Eglin AFB is located in Okaloosa County approx 60 miles East of Pensacola and 65 miles West of Panama City in the Northwest Area (called the Panhandle) of Florida. The sub-tropical climate is mild during the Fall / Winter still reaching the 70s most days and the lows dipping into the 50s. The Spring / Summers get hotter reaching into the 90s with the lows in the 70s. The base is not far from the cool winds and warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico making it ideal for a variety of outdoor activities year round such as water sports, boating, fishing, hunting, SCUBA diving, and just relaxing at the beach.
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02Population/Major Units Assigned
Eglin AFB is a joint Special Operations base housing commands such as Army Special Forces 7th Group, Army Ranger Training Course, Joint / Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, Located near Fort Walton Beach, FL, Eglin, the Air Force employs more than 8,000 civilians and 5,000 air force members.
Some of the major tenants on Eglin are the following:
53rd Wing - The 53rd Wing, comprised of four groups, numbers more than 2,200 military and civilians at 22 various locations throughout the U.S. The wing reports to the United States Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis AFB, Nev., a direct reporting unit to Headquarters Air Combat Command.(video)
6th Ranger Training Battalion - Eglin is where the Army Ranger School conducts the final (3rd) phase of 61 day training. Each phase is conducted at different geographical and environmental locations.
7th Special Forces Group - is one of five active Special Forces Groups providing specialized support to the combatant commanders.
Joint Military EOD School - NAVSCOLEOD is staffed with 212 active duty, 45 civilian and 154 contract personnel from all four branches of service and trains approximately 1800 students annually.
919th Special Operations Wing - is located at Eglin Air Force Base Field 3 (Duke Field) is the only special operations wing in the Air Force Reserve. In wartime or a contingency, the 919th SOW reports to Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field.
03Visiting / Living on Eglin AFB
The Temporary Lodging Facility (Air Force Inns) has a 24-hour reception center located at the east end of the base near the Bowling Center. The Temporary Lodging Facility (TLF) can accommodate a family of five. Inbound and outbound PCS personnel have priority and may stay up to 30 days. These units can also be used by active duty on leave, retirees or TDY personnel on a space-available basis. Amenities The quarters have kitchen facilities, bedroom area, private bath and other conveniences. All quarters are non-smoking.
Eglin Air Force Base has 2,359 military family housing units. All housing units are equipped with stove and refrigerator. Corvias Military Living handle the on base housing details. The Corvias Military Living team is available to help you with questions about your home, Eglin AFB community or the greater Emerald Coast area.
The Eglin AFB Child Development Center (CDC) offers care for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years of age or completion of kindergarten. Part Day Enrichment is available for children ages 3-5 years as well as Hourly care at the Drop In Care Center.
The Family Child Care Home Program offers home-based child care in licensed homes for children ages two weeks through twelve years. Full time, part time, hourly, weekends, extended hours and school age care is available. There are approximately 50 childcare providers on and off the installation providing care for more than 330 children of Department of Defense families assigned to Eglin.
The Youth Center operates a School Age Program for children ages kindergarten - 12 years of age. Programs available include: Before School Program, After School Program and Summer Day Camp.
A vast network of schools, with bus transportation on- and off-base, is available in the local area. The Eglin area has pre-school, elementary, middle and high school, undergraduate and graduate education opportunities, as well as private religious and secular schools, schools for gifted children and special training for the mentally challenged. Oak Hill and Cherokee Elementary Schools are located on Eglin main in the base housing area, for children grades kindergarten through sixth. Older students may attend either Niceville or Choctawhatchee High Schools.
The public school system suggests that when you arrive, even if you are temporary living in base lodging, enroll your child in school as soon as possible. The Okaloosa County School District can provide answers to your questions by calling 850-833-3100.
Florida law requires youths from 6-16 to attend school. A child must be 5 years old on 1 Sept. of the school year to start Kindergarten. or 6 years old on 1 Sept. to start first grade. Kindergarten is a prerequisite for first grade in Okaloosa County.
Medical / Dental Care
The 96th Medical Group provides comprehensive medical care to approximately 92,000 eligible beneficiaries (active duty military members, retirees, and their families). The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is one of the largest and busiest in the Air Force. The hospital, which serves a population of approximately 77,000. Eglin currently has four separate units including medical, surgical, obstetrical and psychiatric.
The primary mission of the hospital 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.
A 62 chair dental clinic is available and dental care is currently offered for active duty only, due to deployment of dental personnel.
Military Installation Overview --Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
Eglin Air Force Base is the home 96 Test Wing and is one of the centers in the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). The Eglin range, managed by the 96th Test Wing, is the largest Air Force base in the free world. Located east of Pensacola, its 724 square miles of land range occupies much of the Northwest Florida panhandle. Its 101,000 square miles of airspace extends over the eastern third of the Gulf of Mexico, an area extending from the panhandle to the Florida Keys.
The Test Wing applies advanced technology, engineering, and programming across the entire product lifecycle to provide superior combat capability. The Wing plans, directs, and conducts test and evaluation of U.S. and allied air armament, navigation/guidance systems, and command and control (C2) systems and supports the largest single base mobility commitment in the Air Force.
Eglin is also a hub for Special Operations training to include the Rangers, Special Forces, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Teams (all branches).
Official website for Eglin Air Force Base