Installation Info: Zip Code: 32542, Area Code: 850, DSN: 872
In addition to playing a prominent role in airpower history, Eglin Air Force Base belongs to the Air Force Materiel Command, with the Air Armament as its host unit. One of the largest Air Force bases in the world, it covers 724 square miles of reservation and 97,963 square miles of water ranges in the Gulf of Mexico. This Year We Welcome, 7th Special Forces Group!
Originally established in 1935, the base was redesignated Eglin Field in 1937 in honor of Lt. Col. Frederick I. Eglin, U.S. Air Corps, who was killed in an aircraft crash. Six miles northeast of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and 60 miles east of Pensacola. . The Okaloosa County School District runs two elementary schools on base, with off-base schools in the same county. The Eglin Regional Hospital takes care of all health needs.
The most valued asset of the "Emerald Coast" is its subtropical weather nine months out of the year. The semitropical climate permits visitors to enjoy the beaches almost year-round. Base recreation includes: sports and fitness center; softball and football fields; tennis; pools; youth center; aero club; bowling; and theater.