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MacDill Air Force Base

Tampa, Florida

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Visitors Reception Center
6801 S. Dale Mabry Hwy
MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5313

Phone 813-828-2737
Phone (DSN) 312-968-2737
Fax 813-828-2057
Fax (DSN) 312-968-2057

Mon – Sun 6:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Federal Holidays - closed

Travel Planning

  • Temporary Lodging Reservations
    • Reservations for Temporary Lodging Facilities (TLF's) can be made by telephone as soon as you receive your orders. Single people arriving during non-duty hours may be assigned space in visiting airmen or officers' quarters. Families may stay in apartment-style temporary lodging facilities while seeking permanent homes. For further information, contact MacDill lodging office at DSN 312-968-4259 or 813-828-4259. Pet friendly rooms are available.
    • Military members PCS-in to MacDill are authorized 30 days in the TLF. Military members PCS-out are authorized 10 days. Remember: Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) is a PARTIAL reimbursement for temporary living expenses incurred during a PCS move. It covers temporary living expenses at new duty location. The maximum number of days payable is 10. You may be reimbursed up to 10 days while staying in temporary lodging.
  • Command Sponsorship
    • If the military member doesn’t secure command sponsorship and the family members are NOT on their PCS orders, the military member has to pay out of pocket for travel expenses which may have ramifications for medical, dental, official travel passports and much more. These costs are not reimbursable. Please secure command sponsorship before PCSing from overseas!
  • Reporting Procedures
    • If you arrive after 4:30 p.m., or on weekends or holidays, go to the 24-hour arrival point, the MacDill Inn, located in Building 411, 8604 Hangar Loop Drive.
    • Permissive TDY
      • If you plan on taking permissive TDY for house hunting you MUST ensure you have submitted proper leave request  to your gaining commander.
    • Documents to Hand Carry
      • Important papers should not be packed with your household goods or hold baggage. Plan to take the following items with you: ID cards, PCS orders, passports, leave authorizations, shot records for you and your family, medical records, all documents pertaining to the shipment of household goods including your personal inventory and/or pictures of your possessions, appraisals for valuable items, last leave and earnings statement, Power of Attorney (check expiration date), wills, bank books, state and federal tax records, deeds and mortgages, professional licenses, car registration, spouse resume and last pay statement, list of stocks and bonds, social security cards, school records for children, letters of credit for utility waivers, original birth and adoption records, and naturalization records.
    • New members being assigned to 6 AMW
      • When you arrive at MacDill Air Force Base, your first step is to contact your unit.  Your supervisor or sponsor will direct you to Customer Service located in the Military Personnel Element (8011 Tampa Point Blvd, Bldg 373). Newcomers arriving on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. must turn in their in-processing package (a large sealed envelope) and a copy of your orders at the Military Personnel. The MPE will in-process you to the base and provide you with your unit's specific checklist.
      • Medical In-processing Your medical record will be turned into MFE and reviewed by the medical staff who will contact you  if you should need any follow up medical appointments.
      • Finance In-processing  - Unless you are a First Term Airman (FTA), you can log into PIPS Permanent Change of Station In-Processing System with your Common Access Card (CAC) from your computer at work the day you arrive here, complete the package, and forward it to Finance. Turnaround time is roughly 1-2 weeks. You must have your CAC activated to access MacDill's network before using this application. Appointments are scheduled with Finance for ONE-ON-ONE ASSITANCE for First Term Airman. It is highly encouraged that members do PIPS as soon as they step foot through the gates to avoid any type of issues with their pay.
      • All newly assigned member of the 6 AMW will attend the Newcomers' Reception within the first month of arriving. The Newcomers' Reception is on all in processing checklist and scheduled by the MPE. The Reception is held the second Tuesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, 8105 Condor St. The Newcomers' Reception is open to all newcomers: military, DoD civilian, spouse and their family members; however, it a mandatory formation for all newly assigned military members.
      • CENTCOM members should contact the Personnel Services Division, CC-J1, by Emailing the Force Strength Management Section, using the CENTCOM numbers listed below and visiting the SOCOM Resource Guide.
      • New members being assigned to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)
      • CENTCOM members should contact the Personnel Services Division, CC-J1, Force Strength Management Section at these numbers:
        • Army - 813-529-1084 DSN 651
        • Air Force - 813-539-1097 DSN 651
        • Navy - 813-529-1100 DSN 651
        • Marine Corps - 813-529-1104 DSN 651
      • New members being assigned to Joint Communication System Element (JCSE)
      • Visit JCSE Virtual Welcome Package for in- processing checklist.
  • Sponsorship
    • Whether you are single or married make sure you request a sponsor if you don't already have one. Your sponsor will be able to tell you about your new unit, and give you a telephone number and address where he or she can be reached. You will receive a Welcome Package with information on housing, base facilities and programs, and the local community. Your sponsor will normally be at the airport to meet you and get you settled in during your first few days on station. Be sure and sign in at your unit's orderly room.
  • If you get Married Enroute
    • If you get married before you PCS, you must inform your commander and follow the procedures exactly as you are given them. The military will not pay for travel and housing of your spouse if you do not follow proper procedures.