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Installation Overview

Location

Eglin AFB is located in Okaloosa County, in northwest Florida, comprising over 640 square miles. This is a military friendly area and also a major tourist attraction due to the white sandy beaches. The area is a high cost of living area and has relatively low wages. Eglin is located 8 miles northwest of Fort Walton Beach, FL; 60 miles east of Pensacola, FL and 65 miles west of Panama City, FL. The base operator's phone number is 850-882-1110 or DSN 312-872-1110.

History

Modern-day Eglin evolved from an honorable past. Eglin began as the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base, established in 1935. On August 4, 1937, the base was redesignated Eglin Field in honor of Lt. Col. Frederick I. Eglin, who died in an aircraft crash. Today, Eglin hosts some 50 associate units representing virtually every major command including our sister services, the U.S. Army Ranger Camp, and the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School. Visit the Eglin homepage for more information.

Mission

The 96 Test Wing mission is to support development and acquisition of war-winning weapons. We test and evaluate state-of-the-art weapons for the warfighter, provide superior installation support and serve as responsible stewards of our resources.

Population Served

  • Active Duty Military: 9,470
  • Civilian Employees: 4,038
  • NAF Employees: 575
  • Contractors: 2,957

Base Transportation

Base transportation on Eglin is provided by either a Base Shuttle bus or Base Taxi.

Temporary Quarters

Reservations can be made in advance by contacting Eglin Inns at 850-882-8761 or DSN 312-872-8761. You may also pre-register for housing by calling the Housing Office at 850-882-4533. Eglin has limited TLF quarters and you may be sent off base during the busy summer moving season. Personnel are highly encouraged to call in advance and make a reservation.

Relocation Assistance

Eglin Airman and Family Readiness Center has a well-stocked loan closet for arrivals/departures. Futons, dish packs, and TV/VCR combos are just a few of the many items that can be loaned out; but remember that summer is the busy season. Call 850-882-2893 to check on availability of loaner items. If there is no answer please call 850-882-9060. The Family Services Loan Closet is located in Bldg. 202, one block to the right of the Airman and Family Readiness Center Bldg, and is open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

Civilian employees moving to Eglin are encouraged to go to the AFPC PCS web page for the most recent civilian PCS information.

Critical Installation Information

Safety Precautions

Another major concern in NW Florida is HURRICANE SEASON, from June to November. Call ahead if you are arriving at Eglin and a hurricane is predicted to hit this area. Watch the Weather Channel and contact your sponsor as Eglin AFB may be evacuated and the surrounding roads will be congested with people leaving the area. The community surrounding Eglin offers white sand beaches and water sports in the surrounding bays and Gulf of Mexico. Riptides and strong undertow will challenge a strong and masterful swimmer. These conditions are extremely dangerous. Ensure that everyone in your party has had a safety briefing. Parents should brief all children on the dangers of riptides and rip currents before entering the waters surrounding Eglin. Children must be supervised at all times. Signs at the swimming areas may not be posted. It is dangerous to swim or play in water where there is no lifeguard. Make it a practice to use sunscreen (especially children) on the white sand beaches. The color of the sand intensifies and reflects the heat rays. Use gradual exposure so that your body will become accustomed to sun bathing. Most of the venomous snakes found in North America can be found in NW Florida. Be alert for snakes and alligators when you walk in wooded or marshy areas.

Passports and Visas

Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.

These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.

Telephone Access

All numbers listed are in the 850 area code, except as indicated.

  • To call Eglin DSN 312-872-6353 or (850) 882-6353
  • From on base-2-6353

Associated Links

Military OneSource
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families.

Defense Travel Management Office /Per Diem
Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

DS Logon (formerly DEERS)
TRICARE beneficiaries can electronically link to their medical records, pay and human resource systems and other websites.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
The authoritative source for pay issues.

DoD Schools
Provides complete information on all Department of Defense Schools run by DoDEA.

Military K-12 Partnership
Provides comprehensive information for all students.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

Stars and Stripes
Current editions for European, Mid East and Pacific newspapers.

The CIA World Factbook
Provides infomation on locations overseas.

OSD Reserve Affairs
Provides benefits and services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers.

AF Wounded Warrior Program
Provides benefits and services available to wounded warriors and families.

USAF Home Page
Provides comprehensive resources and information on all Air Force issues.

Military ID/CAC Card -- Locator
Find all military ID and CAC card facilities worldwide.

Air Force Reserve Command
Information on all reserve affairs and family issues.

Air Force Services Agency
Find information on all AF installations worldwide.

MilitaryKidsConnect.org
Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

Explore the links to the left for in-depth information.

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