Travis Air Force Base
Travis Air Force Base handles more cargo and passenger traffic through its airport than any other military air terminal in the United States. The base has a long and proud history of supporting humanitarian airlift operations at home and around the world. The base’s host unit, the 60th Air Mobility Wing, is the largest wing in the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, with a versatile fleet of 26 C-5 Galaxies, 27 KC-10 Extenders, and 13 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The base is also host to David Grant USAF Medical Center, an Air Force teaching hospital, which serves both in-service and retired military personnel.
There are approximately 132,200 Active Duty, Reserve, military families, contract employees, and retirees assigned to Travis AFB.
If you arrive between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday, report to your assigned Unit Commander’s Support Staff (CSS) with your personnel/medical/dental records, a copy of orders and your duty information to in-process. Once you have a permanent address, please ensure DEERS & SGLI/SOES are updated via milConnect, as well as your vRED and personal contact information via vMPF.
The San Francisco Airport (SFO) is located about 58 miles from Travis AFB. The nearest major airport to Fairfield, CA is the Sacramento International Airport (SMF), which is about 48 miles away.
Directions from San Francisco Airport:
Merge onto US-101 N toward San Francisco (11.6 miles). Keep right to take I-80 E via Exit 433B toward Bay Bridge / Oakland / Seventh St / US-101 N (Portions toll) (46.1 miles). Take the Air Base Pkwy / Waterman Blvd exit toward Travis A F B (4.2 miles).
Be sure to make your reservations well in advance to ensure available lodging on base. The Westwind Inn offers 20 units for lodging with pets. Travis AFB is home to the 349th Reserve Wing, which may affect availability in lodging during the weekends (typically the first and third weekends of the month). To reserve lodging, call (707) 424-8000.
Travis Air Force Base is located off I-80, approximately 45 miles northeast of San Francisco and seven miles southwest of Fairfield, California.
If you or your family members will be arriving by automobile from either east-west traffic, I-80 traffic should exit at the Air Base Parkway turnoff in Fairfield and drive east for approximately five miles. Air Base Parkway leads directly to the base’s main gate.
If you or your family will be arriving by commercial airline, most likely you will arrive at the San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland or San Jose airports. There are no military shuttle services from Travis to these airports, but a variety of convenient door-to-door commercial shuttles and public transportation can help you get to Travis. For current information on flight times and ground transportation options, visit the airports’ websites or contact them by phone.
The AMTRAK Capitol Corridor train running from Sacramento to San Jose has six scheduled daily stops at the Fairfield-Suisun train station. Taxis and public transportation (the Route 5 to Route 2 city bus) serve the station. The city bus system also provides weekday commuter service to the Pleasant Hill station on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (Route 40).
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 California school, a child must be at least five years old by September 1st. Check with the local school district 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.
California Department of Economic Security (916) 210-6276
DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in California will be safe and economically secure.
California Department of Health (916) 558-1784
Solano County SPCA (707) 448-7722
Solano County Sheriff (707) 784-7000
Fairfield Civic Center Library 1-866-57-ASKUS
Humane Society of North Bay (707) 645-7905
Base Operator (707) 424-1110
Airman & Family Readiness Center (707) 424-2486
Commissary (707) 437-4004
David Grant USAF Medical Center (707) 423-3000
Dental Clinic (707) 423-7000
Education Office (707) 424-3444
Exchange (707) 437-4633
Housing Office (707) 424-1746
ID/CAC Card Processing (707) 424-8483
Legal Assistance (707) 424-3251
Library (707) 424-3279
Lodging Reservations (707) 424-8000
Medical Appointments (707) 423-3000
Pharmacy (707) 423-5345
School Liaison Officer (707) 424-4345
Travis Air Museum (707) 424-5605
Travis Family Housing (707) 437-4571
Unaccompanied Housing (707) 424-2776
Veterinary Clinic (707) 424-3010
Westwind Inn Lodging (707) 424-8000
Travis Air Force Base offers privatized housing, managed by Travis Family Homes. Housing includes 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units, located in 5 neighborhoods. Contact the Travis AFB Housing office at (707) 424-1746/1474. There is a waiting list for on-base housing as well as a waiting list for the three Child Development Centers on base.
Solano County is a high cost of living area so members PCSing to Travis are advised to visit their current installations Airman & Family Readiness Center to create a budget to ensure financial stability. Privatization of on base housing has been implemented. Please take time to visit the website for Travis Family Homes and view on-base housing.
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In Fairfield, the summers are long, warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are short, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 87°F and is rarely below 31°F or above 97°F.
The hot season lasts for 4.1 months, from June 4 to October 8, with an average daily high temperature above 80°F. The warmest month in Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, California is July with an average high temperature of 88.4°F. The hottest day on record was July 23 2006 when the temperature hit 113.0°F. On average, there are 258 sunny days per year in Fairfield. The US average is 205 sunny days.
During January the overnight temperature drops to an average of 39.0°F with the lowest temperature of 17.1°F being recorded on January 13 2007.
The wettest month in Fairfield, CA is January with an average of 2.4 inches of rain falling on 12 to 13 days. The driest month by average rainfall in Fairfield, CA is August with an average of 0.1 inches of rain falling on 0 to 1 days. Each year, Fairfield gets about 25 inches of rain on average.
Fairfield is a city in Solano County, California, in the North Bay sub-region of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is 40 miles from the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento, and less than 19 miles from Napa Valley. The city of Fairfield offers shopping, community festivals and entertainment. In addition, the area has several parks, golf courses, museums, and wineries. The city is also home to the Jelly Belly Candy Company.
Take a trip to San Francisco, which is about 1 hour away by car, to visit Muir Woods and the Giant Redwoods, Alcatraz Island, California Academy of Sciences, the Golden Gate Bridge, or Oracle Park to watch the San Francisco Giants play. Sacramento also offers many wonderful museums and parks for all ages.
Some other points of interest include Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Monterey, Jarvis Estate, Lagoon Valley/Pena Adobe Regional Park, Rockville Hills Regional Park, Scandia Family Center, Glashoff Sculpture Ranch, and Vacaville Premium Outlets.
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