88th Air Base Wing: Strength through Support!

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As the host unit at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the 88th Air Base Wing operates the airfield, maintains all infrastructure and provides security, communications, medical, legal, personnel,finance, transportation, air traffic control, weather forecasting, public affairs, recreation and chaplain services for more than 100 associate units. The 88ABW is comprised of more than 5,000 officers, enlisted, Air Force civilian and contractor employees. The Wing reports to Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, a major development and acquisition product center of the Air Force Materiel Command.


Mission and Vision

The 88th Air Base Wing provides a safe, secure and reliable operating environment ensuring mission success for approximately 115-plus mission partners and over 30K personnel while delivering lethal, ready Airmen in support of contingency operations worldwide. With an annual budget of $391M, the Wing is postured to support varying and evolving requirements on a deliberate, collaborative basis. In short, we enable delivery of war-winning capabilities.

Mission Statement

Deliver war-winning capabilities through agile installation & mission support

Vision Statement

The premier air base wing… one team – people-driven, mission focused!


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Values & Character Traits

The Wing’s key values, characteristics, and traits define our underlying fabric as an organization. Values define how we view ourselves internally; they are foundational principles guiding our teams to perform daily operations. Character traits are the expectations of how our mission partners view us, distinguish our qualities, key attributes and serve as guiding principles and practices integrated into our organization’s DNA. The Wing’s key Values and Character Traits include:


Commitment, Development, Diversity, Family-Oriented, Inclusive, Innovative, Resilient, and Respectful

Character Traits

Caring, Collaborative, Competent, Customer Focused, Professional, Responsive, Trusted, and Transparent

Lines of Effort & Focus Areas

The LOEs and Focus Areas enabling the Wing to increase agility, earn trust and confidence, ensure the right people are in the right place at the right time, and provide more innovative and cost-effective capabilities while also supporting mission partners’ strategic goals. The LOEs and Focus Areas help establish our culture and aligns our path in moving WPAFB forward in what we want it to be while setting the foundation and investment for the long-term future.

LOE 1 - Strengthen and Care for Our Team

LOE 2 - Maximize Mission Effectiveness

LOE 3 - Optimize and Modernize the Installation

LOE 4 - Foster Deliberate Partnerships


The 88th Air Base Wing is the host organization for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. We maintain more than 8,000 acres of land, a physical plant of over 16 million square feet and provide operational support for more than 100 associate units located at Wright-Patterson. There are two runways supporting an average of 47,000 aircraft operations annually in addition to handling the payroll, keeping records on the workforce, maintaining infrastructure, providing security, communications, medical, transportation, air traffic control, weather forecasting, legal and chaplain services.

The Wing is responsible for three primary missions: operating the installation; training and deploying expeditionary Airmen in support of joint operations, and defending the base and its people.

The 88th Medical Group operates the second largest U.S. Air Force medical center, and deploys medical personnel to support global operations and exercises. The 88th Communications Group provides computer network, telephone and radio support to more than 20,000 base with more than 36,000 active phone lines. The 88th Mission Support Group oversees the largest Force Support Squadron in the Continental U.S. The Wing also hosts the annual U.S. Air Force Marathon.        

The base is headquarters for a vast, worldwide logistics system, a world-class laboratory research function, and is the foremost acquisition and development center in the U.S. Air Force. Dozens of associate organizations representing a broad spectrum of Air Force and Department of Defense activities call Wright-Patterson home. The base is comparable to a medium sized city with services ranging from shopping facilities to child care centers.  Wright-Patterson's economic impact to the greater Dayton region is approximately $4 billion.

Approximately 30,000 military members, civilian and government contractor employees work on the base making Wright-Patterson the largest single site employer in the state of Ohio and one of the largest employers among Air Forces bases worldwide.

Many major advances in aviation technology can be traced to Wright-Patterson. The birthplace, home and future of aerospace - that's what Wright-Patterson is about. The heritage of a legendary past spurs aerospace acquisition specialists, scientists and engineers, and logisticians, educators and trainers to "keep 'em flying," faster, higher, farther and safer than man has ever flown before.