Military Facilities

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

  • Largest Air Force base in the United States.
  • Located near Dayton, Ohio.
  • Supports multiple aerspace activities, contracting, and over 27,000 military and civilian employees.
  • Major center of Air Force procurement and contracting.
  • Close proximity to Appalachian Sky region offers geographic advantage.

About the Base

  • Wright-Patterson AFB is one of the largest, most diverse, and organizationally complex bases in the Air Force with a long history of flight tests spanning from the Wright Brothers into the space age.
  • Wright-Patterson is the headquarters of the Air Force Materiel Command, one of the major commands of the Air Force.
  • Wright-Patterson is the location of a major USAF Medical Center (hospital), the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
  • Wright-Patterson is the home base of the 445th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve Command, which flies the C-17 Globemaster heavy airlifter.
  • Wright-Patterson is the headquarters of the Aeronautical Systems Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Major Units

  • 88th Air Base Wing (88 ABW)
    • The Wing consists of more than 5,000 officers, enlisted, Air Force civilian and contractor employees responsible for three primary mission areas:
      • Operating the installation
      • Deploying expeditionary Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism
      • Defending the base and its people
    • The Wing reports to the Aeronautical Systems Center, a major development and acquisition product center of Air Force Materiel Command.
  • Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC)
    • Major command of the United States Air Force
    • AFMC was created on July 1, 1992 through the amalgamation of the former Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC) and the former Air Force Systems Command (AFSC).
    • AFMC is headquartered at Wright-Patterson.
    • AFMC is the Air Force’s largest command in terms of funding and second in terms of personnel.
    • AFMC’s operating budget represents 31 percent of the total Air Force budget.
    • AFMC employs more than 40 percent of the Air Force’s total civilian workforce.
    • The command conducts research, development, testing and evaluations.
    • The command provides acquisition and life cycle management services and logistics support.
    • The command develops, acquires and sustains the aerospace power needed to defend the United States and its interests. This is accomplished through research, development, testing, evaluation, acquisition, maintenance and program management of existing and future USAF weapon systems and their components.
  • Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
    • Dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable aerospace warfighting technologies
    • Dedicated to planning and executing the Air Force science and technology program
    • Dedicated to providing warfighting capabilities to United States air, space, and cyberspace forces
    • Controls the entire Air Force science and technology research budget which was $2.4 billion in 2006
  • Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
    • Graduate school
    • Provider of professional and continuing education for the United States Armed Forces
    • Part of the United States Air Force

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Located in the Appalachian Sky Region


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