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Department of the Air Force
Visitors Reception Center
6801 S. Dale Mabry Hwy
MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5313
When you arrive at your new installation, you’ll need to follow installation-specific procedures. Each installation and service handles in-processing differently. Here, you can find installation-specific guidelines and a list of documents to bring with you when checking- in. Reach out to the contacts provided if you have specific questions.
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 350, 7637 Bayshore Drive, MacDill AFB, FL 33621.
If you plan on taking permissive TDY for house hunting, you MUST ensure you have submitted a 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, Permanent Change of Station 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.
When you arrive at MacDill Air Force Base, your first step is to contact your unit. Your supervisor or sponsor will direct you to your unit Commander Support Staff or if need be Customer Service located in the Military Personnel Flight for in-processing.
Military Personnel Flight hours are 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday located at 8604 Hangar Loop Dr, Building 411. **Closed on Federal Holidays, Wing Down Days, and 4th Friday of every month.**
Finance In-processing - The 6th Comptroller Squadron, Financial Operations Flight will be scheduling appointments for Active Duty Military and Civilians with travel and pay related issues. Appointments can be requested via their customer service phone number (813-828-5377) or Comptroller Services Portal at https://usaf.dps.mil/teams/SAFFMCSP/portal/SitePages/Home.aspx.
The following steps will walk you through how to create a CSP inquiry and request an appointment with Finance:
All newly assigned members of the 6 ARW will attend the Newcomers' Orientation within the first 30 days of arrival. Contact your Command Support Staff to get scheduled. The briefing is held the first Thursday of each month from 0745-1145, at the Breakaway Events Center. It is open to all newcomers: Active Duty Military, DoD Civilians, and their family members. This briefing is mandatory for all newly assigned 6 ARW military members.
CENTCOM members should contact the Personnel Services Division, CC-J1, CCJ1DPPA@centcom.mil. You can also review the CENTCOM Welcome guide at https://www3.centcom.mil/welcomeguide/
Force Strength Management Section at these numbers.
Temporary Lodging Reservations
You can reserve lodging via www.DODLodging.net or reservations can be made by telephone as soon as you receive your orders. Single people arriving during non-duty hours may be assigned lodging 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 with Permanent Change of Station to MacDill are authorized 30 days in the Temporary Lodging Facility. Military members PCSing out are authorized 10 days. Remember: Temporary Lodging Expense 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.
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. Visit Macdill relocation information by going to https://macdillfss.com/relocation/.
If arriving by airplane, 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 to inform your Command Support Staff (CSS) of your arrival.
If you get married en route, you must report to the Military Personnel Flight to obtain information to update your marriage.
U.S. Central Command
U.S. Central Command members should contact the Personnel Services Division, USCENTCOM Manpower and Personnel Directorate, CCJ1DPPA@centcom.mil or visit https://www3.centcom.mil/welcomeguide/.
Force Strength Management Section can be reached at these numbers:
Joint Communication System Element
New members being assigned to Joint Communication System Element should visit JCSE Newcomer's Information for in-processing checklist.
U.S. Special Operation Command
New members being assigned to U.S. Special Operation Command should click on the SOCOM Resource Guide.
Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT)
If you have any questions regarding resources available to SOCCENT members and families regardless of branch, please reach out to the Preservation of the Force and Family Team at SOCCENT.SHQ.POTFF.SHDMBX@socom.mil