MacDill Air Force Base is located just southwest of Tampa, Florida; it is home to the United States Central Command, United States Operations Command and more than 50 other teams and divisions. This Air Force Base is in the Tampa Bay area, which caters to military citizens, but has a high cost of living.
MacDill Air Force Base was built in 1941, and is still in use. It is a base for the 6th Air Mobility Wing, or 6 AMW, which is a large unit that supports general Air Force tasks. 6 AMW comprises several thousand soldiers who conduct training missions, operating planes like the KC-135R Stratotanker and the C-37A Gulfstream V. This unit also collaborates with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA for short, by dispatching hurricane watch planes.
MacDill contains approximately 12,000 active duty soldiers, 7,000 service civilians and 2,150 service reserves. It is also home to more than 12,000 family members, and has many services for nonmilitary personnel. A child development center is on this base's site, which offers several programs. Military children attend nearby schools in the Pinellas County and Pasco County districts. MacDill also has youth programs, including after-school care and sports. It offers housing for soldiers and their families in a complex of more than 570 units with two- to four-bedroom duplexes, townhomes and single units.