There are eight permanent dormitories on base. Staff sergeants (E-5) and above are granted single-rate basic allowance for quarters and are not permitted to reside in the dormitories. There are plenty of affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments off base. Normally, Airmen between grades E-1 and E-4 are housed in the dormitories. All dormitory personnel are assigned a private room, and recent upgrades and renovations have made dorm life even more pleasant for residents.
HOUSING (ON AND OFF BASE)
The Housing Management Office is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community. When you arrive at Davis-Monthan, you are welcome to visit the HMO to receive counseling and guidance before entering into any written lease or rental or sales contract for housing.
At Davis-Monthan, military family housing is privatized. Lend Lease/Soaring Heights Communities owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Soaring Heights Communities. To apply for privatized housing, contact the HMO as soon as you know you are moving to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to obtain a housing referral. The government housing team will provide you the latest information about privatized housing and details about the application process.
The HMO can also help you find rentals in the local area. Listings of apartments (furnished and unfurnished to include both long- and short-term rentals) and homes for rent can be obtained by visiting the HMO. Rental availability and prices vary throughout the year depending on the season. Most rentals will require first month’s rent and a security deposit equal to one and half times the monthly rent.
Find the HMO in the Soaring Heights Welcome Home Center at 8090 E. Ironwood St. For hours, call 520-228-5705.
SOARING HEIGHTS COMMUNITIES
Soaring Heights is more than a community that provides sustainable, well-maintained homes and amenities for Air Force families at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. It is an example of how innovation, successful long-term planning and forward-thinking community partnerships can make a meaningful difference in the lives of Airmen, their families and the communities in which they reside. Its homes and communities feature pedestrian-friendly streets, a spacious community center and other amenities focused on comfort and convenience for Air Force families.
Since its beginning in 2007, Soaring Heights has evolved into a spacious community of 1,173 properties that include legacy, new and renovated homes. Its efficient, friendly services and community amenities are recognized as examples of excellence that strive to meet and exceed Air Force families’ expectations.
Soaring Heights’ new homes feature five-star Energy Star appliances, technology spaces and covered porches for integrated indoor-outdoor living. These energy-efficient homes are 20 to 40 percent larger than many of the homes Airmen and their families have been living in for years and boast a number of features designed specifically to allow residents to live the lifestyle they deserve in the place they belong. Soaring Heights’ homes and neighborhoods are family-friendly and designed with the active lifestyles of residents in mind.
In addition, Soaring Heights offers educational and family-focused resident programs, premier and innovative safety and recycling programs, community events and recreation opportunities that connect with Soaring Heights’ priorities of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Soaring Heights is home to the largest solar-powered community in the continental United States, taking full advantage of its surrounding climate and open spaces through its combined 6-megawatt, ground-mounted and rooftop solar arrays.
Today, Soaring Heights is an example of how partnership and a shared goal of doing what is best for Air Force families bear results. And most importantly, it’s the place Davis-Monthan Air Force families call home.
If you want a quality home and neighborhood in an Air Force community, call SHC at 520-745-5024 to speak with a leasing consultant and schedule a tour of the community.
Find the Soaring Heights Welcome Home Center at 8090 E. Ironwood St. Visit Soaring Heights online at www.SoaringHeights.net to view photos and virtual tours and to download floor plans. You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/soaringheights.davismonthan. The Soaring Heights Self-Help Store is at 8090 E. Ironwood St. in the Welcome Home Center. For hours and to learn about the items available, please call 520-745-5024.
The customer service section of the Traffic Management Office is in Building 3200 on Granite Street.
If you would like to check on the status of your inbound personal property or would like to set up delivery, call JPPSO-Colorado Springs at 800-771-1819. To turn in do-it-yourself move paperwork, please visit the office 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. On the day your personal property is delivered, the military member or designated representative must be at the residence from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 520-228-4818/4817/4816.
LOCAL UTILITIES AND SERVICES
Tucson Electric Power Co.
220 W. Sixth St.
Tucson, AZ 85701 520-623-7711
Southwest Gas Corp.
3401 E. Gas Road
Tucson, AZ 85714 877-860-6020
Tucson Water Department
310 W. Alameda St.
Tucson, AZ 85701 520-791-3242
Lodging offers pet-friendly TLF units. Contact billeting at 520-228-3230 for availability or assistance with locating alternate lodging that accepts pets. They also have a complete list of kennel providers.
355TH MEDICAL GROUP
The 355th Medical Group is housed in the Medical Treatment Facility, a well-maintained, 55-year-old building and
$19 million, 45,000-square-foot addition to help better focus on wellness and patient-centered care. The Ambulatory Health Care Facility addition opened July 3, 2002. The staff includes dozens of physicians, physician extenders and several dentists who offer a wide range of medical and dental specialties.
The 355th Medical Group averages more than 8,000 outpatient visits, about 23,000 laboratory procedures and 25,000 filled prescriptions each month. The providers and technicians maintain the highest level of professional competency and participate in training affiliation agreements with several civilian institutions, which include St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tucson Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. There are no emergency services at the facility, so members needing urgent care are directed to one of the many off-base facilities with these capabilities.
Also, the clinic is closed in the morning every third Thursday for readiness training and reopens at 12:30 p.m.
The dental clinic has the capability to treat active-duty military members with most dental conditions except orthodontics. Active-duty military family members are encouraged to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program since they are not eligible for scheduled appointments at the base dental clinic. Dental clinic hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment during normal duty hours, call 520-228-2652/2651/2650. Screening appointments for dental urgent care can be scheduled by calling 520-228-2778.
THE APPOINTMENT SYSTEM
Central appointment personnel are available to answer the telephone 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, call the appointment desk at least 2 hours in advance to cancel so another patient may be scheduled. An appointment that is not canceled 2 hours in advance of the scheduled time will be considered a “no-show,” and an appropriate letter may be forwarded to the individual’s commander and first sergeants. Patients can also cancel their appointment after duty hours from 4:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. by calling the central appointment line. Appointments are scheduled according to the member’s primary care manager: Flight Medicine, Coyote, Scorpion, Eagle and Fox teams.
Active duty, TRICARE Prime and Standard 520-228-2778
6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cancellations (after hours) 520-228-2778, Option 2
Referral cancellations 520-228-1501
Hours (Monday through Friday)
Main 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Satellite Refill 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Satellite Refill 520-228-5007
The pharmacies are closed weekends and federal holidays. Both pharmacies are also closed in the morning every third Thursday for training but will open by 1 p.m.
TRICARE OPERATIONS & PATIENT ADMINISTRATION
TOPA consists of two elements: TRICARE and Patient Administration.
The flight consists of the medical evaluation board, referral management, patient advocacy, dependent relocation clearances, Exceptional Family Member Program-Medical, medical records, release of information, HIPAA, line of duty, patient registration, eligibility verification, admissions and dispositions, health benefits, TRICARE claims assistance and aeromedical evacuation. TOPA is in Building 400.
Health Promotion offers awareness, education and intervention programs focusing on lifestyle and behavior change. The office offers classes on nutrition (weight management, diabetes and cholesterol), tobacco cessation, stress awareness, parenting, women’s health, injury prevention and high blood pressure awareness. For more information, call 520-228-2294.
Davis-Monthan veterinary services provide health care only for animals belonging to active-duty and retired members, along with their dependents. Everyone living on base must register their dogs or cats with veterinary services within 10 duty days of their arrival. Other veterinary services include HomeAgain microchips, health certificates for travel, routine vaccinations of dogs and cats, and examinations for diseases that are transmittable between animals and humans or present possible health hazards to the community. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Hours are subject to change based on mission requirements. Vaccinations are done by appointment only. For more information, call 520-228-3529.
The chaplain division provides for the religious and spiritual needs of the Davis-Monthan community through several
chaplains, two chapel centers and a flightline ministry. The chapel also sponsors The Loft, a dayroom ministry center in the dormitories. The Loft coordinates discussion groups, service projects, monthly outings, a state-of-the-art video gaming system, weekly Bible studies and religious education.
Regular worship activities are held on base for Catholic and Protestant members with weekend Masses Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. Sunday services for Protestants follow contemporary and gospel worship traditions. In addition, numerous Bible studies and programs are conducted throughout the week.
Muslim, Jewish and other faith groups are encouraged to call the chapel for the names and phone numbers of their respective lay leaders or faith resources off base. For more information on pastoral counseling, schedules, special events and religious education, call 520-228-5411.
BASE LEGAL OFFICE
The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, in Building 2300 on the second floor, provides legal assistance to active-duty members, Reserve component members on orders or pending deployment, retired military members and their military identification card-eligible dependents. This assistance includes wills, powers of attorney and other personal civil legal matters such as landlord-tenant, domestic and consumer affairs issues. Additionally, the office provides legal counsel to commanders on all matters affecting the installation and the mission, including such wide-ranging areas as military justice, administrative actions, ethics, operations law, environmental law, claims, contracts, civil law and labor law. For more information, call 520-228-5242.
Powers of attorney and notary service is available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed. Priority is given to military members in uniform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Legal assistance is available by appointment Tuesday through Thursday. Due to mission requirements, retirees and their dependents will be seen on a space-available basis for legal assistance.
Active-duty members and their dependents may also attend walk-in legal assistance 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Active-duty members and their dependents who sign in during this time will be seen by an attorney for legal assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you need a power of attorney or a will, please complete a legal worksheet before coming to the legal office. Go to https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil. On this page, select “Legal Worksheets.” Select the appropriate document and complete it online. You will be given a ticket number (warning: it is case-sensitive). When you make your will appointment, please give the legal office your ticket number. The office will start working on your will before your appointment.
For powers of attorney, bring your ticket number with you to the legal office. With that number, the office can pull up your documents right away. Clients with ticket numbers go to the front of the line for powers of attorney.
Legal assistance is available on a priority basis to deploying members. For after-hours assistance, please have your commander or first sergeant contact the on-call JAG through the command post.
For additional information on a wide variety of legal assistance topics, visit https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil.
Claims for damage to household goods resulting from DPS shipments are processed using the DOD website www.move.mil. Notice of loss or damage reports for DPS claims must be filed using this website. If you are unhappy with the carrier’s settlement offer or your DPS claim is denied by the carrier, please contact the Air Force Claims Service Center at 877-754-1212.
The AFCSC is in Kettering, Ohio, and open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Personnel who were not moved using the DPS system can file using the AFCSC website https://claims.jag.af.mil. Claims for damages to POVs that occur during shipment can also be filed on the AFCSC website.
The base legal office is available to assist claimants with general claims information and questions 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Please call 520-228-5242 for assistance.
The Military Justice Division of the legal office reviews evidence and provides advice to commanders and first sergeants on appropriate disciplinary and administrative actions ranging from letters of counseling, admonishment or reprimand, Article 15s and Uniform Code of Military Justice actions to administrative discharges and courts-martial.
Air Force courts-martial are open to the public. The docket of upcoming courts-martial is found at www.afjag.af.mil/docket.
AREA DEFENSE COUNSEL
The Area Defense Counsel at Davis-Monthan is separate from both the Staff Judge Advocate and the base command channels. It reports to the western circuit’s Air Force Judge Advocate General, headquartered at Travis Air Force Base, California.
The ADC provides objective legal defense services to military members facing
Article 15, court-martial, forced discharge actions and investigations by security police or the Office of Special Investigations, as well as any other adverse actions in which counsel is required or authorized. To reach the ADC, call 520-228-5664.
SPECIAL VICTIMS’ COUNSEL
The Special Victims’ Counsel at Davis-Monthan is separate from the Staff Judge Advocate, the base command channels and the Area Defense Counsel. The SVC reports through the senior SVC of the western circuit headquartered at Travis Air Force Base, California. The SVC provides sexual assault victims with specialized legal assistance and representation through the military justice process. The SVC asserts crime victims’ rights and privacy interests of the client in investigations, Article 32 hearings, courts-martial and discharge boards. To reach the SVC, call 202-308-5168/5476.
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE OFFICE
The installation Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office is on the first floor of Building 2300. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. The sexual assault response coordinator can be contacted by calling 520-228-SARC (7272). The 24/7 crisis line number is 520-940-8059.
The SAPRO manages the installation-level sexual assault prevention and response program. The primary focus of the SAPR program is on victims of sexual assault. The SAPRO coordinates victim care and resolution of issues related to the survivor’s health and well-being. There is support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all victims.
The SAPRO assists commanders in meeting annual SAPR training requirements and provides community education regarding SAPR services.
The SAPRO recruits, selects and trains victim advocates. Victim advocates provide support and liaison services to victims of sexual assault, such as crisis intervention and referral and ongoing nonclinical support.
Restricted reporting is available to members of the armed forces, the Coast Guard, Air Force civilian employees and adult dependents over 18 years old. Military personnel include Reserve and Guard members on active duty. If you would like to report a sexual assault and have questions concerning restricted reporting, please consider contacting the SAPRO as other restrictions may apply.
Only SAPRO staff, assigned victim advocates and health care providers may receive restricted reports of sexual assault. Chaplains may not take a restricted report, however they will keep information confidential and the victim will not lose the restricted reporting option. For more information concerning sexual assault, please contact the SAPRO.
The financial services flight provides travel and pay services to military (active duty and retired) and civilian employees and provides funding certification responsibilities. It serves more than 30,000 customers and processes more than 150,000 transactions annually.
The accounting and finance office is on Fifth Street in Building 2300. Staff members can answer questions or assist with pay matters that may arise. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
The finance office offers a variety of pay and travel services on a walk-in basis. During inprocessing, a finance representative will help customers complete travel vouchers and any other finance-related issues. For more information, call customer service at 520-228-5111.
U.S. POST OFFICE AND POSTAL SERVICE CENTER
The U.S. post office and Postal Service Center in Building 4428 provide a full range of postal services.
The U.S. post office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
The Postal Service Center is where dormitory personnel receive their mail. Postal Service Center hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday and the Tuesday after Monday holidays; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s general delivery address for personal mail is PSC Box 80001, Tucson, AZ 85707-0001.
BASE INFORMATION TRANSFER CENTER
The Base Information Transfer Center, in Building 2240, processes incoming and outgoing official mail. The center is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except for holidays. Mail not received before 3:30 p.m. on weekdays will be posted the following business day. For more information, call 520-228-1106.
CIVILIAN PERSONNEL OFFICE
To apply for civilian personnel vacancies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, all applicants should use USAJobs at www.usajobs.gov and NAF Jobs at www.nafjobs.org.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICE
The Equal Opportunity Office provides training, conducts informal inquiries, coordinates complaint investigations and conducts mediation of workplace disputes in the civilian workforce. Military Equal Opportunity advisers provide human relations training and guidance in formal and informal equal opportunity and treatment complaints processing; conduct complaint clarifications; mediate MEO complaints; perform wing climate assessments; and provide awareness training on subjects relating to human relations (i.e., cultural diversity, sexual harassment and team building).
The office encourages people to use the chain of command and supports early resolution of any human relations issue. The EO Office is in the 355th Fighter Wing headquarters, Building 2300, Room 2047.
The office also offers mediation through the alternative dispute resolution program to resolve issues involving potential conflicts. For more information, call 520-228-5509.
The 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office is the official point of contact between Davis-Monthan and the local community. The PA office works with the local, national and international news media through its media relations section and arranges tours, public speaking activities and special events through its community relations section. For more information, call 520-228-3406 or visit www.dm.af.mil.
The 355th Fighter Wing Inspector General manages two key areas for the commander — oversight and congressional liaison. Within the oversight area, the IG handles complaint investigation and resolution, as well as fraud, waste and abuse disclosures from active-duty members, retirees, their dependents and DOD civilians. The IG is also the wing’s point of contact for all congressional inquiries and liaison. To contact the IG, call 520-228-3558.
The Wing Safety Office is responsible for oversight of all unit safety programs. The individual units are responsible for maintaining safe working and living conditions for the base. The Wing Safety Office has three major divisions: ground, flight and weapons.
Ground safety inspects work areas and recreational facilities for hazards and recommends corrective action. It also conducts safety training classes. Flight safety monitors the flying operations of the wing’s six flying squadrons, oversees all investigations of aircraft mishaps within the wing’s area of responsibility and directs the wing’s flight mishap prevention programs. Weapons safety inspects work areas for hazards and compliance with instructions. It is responsible for all weapons site plans.
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE CENTER
Davis-Monthan’s Community Resilience Center has a stated purpose of advancing Airmen, civilian and family resilience in order to bounce back from setbacks. The resilience center emphasizes the tools of positive psychology to members who are fundamentally well, but may be at widely varying levels of fitness within the social, physical, family and spiritual domains of Comprehensive Airman Fitness.
The center’s goals are to offer an engaging partnership with the DMAFB populace, serve as a focal point for resilience equipment, materials, training and activities, and finally, to model the U.S. Air Force commitment of the resilience philosophy.
The resilience center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturday upon request to support drill weekends. It is at the northwest entrance of the Professional Development Center adjacent to the main exchange. For more information, contact Vincent Howard, the community support coordinator, at 520-228-5554.
Education and Training
The Education Services Center is in Building 2441, the Kennedy Professional Development Center. Air Force members and families are provided assistance with both on- and off-base educational opportunities. Programs available to the active-duty military population include: Tuition Assistance, Air Force commissioning, the Community College of the Air Force, educational advisement and testing. The PDC has three testing centers: education testing in Room 139, military testing in Room 155 and a National Test Center in Room 141. Pima Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Park University all offer on-base evening and weekend courses required to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees. For more information or appointments, please email 355FSS.FSDE.email@example.com.
Pima Community College
Pima Community College is a two-year college that serves the greater Tucson metropolitan area at six locations throughout Pima County as well as multiple learning and education centers that deliver specialized training programs.
Pima’s Davis-Monthan Education Center offers quality academic instruction leading to a two-year liberal arts degree or an Associate of Science or Associate of Business Administration degree for transfer to an Arizona state university. Classes are primarily eight-week sessions and are offered during evenings or on weekends for flexibility and convenience. DMEC is in Building 2441 in the Kennedy Professional Development Center and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed 1 to 2 p.m. Students can take assessment exams; receive admissions and registration advising, financial aid services, GI Bill and Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) information; and sign up for CLEP and DSST testing. For more information, call 520-206-4866 or visit www.pima.edu.
Park University’s campus in Tucson, Arizona, is a part of the Park University, School for Extended Learning. They understand what a challenge it is to work full time, juggle family responsibilities and attend class. That’s why they offer a variety of quality education opportunities in accelerated formats that are designed to meet student’s needs. Park University serves not only military members and their dependents who are assigned to the Air Force base, but also welcomes all civilians in the local communities. You’ll find Park’s tuition rates to be especially competitive, considering Park’s academic excellence and full accreditation. Park University’s accelerated semester scheduling allows you to complete your degree fast. Generous financial aid is also available. The Davis-Monthan campus offers three associate and 18 bachelor’s degrees.
Park University is available to answer questions about transferring credits, degree requirements, financial aid, earning credit for military or work experience, and more. For more information, visit https://a2e.park.edu/location/park-university-at-davis-monthan-afb-in-tucson-az, call 520-748-8266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Davis-Monthan Campus
Embry-Riddle Worldwide removes the obstacles. Experience a premier education with compelling benefits designed to accommodate your demanding life, including:
- More than 150 locations worldwide.
- A focused and efficient curriculum that instills real-world knowledge.
- Courses taught by experts with real-world experience who are leaders in their fields.
- Flexible scheduling, online course delivery and EagleVision technology — a web-based video conferencing platform.
Every day Embry-Riddle is working on even more ways to improve its classrooms, enhance its curriculum, add to its program offerings and give you more options because, just like you, it won’t stop reaching for excellence. At Embry-Riddle Worldwide, convenience is always an option with classes beginning every month. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Davis-Monthan Campus is at 5355 E. Granite St., Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ 85707. For more information, call 520-747-5540 or visit www.erau.edu.
Airman and Family Services
AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTER
The Airman & Family Readiness Center is the service organization for Air Force families and is the focal point for family matters.
The Air Force realizes there is a direct correlation between a member’s quality of life and their ability to successfully accomplish the mission. The A&FRC is open to all active-duty members and their families, as well as single military members, National Guard and Reserve members and their families when on active duty, retired military personnel and their families, and Department of Defense civilians. The A&FRC’s core function is matching individuals and families with the right resources to meet their specific needs. It also houses the following direct services:
- Information and Referral — assesses the needs of family members and links them with appropriate agencies. It also maintains a profile of base and community agencies.
- Personal Financial Management Program — offers information, education and personal financial counseling. The PFMP offers long-term solutions to financial problems.
- Air Force Aid Society — this nonprofit organization helps the Air Force take
care of its own in emergencies through interest-free loans and grants. The AFAS also offers education assistance.
- Employment Assistance — helps members and their families enhance their marketability and learn the skills and techniques needed for a successful job search.
- Volunteer Program — functions as the military community’s resource for basewide volunteer activity. Volunteers acquire skills to enhance personal and professional development.
- Relocation Assistance Program — provides a full range of relocation services, information and assistance to newly arriving personnel and to military members involved in or anticipating a permanent change of station move.
- Family Life Education — provides comprehensive family education and skills development programs, services and support groups that enable Air Force families to better adapt to the Air Force environment.
- Family Services Program — a volunteer program offering extra assistance to relocating families. They maintain information about military locations worldwide and maintain a supply of household items you may borrow when relocating.
- Transition Assistance Program — provides transition counseling, career planning, development of job search skills, and access to employment opportunities and information. Workshops, seminars and individual counseling sessions teach members how to convert Air Force skills to civilian equivalents and how to market these skills effectively.
- Readiness — plans and exercises responses to family mobility and deployment issues in contingency and real-world situations, and ensures members and their families receive coordinated support.
- Casualty and survivor benefit services.
- School Liaison — provides information and resources to families with school-age children.
- Exceptional Family Member Program and Family Support Coordinator — provides information and resources to families with special needs.
For more information about A&FRC programs, call 520-228-5690.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Davis-Monthan has two child development centers: The D-M CDC, which serves 200 children, and the Dorothy H. Finley CDC, which can accommodate 312 children. Both centers are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and care for children from infancy to 5 years old.
The CDCs focus on developmentally appropriate practices and promote cognitive, physical, social and emotional development for each child. Both facilities are on Comanche Street, just west of the commissary. Fees are on a sliding scale, based on total family income.
The centers are open 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and offer drop-in care on a space-available basis. They also offer special events like Give Parents a Break and Parents’ Day Out.
Parents can also enroll their children in a part-day preschool program for 3- to 5-year-olds. For more information on the preschool program, call the D-M CDC at 520-228-3336.
FAMILY CHILD CARE
The base’s successful Family Child Care program includes licensed on-base and affiliated off-base child care homes. Information about current FCC providers, on base and in the local community, is available 24/7 on the outside of the FCC office, Building 2555, at 3245 S. 10th St. (corner of Tenth Street and Davenport, across the street from Burger King).
Family Child Care provides quality, affordable and available child care for military families in safe and secure homes. FCC providers can care for up to six children ages 2 weeks to 12 years, including their own under the age of 8; of those six children only two can be younger than 2 years old.
FCC providers receive comprehensive training, guidance and support, and homes are inspected regularly to assure that they meet or exceed Department of Defense requirements. FCC maintains an extensive lending library for its providers, with a full range of toys, educational materials and child care equipment.
FCC also offers various programs to assist military families. Some of the programs offered are:
- Free PCS child care (20 hours) within 60 days of PCS arrival or departure date.
- Returning Home Care, which offers free care for up to 16 hours per child to Airmen returning from deployment.
- Subsidies, which reduce child care costs for families on the CDC’s waiting list for children younger than 3, children with special needs, and children requiring care during swing and midnight shifts.
Call the FCC offices at 520-228-2201 for more information. Customer service hours are 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday or by appointment.
The Family Advocacy Program is the focal point for responding to family conflict. Through its family maltreatment component, the program seeks to prevent, identify, assess and treat significant levels of conflict that could potentially lead to spouse or child abuse. The outreach and prevention component provides life enhancement skills to prevent family maltreatment and to increase positive participation in the family system. Services such as the New Parent Support Program, parenting classes and domestic conflict groups are available. The Exceptional Family Member Program helps active-duty members and their families minimize the issues related to living with a child with a disability. Any family member with a special need — any ongoing medical, educational, mental or physical handicap — is required by regulation to be enrolled in EFMP.
The Davis-Monthan Family Advocacy Office can be reached at 520-228-2104.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross, 4601 E. Broadway Blvd., supports military members and their families 24/7. Services include sending messages to commands regarding family emergencies, counseling for personal and family problems, and reporting on health and welfare conditions of service members and their families. The Red Cross also assists with financial emergencies for family members of deployed service members. In addition to teaching first aid and CPR skills, baby-sitting, and HIV and AIDS awareness, the American Red Cross also sponsors blood drives throughout southern Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. For assistance or information on volunteer opportunities, call 520-318-6740.
SCHOOL OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN
The school liaison is in the Airman & Family Readiness Center. The liaison can provide up-to-date information about local schools, as well as act as an advocate for families needing assistance.
Frank Borman Elementary School, part of the Tucson Unified School District, provides education from kindergarten through fifth grade on Davis-Monthan. The school also offers special education classes.
Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan is a public charter school on base, serving students in grades six through 12. In 2006, the Tucson Unified School District consolidated two public elementary schools on the base and returned the vacated property to DMAFB. With military families wishing to have their children attend school on the base, the vacated property provided a perfect opportunity to open an alternative option for middle school education. A Charter School Working Group held town hall meetings with base families to find out what they were looking for in a good school. After a year of working on the project, the CSWG team was awarded for their initiative in the opening of one of the first charter schools located on an Air Force base.
In August 2009, the Sonoran Science Academy middle school opened. In its first year, student aptitude in all three grades registered saw increases of 46 percent in reading, 53 percent in writing and 60 percent in math. The school is accredited by the North Central Association Commission and is recognized as an “A” school by the Arizona Department of Education. Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan is managed by Sonoran Schools, whose educational model is nationally acclaimed, with its high school in near northwest Tucson ranked in the top 50 high schools in the nation. Sonoran Schools focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and college preparation. The schools have small class sizes, high academic and behavioral expectations, free after-school tutoring and extracurricular activities, and actively encourage parent and community involvement.
Middle school students living on base may attend TUSD’s Naylor Middle School for grades six through eight. On-base high school students may attend TUSD’s Palo Verde High School. Busing is provided for all secondary students living on base.
Children living off base can attend one of the district’s 75 elementary schools, 21 middle schools and 11 high schools, as well as 14 alternative education programs.
Tucson has 27 parochial schools, representing Catholic, Hebrew, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran and Seventh-day Adventist faiths. They accept students from the first through the 12th grades. Additionally, there are more than 100 private schools in Pima County providing curricula for elementary through college-preparatory students. For more information, call the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office at 520-740-8451 or visit www.tusd1.org.
The Davis-Monthan Youth Center, an affiliated Boys & Girls Club, is in Building 6000 and features activities for youth from ages 9 to 18. The facility includes a game room, multipurpose and computer room, full-size gymnasium, snack bar and more.
The youth center hosts dances, field trips, and arts and crafts events and includes an outdoor program. Various instructional classes for youth are available.
The youth center offers many individual and team sports and activities, including a First Steps program for children 3 to 4 years old.
SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM AND BEFORE- AND AFTER-SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP
The School Age Program is in Building 6006 and is accredited by the National After School Association. It offers care for children in first through sixth grades. Transportation is provided to and from Borman Elementary School and collaborates to provide transportation to and from Vail District schools as well.
The program operates from 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. and from 2 to 5:30 p.m. during the academic year. All-day care is provided on nonschool days and early dismissal days. A full-day camp program is offered in the summer. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are served in accordance with USDA guidelines.
Fees for this program are based on total family income. Space is limited. For more information, call 520-228-8206.
Shopping and Dining
ARMY AND AIR FORCE EXCHANGE SERVICE
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service provides multiple services on base, most notably the exchange, in Building 2527 at
5405 E. Granite St. Shopping privileges are limited to those who have valid military identification cards.
More than 29,000 square feet of selling space supports more than 43,000 items. The Davis-Monthan exchange carries a larger selection of Arizona souvenirs than any other exchange in the state. Customers can write checks for purchases made within the exchange — verified at the checkout registers — for as much as $300 more than the purchase amount. Patrons may also cash personal checks at the cashier’s cage for up to $300 per day if their name and address is imprinted on the check and up to $100 without imprinting. Members may cash military paychecks for as much as $500.
The exchange now accepts debit cards for payment of purchases. Up to $100 cash back is allowed for purchases paid for with debit cards.
AAFES catalogs have a special order section containing items not normally stocked in the exchange. Patrons must pay for catalog orders in advance, and the items will usually arrive at their residences three to six weeks after placing an order.
Military Clothing Sales is co-located with the main store. It is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Refunds and exchanges are handled in the store’s customer service area. Concessionaires providing a variety of services and products are just outside the exchange, such as: base laundry and dry cleaners, a tailor shop, a barbershop, a beauty shop, a flower shop (which also offers gift wrapping), a watch repair shop, an optical shop, a nutrition center, Southwestern gifts, cellular phone service and equipment, and a UPS Store. All are open Monday through Saturday.
The exchange hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Other AAFES operations include a shoppette, a service station, Burger King, a Class Six store and more.
The human resources office for AAFES employment is in Building 4320. The office is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY
The base commissary’s goal is to achieve unprecedented efficiency in military grocery sales and to provide better service to its customers. It strives to do this by offering high-quality products at the best possible prices with savings of at least 30 percent. The Defense Commissary Agency has devised a set of standardized floor plans, simplified stocking procedures and regionalized stock lists. Headquarters controls item additions and deletions, and only items on the stock list are authorized for stocking at the Davis-Monthan commissary. DeCA has significantly reduced the stock in warehouses in an effort to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs. This means it operates without warehouse stock on many products, relying instead on daily deliveries and shelf restocking. Customers may special order products from all departments.
The commissary is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The commissary is closed for some holidays. For more information, call 520-228-3116.
Club Ironwood is in Building 2050, which is near the transient quarters at Craycroft Road and Ironwood Street. The Circa 25 Bar is in Club Ironwood.
It’s best to call ahead to check on service availability for special events. Members and guests can enjoy the club’s lunch buffet 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
An extensive variety of entertainment, membership and retiree nights, dinner specials, holiday brunches, a barbershop and lounges all provide the conveniences for the club. For more information, call 520-228-3301.
DESERT INN DINING FACILITY
Military members and travelers on temporary duty are eligible to eat at the Desert Inn dining facility, Building 4100. The Desert Inn is open seven days a week. Hours are 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. (breakfast), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch) and 4 to 6 p.m. (dinner) Monday through Friday. There is also a midnight meal 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. On weekends, hours are 7 to 9 a.m. (breakfast), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch) and 4 to 6 p.m. (dinner). For Christmas and Thanksgiving, breakfast is 7 to 9 a.m., lunch is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Carryout service is available. For more information, call the Desert Inn at 520-228-3072/5501.
The Roadrunner Inn flight kitchen, Building 5428, offers a more limited menu. For eligibility and hours, call 520-228-4096.
HEAD PIN CAFE
The Head Pin Cafe is in the Davis-Monthan bowling center in Building 3203. Call 520-228-3461 for hours of operation.
The Sports Hub was integrated inside the existing D-M Lanes bowling center. It features flat-screen TVs and select seating for watching sporting events throughout the year, as well as a variety of craft and local beers on tap.
PARKS AND PICNIC AREAS
The use of Davis-Monthan’s many parks, playgrounds and picnic areas is generally on a first-come, first-served basis. However, reservations are accepted for a paved section of Heritage Park, inside the Craycroft gate, and for Bama Park, across from the golf course. Groups must reserve the parks in advance. If alcoholic beverages will be present at Bama Park, advance permission is required (no alcohol is permitted at Heritage Park). A refundable $50 cleanup deposit is required to reserve Bama Park. For reservations, call the Outdoor Recreation Center at 520-228-3736.
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has two premier fitness and sports complexes. Both have men’s and women’s saunas, locker and shower facilities, group exercise rooms, and basketball and volleyball courts. The fitness center staff coordinates special events, handles reservations for two softball fields and a football field, and manages intramural sports along with a variety of daily group exercise classes taught by certified group fitness instructors. There are also certified personal trainers available to create individualized workout plans for a fee.
The Arthur J. Benko Fitness and Sports Center, in Building 2301, is equipped with a group exercise room, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, an indoor track, a parent exercise room and a six-lane indoor lap pool. The Benko fitness center will be accessible to all patrons during manned hours, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Access will be available 24/7 for registered Common Access Card holders during unmanned hours. CAC holders may register for 24/7 access at the front desk of the Benko Fitness Center.
The Haeffner Fitness and Sports Center, in Building 2505, also features state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a group exercise room, a weight room and a cross-functional room. Hours are 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends, holidays and down days. Additionally, there are tennis courts and a racquetball annex next to the golf course. For more information, call 520-228-0022/0021.
The Davis-Monthan Outdoor Recreation Center is in Building 4459, at the corner of Craycroft Road and Nuggat Street, west of the golf course. Outdoor Recreation encompasses many functions, all committed to providing services and programs that meet the leisure needs of the Davis-Monthan community.
Outdoor adventure programs include a spectrum of seasonal activities tailored to meet novice and expert tastes — everything from structured trips to self-directed activities, including day hikes, historical tours, horseback riding and river tubing. Caving, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, skiing and Grand Canyon backpacking trips challenge more daring individuals. For more information, call 520-228-3736.
The base also has a paintball range located off Yuma Road. Reservations are required. Modern and well-equipped skeet and trap ranges feature two skeet fields and two trap fields, including the popular “wobble trap.” Programs are available for skeet, trap and shotgun shooting, hunter education and firearm safety. Get skeet or trip information at 520-228-3736.
Davis-Monthan is home to one of the finest recreational vehicle parks in the country, the Agave Gulch FamCamp. There are 198 spaces with full water, sewer and electrical hookups to meet the needs of the traveling military family. There are also 53 overflow sites available.
The office clubhouse building, along with modern laundry and shower facilities, help make Agave Gulch one of the finest military RV facilities anywhere. Call the FamCamp at 520-747-9144.
Outdoor Recreation’s equipment rental section is stocked with hundreds of items that can be rented by the day, weekend or week. In addition to a full complement of outdoor and yard equipment there are lawn mowers, camping trailers, boats and canoes, and specialty equipment items. Equipment rental also manages the temporary storage and RV storage lots. For more information, call 520-228-3736.
Outdoor Recreation also operates two swimming pools — the year-round fitness pool in the Benko Fitness and Sports Center and the Outdoor Recreational Pool Aquatics Center (and aquatics program), which is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Recreation and fitness swimming, water aerobics, squadron physical fitness and special events are offered at the indoor fitness pool. The outdoor pool hosts swim lessons for all ages and all abilities, water safety and special events, such as squadron pool parties and children’s birthday parties. Call the fitness pool at 520-228-0015 or the outdoor pool and aquatics center at 520-228-3759.
The Davis-Monthan bowling center is on Ironwood Street, west of Craycroft Road, in Building 3203. The center has 20 lanes, rental lockers, a full pro shop and lots of programs and leagues.
The center is open seven days a week, as is the spacious and clean Head Pin Cafe. League play is active throughout the year, tournaments are conducted on a regular basis and an extensive youth bowling program is available. Individual lessons, group lessons and clinics are available on a continuing basis. Bowling center hours vary, depending on the season.
For more information, call 520-228-3461 or visit www.dmforcesupport.com/Bowling/bowling.html.
INFORMATION, TICKETS AND TOURS
The Information, Tickets and Tours office, in Building 4430 (Outdoor Recreation), is a convenient one-stop location for customers to buy discount tickets for most local and in-state attractions, as well as many Southern California attractions. The office also conducts educational and informational trips and tours. For more information on ITT, call 520-228-3700.
ARTS & CRAFTS CENTER AND AUTO HOBBY SHOP
The Arts & Crafts Center, Building 4531, includes plaque, frame and auto craft shops. The frame and plaque shops are open Monday through Friday. They feature a selection of self-help items and professional assistance, as well as youth and adult classes. For general arts and crafts information, call 520-228-4385.
The Auto Hobby Shop includes a two-bay car wash (one equipped for RVs), a welding booth, hydraulic lifts, maintenance stalls, air conditioning service and contract mechanics. On- and off-base towing is also available. Contact the auto shop at 520-228-3614.