McConnell Air Force Base
22nd Air Refueling Wing
52802 Kansas Street, McConnell AFB, KS, United States 67221
McConnell Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located four miles southeast of the central business district of Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas. The airbase was named in honor of the brothers, Fred and Thomas McConnell of Wichita, who had both been Air Force pilots and veterans of World War II. It is the home of Air Mobility Command’s 22d Air Refueling Wing (22 ARW), Air Force Reserve Command’s 931st Air Refueling Wing (931 ARW), and the Kansas Air National Guard’s 184th Intelligence Wing (184 IW). McConnell Air Force Base’s primary mission is to provide global reach by conducting air refueling and airlift where and when needed.
McConnell Air Force Base has played an important role for nearly a century in the development of the aviation industry and national defense. Wichita’s flat, open land and location at the center of the country made it a favored place to stop during early transcontinental journeys, spurring construction of the Wichita Municipal Airport in 1929. A relationship between the U.S. Department of War and the Boeing Company, enhanced by Boeing’s proximity to the adjacent Wichita Municipal Airport, elevated the company and the City of Wichita to new production levels in the years leading up to and during WWII. In 1951, the U.S. Air Force acquired the Wichita Municipal Airport and converted it into its primary training facility for pilots and crew of Boeing’s B-47 bomber. The United States Air Force erected a wide range of structures, including hangars, simulators, classrooms, barracks, warehouses, and recreation facilities, many of which are still in use today. The base continued to evolve to meet the needs of the military through the end of the Cold War and into the decades that followed.
Directions from Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport: Get on US-400 E/US-54 E from Eisenhower Airport Pkwy Follow US-400 E/US-54 E to E Kellogg Dr. Take the exit toward Woodlawn from US-400 E/US-54 E Take S Woodlawn St and E Pawnee St to Kansas St in McConnell Air Force Base
Members assigned to McConnell AFB on PCS orders should make temporary lodging reservations as early in their trip planning as possible. PCS orders have priority in temporary quarters but McConnell is a high traffic area for travelers.
Non-First Term Airmen
New Team McConnell members will sign-in with their unit CSS (or MPS if unit does not have a CSS) upon arrival or no later than the morning of the first official duty day. Member must be in uniform. Unit CSS will then schedule member’s mandatory Right Start Briefing.
Report to the Customer Support Section in the Military Personnel Section (MPS) in the Robert J. Dole Community Center, Bldg 412, in uniform for additional in processing requirements:
MPS will verify in processing, update CAC certificates.
(NOTE: Mbrs assigned to ARW, CONS, or MDG will complete all in processing at the MPS.)
Proceed to Finance to complete your travel voucher. This must be completed NLT the 5th day on station OR this can be accomplished at the end of your Right Start briefing – whichever is soonest. Finance is in Bldg 750.
If applicable, member can take Permissive temporary duty (PTDY) for house hunting. PTDY will be completed prior to member attending McConnell Right Start. **NOTE: Permissive house hunting leave requests are to be validated by MPS before member takes PTDY. PTDY ends the day member signs his/her lease or procures housing.
Attend McConnell right start appointment Must be in uniform. Spouses are welcomed!
Report to the Bleckley Lounge, Southeast corner of the Robert J. Dole Community Center (Bldg 412). Directional signs will be posted. This is an all-day appointment. Please be in place at 0700.
First Term Airmen
First Term Airmen will sign-in with their unit CSS (or MPS if unit does not have a CSS) upon arrival or no later than the morning of the first official duty day. Member must be in uniform. Unit CSS will then schedule member’s mandatory Right Start Briefing.
Report to the Military Personnel Section (MPS) in the Dole Center, Bldg 412, (ID card office), in uniform for additional in processing requirements.
All First Term Airmen should be escorted by HIS/HER SPONSOR.
After the member’s CSS check-in, the member will report to the MPS to finish in processing, have CAC updated and get scheduled for a mandatory First Term Airmen Center Briefing.
(NOTE: Mbrs assigned to ARW, CONS, or MDG will complete all in processing at the MPS.)
Proceed to Finance to complete your travel voucher. This must be completed NLT the 5th day on station OR this can be accomplished during FTAC – whichever is soonest. Finance is in Bldg 750.
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 Kansas school, a child must be at least 5 years old on or before August 31st of the school year. Check with the school for other 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 http://www.corestandards.org/.
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.
Kansas Department for Children and Families (833) 765-2003
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.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (785) 296-1086
Kansas Humane Society (316) 524-9196
Wichita Police Department (316) 268-4111
Airman and Family Readiness Center (316) 759-6020
Base Operator (316) 759-6100
Chapels (316) 759-3566
Child Development Center (316) 759-4223
Civilian Personnel Office (316) 759-4353
Dental Clinics (316) 759-5181
Dormitory Management Office (316) 759-4611
Family Child Care (316) 759-5783
Housing Management Office (316) 759-3910
Hospital/Medical Treatment Facility (316) 759-6300
ID/CAC Card Processing (316) 759-5332
Information and Referral Services (316) 759-6020
Legal Services/JAG (316) 759-3590
NAF Human Resources (316) 759-1612
School Liaison Office/Community Schools (316) 759-6020
SNAIC – EFMP Enrollment (316) 759-5106
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
On base housing is available through Corvias Military Living 3001 S. Arnold Blvd., Wichita, KS Office Phone: 316-347-2929 Maintenance Requests: 316-347-2929 Email: McConnell.Service@Corvias.com
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed on Saturday and Sunday
5.2 miles from base
Derby is a family-friendly neighborhood in Wichita. It is a growing community with several newer schools in the area.
8.1 miles from base
Wichita is a bigger city located near the base. It has many housing options along with shopping and nightlife.
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In Wichita, the summers are hot, humid, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, dry, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 25°F to 93°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 103°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 4 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 93°F and low of 72°F. The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 25 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 6, with an average low of 25°F and high of 43°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from April 9 to September 25, with a greater than 24% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 42% on June 7. The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from September 25 to April 9. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on January 11.
In Wichita, KS, the overall cost of living index is 91, which is 2% higher than the Kansas average and 9% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Wichita, KS, the city’s goods and services are 6% higher than the Kansas average and 1% higher than the U.S. average.
McConnell Air Force Base is located in the Wichita, Kansas community. Wichita is a regional center of culture, media, and trade. It hosts several universities, large museums, theaters, parks, and entertainment venues, notably Intrust Bank Arena and Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center. Exploration Place features hands-on science exhibits and Kansas in Miniature, a display of animated models depicting 1950s Kansas. Old Cowtown Museum recreates 19th-century life with old buildings and costumed guides. Themed gardens at Botanica Wichita include a wildflower meadow and a Chinese garden. The Museum of World Treasures has Egyptian mummies and a T-Rex skeleton.
The city lies on the Arkansas River near the western edge of the Flint Hills in the Wellington-McPherson Lowlands region of the Great Plains.The Arkansas follows a winding course, south-southeast through Wichita, roughly bisecting the city. It is joined along its course by several tributaries all of which flow generally south. There are over 30 publicly accessible fishing locations in the Wichita metropolitan area including North Lake, Island Pond, and Cruiser 96 Lake.
The city hosts several festivals and events each year. The Wichita River Festival has been held in the Downtown and Old Town areas of the city since 1972. It has featured events, musical entertainment, sporting events, traveling exhibits, cultural and historical activities, plays, interactive children’s events, a flea market, river events, a parade, block parties, a food court, fireworks, and souvenirs. The annual Wichita Black Arts Festival, held in the spring, celebrates the arts, crafts and creativity of Wichita’s large African-American community. It usually takes place in Central-Northeast Wichita. The International Student Association at Wichita State University presents an annual international cultural exhibition and food festival, on the campus at WSU, providing an inexpensive sampling of global culture and cuisine to the general public. Aviation-related events are common in the Wichita area, including air shows, fly-ins, air races, aviation conferences, exhibitions, and trade shows. The city’s two main air shows, which are generally held in alternating years, are the city-sponsored civilian Wichita Flight Festival and the military-sponsored McConnell Air Force Base Open House and Airshow. Both are large regional air shows with famous acts and multi-million-dollar aircraft displays.
Wichita is home to many fun attractions including the seventh-largest zoo in the United States, the Sedgwick County Zoo. The area also has an exciting nightlife, live entertainment, and adult comedy shows. Wichita has several tours to enjoy, including the Urban Art Tour, Brew Wagon Tours, Wicked Brew Tour, or the Culinary Tour.
For more information about Wichita, visit https://www.visitwichita.com/
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