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VOL. 3, NO. 4 | FRIDAY, February 16, 2024

Airman Leadership School Class 24-B

Airman Leadership School Class 24-B graduates sing their respective branch’s songs at the end of their graduation ceremony on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 8, 2024. Among the graduates were Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Johnson)

Air Traffic Control Tower Evacuation Training


Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Air Traffic Control Tower Evacuation Training

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Team Wright-Patt stays prepared and ready for any and all situations to occur. Get an inside look at what emergency training looks like for our air traffic controllers and mission partners. (U.S. Air Force video by Jeff Harris)

Medical Evacuation Training at Wright-Patt

A medical evacuation training scenario was conducted on a static KC-46A Pegasus, flown by the 64th Air Refueling Squadron from the 157th Air Refueling Wing, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 14, 2024. The exercise was designed to train and certify 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Training Squadron cadre on the Air Force’s newest air-refueling tanker in partnership with the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine to streamline aeromedical evacuation training for new Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photos by Ashley Richards)

88th ABW Annual Excellence Awards

The 88th Air Base Wing hosted its annual excellence awards at the Wright-Patt Club on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 9, 2024. Wing personnel competed in 14 different categories, and winners now advance to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's annual awards. (U.S. Air Force photos by Ashley Richards and Senior Airman James Johnson)

🎬88 ABW Awards Recap


88th Air Base Wing Annual Excellence Awards Recap

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Recap of the 2023 88th Air Base Wing Annual Excellence Awards, where we honor the absolute best of the best who make our Wing a top-notch air base wing! Huge congrats to all the nominees and winners!! Our incredible team of 5,000 Airmen work to keep the airfield running smoothly, maintain the infrastructure and tackle everything in between. (U.S. Air Force video by Dylan Kaericher, Austin Smith and Jeff Harris)


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.

Each February, we recognize the accomplishments of Black Americans and their enormous contributions to our nation. Black Americans have a long, distinguished history of serving in the U.S. armed forces, defending the nation with loyalty, honor and patriotism in every war since the American Revolution. In observance of Black History Month, there are several events being hosted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. For more event details, please see the Wright-Patt Weekly Bulletin.

Upcoming events:

  • Feb. 21 at noon to 1 p.m. at the USO – Guest Speaker: Judge E. Gerald Parker, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division. Judge Parker is the first African American male Judge in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division. Open to all base personnel. Host: 88ABW Special Observance Committee.

  • Feb. 29 at 10 a.m. at AFSAC Bldg. 209, Conf. Room A & B and/or via Microsoft Teams – Panel Discussion with representatives from government, academia, law enforcement and private industry. Theme of the panel discussion is “Identities outside the stereotypes”. Open to all base personnel. Host: Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate’s Black History Month Committee. 

  • Feb. 29 at noon to 1 p.m. at the USO – Guest Speaker: Mr. Michael Carter, Chief Diversity Officer, Sinclair Community College. Open to all base personnel. Host: 88ABW Special Observance Committee.

  • Throughout February – Self-tour and Scavenger Hunt at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force: Go on an immersive and educational experience by way of self-tour and/or scavenger hunt at the NMUSAF. For details, go to: Open to the public.

Community and Base Events

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Pediatrics: Summer will be here before you know it. Visit the Pediatrics Clinic for your well-child exams, school/summer camp physicals, and sick-care needs. Schedule through the appointment line by calling 937-522-APPT or visit the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal to book online.

TOPA seminarFeb. 23 from 2-3:30 p.m.Wright-Patterson Medical Center Auditorium – Turning 65 soon? Join members of the 88th Medical Group’s TRICARE Operations and Patient Administration team as they discuss the transition to Medicare, TRICARE For Life, automatic disenrollment from the military treatment facility, steps to take for reenrollment back to the MTF in TRICARE Plus, and what to avoid from ads and Medicare Advantage Plans. Registration is not required.

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

Attention, base supply customers: Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Service is an excellent source of supply and can save your procurement dollars. Before you buy, check out the DLADS worldwide inventory. Get access and browse the website at If you have problems with the site, contact the enterprise help desk at 855-352-0001 or send an email to Your focal point for DLADS withdrawals is the 88th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Customer Service Unit. Direct any questions to 937-257-6194.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month – There are many available resources 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 building safe and healthy relationships for your teen, including social media awareness. Visit Military OneSource for more info: Safe & Healthy Relationship Facts for Teens | Military OneSource.

Civilian Health Promotion Services – 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. (CHPS will be closed Presidents Day).

This week’s virtual briefings include “Have a Healthy Heart: Preventing Heart Disease and Heart Attack” on Feb. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:
Meeting ID: 161 241 3852
Passcode: CHPS

Contact CHPS at 937-904-9359 or for more information.

Base Thrift Shop open on AFMC Family Day Feb. 16 – Donate, consign and shop. 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 by appointment only from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Call 937-879-5630 during business hours for more information or to book an appointment. 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.

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:

Air Force Research Laboratory/RX Blood Drive Feb. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Bldg. 653 (Area B) – Cafetorium
Scheduling link:

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. 20 and March 5 on Zoom. Email for any questions and the meeting ID number.

Black History Month – In recognition of Black American accomplishments and their enormous contributions to the nation, the 88th Air Base Wing’s Special Observance Committee will host two guest speaker events. Speakers will discuss their careers, 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.
  • Feb. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. at the USO – Michael Carter, Sinclair Community College chief diversity officer.

In addition, the committee is teaming up with the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and invites all to learn about the distinguished history of Black Americans serving in the armed forces and defending the nation with loyalty, honor and patriotism. Go on an immersive and educational experience by way of self-tour and/or scavenger hunt. For the self-tour, download and print the USAF Black History Self Tour at: For the digital scavenger hunt, download the Goosechase App and get the join codes at: The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Free admission and parking.

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

Exceptional Family Member Program (Family Support) webinarFeb. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. on Teams – Capt. James Franco of the 88th Air Base Wing’s Legal Assistance Office will present on the topic of guardianship. Anyone is welcome to attend. To RSVP, contact the EFMP (Family Support) office at 937-656-0946 or

Come join the Wright-Patt Chess Club for its next weekly meeting Feb. 23 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:

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, visit

Black History Month panel discussion – Feb. 29 at 10 a.m. – The Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate’s Black History Month Committee will host a panel discussion on “Identities outside the stereotypes” featuring representatives from government, academia, law enforcement and private industry. The event is open to all WPAFB personnel. In-person RSVP link: BHM panel in-person. To join via Microsoft Teams: BHM panel MS Teams. For more information about the panel discussion, contact an AFSAC Black History Month Committee member:

Bridgette Baldwin –
Kayelin Tiggs –
Kelsey Paul –
Winston Ferguson –

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 events will be:

  • March 15 from 9-11 a.m.
  • April 19 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.

Tax season is underway! The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Tax Center will be open through March 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for E1-E4 and O1-O2 service members. Call 937-713-3750 to schedule your appointment.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base continues to focus on creating the appropriate culture to eliminate sexual assault. Wright-Patt’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team has numerous events planned for the base community, including seminars, exhibits, bowling and various outreach displays around the installation with free promotional items.

The SAPR team is seeking anonymous voices for the 2nd annual “What Were You Wearing?” exhibit that will take place April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the USO. If you would like to anonymously share your story, fill out the SAPR office Google form with your testimonial at You can also reach out directly to the SAPR office, and any conversation will be completely confidential. *The Google form must be accessed from an off-network computer.

Additional SAAPM event details forthcoming. All events aim to promote and highlight acts that bolster prevention, increase reporting and promote advocacy for a safer workplace community.

For questions about Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month activities, contact the SAPR office at 937-257-7272 or visit

About the exhibit: The idea behind this powerful exhibit came about after Dr. Wyandt-Hiebert and Ms. Brockman, sexual assault advocates, attended a conference and read a poem titled “What I Was Wearing” by Mary Simmerling. They were so moved by the poem they decided to create an event that turned it into a visual representation. The advocates produced a survivor’s art installation called “What Were You Wearing?” The first was held at the University of Arkansas in 2014. Students participated by sharing brief descriptions of what they were wearing when they were sexually assaulted, as well as clothing replicas. The installation’s intent was to show people that changing one’s clothes will not stop sexual abuse.

It is an unfortunate-but-all-too-familiar question asked of sexual assault survivors by law enforcement, attorneys, friends, communities and others. It’s rooted in victim-blaming culture and the rape myth that survivors “cause” or provoke perpetrators due to their behavior. That is not only in how they dress but if they drank alcohol, consumed drugs, had “flirtatious” behavior and many other statements shifting blame. The reality is nothing a survivor does invites sexual assault. The only cause of sexual assault is, in fact, a perpetrator making a choice to hurt another.

SAPR’s goal: To challenge the belief that clothes a person wears determines how likely they are to be sexually assaulted. Not only will this exhibit bring visual awareness to the issue, but it also provides an opportunity for real-life stories to be told through art. The SAPR team hopes that not only will this exhibit bring visual impact, but also provide a source of healing as you are able to speak your truth through art, impacting others in the community.

Autism Walk and Information FairApril 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The Exceptional Family Member Program (Family Support) will host an Autism Walk and Information Fair at Prairies School Age Center in Riverside (156 Spinning Road). Numerous community and installation agencies are set to participate. Families can walk around the gym floor at any time during the two-hour window, with games on tap for children. Organizers plan to present each child with a walk medal. Families should RSVP at

WPAFB Educational Fund is offering scholarship opportunities to the children and grandchildren of active-duty military or civilian personnel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. They’re available to graduating high school seniors with a cumulative 3.5 GPA and minimum score of 27 on the ACT or 1200 on the SAT. Applications must be received or postmarked no later than 4 p.m. April 1. Applicants are responsible for reading all directions and ensuring their application package is completed (including official transcripts and ACT/SAT scores) and sent by this deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed. The application and updated information are available at WPAFB Educational Outreach Office - Education Fund ( For questions, call the WPAFB Educational Outreach Office at 937-656-2273.

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.

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.

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:

RTA updates Area B bus times for Route 6 – 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).

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.

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.

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

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: I wanted to share this short video titled “Start here: If you are human, you have bias”: Percipio video – Start here: If you are human, you have bias. Remember, unconscious bias is not a bad thing! We all have biases, although it’s sometimes difficult to admit or accept. Yet recognizing unconscious biases can help us engage with others and form better connections. In the words of the late Mary Parker Follett, American management consultant, social worker, philosopher, and pioneer in the fields of organizational theory and behavior: “Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed.”

Get involved: The Black Employment Strategy Team meets the fourth Wednesday every month and would love for you to join in.

Join ZoomGov meeting:

Meeting ID: 161 636 2438
Passcode: 2662

AFMC DEIA help: Air Force Materiel Command’s DEIA Hispanic Empowerment and Advancement Team is working on a presentation and looking for help. If you are of Hispanic origin, can you please share a picture of yourself? HEAT is building a mural of Air Force members (civilian & military) who happen to be of Hispanic origin to illustrate the point that those Americans come in all colors. POC: Olga Mendoza-Schrock at

Team Wright-Patt: We continue to look for special emphasis program managers to lead our Hispanic Empowerment and Advancement 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.

The USO Center at Wright-Patterson AFB offers a variety of programs, including those listed below. More information and sign-up links can be found on our Events page at

Operation ScienceFeb. 17 at 10 a.m. – USO’s quarterly STEM-focused collab for military families with educators from Dayton’s Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

Coffee Connections PLAYDATEFeb. 20 at 10 a.m. – Join other military spouses to make new friends and enjoy hot drinks and a tasty treat. Kiddos welcome!

USO birthday celebrationFeb. 23 at 11 a.m. – We’ll serve up hot dogs and fixings for lunch and top that off with cupcakes to celebrate our birthday month (no registration required).

USO Game NightFeb. 23 at 5 p.m. – Magic: The Gathering and other tabletop games, along with free pizza and pop (adults only, no registration required).

Home-schooler meet-upFeb. 23 at 2 p.m. – USO Wright-Patt’s first-ever program for home-schoolers to meet for games and social time while military home-schooling parents connect and compare notes.

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!

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.

Food trucks here for winter! Find them Tuesday to Thursday at Bldg. 556 and Tuesday-Friday at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

Kerry’s Café now open in Bldg. 556 serving up its delicious drinks and treats.

Coming soon! – KeyMe Locksmiths.

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!

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

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! Good grades pay off in prizes for Wright-Patterson kids with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s You Made the Grade program! Students in grades 1-12 with a B average or better can bring their report cards to the Wright-Patterson Exchange and receive a gift card, coupons 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.

GNC in the Main Exchange Mall has your vitamin and nutrition needs.

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

Dinosaurs are coming Feb. 17 to May 13! 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).

Plane Talks in honor of Presidents Day Feb. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Interact with various subject matter experts stationed in the Presidential Gallery. They’ll include veterans, active duty, former pilots, crewmembers, engineers, navigators and more.

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.

Micro-drone races March 1-3: See fast-flying micromachines as pilots maneuver their drones over, under, around and through the C-124 Globemaster II aircraft during micro-drone races in the museum’s second building. Spectators will be able to watch along the course, as well as on a large screen showing drone perspectives as they’re racing. Visitors can enter for a free micro-drone giveaway, watch demonstrations and get hands-on with computer simulations. Visit our website for more details and upcoming race schedules. This event is made possible by generous donations from the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement not implied).

The Chapel team, along with the USO, is hosting a talent show March 14 in the USO auditorium at 6 p.m. This event is open to all Wright-Patterson personnel and their families. Join us for food, entertainment from a special guest and an opportunity to see the broad range of talents Wright-Patt has to offer.

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.

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: