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Location:  Columbus Air Force Base is located in Columbus, Mississippi, and is home to the 14th Flying Training Wing, Air Education and Training Command (AETC). Located in Lowndes County, Columbus is considered a low-cost military town and is home to many retirees. Many popular travel spots such as New Orleans, Louisiana; Memphis, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; and the Gulf Coast are within 350 miles driving distance from Columbus. Columbus AFB homepage.

BRAC Status: Gain of approximately 100 personnel.

Cost of Living: The cost of living index for Columbus, MS is 83.3%. Compared to the rest of the country, Columbus's cost of living is 24.4% Lower than the national average of 107.6%.

Base Operator: Directory 662-434-1110; DSN 312-742-1110

Population: Columbus AFB currently serves more than 10,800 personnel, including 1,330 active duty military members, an area populace of more than 10,123 personnel from the Reserves, other branches of service, Geographically Separated Units, family members, DoD civilians, contractors, and retirees.

Area Population:  Columbus-Lowndes County: 59,779

Child Development Centers: The Columbus AFB Child Development Center (CDC) offers programs including full day, part-day preschool and hourly child care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age (until they enter Kindergarten). When demand exceeds space available, a waiting list is maintained. You may be added to the waiting list by completing DD Form 2606 and either emailing or faxing it to the CDC, 662-434-2681. Call the CDC, 662-434-2479, for more information. Family Child Care homes are not available at this time.

Schools:  None on base. Students who reside on Columbus AFB have the option to attend the Columbus Municipal School District (CMSD) and the Caledonia School which is part of the Lowndes County School District. All students living on base are bused. Students who reside off base attend the school district aligned to their address. Privatized schools are available in the community, and homeschooling is also an alternative option. Call the School Liaison Office, 662-434-2792, DSN 742-2792 or check out the website for more information.

Youth Programs: Columbus AFB Youth Center offers a wide variety of fun programs for ages 3-18. The School Age Program, one of only two programs in Mississippi to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), provides quality, year-round child care for youth in grades K-6. Call the Youth Center at 662-434-2504.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: Airman and Family Readiness Center, 662-434-2790, DSN 742-2790. Follow us on Facebook.

Housing: Visit the Air Force Housing website to find your new home with the Air Force. This website serves as a one-stop shop for Airmen and their families to obtain information about the housing options and support services available to them at Air Force bases world-wide.

Employment: The unemployment rate in Lowndes County is 6.6%, Mississippi 5.9%. The median household income is $38,849. A local employment workshop is held each Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. On/Off base employment opportunities to include civil service, NAF, and contracted positions are discussed. For more information, check out the Columbus AFB Employment/Career Focus Program website.

Base Services:

  • Force Support Squadron: Columbus AFB Living - Recreation at Columbus Air Force Base includes Arts & Crafts, Bowling Center, Information Tickets and Travel, Library, Outdoor Recreation, the Columbus Club, Coffee House on 5th, Café at Whispering Pines, foot-golf, Fitness Center, tennis courts, Independence Pool paintball, and horse stables.
  • Commissaries: Columbus AFB Commissary - 1 small commissary on base, 662-434-7106
  • Exchange System: Columbus AFB Branch - 1 small exchange, and 1 shoppette/gas station, 662-434-6013
  • Financial Institution on base: Triangle Federal Credit Union - 662 434-7060

Medical Services:  The primary mission of the Columbus AFB Clinic is to provide peacetime healthcare to active duty personnel and ensure they are ready for wartime deployments. Active duty members are the first priority of medical services. They are entitled to receive complete treatment. Our base clinic offers clinical services in primary care/family practice, minor surgery, counseling services and optometry. Air Force people on flying status are seen in the flight medicine clinic. TRICARE Prime enrollees are the second priority of the clinic. All other beneficiaries will be treated on a space available basis.

The Clinic is an ambulatory care facility and does not have an emergency room. Life threatening conditions are stabilized for transport to local hospitals. Appointments: 662-434-CARE, 14th Medical Group 

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) ensures Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens have the tools and resources to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, regardless of their state of residence. The Voting Assistance Guide (VAG) is a reference guide for everything you need to know about absentee voting in all 50 States, territories and the District of Columbia.

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) The Voting Assistance Guide is available at: Select your state to find your local election office’s contact information.

Voting forms are available at:

Special Messages:  Under the "Childcare for PCS" program, active duty Air Force families are eligible to receive 20 hours of free childcare within 60 days of PCSing, regardless of the sponsor's rank. To utilize this program, bring a copy of your orders to the Airman and Family Readiness Center (building 1114). Child care services at Columbus AFB may be limited.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT)

All incoming Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) students please review the "Welcome SUPT Students" packet information.

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