WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB: IN-DEPTH WELCOME CENTER
IntroductionWright-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.
- Where Is Wright-Patterson AFB?
- Google Map View
- Getting There – Directions to the Base
- Entering Wright-Patterson AFB and Base Amenities
- Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel
- Wright-Patterson AFB Visitor Center
- Wright-Patterson AFB DEERS Office
- Wright-Patterson AFB Gate Hours
- Wright-Patterson AFB Commissary
- Wright-Patterson AFB Exchange
- Wright-Patterson AFB Barber Shops
- Wright-Patterson AFB Post Office
- Wright-Patterson AFB Finance Office
- Wright-Patterson AFB Legal Office
- Wright-Patterson AFB Library
- Wright-Patterson AFB Hotels
- Where Should I Live Near Wright-Patterson AFB?
- Wright-Patterson AFB Schools
- Wright-Patterson AFB Weather
- 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
Directions to Wright Patterson Air Force BaseWright-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 TransportationTake the X1B Bus from Dayton to Wright-Patterson. It’s a 25-minute ride.
Greyhound BusThe Dayton Trotwood Greyhound bus station is located at 5136 Salem Avenue. It’s open from 0800 to 2300 daily.
Dayton International AirportThe Dayton International Airport is a hub for flights from several major U.S. cities, including D.C., Philadelphia, New York, Miami, Chicago, and Dallas.
From the North
- Take I-75 S
- From Harshman Rd in Dayton, take exit for Harshman Rd from OH-4 N
- Follow signs for W.P.A.F.B. Area B
From the South
- Take I-75 N
- Take Exit 43 for I-675 N
- Take Exit 15 for Col Glenn HGHY toward W.P.A.F.B. Area B
From the East
- Take I-70 W
- Take Exit 44 for I-675 S
- Take Exit 15 for W.P.A.F.B. Area B
From the West
- Take I-70 E
- Merge onto I-65 S
- Take Exit 112A for Interstate 70 E toward Columbus
- Merge onto I-75 S
- Take Exit 54B for OH-4 N
- Take the Harshman Rd exit
- Follow Harshman Rd to W.P.A.F.B. Area B
Wright-Patterson AFB Transportation OfficeTo 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 Office1940 Allbrook, Bldg 1, Door 200 Area A, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-2153
Entering Wright-Patterson AFB and Base AmenitiesHave 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 PersonnelGenerally, 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 Registration4185 Logistics Avenue Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-6506
Wright-Patterson AFB Visitor CenterAnyone 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 QuartersArea A, Bldg 825
Phone: 1 (937) 257-3451
DEERS Wright-Patterson AFBMake an appointment online or arrive during operating hours to get your ID card.
Wright-Patterson AFB DEERS Office2000 Allbrook Drive Bldg 2, Area A Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-2547
Wright-Patterson AFB Gate HoursPlease 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 CommissaryThe commissary at Wright-Patterson is near Gate 1A and offers a variety of products to fit your daily needs on base.
Wright-Patterson AFB Commissary2130 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 ExchangeThere are tons of shops and services in the Wright-Patterson AFB Exchange. Stop by for coffee, a hot meal, or a haircut.
Main ExchangeBldg 1250, Kittyhawk Area A WPAFB, OH 45433
Main Exchange Hours
Monday-Saturday: 0900 to 1930
Sunday: 1000 to 1700
Wright Patterson AFB Barber ShopsThere 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 ShopBuilding 16 Rm 135 Beavercreek Township, OH 45324
Phone: 1 (937) 255-6038
Monday-Wednesday: 0900 to 1300
Thursday and Friday: 8000 to 1200
Saturday: 1200 to 2000
Barber ShopBldg 262 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-7860
Monday-Friday: 0730 to 1530
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Barber ShopBldg 830 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 257-7304
Monday-Wednesday: 0900 to 1600
AAFES Barber31201 Buckeye Cir Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 879-5171
Monday-Saturday: 1000 to 1600
Song’s Barber Shop4156 Colonel Glenn Hwy Beavercreek, OH 45431
Phone: 1 (937) 426-6300
Monday-Friday: 0900 to 1800
Saturday: 0900 to 1600
Wright-Patterson AFB Post OfficeWright-Patterson’s full-service post office can take care of all your mailing needs.
Wright-Patterson AFB Post Office2275 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 OfficeStop 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 Office1940 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 OfficeGet 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 Office5135 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 LibraryThe library at Wright-Patterson has been permanently closed. But there are additional libraries nearby for all of your content consumption needs.
Wright State University Libraries3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy Dayton, OH 45435
Phone: 1 (937) 775-2525
Monday-Thursday: 0800 to 2000
Friday: 0800 to 1800
Saturday: 1000 to 1600
Sunday: 1300 to 2000
Dayton Metro Library-Burkhardt Branch4680 Burkhardt Ave Dayton, OH 45431
Phone: 1 (937) 463-2665
Tuesday-Saturday: 1000 to 1800
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Hotels Near Wright-Patterson AFB
Quality Inn616 N Broad St Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: 1 (937) 879-7666
Comfort Inn & Suites Fairborn730 E Xenia Dr Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: 1 (937) 754-9109
Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center10823 Chidlaw Rd Dayton, OH 45433
Phone: 1 (937) 879-2696
Hilton Garden Inn Dayton Beavercreek3520 Pentagon Park Blvd Dayton, OH 45431
Phone: 1 (937) 458-2650
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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. If you’re considering living on base, check out the available on-base housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off base.
Cities Near Wright-Patterson AFBThere 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
DaytonDayton 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.
BeavercreekBeavercreek 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.
RiversideRiverside 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 HeightsHuber 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 ValleyHoliday 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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Wright-Patterson AFB SchoolsThe 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 WeatherYou’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 AFBWright-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. For more fun and family friendly places to visit, see our full guide here.
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ConclusionWright-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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