A look “inside” MacDill AFB for all of those new and seasoned military families in the area. I have seen on the social media circuit that a lot of military families have recently moved to the MacDill AFB area or will soon arrive. A PCS move is always a challenge and getting information on your new duty station is just one more task added to the never ending PCS check list. Take a look inside MacDill AFB and gain information on base facilities, housing, schools and recreation opportunities.
MacDill AFB is located 8 miles South of the city of Tampa and is surrounded by beautiful Tampa Bay. Even though the base is an Air Force base every military branch of service is located on base. MacDill AFB is home to CENTCOM along with many other command units. You can find a large AAFES store along with a commissary on base. The base also has 2 clinics one located on base and one located in the near by town of Brandon. The base has the typical facilities including a chapel, library, pools, bowling alley, golf course and dining facilities. A unique feature to MacDill AFB is the beach which is also home to the family camp grounds. The 6th Support Squadron manages many of these facilities and host great events including a base community appreciation party March 14th from 4pm-6pm. This party is a great opportunity for newcomers to check out the beach and make new friends.
Finding suitable housing at a new base is definitely on the check list of things to do. MacDill AFB does offer very nice base housing. Harbor Bay at MacDill is a base community offering amenities such as pools, community centers and play grounds. If base housing is not available or you choose to live off base MilitartByOwner.com has many listings in all of the surrounding areas of MacDill. The site also offers information on Realtors and Property Managers with expertise in the Tampa Bay area.
Schools in the MacDill AFB area fall under Hillsborough County Schools. Besides offering traditional schools the district is also home to magnet schools. The MacDill AFB school liaison representative can provide you with information on the school district, charter schools and private schools available in the area.
MacDill AFB with its great location on the bay is home to many recreation opportunities. Visit the marina and find out about paddle boarding, kayaking and renting a pontoon boat. If golf is your game then you will want to stop by the Bay Palms Golf Complex to check out all it has to offer. MacDill Bowling lanes, the fitness center, skeet range and the base pool also offer great recreation events. The Airman and Family Readiness Center is also a great resource for information, events and activities on base.
That was a look at the “inside” of MacDill AFB. Whether you are a newcomer or have been in the area for awhile this information will be helpful in enjoying your stay here in the Tampa Bay area. If you have any insider tips to share about the MacDill AFB area please leave them in the comment section of the blog.
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