“From educational classes to financial management to resume building, civilians are eligible to utilize many of the resources the AFRC has to offer,” said Bridges.
Bridges added that along with services available to the civilian workforce at Wright-Patterson, key spouses are also eligible for some of the AFRC services.
Another benefit that many civilians may had not been aware of is the use of many of the Army and Air Force Exchange Services.
Although AAFES primary customers are the active-duty and retiree population, civilians are allowed to utilize the food facilities located throughout the base. Those are the Base Exchange food court, Starbucks, Jus Juic’N, Coffee Café, Einstein Bagels and Subway. In addition, with the exception of tobacco and alcohol, retail items can also be purchased at the Express gas stations.
“Not only just food options but there are so many other AAFES services civilians can use,” said Sara Bateman, Wright-Patt Exchange Services business manager. “Civilians are also authorized to use the Precision Tune car repair and maintenance shop, Vista Optical, barber shop, GNC, Military Flags Gifts and More, H&R Block, Wireless Advocates, laundry dry cleaners and even the base theater to catch a movie.”
Bateman added that civilians may also shop and purchase items from any AAFES retail and short-term vendors located inside buildings on the installation, including the mall area between the BX and Commissary.
Shannon Carroll, Air Force Research Laboratory information management team lead, said although she is an Air Force retiree and was aware of many of the services, she was still surprised to learn about all the services that were also offered to civilians.
“Events such as this makes us (civilians) feel we are one team here at Wright-Patt,” said Carroll. “I highly encourage more events of this nature and hope it is offered again.”
McClain said for a first time event, the response was tremendous and plans to make “ThanksCIVing” an annual event.