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 30,000 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: