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frequently asked Questions

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Why privatize housing at Scott AFB?

People with questions on housing privatization can find information on the Air Force Portal.

 How do I...?

How do I get a job on base?

You can see what jobs are available throughout the Federal Government at You can find out Air Force specific jobs at For positions in AAFES, surf to For non-appropriated fund jobs (in Services facilities), call 618-256-0977.

 How do I request a color/honor guard?

Information on requesting an honor guard or a joint color guard for community ceremonies is available here.

 How do I request a flyover or static display?

Information on requesting flyovers or static displays is available here.

 How do I request a speaker?

Information on requesting speakers is here.

 How do I submit a Freedom of Information Request?

Information on the FOIA program is here.

 My (father/brother/mother/sister/grandfather/etc) was stationed at Scott in the past. How do I get information on their service? Do you have an address for them?

Unless the person was a high-ranking person on base (one of the unit commanders, etc.), it is highly unlikely there is any archival material at the base. If the person was high ranking, there is a slight possibility the history office may have some information. Submit a request to them here. 
If the person is still active duty military, you may be able to contact them in this way. 
If they are retired, you may be able to use the sites on this page to assist with locating them.

How do I determine what procedures are available through TRICARE at the base?

Information on procedures available at military installation clinics (or available through TRICARE) may be researching using TRICARE Online ( The web site (which is not sponsored by the Air Force) has a great deal of information on procedures, the pharmacy formulary and tips to maintain health.

 How do I get a copy of the pharmacy formulary?

Information on many medical procedures, including the formulary, is available through TRICARE Online (  After registering (if necessary) and logging in to the site, check under "Pharmacy" for information on the formulary.
 Scott AFB Facts

How many buildings are on Scott?

Besides family housing, there are 963 buildings, comprising more than 7 million square feet of space. Of those buildings, 37are on the National Registry of Historic Places.

 How many jobs does Scott create?

Scott AFB creates roughly 6,800 indirect jobs in the local community.

 How many people are assigned to Scott AFB?

Scott has roughly 5,533 active duty military and 2,384 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members, as well as approximately 9,870 family members assigned. The base also employs more than 5,085 Federal civilian employees. . There are an estimated 18,332 retired military members in the local area.

 How many single family housing units are on Scott AFB?

Scott AFB has about 1,400 family housing units.

 How much did Scott spend on contracts last year?

In fiscal 2004, Scott AFB spent roughly $391 million for construction, services and supplies.

 Scott AFB comprises how many acres?

Scott AFB is 3,589 acres. The base also has easement/right of way to another 1,029 acres.

 What is the economic impact of Scott AFB?

Scott AFB's economic impact in fiscal 2012, including retirees, is roughly $1.66 billion.

 What percentage of base people live on base?

About 21 percent of the base population lives on base.
 What is...?

What is a host unit?

The host unit at an Air Force installation is the unit which provides the base support infrastructure – i.e., is responsible for the security, power, sewer, and other elements required for the day-to-day operations of the base. The 375th Airlift Wing is the host unit at Scott AFB.

 What is a tenant unit?

Tenant units at an Air Force installation are units which have a mission that is significantly different than that of the host unit, and rely heavily upon the host unit for day-to-day operations (sewer, power, security, recreation). At Scott, there are 25 tenant units. They include the U.S. Transportation Command, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, 932nd Airlift Wing (Reserve) and the 126th Air Refueling Wing (Air National Guard).

 What is aeromedical evacuation?

In aeromedical evacuation, aircrews transport patients out of combat areas or between hospitals.

 What is the Scott AFB Mid Air Collision Avoidance Guide?

The Scott AFB Mid Air Collision Avoidance Guide is information governing the Scott MACA procedures and can be found here.

Freedom of information act (FOIA) requests

What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?
Public Law 5 U.S.C. 552 enacted the Freedom of Information Act. It established statutory rights of access to government information. It generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, of access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions thereof) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or one of three special law enforcement record exclusions. See DoD Regulation 5400.7/Air Force Supplement, DoD Freedom on Information Act Program, the prescribing directive for more information.

Who can submit a FOIA?
Members of the public, including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, organizations and businesses, and individual members of Congress for themselves or constituents, may request records in writing under the Freedom of Information Act. Government employees submitting requests should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones, or official mail channels to make FOIA requests.

What are the fees for processing a FOIA request?
Fees are assessed depending on which group the request falls into:

Category 1: Commercial. Requesters pay all search, review, and duplication.
Category 2: Educational or Noncommercial Scientific Institution or News Media. Requesters get the first 100 copies free and pay for additional copies.
Category 3: Others. Requesters get the first two hours of search and the first 100 copies free.

Where are FOIA requests submitted?
FOIA requests for the 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott AFB, must be submitted in writing or by e-mail and include a title or reasonable description of the desired records and a statement on willingness to pay fees for search, review, and reproduction. If you wish to e-mail your FOIA request log onto: or submit your request via US Mail, fax, or in person to the following address:

411 POW-MIA Drive
Scott AFB IL 62225

(618)256-3210 or 5004/DSN 576-3210 or 5004 Fax: (618)256-5875/DSN 576-5875

Mass Trans. Benefit Program

Scott Air Force Base military and civilian employees looking for ways to save money are eligible to take advantage of the Department of Defense's Mass Transportation Benefit Program, which helps to offset transportation costs to and from work.

The program is open to active duty servicemembers; National Guardsmen and Reservists on active duty orders, and DoD federal civilians. Qualifying modes of transportation include commuter bus, train, subway/light rail, ferries, and vanpools. For Scott AFB, this includes MetroLink and MetroBus, Madison County Transit RideFinders Program and Enterprise's RideShare Program. The Mass Transportation Benefit Program only covers transportation to and from work; other personal transportation needs are not eligible.

Eligible participants must submit a one-time application to the Finance Office who will send it to the Department of Transportation for review and processing. The Finance Office forwards the applications to the DOT on a quarterly basis and, as such, the speed in which the applicant receives benefits is dependent on the quarter his application was sent.

Upon receipt of the DOT's approval of the application, the Finance Office will issue the applicant a transportation subsidy voucher. The 2013 maximum amount of benefit is $255. Participants are responsible for transportation costs above the maximum allowable benefit.

For more information about the Mass Transportation Benefit Program and eligibility, contact the Finance Office at 256-1851. Part one of the application can be found here. Part two can be found here.

For more information about mass transportation service providers, go to: 

St. Clair County Transit District:
Madison County Transit Ridefinders Program:
Enterprise Rideshare Program:
Citizens for Modern Transit:

Note: DoD, the U.S. Air Force, and Scott Air Force Base do imply endorsement or endorse the specific companies referenced above; the information is provided merely as an indication of commercial companies available within the local area.

Speaker Requests

Information to Request a Speaker (Speaker's Bureau) The Scott Air Force Base Speakers Bureau provides its service members an opportunity to connect with the local community. Likewise, it gives community members a chance to learn more about the military and, more specifically, the base's missions. Members of the Speakers Bureau are available to speak on a variety of topics such as Air Force career opportunities, aviation history, and leadership skills. To request a speaker, please submit a Request Military Support (DD Form 2536) to the 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office (at fax 618-256-8837 or e-mail) no later than three weeks prior to the date of the event.


Airman & Family Readiness Center

Area Defense Counsel

Armed Forces Against Drunk Driving
256-HOME (4663)

Career Assistance Adviser

Base Chapel 

Child Development Center

Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate
256-7203/212-3144 (crisis line)

Drug Demand Reduction Program

Equal Opportunity

Family Advocacy Program

Family Child Care

Health & Wellness Center

Judge Advocate (Base Legal)

Medical Needs
256-WELL (9355)

Military Family Life Consultant

Mental Health Clinic

Red Cross

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
256-SARC (7272)

Security Forces Squadron

School Liaison Officer

Youth Programs