It is Illinois law (Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act) that ALL children be in an appropriate car seat and in the rear seat of the vehicle through age 8.
As of January 01, 2019 the Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act requires children under the age of 2 years to be properly secured in a rear-facing child restraint system unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or are 40 or more inches tall.
Cell phone use while driving is prohibited on Scott AFB. Texting while driving is prohibited both on base and throughout the state of Illinois.
During winter months, inbound personnel should utilize the Scott AFB Snow and Information Line at 618-256-SAFB (7232) or visit www.scott.af.mil to determine base conditions, reporting delays, and facility closures.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
Temporary Lodging Facilities provide convenient, low-cost temporary living units for incoming and outgoing military personnel and their families. A limited number of pet-friendly TLF units are available for an additional $10 nightly fee. Lodging also maintains a list of kennels in the local area. Reservations may be made up to three months in advance, 618-256-1844 or DSN 312-576-1844.
Air Force families are eligible to use the Child Care for PCS program paid for by the Air Force Aid Society. AF members who are within 60 days of arrival on base may receive up to 20 hours of child care per child at any Family Child Care home. Personnel from other branches of service may also use this service, however it is paid for by the Friends of Military Families private organization which operates on Scott AFB. Individuals from all branches of service should stop by the Military & Family Readiness Center upon arrival with a copy of their PCS orders to get a program voucher and list of child care providers. Call the M&FRC at 618-256-8668 or DSN 312-576-8668 or email the org box at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The primary mission of Scott Air Force Base is global mobility. The base provides command and control for all logistics of the United States military in air, over land, and across the sea. Team Scott sets policies and executes all air mobility operations. The installation is responsible for providing United States aeromedical evacuation capabilities, flying C-21 operational support airlift, and operating air refueling missions in the KC-135. Scott Air Force Base supplies forces to theater combatant commanders.
375th Air Mobility Wing
The 375th Air Mobility Wing is AMC's Showcase Wing - Executing Rapid Global Mobility Starts Here!
The 375th Air Mobility Wing has managed the domestic aeromedical evacuation system since 1975 by providing timely airlift of seriously ill or injured military personnel, military family members and other Department of Defense patients to medical treatment centers.
The wing's Operational Support Airlift (OSA) fleet consists of 14 C-21A Learjets at Scott AFB . The 458th Airlift Squadron flies OSA missions that provide transportation for government officials, cargo requiring time-sensitive airlift, and single patient aeromedical evacuation. The 54th Airlift Squadron flies executive travel missions on C-40 aircraft.
The 375th consists of several staff agencies and four groups: 375th Medical Group, 375th Mission Support Group, 375th Operations Group, and the 375th Communications Group.
Scott AFB Mission Partners
The 375th Air Mobility Wing hosts many mission partners- including U.S. Transportation Command, Cyberspace Capabilities Center, 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing, a Reserve airlift wing (932nd Airlift Wing), and an Air National Guard refueling wing (126th Air Refueling Wing), the Surface Deployment Distribution Command, the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Defense Information Technology Contracting Office, 15th Operational Weather Squadron and the USAF Band of Mid-America, among others.
On April 6, 1917, the United States Congress declared war on Germany and formally entered World War I which had been raging in Europe since 1914. The entrance into the war meant the U.S. War Department needed to bolster the armed forces which only had 140,000 active duty soldiers and a handful of airplanes. During this time, Secretary of War Newton Baker advocated an expanded role in aviation increasing the number of planes and air fields.
Business and political leaders on both sides of the Mississippi River wanted the Midwest chosen as a site for one of the new “flying fields.” Aerial expert Albert Bond Lambert joined the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce and directors of the Greater Belleville Board of Trade to negotiate a lease agreement for nearly 624 acres of land near the town of Belleville, Illinois.
The War Department signed the lease on June 14, 1917, in which it paid seven landowners $7,400 a year with the option to buy the land for $122,895.Congress appropriated $10 million for the field’s construction and more than 2,000 workmen were given instructions to build sixty buildings in sixty days, lay a mile-long railroad spur, and construct a 1,600 foot landing circle.
During its construction, the field was named in honor of Corporal Frank Scott. In 1911, Corporal Scott and Lieutenant Lewis Rockwell took off on a Wright Type-B biplane at College Park, Maryland. Though the take off and flight went smoothly, the plane developed engine problem during the landing and crashed. Corporal Scott was killed instantly and Lieutenant Rockwell died later that evening. The decision to name the aviation site at Belleville after Corporal Scott is a lasting tribute to those who lost their lives during the early years of military aviation. Today, Scott is the only Air Force base to be named after an enlisted person.
For further history see the installation's homepage.
The Scott community has a total work force of 15K+ personnel-including active duty, civilians, contractors, Air National Guard and Reserves.
Scott Air Force Base is the LARGEST employer in Southwest Illinois injecting $3B+ into the local economy!
Belleville: 40,836 (2023)
O'Fallon: 32,208 (2023)
Mascoutah: 8,569 (2023)
Scott Air Force Base is home of Air Mobility Command's "Showcase Wing." An assignment here offers you an opportunity to serve in a very dynamic and Joint Total Force environment. Scott is located in southern Illinois and is part of the "Metro-East" portion of the greater St. Louis area, surrounded by the cities of Belleville, OFallon, Shiloh, and Mascoutah in St. Clair County. The base is located near historic Belleville, Ill. approximately 20 miles east of St. Louis, which is the largest city near the base. The Shiloh Gate, our primary vehicle entrance point, is 1.5 miles southeast of Interstate 64 (Exit 19A) at Route 158. The surrounding communities enjoy a moderate cost of living and offer the best of Midwestern living with the excitement of a large metropolitan area just across the mighty Mississippi River.
Located in the Central Time Zone, Scott's weather includes four definite seasons. Temperatures range from the low 90s in the summer to winter nights when temperatures drop into the mid-teens. The wettest months, May and June, average four inches of rainfall each. The average annual precipitation is 38 inches.
People who fly on a commercial airline to Scott AFB will most likely arrive to Lambert - St. Louis International Airport (STL) in St Louis, Missouri. STL has two terminals with flights arriving daily locations all around the country on Delta, United, American, and Southwest Airlines to name a few of the major airlines. The airport is approximately 38 miles from the base. Mid America Airport (BLV) is located in Mascoutah, Illinois and is home to Allegiant Airlines and is another option for arrival although flight schedules are limited. This airport is located 3.1 miles from the base.
Upon arrival at STL you can rent a car from several car rental agencies on site, make arrangements for ground transportation UBER or LYFT, or arrange to have your sponsor pick you up. Please be advised that if you arrive at BLV- ground transportation options are more limited so may be best to have your sponsor pick you up.
St Louis does have a light rail system called MetroLink. The MetroLink operates several stops ending at the airport to the west and Shiloh-Scott AFB to the east. You can pick up the train at the airport - updated fare and schedule information is available on the Metrolink website. When boarding the MetroLink, head toward the Shiloh-Scott Station on the red line. The one-way trip takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Once at the Shiloh-Scott Station, you should have your military identification and current orders ready for verification by the Law Enforcement Desk at the Metrolink gate to Scott AFB - instructions for installation access are prominently displayed.
Entry Procedures using Metrolink Gate
The following entry procedures are to be used by all personnel requiring entry onto Scott AFB through the Metrolink Gate:
Personnel authorized unescorted access to the installation as defined in SAFBI 31-101, Installation Security Instruction, Chapter 6, are authorized and encouraged to enroll in the Biometrics Hand Geometry entry system. Enrollment is completed at the 375th Security Forces Squadron's Pass and Registration Section located in the Visitors Center located at the Shiloh Gate. Only personnel enrolled in the Biometrics entry system are authorized to sponsor guests onto the installation through the Metrolink Gate. Others not enrolled may use their military ID cards to be read by the 375 SFS desk.
To reach Scott AFB by car from St. Louis-Lambert Airport, you can go one of two ways:
There are several ways to reach Scott AFB by car.
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The Phone number to the Base Operator is 618-256-1110 or DSN 312-576-1110.