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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been a leader in military aviation development, from the time of airplane inventors Wilber and Orville Wright up to and including today's aerospace age.

The base is headquarters for a vast, worldwide logistics system, a world-class laboratory research function, and is the foremost acquisition and development center in the U.S. Air Force. Dozens of associate organizations representing a broad spectrum of Air Force and Department of Defense activities call Wright-Patterson home. The base is comparable to a medium-sized city, with services ranging from shopping facilities and child care centers to housing areas and a large medical center.

With more than 88,000 employees, including military, civilian and contractors, Wright-Patterson is the largest single-site employer in the State of Ohio, with an economic impact of 16.68 billion per year. The base covers more than 8,000 acres of land (12.5 square miles) and provides operational support for over 100 associate units located at Wright-Patterson. The base’s two runways support an average of 47,000 aircraft operations every year, and more than 800 buildings on-site.

Major units at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base:

88th Air Base Wing

As the host unit at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Mighty 88th operates the airfield, maintains all infrastructure, and provides security, communications, medical, legal, personnel, finance, transportation, air traffic control, weather forecasting, public affairs, recreation and chaplain services. It reports to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

Air Force Materiel Command

AFMC conducts research, development, testing and evaluation, and provides acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapons systems ready for war. From cradle to grave, AFMC provides the work force and infrastructure necessary to ensure the United States remains the world’s most respected air and space force.

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

The Center provides the warfighter’s edge by acquiring and supporting war-winning aircraft, engines, munitions, electronics, and cyber weapons systems and sub-systems. Every action supports the Air Force’s mission to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. The AFLCMC consists of 77 geographic locations, 10 Program Executive Officer (PEO) directorates, and 14 functional and execution support directorates.

Air Force Research Laboratory

AFRL is a global technical enterprise, leading the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. With a workforce of more than 10,000 across nine technical directorates and 40 other operations across the globe, the Air Force Research Laboratory provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology that ranges from fundamentally to advanced research and technology development.

National Air and Space Intelligence Center

As the DoD’s primary source for foreign air and space threats, the NASIC creates integrated, predictive intelligence in the air, space and cyberspace domains, enabling military operations, force modernization and policymaking.

445th Airlift Wing

The 445th Airlift Wing is composed of an Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Aeromedical Staging Squadron and three attached groups: the 445th Maintenance Group, the 445th Operations Group, and the 445th Mission Support Group, which consists of the 87th Aerial Port Squadron, Civil Engineer Squadron, Communications Flight, Logistics Readiness Squadron, Force Support Squadron and Security Forces. If mobilized, the wing becomes part of Air Mobility Command.

Air Force Institute of Technology

AFIT is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education, providing defense-focused graduate and professional continuing education and research to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air and space forces.

Air Force Installation Contracting Agency

AFICA reports to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at Joint Base-San Antonio, Texas. AFICA is responsible for managing and executing above-Wing-level operational acquisition solutions across the Air Force enterprise.

National Museum of the United States Air Force

The oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with four hangars and more than 300 aircraft and missiles on display, including a variety of Air Force One airplanes, showcases and memorabilia.

As the host unit at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Mighty 88th operates the airfield, maintains all infrastructure, and provides security, communications, medical, legal, personnel, finance, transportation, air traffic control, weather forecasting, public affairs, recreation and chaplain services. It reports to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

AFMC conducts research, development, testing and evaluation, and provides acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapons systems ready for war. From cradle to grave, AFMC provides the work force and infrastructure necessary to ensure the United States remains the world’s most respected air and space force.

The Center provides the warfighter’s edge by acquiring and supporting war-winning aircraft, engines, munitions, electronics, and cyber weapons systems and sub-systems. Every action supports the Air Force’s mission to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. The AFLCMC consists of 77 geographic locations, 10 Program Executive Officer (PEO) directorates, and 14 functional and execution support directorates.

AFRL is a global technical enterprise, leading the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. With a workforce of more than 10,000 across nine technical directorates and 40 other operations across the globe, the Air Force Research Laboratory provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology that ranges from fundamentally to advanced research and technology development.

As the DoD’s primary source for foreign air and space threats, the NASIC creates integrated, predictive intelligence in the air, space and cyberspace domains, enabling military operations, force modernization and policymaking.

The 445th Airlift Wing is composed of an Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Aeromedical Staging Squadron and three attached groups: the 445th Maintenance Group, the 445th Operations Group, and the 445th Mission Support Group, which consists of the 87th Aerial Port Squadron, Civil Engineer Squadron, Communications Flight, Logistics Readiness Squadron, Force Support Squadron and Security Forces. If mobilized, the wing becomes part of Air Mobility Command.

AFIT is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education, providing defense-focused graduate and professional continuing education and research to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air and space forces.

AFICA reports to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at Joint Base-San Antonio, Texas. AFICA is responsible for managing and executing above-Wing-level operational acquisition solutions across the Air Force enterprise.

The oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with four hangars and more than 300 aircraft and missiles on display, including a variety of Air Force One airplanes, showcases and memorabilia.

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