Newcomer’s information


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
MacDill's on base housing is now privatized. If you want to live on base, you need to call Harbor Bay Realty at (813)840-2600. The family housing area is currently undergoing major renovation; so on-base housing is very limited. 

Off base housing
For information about off-base housing contact the Housing Flight staff at (813) 828-5404. The MacDill Housing Flight is located at 7317 Bayshore Boulevard. 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. There are no bachelor quarters for officers at MacDill. 

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
On base vehicle registration (decals) is no longer required. However, drivers must have a valid military ID, veterans or retiree ID, and a valid driver's license and insurance card. 

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 25 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.