Hurlburt Field Air Force Base

1st Special Operations Wing
220 Lukasik Ave, Mary Esther, FL 32544
Air Force

ABOUT

Hurlburt Field Air Force Base is located in Okaloosa County, Florida, west of the Town of Mary Esther. Okaloosa County is in the Gulf of Mexico on the Florida Panhandle. The area is known as the Emerald Coast. The Emerald Coast’s beaches and green waters make it large tourist attraction. Hurlburt is part of Eglin Air Force Base reservation. Hurlburt is the site of the Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the 1st Special Operations Wing (1 SOW), the USAF Special Operations School(USAFSOS) and the Air Combat Command’s (ACC) 505th Command and Control Wing.

Hurlburt Field maintains Air Force Special Operations Forces for deployment around the world and to regional unified commands through the spectrum of conflict. The Air Force Special Operations Forces’ main goal is forward presence and engagement, information operations, precision employment/strike and special operations forces mobility.

There are nearly 24,000 military personnel, DoD civilians, and contractors assigned to Hurlburt Field.

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ARRIVAL

Your first stop when in-processing to Hurlburt Field AFB will be the Commando Welcome Center. The Command Welcome Center is a family friendly one-stop shop to welcome the new commandos to Hurlburt Field. Brochures and information about the local area will be available to assist members with their transition. Upon arrival, in-bound members will be escorted to the Hurlburt Welcome Center by their sponsor during their appointment time. They should bring three copies of their orders and receipts for their travel vouchers in order to ease the in-processing process.

In-bound members can expect to in-process with our personnel team, complete their SGLI form, update their vRED, register for TriCare, complete their travel voucher, and be scheduled for mandatory appointments. All this can be accomplished via appointment on the same day at the same place so members
can begin their house hunting leave the next day.

Additionally, members will be given an in-processing checklist that will detail everything they will need to accomplish prior to reporting to their unit. If you have any questions about the Command Welcome Center, please do not hesitate to call (850) 884-4815 and we will be happy to assist.

The Pensacola International Airport (PNS) serves the western portion of the Florida Panhandle and is located about 43 miles west of the base. With traffic, it is a little over an hour drive by car. The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) is about 45 miles from the base.

When arriving at the base, report to the unit Command Support Staff (CSS). Staff will provide your in-processing worksheet (IDA worksheet). Report to the Commando Welcome Center, Bldg. 90229. You will then be signed up for all mandatory in-processing meetings and complete your travel voucher.

Resources

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 five 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/. 

There are no schools offered on base, so students attend schools in Fort Walton Beach.

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.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

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.

 

Child Care Aware:

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.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

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.

Panhandle Animal Welfare (850) 243-1525
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (850) 617-2000

Okaloosa County, Florida

Okaloosa County Public Library

Airman & Family Readiness Center (850) 884-5441 

BAQ/Dorm Management Office (850) 884-3188 

Base Operator (850) 884-1110 

Chapel (850) 884-7795

Child Development Center (850) 881-1260 

Commissary/Shoppette (850) 881-2150 

Dental Clinic (850) 884-7881

Education Office (850) 884-6724
 

Exchange (850) 581-0030

Finance Office (850) 884-4119

Housing Office (850) 884-6934 

Hurlburt Field Lodging (850) 884-7115 

ID/CAC Card Processing (850) 884-5252 

Legal Services/JAG (850) 884-7821

Medical Clinic (850) 881-1020 

Military Clothing Sales (850) 884-7395 

Relocation Assistance Program (850) 884-5441 

School Liaison Office (850) 884-5441 

Temporary Lodging/Billeting (850) 884-6245 

Welcome/Visitor’s Center (850) 884-6245

Housing

Hurlburt Field 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) 884-7505. There are about 680 housing units available and there is a waiting list. There are 13 dormitories available for unaccompanied military personnel.

Hurlburt Field is only 11 miles from Eglin Air Force Base, so some service members who work at Eglin AFB live at Hurlburt Field AFB, and vice versa.

Fort Walton Beach
5.0 miles from base

This beautiful resort community is close to the beach and offers plenty of amenities close by.

Mary Esther
1.9 miles from base

Located between Hurlburt Field and Eglin AFB, this military-friendly area is close to the beach.

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Community

At Hurlburt Field AFB, 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 the areas surrounding Hurlburt Field Air Force Base is 1% lower than the Florida average and 2% lower 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 groceries and utilities 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 Hurlburt Field, the city’s goods and services are 2% lower than the Florida average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.

Located in 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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