SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE: IN-DEPTH WELCOME CENTER
IntroductionWelcome to Sheppard Air Force Base! Sheppard Air Force Base is the largest and most diversified training base in Air Education and Training Command. Sheppard Air Force Base is home to the 82nd Training Wing, which provides specialized field and technical training for officers, Airmen, civilians of all military branches, and other Department of Defense agencies, as well as foreign nationals. Sheppard Air Force Base is responsible for training over 60,000 Airmen and personnel from other branches each year. Over 20,000 permanent party, airmen in training, and support personnel are on Sheppard AFB during a normal duty day. The 82d Training Wing's training programs are administered by the 82d, 782d, and 982d Training Groups. Major base support is provided by the 82d Mission Support Group and the 82d Medical Group. The 80th Flying Training Wing is the home of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program (ENJJPT), the free world's only internationally manned and managed undergraduate pilot training program. Technical training is provided in the major academic areas of aircraft maintenance, civil engineering, electronics, fuels, telecommunications. The major command is the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). For more information about the base, including a full list of units at Sheppard Air Force Base, visit the base’s website. Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Sheppard Air Force Base so you can get to know your new base and its surrounding community. 1. Where Is Sheppard Air Force Base? 2. Google Map View 3. Getting There – Directions to the Base 4. Entering Sheppard Air Force Base and Amenities
- Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel
- Sheppard Air Force Base Visitor Center
- Sheppard Air Force Base DEERS Office
- Sheppard Air Force Base Gate Hours
- Sheppard Air Force Base Commissary
- Sheppard Air Force Base BX
- Sheppard Air Force Base Barber Shops
- Sheppard Air Force Base Post Office
- Sheppard Air Force Base Finance Office
- Sheppard Air Force Base Legal Office
- Sheppard Air Force Base Library
- Sheppard Air Force Base Hotels
Where is Sheppard Air Force Base?Missile Gate Visitor Center 1810 J Ave Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone:1 (940) 676-2511
Sheppard AFB Map
Sheppard AFB DirectionsSheppard Air Force Base is located five miles north of the central business district of Wichita Falls, in Wichita County, Texas. The base is about 130 miles between Dallas and Oklahoma City. Wichita Falls is only 15 miles from the Oklahoma border and the Red River.
Wichita Falls Municipal AirportThe closest airport is the Wichita Falls Municipal Airport, located two miles from the main gate.
From Wichita Municipal AirportAll highways leading to the base are well marked.
- The main gate is on State Hwy 240, off I-44 (U.S. Hwys 287 and 281).
- The Missile Road exit off I-44 may also be used to arrive at the base.
- If driving from DFW Airport, Highway 287 North will take you all the way to Wichita Falls.
Directions by BusIf arriving by bus, you will get off at the Greyhound: Bus Stop - Wichita Falls Travel Center located at 306 Scott Street. Sheppard is located less than 10 minutes from the bus terminal.
- Take Scott Street to TX-240.
- The main gate is on TX-240 (Burkburnett Rd and Sheppard Access).
Sheppard Air Force Base Transportation OfficeGetting ready for a PCS move and in need of some help? Contact the Sheppard Air Force Base Household Goods/Transportation Office to get started.
Sheppard Air Force Base Household Goods/Transportation Office426 5th Avenue Building #402 Sheppard Air Force Base, TX, 76311
Phone:1 (940) 676-2457/ 676-5499
Sheppard Air Force Base Transportation Office Hours
Monday – Friday:0800-1630
Entering Sheppard Air Force Base and AmenitiesPersons are required to have a DoD or Federal-issued identification card or a Sheppard AFB issued pass. Click here for more information on base entry requirements at Sheppard Air Force Base.
Check-in Procedures for Incoming PersonnelPermanent Party members who arrive during duty hours (Mon-Fri, 0800 to 1630), should report to their Commander's Support Staff. All personnel must be in compliance with Air Force Instruction 36-2903 Dress and Appearance of Air Force Personnel. Permanent Party members who arrive after duty hours should report to the Sheppard Inn, Bldg 1600, Ave J, and contact their appropriate squadrons or sponsor for inprocessing instructions. For more information on checking in, visit the Sheppard Air Force Base Newcomers website.
Sheppard Air Force Base Visitor CenterThe Visitor Control Center issues temporary vehicle passes and can provide directions and information on the base. For more information on base access and the visitor control center, call (940) 676-7441 or (940) 676-2066.
Missile Gate Visitor CenterMissile Road Gate, Bldg 1405 Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone:1 (940) 676-7441/676-2066.
Sheppard Air Force Base Visitor Control Center Hours
Monday through Friday:0630 to 1630.
Sheppard AFB DEERSFor information on making an appointment, visit the Sheppard Air Force Base ID Card Office Website.
Sheppard Air Force Base DEERS and ID Card Office426 5th Ave Bldg. 402 Room 108/154 Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone:1 (940) 676-4314
Sheppard Air Force Base DEERS Office and ID Card Office Hours
Monday through Friday:0930 to 1530.
Sheppard Air Force Base Gate Hours
Grant Gate (Main Gate):J Avenue, close for renovations.
Missile Road Gate:Missile Gate, open 24/7.
Hospital Gate:6-8 am, inbound only; 3-5 pm outbound only.
Sheppard AFB Commissary130 Community Center Dr Bldg 120 Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone:1 (940) 676-2901, ex. 2999
Sheppard Air Force Base Commissary Hours
Sunday:1100 - 1800.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:0900 - 2000.
Friday:1000 - 2000.
Saturday:0800 - 1800.
Sheppard AFB BXSheppard Air Force Base Exchange 220 Community Center Drive Bldg. 239 Wichita Falls, TX 76311
Phone:1 (940) 855-4318
Sheppard AFB BX Hours
Monday through Friday:1000 - 1800
Saturday:1000 - 1800
Sunday:1000 - 1700
Barber Shops Sheppard AFBMain Exchange Barber Shop 220 Community Center Drive Bldg. 740 Wichita Falls, TX 76311
Phone:1 (940) 386-9040
Main Exchange Barber Shop Hours
Monday through Friday:0900 to 1700.
Saturday:0900 to 1600.
Mini Mall Barber Shop740 Avenue H Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone:1 (940) 855-2281
Mini Mall Barber Shop Hours
Monday through Friday:1000 to 1800.
Saturday:1000 - 1700
Sunday:1100 - 1700
Sheppard AFB Post Office527 Avenue I Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone:1 (800) 275-8777
Sheppard Air Force Base Post Office Hours
Monday through Friday:0900 to 1600.
Sheppard AFB Finance26 5th Avenue Building #402 Sheppard Air Force Base, TX, 76311rt
Phone:1 (913) 684-2852
Sheppard Air Force Base Financial Office Hours
Monday - Friday:0900 -1600
Sheppard AFB Legal Office317 F Avenue Building 315 Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone:1 (940) 676-4262
Sheppard Air Force Base Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:0830 - 1630
Tuesday:0830 - 1430; closed the third Tuesday of every month
Sheppard AFB Library619 4th Avenue Building 430 Sheppard AFB, TX 76311
Phone:1 (940) 676-6152/676-1342/676-4136
Sheppard Air Force Base’s Library Hours
Monday - Friday:0900 to 1800.
Saturday - Sunday:1000 to 1800.
Sheppard AFB HotelsThere are several hotels near Sheppard Air Force Base, 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.
Phone:1 (940) 676-2707
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Where Should I Live Near Sheppard Air Force Base?
Cities Near Sheppard Air Force BaseWhile many military family members call base housing their home, others choose to live in nearby communities. The neighboring communities of Iowa Park and Burkburnett in Texas, as well as Lawton, Oklahoma are the closest to Sheppard Air Force Base. The cost of living near Sheppard Air Force Base is lower than the national average, so area rental housing and real estate prices are reasonable.
Best Places to Live Near Sheppard Air Force Base
Iowa ParkThe city of Iowa Park, Texas, is about 10 miles from Sheppard Air Force Base. It’s a small town with a population of about 6,400 people. Local attractions include the Iowa Park Swimming Pool, a full-size pool with diving boards, and the nearby Nature Center, which features many species of native plant and a free-flying butterfly garden. The center is dedicated to the preservation of fragile species.
BurkburnettThe city of Burkburnett, Texas offers a short commute to Sheppard Air Force Base. Burkburnett is home to approximately 11,000 people. The city has a number of attractions, including a local water park, golf course, train depot, six different parks, two casinos, and Lake Arrowhead State Park. It is also close to the Nature Center mentioned earlier.
LawtonLawton, Oklahoma is 80 miles from Oklahoma City, and 49 miles (or just under an hour depending on traffic) from Sheppard Air Force Base. The city is home to about 91,000 people. Nearby attractions include the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center, the Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum, two casinos, an aquarium, and a local water park.
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Sheppard AFB SchoolsThere are many options for your child’s education near Sheppard Air Force Base. Both Texas and Oklahoma offer 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 in grade school who live on base may attend Sheppard Elementary School. Otherwise, they’ll attend one of the schools in Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, City View, or the Iowa Park Independent School Districts. Those looking for more information should contact the Sheppard Air Force Base commercially at 940-676-6774 or DSN at 312-736-6774.
Sheppard AFB WeatherSheppard Air Force Base enjoys all four seasons. In the winter, average highs are in the 50s and 60s and average lows are around 30 degrees. In the summer, temperatures can reach the high 80s and low 90s, with average lows in the 60s and 70s. Sheppard Air Force Base gets about 29 inches of rain and about 4 inches of snow annually. April through October is tornado season, though tornadoes can occur at any time. For more information on tornado preparation and safety, visit the Ready.gov website.
Sheppard AFB Things to DoSheppard Air Force Base and the surrounding region are home to many historical sites, museums, theaters, great restaurants, and shopping districts. On base, there are a multitude of recreational opportunities, including bowling, golfing, hunting, shooting, swimming, and more. The base’s location provides easy access to several nearby cities and towns, so there’s no shortage of things to do off-base. Get out and explore!
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ConclusionMoving to a new base is always challenging, but Sheppard Air Force Base’s location means you’ll always have things to do when you get there. Head to local hangouts, explore the nearby cities and towns and discover other area gems to experience everything this region and base have to offer during your time here.
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