Dale Harrell, 88 MDG Commander, as he shares information regarding the new electronic health record coming to Wright-Patterson June 3. Open to all beneficiaries with base access.

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: Please note – COVID testing operations will close permanently on Friday, April 28. Testing for the COVID-19 virus can currently be found at the Outpatient Clinic Entrance/MRI Entrance of the Medical Center. 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 the Public Health Clinic, located on the first floor of the hospital. Hours are 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.

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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.

May The Fourth Be With You!

Thurs, May 4 – Wright-Patt Club – Dress up in your favorite Star Wars’ costume and join us for the ultimate Star Wars trivia!! First place costume contest winner will receive a $50 FSS gift card! Second places gets a $25 gift card. Trivia starts at 5 pm. Call 937-522-2160 for more info.

Cinco de Mayo

Fri., May 5 – Wright-Patt Club – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Club! Fajitas and street tacos will be on the menu to pair with your favorite Margarita! Plus it’s First Friday so the DJ will be spinning all your favorite tunes! Call 937-522-2160 for more info.


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.

Mother’s Day Bingo

Wed., May 10 – 6 to 9 p.m. – Wright-Patt Club – Win Mom a great prize at the Club’s Mother’s Day Bingo! Club members: $35. Non-Members: $45. No registration required. Doors open at 4 pm. Food and drinks available for purchase. Call 937-522-2160 for more info.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Sun., May 14 – 10:30 a.m to noon – Wright-Patt Club – Treat Mom to a delicious brunch buffet! Menu consists of omelets, waffles, pancakes, prime rib, fruit, dessert, chocolate fountain and more! Full bar service plus non-alcoholic options available. Club Members: Adults $28.95. Non-Members: Adults $34.95. Kids ages 6-17 $12.95 and kids 5 & under are free. Reservations taken through May 10 or until sold out. Call 937-522-2160 Tues-Fri 9 am – 3 pm.

Party in Paradise

Thurs., May 18 – 5 to 8 p.m. – Wright-Patt Club – Attention all Parrot Heads!!! Join us on the Wing’s Bar & Grille patio for a live performance by Parrots of the Caribbean, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band!! They will be playing a blend of all the best Buffett songs plus original tunes, Zydeco, Rock Country and Blues. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Free entry and open to anyone with base access. For more info, visit

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.

Intramural Sand Volleyball League

Register now for the Wright-Patt Volleyball League! Open to U.S. military, DoD civilians, retirees and adult dependents. Teams must have a minimum of 4 players and be of the same unit/squadron. All skill levels welcome. Registration ends May 29. Captain’s meeting is on May 1 at noon and 5:30 pm at Jarvis Fitness Center. 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 p.m.

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

Youth Sports

Basketball Registration – Thru May 26 – Youth Basketball registration is open to ages 9-17. 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

Kids Summer Camp

May 30 – Sept. 6 – Sign your school-age child up for a summer of fun featuring educational field trips, bowling and more! Register online at or call 937-656-8688 for more info.

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

Annual Wright-Patterson Trainee Picnic: We will host our Annual Wright-Patterson Trainee Picnic this summer! The picnic is a base-wide event open to all trainees across all functional areas and anyone with less than three years of experience. We will be providing delicious food, fun activities, and a chance to network with several Senior Leaders at WPAFB. We need volunteers who can take the initiative and are comfortable leading from the front. If you would like to be on the volunteer committee, please email

Chasing Butterflies – May 3 at 11 a.m.: Join us as we will be building a butterfly garden at the Wright-Patt Medical Center garden. The event is open to all but will be centered around parents who have lost a pregnancy or a child. Fostering strength through the community as we chase butterflies together. See the attached flyer for more. POC: Staff Sgt. Danielle Hutchins, 937-904-9415

Military Spouse Appreciation Event. May 12 at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chapel Community Center. Join us for a day to celebrate you, a Military Spouse! We have an awesome day planned for you with military spouse panel, resources tables, and a job fair. Various giveaways will be handed out. Refreshments available. For more information call the M&FRC Office at 937-257-3592 or email Shonte Gonzalez (, Community Readiness Consultant TAP and Employment Program Manager, WPAFB Military & Family Readiness Center.

Unofficial Photo Event - The next unofficial photo events will be:

  • Friday, May 19 from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, June 9 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.

Civilian Health Promotion Services – April 26 to May 2: 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 "Mindful Eating" on Wednesday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., " Stress Less: Strategies for Managing Stress and Burnout" on Thursday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and “Get Up and Get Moving” on Tuesday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., all via ZoomGov. Please contact CHPS at 937-904-9359 or


Meeting ID: 161 241 3852

Passcode: CHPS

Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) Program - We will be offering two classes in May for CPI foundational information. We will answer questions such as “What is CPI?” “How does CPI fit within the work center?”, “What are the steps of having a CPI event?” It is a two-hour class offered on May 24 and 31 from 8 to 10 a.m. We are located in Bldg. 2, WPAFB Area A (the CAC building) in classroom 262, just next to the (CAC) waiting area. We will offer further training opportunities as we build the program.

Base Thrift Shop: Donate, Consign, Shop – Spring Cleaning? Donate or consign unwanted items at the Thrift Shop.  Anyone with base access can shop at our store. All proceeds from the Base Thrift Shop are used to benefit our WPAFB and the surrounding communities. Located in Bldg. 95, Wright Ave, WPAFB (next to Outdoor Rec.), about 1 mile from the Commissary. The hours of operation are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Consignments are by appointment on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. On Wednesdays, we take consignments by appointment and walk-ins. Call (937) 879-5630 during business hours to book an appointment or receive more information. Check us out on Facebook at: WPOSC THRIFT SHOP to see our weekly photo updates.

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 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Please bring your own chess set/clock.

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 May 2 and 16 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.

Police Week May 15-19

Opening Ceremony. May 15 at 8 a.m. at 88 SFS Defenders Grove, Bldg. 295. Base leadership will give opening remarks at 8 a.m. in 88 SFS Defenders Grove, Building 295.  POCs: TSgt Anderson (, SRA Deloach (, SrA Thomas (

K9 Obedience Competition. May 15 at 10 Jarvis Gym Softball Field. 88 SFS K-9 teams will meet at 10 a.m. on the softball field by Jarvis Fitness Center to compete for top honors. Competitors must be certified law enforcement or military working dog K-9 teams. Base personnel are welcome to come out to watch the 88 SFS K-9 competition. POC: TSgt Bates ( and SSgt Leist (

Combat Arms Shooting Competition. May 16. *All slots are filled*. Those who are registered will have received a confirmation email. Participants will compete at the 88 SFS Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Center. Top competitors will earn bragging rights for the year and a certificate of achievement.

Police Week Golf Tournament. May 17 at 7:30 registration and 8:30 a.m. start at Twin Base Golf Course. Join in a four-player, best-ball scramble at Twin Base Golf Course. Sign-in starts at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. To register or for questions email TSgt McIntyre ( and SSgt Kubek (     

Police EXPO May 17 at 4 p.m. at Prairies Base Housing Community Park. Come out to the Prairies base housing community park to see the latest technology and equipment local law enforcement agencies and 88 SFS Defenders use to keep communities safe. POC: TSgt. Helma ( and SSgt Bolis (

Defender’s Challenge. May 18 at 9 a.m. at the Warrior Training Center. Teams of three to five members can sign up to battle in a series of physical challenges with a 25-pound weighted vest to see who can take the top-three spots. This event is open to all military organizations and law enforcement agencies, to include civilians. Challenges include a Humvee push, weapons disassembly/assembly, 200-meter row, and a team relay. The team relay requires 3 members to row 500 meters, 1 member to do 20 air ball squats, and 1 member to do 10 burbee box jumps. *If teams are below 5 members, someone on the team will have to pick up the slack. 

To sign your team up, email Include your team name and the name of each team member.  Invite other Warriors from across the base to participate!  What to bring? Water - it will be hot. OCP/PT gear for UOD. Plate carrier with ESAPI plates. *Vest will be checked for plates. If most participants do not have vests, the plate carries will be dropped from the event.

For questions about the Defender’s Challenge, contact SSgt Miguel Ramos (, SrA Milian, or SrA De Jesus (

Ruck to Remember. May 19 at 7:30 a.m. at 88 SFS Defenders Grove, Bldg. 295. Join 88 SFS in a 5K ruck march to honor the fallen. The ruck march will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Defenders Grove, Building 295. Participants are not required to wear a ruck; however, if you do, organizers recommend a 35-pound limit. Only unit guidons or U.S. colors are permitted during the ruck march. To register and for questions email SSgt Thimm ( and SrA Robles (

Closing Ceremony and Wreath Laying Ceremony May 19 at 11 a.m. 88 SFS will close out Police Week with a formal remembrance ceremony at 11 a.m. in Defenders Grove, Building 295. POC: TSgt Anderson (, SRA Deloach (, SrA Thomas (

Barbecue. May 19 at noon at 88 SFS Defender’s Grove. Free event for base personnel. Join 88 SFS and Police Week competitors at Defenders Grove for a free barbecue and family-friendly events immediately after the closing ceremony in the back parking lot of Building 295. POC: SSgt Hannah Mueller (

From Kimberly A. Watson, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility chief: American journalist Adrienne Bankert shared: “You don’t have to be in a position of authority to use the power of kindness to make someone’s day.”  In the hustle and bustle of this very busy world, remember a small act of kindness can reap big rewards.  Consider taking a moment to show kindness when interacting with one another.  This short video entitled “It’s as Important to Be Kind as to Be Clever” is a quick reminder about the importance of kindness in the workplace.

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

Course Title: Emotional Intelligence: A Different Way of Being Smart (Virtual) Apr. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon

Course Number: MWEPDV0011500SU                               

Course Description: Have you ever wondered why some people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ do surprisingly well? There is a reason for this…Emotional Intelligence.  This course explores a different way of thinking about intelligence and how it can strengthen our personal and professional lives. Emotional Intelligence consists of self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, self-motivation, empathy and social dexterity. This instructor lead course explains the history and the science behind how we think. It also provides suggestions for improving Emotional Intelligence. Learning what scientists have discovered can make you happier, healthier, and more intuitive leading you towards a more intellectually enriched life.

Course Title:  Microsoft PowerPoint Level 1 (In-Person) Apr. 27 from noon to 4 p.m.

Course Number:  MWECPS0010000SU

Course Description: In this course, the student will learn to create presentations, insert slides, format, and modify presentation slides, edit graphics, charts and navigate through a power point slideshow.

Course Title: Microsoft Excel Level 1 (Virtual) May 2 from 8 a.m. to noon

Course Number: MWECPS0009100SU

Course Description: This course introduces the skills necessary for productive development of spreadsheets as well as to manage and enhance multiple worksheets, charts, files, and graphics. Students will explore the Excel 2016 environment; create simple formulas and copy and move data. The student will also learn how to work with ranges, format numbers, text, and cells, use the Office Assistant, page setup, AutoFormat, and Online help.

Course Title:  Microsoft Word Level 2 (In-Person) May 3 from noon to 4 p.m.

Course Number: MWECPS0009500SU

Course Description: In this course, using best practices students will create, manage, revise, and distribute complex documents utilizing multiple tools in the Word environment. Students will also learn how to use items such as graphics and charts from various other applications to create professional documents.

Course Title: Microsoft Excel Level 2 (Virtual) May 9 from 8 a.m. to noon

Course Number: MWECPS0009200SU

Course Description: In this course, the student will learn to manage data by use of advance filters. Students will complete activities enabling them to learn how to display data on spreadsheets using conditional formatting charts, advance charting features, and pivot tables.

Course Title:  The Art of Speaking (In-Person) May 10 from 8 a.m. to noon

Course Number:  MWEPDV0011405SU

The Art of Speech is developed to give those that attend the tools to build up self-confidence and control the fear of public speaking. It lays the foundation of the types of public speaking, with tools on how to improve. The course will provide those in attendance an opportunity to present and receive feedback on individual’s public speaking. Students are encouraged to pursue additional opportunities to fine tune their oratory skills.

instructor led course was derived from the highly acclaimed book: Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner. The course provides practical application practices that can be adopted immediately to strengthen any team for success and growth.

Course Title:  Front Stage Customer Service (Virtual) May 10 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Course Number:  MWEHRM0002400SU

Course Description: This 2-hour instructor led course provides new employees with helpful strategies while working in the customer service industry within a military setting. Areas of focus are placed on Air Force Core Values, military customs and courtesies, knowing your customer, professionalism, phone etiquette, conflict strategies, and alleviating stress. This quick paced and interactive course will demonstrate how to achieve great customer service.

Course Title:  John Maxwell - The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork (Virtual) May 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Course Number: MWEMGT0007003SU

 Course Description: In The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, Maxwell shares the vital principles of team building that are necessary for success in your business or organization. The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork will empower you with the “how-to” and attitudes for building a successful team.

Course Title:  Microsoft PowerPoint Level 2 (In-Person) May 11 from noon to 4 p.m.

Course Number: MWECPS0009700SU

Course Description: In this course students will cover creating Charts, using tables, Smart Art, inserting photo albums, customizing presentations, applying special effects, setting up the slide show, expanding the slide show, and to a wider audience, editing the presentations by using the masters, creating custom charts, formatting charts, and exporting outlines.

Course Title: John Maxwell:  Developing the Leaders Around You (Virtual) May 16 from 8 a.m. to noon

Course Number: MWEMGT0007005SU

Course Description: Supremely practical, this training kit is crammed with strategies that help you effectively transform your dreams into reality by building up your people. Emphasizing that your organization cannot grow until its members grow, Dr. Maxwell encourages you to identify and train potential leaders. You'll learn how to foster productive team spirit, how to make difficult decisions, what to look for in promising leaders, ways to nurture, encourage, and equip people, how to handle confrontation, and much more.

Course Title:  Microsoft Outlook (In-Person) Apr. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon

Course Number: MWECPS0009800SU

Course Description: This course will cover emailing basics including email etiquette. Students will use Outlook to compose and send email, schedule appointments and meetings, manage contact information, and schedule tasks. Students will customize the Outlook environment, calendar, and mail messages, and will also track, share, assign, and quickly locate various Outlook items. Best practices in use of folders and creation of rules will be shown to students so that they may effectively manage their emails daily.

Course Title: John Maxwell:  Developing the Leaders Around You (Virtual) May 16 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Course Number: MWEMGT0007005SU

Course Description: Supremely practical, this training kit is crammed with strategies that help you effectively transform your dreams into reality by building up your people. Emphasizing that your organization cannot grow until its members grow, Dr. Maxwell encourages you to identify and train potential leaders. You'll learn how to foster productive team spirit, how to make difficult decisions, what to look for in promising leaders, ways to nurture, encourage, and equip people, how to handle confrontation, and much more.

Course Title: Dynamic Team Building (Virtual) May 18 from 8 a.m. to noon

Course Number: MWEPDV0005500SU

Course Description: Discover how to build a team from the ground up! This instructor lead course provides the guidelines for developing team mission statements, discusses Tuckman's theory of teambuilding, and defines individual roles within a team, and how to deal with team conflict. A fun and interactive course with many good ideas for anyone seeking to build or strengthen a team.

Course Title:  Microsoft Excel Data Analysis and Formulas (In-Person) May 18 from 9 a.m. to noon

Course Number: MWECPS0009300SU

Course Description: This instructor led course provides a hands-on approach to data analysis using Microsoft Excel. Participants will learn to create simple formulas, use range names, use of the auto filter, use financial functions, work with pivot tables, and understand worksheet protection.

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

For other scheduled courses: Course Catalog Schedule

Course Catalog 2023: WPAFB Education & Training Course Catalog 2023

Explore other Education & Training (E&T) Events, Programs, and Services Offerings: WPAFB E&T Events, Programs, and Services

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.

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Inaugural Museum Mile: Registration is now open for the inaugural Museum Mile set for Thursday, May 11, 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.

Volunteer Registration Opens May 1st - Air Force Marathon: It takes over 1,500 dedicated Flight Crew volunteers to ensure all of the Air Force Marathon events take off without a hitch! Our Flight Crew volunteers make this possible by giving their time with pre-race set-up, endless support during race weekend, and with post-race clean-up. There are opportunities for individuals and groups to help with shirt and packet pick-up at the Health & Fitness Expo, distributing water cups on race day, gear check, supporting the start and finish lines, and so much more! Registration opens here on May 1.

2023 Air Force Marathon: The 27th Annual Air Force Marathon is set for September 14th to 16th, 2023. September 16 events include a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 3-person marathon relay, Fly! Fight! Win! Challenge Series, and Finish Line Festival at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The Health and Fitness Expo will be held on September 14 and 15 at Wright State University Nutter Center with the 5K held on Sept. 15. The 27th Annual event will feature three aircraft; HH-60W Jolly Green II, MH-139 Grey Wolf, and UH-1N Huey. Lock in your race registration here before prices go up May 9!

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. The May 9th event is now sold out. Registrations for the June 13 event will be available beginning May 10 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.

Limited Space Available - MB-2 (NBS-1) Bomber Race: Registration is 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.

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!

Line Dancing at the USO! Join us on the third Friday night of each month  for some line dancing lessons and fun! Pizza provided. Open to Military Service members (and their dependents) who may bring one civilian guest. No registration required.

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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Food Trucks are back in full swing with added locations to better serve their deliciousness with you! Watch our Facebook page for the daily list of Food Trucks near you! and

Kung Fu BBQ now in Bldg. 45! Serving their food truck favorites now Mon-Fri 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria area. The Birria Tacos are waiting for you!

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.

Online appointment scheduling for Wright-Patterson Barbershops is here! Easily schedule your next appointment with our new online booking system. Book at your convenience, pre-pay for your service, and even check your favorite barber's schedule. 

You Made The Grade! Work hard and earn big at the Exchange! Wright Patterson students in first through 12th grades with a B average or better can bring their report cards to WP BX to receive an Exchange gift card, coupon sheet and a chance to win a $2,000 grand prize.

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

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 the 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!

 Micro Markets are Now Open in AFIT Bldg. 642, AFRL Bldg. 653, and Bldg. 16! You will have the convenience of self-serve with healthy options, snacks, and drinks 24/7 with the automated and contactless market!

HEALTHIER 4 U VENDING –Area B Express Lobby is open 24 hours. 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

After Dark Event - Space and Spirits: Join us for a night of space fun at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force! Look inside the Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer with two NASA shuttle astronauts. Test your knowledge of space trivia. Strut your stuff in the Moonwalk competition. Dress up as your favorite 80s space hero/heroine and get an up-close photo opportunity with a "flying saucer!" Or simply grab a Signature Space Cocktail and explore the Museum's collection-especially the open/look-in aircraft opportunities in the Space Gallery! Plus, see artifacts from the Museum collection, including an original Apollo 14 test suit! Food will be provided as well as a cash bar. Get your tickets now for this adults-only 21+ event!

Survival: The Exhibition is Open until May 7: 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 2 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)

Gallery Feature: Prejudice & Memory: A Holocaust Exhibit

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.