BRACBRAC 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.
Another major concern in NW Florida is HURRICANE SEASON, from June to November. Call ahead if you are arriving at Eglin and a hurricane is predicted to hit this area. Watch the Weather Channel and contact your sponsor as Eglin AFB may be evacuated and the surrounding roads will be congested with people leaving the area.
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. Ensure that everyone in your party has had a safety briefing. Parents should brief all children on the dangers of riptides and rip currents before entering the waters surrounding Eglin. Children must be supervised at all times. Signs at the swimming areas may not be posted. It is dangerous to swim or play in water where there is no lifeguard.
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.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.Telephone AccessAll numbers listed are in the 850 area code, except as indicated.
•To call Eglin DSN 312-872-XXXX or (850) 882-XXXX
•From on base-2-XXXX
•Operator/Locator(850) 882-1110 or DSN 312-872-1110