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VOL. 3, NO. 3 | FRIDAY, February 2, 2024


The 88th Air Base Wing will honor the top Airmen, civilians and units from 2023 during its annual awards ceremony Feb. 9 in the Wright-Patt Club’s Grande Ballroom. Wing leadership will host the event. A social begins at 1 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 2 p.m. The event is open to those with base access. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Wilbur Wood)


The graphic depicts Gen. Benjamin Davis Jr. (Tuskegee Airman), Col. Guion Bluford Jr. (NASA astronaut) and Capt. Violet Hill (Women's Army Corps) under the title banner "BLACK HISTORY, Voices of the African American Veteran". At the bottom overlaying them are words that represent some of the traits of the three individuals and words that describe black history. The background is a yellowish burlap cloth with a pattern and the continent of Africa.

Upcoming Blood Drives

🩸Feb. 6 at 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at AFLCMC
🩸Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Defense Supply Center Columbus
🩸Feb. 23: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at NMUSAF

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.”






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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.

Wright-Patterson AFB’s Non-Appropriated Funds Human Resources team has moved to a new space in Bldg 2. It’s now located inside the Civilian Personnel entrance, down the hallway at Door 3. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays by appointment, with walk-in hours all day Tuesday. NAF employee? We’re here for you! To contact the Non-Appropriated Funds Human Resources Office, call 937-257-4173 or email

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month – There are many resources out there to help your teen be aware of healthy relationships, as well as assistance for parents. Military OneSource is a great place to start. It provides info and links to agencies that can assist in supporting your teen to have safe and healthy relationships, including social media awareness. Visit the Military OneSource website for more info: Safe & Healthy Relationship Facts for Teens | Military OneSource.

Legal Assistance Office early closure – The 88th Air Base Wing’s Legal Assistance Office will close at noon Feb. 2. This includes powers of attorney, notaries and legal assistance. For urgent matters during this temporary closure, call 937-257-6142 to leave a message and/or email the org box at and the office will get back to you as soon as possible.

Come join the Wright-Patt Chess Club for its weekly meeting Feb. 2 from 6-9 p.m. at Bookery Games in Fairborn (15 W. Main St.) right outside Gate 1A. Please bring your own chess set and clock. POC:

RTA updates Area B bus times for Route 6 effective Feb. 5 – The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is running a FREE Tripper shuttle service with two morning and afternoon runs. Six stops on Area B are connected to the Properties at Wright Field housing area and RTA routes 1, 6 and 2 (connecting west, downtown and east Dayton; Centerville, Kettering, Oakwood, Riverside and other neighborhoods). See attached “RTA Tripper flyer” for routes and times.

Save your vehicle from the salt this winter, skip gate traffic, and support reliable and accessible transportation at WPAFB! Consistent ridership will improve and expand service. Federal employees can get their bus fare fully covered through the Mass Transportation Benefit Program.

WPAFB Tripper schedule:

AM route

Airway/Woodman (7:15 & 8:15) – pickup at Taco Bell
Off-base housing (7:20 & 8:20) – pickup at Donatos Pizza
AFRL/RY Bldg. 600 (7:30 & 8:30) – drop-off at Visitor Center
AFIT Bldg. 642 (7:35 & 8:35) – drop-off at Kenney Hall
USAFSAM Bldg. 840 (7:40 & 8:40) – drop-off at North parking lot flagpole  
AFRL/RQ Bldg. 146 (7:45 & 8:45) – drop-off on Skyline Avenue parking cutout
Wright Field Fitness Center (7:50 & 8:50) – drop-off at West front doors
AFRL headquarters (7:55 & 8:55) – drop-off at glass bus stop (Loop Road and 5th Street)

PM route

AFRL/RY Bldg. 600 (3:50 & 5:10) – pickup at Visitor Center
AFIT Bldg. 642 (3:55 & 5:15) – pickup at Kenney Hall
USAFSAM Bldg. 840 (4 & 5:20) – pickup at North parking lot flagpole
AFRL/RQ Bldg. 146 (4:05 & 5:25) – drop-off on Skyline Avenue parking cutout
Wright Field Fitness Center (4:10 & 5:30) – pickup at West front doors
AFRL headquarters (4:15 & 5:35) – pickup at glass bus stop (Loop Road and 5th Street)
Off-base housing (4:25 & 5:45) – drop-off at Donatos Pizza
Airway/Woodman (4:30 & 5:50) – drop-off at Taco Bell

Your support equals a dramatic “quality of life” improvement for WPAFB! Contact Rachel Kinard at or 432-210-2954 for more information. You can also send feedback for stops and times to be added or adjusted.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WNS Blood Drive Feb. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Bldg. 32 (Area B) – Flight Deck
Scheduling link:
For details, see the “AFLCMC WNS Blood Drive” attachment.

Wright Way Toastmasters virtual meetings – Are you freaking out about public speaking? Toastmasters can help you improve your speaking skills, develop and present ideas more effectively, deliver better presentations and gain self-confidence. The program targets speaking, listening, thinking on your feet, giving and receiving feedback, planning, motivation and team-building in a supportive environment. Join new and experienced speakers at noon Feb. 6 and 20 on Zoom. Email for any questions and the meeting ID number.

Defense Supply Center Columbus Blood Drive Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Bldg. 14 (Community Center), Pershing Avenue
Scheduling link:
For details, see the “DSCC Blood Drive” attachment.

Defense Acquisition University: “Leveraging artificial intelligence” webinar Feb. 7 at 12:30 p.m. – Artificial intelligence is one of the most powerful technologies of our time. Panelists will introduce AI and the many terms associated with it, present ethical and societal implications, and introduce risks and mitigation strategies to seize the opportunities AI presents. Current challenges include developing trustworthy AI systems, preparing the current and future workforce, and coordinating ongoing AI activities across all federal agencies and industries. Come join our panel as it discusses a variety of issues, from coder bias to problematic data and how to shape AI’s future. More info and registration details: Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) |

Defense Acquisition University: “Other transaction authority” webinar Feb. 8 from 12:30-2 p.m. – A panel discussion will describe what other transaction authorities are and are not, as well as review recent statutory and policy changes. Insights and perspectives on how the Army uses OTAs, to include negotiating them with industry consortia and awarding OTAs through consortia, will be highlighted. In addition, a discussion of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium and its OTA will be provided. Finally, large and small businesses will discuss their involvement and examine how industry can respond to OTAs. Registration link:

Unofficial photos – Want an official-looking photo for your SharePoint, email or Microsoft Teams account? Has the base studio denied your request for an official photo because you don’t meet the Air Force instruction requirement? Take advantage of an unofficial photo event. Photographers from 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs will provide high-resolution, professional, official-looking photos that can be used for email, internal directories, Microsoft Teams, roster boards and other uses. To learn more, visit

The next unofficial photo event will be:
·         Feb. 9 from 9-11 a.m.

Location is Area B at the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Kenney Hall Auditorium. Availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are not offered.

Black History Month guest speakers – The 88th Air Base Wing’s Special Observance Committee will host two events in February in recognition of Black History Month (see the “BHM guest speaker events” attachment for details). Black Americans have a long, distinguished history of serving in the armed forces, defending their nation with loyalty, honor and patriotism in every war since the American Revolution.

  • Feb. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. at the USO – Michael Carter, Sinclair Community College chief diversity officer. Join to hear about his career, challenges faced and obstacles overcome.
  • Feb. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. at the USO – Judge Gerald E. Parker, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division. Parker is the first African American male to serve in his current position. Join to hear about his career, challenges faced and obstacles overcome.

Education Spotlight for Black History Month: Tuskegee Airmen. They served with distinction in combat and contributed to the eventual integration of the military, with the Air Force leading the way. See the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Additional info is available at

For questions related to the Black History Month Committee, contact Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Self at For information about 88 ABW’s Special Observance Committee, email Affirmative Employment Program Manager Dawn Mubaslat at

88th Air Base Wing Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Wright-Patt Club’s Grande Ballroom – The 88th Air Base Wing will honor the top Airmen, civilians and units from 2023 during its annual awards ceremony. Wing leaders will host the event. A social begins at 1 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 2. See the attached “88 ABW AEA 2023 flyer” for more information or contact Master Sgt. Amanda Orvis ( and Master Sgt. Aleem King (

Tax season is right around the corner! The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Tax Center will be open Feb. 12 to March 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for E1-E4 and O1-O2 service members. It will start accepting and scheduling appointments Feb. 12. Call 937-713-3750 to schedule your appointment.

Legal Assistance Office “Reminder of the Week” – The Wright-Patterson Legal Assistance Office can help you and your family navigate any education-law needs. From individualized education programs to 504 plans, you can seek help from us in handling these processes and we can advocate for your family with school districts. For questions, contact Capt. James Franco at 937-257-6142 or

TechFest Dayton – Feb. 17-18 – Come join the Miami Valley’s premier K-12 STEM event. TechFest Dayton is a two-day 100% free event at Sinclair Community College. It will feature more than 60 exhibitors to interact with live presentations and demonstrations throughout both days. More information:

Wright-Patterson AFB Tech Expo Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The Wright-Patterson AFB Tech Expo is coming to Hope Hotel and Conference Center. Organizers say this event is an excellent opportunity to discover the latest technology trends, network with industry experts and learn new skills. The Expo is free and open to all base personnel. Advance registration is encouraged. For details, see the attached “Wright-Patterson Tech Expo flyer” or visit

MOAA $2K scholarshipapplications 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.

AFLCMC Installation Contracting Division end-of-fiscal year procedures – The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Installation Contracting Division will make every effort to execute all Wright-Patterson AFB host and tenant unit base operating support requirements and National Air and Space Intelligence Center direct support. To ensure obligation of expiring funds by the end of fiscal year 2024, the Installation Contracting Division established procurement timelines based on requirement value and complexity (see “FY24 Installation Contracting Division EOFY procedures with timelines” attachment).

U.S. Air Force Academy LEAD Program – The Leaders Encouraging Airman Development Program is an ongoing effort to give the best and brightest Airmen and Guardians (active duty, Reserve and National Guard) the opportunity to excel by offering them appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy and Academy Prep School. It’s designed for enlisted Airmen to go to the Academy for four years and commission as officers. Requirements for the next class year (graduating in 2029):

  • Not past 23rd birthday on July 1, 2025
  • U.S. citizen
  • Unmarried with no dependents
  • Of good moral character

More information can be found at or by contacting 2nd Lt. Spencer Johnson at 719-493-0010 or You can also reach out directly to the LEAD office at or 719-661-8428.

Base Thrift Shop – Decluttering, downsizing or getting ready for a PCS? Consider donating unwanted items to help your Air Force community. Donations are accepted during open hours: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Stop in during your lunch break. The Base Thrift Shop is in Bldg. 95 along Wright Avenue (next to Outdoor Rec), about a mile from the commissary. Anyone with base access can shop here. 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!

Ultimate Frisbee every Friday afternoon – A friendly game of ultimate Frisbee is played every Friday at 4 p.m. on the soccer field by Jarvis Fitness Center. If you wish to be placed on the distribution list, contact Chad Kimmel at All skill levels are welcome.

Defense Commissary Agency news releases:

Better Business Bureau news release (see attached): Tips for hiring a professional organizer. With the busy holidays behind us, you might still be putting away decorations and attempting to get your home or office back in an organized manner. This can be an overwhelming and daunting task.

Prohibited dietary supplements – Did you know that some dietary supplements on the market are prohibited for use by military and Defense Department members? Some ingredients in dietary supplements can cause a positive drug test, which no one wants. To ensure the supplements you’re taking are approved, visit and search by the ingredients listed in the supplement. This is part of Operation Supplement Safety and only provides the banned ingredients; there is no list of banned supplements. Do your research before trying something new to make sure you are not accidentally taking something that’s banned. Attached is “DODI supplements” for more information.

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

Wright-Patterson Junior Force Council serves all junior members with less than 10 years of experience, including nonsupervisory GG-13, captains, technical sergeants and below. 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.

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

The “DAF365 Hub” is your go-to website for all things Office 365, providing a wealth of information, training resources, troubleshooting guides and more. Whether you’re a seasoned O365 user or just getting started, The Hub offers a comprehensive collection of insights, tips and best practices to help you leverage Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive and other O365 applications effectively. Simply visit DAF365 Hub - Center for: MS Office, Teams, Email, SharePoint/OneDrive - Home (

The WPAFB Admins Info Teams channel is open to administrative professionals at WPAFB, their mentors and anyone with an administrative role. General questions can be submitted to the channel for assistance from knowledgeable members of the WPAFB Admins Info team, which caters to Wright-Patt administrative professional needs.

From Kimberly Watson, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility chief: Learn more about “special observances” and how you can become more involved by checking out the PULSE check flyer (see attached). Watch this short video to learn more about “Developing a mindset of growth and learning”: Percipio video: Developing a mindset of growth and learning. Limit negative, fixed-mindset thinking and challenge yourself to expand your knowledge. Take a minute to consider this quote by motivational speaker Zig Ziglar: “You cannot tailor-make the situations in life, but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.”

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are looking for individuals to lead special-observance activities for Asian American/Pacific Islander Month in May and Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15). If you are interested in leading the way for these special observances, reach out to Affirmative Employment Program Manager Dawn Mubaslat at Why special observances? According to the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute: “Many concerns and issues begin with a basic misunderstanding between members when a member from one culture, group or sex may act or behave differently than the expectations from those from another culture, group or sex. Holding observances allows members from different groups to learn about each other. This allows for greater understanding and opens communication among different members.” Learn more: OBKGD-Special Observance Program process-20220323.pdf (

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 X @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 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.

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.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and X for a listing of promotions, specials, events, food truck schedules and MORE!

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

Fuel-Up Fridays – Wright-Patterson MILITARY STAR cardmembers can enjoy something extra sweet every Friday in February: double points on all Express purchases. During the month, Express shoppers who use their MILITARY STAR card at any Army & Air Force Exchange Service Express will receive four points per $1 spent instead of the usual two. Cardmembers earn unlimited rewards points on purchases and receive a $20 digital rewards card every 2,000 points.

“Make it REIGN at the Exchange” – Through March 31, authorized shoppers can enter at for a chance at $27,500 in Exchange gift cards, including a $5,000 grand prize. Check out the “Make it REIGN sweepstakes” attachment to learn more.

Food trucks are back in full swing with added locations to better serve you! Follow our Facebook page for the daily list of food trucks near you –

KungFu BBQ in Bldg. 45 – Serving your favorites 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday-Friday in the cafeteria area. It’s open to anyone with base access. Online ordering and catering options are also available at The birria tacos are waiting for you!

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

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

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

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

Starbucks, Subway and Charleys Philly Steaks all offer catering! For your next office event, call the Food Court at 937-879-4317 and Starbucks at 937-879-4617 to arrange for sandwiches, wraps, coffee and more.

Salad Wednesdays at Wright-Patterson Area B Burger King, Food Court Subway and Charleys Philly Steaks! Get $2 off any salad valued at $4 or more every Wednesday.

Dunkin’ is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at AFIT! The vacated Einstein Bagel Shop at the Air Force Institute of Technology has been converted into the very first Dunkin’ on Wright-Patterson AFB.

Starbucks (with new drive-thru) has reopened! Get your favorite coffees and Frappuccinos again.

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

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

Micromarkets are open in AFIT Bldg. 642, AFRL Bldg. 653 and Bldg. 16! The Wright-Patterson Exchange’s three unmanned retail markets bring convenience to Airmen and civilians working unusual hours or in high-traffic or out-of-the-way parts of the installation with better-for-you grab-and-go meals, snacks and beverages.

HEALTHIER 4 U VENDING – If you’re interested in adding vending machines to your location, call the Exchange Services Office at 937-879-2713.

Coffee Café in Bldg. 16 is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving coffee, breakfast, lunch and daily specials – always made to order. Use the code word “ABW Bulletin” sand receive a cookie or chips of your choice free with any meal purchase.

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

Specific MILITARY STAR benefits for DOD personnel include:
·         2% rewards on in-store and online purchases ($1 spend = two points; 2,000 points = $20 reward gift card)
·         Same industry-low annual percentage rate for everyone
·         10% off all first-day purchases at Exchange facilities
·         5 cents off every gallon of fuel on installation
·         10% off all food purchases at participating Exchange restaurants
·         Exclusive savings and financing offers

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

“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 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: *Federal endorsement not implied.

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 are coming Feb. 17! This free and interactive exhibit will engage visitors of all ages with 14 magnificent life-sized recycled metal dinosaur sculptures inspired by actual fossils. Learn, discover and create as you follow a highly interactive path with the opportunity to touch and move these dinosaurs, weaving science, art and innovation themes for a fun and educational experience. DINOSAURS IN MOTION is FREE and open to visitors 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Feb. 17 to May 13. Created by Imagine Exhibitions Inc., DINOSAURS IN MOTION is made possible by generous support from the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement not implied).

Mark your calendar now for the annual Micro-Drone Races: March 1-3. Stay tuned here, on our website and social media for upcoming details.

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

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

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

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

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

Protestant Women of the Chapel:
Women’s Bible studies
Lunchtime Tuesday at noon in 88th Security Forces Squadron building, Commander’s Conference Room
Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in Prairies Chapel Community Center
682 Chapel Lane in Prairies housing – children welcome
Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. in Prairies Chapel Community Center
682 Chapel Lane in Prairies housing – children welcome
Lunchtime Thursdays at noon in Wright-Patterson Medical Center cafeteria
For information about PWOC, send an email to

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