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Wright-Patterson AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)
Wright-Patterson AFB: In-Depth Welcome CenterWright-Patterson AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center

Wright-Patterson AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)

Introduction

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is located a half hour northeast of Dayton, Ohio. It encompasses about 12.5 square miles of land and two runways. The base is home to the 88th Air Base Wing, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. As of 2010, 27,406 people worked at Wright-Patterson in military or civilian roles.

Read on to find out how to transition into your new home at Wright-Patterson AFB.

  1. Where Is Wright-Patterson AFB?
  2. Google Map View
  3. Getting There – Directions to the Base
  4. Entering Wright-Patterson AFB and Base Amenities
  5. Where Should I Live Near Wright-Patterson AFB?
  6. Wright-Patterson AFB Schools
  7. Wright-Patterson AFB Weather
  8. Things to Do Near Wright-Patterson AFB

Where is Wright-Patterson AFB?

4185 Logistics Avenue
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-6506

Wright Patterson AFB Map

Wright-Patterson AFB Map

Directions to Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Wright-Patterson AFB is five miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio. There are multiple options for traveling, and seven access gates to enter through. So make sure you know where you’re going before you get here.

Public Transportation

Take the X1B Bus from Dayton to Wright-Patterson. It’s a 25-minute ride.

Greyhound Bus

The Dayton Trotwood Greyhound bus station is located at 5136 Salem Avenue. It’s open from 0800 to 2300 daily.

Dayton International Airport

The Dayton International Airport is a hub for flights from several major U.S. cities, including D.C., Philadelphia, New York, Miami, Chicago, and Dallas.

Driving Directions

From the North
  1. Take I-75 S
  2. From Harshman Rd in Dayton, take exit for Harshman Rd from OH-4 N
  3. Follow signs for W.P.A.F.B. Area B
From the South
  1. Take I-75 N
  2. Take Exit 43 for I-675 N
  3. Take Exit 15 for Col Glenn HGHY toward W.P.A.F.B. Area B
From the East
  1. Take I-70 W
  2. Take Exit 44 for I-675 S
  3. Take Exit 15 for W.P.A.F.B. Area B
From the West
  1. Take I-70 E
  2. Merge onto I-65 S
  3. Take Exit 112A for Interstate 70 E toward Columbus
  4. Merge onto I-75 S
  5. Take Exit 54B for OH-4 N
  6. Take the Harshman Rd exit
  7. Follow Harshman Rd to W.P.A.F.B. Area B

Wright-Patterson AFB Transportation Office

To help with your move, the Household Goods and Inbound Transportation Office at Wright-Patterson is there for you. Call them to learn about how to ship to your new home, manage your pet, and many more useful tips.

Wright-Patterson Transportation Office
1940 Allbrook, Bldg 1, Door 200
Area A, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-2153

Entering the Base and Base Amenities

Entering Wright-Patterson AFB and Base Amenities

Have your military ID ready at the gate. Your spouse will need their dependent ID card. A driver’s license will also do the trick if you don’t happen to have those cards yet. You might also be asked for your vehicle’s registration and your car insurance, or to show your rental agreement if your car is a rental.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

Generally, you should plan to arrive through Gate 12A and report to Visiting Quarters in Area A to check in. If your orders say different, then follow those to check in where you’ve been instructed.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Pass and Registration
4185 Logistics Avenue
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-6506

Wright-Patterson AFB Visitor Center

Anyone checking in without specific orders may arrive here through Gate 12A. Family and friends arriving for events must get their passes here. If you have a sponsored visitor, this is where you’ll meet them and go over any last-minute paperwork.

Visiting Quarters
Area A, Bldg 825
Phone: 1 (937) 257-3451

DEERS Wright-Patterson AFB

Make an appointment online or arrive during operating hours to get your ID card.

Wright-Patterson AFB DEERS Office
2000 Allbrook Drive
Bldg 2, Area A
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-2547

Wright-Patterson AFB Gate Hours

Please check the updated gate hours before arrival, as they are subject to change.

Gate 1A: 0600 to 1730
Gate 1B: CLOSED
Gate 12A: Open 24 hours
Gate 15A: CLOSED
Gate 26A: COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC ONLY: 0600 to 1800. M-F (0600 to 1400. Saturdays; Closed Sundays)
Gate 19B: Open 24 hours
Gate 22B: 0600 to 1730, Monday – Friday

Wright-Patterson AFB Commissary

Wright-Patterson AFB Commissary

The commissary at Wright-Patterson is near Gate 1A and offers a variety of products to fit your daily needs on base.

Wright-Patterson AFB Commissary
2130 Sycamore Street Suite 1
Building 1250, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-2060

Wright-Patterson AFB Commissary Hours

  • Monday-Saturday: 0900 to 1930
  • Sunday: 0900 to 1700

Wright-Patterson Exchange

There are tons of shops and services in the Wright-Patterson AFB Exchange. Stop by for coffee, a hot meal, or a haircut.

Main Exchange
Bldg 1250, Kittyhawk Area A
WPAFB, OH 45433

Main Exchange Hours

  • Monday-Saturday: 0900 to 1930
  • Sunday: 1000 to 1700

Wright-Patterson AFB Barber Shops

Wright Patterson AFB Barber Shops

There are several places on base to keep your hair in regulation. Here are some options to get you started.

Barber Shops Locations and Hours

Wright Patterson AFB Barber Shop
Building 16 Rm 135
Beavercreek Township, OH 45324
Phone: 1 (937) 255-6038
Hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 0900 to 1300
  • Thursday and Friday: 8000 to 1200
  • Saturday: 1200 to 2000
  • Sunday: Closed

Barber Shop
Bldg 262
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-7860
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0730 to 1530
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Barber Shop
Bldg 830
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-7304
Hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 0900 to 1600
  • Thursday-Sunday: Closed

AAFES Barber
31201 Buckeye Cir
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 879-5171
Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday: 1000 to 1600
  • Sunday: Closed

Song’s Barber Shop
4156 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Beavercreek, OH 45431
Phone: 1 (937) 426-6300
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0900 to 1800
  • Saturday: 0900 to 1600
  • Sunday: Closed

Wright-Patterson AFB Post Office

Wright-Patterson AFB Post Office

Wright-Patterson’s full-service post office can take care of all your mailing needs.

Wright-Patterson AFB Post Office
2275 D St
Dayton, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (800) 275-8777

Wright-Patterson AFB Post Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 0800 to 1300 and 1400 to 1545
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Wright-Patterson AFB Finance Office

Stop by to learn about managing your finances. Get help for your future and your family’s well-being going forward. Get information about cost of living, learn about investments, and plan for retirement.

Wright-Patterson AFB Finance Office
1940 Allbrook Drive Area A Bldg #1
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, 45433
Phone:1 (937) 257-3202

Wright-Patterson AFB Finance Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 0900 to 1400
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Wright-Patterson AFB Legal Office

Get help with a variety of legal concerns at the office of the Judge Advocate on base. Services are free to military personnel and their dependents. Here you can access information on active legal matters, will planning, taxes, and more. Be sure to make an appointment for anything other than notary or power of attorney concerns.

Wright-Patterson AFB Legal Office
5135 Pearson Road
Building 10, Area A
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433
1 (937) 257-6142

Wright-Patterson AFB Legal Office Hours

  • Monday-Wednesday and Friday: 0900 to 1530
  • Thursday: 1300 to 1530

Wright-Patterson AFB Library

The library at Wright-Patterson has been permanently closed. But there are additional libraries nearby for all of your content consumption needs.

Wright State University Libraries
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435
Phone: 1 (937) 775-2525
Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 0800 to 2000
  • Friday: 0800 to 1800
  • Saturday: 1000 to 1600
  • Sunday: 1300 to 2000

Dayton Metro Library-Burkhardt Branch
4680 Burkhardt Ave
Dayton, OH 45431
Phone: 1 (937) 463-2665
Hours:

  • Tuesday-Saturday: 1000 to 1800
  • Sunday and Monday: Closed

Hotels Near Wright-Patterson AFB

Hotels Near Wright-Patterson AFB

Quality Inn
616 N Broad St
Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: 1 (937) 879-7666

Comfort Inn & Suites Fairborn
730 E Xenia Dr
Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: 1 (937) 754-9109

Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center
10823 Chidlaw Rd
Dayton, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 879-2696

Hilton Garden Inn Dayton Beavercreek
3520 Pentagon Park Blvd
Dayton, OH 45431
Phone: 1 (937) 458-2650

Download MyBaseGuide's Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby

Hot Tip: Download MyBaseGuide’s Wright-Patterson AFB Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Where Should I Live Near Wright-Patterson AFB?

Where Should I Live Near Wright-Patterson AFB?

There are lots of things to consider when looking for a new home. Things like proximity to work, good schools, home values, and more all determine whether or not you should live in a particular area. There are some good options that cover a lot of these factors around Wright-Patterson.

Cities Near Wright-Patterson AFB

There are several smaller cities around Wright-Patterson and each offers unique prospects for living. Dayton is the largest, with a population of 140,000. You can find your urban fix here, or opt for a more rural feel.

Best Places to Live Near Wright-Patterson AFB

Dayton

Dayton is a large city in Ohio and the biggest city close to Wright-Patterson. It’s a 25-minute drive from base. You’ll find a modest cost of living here compared to other major U.S. cities, with the median home price at around just $99,000. And as a metro area, you’ll have access to all sorts of entertainment, culture, schools, and more.

Beavercreek

Beavercreek is a part of the Dayton metro area, and the largest city in Greene County. The population of Beavercreek is just over 45,000. Beavercreek has 23 parks, two golf courses, a country club, two malls, and much more. The city has a family-friendly suburban feel with multiple options for schooling.

Riverside

Riverside is a city located southwest of Wright-Patterson. As of the 2010 census, there are 25,201 people living within Riverside’s ten square miles. Riverside contains a lot of parks and green space, along with portions of the Mad River. You’ll find a relaxed suburban feel here with a big helping of nature. Riverside is just over a 20-minute drive from base.

Huber Heights

Huber Heights is the third largest suburb of Dayton. It has a population of around 38,000 people. Its 22 square mile territory lies between the Mad River and the Great Miami River. Huber Heights is a hub for the trucking industry and offers a lot of restaurants and fast food options for potential employment. The largest employers are the Huber Heights School District and Walmart. Depending on where you end up in Huber Heights, you’re looking at around a 25-minute drive to base.

Holiday Valley

Holiday Valley is a small census-designated place northeast of Wright-Patterson. The population as of the 2010 census is just 1,500 people. Holiday Valley borders other census-designated places and villages. Here you’ll find the kind of quiet, peaceful living to even out the hustle and bustle of working on base.

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Hot Tip: Look for Wright-Patterson AFB homes and apartments for rent or sale, and find BAH, PCS, TLA & ETS military housing information at AHRN.com.

Wright-Patterson AFB Schools

Wright-Patterson AFB Schools

The two closest school districts to Wright-Patterson are the Mad River Local School District in Riverside and the Fairborn City Schools. Each district offers K-12 with additional options for early childhood education. The Wright-Patterson Child Development Centers on base provide safe learning environments for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. Wright-Patterson Family Child Care offers programs and classes for kids up to 12 years of age.

WPAFB Weather

WPAFB Weather

You’ll see a lot of cloud coverage at Wright-Patterson. The summers are humid and lasts from June to mid-September. Temperatures will generally stay in the mid-seventies, but can peak in the mid-eighties or higher in July. Winters are short, with December, January, and February being the coldest months. Fall and spring will range in temperature from cool to warm, with most days being comfortable or sweatshirt weather. There’s a fairly long rainy season, with a solid chance of precipitation from March to August.

For a more detailed rundown on Wright-Patterson AFB, check out our full weather guide here.

Things to Do Near Wright-Patterson AFB

Things to Do Near Wright-Patterson AFB

Wright-Patterson is surrounded by cities, suburbs, villages, rivers, and parks. From fishing on the Mad River to exploring the dining scene in Dayton, there are so many different ways to spend your time around base.

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Hot Tip: Connect with military-trusted businesses and deals exclusively for Wright-Patterson AFB at MyBaseGuide.

Conclusion

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a great place to work and live. Here you’ll be immersed in Air Force culture while having tons of off-base options for work-life balance. The area is family friendly, and nature and urban landscapes combine to provide you with the perfect mix of what military living can offer.

 

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