MacDill Air Force Base, the 6th Air Mobility Wing, is located in Tampa, Florida. MacDill Air Force Base sits on 5,000 acres and is on the eastern coast of Florida.
The base is known for aircraft operations and for supporting over 3,000 personnel, as well as approximately 38 Mission Partners with 12,000 additional personnel.
All branches of military are represented at MacDill, with United States Central Command and United States Special Operations Command.
The mission of MacDill Air Force Base mission is to execute air refueling, airlift response, and provide base support for partners. MacDill Air Force Base is home to the following groups: 6th Air Mobility Wing, 6th Mission Support Group, 6th Operations Group, and the 6th Medical Group.
On the base, there a wide range of activities such as golfing, fitness center, swimming pool, and a skeet range. There is also access to a marina and Lewis Lake. Also offered on base is camping, called FamCamp, which is operational year round. The surrounding areas of MacDill Air Force Base includes a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Visit the west coast beaches within minutes, and the east coast beaches are only a few hours drive away. A few minutes away in Tampa, there are numerous attractions such as the famous Busch Gardens, Adventure Island water park, and the Lowry Park Zoo. Tampa is also home to the famous Tampa Bay Buccaneers and hockey team Tampa Bay Lightning.
MacDill Air Force base is situated in the Hillsborough County School District. There are several voluntary pre-kindergarten programs, and children that live on MacDill usually attend Tinker Elementary, Monroe Middle School, and Robinson High School. Parents can also choose any public school within the region, based on space available.
Healthcare on base is provided by the 6th Medical Group. Services provided are primary health, radiology, and access to a pharmacy. There are also several major hospitals in the area should emergency needs arise: Tampa General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Florida Hospital Tampa. Dental care is provided by MacDill AFB Dental Clinic on Bayshore Boulevard, for active duty personnel.
MacDill Air Force base provides housing for military with families and dependents at Harbour Bay. Single E-4 and below must reside in the on base dormitories.
Temporary lodging is available at the MacDill Inn on Hanger Loop Drive. If no space is available the reservations office can assist in finding space at a local hotel or motel, with affordable military rates. Living off base is also an option.
Grocery shopping is convenient using the commissary on Boundary Boulevard, located on the base. Inside the store you will also find a bakery, deli, and an ATM. There is also an Exchange with access to clothing, furniture, alterations, mailing services, salon, laundry, and optometry services. The Exchange also has restaurants such as Marco’s Pizza and Burger King.
MacDill Air Force base is an excellent choice for military members and families as a primary duty station. MacDill has plenty of activities and attractions nearby, as well as places to stay for family and friends wishing to visit. MacDill provides medical care, onsite shopping, and is a well-rounded place to complete a tour of duty.