DAVIS-MONTHAN AFB: IN-DEPTH WELCOME CENTER
IntroductionDavis-Monthan Air Force Base is located in Tucson, Arizona. It was named after native Tucson pilots Samuel Davis and Oscar Monthan, who both flew during World War I. The base’s most popular feature that a lot of people might recognize is the aircraft boneyard, officially called the Air Force Materiel Command’s 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. In use since 1940, Davis-Monthan AFB houses a 13,600-foot runway and about 8,000 airmen and civilians who live and work on base. Find out all you need to know about what you’ll be in for by reading our Davis-Monthan AFB in-depth welcome center guide.
- Where Is Davis-Monthan AFB?
- Google Map View
- Getting There – Directions to the Base
- Entering Davis-Monthan AFB and Base Amenities
- Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel
- Davis-Monthan AFB Visitor Center
- Davis-Monthan AFB DEERS Office
- Davis-Monthan AFB Gate Hours
- Davis-Monthan AFB Commissary
- Davis-Monthan AFB Exchange
- Davis-Monthan AFB Barber Shops
- Davis-Monthan AFB Post Office
- Davis-Monthan AFB Finance Office
- Davis-Monthan AFB Legal Office
- Davis-Monthan AFB Library
- Davis-Monthan AFB Hotels
- Where Should I Live Near Davis-Monthan AFB?
- What Schools are Near Davis-Monthan AFB?
- What’s the Weather Like in Davis-Monthan AFB?
- Things to Do Around Davis-Monthan AFB
Where is Davis-Monthan AFB?Davis-Monthan Air Force Base S Wilmot Rd Tucson, AZ 85708
Phone: 1 (520) 228-1110
Davis-Monthan AFB Map
Davis-Monthan AFB Directions
GreyhoundGreyhound goes to Tucson and stops at the station at 801 E 12th Street. From here, you can take the Tucson bus #34 to Dm Air Base to find yourself at Davis-Monthan. Or choose to pick up a cab for a brief 15-minute drive to base.
Tucson International AirportTucson International Airport brings passengers by air from many major metropolitan areas. The airport is under a 20-minute drive from Davis-Monthan by cab or rental car.
From the North via Phoenix1. Take I-10 E 2. Take exit 258 with the right 2 lanes toward Congress St/Broadway Blvd 3. Merge onto N Freeway 4. Turn left onto W Congress St 5. W Congress St will turn into W Broadway Blvd 6. Turn right onto AZ-210 E 7. Use the left 2 lanes to take the ramp onto Golf Links
From the West via San Diego1. Take CA-94 E 2. Take exit 125 to La Mesa 3. Keep left on exit 9B 4. Merge onto I-8 E 5. Take exit 178A to I-10 toward Tucson 6. Take exit 258 for Congress St 7. Turn left onto W Congress St 8. W Congress St will turn into W Broadway Blvd 9. Turn right onto AZ-210 E 10. Use the left 2 lanes to take the ramp onto Golf Links
Davis-Monthan AFB Transportation OfficeThe transportation office at Davis-Monthan AFB is there for you during your move and transition to a new facility. If you have any questions about how to get to base, where to find storage, or any other relocation questions, reach out to figure out the best plan of action. This should be your very first call.
Davis-Monthan Transportation Office3515 S. Fifth St. Tucson, AZ 85707
Phone: 1 (520) 228-4818
Entering Davis-Monthan AFB and Base AmenitiesTo enter base through any gate you’re going to need your military ID. Dependents will need their dependent IDs. If you’re coming by car, you’ll need your vehicle’s registration and proof of insurance. A rental agreement will suffice if you’re arriving by rental car.
Check-in Procedures for Incoming PersonnelIf you arrive on base during normal hours you will immediately report to your unit. Your commander’s support staff will then create an in-processing appointment for you at the D-M Welcome Center.
Davis-Monthan AFB Visitor CenterThe visitor center is the first stop for any civilian guests entering the base for events and other occasions. Here at the visitor center, trained staff will get you oriented for your visit and help plan your tour.
Davis-Monthan AFB Visitor Center3100 S. Craycroft Road Tucson, AZ 85707
Phone: 1 (520) 228-0135
Monday to Friday: 0700 - 1700
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Davis-Monthan DEERS OfficeThe DEERS office is where you’ll need to go to secure your military ID for the first time or renew it in case of loss or expiration. This is also where your dependents will apply for their dependent IDs that will let them travel in and out of the gates with ease.
Davis-Monthan DEERS Office3515 S. Fifth St Building #3200 Tucson, AZ 85707
Phone: 1 (520) 228-4425
Davis-Monthan DEERS Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 0730 - 1600
Thursday: 0830 - 1600
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Davis-Monthan AFB Gate Hours
Craycroft Gate: 24/7
29B Gate: Monday-Friday: 0600-1800
Swan Gate: Monday-Friday: 0600-1800
Wilmot Gate: Monday-Friday: 0600-1800, Saturday and Sunday: 0800-1200
Irvington Gate: Monday-Friday: 0600-1800
Davis-Monthan CommissaryThe commissary at Davis-Monthan AFB has a wide selection of produce and other goods you’ll need to plan out your weekly meals. They keep stocked shelves and offer a range of products at affordable prices, including a solid selection of gluten-free foods.
Davis-Monthan Commissary5455 East Comanche St. Bldg 2615 Davis-Monthan, AZ 85707
Phone: 1 (520) 790-4341
Davis-Monthan Commissary Hours
Monday - Saturday: 0900 - 1900
Sunday: 0900 - 1800
Davis-Monthan AFB BXThe Davis-Monthan AFB BX houses a number of shops, fast food selections, a food court, and places to get your hair down to regulation. Stop by for a new look, which will be exactly the same as your old look.
Davis-Monthan AFB Exchange5405 E. Granite Street Bldg 2527 Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ 85707
Phone: 1 (520) 748-7887
Davis-Monthan AFB Exchange Hours
Monday - Saturday: 0900-1900
Davis-Monthan AFB Barber Shops
1. Hair StudioDavis-Monthan PX
Phone: 1 (520) 790-5997
Monday to Saturday: 0900-1700
2. Barber ShopDavis-Monthan PX
Phone: 1 (520) 571-1604
Monday to Friday: 0800-1800
3. Headliners Barber Shop6330 E Golf Links Rd Tucson, AZ 85730
Phone: 1 (520) 747-4323
Tuesday to Thursday: 1000-1800
Sunday and Monday: closed
Davis-Monthan Post OfficeStop by the post office on base to fulfill all of your mailing needs, as well as buy stamps and other supplies, weigh and send packages, and more.
Davis-Monthan Post Office5450 E Madera St Tucson, AZ 85708
Phone: 1 (520) 790-0180
Hours: Monday to Friday 1000-1330, 1415-1600
Davis-Monthan AFB Finance OfficeThe finance office on base is a resource to help you and your family plan for your financial future. The staff here answers any and all questions related to how you can manage your money. They’ll take you through basics like making a budget for your regular paycheck to investing and retirement planning. Take advantage of these vital resources to make sure you’re set up for long-term financial health.
Davis-Monthan AFB Finance Office5275 East Granite Street Tucson, AZ 85707
Phone: 1 (520) 228-5111
Davis-Monthan Legal OfficeThe legal office here on base is a great place to get a consultation if you’ve run into any legal obstacles. The staff is here to look after you and help with any issues you may encounter. They also provide valuable services like notarizing official documents. If you’re looking for a consultation with a lawyer, make sure to call and make an appointment.
Davis-Monthan Office of the Judge Advocate5275 E. Granite Street Tucson, AZ 85707
Phone: 1 (520) 228-5242
Davis-Monthan AFB LibraryThe Davis-Monthan AFB library provides access to a wealth of books and movies. The library also provides many helpful services like tutoring and children’s programs. Call for a full rundown on all services available.
Davis-Monthan AFB Library5355 E. Granite Street Building 2441 Tucson, AZ 85707
Phone: 1 (520) 228-5690
Hotels on Davis-Monthan AFB
Phone: 1 (520) 721-5600
Phone: 1 (520) 514-0500
Phone: 1 (520) 747-0720
Phone: 1 (520) 795-0330
Phone: 1 (520) 365-3985
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Where Should I Live Near Davis-Monthan AFB?If you’re a city dweller by lifestyle, there’s really one option for you, and that’s Tucson. There are several areas of the city for you to choose from, so feel free to venture out and get a feel for each neighborhood. Otherwise, there are suburban areas of Tucson to choose from, and some very secluded rural areas as well, if isolation is more your style. If you’re considering living on base, check out the available on-base housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off base.
Cities Near Davis-Monthan AFBSince Davis-Monthan AFB sits inside Tucson, AZ, this is going to be your very best option. The other closest major city is Phoenix, and that’s over an hour and a half away. It’s not a commute that’s completely out of the question, but if you can find everything you need in Tucson, then you should consider staying here for the insanely fast commute to base. Another nearby city is Apache Junction, which is on the smaller side and not very far from Phoenix.
Best Places to Live Near Davis-Monthan AFB
TucsonWithout question, this is your best bet. You’re going to find all kinds of neighborhoods here in the city. The population here is over 500,000. For those looking for a city atmosphere, you’re going to love the accessibility of Tucson. There’s a major arts and culture element here, and plenty to see and do. You’ll find every major cuisine at your fingertips. Choose to live in historic neighborhoods like El Presidio, the arts district, or suburban development in western Tucson.
VailVail, Arizona is a census-designated place southeast of Tucson with a population of 10,000. It offers a much different pace of life. If you’re looking for access to the outdoors, this is your ticket. Vail is nearby to a massive cave system, the Colossal Cave. It’s also next to Saguaro National Park. The area is the last section of flat land before the topography takes off into the mountains. As an outdoor lover, you’d have it all here, without sacrificing easy access to base.
Rita RanchRita Ranch is a planned community just southeast of Davis-Monthan AFB. It was founded in the 19th century by railroad workers and now houses a number of families who work on base. Rita Ranch was named for the actress Rita Heyworth, and has a population of around 19,000.
MaranaMarana is a town in the northwest metro area of Tucson with a population of 35,000 people. The town is steeped in history and culture, with archeological sites uncovering evidence of human activity here through different time periods. It’s a fast-growing community in terms of population and economy, with businesses moving in faster than elsewhere in Arizona. Marana offers access to the scenic outdoors of Arizona, in addition to the city of Tucson and everything it provides. It’s a great compromise for those who appreciate different modes of living.
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Davis-Monthan AFB SchoolsThe Tucson Unified School District has multiple schools for each grade level. There’s one elementary school located on base called Borman Elementary, but the rest are located outside Davis-Monthan in Tucson proper. There are several elementary, intermediate, high schools, and more to choose from. There are two child care centers on base, Finley, and DM. Both of these centers provide full-time access to child care for airmen and civilian contractors on base. The child care centers offer great teacher-to-student ratios and multiple programs to enter your child into.
Davis-Monthan AFB WeatherTucson summers can be pretty miserable. The temperature can reach up to 107 degrees, though rarely any higher than that. It’ll average about 75-100, for the most part. Humidity won’t be much of a problem the majority of the time, but certain days may be uncomfortable. The skies will be clear pretty much year-round except mid-summer. It’s also wettest at the end of summer. Spring and fall are very comfortable. The high heat of summer settles into a nice warm climate. Winter can be chilly, especially in the mornings, but is overall very mild.
Things to do Near Davis-Monthan AFBDavis-Monthan AFB is located in the southeast corner of Tucson, and because of this, you have access to everything this major city has to offer. From restaurants to art and culture, you’ll never tire of the outings you’ll have with family and friends. The base is also surrounded by a bounty of natural resources, like Saguaro National Park, Willow Canyon, the Superstition Mountains, and so much more. There’s no shortage of hiking and seasonal hunting and fishing in the area around Davis-Monthan. For a complete list of everything you can get into while you’re here, check out our full guide to things to do near Davis-Monthan AFB.
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ConclusionDavis-Monthan AFB is a great place to find yourself stationed. Tucson is a great city that has access to everything you could need while you’re here. There are tons of wonderful communities to live in and benefit from. All the while, the natural landscape of Arizona and the wildlife it’s home to is spread out before you to explore and stake a claim to. The weather is great for most of the year, so get outside and take advantage. You and your family are going to have a great time exploring all that the area has to offer.
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