Eglin Air Force Base
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.
There are approximately 9, 400 active duty military personnel assigned to Eglin Air Force Base. Additionally, over 4,000 civilian and NAF employees, along with nearly 3,000 contractors work on base.
To learn more about Eglin Air Force Base, view the handy Eglin AFB Base Guide that offers nearly 200 pages of information about local housing, schools, services on base, the community and more. If you would like information about the base right at your fingertips, you can even download the Eglin Air Force Base app in the App Store. An iOS device is required for this app.
Upon initial arrival, all necessary lodging arrangements are made at the Bayside Inn (Bldg. 11001), near the Bayview Club. The Bayside Inn is a 24-Hour Reception Center. Call the Reception Center at 850-882-8761/DSN 312-872-8761. Unaccompanied enlisted members report directly to the White Sands Inn (Bldg. 18) located at 404 N. 7th Street. You can make a reservation at 850-882-8761.
Report to your orderly room and you will be scheduled for inprocessing at the Military Personnel Flight which runs from 7:15 AM – 3:00 PM in Bldg. 210 at 310 Van Matre Avenue. If a scheduled in-processing day falls on a holiday, in-processing will be on the next duty day.
The in-processing brief includes representatives from Personnel, Finance, Airman & Family Readiness Center and other base agencies. It lasts approximately eight hours, depending on the group size. At this briefing, you’ll receive your mandatory appointments. Bring ten copies of your orders to Base in-processing which is called Base Intro at Eglin AFB.
If arriving by car from the airport, take I-10 East and follow the signs to Eglin Air Force Base. Turn right on SR 85 at Crestview which leads to Niceville. Turn right on SR 20 which will bring you to the East Gate.
The Pensacola International Airport (PNS) serves the western portion of the Florida Panhandle and is located about 38 miles west of the base. The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) is about 45 miles from the base.
Transportation options are limited on base, and most people use private vehicles to get around.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Florida school, a child must be 5 years old on or by September 1st of the school year. Check with the local school district for specific requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
Okaloosa County School District (850) 833-3100
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Florida Department of Health (850) 245-4444
Helps Floridians live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Florida Department of Children and Families (800) 478-4444
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Eglin Pet Welfare (850) 678-5066
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (850) 617-2000
Base Operator (850) 882-1110
Airman & Family Readiness Center (850) 882-9060
Bayside Inn (850) 882-8761
Billeting Reservations (850) 882-8761
Chapel (850) 883-4020
Child Development Center (850) 883-7425
Commissary (850) 882-3172
Dental Clinic (850) 883-8324
ID/CAC Cards (850) 882-2742
Education Center (850) 882-8141
Eglin Inns (850) 882-8761
Finance Office (850) 882-5441
Exchange (850) 678-7111
Housing Management Office (850) 882-4533
ID Card Section (850) 882-2742
Legal Office/JAG (850) 882-4611
96th Medical Group Hospital (850) 883-8600
Military Clothing Store (850) 678-4273
Pharmacy – Main Hospital (850) 883-8444
Pharmacy – Satellite (850) 883-8000
School Liaison Officer (850) 882-9060
Unaccompanied Housing (850) 882-5153
Veterinary Clinic (850) 882-4333
Visitor’s Center (East Gate) (850) 882-7500
Visitor’s Center (West Gate) (850) 882-0791
Eglin Air Force Base housing is managed by the Housing Management Office (HMO). The HMO will support newcomers with information for on base housing. When arriving at Hurlburt Field, guidance and counseling is necessary before signing a written lease or rental/sales contract for housing. The Housing Management Office can be reached at (850) 882-4533.
Eglin AFB is only 11 miles from Hurlburt AFB, so some service members who work at Hurlburt Field AFB live at Eglin AFB, and vice versa. Home prices near the water can be quite expensive, but areas north of Eglin AFB tend to be more reasonably priced.
9.4 miles from base
Sunsail is a family-friendly neighborhood close to the beach with plenty of shopping and amenities nearby.
8.7 miles from base
Villa Tasso is a quiet, family-friendly area in Niceville that is not too far from base.
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In Valparaiso, the summers are long and hot with July being the hottest month. The most pleasant months are March, April, and October. The temperatures normally range from 44°F to 89°F throughout the year. The warmest time of the year is from late May until late September. The temperature is ordinarily 83°F during these months.
Warm, subtropical weather lasts longer than the average summer. The area gets only 50 to 60 days of annual precipitation or more rainfall. There are few days without sunshine, which allows year-round outdoor activities. In addition, northwestern Florida can have an active hurricane season from June to November.
The winters are typically brief and chilly. The coldest months of the year are from early December to early March. The temperature is normally 66°F during these months.
The overall cost of living in Valparaiso is 8% higher than the Florida average and 8% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of utilities and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Eglin AFB, the city’s goods and services area 8% higher than the Florida average and 21% higher than the U.S. average.
Located in Valparaiso, Okaloosa County, this military-friendly area is a popular “retirement” location, which draws in thousands of people each year because of its amazing beaches. The area has a relatively high cost of living and can be busy during the tourist season.
Close to the beach, the Emerald Coast area is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches that are composed of quartz crystals. The waters are blue and clear and have been compared to the waters of the Caribbean. Some of the local beaches include: Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Henderson Beach State Park, Choctaw Beach, and Fort Walton Beach. Fishing is one of the most popular activities along the Emerald Coast, along with swimming, surfing, boating, and diving. There are also plenty of golf courses, tennis courts, clubs, marinas and diving centers in the area to choose from.
In addition, there are many family-friendly attractions in the area. The Gulf Breeze Zoo, an award-winning wildlife park, is home to over 800 animals. Florida’s Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, located in Fort Walton Beach, is dedicated to educating and entertaining its guests while preserving local marine wildlife. The Air Force Armament Museum is free to the public and features an outdoor park with 25 aircraft on display.
Also enjoy the many festivals, air shows and family-friendly activities the area has to offer during any season. While the area offers many fun and exciting outdoor activities, it is important to watch for snakes and alligators. Most of the venomous snakes found in North America can be found in the area, so be alert for snakes (and certainly alligators) when walking in wooded or marshy areas.
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