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VOL. 3, NO. 2 | FRIDAY, January 19, 2024

Air Force recruits visit Wright-Patt

Team Wright-Patt Airmen talk about their direct role in delivering, supporting, launching and driving airpower with recruits from the 338th Recruiting Squadron during a recruits tour at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Jan. 10, 2024. The recruits are all in the Delayed Entry Program out of 338 RS, which covers Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman James Johnson)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance event

Dayton Mayor Jeffrey Mims Jr., addresses Airmen and civilian personnel during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance at the USO Center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Jan. 16, 2024. Mims, a Vietnam War veteran, spoke about King’s legacy and current events in the local area. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman James Johnson)
January is National Blood Donor Awareness Month 

The Wright-Patterson Medical Center's Blood Donor Center is in significant need of Type O donors.

To make an appointment, call 937-257-0580 or visit and search using “Wright-Patterson Blood Donor Center.”

Upcoming blood drives:

🩸Jan. 23: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at AFIT
🩸Jan. 25: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at NASIC
🩸Feb. 23: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at NMUSAF


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

Latest COVID-19 vaccine: The 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine is available in the Allergy & Immunizations Clinic. You can get the Pfizer vaccine on a walk-in basis; appointments for flu and COVID-19 vaccines will not be scheduled due to others taking place in the clinic. Wait times vary and can be lengthy at peak hours; 88th Medical Group providers thank you in advance for your patience. The clinic is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. You can receive both the flu and latest COVID-19 vaccines during the same visit. 

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

Base Directory Line is live: Call the Base Directory Line at 937-257-1110 for a listing of the most commonly used telephone numbers on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Human Trafficking Prevention Month – January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. It’s dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking and educating the public on how to identify and prevent this crime. The 88th Air Base Wing’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Office is WPAFB’s point of contact for Combating Trafficking in Persons. See the attached “CTIP awareness flyer” for information and statistics about human trafficking. If you’d like to schedule a training session for your organization, contact Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Hollie Kiehn at 937-257-7272 or

Civilian Health Promotion Services – Jan. 17-23: CHPS is offering FREE cardiac-risk profile (glucose/cholesterol), body-composition (Bodpod/InBody) and blood-pressure screenings, as well as OBSERV skin analysis, to Air Force civilians only. Schedule an appointment in our office at Wright Field Fitness Center or visit during walk-in hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday and Friday. 

AFIT Blood Drive – Jan. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Bldg. 643 (Area B) – CE Atrium
Scheduling link:

NASIC Blood Drive – Jan. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Bldg. 856 – Canteen Dining Area
Scheduling link: 

Wright-Patterson Junior Force Council serves all junior members with less than 10 years of experience, including nonsupervisory GG-13, captains, technical sergeants and below. Its first meeting of the year will be Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. on Teams. Be sure to join our Teams page for updates and news on upcoming opportunities. Reach out to WPJFC President Brittany Sommers-Woods at if you have any questions. 

Base Tax Center volunteers needed – The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Tax Center will be open for limited services during the upcoming season. This year, it will only be able to prepare returns for senior airmen and below in the enlisted ranks, as well as first lieutenants and below among officers. In order to continue this program and provide tax assistance to Airmen, additional volunteers are needed to work as tax preparers. Volunteers will become certified tax preparers after passing a test and completing an IRS online program. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, email Capt James Franco at or Breanna Davis at

MOAA $2K scholarship – applications due April 15 – The Military Officers Association of America’s Dayton Area Chapter is accepting applications through April 15 for its annual $2,000 merit scholarship. Applicants must be high school seniors in the Dayton area with a parent eligible for MOAA membership. That includes active-duty, Reserve, National Guard and retired service members from any military branch. The $2,000 scholarship award will be based upon the applicant’s merits as determined by members of the MOAA Dayton Area Chapter’s Scholarship Evaluation Committee. For an application or more information, contact retired Army Lt. Col. Thomas Robisch, the scholarship committee chair, at or 757-327-1388. 

Legal Assistance Office “Reminder of the Week” – As we slog through the dog days of winter, the 88th Air Base Wing’s Legal Assistance Office reminds you that you do not have to go through landlord disputes alone. Heating not working properly? Windows not closing when it’s below freezing outside? Whatever the issue, we can assist you through the process with your landlord. Feel free to reach out at 937-257-6142 and ask for Capt. James Franco, or email him at

Area defense counsel – You’re never alone. Contact Capt. Jessica Rucker, Wright-Patterson AFB’s ADC. She and Staff Sgt. Taraya Downhour, defense paralegal, are here to help you navigate derogatory allegations. Call or email for an appointment at 937-257-7841, or Check out the attached “ADC flyer” for details. 

Civilian Personnel Office – Are you an appropriated civilian employee with an HR question? Perhaps you’re planning to retire soon and curious about the process, or maybe you had a name change recently and are wondering how to update your records? Our staff members are available to advise and guide you through the variety of administrative processes you might encounter during your federal service. If you have an HR question, call 937-904-3326, visit us in Building 2 or reach out via email at

Base Thrift Shop now open! Shop, donate, consign – Cleaning out after the holidays? Trying to declutter? Getting ready for a PCS? Donate or consign unwanted items. Anyone with base access can shop at the store. The Base Thrift Shop is in Bldg. 95 along Wright Avenue (next to Outdoor Rec), about a mile from the commissary. Hours of operation: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Consignments take place 9:30-11:30 a.m. on a walk-in basis. Call 937-879-5630 during business hours for more information. Check us out on Facebook at WPOSC THRIFT SHOP to see our weekly updates. All Base Thrift Shop proceeds are used to benefit WPAFB and surrounding communities. 

Greater Dayton Chapter of Blacks in Government meets the second Thursday every month from 6-7 p.m. at Dayton Metro Library’s Burkhardt Branch (4704 Burkhardt Ave., Dayton). The GDC-BIG meeting gives government employees a chance to interact, advocate, engage with the community, and promote equal opportunity and professional development. You can also join via Teams at BIG Membership Meeting. Conference ID: 268 056 610 364 (passcode: MGGvxs). The meeting is open to all military, civilians and contractors working in local, state and federal government. For more information, contact GDC-BIG President Damon Smith at or 210-838-8666. Become a BIG member at: (Google Forms). Always THINK BIG! 

From Kimberly Watson, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility chief: As we start the new year, we are exploring the PULSE check topic of “Special observances” and why they’re important to us. Learn more about them and how you can become more involved by checking out the “Why special observances” flyer (see attached). Respect and appreciate different cultures and their impacts by participating in special observance events and expanding your knowledge (developing a growth mindset). This short video – “The power of a growth mindset” at Percipio video: The power of a growth mindset – will provide you with a better understanding about the benefits of developing a growth mindset. According to Asuni LadyZeal, a professional mentor and career coach: “A growth mindset keeps you motivated to learn and develop new skills, in contrast to a fixed mindset where you may assume you already know everything.”   

We continue to look for special emphasis program managers to lead Team Wright-Patt’s Hispanic and Empowerment Action Team and LGBTQ+ Initiatives Team. If interested in learning more about leading HEAT or LIT, contact Affirmative Employment Program Manager Dawn Mubaslat at This is a great opportunity if you’re interested in making a change, forming and fostering collaborative relationships, helping mitigate or eliminate barriers, and supporting our mission of creating a workplace based on merit, dignity and respect. 

The Air Force e-learning site has migrated to Percipio. You can visit 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.

Group Run every Monday at Skeel Avenue – Join us every Monday at 4 p.m. on the Skeel Avenue running path at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Area A) for the Air Force Marathon Group Run. All are welcome to run or walk the distance of your choice on the 2.2-mile out-and-back patch. Each way is 1.1 miles. A portable restroom is available on-site. Don’t forget to bring your own hydration and nutrition, as needed. See you Monday afternoons, rain or shine! 

Join our community – This Facebook group was created for anyone involved with or interested in the Air Force Marathon, Blue Streak Time Trial, Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler, Museum Mile, and History & Heritage Race Series. Whether you need some inspiration, training tips or just want to stay up to date with any news and announcements, this group is just for you. 

USO Wright-Patt programs are open to currently serving military and family members. Follow us on Facebook (@USOOhio) and join our Wright-Patterson group at to stay up to date on all events, or call us at 937-904-0541 for more information. USO Center staff can also be reached at and

USO Wright-Patt open until 7 p.m.: Volunteers are needed to fill evening shifts. WPAFB’s USO Center is open Tuesday to Saturday until 7 p.m. This includes the center café, game room and all amenities. Military and family members can stop by for a snack and beverage, or use our Wi-Fi, CAC-enabled computers and gaming consoles. Come build connections or take a break at the USO. with any questions.

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

BeFit 360 – Military shoppers can achieve their 2024 fitness goals with help from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. The Wright-Patterson Exchange features a BeFit 360 concept shop that has the look and feel of a major sporting goods store, making it easy for shoppers to find everything they need to achieve their fitness resolutions—tax-free and at military-exclusive prices. Fitness gear needs are also available at

Earn double points with MILITARY STAR. Use your MILITARY STAR card on the 15th every month to receive double rewards points for purchases at Wright-Patterson Express stores. 

Pay Your Way plans – Wright-Patterson Airmen and families can get more time to pay off their purchases with the MILITARY STAR card’s Pay Your Way plans, which enable shoppers to take advantage of fixed monthly payments at a reduced annual percentage rate. Plans are available at the Wright-Patterson Exchange and

Online appointment scheduling for Wright-Patterson barbershops – Easily schedule your next appointment with our online-booking system. Book at your convenience, prepay for service and even check your favorite barber’s schedule. 

You Made the Grade! Work hard and earn big at the Exchange. WPAFB students in grades 1-12 with a B average or better can bring their report cards to the Wright-Patterson Exchange to receive a gift card, coupon sheet and chance to win a $2,000 grand prize. 

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

Specific MILITARY STAR benefits for DOD personnel include:  

  • 2% rewards on in-store and online purchases ($1 spend = two points; 2,000 points = $20 reward gift card) 

  • Same industry-low annual percentage rate for everyone 

  • 10% off all first-day purchases at Exchange facilities (15% through Jan. 25) 

  • 5 cents off every gallon of fuel on installation 

  • 10% off all food purchases at participating Exchange restaurants 

  • Exclusive savings and financing offers 

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

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

Reds Caravan stops at the museum – Jan. 27: Meet members of the Cincinnati Reds organization from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The visit will begin with a Q&A and autograph session. Seating and autographs will only be guaranteed for the first 400 fans. To reserve a seat and obtain an autograph, visitors need a wristband, which will be distributed by museum staff beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 27 in the entrance hall. Standing room will also be available during the Q&A session. Continue to follow our website and social media for upcoming announcements on who will be traveling with the Reds Caravan and other event details. 

Ohio Plein Air Society – Jan. 27-28: Artists from the Ohio Plein Air Society will be stationed throughout the museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, using the airplanes and artifacts as inspiration for their one-of-a-kind creations. Don’t be shy! If you’re curious about what an artist is doing and what inspires them – stop and ask. They’d love to share. 
*This is not a hands-on opportunity for museum visitors. 

After Dark event: Swing the Night Away – Feb. 10 – Join the Air Force Museum Foundation for an adults-only evening at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Try your hand (or should we say feet) at swing dancing on the wooden dance floor. The event will also feature artifacts from the museum’s collection not normally on display, themed aircraft, trivia with prizes, games, food and cash bars. Kiss your sweetheart under the wings of history. No special one this year? No problem. Enjoy a beverage with your favorite aircraft and friends. Ages 21+. Ticket info:

Blood drive – Feb. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Give the gift of life with your blood donation under the B-52 wings in the museum. Walk-ins are welcome or you can pre-register at and search by ZIP code 45433. For more info, call 937-257-0580. 

DINOSAURS IN MOTION – Feb. 27 to May 13: In this interactive melding of art and science, museum visitors control the action of 14 giant, life-sized recycled metal dinosaur sculptures – including a 44-foot metal Tyrannosaurus rex! DINOSAURS IN MOTION will engage all ages to learn, discover and create. Come touch, play and engage in art, science and innovation. Created by Imagine Exhibitions Inc., DINOSAURS IN MOTION is made possible by generous support from the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement not implied). 

The Chapel invites you to be a part of its HOPE Spiritual Fitness Initiative. We are excited to get this started and look forward to discussing any questions you may have. See the attached “HOPE Spiritual Fitness Initiative” flyer and scan the QR code to find future training dates, the application, handbook and sign-up link.
WHAT: HOPE is a peer-to-peer resilience initiative where specialists work to set a positive example for peers, build bridges to helping agencies, model spiritual fitness and serve others. HOPE focuses on leadership development, character formation, embedded resources, spiritual fitness, community service and peer connection.
HOW: Participation will require completion of the application (including commander signature), an interview and final approval from the HOPE Religious Support Team before attending.
WHO: Enlisted and officers who fall under the 88th Air Base Wing.

Catholic services:
Wright-Patterson Medical Center Chapel: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m.
Air Force Institute of Technology: Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
Prairies Chapel: Friday at noon with adoration immediately following until 2 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. 

Eucharistic adoration:
Prairies Chapel: Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Reconciliation: Before and after weekend Mass, confession is heard in the Blessed Sacrament Room of Prairies Chapel. You may also schedule an appointment. 

Catholic Women of the Chapel:
Faith study: Tuesday at 10 a.m., Thursday at 6 p.m., Prairies Chapel Community Center
Monthly meeting: First Thursday of the month, 6 p.m. in Prairies Chapel Community Center
For more information, contact Joan LaPore at

Catholic religious education
Weekly: Held after 9 a.m. Sunday Mass at Prairies Chapel.
Catholic youth ministry: Activities take place at Prairies Chapel one weekend a month.
Catholic sacramental preparation: Classes are provided for youth and adult requirements.
Contact Catholic Religious Education Coordinator Emily Leigh for more information on any of these programs: 937-321-2518. 

Protestant services:
Prairies Chapel: Sunday at 11 a.m.
Address: 682 Chapel Lane (Bldg. 6568), WPAFB, OH 45433 (Properties at Wright Field housing area)

Protestant Women of the Chapel:
Women’s Bible studies
Lunchtime Tuesday at noon in 88th Security Forces Squadron building, Commander’s Conference Room
Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in Prairies Chapel Community Center
682 Chapel Lane in Prairies housing – children welcome

Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. in Prairies Chapel Community Center
682 Chapel Lane in Prairies housing – children welcome 

Lunchtime Thursdays at noon in Wright-Patterson Medical Center cafeteria

For information about PWOC, send an email to

Buddhist services:
Buddhist New Year kickoff meeting: Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. in Chapel Community Center

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

AFLCMC FOCUS WEEK (registration open) – Jan. 22-26 – The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s first Focus Week of the year will offer over 130 course offerings to include topics in both technical and soft-skill areas. Most are delivered by AFLCMC experts who provide direct knowledge of current systems and programs. Attendance is open to military, civilian and contractor personnel (contractors must request approval from their government POC). For a full list of courses and registration instructions, see the attached “AFLCMC Focus Week Catalog.” It’s also available on the Focus Week homepage. You can direct questions or comments to Jason Sibrel at

Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Green Belt Course – Looking for ways to improve efficiency in your work center, whether it be the time taken to complete a task, quality of what you’re giving partner units or a more cost-effective means? Well, we have a great opportunity for you! Get Green Belt-trained and certified. For details and registration instructions, see the attached “CI2 Green Belt Online Course” and “CIP registration instructions” flyers. Send an email to for more information. 

CCAF degree program catalog and policy exceptions
Since Community College of the Air Force’s migration to the new Air University Student Information System affected the ability of students to complete degrees alongside certain CCAF policy requirements, the CCAF ETPs pdf file elaborates on the following exception to policies aimed at mitigating the impact:
    - CCAF catalog transfer
    - Instructor of technology and military science degree enrollment and completion
    - Degree completion for separated and retired students 

Military tuition assistance counseling events – Register via AFVEC Events. POC:

  • Initial/follow-up TA counseling (virtual): Jan. 23 at 8 a.m. 

  • Initial/follow-up TA counseling (virtual): Feb. 6 at 8 a.m. 

  • Initial/follow-up TA counseling (virtual): Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. 

  • Initial TA counseling (in person): Feb. 20 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Bldg. 50 (Area B). Session includes real-time, hands-on, step-by-step process to completing a TA request. Events open to individuals seeking follow-up TA counseling. 

Initial/follow-up TA counseling (virtual): Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.

SkillBridge briefing events – Register via AFVEC Events. POC:

  • SkillBridge briefing (in person): Jan. 23 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Bldg. 50 (Area B) 

  • SkillBridge briefing – mandatory for participants (virtual): Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. 

  • SkillBridge briefing – supervisor & commander roles and responsibilities (virtual): Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.  

SkillBridge briefing (in person): Feb. 27 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Bldg. 50 (Area B) 

Commissioning briefing and panel (in person) – Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Wright-Patterson Medical Center auditorium – Register via AFVEC Events. POC:

88th Air Base Wing Level Up Week (registration open) – Feb. 5-9 – Administrators have created a week of developmental and training opportunities for WPAFB employees and beyond to level up on their personal and professional knowledge, skills and abilities. Available classes include Defining AI, Jet Engine Tour, Rocketry Tour, Microsoft 365: There’s an App For That, Creating Synergy in Your Teams and more. See attached “88 ABW Level Up Week_Feb. 5-9” for a list of all courses, schedules and registration info. 

Education & Training is offering the following courses. All classes are offered at no cost and available to military and civilian personnel. Class registration is through For more information, call 937-904-4801 or send an email to