Eglin AFB is located in Okaloosa County, in northwest Florida, comprising over 640 square miles. This is a military friendly area and also a major tourist attraction due to the white sand beaches. Eglin is located 8 miles northwest of Fort Walton Beach, FL; 60 miles east of Pensacola, FL and 65 miles west of Panama City, FL.
BRAC Status: BRAC 2005 is expected to make a major impact on Eglin and the surrounding infrastructure as the overall base population will increase to around 38,000 by 2015. Military Construction (MilCon) will total over $732 million.
Cost of Living: The area is a high cost of living area and has relatively low wages.
Base Operator: 850-882-1110 or DSN 312-872-1110.
•Active Duty Military 9,470
•Civilian Employees 4,038
•NAF Employees 575
•Area Population: Okaloosa County 180,000
Child Development Centers
Eglin's CDC offers services for children six weeks through 5 years of age. The program offers various services that include full-day care, hourly care and part-day preschool. There is a School Age Program and Family Child Care Program. By filling out a DD Form 2606, you can place your child's name on the child care waiting list in advance of your arrival to Eglin. Call 850-882-2994.
Students at Eglin attend schools in Okaloosa County Schools website. The Okaloosa County School system provides public education for K-12. Eglin has one school on base at the Cherokee Campus. The local phone number is 850-833-4320. Those students who live on base and are at middle and high school levels attend Lewis Middle School or Niceville High School. Busing is provided by the school system from the base to both Lewis MS and Niceville HS.
Eglin AFB Youth Center offers comprehensive programs to satisfy the needs of young family members. Youth Programs cater to youth, ages 5-18. Many of the programs such as dance, gymnastics and martial arts are sponsored on a year-round basis. Special summer classes and activities offered include judo, tae kwon do, dance, gymnastics, summer skating sessions, American Red Cross baby sitting course, Red Cross swimming lessons and much more.
Airman & Family Readiness Center
Airman and Family Readiness Center, 850-882-9060 / 850-882-9061 / 850-882-9062.
Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) has 2,359 military family housing units. The base housing office can be reached by calling 850-882-4533 or DSN 312-872-4533. There is a waiting list for all on base family housing categories. Several units are currently being renovated. One dormitory is also being renovated. Personnel, E-4 and above, who live in the dormitory, are entitled to 135-179 square feet of space. Should the room be 180 square feet or larger, two people will be placed in that room. Most of the rooms have baths that are shared by two rooms.
The unemployment rate in Florida is 9.2%. Okaloosa County is 7.0%. Unemployment compensation may be available for the spouse of a newly assigned military member or civilian employee. For more information contact Jobs Plus, 409 NE Racetrack Rd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547, 850-833-9106. The median household income is $54,445.
•Support Services Squadron
•Eglin Federal Credit Union and Coastal Bank and Trust
The Eglin Regional Hospital is one of the largest and busiest in the Air Force, serving a population of approximately 77,000. Eglin currently has four separate units including medical, surgical, obstetrical and psychiatric. There is a Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, for use by military members and their dependents who are referred to hospitals in the Pensacola area.
•NW Florida can have a very active HURRICANE SEASON, from June to November. Watch the Weather Channel.
•The community surrounding Eglin offers white sand beaches and water sports in the surrounding bays and Gulf of Mexico. Riptides and strong undertow will challenge a strong and masterful swimmer. These conditions are extremely dangerous.
•Make it a practice to use sunscreen (especially children) on the white sand beaches. The color of the sand intensifies and reflects the heat rays. Use gradual exposure so that your body will become accustomed to sun bathing
•Most of the venomous snakes found in North America can be found in NW Florida. Be alert for snakes and alligators when you walk in wooded or marshy areas.