Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base
121st Air Refueling Wing
7370 Minuteman Way, Bldg 875, Columbus, OH 43217
Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base is an Ohio Air National Guard installation located near the city of Columbus in southern Franklin County. The base was named for the famous early aviator and Columbus native Eddie Rickenbacker. It is the home of the United States Air Force’s 121st Air Refueling Wing (121 ARW), which serves as the host wing and is an Air National Guard (ANG) unit operationally-gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC).
Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base is part of a joint airfield operation as a tenant activity of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority in a joint civil-military airfield arrangement with commercial airlines and other civilian aircraft operators utilizing the colocated Rickenbacker International Airport. Rickenbacker ANGB is also a joint military facility, with tenant activities of the Ohio Army National Guard (Army Aviation Support Facility #2), as well as Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve units and associated facilities.
TRICARE Information and News
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FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in an Ohio school, a child must be 5 years old by August 1 or September 30, depending on the district. 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/.
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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.
Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (614) 466-1213
Ohio Department of Health (614) 466-3543.
Columbus Police Department (614) 645-3111
Base Operator (614) 492-4595
BX (Base Exchange) (614) 491-8424
Front Gate Office (614) 492-4613
ID/CAC Card Processing (614) 492-3156
Security Police (614) 492-4321
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In Columbus, the summers are long, warm, and humid; the winters are very cold and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 22°F to 84°F and is rarely below 5°F or above 92°F.
The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 23 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 84°F and low of 66°F. The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 2 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 46°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 22°F and high of 36°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.4 months, from March 29 to August 10, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on May 28. The drier season lasts 7.6 months, from August 10 to March 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on January 28.
The average cost of living in Columbus, OH is 2% lower than the average of Ohio and 11% lower than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Columbus, OH, the price of goods and services are 2% lower than the average of Ohio, as well as 3% lower than the nation’s average.
Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base is just outside of Columbus, the state capital of Ohio. The city’s Scioto Mile is a string of parks on both sides of the Scioto River, with a huge interactive fountain and trails. On the west bank, the COSI science center offers hands-on exhibits and a planetarium. Downtown, the Columbus Museum of Art includes American and European paintings and a sculpture garden. The German Village area has restored brick houses built by 1800s settlers.
Alongside the imposing Ohio Statehouse, the 1928 Spanish baroque–style Ohio Theatre hosts classical concerts, dance and plays. Art galleries and boutiques are clustered in the redeveloped Short North Arts District. Ohio State University is home to the multidisciplinary Wexner Center for the Arts and football’s Ohio Stadium. Northwest of the city, the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium includes African savannah and polar-region habitats. East of downtown, the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens contains climate biomes and a Victorian greenhouse, plus outdoor floral displays.