Today, as in the early 1900s, Wright-Patterson is where weapon systems of the future are conceived, tested and modified by the base's 10,000 researchers, scientists, and engineers. Wright-Patterson has evolved into the largest, most diverse and organizationally complex base in the Air Force. Missions range from logistics management, research and development, education, flight operations, and many other defense related activities. Wright-Patterson AFB is the home of the headquarters of a vast worldwide logistics system supporting the entire Air Force. It also has the foremost aeronautical research and development center in the Air Force.
Wright-Patterson AFB has a work force numbering approximately 24,000 people,
making it the fifth largest employer in the state of Ohio and the largest
employer at a single location. It is home for more than 70 units representing 7
different Air Force commands and a host of DOD organizations. The base pays out
nearly $3 million in salaries every day of the year totaling an annual payroll
of approximately $1.2 billion.