SCOTT AFB: IN-DEPTH WELCOME CENTER
IntroductionWelcome to Scott Air Force Base, the global mobility and transportation hub for the Department of Defense. Scott AFB manages global mobility missions around the world, as well as aeromedical evacuation, senior leader airlift, and aerial refueling capabilities for the Air Force and DOD. Scott AFB employs approximately 12,900 military and civilian personnel. The base is home to the U.S. Transportation Command, the Air Mobility Command, the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), the Air Force Network Integration Center, and other tenant units. These units bring together members of the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Scott AFB so you can get to know your new base and its surrounding community.
- Where Is Scott AFB?
- Google Map View
- Getting There – Directions to the Base
- Entering Scott AFB and Base Amenities
- Where Should I Live Near Scott AFB?
- What Schools are Near Scott AFB?
- What’s the Weather Like in Scott AFB?
- Things to Do Around Scott AFB
Where is Scott AFB?
Visitor Control Center10 Siebert Road Scott AFB, IL 62225
Phone: 1 (618) 256-2008
Scott AFB Map
Directions to Scott AFBScott AFB is found in southern Illinois in St. Clair County. The base is approximately 20 miles east of St. Louis, which is across the Mississippi River in nearby Missouri. Scott AFB is in the Metro-East region of the greater St. Louis area. To the south of base is Mascoutah; to the north of base is O'Fallon; and to the west of base is Shiloh, Fairview Heights, and Belleville.
St. Louis Lambert International AirportThe closest major airport is St. Louis Lambert International Airport, which is about 40 miles from the base.
Driving Directions From St. Louis Lambert International Airport
- Take Interstate 70 east from the airport.
- Exit onto Interstate 64 east (Illinois/Louisville Kentucky).
- From Interstate 64, take Exit 19A (Scott AFB/Route 158).
- Continue straight until you reach the second stoplight (Seibert Road) and turn left.
- Continue straight to the Shiloh Gate.
MidAmerica St. Louis AirportMidAmerica St. Louis Airport is approximately 8 miles from base, but is only served by Allegiant Airlines from a limited number of destinations.
Driving Directions From MidAmerica St. Louis Airport
- Take state Route 4 north from the airport.
- Turn left to merge onto Interstate 64 west.
- From I-64, take Exit 21 toward Rieder Road.
- Turn right onto Chocktaw Road. Continue onto Wherry Road.
- Turn left onto Old Illinois 158.
- Turn right onto Federal-Aid Sec 1845/Seibert Road.
- Seibert Road will take you to the Shiloh Gate.
Public Transit near Scott AFBMetroLink can provide transportation from St. Louis Lambert International Airport to the Shiloh-Scott Station just outside Scott AFB. Visit the Metro website for more information on fares, routes, and schedules.
Scott AFB Transportation OfficeGetting ready for a PCS move and in need of some help? Call the Scott AFB Personal Property Office to get started.
Scott AFB Personal Property Office215 Heritage Drive Scott AFB, IL 62225
Phone: 1 (618) 256-1201
Scott AFB Personal Property Office Hours
Monday through Friday- 0730 to 1500.
Entering Scott AFB and Base AmenitiesIf you do not have a valid military ID, you may have to stop at the Visitor Control Center to gain base access. Click here for more information on the Visitor Control Center at Scott AFB.
Check-in Procedures for Incoming PersonnelAfter you arrive at Scott AFB, report to your unit the next duty day. Your unit will give you guidance on in-processing with the Military Personnel Section. An in-processing video and forms can be found at the Scott AFB finance office website under "Scott AFB PCS In-Processing." A newcomers orientation is scheduled for all in-processing personnel. Spouses are encouraged to attend. The orientation is currently conducted virtually due to COVID-19. Mission partners and personnel assigned to units not in-processed via the 375th MPS should report to their unit orderly room, commander's support staff, J1 (USTRANSCOM personnel), or administrative personnel section during duty hours for in-processing procedures. For more information on checking in, visit Scott AFB's newcomers website.
Scott AFB Visitor CenterThe Visitor Control Center issues temporary vehicle passes and can provide directions and information on the base.
Visitor Control Center10 Siebert Road Scott AFB, IL 62225
Phone: 1 (618) 256-2008
Scott AFB Visitor Control Center Hours
Monday through Friday- 0600 to 1800.
Saturday- 0800 to 1700.
DEERS Office Scott AFB215 Heritage Drive Scott AFB, IL 62221
Scott AFB DEERS Office Hours
- ID card and DEERS updates are by appointment only. Visit the Military Personnel Flight website for more information.
Scott AFB Gate Hours
Shiloh Gate (Main Gate): Seibert Road, open 24/7.
Belleville Gate: Off state Route 161, open 0430 to 2200.
Mascoutah Gate: Commercial vehicles only.
Mid-America Gate (Cardinal Creek Gate): North of base, open to inbound traffic 0600 to 0800 and outbound traffic 1500 to 1700.
Patriots Landing Gate: Off Scott Drive, closed to all traffic.
Scott AFB Commissary203 W. Winters St. Scott AFB, IL 62225
Phone: 1 (618) 212-3898
Scott AFB Commissary Hours
Monday through Sunday- 0900 to 1900.
Scott AFB BXBuilding 1981 207 W. Winters St. Scott AFB, IL 62225
Phone: 1 (618) 744-9830
Scott AFB BX Hours
Monday through Saturday- 0900 to 1900.
Sunday- 1000 to 1800.
Scott AFB Barber ShopsFor up-to-date barbershop hours, call 1 (618) 746-2097.
BX Barber ShopBuilding 1981 207 W. Winters St. Scott AFB, IL 62225
Phone: 1 (618) 746-2097
MCX Barber Shop Hours
Monday through Saturday- 0900 to 1700.
Sunday- 1000 to 1700.
Scott AFB Post Office404 W. Martin St. Scott AFB, IL 62225
Phone: 1 (618) 256-5942
Scott AFB Post Office Hours
Monday through Friday- 0900 to 1600.
Saturday- 0900 to 1200.
Scott AFB FinanceIf you're looking for financial advice or assistance on money matters, the talented and professional counselors of the Scott AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center's personal financial management program can help.
Airman & Family Readiness CenterBuilding 1650 404 W. Martin St. Scott AFB, IL 62225
Phone: 1 (618) 256-8668
Scott AFB Personal Financial Management Program HoursVisit the website for information on scheduling an appointment with a personal financial counselor or call
1 (618) 256-1851for more financial assistance.
Scott AFB Legal OfficeBuilding P-3 101 Heritage Drive, Suite 210 Scott AFB, IL 62225
Phone: 1 (618) 256-3542
Scott AFB Legal Office HoursDue to COVID-19, legal assistance is available by appointment only. Visit the legal office's website for more information.
Scott AFB LibraryBuilding 1940 510 Ward Drive Scott AFB, IL 62225
Phone: 1 (618) 256-5100
Scott AFB Library Hours
Monday and Friday- 1000 to 1700, by appointment only.
Scott AFB HotelsThere are many hotels near Scott AFB, so you're sure to find one to fit your budget. For a full list of military lodges and affiliated resorts in the area, visit the Department of Defense Lodging website.
Scott Inn460 W. Winters St. Scott AFB, IL 62225
Phone: 1 (618) 256-1844
Hot Tip: Download MyBaseGuide's Scott AFB Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.
Where Should I Live Near Scott AFB?
Cities Near Scott AFBWhile many military family members call base housing their home, others choose to live in nearby communities. The neighboring communities of Belleville, Fairview Heights, O'Fallon, Mascoutah, and Shiloh provide housing, employment, and other services for Scott AFB military families. Scott AFB is in a moderate cost of living area, so rental housing and real estate is reasonable.
Suggested Reads: Scott AFB Housing: 6 On Base Options
Best Places to Live Near Scott AFB
BellevilleThe city of Belleville is about 10 miles west of Scott AFB. The city has a population of approximately 40,900 people. Belleville is home to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, one of the largest outdoor shrines in North America. More than a million people visit the 200-acre outdoor Marian shrine each year. Belleville also has an art center, a drive-in theater, a dog park, biking and walking trails, and a number of community parks.
Fairview HeightsThe city of Fairview Heights is west of O'Fallon and northwest of Scott AFB. This growing community has a population of approximately 16,300 people. The city is home to golfing facilities, a variety of restaurants and shopping venues, and a number of community parks. The 90-acre Moody Park hosts various events throughout the year and has two playgrounds, sports fields and courts, a recreational trail, picnic facilities, and more.
O'FallonThe city of O'Fallon is located north of Scott AFB. Approximately 29,600 people live in the city. The city has a number of recreation facilities and programs. The 11 community parks feature playgrounds, sports fields, trails, picnic facilities, and more.
MascoutahThe city of Mascoutah is found east and south of Scott AFB. Mascoutah has a small-town feel, with a population of approximately 8,000 people. Mascoutah has three parks that offer sports fields and courts, pavilions, and playgrounds. Scheve Park features a restored train caboose that can be toured, a dog park, a skate park, a swimming pool, a disc golf course, horseshoe pits, and more. If you want to go fishing, check out Prairie Lakes Park.
ShilohThe village of Shiloh is found just west of Scott AFB. It is home to nearly 13,600 people. The village has two golf courses and four parks that offer playgrounds, picnic areas, trails, sports fields and courts, and more.
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Scott AFB SchoolsThere are many options for your child's education near Scott AFB. Illinois offers traditional public schools, as well as public charter schools and private schools. For younger children, there are a variety of local daycares and child care programs on and off base. Children who live on base may attend schools in Mascoutah School District 19. There are no DoDEA schools on base. The Scott AFB school liaison office website has more information on area school districts, registration information, parent resources, and more. The website also has contact information for the base's school liaison officer, who can provide information and guidance on area schools as well as educational resources for your children.
Scott AFB WeatherScott AFB enjoys all four seasons. In the winter, average highs are in the 40s and average lows are in the 20s. In the summer, temperatures soar to the high 80s, with average lows in the 60s. Scott AFB gets about 40 inches of rain and about 15 inches of snow annually.
Things to Do Around Scott AFBScott AFB and the surrounding region are home to many historical sites, museums, art galleries, theaters, great restaurants and breweries, and vibrant shopping districts. On base, there are a multitude of recreational opportunities, including archery, bowling, camping, fishing, golfing, swimming, and more. Outside the gates, with St. Louis nearby, there's no shortage of things to do. Get out and explore!
Suggested Reads: 17 Of the Best Things to Do Around Scott AFB and 23 of the Best Restaurants Near Scott AFB
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ConclusionMoving to a new base comes with challenges, but Scott AFB is a great place to call home. Head to local hangouts, spend the day in nearby St. Louis, and discover other area gems to experience everything this region and world-class base have to offer you during your time here.
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