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What is it like to live at MacDill AFB?

MacDill Air Force Base is located eight miles south of Tampa, Fla., on the tip of Interbay Peninsula in Hillsborough County. To get here take the Dale Mabry exit from either I-275 or the Crosstown Expressway (this is a toll road). Take Dale Mabry south to the base's main gate. The Visitor's Reception Facility is on the right just before the gate.

Newcomers PCSing with family members may stay at the Temporary Lodging Facility for up to 30 days while searching or waiting for a house. Unaccompanied E-7s and above and unaccompanied officers may stay in the Visiting Officers Quarters (VOQ) for up to 30 days while making permanent housing arrangements. Unaccompanied E-6s and below may stay in the Visiting Airmen's Quarters (VAQ) for up to 30 days while making permanent housing arrangements or the assigned unit can provide a dormitory room.

The MacDill Inn staff accepts advance reservations for people on temporary duty and permanent change of station assignments. The MacDill Inn's phone number is (813) 828-4259 (DSN 968-4259). This is a 24 hour assistance number.

On base housing
For information about on- and off-base housing, contact Harbor Bay Housing at 813-840-2600 or The housing office is located at: 

8414 Fortress Drive
MacDill AFB, FL 33621

If you want to live on base, submit an advance application (DD Form 1746) through your housing office before you leave your current assignment. Applications are considered on the date they are received.

For those looking for a home off base, the Housing Flight provides full relocation services and can help newcomers find home rentals and sales in the local area.

Off base housing

MacDill participates in the DOD sponsored program Automated Housing Referral Network. For information on Renting or Buying/Selling property in the Tampa area, please go to

If you have questions about or need assistance with pay matters, the Comptroller's office is located in Building 149 at 2606 Brown Pelican Avenue. The telephone number for customer service is (813) 828-5377 or DSN 968-5377.

Driving on Base
All Active duty personnel assigned to MacDill AFB must register their privately owned vehicle within 72 hours of reporting in. Retired personnel who frequent the installation are encouraged to register their vehicle.

Registration requirements:
Valid Military Identification Card
Valid State Drivers License
Current Registration (Copies will be accepted)
Current proof of insurance (Copies will be accepted)

To contact the visitor reception facility call DSN: 968-2737 or (813) 828-2737

All front-seat passengers are required to wear seatbelts. The operator of the vehicle is responsible for passengers being properly secured. Infants through toddlers 3 years old must be secured in a child safety device. Children 4-5 years old must be secured in either a car seat or a seatbelt.

The speed limit on MacDill is 30 mph unless otherwise posted. The speed limit in all base housing areas is 15 mph.

Florida statutes require drivers to have their headlights on any time visibility is less than 150 feet. A good rule of thumb to follow is: When your windshield wipers are on, turn your headlights on. There are unexpected and rapidly changing traffic patterns on MacDill, such as unusual intersections, changes in direction and one-way streets. Pay careful attention to traffic signs and drive cautiously.

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