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Eglin Air Force Base

96th Air Base Wing
2591 Eglin Boulevard, Eglin Air Force Base, FL, 32542-0000
First Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II 08-0747 Arriving at Eglin Air Force Base

Eglin Air Force Base is in Okaloosa County, in northwest Florida. Eglin is 8 miles from Fort Walton Beach, FL, 60 miles from Pensacola, FL and 65 miles from Panama City, FL. The base is over 640 square miles. The base is a large tourist attraction considering the white sand of the beaches.


Eglin AFB opened in 1935 as the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base. The base was named Eglin Field on August 4, 1937, in remembrance of Lt. Col. Frederick I. Eglin. Lt. Col. Eglin passed in an aircraft crash. Eglin currently manages 50 associate units in nearly every major command.


The Air Force Material Command is the major command at Eglin. The host unit is the Air Armament Center or AAC. The life cycle of air delivered weapons is pulled by AAC. The AAC also handles conventional and unconventional weapons systems. The Special Operations Command, AFMC and ACC are the main commands on Eglin.

Arriving at Elgin AFB

Arrive at your orderly room for inprocessing scheduling at the Military Personnel Flight. Inprocessing is held from 7:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in building 210. There is no inprocessing on holidays. Inprocessing is comprised of meetings with members from Personnel, Finance, Airman & Family Readiness Center and other base agencies. Depending on group size, inprocessing could last eight hours. Carry 10 copies of your orders to inprocessing. Inprocessing is also known as Base Intro at Eglin AFB.

Base Population

There are over 17,000 military personnel, DoD civilians, and contractors, assigned to Elgin Air Force Base.