Columbus AFB Community
Welcome to Columbus
Welcome to Columbus Air Force Base, home of the 14th Flying Training Wing of the 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command. As you familiarize yourself with the base, you’ll learn more about pivotal role we play in training Air Force pilots and keeping the Air Force ready to deploy across the world at a moment’s notice. We’re excited about our mission, and proud to have you join our team.
With a tradition of warm Southern hospitality and customer service that is second to none, you’ll find people ready to help you, whatever your needs. Again, welcome to Mississippi and to Columbus Air Force Base, a community of caring people dedicated to training the world’s finest military pilots.
Your assignment to Columbus Air Force Base marks a new chapter in your life – one that will surely include new challenges and opportunities, as well as new friendships and cherished memories. Our team is committed to ensuring your move is just the first of many great experiences at Columbus AFB.
If you are a permanent-party Air Force member, a sponsor will be assigned to assist in advance of your arrival and to help you settle in. If you haven’t heard from your sponsor, contact the Individualized Newcomer Treatment and Orientation (INTRO) manager at DSN 742-2626/2624 or 662-434-2626/2624.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center’s (A&FRC) relocation assistance program is available to help you and your family become better acquainted with Columbus AFB. Spouse programs offered at the A&FRC cover everything from the use of healthcare facilities to weekend getaways.
The center can provide information regarding local agencies, organizations, schools and local attractions. In addition, the A&FRC maintains a computer-based information system with videos about military bases around the world as well as foreign language tapes and information to help prepare for your next move.
Mail may be sent in care of General Delivery. Questions can be answered at 662-434-2959.
The address is:
Attn: (Your Name)
680 Seventh St., Suite 101
Columbus AFB, MS 39710
If you are living in government quarters other than military family housing (where mail is delivered to your home), you’ll be assigned a permanent mailbox upon arrival. The ZIP code for Columbus Air Force Base work centers and mailboxes is 39710; for military family housing, it’s 39705.
WHAT TO BRING
You will need to bring your uniforms in your hand-carried luggage. Nonrated members are to wear airman battle uniforms (ABUs). Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) students are to wear blues or ABUs for their first duty day and will be issued flight suits during the first phase of SUPT. In addition to your uniforms, it is necessary that you hand-carry permanent change of station orders and amendments, personnel, medical and flight records and a copy of your household goods shipping, and storage inventory from your packers.
In the event of an emergency while traveling to Columbus Air Force Base, contact your sponsor, First Sergeant or Commander through the Columbus Air Force Base Command Post: 662-434-7020. You may also reach an American Red Cross representative through these numbers.
Columbus Air Force Base is off Highway 45 North, approximately 7.5 miles north of where Highway 82 passes through downtown Columbus. The turnoff to our main (east) gate is well marked with signage and a T-37 static display.
If arriving by commercial air, you will land at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus, a 35-minute drive from the base. There is no base-to-airport shuttle; however, taxi and airport limousine services are available. In most cases, these fares are reimbursable if included on your travel voucher. Call 662-327-4422 for airport information.
The area code for the Columbus region is 662. The Columbus Air Force Base DSN prefix is 742. To dial base numbers from on and off base, dial the prefix 434 and the extension. For Columbus Air Force Base directory or operator assistance, dial “0” from base work centers; from off-base telephones and military family housing, call 662-434-7322. When calling locally off base from a government phone, dial 99 for an outside line; for DSN, dial 94.
Visit the Columbus Air Force Base website at www.columbus.af.mil.
Mississippi is in Central Time Zone and observes daylight saving time from early April through mid-November.
Summers are hot and humid, with average highs of 92 degrees and lows of 68 degrees. Afternoon thunderstorms are common during the spring and summer. Winters are mild, with average temperatures ranging from highs of 54 degrees to lows of 32 degrees.
Most base support offices are open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as part of a normal duty day.
Reveille & Retreat
Reveille is played at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, followed by “To the Colors.” Reveille signifies the beginning of the official duty day and the raising of the flag. When Reveille sounds, military personnel in uniform are to face the flag — or the music if the flag is not visible — and stand at parade rest. At the first note of “To the Colors,” come to attention and salute.
Civilian personnel on the installation should face the flag or music and place their right hand over their heart for “To the Colors.”
All vehicles are to come to a stop and remain so until the last note is played.
Retreat is played at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, followed by the National Anthem. Retreat signifies the end of the official duty day and the lowering of the flag. Individuals outdoors and in uniform should face the flag — or music if the flag is not visible — and stand at parade rest during the sounding of Retreat. At the first note of the National Anthem, come to attention and salute, holding the position until the last note of the anthem is sounded.
If in civilian clothing, both military members and civilians should take the same actions as in uniform, with a few exceptions: men will remove their hats with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder with the right hand over the heart. Men without hats and women are to stand at attention and place their right hand over their heart.
All vehicles should come to a stop and remain so until the last note has ended.
Taps is played at 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Taps began as a signal for lights or lights out at the end of the day. For these purposes, there are no formal protocol procedures required. However, the playing of Taps continues to be a part of a military funeral/memorial honors ceremony. Upon hearing Taps at a military ceremony, proper protocol dictates those individuals in uniform render a salute until the music is complete. Civilians should remove their headgear and place their hand over their heart.
Note 1: If in the physical fitness uniform, individuals will render the proper salute for Reveille and Retreat.
Note 2: During all ceremonies regarding hoisting, lowering or passing of the flag, members and veterans of the US military are authorized to render a salute while present but not in uniform, according to The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008.