The base was named after Brigadier General Robert F. Travis and tagged with the nickname as the “Gateway to the Pacific”.
Its history is known as the most active military air terminal supporting humanitarian airlift operations for U.S. and global missions. The fleet consists of C-5 and C-17 military transports and the KC-10 refueling aircraft.
Today, the base is active in the community of Fairfield with civilians working on base to support base functions along with assigned USAF military and Air Force Reserve personnel.
As the main command at Travis the 60th Air Mobility Wing is responsible for base operations, maintenance, mission support, and medical facilities. Its purpose is to respond rapidly with reliable airlift to assigned destinations. The 349th Air Mobility Wing is part of the US Air Force Reserves with an honored reputation as the only Reserve unit to fly three major weapon systems for aeromedical missions. The 621st Contingency Response Wing Mission deploys with the intent to resolve environment problems, supporting the fight and providing relief to our forces. A third tenant is the David Grant USAF Medical Center, one of the largest Air Force medical centers in the U.S. serving military personnel and their dependents.
Travis AFB sits between San Francisco and Sacramento, offering new and long term residents an abundance of things to do. San Francisco (SF) is where east meets west with SF’s own China Town, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf’s is lined with street vendors offering the day’s catch and Ghirardelli Square, an amazing adventure of chocolate.
For the adventurous, traveling further will take you to the heart of wine country; Napa Valley. One of the best vacations takes place on the delta, where you can rent a houseboat and lazily sail through the small inlet towns along the shore.
Transferring families will find information and support at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The center works with the base and local schools ensuring military dependents are enrolled into the proper schools districts. There are several public, and private schools in the area, in some cases there may be a waiting list for entry. Assigned military personnel and family members may have the opportunity to waive the residency requirements when attending community colleges. The David Grant USAF Medical Center provides medical services to military personnel and their dependents. The center is also an accredited teaching hospital focused on health care and patients with programs and treatments in family medicine, dentistry, surgery, pharmacy, and clinical services.
Military personnel will find 1800 single family housing units at Travis AFB, typically the homes have 3-4 bedrooms. Be prepared, there may be a waiting list according to rank and family size. Personnel in process of new tours of duty should check with the housing office prior to their date of arrival. There are resources available for families interested in living off base; the housing office has established local contacts with the local communities to make your transition to the area easier. Local facilities acknowledge our military families and may offer special discounts as part of their services. Temporary housing is available, particularly for military personnel checking in after hours. Advance reservations are recommended to guarantee accommodations.