Our Military in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater
Macdill Air Force Base is 8 miles south of Tampa on the southwestern tip of the Interbay Peninsula in Hillsborough County. In driving terms, it’s 1,180 miles south of Chicago, via Interstate 75 and I-65; 1,100 miles southeast of Dallas, on I-10 and I-20; 665 miles southeast of New Orleans, via I-10; and 1,865 miles southeast of Denver, on I-74 and I-70.
MacDill AFB was established in 1939 as Southeast Air Base, Tampa, under the U.S. Army Air Corps. It was activated officially April 16, 1941, as MacDill Army Base, named in honor of Col. Leslie MacDill, a pioneer of early military aviation. Today it is an Air Mobility Command base capable of rapidly projecting air-refueling power anywhere in the world.
The host wing of MacDill Air Force Base is the 6th Air Mobility Wing. The wing’s mission is unmatched air refueling, executive airlift, and installation and mission support. In addition to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base is also home to 28 mission partners, including U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command. The presence of these two unified commands and other mission partners creates a unique multiservice community at MacDill, with all branches of the armed forces represented. So, although MacDill is an Air Force Base, it is also home to many soldiers, sailors, Marines and coast guardsman. Because of this, the base refers to itself as “Team MacDill.”
Other mission teammates at MacDill include U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Joint Communication Support Element, 927th Air Refueling Wing and the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command.
According to the base’s 2017 Economic Impact Statement, the base is home to more than 19,000 military personnel, 2,867 civilian personnel and more than 34,600 military dependents. There is also a large community of more than 37,000 retirees and spouses of military retirees residing in the local community.
MacDill AFB’s economic impact in fiscal 2017 was $3.18 billion, leading to an estimated 30,034 jobs created with an estimated value of $1,383,966,720.