Hurlburt Field is located on the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Panhandle, 35 miles east of Pensacola (United States). This area is also known as the Emerald Coast and is a major tourist attraction for its breathtaking white beaches and the emerald green waters. The cost of living in this area is high and the wages are relatively low. The base operator's phone number is 850-884-1110 or DSN 312-579-1110. Hours of Operation 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Home of the Air Commandos since 1961. Officially designated Eglin Auxiliary Field No. 9, it served as one of the small training fields built on the sprawling Eglin Air Force Range in the 1940s. General Grandison Gardiner, Eglin commander, named it for First Lieutenant Donald Wilson Hurlburt who was killed in an aircraft crash at Eglin Auxiliary Field #9 in 1943. The Eglin Military Reservation, to include the surrounding auxiliary fields, played key roles in the training of special operations rescue forces for operations such as the 1970 Son Tay Raid in Vietnam. When the 1 SOW was renamed the 16 SOW on October 1, 1993, it retained the heritage and honors of the 1 SOW, its predecessor designations, and the 16th Pursuit and Fighter groups. On 16 Nov 06, the 16th SOW reclaimed the number 1 as part of the Wing designation. Now the 1st SOW boast a 25-squadron wing, capable of deploying and sustaining a fight anywhere in the world on a moment notice. For more history visit Hurlburt Field's homepage.
The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), is America's specialized air power. It provides Air Force Special Operations Forces for worldwide deployment and assignment to regional unified commands throughout the spectrum of conflict. Air Force Special Operations Forces' core tasks are functionally grouped into four mission areas:
- Forward Presence and Engagement
- Information Operations
- Precision Employment/Strike
- Special Operations Forces Mobility
- Active Duty: 8,751
- Civil Service Employees: 1,813
- Contractors: 3,472
- Family Members: 9,260
- Total: 23,296
Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.
Obtaining a sponsor prior to your arrival can be the key to a successful PCS. All Air Force Permanent Party personnel should contact their unit of assignment to request a sponsor. Sponsorship is mandatory for all personnel below the grade of colonel. If you still do not receive a sponsor, contact the Hurlburt Field Military Personnel Section (MPS) for assistance, 850-884-5252 or DSN 312-579-5252. If you encounter any difficulties with this process you can always contact the Relocation Assistance Program at 850-884-2949 or DSN 579-2949.
The sponsors primary role will be to answer any questions you may have about the base and the area. Your sponsor can also make lodging/dorm arrangements for you, and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will help you, and your family, until you are settled into the new community. He/she will be sending you a Newcomer's Guide (CD) with information about the base, community, housing, schools, etc., and any other additional information that you may have requested.
Department of Defense civilians should contact your selecting official or personnel office for a sponsor. If you still do not receive a sponsor, contact the Hurlburt Field Civilian Personnel Office for assistance at 850-884-5212 or DSN 312-579-5212.
Personnel arriving after duty hours should report to lodging at 850-844-6245. If you arrive during duty hours, contact your respective unit and they will be able to welcome and guide you through the inprocessing.
Prior to your arrival, you should have your mail sent to General Delivery: Name, 437 Tully Street # 1000, Hurlburt Field FL 32544-5715. The Postal Service Center (PSC) will use this general delivery address to hold your mail until you arrive. In addition to sending your mail, be sure to phone the PSC at 850-884-6219/3435 or DSN 312-579-6219/3435 to let them know that you are coming to Hurlburt Field, Florida.
On-base lodging is available on a limited basis, so insure you make reservations well in advance by calling 1-888-235-6343. Reservations are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TLF occupancy while in a PCS status is limited to 30 days when arriving, and 7 days when departing. Extensions beyond 30 days occupancy must be submitted in writing, and may be granted if space is available. BAH is forfeited for stays beyond 30 while in a PCS or leave status. When TLFs are not available and local accommodations are used, a non-availability letter (available through the Lodging Front Desk) is required in order to be reimbursed for local expenses.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center has many resources and services to help you make a successful transition to Hurlburt Field. If you need household items while awaiting your shipment of household goods, the loan closet has items available for check-out until yours arrive. Free child care is available through the Child Care for PCS program for 20 hours per child within 60 days of your arrival. Individual assistance with family member employment and educational opportunities are also available. There is also a resource center containing computers with internet access for your convenience. Individual financial planning and emergency assistance is offered for unexpected expenses associated with relocation. For more detailed information on the services provided please contact us at 850-884-5441 or DSN 312-579-5441.
Critical Installation Information
A major concern in NW Florida is HURRICANE SEASON, from June to November. Call ahead if you are arriving and a hurricane is predicted to hit this area. Watch the Weather Channel and contact your sponsor as Hurlburt Field may be evacuated and the surrounding roads will be congested with people leaving the area.
Water sports and other water related activities are very popular in this area. Ensure that everyone in your party has had a safety briefing before taking part. Parents must brief all kids on the dangers of riptides and rip currents before entering the waters surrounding the Emerald Coast. Riptides and strong undertow will challenge a strong and masterful swimmer. Signs at the swimming areas may not be posted and it is dangerous to swim or play in water where there is no lifeguard.
Most of the venomous snakes found in North America can be found in North West 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.