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VOL. 3, NO. 5 | FRIDAY, March 1, 2024

Tornado hits Wright-Patt

An early-morning EF1 tornado touched down Feb. 28 on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, knocking down power lines and trees while causing damage to several Area B buildings, including the Air Force Research Laboratory and a National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration hangar. No one was hurt. Base first responders and work crews were quickly dispatched for damage assessment, recovery actions and cleanup. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Jack Gardner and Daniel Peterson)

🎬Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Training Mission


Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Training Mission

88th Air Base Wing
The 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Training Squadron conducts an aeromedical evacuation training mission with AE cadre on the new KC-46 airframe at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio on February 14, 2024. This effort will work to start a new Aeromedical Evacuation training pipeline to streamline future training sessions. (U.S. Air Force Video by Dylan Kaericher)


Team Wright-Patt engaged with internal and external communities during the month of February to learn more about our African American and Black service members throughout our military history. Black History Month pays tribute to the outstanding achievements and significant contributions of Black Americans to our nation. Guest speakers: Judge E. Gerald Parker, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division and Mr. Michael Carter, Chief Diversity Officer, Sinclair Community College. The base Exchange hosted a an event with speakers from across Wright-Patt. (U.S. Air Force photos by Daniel Peterson)

Women's History Month

The 88 ABW Special Observance Committee for Women's History Month will host events that include a women’s health seminar, book club, museum tours and scavenger hunts. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Women Breaking Barriers, Building the Future,” in honor of the contributions and service of military and civilian women. (U.S. Air Force graphics by Desmond Brittle)

Career Opportunities within the Air Force at WPAFB

Team Wright-Patt and the Air Force Recruiting Service hosted academic professionals from universities across the United States to educate attendees on medical and engineering career opportunities within the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 22, 2024. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel Peterson)

Community and Base Events

Membership Breakfast March 9 at 9 a.m. to noon at Wright-Patt Club Ballroom. Club members: Free. Non-Members: $15.95Easter Eggstravaganza March 23 at 10 a.m. to noon at Area B softball fields. Over 10,000 egs





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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.

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: 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.

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.

This week’s virtual briefings include “Processed Foods and Health” on March 5 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and “Sugar Shock” on March 5 from noon to 1 p.m. Here’s the ZoomGov login information:
Meeting ID: 161 241 3852
Passcode: CHPS

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

Come join the Wright-Patt Chess Club for its weekly meeting March 1 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:

InDependent Wellness Summit: Rediscover You – March 4-8 – InDependent and the USO invite military spouses everywhere to the 8th annual InDependent Wellness Summit: Rediscover You. This free, virtual, on-demand event delivers wellness support specifically tailored for military life. It covers categories such as mental and physical health, marriage and relationships, financial well-being and personal growth. The Summit is open to past, present and future military spouses. Head here for more information and to register:

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 March 5 and 19 on Zoom. Email for any questions and the meeting ID number.

Women’s History Month – The 88th Air Base Wing will celebrate Women’s History Month with events throughout March. They include a women’s health seminar, museum tours and scavenger hunts presented by the 88 ABW Special Observance Committee for Women’s History Month. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Women Breaking Barriers, Building the Future,” in recognition of the countless contributions women have made toward creating a positive opportunity for a brighter future.

March 8 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Wright-Patterson Medical Center Auditorium – Women's Health Panel with speakers from 88th Medical Group: Lt. Col. Halei K. Wong, Capt. Susan Cox and Maj. Shannel Matthews. RSVP link is forthcoming.

Throughout March – tours at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force: The 88 ABW Special Observance Committee is teaming up with the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and offering three ways to see exhibits featuring women in the Air Force:

  • March 6, 15, 22 and 27 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Base employees can sign up for a two-hour guided tour. Registration is required. To register for the Guided Women in the Air Force tours, send an email with subject line “Registration for March WAF tours” to
  • Every Saturday in March (March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30), there will be two-hour guided tours open to the public. Tours run 9:30-11:30 a.m. No registration is required.
  • The museum will also offer a monthlong scavenger hunt free and open to the public. This is designed to be an immersive, educational experience for people of all ages to learn about women’s history. View the Women of the Air Force Exhibit Map and scavenger hunt sheets below:

For questions related to the Women’s History Month Committee, contact Staff Sgt. Vivian Thompson (, Senior Airman Christley Mae Miranda ( or Kjirsten Frank-Hoppe ( For information about the 88 ABW Special Observance Committee, email Affirmative Employment Program Manager Dawn Mubaslat at

Classified Cleanout Day – March 8 – The 88th Air Base Wing’s Information Protection Office will host Classified Cleanout Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Destruction Facility on Area B (Bldg. 306, 2445 Monohan Way). Cleared personnel will be on hand to destroy all unneeded material. Appointments are not required. Contact the Information Protection Office at or 937-255-4745/4441 with any questions.

The Executive Report on the Air Force’s top five contractors is now available. The report reflects Boeing, Lockheed Martin, L3Harris, Northrop Grumman and RTX performance through 2023, along with macroeconomic factors influencing negotiations. This is critical information for contracting, program and financial management government personnel. Visit the ABI SharePoint site to review the report: ( ABI Executive Report_CY23.pdf). Simply request access when promoted if you do not already have it. Access will be granted to government employees, and you will be able to review the report. For more information, contact Michelle Bonerigo at

AFLCMC Acquisition & Business Intelligence – NEW quarterly roadshows – Team leaders will present 2023 business results for the Air Force’s top five prime contractors. This is critical information for contracting, program and financial management government personnel, but sessions are open to federal employees from all functionals. To register, visit the ABI SharePoint site: link to homepage. If you don’t already have access, simply request it when prompted. Access will be granted, and you will be able to register. Virtual and in-person (WPAFB) options are available at registration. Contact Michelle Bonerigo at with questions.

  • Boeing: March 14 from 9-10 a.m.
  • L3Harris & RTX: March 19 from 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Lockheed Martin & Northrop Grumman: March 21 from 10-11:30 a.m.

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.

The 88th Operations Support Squadron’s Munitions Flight will be closed March 18-22 for the 100% semiannual cycle count. All issues and turn-ins must be given to this office no later than March 15 so they can be processed in advance. Only bona fide emergency issues will be honored during the cycle count. In accordance with Department of the Air Force Manual 21-201, paragraph A3.3.3: “During semiannual cycle counts, minimize account transactions by only processing emergency requests submitted in writing and approved by the group commander (or equivalent).” For questions, contact Jerry Siders or Brad Rose at 937-257-7510.

Coffee with a Cop – March 19 – Join the 88th Security Forces Squadron from 3:30-5 p.m. for a special community event featuring “Coffee with a Cop” and a child-fingerprinting station. It’s aimed at fostering positive relationships between local law enforcement and the community, as well as providing valuable safety resources and crime-prevention tips for families. Location is 5924 Hickam Drive in Dayton (The Properties at Wright Field office). This annual event is open to all community members, with free coffee and doughnuts! For more information, contact Senior Airman Morgan Lettich at

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.

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!

GDC-BIG – 2024 Community Service Award nominations –

CALL: The Greater Dayton Chapter of Blacks in Government is soliciting nominations for its 2024 Community Service Awards. Any GDC-BIG member or nonmember is eligible to receive a CSA.
CRITERIA: Individual nominees must be a Dayton-area community resident. Organizations must be a nonprofit entity providing services to the local community.
PERIOD COVERED: all of 2023
: Nominee’s bio, photo (head-and-shoulder view only – no selfies) and one-page typed write-up documenting the nominee/organization’s volunteer activities
* Winners will be announced May 11 at the GDC-BIG CSA Awards & Scholarship Fundraiser Banquet.
Email nomination packages to the CSA Committee at:

Autism Walk and Information Fair – April 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.

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.

Learn how to curl – Spring League starts April 10 – Come spend four weeks curling at the NTPRD Chiller in downtown Springfield. No experience or equipment necessary. Learn to sweep, slide, throw and compete. For more information, visit

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.

Vets Moving Forward – May 22 from 3-7 p.m. – Wright State University Student Union – Vets Moving Forward is a free annual event focused on connecting veterans with resource organizations and jobs in the greater Miami Valley. The 2024 event will feature Resource Fair and Job Fair areas. In addition, veterans can sign up for services through a Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Enrollment Fair. For more information, visit

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.

Base Thrift Shop – Great sales! Low prices! Shop, donate, consign. Anyone with base access can shop at the store. Donate or consign unwanted items. 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.

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 Bldg. 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

Ballroom dance instruction – March 1 at 6 p.m. – For singles or couples. Join us in the USO auditorium for free dance lessons provided by a professional instructor. Low key and lots of fun. Open to military members and/or spouses, who may also invite a civilian guest. Adults only.

Coffee Connection – March 7 at 6:30 p.m. – Military spouses, join us for an adults-only evening out at the USO! Connect with other spouses, make friends and swap stories. Tell your friends.

Wright Patt’s Got Talent! – March 14 at 6 p.m. – We’re teaming with the 88th Air Base Wing’s Chaplain Corps to stage a family-friendly entertainment event. Got a talent you want to share? Sign up now at All ages are welcome to perform. No registration needed to join the audience. Come join in for food, friends and fun.

Deployed family dinner – March 21 at 5 p.m. – Join us at the USO Center for dinner and camaraderie while your loved one is deployed. Enjoy a catered meal, visit from a therapy dog and the support of your military community. Crafts and games for children. Joy for you!

Franks for Your Service! – Eligible patrons, join us every Friday for a delicious hot dog lunch – beginning at 11 a.m. and while supplies last. Take a break, connect with a friend and celebrate your Friday at the USO.

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 (active duty, Guard and Reserve) 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.

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March Mondays – WPAFB’s MILITARY STAR cardmembers can avoid a case of the Mondays all March long by shopping at any Army & Air Force Exchange Service Express store and earning double rewards points. Each Monday in March, cardmembers will earn four points per $1 instead of the regular two points on all purchases. Shoppers automatically receive a $20 digital rewards card every time they earn 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.

Red Bull Shopping Spree Sweepstakes – Red Bull gives you wings, and the Wright-Patterson Exchange can give you a $5,000 shopping spree! Through April 30, authorized shoppers can enter the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s worldwide Red Bull Shopping Spree Sweepstakes at for a chance to win one of 22 prizes. Drawings take place around May 10.

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

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!

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 (15% from March 7-21)
·         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

This weekend! 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 and Twin Mustang 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 race schedules. This event is made possible by generous donations from the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement not implied).

Dinosaurs are here! DINOSAURS IN MOTION is a free and interactive exhibit that 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 open to visitors 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 13. Created by Imagine Exhibitions Inc., DINOSAURS IN MOTION is made possible by generous support from Dayton Aerospace through its partnership with the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement not implied).

Plane Talks in honor of Vietnam War Veterans Day – March 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Join us for this special event honoring the Vietnam War era and its veterans. Visitors will have an opportunity to interact with subject matter experts in the Southeast Asia Gallery.

Bunny Trail – March 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Hop on over to the museum for its annual FREE Bunny Trail! Search for giant inflatables throughout the museum to find candy tables (don’t forget your basket). Along the way, don’t miss free face-painting, balloon twisters and glitter tattoos. The Easter Bunny will also be in the building! Catch them while they’re out and about to get your picture. This event is made possible by generous support from the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal endorsement not implied).

Experience the total solar eclipse with us! – April 8 – Beginning at 10 a.m., the museum will take you on an eclipse adventure. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the sky’s wide-open views as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, creating a total solar eclipse. Throughout the day, we’ll have hands-on educational activities, rocket launches, livestreaming of NASA’s coverage, presentations, food trucks and a special hot-air balloon glow during the eclipse. This event is supported by Simons Foundation and part of its “In the path of totality” initiative. (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 Holy Day Mass schedule:
March 28 at 6 p.m. – Holy Thursday Mass
March 29 at 6 p.m. – Good Friday Service
March 30 at 8 p.m. – Easter Vigil Mass
March 31 at 9 a.m. – Easter Sunday Mass
Address: Prairies Chapel – 682 Chapel Lane (Bldg. 6568), WPAFB, OH 45433 (The Properties at Wright Field housing area)

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 holy day services:
March 29 at 4 p.m. – Good Friday Worship Service
March 31 at 7 a.m. – Easter Sunrise Service
March 31 from 8-9:30 a.m. – Easter Fellowship Breakfast
March 31 at 11 a.m. – Easter Sunday Worship Service
Address: Prairies Chapel – 682 Chapel Lane (Bldg. 6568), WPAFB, OH 45433 (The Properties at Wright Field housing area)

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: