MacDill Air Force Base
MacDill AFB is also home to the headquarters for two of the U.S. military’s unified combatant commands: Headquarters, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), and Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Both commands are independent from one another and each is commanded by a respective 4-star general or admiral.
Two additional sub-unified commands are also headquartered at MacDill AFB: Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces Central Command (COMUSMARCENT), commanded by a 3-star general, and United States Special Operations Command Central (USSOCCENT), commanded by a 2-star general.
Approximately 15,000 people work at MacDill Air Force Base, with a significant number of military personnel and their families living on base in military housing, while remaining service-members and military families live off base in the Tampa Bay area. MacDill AFB is a significant contributor to Tampa’s economy and the city is very supportive of the military community. In 2001 and 2003, the Tampa Bay area was awarded the Abilene Trophy, which annually honors the most supportive Air Force city in Air Mobility Command.
The base has a large visitor lodging facility known as the MacDill Inn, a DECA commissary, an AAFES base exchange, and numerous Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) activities such as the Surf’s Edge all ranks club, a base swimming pool, movie theater, marina, the Raccoon Creek Family Camp for recreational vehicles, the SeaScapes Beach House, and the Bay Palms Golf Course.
The Tampa Bay area is supported by two major airports, Tampa International Airport (TPA) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. There are no military shuttles that run from the airport to the base, but there are a variety of ground transportation options such as the bus service, rental cars, shared ride, and taxis.
From Orlando: From I-4 merge onto FL 618 W/Roy Selmon Expressway Way. Merge onto US -92 E/W Gandy Blvd via Exit 1A on the left toward MacDill AFB. Take the FL 573 S ramp toward MacDill AFB. Turn slight right onto S. Dale Mabry Highway/FL-573.
From Miami: Take I-95 N to the Florida Turnpike, take exit 54 to I -595 – take exit for I-75 toward Naples. Take exit 256 for SR-619-TOLL//Crosstown Expressway. Take exit 1B right to S. Dale Mabry to MacDill Main Gate.
The TECO Line Streetcar System provides public transportation in the area.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Florida school, a child must be 5 years old on or by September 1st of the school year. Check with the local school district for specific requirements.
Students who live on base will attend schools within the Hillsborough School District (HCSD). You can contact the district at (813) 272-4091.
Tinker Elementary School (813) 840-2043
Monroe Middle School (813) 272-3020
Robinson High School (813) 272-3006
For those families who choose to live off base, special permission is required from the HCSD in order for a child to be registered. Contact School Liaison Officer at (813) 828-0146 for more information about the area schools. Other districts in the area include Pasco and Pinellas County Schools.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Florida Department of Health (850) 245-4444
Helps Floridians live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Florida Department of Children and Families (800) 478-4444
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (850) 617-2000
Hillsborough County Department of Health (813) 307-8000
Humane Society of Tampa (813) 876-7138
Tampa Police Department (813) 276-3200
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (813) 247-8000
Hillsborough County Public Library (813) 273-3652
Base Operator (813) 828-1110
Airman and Family Readiness Center (813) 828-2721
Brandon Medical Clinic (813) 828-2273
Brandon Clinic Pharmacy (813) 827-9736
Chapel (813) 828-3621
Commissary (813) 828-4832
Dental Clinic (813) 827-9400
Dental Appointment Line (813) 827-9401
Education Office (813) 828-3115
Exchange (813) 840-0511
Finance Office (813) 828-3376
Harbor Bay at MacDill (813) 840-2600
Hospital (813) 828-2333
Hospital Appointment Line (813) 827-2273
Housing Management Office (813) 828-3166
Legal Services/JAG (813) 828-4421/4422
Library (813) 828-3607
MacDill Lodging Office (813) 828-4259
MacDill Clinic Pharmacy (813) 827-9300
Military Clothing Sales (813) 840-2375
Pass & ID/CAC Cards (813) 828-2278
Relocation Services (813) 828-0137
Visitor Reception Center (813) 828-2737
School Liaison Office (813) 828-0146
Veterinary Services (813) 828-3558
Visitor Reception Center (813) 828-2737
The MacDill AFB Housing Office provides both on-base and off-base housing information for family housing. Experienced, knowledgeable personnel will assist with your transition into your new neighborhood. A review of your lease is not required by the MacDill Housing Office prior to you signing your lease.
MacDill Air Force Base (AFB) currently has 571 privatized family housing units. Visit Harbor Bay at MacDill for the housing application, an online brochure, waiting lists, floor plans, and a sample lease. You can also contact Harbor Bay Realty at (813) 840-2600.
The full Basic Allowance Housing (BAH) amount appears on the Leave Earning Statement (LES) as an entitlement and is simultaneously subtracted as an allotment. At Harbor Bay, landscaping and all utilities, with the exception of phone, cable and internet, are included with the monthly rent payment/allotment. Residents must contact the provider directly to set up internet service. All homes include a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/dryer hook-up and all units are centrally heated and air conditioned.
For information about off-base housing contact the Housing Flight staff at (813) 828-5404. The MacDill Housing Flight is located at 7317 Bayshore Boulevard. For those looking for a home off base, the Housing Flight provides full relocation services and can help newcomers find home rentals and sales in the local area. There are no bachelor quarters for officers at MacDill AFB.
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In Tampa, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, cool, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 52°F to 90°F and is rarely below 38°F or above 94°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.7 months, from December 8 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 74°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 52°F and high of 70°F. The winters are typically dry and mild.
The wetter season lasts 3.7 months, from June 3 to September 25, with a greater than 43% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 72% on July 31. Tampa seldom sees the effect of tropical storms or hurricanes; no hurricane has made landfall in the area since 1921. The drier season lasts 8.3 months, from September 25 to June 3. The smallest chance of a wet day is 13% on November 25.
MacDill Air Force Base is located about 4 miles southwest of downtown Tampa in the middle of Tampa Bay, in Hillsborough County, Florida. Near the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa is home to the largest port in Florida and is a part of the “Tampa Bay Area”. This four-county area is composed of over 3 million residents.
Downtown Tampa is about a 20-minute drive from the base where you will find all kinds of activities including shopping, museums, dining and family-friendly attractions. The Tampa Bay History Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum that features three floors of hands-on exhibits exploring the colorful and rich history of Florida. Opened in 1986, the Children’s Museum of Tampa (now known as the Glazer Children’s Museum) was created to provide a much-needed learning environment for young children. Other family-friendly attractions include Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island Waterpark, and Tampa’s Zooquarium.
Additionally, Tampa offers a diverse culinary scene with restaurants that reflect Cuban, Spanish, Italian, Puerto Rican, Vietnamese, and Colombian cuisine. Food trucks are popular in the city and the area holds the record for the world’s largest food truck rally. Ybor and South Tampa are known for their amazing restaurants.
Also, about a 15 minute drive from the base is Hyde Park Village. Here, you will find activities such as Color Me Mine (a place to paint your own ceramics), a pottery barn, a cinema, restaurants, clothing stores, jewelry stores, a pet shop, furniture and home accessories and a few bars.
Each year, the Tampa Bay area residents a number of different festivals including the most well-known event, the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, which has been held since 1904. Other popular and seasonal events include the Outback Bowl, the Florida State Fair, and Guavaween.
Tampa is also home to four major sports teams: the Buccaneers football, Rowdies soccer, Tampa Bay Rays baseball and Tampa Bay Lightning hockey.
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