The air force packaging technology and engineering facility

  AFPTEF logo    AFPTEF is assigned to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson AFB.  We can support any government activity. Our mission is to satisfy our customers' Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation (PHST) needs in times of peace and war.  We do this through management of hazardous and non-hazardous packaging, container engineering and design, packaging material evaluation, testing, and support. Our goal is to promote continuous improvement in military packaging through reduction of our customer's life cycle costs, while maintaining quality and environmental sensitivity in our changing global posture.  

Mission guidance

  The following publications provide mission guidance as well as information about our interaction with other organizations - AFPD 24-2, AFI 24-203, AFMAN 23-110, AFJMAN 24-206, AFJI 24-10, and AFMCI 24-201. AFPTEF is a cost-reimbursable organization.  


AFPTEF specializes not only in container design and development but also in container/packaging evaluation and analysis. AFPTEF can evaluate commercial off the shelf containers as well as contractor developed containers. Methods ranging from testing to finite element analysis are employed to measure whether the package/container meets the requirements.

We also provide engineering support for container/packaging acquisition. We can develop requirements, prepare the specification and/or statement of work, provide technical support during technical interchange meetings, and perform the first article inspection and test. We can provide assistantance in the evaluation or preparation of drawing packages, special packaging instructions (SPI), technical orders (TO), and life cycle cost analysis.

package design

  The "Package Designer" computer program referenced in MIL-HDBK-304 has been updated.  
  Request Package Designer Obtain the software manual  
  Polyethylene Cushion Design Curves for Extreme Temps:  
  Type I (2 pcf)
Type III (4 pcf)
Type IV (6 pcf)
Type V (9 pcf) 

dod packaging solutions

The Air Force Packaging Technology and Engineering Facility (AFPTEF), at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the packaging engineering organization for the Air Force. The unit specializes in custom-engineered packaging prototypes for the Department of Defense.

AFPTEF offers the Air Force, DOD and other government agencies complete consulting, design, prototyping, fabrication, testing engineering and evaluation services. AFPTEF is a cost-reimbursable activity assigned to the Engineering and Technical Management/Services Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. The facility can provide packaging, handling, storage, and transportation solutions to any activity of the Federal government.

The organization is the DOD-recognized leader in hazardous and non-hazardous package container engineering and design, packaging material evaluation, testing, and support. AFPTEF-developed applications have ranged from specialized containers for tool kits to shipping containers for satellites.


  The Container Design Retrieval System (CDRS) is now managed by AFPTEF at Wright-Patterson AFB.

Download the CDRS Search Request Form, fill in the required information, and email it to CDRS@us.af.mil.  

An AFPTEF representative will perform the database search based on your form's information and provide you with the results. If the search is unsuccessful, we will also provide you alterative courses of action to fulfill your container needs.           


Air Force Packaging Technology and Engineering Facility
5215 Thurlow Street
Suite 5, Building 70, Area A
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-5540

Email: AFPTEF.webmaster@us.af.mil
Phone: (937) 257-3362; DSN 787-3362 
Fax: (937) 656-1350; DSN 986-1350


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