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MacDill Air Force Base

6th Air Mobility Wing
6801 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, MacDill AFB, FL 33621- 5313

MacDill Air Force Base was named after Colonel Leslie MacDill. MacDill Army Base was officially activated on April 16, 1941. The first mission was training airmen in the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-26 Marauder aircraft. Increasing tensions in 1961 led to the activation of the U.S. Strike Command, headquartered at MacDill. MacDill became a Tactical Air Command Training Base with the F-4s and then F-16s. The last F-16s left the base in 1994 and the base had no active duty aircraft for the first time. The 6th Air Mobility Wing was activated October 1, 1996, with the arrival of 12 KC-135 Stratotankers. MacDill was a strategic center for such military operations as Just Cause in Panama, Desert Shield and Storm in the Persian Gulf and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.


MacDill Air Force Base is located eight miles south of Tampa, Florida on the Southwestern tip of the Interbay Peninsula in Hillsborough County. The region is often referred to as “Tampa Bay” which is a seven-county region on Florida’s west coast offering a diversity of communities. The counties of Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota come together to shape a vibrant market where lifestyle options reflect all the best Florida has to offer. Whether you seek big city downtown living, quiet golf course communities, a waterfront lifestyle, majestic horse farms or historic neighborhoods – the communities of Tampa Bay provide a mix like no where else in the country. The Tampa Bay community is very supportive of MacDill, but is not considered a military town. The cost of living is higher than most cities in the South.

Arriving at MacDill Air Force Base

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 variety of ground transportation options such as the bus service, rental cars, shared ride, and taxis. The cab fares from Tampa International to base are approximately $30 and approximately $45 from St. Petersburg-Clearwater to base.


Exit the Airport, take the Spruce exit to Dale Mabry, and turn right onto South Dale Mabry. South Dale Mabry will end at the MacDill Main Gate.


The Dale Mabry Gate is considered the Main Gate, and it is open 24 hours. If you arrive after 4:30 p.m., or on weekends or holidays, go to the 24-hour arrival point, the MacDill Inn, located in Building 350, 7637 Bayshore Drive, MacDill AFB, FL 33621


If you don’t have a military ID you will need to get a day pass at the Visitor Control Center, the white building just at the entrance to the gate. Present your driver’s license and car registration. Have your sponsor’s name and phone number available.


– Ocala: Follow I-75 South to US-92 E/W Gandy Blvd. From FL-618 Toll/Selmon Expressway, take exit 1A on the left onto US 92 E. Gandy Blvd, toward MacDill AFB. Take a slight left turn onto W Gandy Blvd toward MacDill AFB. Turn right onto S. Dale Mabry toward MacDill AFB.


All military, government civilians and dependents using commercial transportation to base facilities must present valid military/DoD identification cards upon reaching the Dale Mabry Gate or be denied entry. Taxi and limousine drivers must possess a valid Public Vehicle Driver’s License (PVDL) in order to be granted access to the installation (PVDL will be surrendered to the gate sentry upon arrival and will be returned at departure). All vehicles and drivers are subject to inspections at all times while on the installation.


When you arrive at MacDill Air Force Base, your first step is to contact your unit. Your supervisor or sponsor will direct you to your specific Unit In-Processing point of contact.


– 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.


– 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.

Base Population

There are 94,400 Joint Service Active Duty, Joint Service Civilians, family members, and retirees assigned to MacDill Air Force Base.

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