Air Force
McConnell Air Force Base

22d 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.

Arriving at 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.

Base Population
McConnell Air Force Base has a total workforce of 6,775 including 2,838 active duty members, 821 civilians, 2,222 Airmen in the 184th Kansas Air National Guard Intelligence Wing, and 894 Airmen in the 931st Air Refueling Group. The base also serves 3,252 family members and 7,900 retirees.

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