MacDill Air Force Base

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


MacDill Air Force Base was named after Colonel Leslie MacDill and 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 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.



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.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 411, 8604 Hangar Loop Drive. 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.

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.


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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.

 In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit

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.


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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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.


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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.

Tampa has a cost of living index of 100, putting it at the average nationally and 1% higher than Florida with an index of 99. The cost of living index is determined from the following categories: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%), and health care (5%). Goods and services are generally a good indicator for how much it would cost to live in a given city. For Tampa, goods and services are 2% lower than the average in Florida and 3% lower than average in the nation.

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 ZooBusch Gardens Tampa BayAdventure 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.

Other notable sites include the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Giraffe Ranch, the Big Cat Rescue, Ybor City, the Tampa RiverwalkArchibald Beach Park, and Bayshore Boulevard.

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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