See the Getting To & Around Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater chapter for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Tampa International Airport and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Tampa International Airport is the most-used airport by incoming personnel and their families.
Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable prior to your arrival at MacDill Air Force Base.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for MacDill Air Force Base. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.
If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit, call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 813-828-0145.
Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.
From Tampa International Airport
Leaving the airport, follow Florida Highway 60 east to South Dale Mabry and turn right onto South Dale Mabry; the road will end at the MacDill main gate. The Visitor’s Reception Facility is on the right just before the gate.
From Interstate 75
Driving from the north on Interstate 75 south, take Interstate 275 south to Exit 41A to southbound Dale Mabry; driving from the south on Interstate 75 north, take Exit 256 for State Route 619-TOLL/Crosstown Expressway, then take Exit 1B right to South Dale Mabry; driving from the east on Interstate 4 west, take Interstate 275 south, then take Exit 41A to southbound Dale Mabry.
Military Personnel Element
When you arrive at MacDill Air Force Base, your first step is to contact your unit. Your supervisor or sponsor will direct you to Customer Service in the Military Personnel Element. Newcomers arriving on weekdays must turn in their inprocessing package and a copy of their orders at the Military Personnel Element, 8011 Tampa Point Blvd., Building 373. The MPE will inprocess you to the base and provide you with your unit’s specific checklist. If you arrive after hours or on weekends or holidays, go to the 24-hour arrival point, the MacDill Inn, at 7637 Bayshore Blvd., Building 350 (813-828-4259).
Your medical records will be reviewed by the medical staff, who will contact you if needed. For finance inprocessing, log on to the Permanent Change of Station Inprocessing System, known as PIPS, with your common access card your first day at work. Upon completing the package, forward it to finance.
Newcomers Orientation Event
All newly assigned members of the 6th Air Mobility Wing must attend the Newcomers’ Reception within the first month of arriving. The Newcomers’ Reception is on the inprocessing checklist and is scheduled by the MPE. The Newcomers’ Reception is open to all newcomers: military personnel, DOD civilians, spouses and their family members. However, it is a mandatory formation for all newly assigned military members.
7637 Bayshore Blvd.
Building 350 813-828-4259
Reservations for temporary lodging facilities can be made as soon as you receive your orders. The MacDill Inn offers a full range of options, and limited pet-friendly quarters are available.
If you are relocating to MacDill during the high PCS months, May through August, it is advisable to reserve space at least 60 days in advance. Reservations can be made by visiting www.dodlodging.net or calling the MacDill Inn Reservations Office at 813-828-4259. Reservations are taken 24/7.