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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base: The First Century

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Technical Report

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Air Force Materiel Command -Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Wright-Patterson AFB United States

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the most organizationally complex base in the U.S. Air Force. This 8,145-acre military reservation located near Dayton, Ohio, has over 600 office, laboratory, and support buildings in addition to 127 family housing buildings. It employs over 27,000 people and generates an annual payroll of 2.2 billion. The base is the largest employer in the state of Ohio at a single location and the largest employer among Air Force bases worldwide. Its occupants include over 60 on-base tenant units. With over 600 structures, many dating from the pre-1946 period, Wright-Patterson may also be the Air Forces most historically significant base. Major military units assigned to the installation are HQ Air Force Materiel Command, HQ Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, HQ Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 445th Airlift Wing AFRC, a National Park, a regional Department of Defense medical center, and numerous other Air Force, Department of Defense, and government agencies. Since 1944, the 88th Air Base Wing has been responsible for operating the base.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Humanities and History

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