Travis Air Force Base

Updated: September 11, 2023
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    Travis Air Force Base is the U.S. Air Force’s essential hub three miles east of Fairfield, California. Dubbed the “Gateway to the Pacific,” Travis handles more cargo and passenger traffic than any other military terminal in the nation.

    Base Operator:

    690 Airmen Drive
    Travis AFB, CA 94535

    What Kind of Base is Travis Air Force Base?

    Operated by the Air Mobility Command, Travis serves as a significant hub for cargo and passenger movements. It’s the home base for the 60th Air Mobility Wing, which flies C-5 Galaxies, KC-10 Extenders, and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Additionally, the David Grant USAF Medical Center, a premier teaching hospital, offers active and retired military personnel services.

    Travis Air Force Base History

    Established in 1942 as the Fairfield-Suisun Army Air Base, Travis AFB initially acted as a station for medium attack bombers. It funneled aircraft and supplies to the Pacific during World War II. After the war and the creation of the U.S. Air Force as an independent entity in 1947, officials renamed it Fairfield-Suisun Air Force Base.

    It took on the name Travis Air Force Base in 1951, honoring Brigadier General Robert F. Travis. The base transitioned to a significant reconnaissance and intercontinental bombing site in 1949 under the Strategic Air Command. By 1958, the Military Air Transport Service took command, and in 1966, the 60th Military Airlift Wing became the host unit, solidifying Travis’s reputation as the leading military airlift hub in the western U.S. Today, the 60th Air Mobility Wing, the largest wing in the Air Mobility Command, calls Travis home.


    Travis Air Force Base Housing

    On-base housing is managed by Balfour Beatty. Housing options are available in five different neighborhoods. To learn more about housing options on-base, call the Travis Housing Office at 707-424-1746.

    Off-base housing is also available in the surrounding areas of Solano County, Fairfield, Suisun City, and Vacaville.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    At Travis Air Force Base, temporary lodging is available at the Westwind Inn. To make reservations, call 707-424-8000.


    What is the BAH for Travis Air Force Base?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Travis Air Force Base varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the California state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.



    Military Housing Area: CA036

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $2,931 $2,346
    E02 $2,931 $2,346
    E03 $2,931 $2,346
    E04 $2,931 $2,346
    E05 $3,237 $2,520
    E06 $3,342 $2,658
    E07 $3,360 $2,943
    E08 $3,369 $3,264
    E09 $3,417 $3,285
    W01 $3,357 $2,832
    W02 $3,366 $3,261
    W03 $3,378 $3,291
    W04 $3,447 $3,336
    W05 $3,567 $3,342
    O01E $3,363 $3,234
    O02E $3,372 $3,279
    O03E $3,462 $3,330
    O01 $3,258 $2,622
    O02 $3,339 $3,135
    O03 $3,375 $3,297
    O04 $3,606 $3,339
    O05 $3,789 $3,345
    O06 $3,822 $3,348
    O07 $3,852 $3,384

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

    Travis Air Force Base Surrounding Area

    Travis Air Force Base is located in Solano County, Northern California, near the cities of Fairfield, Suisun City, and Vacaville. It is nestled between Sacramento, the state capital, and San Francisco. The base is within easy driving distance of California Wine Country in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, as well as popular tourist destinations like Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and Monterey.


    On-base medical services at Travis Air Force Base are found at the David Grant Medical Center. It’s the largest Air Force medical facility on the west coast. Aside from providing training opportunities, it also houses clinics for mental health, inpatient care, surgery, emergency services, dental care and a pharmacy.


    At the base, childcare options are provided through three Child Development Centers (CDCs). Each offer full day care for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children. The facilities also have school year care programs for students.


    In the Travis AFB area, there are four local school districts, Vacaville Unified School District, Travis Unified School District, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, and Dixon Unified School District.

    If you need further assistance, please contact the Travis AFB School Liaison Officer at 707-424-4345.

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