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VOL. 2, NO. 9 | FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2023

Hiring our Heroes Career Summit


Hiring Our Heroes Career Summit at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

88th Air Base Wing
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes conducts a career summit to hire, retain, and empower veterans and military spouses on April 27, 2023 at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. (U.S. Air Force video by Jeff Harris)

Religious Operations Center Open House

Military personnel eat lunch and talk during the Religious Operations Center’s open house April 25, 2023, in Bldg. 50 on Area B at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The open house was held to get base personnel familiar with the new office location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Figueroa)

National Police Week May 15-19

Blue Streak: May 9

Cyclist race during the May 9 Blue Streak event at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The 10-mile loop race, hosted by Air Force Marathon, will be held on the second Tuesday of every month, the last one being Oct. 10, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photos by Hannah Carranza)

Honor Guard Graduation

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard held a graduation ceremony on April 17, 2023, at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The WPAFB Honor Guard provides military funeral honors for fallen veterans, retirees and active-duty service members and also presents colors for eligible retirement, promotion ceremonies and special events. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Figueroa)

Community and Base Events

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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. Those patients who already use a DS Logon to access TOL or who have a CAC card will not need to create a new account.

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 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. Please note: the drive-thru COVID Testing Center is permanently closed.

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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. Plus create your own sand art or play cornhole. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Free entry and open to anyone with base access. For more info, visit

Volunteers Needed! Help is still needed to tear down after the party. To sign up, go to

Sports & Fitness

Sports Week – May 15 to 18 – Compete in various sport competitions throughout the week with your squadron or organization for a chance to win bragging rights and a great trophy! Events include basketball, sand volleyball, dodgeball, kickball, ping pong, tennis and more! To sign up go to

Fit Fest – May 19 from noon to 4 p.m. – Wright Field Fitness Center – Join us at Fit Fest for health and fitness exhibitors, fitness competitions, door prizes and refreshments! For more info on classes, competitions and prizes, go to

AF Gaming NBA 2K Black Top 2v2 Tournament – May 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. – Wright Field Fitness Center – Register to compete in the Air Force Gaming NBA 2K Black Top 2v2 tournament from 1 to 4 p.m. 32 teams. Single elimination. Grand prize to top team. Open to active duty, civilians, adult dependents and retirees. Sign up at

Women in the Woodshop

Sat., May 13 – 8 a.m. to noon – Hobby Complex – Join us for a special ladies-only session and work on your own DIY project in the woodshop. No previous experience needed. Safety class will be available. $5/hr. Call 937-257-7025 for more info.

Adult Tennis Clinic

Tues., May 23 – 5 to 6:30 p.m. – Dodge Fitness Center Tennis Courts – Learn tennis fundamentals for beginners including how to hold a racquet and basic stroke techniques. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Call 937-257-7248 to sign up or for more information.

Kids Fun Run

Sat., June 3 – USAF Museum Runway – Sign your son or daughter up now for Wright-Patt’s annual Kids Fun Run! Check in will be at 8:30 am and the run starts at 9 am. Registration is required but is free and open to all Wright-Patt families. Adults are welcome to run with their kids. For an entry form, visit or email

Kickball Tournament

Mon., June 5 – 5:30 p.m. – Area B Softball Fields – Take a trip back to your childhood! Get your buddies together and play kickball! Teams must have a minimum of 8 players and max of 15 per team. Open for all U.S. military, DoD civilians and dependents 18 and over. Sign your team up at  For more information contact any Wright-Patt Fitness Center.

Tandem Skydiving

Sat., June 24 – 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm – Jump from 10,000 feet in the air and reach speeds up to 120 mph during a tandem skydive! Sign up May 1 – June 14. Register at Outdoor Rec, building 95. Regular $250, R4R $150. Payment due at time of sign up. For more info, call 937-257-9889.

Spring Mower Tune Up

Auto Hobby – Schedule to have your lawn mower tuned up at Auto Hobby for as low as $35! 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 Sand 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. 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! This week’s trivia theme will be Sci-Fi. 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 pm.

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

Effective June 1, First Term Airmen can retrain into AFSCs under 90% manning in lieu of separation. Qualified Airmen must be within their retaining window and meet medical, Air Force Enlisted Classification Directory standards, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery score and physical fitness standards to be approved. Read more here.

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.

The WPAFB Admins Info Teams is an open (“public”) Microsoft Teams channel for administrative professionals at WPAFB, their mentors, and ANYONE who has an administrative role.  General questions can be submitted to the channel for assistance from the knowledgeable members of the WPAFB Admin Info Team.  The WPAFB Admins Info team caters to the needs of the Wright-Patt administrative professional.

Commissary Early Closure: The commissary will be closing early May 22 to 26 for a store reset. The store hours for May 22 to 26 will be 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Normal store operating hours (9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) will resume May 27.

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. Young Guns vs Old Pistols – the health, wellness, and networking challenge, will officially begin next week, with the first event on May 10. Registration will remain open for the entirety of the event. Sign-up here. Reach out to Brittany ( for more information and updates.

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 - Anyone with base access can make purchases at the Base Thrift Shop. Summer items are arriving daily. Check us out on Facebook at: WPOSC THRIFT SHOP to see our weekly photo updates. Located in Bldg. 95, Wright Ave, WPAFB (next to Outdoor Rec.), about 1 mile from the Commissary. 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 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Call (937) 879-5630 during business hours to book an appointment or receive more information. All proceeds from the Base Thrift Shop are used to benefit our WPAFB and the surrounding communities.

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, May 12 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 16 and June 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.

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. Only 88 SFS K9 teams will compete in this event. No other law enforcement entities will compete. 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. Smokin Bark BBQ will provide food for purchase at the event. 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: Today, I encourage you to take a few moments to watch this short video entitled: “Gaining Confidence in Building Inclusive Cultures” LINK. Building/creating an inclusive culture can take time so look for progress over perfection.  As shared by William Raspberry: “And, yes, words matter.  They may reflect reality, but they also have the power to change reality—the power to uplift and to abase.” Looking back, I remember being told to choose my words carefully. At the time, I did not realize the true value of this life lesson. Do your words help support a workplace built on merit, dignity, and respect? 

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

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

Celebrate 100 Years at Museum Mile: Registration is 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.

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 June 13th 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.

Air Force Marathon – Featured Guest Speaker: We are honored to announce Brian L. Slade is the featured guest speaker of the 2023 Air Force Marathon. He is a true force to be reckoned with - an accomplished veteran, writer, and entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in a variety of fields. With 25 years of military service, Brian has held command positions while in combat in both the Army and Air Force, earning numerous decorations for his service, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, and fourteen combat air medals. He is a veteran of several conflicts, including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and his dedication to service has been a consistent theme throughout his life, both in and out of the military. Brian L. Slade will be speaking at the Gourmet Pasta Dinner on Friday, September 15th at the National Museum of the United States Air Force where a hearty pasta meal will be served buffet style with vegetarian and gluten free options. This special event is open to the public and the museum will be open to tour as well. Purchase your tickets here today! (Children 5 and under are free must still be registered).

Air Force Marathon – Finish Line Festival: We are excited to announce the Air Force Marathon Finish Line Festival and After Party have joined forces in 2023! In order to alleviate the stress and hassle of getting from one venue to another, both of these festivities will be held at the National Museum of The United States Air Force on Saturday, September 16th. This free festival is open to the public and will officially begin once the first person crosses the iconic finish line. Join family and friends in the celebration and listen to live music and enjoy ice cold beverages with a bite to eat. Stick around until 1:00 p.m. because you will not want to miss out on the announcement of the 2024 featured aircraft! Check out all the happenings here.

New Product Alert – Tactical Backpack: Loaded with tactical details this rugged pack featuring the Air Force Marathon logo is perfect for day-to-day use or on-call duty. Very limited quantities now available. Secure yours here today. If attending the in-person Air Force Marathon event (third weekend of September), this product will be available for pickup at our Health & Fitness Expo. If you are competing virtually or not competing at all, this product will be shipped beginning in October 2023.

Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler - Registration Now Open: Registration for the 2nd Annual United States Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler is now open! Register for this upcoming event here! 2023 pricing can be found here. Veterans, retired military, active duty, reservists, National Guard, and ROTC of all branches will be offered a military discount of $5 off the in-person event. This 10-miler race will lift-off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on December 9th, 2023 and will be a part of the Space Force birthday celebration each year. The 2023 featured rocket 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. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @RunSpaceForce for the latest news and announcements.

Apply Now – 2023 Stratosphere Challenge: Registration is now open for the Stratosphere Challenge! Apply here today. The Stratosphere Challenge (formerly known as Air & Space Challenge and MAJCOM Challenge) will be a competition amongst teams of Air Force and Space Force service members (active duty, reserve, or guard). The challenge will no longer be restricted by MAJCOM. Each half marathon and marathon team will be compromised of 5 members (mixed male/female). More info can be found at Application deadline is May 15th, 2023.

Volunteer Registration Now Open - 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! Register here today!

2023 Air Force Marathon: The 27th Annual Air Force Marathon is set for September 14th to 16th, 2023. September 16th 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 & Fitness Expo will be held on September 14th and 15th at Wright State University Nutter Center with the 5K held on the 15th. The 27th Annual event will feature three aircraft; HH-60W Jolly Green II, MH-139 Grey Wolf, and UH-1N Huey. Don't forget to check out the free training programs to help you prepare for your upcoming Air Force Marathon race. We have designed beginner training programs as well as intermediate training programs to help guide your training towards a successful finish. Lock in your race registration 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.

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!

Dandelion Club scheduled for Thurs., May 18 at 10 a.m.: Parents of preschool age children (target ages 3-5), join the USO and Greene County Public Library for books, a craft, and a healthy snack while making new friends with other young families. Open to 10 families. Register now at

Line Dancing at the USO Friday, May 19, 6 to 8 p.m.: Monthly line dancing nights, on the third Friday of every month, free to currently serving military members and/or dependents who may bring one civilian guest. No experience required. These events are very FUN! No registration required. Join the fun! Light dinner and non-alcoholic beverages provided. 

Magic: the Gathering Board Game Night at the USO Friday, May 28, 5 to 8 p.m.: Monthly game nights, on the last Friday of every month, free to currently serving military members and/or dependents who may bring one civilian guest. No experience required. No registration required. Make some magic! Light dinner and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

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!

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
  • Same industry low APR for everyone
  • 10% off all first day’s purchases at Exchange facilities
  • 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 here.

Plane Talks - May 20 in honor of Armed Forces Day

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 here 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 for May: Memorial Park

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.