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United States 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, 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.
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 (CSS) or if need be Customer Service located in the Military Personnel Flight for in-processing.
Military Personnel Flight hours are 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday located at 8604 Hangar Loop Dr, Bldg 411. **Closed on Federal Holidays, Wing Down Days, and 4th Friday of every month.**
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 ASSISTANCE 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 members of the 6 ARW will attend the Newcomers' Briefing within the first 30 days of arrival. The Newcomers' Briefing is on all inprocessing checklist and scheduled by the MPF/Command Support Staff. The Briefing is held the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Surf's Edge Club (7315 Bayshore Blvd, Bldg 499). The Newcomers' Briefing is open to all newcomers: military, DoD civilian, spouse and their family members; however, it a mandatory formation for all newly assigned 6 ARW military members.
CENTCOM members should contact the Personnel Services Division, CC-J1, CCJ1DPPA@centcom.mil
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 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.
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 with your Command Support Staff.
If you get married enroute, you must report to MPF and follow the procedures exactly as you are given them.
New members being assigned to Joint Communication System Element (JCSE) visit JCSE Newcomer's Information for in- processing checklist.
New members being assigned to U.S. Special Operation Command (USSCOM) click on SOCOM Resource Guide