Built in 1941, Moody Air Force Base was originally known as the Valdosta Airfield. It was renamed after Major George Putnam Moody, who was an early pioneer in the United States Air Force.
Former President George W. Bush was actually trained to become a pilot for the United States Air Force at Moody Air Force Base for 53 weeks, from November 1968 to November 1969.
Major units at Moody Air Force Base include the 23 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 23 Fighter Group, 23 Maintenance Group and many more. The 23 Wing is dedicated to supporting national security in the United States, the global war on terrorism and humanitarian interests; it provides air support, combat search and rescue operations and force protection.
The Valdosta Metropolitan Area has a population of over 135,000 people, and the community is known for cherishing and respecting the men and women who serve the United States Air Force on Moody Air Force Base. There are a wealth of opportunities for those who are stationed at Moody Air Force Base and who are looking for places to dine, shop and participate in various activities.
Many people also enjoy being stationed at Moody AFB due to the relatively low cost of living in the Valdosta Metropolitan Area; it is approximately 19 percent less than the national average in the United States.
There are no Department of Defense-sponsored schools on Moody Air Force Base. Instead, students who are living on or near Moody Air Force Base typically attend school in either the Valdosta City Schools or Lowndes County School System.
Some students also attend schools from the Berrien County Schools or Lanier County Schools school systems. Youth services are available on base for children who are between the ages of 5 and 18; there are child care options for before and after school, on Saturdays and on school breaks for Christmas, summer and during the school year.
Medical and dental services are provided to service men and women and their dependents by the 23rd Medical Group. Many healthcare services are provided on base, and doctors help arrange for treatment in off-base scenarios as well. However, there are no emergency treatment options available at the 23rd Medical Group on Moody Air Force Base; in emergency-type situations, service members and their families are urged to seek emergency healthcare services off base. The South Georgia Medical Center is located in Valdosta and provides emergency care services.
Temporary housing on Moody Air Force Base can be found at the Moody Inn. Space is limited, so those who think they will need temporary lodging will need to call well in advance in order to secure a room. Pets are allowed in four of the rooms at the Moody Inn; families that cannot secure a pet-friendly room can be given assistance in finding a nearby kennel to keep their pets while they are in temporary lodging.
Private housing is available for both officers and enlistees of all different ranks in the Quiet Pines and Magnolia Grove neighborhoods on base. New, renovated and traditionally-styled homes are available for service members and their dependents, and the Moody Housing Office can help families get into a home upon arrival at Moody Air Force Base.