MacDill Air Force Base

Updated: September 11, 2023
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    MacDill Air Force Base (MacDill AFB), located in Tampa, Florida, primarily offers air refueling and airlift support for the U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command. Both commands are headquartered at the base.

    Base Operator:

    9211 Marina Bay Drive
    Tampa, FL 33621

    MacDill Air Force Base History

    MacDill AFB, established as MacDill Field in 1939, became MacDill Air Force Base in 1947. Over the decades, it’s transitioned roles from a base for B-47 Stratojet bombers in the 1950s-60s to a hub for F-84 Thunderstreak and later F-4 Phantom II aircraft. Today, it’s operated by the 6th Air Refueling Wing and hosts the 927th Air Refueling Wing of the Air Force Reserve Command.


    MacDill Air Force Base Housing

    Harbor Bay at MacDill manages the privatized MacDill family housing, which comprises 572 units: 169 for officers, 403 for enlisted personnel, and 12 ADA-compliant homes. Junior enlisted personnel (E1-E4) with less than three years of service can access dormitory rooms.

    Wait times for base housing update weekly. Check the waitlist to see your status after applying.

    For off-base housing, the Housing Office can assist with local options ranging from moderate to high rents.


    PCS and TDY Lodging

    MacDill AFB offers temporary housing for incoming personnel at the MacDill Inn. Incoming service members have up to 30 nights to stay in the temporary lodging. To make a reservation, call 813-828-4259.


    What is the BAH for MacDill Air Force Base?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at MacDill AFB varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Florida state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.

    TAMPA, FL BAH Rates

    Military Housing Area: FL066

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $2,433 $1,869
    E02 $2,433 $1,869
    E03 $2,433 $1,869
    E04 $2,433 $1,869
    E05 $2,628 $2,106
    E06 $2,874 $2,256
    E07 $2,895 $2,439
    E08 $2,904 $2,682
    E09 $2,937 $2,748
    W01 $2,892 $2,376
    W02 $2,901 $2,679
    W03 $2,913 $2,757
    W04 $2,961 $2,871
    W05 $3,054 $2,877
    O01E $2,898 $2,625
    O02E $2,907 $2,733
    O03E $2,973 $2,865
    O01 $2,664 $2,238
    O02 $2,871 $2,565
    O03 $2,910 $2,781
    O04 $3,084 $2,874
    O05 $3,228 $2,880
    O06 $3,255 $2,883
    O07 $3,279 $2,910

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    MacDill Air Force Base Surrounding Area

    MacDill Air Force Base is located in Tampa, Florida, about 8 miles south of downtown. The base is situated on the Interbay Peninsula in Hillsborough County. The surrounding area offers a diverse range of communities, including big city downtown living, quiet golf course communities, waterfront lifestyles, majestic horse farms, and historic neighborhoods. Nearby towns include St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Sarasota. There are also several historical and cultural sites to explore, such as the Tampa Bay History Center and the Salvador Dali Museum.


    The 6th Medical Group offers the MacDill Air Force Base community outpatient care. They refer patients to other military centers or civilian specialists for specialized surgical or orthopedic needs. 

    Note: MacDill doesn’t provide on-base emergency services.


    On-base childcare options are available at several Child Development Centers (CDCs). Services include full day, part day, 24/7 and extended care. Those programs help families with children ranging from preschool aged to infants. There is also a school year care program for students.


    MacDill families have a variety of schooling options available across six Tampa Bay area counties, encompassing both public and private institutions. The counties with their respective school districts include Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Manatee, and Polk. Upon receipt of your orders, reach out to the School Liaison Program Manager at 813-828-0146 for guidance and further details.

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