Sheppard air force base
Sheppard Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located five miles north of Wichita Falls, in Wichita County, Texas. It is the largest training base and the most diversified in Air Education and Training Command in the United States. The base is named in honor of Texas Senator John Morris Sheppard, a supporter of military preparations before World War II.
The host unit at Sheppard is the 82d Training Wing (82 TRW), which provides specialized technical training and field training for officers, Airmen and civilians of all branches of the military, other DoD agencies and foreign nationals. It is a non-flying wing that conducts all technical training at Sheppard. The 982d Training Group (982 TRG) provides instruction in a wide range of specialties at Sheppard and as well as 60 other Air Force installations worldwide. The 82d Mission Support Group (82 MSG) and the 82 Medical Group (82 MDG) support these organizations. Together with the 80th Flying Training Wing, more than 7 million U.S. and ally warriors have been trained.
The 80th Flying Training Wing (80 FTW) conducts the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program, a multi-national and managed flying training program chartered to produce combat pilots for both USAF and NATO. This internationally manned and managed flying training program is the only one in the world.
Over 60,000 airmen and personnel from other military branches are trained at Sheppard AFB each year.
Over 20,000 permanent party, airmen in training, and support personnel are on Sheppard AFB during a normal duty day.
Although North Texas is a beautiful area, the weather has been known to change drastically overnight. Prior to arriving at Sheppard Air Force Base, keep up on the weather through the internet, newspaper, television and your sponsor. Talk to your sponsor about what types of clothing to carry with you as you travel to Sheppard.
When you first arrive at Sheppard AFB, you should first go to the 24-hour arrival point: Sheppard Inn, Building 1600 on Avenue J. and the personnel at the desk will assist you. From the main gate, make a right turn at the first light. Then, turn left onto Avenue J., and the Inn will be on your right.
Permanent Party members who arrive during duty hours (Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), should report to their Commander’s Support Staff. All personnel must be in compliance with Air Force Instruction 36-2903 Dress and Appearance of Air Force Personnel. Permanent Party members who arrive after duty hours should report to the Sheppard Inn, Bldg 1600, Ave J, and contact their appropriate squadrons or sponsor for in-processing instructions. Questions concerning in-processing should be addressed to 940-676-4314 or DSN 312-736-4314; FAX 940-676-2637 or DSN 312-736-2637.
Offered every month, Right START is held at the Solid Rock Cafe from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Representatives from various base and community agencies will be available to provide information on areas of concern to newcomers. You will be scheduled for Right START during your eCommander’s Support Staff in-processing. The orientation is mandatory for military members. Spouses and new civilian employees are encouraged to attend. Sheppard Right START representatives can be contacted at 940-676-4358 or DSN 312-736-4358.
New civilian employees should report to the Civilian Personnel Office in Bldg. 402 at the time stated in their notification letter.
The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is about 122 miles away from Wichita Falls, and is about a 2-hour drive by car. The only commercial airline serving Wichita Falls Municipal Airport is American Eagle. If you are driving to base, the main gate is on State Highway 240, off Interstate 33 (U.S. Highways 287 and 281).
The Sheppard visitor’s center is located in Building 1405 on Missile Road off Highway 240, Old Burkburnett Road, and serves as the gateway to the base.
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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 Texas school, a child must be at least 5 years old on or before September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state’s public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders. For more information click here.
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/.
Two school districts serve the three Sheppard housing areas. Freedom Estates children attend schools in the Burkburnett Independent School District. Kindergarten through fifth grade attend the John Tower Elementary School, within walking distance. Junior and senior high school students are bussed to schools in nearby Burkburnett. Children residing in Wind Creek Village housing attend schools in the Wichita Falls Independent School District. Elementary students attend Sheppard Elementary School, located in the Wind Creek Village Housing area. Other students are bussed to nearby Kirby Junior High School or Hirschi High School. Children living in Heritage Heights are bussed to either the Wichita Falls or Burkburnett schools depending on the specific location of their assigned housing.
Wichita Falls is home to Midwestern State University an accredited four-year college and the only independent liberal arts college in Texas offering both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. A local branch of nearby Vernon College offers two-year degrees, certificate programs, and workforce development programs, and also Wayland Baptist University, offering both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, whose main branch is located in Plainview, Texas.
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.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (512) 438-4800
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.
Texas Department of Health and Human Services (512) 776-2150
The Texas Health and Human Services Department provides information, referral, support and assistance to residents at risk of or experiencing economic hardships, neglect, abuse, juvenile crime, or incapacities related to aging or disabling conditions.
Wichita Falls Humane Society (940) 855-4941
Wichita Falls Public Library (940) 767-0868
Texas State Troopers (512) 424-2000
Base Operator (940) 676-2511
Airman & Family Readiness Center (940) 676-4358
Accounting & Finance Office (940) 676-4864
Billeting/Lodging (940) 855-7370
Chaplain (940) 676-0014
Child Development Center (940) 676-2038
Commissary (940) 676-2901
Education Office (940) 676-6231
Family Child Care (940) 676-2038
Housing Management Office (940) 676-1840
ID Cards (940) 676-4314/6249
Legal Services/JAG (940) 676-4262
Library (940) 676-6152
Main Exchange (940) 855-4318
Medical Appointments (940) 676-1847
Military Clothing Sales (940) 676-2110
School Liaison Officer (940) 676-4358
Sheppard Clinic Appointment Line (940) 676-2273 (CARE)
Sheppard AFB Homes (940) 613-0709
Sheppard Inn (940) 855-7370
Temporary Lodging (940) 676-1844
Veterinary Clinic (940) 676-6883
Visitor Center (940) 676-7441
Family Housing at Sheppard is privatized, owned and operated by Balfour Beatty Communities. There are three housing areas with 2, 3, and 4 bedroom homes for all ranks. For more information or to apply for privatized housing, please contact the government housing office at extension 940-676-1840/DSN 736-1840, or visit Sheppard Family Homes.
Single permanent party members in grades E-4/senior airmen and below are required to live in base dormitories unless waived by the 82nd Mission Support Group commander, or designated representative.
Anyone not immediately assigned government quarters must visit the base housing office before making arrangements to rent, lease or purchase housing off base. Contact the Housing Management Office at (940) 676-1840 for further information.
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In Wichita Falls, the summers are hot, humid, and mostly clear and the winters are cold, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 98°F and is rarely below 21°F or above 105°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 4 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 89°F. The hottest day of the year is July 24, with an average high of 98°F and low of 75°F. The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 24 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 63°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 33°F and high of 54°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.8 months, from April 22 to September 15, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on June 3. The drier season lasts 7.2 months, from September 15 to April 22. The smallest chance of a wet day is 11% on January 1.
Sheppard Air Force Base is located in Wichita Falls, Texas. The area is in the northern Texas region. In the center, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum honors notable wrestlers and displays memorabilia. Nearby, the narrow, 4-story Newby-McMahon Building is nicknamed the “world’s littlest skyscraper.” Set along a bend of the Wichita River, Lucy Park has playgrounds, a pool and a man-made waterfall. The River Bend Nature Center has nature trails and exhibits.
Castaway Cove Park is an amusement center with thrill rides, slides, play areas, a lazy river, pools & volleyball. Lake Wichita is a man-made lake with a 234-acre park on the north shore offering a paved trail & picnic facilities. The park area offers hiking/biking trail, picnic shelters, a playground, sports & more. Other area parks include Scotland Park, Kiwanis Park, and Hamilton Park.
Public transportation in Wichita Falls include the Falls Ride bus system. The city offers military discounts and the Sheppard Express route.
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