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Eglin Air Force Base Units - 11/02/2008

Units
Eglin is the home of the Air Armament Center (AAC) and is one of four product centers in Air Force Materiel Command. Serving as the focal point for all Air Force armaments, the AAC is the center responsible for the development, acquisition, testing, deployment and sustainment of all air-delivered weapons.

The host wing at Eglin is the 96th Air Base Wing (96 ABW) whose mission consists of supporting the Air Armament Center and the myriad of associate units with traditional military services as well as all the services of a small city, to include civil engineering, personnel, logistics, communications, computer, medical, security, and all other host services. Critical to the success of Eglin’s mission, the 96th Air Base Wing provides a large number of base operating support functions.

The residential portion of the base is a census-designated place; its population was 8,082 at the 2000 census. The base covers 463,128 acres (1,874.2 km˛) [1].

Major Units
Air Armament Center (AAC)The center plans, directs and conducts test and evaluation of U.S. and allied air armament, navigation and guidance systems, and command and control systems and supports the largest single base mobility commitment in the Air Force. It operates two Air Force installations, providing host support not only to Eglin, but also Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.
AAC accomplishes its mission through four components:

Armament Product Directorate (Eglin)
46th Test Wing (Eglin)
96th Air Base Wing (Eglin)
377th Air Base Wing (Kirtland)

46th Test Wing (46 TW)The 46 TW is the test and evaluation center for Air Force air-delivered weapons, navigation and guidance systems, Command and Control (C2) systems, and Air Force Special Operations Command systems. The Eglin Gulf Test Range provides approximately 130,000 square miles (340,000 km2) of over water airspace.

96th Air Base Wing (96 ABW)The 96 ABW supports the Air Armament Center and other tenant units of the installation with traditional military services as well as all the services of a small city, to include civil engineering, personnel, logistics, communications, computer, medical, security.

F-15C of the 33rd Fighter Wing.
33d Fighter Wing (33 FW) (F-15C/D Eagles) Tail Code: "EG"The 33 FW “Nomads” are the largest tenant combat unit at Eglin, as well as a premier air-to-air combat unit of the Air Combat Command (ACC). With two F-15C/D squadrons and an air control squadron, the wing’s mission is to deploy worldwide and provide air superiority and air control. First established as the 33d Pursuit Group, the wing’s contribution to tactical airpower during its 50-year history has been significant with participation in campaigns around the world, while flying various fighter aircraft.

58th Fighter Squadron (Blue tail stripe)

60th Fighter Squadron (Red tail stripe)

53d Wing (53 WG)The 53 WG is headquartered at Eglin and serves as the Air Force’s focal point for operational test and evaluation of armament and avionics, aircrew training devices, chemical defense, aerial reconnaissance improvements, electronic warfare systems, and is responsible for the QF-4 Phantom II Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) program and subscale drone programs (located at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.) The wing tests every fighter, bomber, unmanned aerial vehicle, and weapon system in the Air Force inventory.
The wing reports to the USAF Air Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, a Direct Reporting Unit to Headquarters, Air Combat Command.

49th Test and Evaluation Squadron (a squadron attached to the 53d Wing but located at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.)The squadron plans, executes and reports ACC's weapon system evaluation programs for bombers (B-52, B-1 and B-2) and nuclear-capable fighters (F-15 and F-16). These evaluations include operational effectiveness and suitability, command and control, performance of aircraft hardware and software systems, employment tactics, and accuracy and reliability of associated precision weapons. These weapons include air-launched cruise missiles, standoff missiles, and gravity bombs. Results and conclusions support acquisition decisions and development of war plans. The unit also performs operational testing on new systems and tactics development for the B-52.

308th Armament Systems Wing (308 ASW)A joint U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy organization responsible for cradle-to-grave management of air dominance weapon system programs equipping warfighters with strike weapons to fight and win decisively.
The mission of the 308 ASW is to equip warfighters with strike weapons to fight and win decisively. The wing designs, develops, produces, fields, and sustains a family of air-to-ground munitions, enhancing warfighter capabilities (both U.S. and allies) in defeating a spectrum of enemy targets.
AFRL Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW)AFRL/RW develops, demonstrates, and transitions science and technology for air-launched munitions for defeating ground fixed, mobile/relocatable, air and space targets to assure pre-eminence of U.S. air and space forces. The directorate conducts basic research, exploratory development, and advanced development and demonstrations. It also participates in programs focused on technology transfer, dual-use technology and small business development. The directorate is dedicated to providing the Air Force with a strong revolutionary and evolutionary technology base upon which future air-delivered munitions can be developed to neutralize potential threats to the United States.

Other Units
919th Special Operations Wing (919 SOW)The 919 SOW, located about five miles (8 km) south of Crestview and 20 miles (32 km) from Eglin main at Eglin AFB Auxiliary Field #3 (Duke Field) and is the only special operations wing in the Air Force Reserve Command. In wartime or a contingency, the 919 SOW reports to Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida., its gaining major command.

20th Space Control Squadron (20 SCS)The mission of the 20 SCS is to detect, track, identify, and report near earth and deep space objects in earth’s orbit, and provide space object identification data in support of United States Strategic Command’s space control mission. The men and women of the 20th SPCS operate and maintain the AN/FPS-85 radar, the Air Force’s only phased-array radar dedicated to tracking earth-orbiting objects.
6th Ranger Training Battalion (6th RTB)Eglin AFB Auxiliary Field #6 (Biancur Field) is the site of Camp James E. Rudder and the home of the U. S. Army’s 6th Ranger Training Battalion. The 6th RTB conducts the final phase of the U.S. Army Ranger Course. The entire course is 61 days in length and is divided into three phases. Each phase is conducted at different geographical and environmental locations. Its mission at Eglin is to expose Ranger students to a fast-paced, 18 day field training exercise.

Naval School of Explosive Ordnance DisposalThe Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) is a Navy-managed command, jointly staffed by Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps personnel. NAVSCOLEOD had its official ribbon cutting on the new consolidated training facility in April 1999.
The Joint Fires Integration and Interoperability Team (JFIIT)This is a subordinate, functional command of U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), tasked with improving the integration, interoperability, and effectiveness of Joint fires.
USJFCOM established JFIIT in February 2005 to provide assistance to Joint force commanders and Service headquarters in planning, coordinating, and executing Joint fires at the tactical level. JFIIT's 120-member team is made up of members from all four Services and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians with contractor support.
AFOTEC Det 2The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center stood up Detachment 2 at Eglin to meet the growing demand to provide realistic operational testing for new and modified weapon systems. Since then, Detachment 2 has partnered with the warfighter and the developmental test community to provide the most thorough and rigorous operational test programs found anywhere in the world.

History
Eglin Air Force Base was named on 24 Jun 1948 in honor of Lt Col Frederick Irving Eglin (1891-1937). First rated as a military aviator in 1917, he helped train other flyers during World War I. On 1 Jan 1937, while assigned to General Headquarters, Air Force, Langley Field, VA, Colonel Eglin was killed in the crash of his Northrop A-17 pursuit aircraft on a flight from Langley to Maxwell Field, AL.
Previous names of Eglin AFB were:
Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base, 14 Jun 1935
Eglin Field, 4 Aug 1937
Eglin Field Military Reservation, 1 Oct 1940
Eglin Field, 28 Dec 1944

Major Commands
USAAC/USAAF
Air Corps Training Cen, 9 Jun 1935 - 27 Aug 1940
Southeast Air Corps Training Cen, 27 Aug 1940 - 1 Apr 1942
AAF Proving Ground Comd, 1 Apr 1942 - 1 Jun 1945
AAF Center, 1 Jun 1945 - 8 Mar 1946
AAF Proving Ground Comd, 8 Mar 1946 -10 Jul 1946
Air Proving Ground Comd, 10 Jul 1946 - 20 Jan 1948
United States Air Force
Air Materiel Comd, 20 Jan 1948 - 1 Jun 1948
Air Proving Ground, 1 Jun 1948 - 20 Dec 1951
Air Proving Ground Comd, 20 Dec 1951 - 1 Dec 1957
Air Research and Development Comd, 1 Dec 1957 - 1 Apr 1961
Air Force Systems Command, 1 Apr 1961 - 1 Jul 1992
Air Force Materiel Command, 1 Jul 1992 - Present

Base Operating Units
USAAC/USAAF
84th Service Sq (Det), 14 Jun 1935 - 1 Sep 1936
Section V, Eglin Field Section, 13th Air Base Sq, 1 Sep 1936 - 1 Aug 1940
Det 13th Air Base Sq, 1 Aug 1940 - 1 Dec 1940
61st Air Base Gp, 1 Dec 1940 - 19 Jun 1942
51st Base HQ and Air Base Sq, 19 Jun 1942 - 1 Apr 1944
610th AAF Base Unit, 1 Apr 1944 - 30 Jun 1947
609th AAF Base Unit, 1 Jul 1947 - 1 Jul 1948
United States Air Force
3201st Air Base Gp, 1 Jul 1948 - 31 Mar 1951
3201st Air Base Wg, 31 Mar 1951 - 8 Aug 1951
3201st Air Base Gp, 8 Aug 1951 - 1 Jul 1953
3201st Air Base Wg, 1 Jul 1953 - 16 Sep 1964
3201st Air Base Gp, 16 Sep 1964 - 1 Jun 1992
96th Air Base Wing, 1 Jun 1992 - Present

Operational History
In 1931, personnel of the Air Corps Tactical School (Maxwell Field, Alabama) while looking for a bombing and gunnery range, saw the potential of the sparsely populated forested areas surrounding Valparaiso and the vast expanse of the adjacent Gulf of Mexico.
Local businessman and airplane buff James E. Plew saw the potential of a military payroll to boost the local area’s depression-stricken economy. He leased from the City of Valparaiso the 137 acres (0.6 km2) on which an airport was established in 1933, and in 1934, Plew offered the U.S. government a donation of 1,460 acres (6 km2) contiguous for the bombing and gunnery base. This leasehold became the headquarters for the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base activated on June 14, 1935, under the command of Captain Arnold H. Rich.
With the outbreak of war in Europe, a proving ground for aircraft armament was established at Eglin. The U.S. Forestry ceded to the War Department the Choctawhatchee National Forest. In 1941, the Air Corps Proving Ground (later the Proving Ground Command) was activated, and Eglin became the site for gunnery training for Army Air Forces fighter pilots, as well as a major testing center for aircraft, equipment, and tactics. In March 1942, the base served as one of the sites for Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle to prepare his B-25 crews for their raid against Tokyo. A number of auxiliary fields were constructed on the Eglin reservation at this time, many of which are still in service in various roles, either in support of flight operations or special test activities.
After the war, Eglin became a pioneer in developing the techniques for missile launching and handling; and the development of drone or pilotless aircraft. In 1947, a successful drone flight from Eglin to Washington, D.C. was conducted.
In 1950, the Air Force Armament Center was established at Eglin. After the start of the Korean War, test teams moved to the combat theater for testing in actual combat. In 1957, the Air Force combined the Air Proving Ground Command and the Air Force Armament Center to form the Air Proving Ground Center. In 1968, the Air Proving Ground Center was redesignated the Armament Development and Test Center to centralize responsibility for research, development, test and evaluation, and initial acquisition of nonnuclear munitions for the Air Force.
In 1975, the installation served as one of four main U.S. Vietnamese Refugee Processing Centers, where base personnel housed and processed more than 10,000 Southeast Asian refugees. Eglin again became an Air Force refugee resettlement center processing over 10,000 Cubans who fled to the U.S. between April and May 1980.
During a 1992 reorganization, the Air Force disestablished Eglin's parent major command, Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) and merged its functions with the former Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC). The newly created major command from this merger, Air Force Material Command (AFMC), remains Eglin's parent command to this day.
In 1998, as part of the Air Forces' strategic plan to guide the service into the 21st century, the Air Force Development Test Center became the Air Force Materiel Command's Air Armament Center (AAC), responsible for development, acquisition, testing, and fielding all air-delivered weapons.

Eglin AFB Emblem Gallery







Demographics
Eglin employs more than 8,500 military and approximately 4,500 civilians, with an additional 2,200 jobs due to move to Eglin under the 2005 BRAC.
As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 8,082 people, 2,302 households, and 2,262 families residing on the base. The population density was 2,640.1 people per square mile (1,019.8/km˛). There were 2,320 housing units at an average density of 757.9/sq mi (292.7/km˛). The racial makeup of the base was 71.79% White, 14.82% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 2.96% Asian, 0.38% Pacific Islander, 4.23% from other races, and 5.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.19% of the population.
There were 2,302 households out of which 79.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 89.8% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 1.7% were non-families. 1.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 0.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.50 and the average family size was 3.51.
On the base the population was spread out with 43.5% under the age of 18, 15.2% from 18 to 24, 39.6% from 25 to 44, 1.6% from 45 to 64, and 0.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males.

The median income for a household on the base was $31,951, and the median income for a family was $31,859. Males had a median income of $25,409 versus $19,176 for females. The per capita income for the base was $10,670. About 4.5% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under the age of 18 and none of those 65 and older.

National historic status
There are two U.S. National Historic Landmark Districts with connections to the base: Camp Pinchot and Eglin Field.

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Wikipedia - 06/30/2008

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eglin Air Force Base
Part of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC)
Airphoto of Eglin AFB, 15 February 1999
Location of Eglin Air Force Base
IATA: VPS – ICAO: KVPS – FAA: VPS
Summary
Airport type
Military: Air Force Base
Operator
U.S. Air Force
Location
Valparaiso, Florida
In use
1948-present
Commander
Maj. Gen. David W. Eidsaune
Occupants
96th Air Base Wing
Elevation AMSL
87 ft / 27 m
Coordinates
30°29'00?N 086°31'31?W? / ?30.483333, -86.52528

Runways
Direction
Length
Surface
ft
m
1/19
10,012
3,052
Asphalt
12/30
12,005
3,659
Asphalt/Concrete
Source: official site[1] and FAA[2]

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Eglin Air Force Base (IATA: VPS, ICAO: KVPS) is a United States Air Force base located 1-mile (1.6 km) southwest of Valparaiso in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States.
Contents[hide]
1 Units
1.1 Major Units
1.2 Other Units
2 History
2.1 Major Commands
2.2 Base Operating Units
2.3 Operational History
3 Eglin AFB Emblem Gallery
4 Demographics
5 National historic status
6 Notable Residents
7 Climate
8 Civil rocketry
9 See also
10 References
11 External links

Units
Eglin is the home of the Air Armament Center (AAC) and is one of four product centers in Air Force Materiel Command. Serving as the focal point for all Air Force armaments, the AAC is the center responsible for the development, acquisition, testing, deployment and sustainment of all air-delivered weapons.
The host wing at Eglin is the 96th Air Base Wing (96 ABW) whose mission consists of supporting the Air Armament Center and the myriad of associate units with traditional military services as well as all the services of a small city, to include civil engineering, personnel, logistics, communications, computer, medical, security, and all other host services. Critical to the success of Eglin’s mission, the 96th Air Base Wing provides a large number of base operating support functions.
The residential portion of the base is a census-designated place; its population was 8,082 at the 2000 census.

Major Units
Air Armament Center (AAC)The center plans, directs and conducts test and evaluation of U.S. and allied air armament, navigation and guidance systems, and command and control systems and supports the largest single base mobility commitment in the Air Force. It operates two Air Force installations, providing host support not only to Eglin, but also Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.
AAC accomplishes its mission through four components:
Armament Product Directorate (Eglin)
46th Test Wing (Eglin)
96th Air Base Wing (Eglin)
377th Air Base Wing (Kirtland)
46th Test Wing (46 TW)The 46 TW is the test and evaluation center for Air Force air-delivered weapons, navigation and guidance systems, Command and Control (C2) systems, and Air Force Special Operations Command systems. The Eglin Gulf Test Range provides approximately 130,000 square miles (340,000 km˛) of over water airspace.
96th Air Base Wing (96 ABW)The 96 ABW supports the Air Armament Center and other tenant units of the installation with traditional military services as well as all the services of a small city, to include civil engineering, personnel, logistics, communications, computer, medical, security.

F-15C of the 33rd Fighter Wing.
33d Fighter Wing (33 FW) (F-15C/D Eagles) Tail Code: "EG"The 33 FW “Nomads” are the largest tenant combat unit at Eglin, as well as a premier air-to-air combat unit of the Air Combat Command (ACC). With two F-15C/D squadrons and an air control squadron, the wing’s mission is to deploy worldwide and provide air superiority and air control. First established as the 33d Pursuit Group, the wing’s contribution to tactical airpower during its 50-year history has been significant with participation in campaigns around the world, while flying various fighter aircraft.
58th Fighter Squadron (Blue tail stripe)
60th Fighter Squadron (Red tail stripe)
53d Wing (53 WG)The 53 WG is headquartered at Eglin and serves as the Air Force’s focal point for operational test and evaluation of armament and avionics, aircrew training devices, chemical defense, aerial reconnaissance improvements, electronic warfare systems, and is responsible for the QF-4 and subscale drone programs. The wing tests every fighter, bomber, unmanned aerial vehicle, and weapon system in the Air Force inventory.
The wing reports to the Air Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, a Direct Reporting Unit to Headquarters Air Combat Command.
49th Test and Evaluation SquadronThe squadron plans, executes and reports ACC's weapon system evaluation programs for bombers (B-52, B-1 and B-2) and nuclear-capable fighters (F-15 and F-16). These evaluations include operational effectiveness and suitability, command and control, performance of aircraft hardware and software systems, employment tactics, and accuracy and reliability of associated precision weapons. These weapons include air-launched cruise missiles, standoff missiles, and gravity bombs. Results and conclusions support acquisition decisions and development of war plans. The unit also performs operational testing on new systems and tactics development for the B-52.
308th Armament Systems Wing (308 ASW)A joint U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy organization responsible for cradle-to-grave management of air dominance weapon system programs equipping warfighters with strike weapons to fight and win decisively.
The mission of the 308 ASW is to equip warfighters with strike weapons to fight and win decisively. The wing designs, develops, produces, fields, and sustains a family of air-to-ground munitions, enhancing warfighter capabilities (both U.S. and allies) in defeating a spectrum of enemy targets.
AFRL Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW)AFRL/RW develops, demonstrates, and transitions science and technology for air-launched munitions for defeating ground fixed, mobile/relocatable, air and space targets to assure pre-eminence of U.S. air and space forces. The directorate conducts basic research, exploratory development, and advanced development and demonstrations. It also participates in programs focused on technology transfer, dual-use technology and small business development. The directorate is dedicated to providing the Air Force with a strong revolutionary and evolutionary technology base upon which future air-delivered munitions can be developed to neutralize potential threats to the United States.

Other Units
919th Special Operations Wing (919 SOW)The 919 SOW, located about five miles (8 km) south of Crestview and 20 miles (32 km) from Eglin main at Eglin AFB Auxiliary Field #3 (Duke Field) and is the only special operations wing in the Air Force Reserve Command. In wartime or a contingency, the 919 SOW reports to Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida., its gaining major command.
20th Space Control Squadron (20 SCS)The mission of the 20 SCS is to detect, track, identify, and report near earth and deep space objects in earth’s orbit, and provide space object identification data in support of United States Strategic Command’s space control mission. The men and women of the 20th SPCS operate and maintain the AN/FPS-85 radar, the Air Force’s only phased-array radar dedicated to tracking earth-orbiting objects.
6th Ranger Training Battalion (6th RTB)Eglin AFB Auxiliary Field #6 (Biancur Field) is the site of Camp James E. Rudder and the home of the U. S. Army’s 6th Ranger Training Battalion. The 6th RTB conducts the final phase of the U.S. Army Ranger Course. The entire course is 61 days in length and is divided into three phases. Each phase is conducted at different geographical and environmental locations. Its mission at Eglin is to expose Ranger students to a fast-paced, 18 day field training exercise.
Naval School Explosive Ordnance DisposalThe Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) is a Navy-managed command, jointly staffed by Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps personnel. NAVSCOLEOD had its official ribbon cutting on the new consolidated training facility in April 1999.
The Joint Fires Integration and Interoperability Team (JFIIT)This is a subordinate, functional command of U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), tasked with improving the integration, interoperability, and effectiveness of Joint fires.
USJFCOM established JFIIT in February 2005 to provide assistance to Joint force commanders and Service headquarters in planning, coordinating, and executing Joint fires at the tactical level. JFIIT's 120-member team is made up of members from all four Services and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians with contractor support.
AFOTEC Det 2The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center stood up Detachment 2 at Eglin to meet the growing demand to provide realistic operational testing for new and modified weapon systems. Since then, Detachment 2 has partnered with the warfighter and the developmental test community to provide the most thorough and rigorous operational test programs found anywhere in the world.

History
Eglin Air Force Base was named on 24 Jun 1948 in honor of Lt Col Frederick Irving Eglin (1891-1937). First rated as a military aviator in 1917, he helped train other flyers during World War I. On 1 Jan 1937, while assigned to General Headquarters, Air Force, Langley Field, VA, Colonel Eglin was killed in the crash of his Northrop A-17 pursuit aircraft on a flight from Langley to Maxwell Field, AL.
Pervious names of Eglin AFB were:
Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base, 14 Jun 1935
Eglin Field, 4 Aug 1937
Eglin Field Military Reservation, 1 Oct 1940
Eglin Field, 28 Dec 1944

Major Commands
USAAC/USAAF
Air Corps Training Cen, 9 Jun 1935 - 27 Aug 1940
Southeast Air Corps Training Cen, 27 Aug 1940 - 1 Apr 1942
AAF Proving Ground Comd, 1 Apr 1942 - 1 Jun 1945
AAF Center, 1 Jun 1945 - 8 Mar 1946
AAF Proving Ground Comd, 8 Mar 1946 -10 Jul 1946
Air Proving Ground Comd, 10 Jul 1946 - 20 Jan 1948
United States Air Force
Air Materiel Comd, 20 Jan 1948 - 1 Jun 1948
Air Proving Ground, 1 Jun 1948 - 20 Dec 1951
Air Proving Ground Comd, 20 Dec 1951 - 1 Dec 1957
Air Research and Development Comd, 1 Dec 1957 - 1 Apr 1961
Air Force Systems Command, 1 Apr 1961 - 1 Jul 1992
Air Force Materiel Command, 1 Jul 1992 - Present

Base Operating Units
USAAC/USAAF
84th Service Sq (Det), 14 Jun 1935 - 1 Sep 1936
Section V, Eglin Field Section, 13th Air Base Sq, 1 Sep 1936 - 1 Aug 1940
Det 13th Air Base Sq, 1 Aug 1940 - 1 Dec 1940
61st Air Base Gp, 1 Dec 1940 - 19 Jun 1942
51st Base HQ and Air Base Sq, 19 Jun 1942 - 1 Apr 1944
610th AAF Base Unit, 1 Apr 1944 - 30 Jun 1947
609th AAF Base Unit, 1 Jul 1947 - 1 Jul 1948
United States Air Force
3201st Air Base Gp, 1 Jul 1948 - 31 Mar 1951
3201st Air Base Wg, 31 Mar 1951 - 8 Aug 1951
3201st Air Base Gp, 8 Aug 1951 - 1 Jul 1953
3201st Air Base Wg, 1 Jul 1953 - 16 Sep 1964
3201st Air Base Gp, 16 Sep 1964 - 1 Jun 1992
96th Air Base Wing, 1 Jun 1992 - Present
1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, ??? - Present

Operational History
In 1931, personnel of the Army Air Corps Tactical School (Maxwell Field, Ala.) while looking for a bombing and gunnery range, saw the potential of the sparsely populated forested areas surrounding Valparaiso and the vast expanse of the adjacent Gulf of Mexico.
Local businessman and airplane buff James E. Plew saw the potential of a military payroll to boost the local area’s depression-stricken economy. He leased from the City of Valparaiso the 137 acres (0.6 km˛) on which an airport was established in 1933, and in 1934, Plew offered the U.S. government a donation of 1,460 acres (6 km˛) contiguous for the bombing and gunnery base. This leasehold became the headquarters for the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base activated on June 14, 1935, under the command of Captain Arnold H. Rich.
With the outbreak of war in Europe, a proving ground for aircraft armament was established at Eglin. The U.S. Forestry ceded to the War Department the Choctawhatchee National Forest. In 1941, the Air Corps Proving Ground was activated, and Eglin became the site for gunnery training for Army Air Forces fighter pilots, as well as a major testing center for aircraft, equipment, and tactics. In March 1942, the base served as one of the sites for Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle to prepare his B-25 crews for their raid against Tokyo. A number of auxiliary fields were constructed on the Eglin reservation at this time, many of which are still in service in various roles, either in support of flight operations or special test activities.
After the war, Eglin became a pioneer in developing the techniques for missile launching and handling; and the development of drone or pilotless aircraft. In 1947, a successful drone flight from Eglin to Washington, D.C. was conducted.
In 1950, the Air Force Armament Center was established at Eglin. After the start of the Korean War, test teams moved to the combat theater for testing in actual combat. In 1957, the Air Force combined the Air Proving Ground Command and the Air Force Armament Center to form the Air Proving Ground Center. In 1968, the Air Proving Ground Center was redesignated the Armament Development and Test Center to centralize responsibility for research, development, test and evaluation, and initial acquisition of nonnuclear munitions for the Air Force.
In 1975, the installation served as one of four main U.S. Vietnamese Refugee Processing Centers, where base personnel housed and processed more than 10,000 Southeast Asian refugees. Eglin again became an Air Force refugee resettlement center processing over 10,000 Cubans who fled to the U.S. between April and May of 1980.
During a 1992 reorganization, the Air Force disestablished Eglin's parent major command, Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) and merged its functions with the former Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC). The newly created major command from this merger, Air Force Material Command (AFMC), remains Eglin's parent command to this day.
In 1998, as part of the Air Forces' strategic plan to guide the service into the 21st century, the Air Force Development Test Center became the Air Force Materiel Command's Air Armament Center (AAC), responsible for development, acquisition, testing, and fielding all air-delivered weapons.
Eglin AFB Emblem Gallery







Demographics
Eglin employs more than 8,500 military and approximately 4,500 civilians, with an additional 2,200 jobs due to move to Eglin under the 2005 BRAC.
As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 8,082 people, 2,302 households, and 2,262 families residing on the base. The population density was 2,640.1 people per square mile (1,019.8/km˛). There were 2,320 housing units at an average density of 757.9/sq mi (292.7/km˛). The racial makeup of the base was 71.79% White, 14.82% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 2.96% Asian, 0.38% Pacific Islander, 4.23% from other races, and 5.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.19% of the population.
There were 2,302 households out of which 79.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 89.8% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 1.7% were non-families. 1.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 0.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.50 and the average family size was 3.51.
On the base the population was spread out with 43.5% under the age of 18, 15.2% from 18 to 24, 39.6% from 25 to 44, 1.6% from 45 to 64, and 0.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males.
The median income for a household on the base was $31,951, and the median income for a family was $31,859. Males had a median income of $25,409 versus $19,176 for females. The per capita income for the base was $10,670. About 4.5% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under the age of 18 and none of those 65 and older.

National historic status
There are two U.S. National Historic Landmark Districts with connections to the base: Camp Pinchot and Eglin Field.

Notable Residents
Infielder Jay Bell was born here.
Author Hunter S Thompson served here in the 50s.

Climate
Warm, subtropical weather lasts almost nine months out of the year. The annual precipitation ranges from 25 to 60 inches (1,500 mm). Year-round, the average temperatures run:
Jan - Mar: 60-69 High and 42-51 LowApr - Jun: 76-88 High and 58-72 LowJul - Sep: 86-89 High and 70-77 LowOct - Dec: 63-79 High and 44-69 Low
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.

Civil rocketry
Eglin Air Force Base is also a launch site for civil rockets of NASA. There are three launch pads: one at 29.6700 N, 85.3700 W at Cape San Blas; and two on Santa Rosa Island at 30.3800 N, 86.7400 W and 30.3800 N, 86.8170 W. Rockets launched here have included Arcas, Nike Cajun, Nike Apaches, Nike Iroquois, etc. [1] This site was formerly operated by the 4751st ADS with CIM-10 Bomarcs, inactivated in 1973. In the 1940s, captured V-1 and American copy Ford JB-2 Loon buzzbombs were launched out over the Gulf of Mexico from these sites.

See also
Air Force Materiel Command
Air Force Armament Museum
Rocket launch sites
Tactical Air Command
Air Combat Command
Ninth Air Force
Khobar Towers
Duke Field (Eglin AFB Auxiliary Field #3)
Hurlburt Field (former Eglin AFB Auxiliary Field #9)
Okaloosa Regional Airport (located with Eglin AFB)
Florida World War II Army Airfields

References
^ FAA Airport Master Record for VPS (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
This article incorporates text from Eglin Air Force Base, a public domain work of the United States Government.
Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982 USAF Reference Series, Office of Air Force History, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C., 1989
Ravenstein, Charles A., Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977, Office of Air Force History, 1984
Endicott, Judy G., USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995. Office of Air Force History
Martin, Patrick, Tail Code: The Complete History Of USAF Tactical Aircraft Tail Code Markings, 1994
USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to present

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Eglin AFB military resort - 02/15/2008


EGLIN AFB — Construction of a military resort on Okaloosa Island might move a step closer later this month.

Eglin Air Force Base will host an industry forum Feb. 21 at the Emerald Coast Conference Center, not far from the 17.1-acre beachfront plot where it would like to see Emerald Breeze built. A welcome reception for interested contractors will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Air Force Armament Museum.

The project on the Air Force-owned parcel will be an enhanced-use lease contract. The Air Force is looking for a developer to build and manage the resort.

Eglin spokesman Mike Spaits said the upcoming forum is not a bidding venue.

Rather, it’s an opportunity for local officials, bankers, developers and real estate managers, among others, to get more information about the resort.

“Competition for project award is based on a Request for Qualifications process,” Spaits said in an e-mail. The “completion date is yet to be determined.”

Environmental and biological assessments must be made on the valuable parcel. Each study generally takes about six months to complete, but when they will begin hasn’t been determined yet.

The Air Force sees the resort as a way to reward troops and other Department of Defense workers and dependents for their service and sacrifices while also drawing tourism dollars to the Emerald Coast.

WANT TO ATTEND?

For more information or to register for the Emerald Breeze resort industry forum Feb. 21, go to jllpress.com.

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Eglin AFB new hires - 10/17/2007


Eglin has one of the largest civilian work forces in the Air Force with approximately 11,000 civilians assigned. The Civilian Personnel Office in Building 210, room 134 serves all appropriated fund employees assigned to Eglin. Customer service is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To find federal civil service employment at Eglin, Hurlburt Field, or Duke Field, contact the Air Force Civilian Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. The personnel center is the focal point for Air Force civilian jobs within the United States. The Web site address is www.afpc.randolph.af.mil Job announcements are posted on the Web site. There are specific instructions on how to fill out a resume on-line and submit it for jobs at Eglin, Hurlburt Field, or Duke Field.


Applicants who believe they are eligible for the Military Spouse Preference program should contact the Civilian Personnel Office at 882-6337 for information.
There are several departments within the Civilian Personnel Office to meet the specialized needs of the civilian work force. The Classification Branch can be reached at 882-6333. The Work Force Effectiveness Branch administers performance management, awards, employee discipline, labor relations, injury compensation, and other benefit programs. Their phone number is 882-4298. The Staffing Branch provides recruitment, and refers candidates for vacancies as well as processes new hires and personnel actions. They can be reached at 882-3203.


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Eglin Air Force Base ID cards - 10/17/2007


Phone: 882-3442
The military personnel flight customer service office in Building 210 room 134
administers identification cards, also called smart cards or CAC cards.
The telephone number is 882-3442.

Military members must present a military image in
accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel, although a uniform isn't required. Department of Defense civilians, dependents and retirees need to go to MPF to get an ID card before going to Pass and Registration.


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Eglin AFB Finance - 10/17/2007


Phone: 882-5441


The Financial Services Office is located in Building 350. Customer service hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customer service is dedicated to providing customers with prompt and accurate military and travel pay service. Finance personnel are available to help during in-processing and are always available to assist whenever there are questions concerning pay and travel entitlements. Phone numbers to remember are 882-5441/5442.
Military Leave and Earnings Statements are now available for review on myPay at https://mypay.dfas.mil/.
To view Leave and Earning Statements (LES), military members may go to the Air Force Portal at http://www.my.af.mil/


As always, "Customers are the focus of all we do." Keeping Finance informed of changes that may affect military pay will enable them to better serve its customers.


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Education websites for area around Eglin AFB - 08/18/2007


Education

Okaloosa County School Board
Okaloosa-Walton College
Troy University - Fort Walton Beach Campus
University of West Florida - Fort Walton Beach Campus



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Government website for Eglin AFB - 08/18/2007

Government
Okaloosa County
Okaloosa County Property Appraiser
Okaloosa County Tax Collector
Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections
Okaloosa County Clerk of Courts

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Volunteer around Eglin AFB going on - 08/18/2007


Blood Drive Assistance
Eglin AFB, Florida
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Peer Educator
Eglin AFB, Florida
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Disaster Action Team Scheduler
Eglin AFB, Florida
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Youth Disaster Volunteer
Eglin AFB, Florida
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Community Disaster Educator
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Receptionist
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Community Health Educator
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Youth Council Member
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College/School Liaison
Eglin AFB, Florida
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Volunteer Instructor/Aide
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Program Assistance
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Leadership Development Conference Facilitator
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Youth Council Advisor
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Get involved at the YMCA in your neighborhood!
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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Habitat For Hum. Environmental Initiative (0184)
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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To Do list Before coming to Eglin AFB - 08/18/2007


There are a number of things you should do to help make the transition easier:
- Give the post office a forwarding address
- Change addresses with billing agencies
- Send changes of address to magazine publishers
- Notify friends and relatives of your new address
- Obtain credit references from your bank, etc.
- Stop newspaper and all home delivery services
- Settle bills with local utility companies (gas, water, electric, telephone, etc..).

Don't forget to get deposit refunds and a written statement stating your last bill was paid in full - Transfer insurance on cars, home etc... and check to see if personal high

-value possessions are covered during the move

- Ask for a copy of or transfer children's records

- Get records from any private doctors or dentists that you and your family have been using- Notify your clergyman and obtain any necessary documents of birth, baptism, etc. that you may need- Double-check closets and shelves to be sure that they are empty

- Buy traveler's checks instead of carrying large sums of cash- Be sure to take any jewelry and valuable documents with you. Don't pack them in your household goods

- Make plans for transporting your pets. Unhappy or nervous pets can make very poor traveling companions. Here are some tips for ensuring your pet's travel on an airline goes unrestricted:

- Veterinarian-issued health certificates are required- International flights require further documentation. Quarantine requirments may apply

- Pets must travel in an airline-approved carrier large enough for the animal to move unrestricted- Food and water must be provided

- When accompanied by the owner, the pet is ususally checked in as excess baggage. If small enough, the pet may be allowed to ride in its carrier under the passenger seat

- When unaccompanied, the pet usually passes through airline freight handling systems. The cargo hold is pressurized with climate control to ensure the safety of your pet. Some airlines allow the owner to check on their pet through their 800 number tracking system

* NOTE:Check with your airline to ensure you have made all necessary arrangements for your pets' travel!!

- Let a close friend or relative know the route and schedule you will be traveling, including overnight stops. Use that person as a message center. This information should also be provided to your sponsor.Remember, there may be income tax advantages with your move, including those incurred after your arrival at Eglin. Examples of these expenses would include travel expenses, meals and lodging while you are occupying temporary quarters and expenses attributable to the sale, purchase, or lease of your residence.

After you have completed your move, consult your organization's legal assistance officer who will assist you in preparing the proper tax forms. If you experience a financial emergency enroute, you can get assistance from the Air Force Aid Society. Stop in at any military installation and request direct assistance if you are at an Air Force base or referral assistance at an Army post or Navy base.If you are not near a military installation, request Air Force Aid assistance through any American Red Cross office.

Once you arrive at Eglin, check in with the Air Force Aid office for information on the "Moving Assistance Program" which provides interest-free loans for rent and security deposits. A thank you to the Eglin AFB website for the information provided.


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WI-FI spots around Eglin AFB - 08/18/2007


Holiday Inn Express Niceville106 Bayshore DriveNiceville FL 32578 Location Type: Hotel / ResortProximity: 8 miles Map Directions Connection Options
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McDonald's 247291083 N. Beal ParkwayFort Walton Beach FL 32547 Location Type: RestaurantProximity: 8.6 miles Map Directions Connection Options
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The UPS Store #1392117 Racetrack Rd NWFort Walton Beach FL 32547 Location Type: Store / Shopping MallProximity: 8.9 miles Map Directions Connection Options
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Starbucks Eglin Pkwy & Plew Ave - Shalimar1198 Eglin Pkwy.Shalimar FL 32579 Location Type: CafeProximity: 9.4 miles Map Directions Connection Options
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The UPS Store #22821114 E John Sims PkwyNiceville FL 32578 Location Type: Store / Shopping MallProximity: 9.5 miles Map Directions Connection Options
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McDonald's 111841189 Eglin ParkwayShalimar FL 32579 Location Type: RestaurantProximity: 9.5 miles Map Directions Connection Options
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The UPS Store 22821114 E John Sims ParkwayNiceville FL 32578 Location Type: Store / Shopping MallProximity: 10 miles Map Directions Connection Options
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T-Mobile Eglin Parkway NE232 Eglin Parkway NEAFort Walton Beach FL 32547 Location Type: Store / Shopping MallProximity: 10.2 miles Map Directions Connection Options
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Starbucks575 North Beal ParkwayFort Walton Beach FL 32548 Location Type: CafeProximity: 10.4 miles Map Directions Connection Options
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FedEx Kinkos575 N. Beal ParkwayFort Walton Beach FL 32548 Location Type: Store / Shopping MallProximity: 10.4 miles


http://cnet.jiwire.com/wi-fi-wireless-hotspot-fort-walton-beach-florida-fl-us-starbucks-beal-pkwy-mary-esther-cutoff-1240056.htm575 North Beal ParkwayFort Walton Beach FL 32548 Location Type: CafeProximity: 10.4 miles (16.7 km) Map Directions Connection Options
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McDonald's 117213201 South Ferdon BlvdCrestview FL 32536 Location Type: RestaurantProximity: 10.7 miles (17.3 km) Map Directions Connection Options
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Econo Lodge - Crestview FL356*3101 S. Ferdon Blvd.Crestview FL 32536 Location Type: Hotel / ResortProximity: 10.8 miles (17.4 km) Map Directions Connection Options
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The UPS Store #2135550 Mary Esther Cutoff#18Fort Walton Beach FL 32548 Location Type: Store / Shopping MallProximity: 11.1 miles (17.8 km) Map Directions Connection Options
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AliBaba Grill Cafe550 Mary Esther CutoffSuite 14Fort Walton Beach FL 32548 Location Type: RestaurantProximity: 11.1 miles (17.8 km) Map Directions Connection Options
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Starbucks95 Eglin Parkway NeFort Walton Beach FL 32548 Location Type: CafeProximity: 11.1 miles (17.8 km) Map Directions Connection Options
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Jin Jin Chinese550 Mary Esther Cut Off NWFort Walton Beach FL 32548 Location Type: RestaurantProximity: 11.1 miles (17.8 km) Map Directions Connection Options
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McDonald's 03840440 Mary Esther BoulevardMary Esther FL 32569 Location Type: RestaurantProximity: 11.3 miles (18.1 km) Map Directions Connection Options
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The UPS Store 2135550 Mary Esther Cutoff#18Fort Walton Beach FL 32548 Location Type: Store / Shopping MallProximity: 11.3 miles (18.2 km) Map Directions Connection Options


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Schools around Eglin AFB - 08/18/2007


This page lists all the schools in Okaloosa County along with their addresses and phone numbers, as well as a link to the school's "grade" issued by the state of Florida. A link to a map of each school is also included for your convenience.

Addie R. Lewis Middle School281 Mississippi AvenueValparaiso, FL 32580School Phone: 850-833-4130

Annette P. Edwins Elementary School7 Wright Parkway SWFort Walton Beach, FL 32548School Phone: 850-833-3333

Antioch Elementary School4700 Whitehurst LaneCrestview, FL 32536School Phone: 850-683-7540

Baker School1369 14th St.Baker, FL 32531School Phone: 850-689-7279

Bluewater Elementary School4545 Range RoadNiceville, FL 32578School Phone: 850-833-4240

Bob Sikes Elementary School425 Adams DriveCrestview, FL 32536School Phone: 850-689-7268

C. W. Ruckel Middle School201 North Partin DriveNiceville, FL 32578School Phone: 850-833-4142

Cherokee Elementary School200 Gaffney RoadEglin AFB, FL 32542School Phone: 850-833-4320

Choctawatchee Academy110 Racetrack Road NWFort Walton Beach, FL 32547School Phone: 850-833-3614

Choctawatchee Senior High School110 Racetrack Road NWFort Walton Beach, FL 32548School Phone: 850-833-3614

Clifford Meigs Middle School150 Richbourg AvenueShalimar, FL 32579School Phone: 850-833-4301

Crestview Senior High School1250 N. Ferdon BoulevardCrestview, FL 32536School Phone: 850-689-7177

Crestview Voc-Tech Center1250 N. Ferdon BoulevardCrestview, FL 32536School Phone: 850-689-7177

Davidson Middle School6261 Old Bethel RoadCrestview, FL 32536School Phone: 850-683-7500

Destin Elementary School630 Kelly StreetDestin, FL 32541School Phone: 850-833-4360

Destin Middle School (Regatta Bay)689 Regatta Bay Blvd.Destin, FL 32541School Phone: 850-833-7655

Elliott Point Elementary School301 Hughes StreetFort Walton Beach, FL 32548School Phone: 850-833-3355

Emerald Coast Marine Institute207 4th Street SEFort Walton Beach, FL 32548School Phone: 850-244-2711

Florosa Elementary School1700 W Highway 98Mary Esther, FL 32569School Phone: 850-833-4381

Fort Walton Beach High School400 Hollywood Boulevard SWFort Walton Beach, FL 32548School Phone: 850-833-3300
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Gulf Coast Youth Academy4448 Straight Line RoadCrestview, FL 32539School Phone: 850-689-7800

James E. Plew Elementary School220 Pine AvenueNiceville, FL 32578School Phone: 850-833-4100

Kenwood Elementary School15 Eagle StreetFort Walton Beach, FL 32547School Phone: 850-833-3570

Lance C. Richbourg Middle School500 Alabama StreetCrestview, FL 32536School Phone: 850-689-7229

Laurel Hill High School8078 4th StreetLaurel Hill, FL 32567School Phone: 850-652-4111

Liza Jackson Preparatory School546 Mary Esther CutoffFort Walton Beach, FL 32548School Phone: 850-833-3321

Longwood Elementary School50 Holly AvenueShalimar, FL 32579School Phone: 850-833-4329

Lula J. Edge Elementary School300 Highway 85 NNiceville, FL 32578School Phone: 850-833-4138

Mary Esther Elementary School320 Miracle Strip ParkwayMary Esther, FL 32569School Phone: 850-833-3371

Max Bruner, Jr. Middle School322 Holmes Boulevard NWFort Walton Beach, FL 32548School Phone: 850-833-3266

Milton Girls Juv. Residential5770 E. Milton RoadMilton, FL 32538School Phone: 850-689-7117

N. W. Florida Ballet Academie310 Perry Avenue SEFort Walton Beach, FL 32548School Phone: 850-664-7787

Niceville Senior High School800 John Sims Parkway ENiceville, FL 32578School Phone: 850-833-4109

Northwood Elementary School501 4th AvenueCrestview, FL 32536School Phone: 850-689-7252

Oak Hill Elementary School101 Chinquapin DriveEglin AFB, FL 32542School Phone: 850-833-4311

Ocean City Elementary School720 Essex RoadFort Walton Beach, FL 32547School Phone: 850-833-3556

Okaloosa Academy81 Roberts BoulevardFort Walton Beach, FL 32547School Phone: 850-864-3133

Okaloosa Applied Tech Center1976 Lewis Turner BoulevardFort Walton Beach, FL 32547School Phone: 850-833-3500
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Okaloosa Youth Academy4448 Straight Line RoadCrestview, FL 32539School Phone: 850-689-7800
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Okaloosa Youth Development Center4448 Straight Line RoadCrestview, FL 32539School Phone: 850-689-7800

OWCC Collegiate Charter High School100 College Boulevard ENiceville, FL 32578School Phone: 850-729-4949

Shalimar Elementary School1350 Joe Martin CircleShalimar, FL 32579School Phone: 850-833-4339

Silver Sands Exceptional Children349 Holmes Boulevard NWFort Walton Beach, FL 32548School Phone: 850-833-3364

Southside Elementary School650 S. Pearl StreetCrestview, FL 32539School Phone: 850-689-7203

Valparaiso Elementary School379 Edge AvenueValparaiso, FL 32580School Phone: 850-833-4120

W. C. Pryor Middle School201 Racetrack Road NWFort Walton Beach, FL 32547School Phone: 850-833-3613

Walker Elementary School2988 Stillwell BoulevardCrestview, FL 32539School Phone: 850-689-7220

Wright Elementary School305 Lang RoadFort Walton beach, FL 32547School Phone: 850-833-3580


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Parks around Eglin AFB - 08/18/2007


Clearwater Park
Valparaiso

Eglin Wildlife Management Area
Valparaiso

Fort Walton Beach Park
Fort Walton Beach

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
Destin

Henderson Beach State Park
Fort Walton Beach

Rocky Bayou State Park Aquatic Preserve
Niceville

Twin Hills Park


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Church around Eglin AFB area - 08/18/2007

Almerant Church
Laurel Hill

Antioch Church
Crestview South

Beaver Creek Church
Munson

Bethel Church
Crestview North

Bethel Church
Laurel Hill

Bullard Church
Hurricane Lake

Campton Church
Oak Grove

Canaan Church
Crestview South

Clear Springs Church
Oak Grove

Ebenezer Church
Oak Grove

Friendship Church
Crestview South

Golan Church
Baker

Good Hope Church
Munson

Hester Church
Baker

Holy Trinity Church
Mary Esther

Light House Church
Baker

Lighthouse Church
Baker

Live Oak Church
Crestview South

Magnolia Church
Oak Grove

Mount Zion Church
Laurel Hill

New Bethany Church
Munson

New Bethel Church
Crestview North

Oakland Church
Mary Esther

Old Ebenezer Church
Oak Grove

Olive Branch Church
Blackman

Parkway Church

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Hospitals around Eglin AFB area - 08/18/2007

Crestview Community Hospital
Crestview North

Fort Walton Beach Hospital Extended Care
Fort Walton Beach

HSA Gulf Coast Hospital
Fort Walton Beach

Humana Hospital Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach

Twin Cities Hospital
Niceville

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Airports in Okaloosa County - 08/18/2007

Bob Sikes Airport
Crestview North


Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)



30.78
-86.52
214

Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport
Destin




Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)


30.40
-86.47
22

Dotson Airport
Baker


Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)


30.82
-86.69
251

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Heliport
Mary Esther


Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)


30.45
-86.63
47

Hurlburt Field
Mary Esther


Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)


30.43
-86.69
38

Lonesome Pines Airport
Baker




Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)


30.80
-86.68
244

North Okaloosa Medical Center Heliport
Crestview South




Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)


30.74
-86.56
230



Ruckel Airport
Niceville




Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)


30.52
-86.44
67

Sky Ranch
Baker


Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)


30.85
-86.67
250

Swaney Airport
Dorcas


Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)


30.78
-86.47
210

The Funny Farm Airport
Dorcas


Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)


30.80
-86.44
200

Yellow River Airstrip
Holt




Lat
Long
Elev.(ft.)


30.69
-86.75
150

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Near-by Hotels to Eglin AFB - 08/18/2007

Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach-Eglin AFB

1280 Eglin Parkway North
Shalimar, FL 32579
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by Lois Walsh - 08/18/2007

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Maintaining the infrastructure of an Air Force base that's nearly the size of the state of Rhode Island and the largest in the free world is a tough and challenging job, but it is one that the 96th Civil Engineer Group is fully focused on doing in the most innovative, resourceful and efficient ways possible.

From repairing roads to fighting forest fires, the group is one of the most diverse on base with everything from firefighters to archaeologists on staff to do the job. Similar to many units throughout the Department of Defense, though, the 96th CEG must find ways to overcome budget and personnel cuts to continue its contributions to the Global War on Terror.

"Funding has been lean and from the people standpoint, we're heavily supporting the Air Expeditionary Force mission requirements," Col. Dennis Yates, 96th CEG commander, said.

That doesn't discourage Colonel Yates and the 96th CEG at all. Instead, he says it keeps them focused and true to the group's vision of being innovative, resourceful and effective in all they do in light of these challenges.

The group is comprised of the 796th Civil Engineer Squadron, the 96 Civil Engineer Squadron and the Environmental Management, Resources and Family Housing Divisions.

Lt. Col. Dave Eaton, 796th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, heads a squadron of more than 600 military and civilians who are responsible for maintenance and repair of base property. They've got everything from pest management personnel to heating, ventilation and air conditioning specialists. He agrees that limited funding and ops tempo are some of the biggest challenges his squadron faces.

"The people are great and do great things for us, always stepping up to the plate to meet the challenges head on." he said. "They take limited funding and manpower and do their magic to produce a great product. For example, when one of our shop superintendents deployed last month, an airman quickly stepped into his shoes and has been leading the shop ever since. There is no doubt in my mind that we'll see more examples like this as the deployment wears on."

The Environmental Management Division is led by Mike Applegate. The division is responsible for ensuring the base is a good steward of the environment and manages the reservation for 19 federally listed threatened and endangered species, as well as maintaining the world's largest longleaf pine forest.

Beyond the natural resources, Environmental Management is also responsible for ensuring the base stays compliant with the myriad of federal and state laws that regulate the base's air emissions, water quality programs, restoration efforts and protection of cultural resources among other things.

"We're environmental managers, not environmentalists," Mr. Applegate said. "We manage the environment for the mission, and we don't let it manage us. Our job is to make sure the base is compliant with the law as we execute the mission."

The Family Housing Division, ran by Kathy Lawhon, provides program management for housing referral services and effective use of on-base housing, including the single unaccompanied Airmen's dormitories. They are also responsible for providing input to the housing budget and the accompanying furnishings management program.

Through privatization, the quality of military family housing for both Eglin and Hurlburt Field military families stands to improve substantially.

"Our military families will enjoy contemporary homes similar to those found in the local communities," Paul Ledford, housing office manager, said. "They will have homes that are better built and equipped to endure the intense heat associated with coastal living." The Air Force hopes to attract the right developer for the job when it releases its updated Request for Proposal in September.

The 96th Civil Engineer Squadron, known as the "first-response arm of CE," boasts the largest fire department in DOD and the largest explosive ordnance disposal in the Air Force.

"If you think first response across the base or the community, fire, police and medical, we are one leg of that Eglin triad," Maj. Don Treanor, 96th CES commander, said. The 96th CES also includes the Readiness Flight. Its mission includes conducting emergency management for peacetime emergencies and natural disasters on Eglin as well as providing chemical warfare defense training for all Eglin military personnel, Major Treanor said. They also have the Prime BEEF functions which prepares CE forces for their wartime responsibilities.

So while there may be less people and financial resources to do their job these days, Col. Yates believes that if the group stays true to its vision, they'll be fine.

"It's a great group of people with a lot of pride to do the job right under any circumstances," Colonel Yates said. "Our pride and ingenuity makes us a formidable weapon system."

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Eglin Airmen train Iraqis on fuel delivery - 08/18/2007

by Tech Sgt. Russell Wicke 447th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs 6/20/2007
- SATHER AIR BASE, BAGHDAD, IRAQ

-- Airmen from the 447th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Flight are training Iraqis here to fuel up their own C-130s without dependence on the U.S. Air Force.

Heading up the training is Master Sgt. Scott Addington, 447th ELRS Petroleum, Oils and Lubricant fuels manager, who said the plan is broken own into a "crawl, walk, run" process.

The first day of training was June 17 and involved familiarization with one of the Iraqis two fuel trucks.

"These guys are in the infancy stage of fueling," said Sergeant Addington. "We developed a six-phase process designed to ease them into this work.

" The entire Iraqi fuels shop here, consisting of three people, is now learning the fundamentals in Phase One: moving fuel. Sergeant Addington said advanced training will involve tracking and recording fuel, and eventually performing lab work.

The Iraqi airmen at New Al-Muthana will be responsible for refueling their three C-130s, their helicopters and their aerospace ground equipment, according to Tech. Sgt. Chad Wilkey, 447th ELRS fuels operations supervisor. At present, all of these are being fueled by U.S. Airmen working for Sergeant Addington.

In addition to the Iraqis' aircraft and equipment, the 13 Airmen of 447th ELRS Fuels shop have their hands full with other commitments. Approximately 300 transit aircraft funnel through Sather every week - all requiring fuel. Furthermore, the Army's 3rd Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade has approximately 115 helicopters which fly daily missions from Baghdad International Airport. They all depend on fuel from the 447th ELRS. And just to add the icing, Sather also maintains multiple generators which supply electricity to the base; they all depending on POL for clean, dry fuel.

"We provide the life-blood of the American war fighter," said Sergeant Wilkey. "Nobody goes anywhere without gas." And Sather's access to gas all passes through the conduit of these 13 Airmen. But Sergeant Wilkey was quick to point out his team does a lot more than deliver fuel.

This is where Tech. Sgt. Terrance Ladd, 447th ELRS fuels lab technician comes in. Sergeant Ladd runs the fuels lab here. It's his job to ensure the fuel is of high quality. He said he spends his days sampling fuel from their fuel trucks and the 50,000-gallon fuel bladders, and testing them for a number of contaminants.

"I test the fuel for solids, (like dirt) and trace amounts of water," said Sergeant Ladd. "If my tests indicate the fuel is too dirty, or has too much water, we have to take action to correct the problem."

Sergeant Ladd also said the JP-8 fuel he works with requires several additives to enhance engine performance. He runs lab work on the JP-8 to ensure it has the right amount of icing inhibitor and static dissipater. Without these additives, the fuel may develop crystallized ice, or build up static electricity. Sergeant Ladd also tests the fuel for proper flash point.

In addition to lab testing come the rigors of inventory and paperwork. According to Sergeant Addington, all fuel has to be received by convoy, tracked and recorded. When people depend on a product that comes by convoy in Baghdad, Iraq, problems surface fast. Baghdad features a characteristic that makes fuel supply very unpredictable: hostility.

"We have a small surplus of fuel because re-supply trucks are unpredictable," said Sergeant Wilkey. "For this reason, we limit all aircraft to 40,000 pounds of fuel, unless they arrange for more in advance."

Sergeant Addington agreed that his crew of 13 stands up under a heavy yoke: providing clean, dry fuel to the entire base and the coalition in addition to the training of Iraqis - all in a hostile environment. But he said it would take more than this and the occasional rocket attack to break the resolve of the Airmen in POL.

"We like the term 'resilient' defined by Webster's as, 'tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change,'" wrote Sergeant Addington in an e-mail responding to a concerned peer after a rocket attack in their area. "What doesn't kill you will only make you stronger."

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Occupational Health Council Eglin Air Force Base - 08/18/2007

Commentary by Col. Joseph A. LanniVice Commander, Air Armament Center & Chairman, Eglin Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health Council - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.

-- In less than three weeks, every Eglin unit and organization will be subject to an evaluation of its compliance with environmental laws and guidelines when Air Force Materiel Command environmental officials visit to conduct an Environmental, (and Occupational Health) Compliance Assessment and Management Program (EOHCAMP) evaluation July 9-13.

Eglin is prepared.

Thirteen protocols, which include hazardous waste management and water quality management, will be thoroughly assessed by a team who knows those processes and programs and how they should work, inside and out.

Eglin is ready.

Why so confident, you ask? Because I know Team Eglin has made all the necessary preparation for this external EOHCAMP. I know the difference between glancing at a regulation and making environmental safety and health part of our lifestyle...and I know that the lifestyle is stressed at all levels of our workforce. I know that commanders and their Unit Environmental Coordinators, all 98 of them, have been ensuring the finer details of their unit's environmental programs are in order, and are hitting the streets, stressing ownership of the program by everyone. I know they'll continue these efforts right up until showtime when the AFMC team arrives at their unit's doorstep in early July.

That's the kind of effort it will take to ensure success during this evaluation.

I believe that all of Team Eglin understands that the future of this great nation rests in our hands right now and our job #1 is to carry out our mission and protect our country. That requires us to integrate all of our efforts toward conserving our resources...that's natural, infrastructure and human resources that supports and conduct our mission. The EOHCAMP results will give us a clear picture of how well we are doing that now, as well as areas to improve in moving forward.

As we prepare for the upcoming evaluation, let's continue to improve Eglin's Environmental Management System to a benchmark that others will mimic. Our next challenge in that process will begin 9 July.

Team Eglin, continue to do what it takes to be ready for this and future challenges...our workforce, our mission and our nation depend on it.

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Exchange Select quality and price registering with military families - 08/18/2007

EGLIN AFB, Fla. -- Military shoppers in search of the best value for their dollar are increasingly reaching for "private label" products manufactured under the Exchange Services' "Exchange Select" brand. The steady demand for affordably priced, quality products by the military community continues to drive expansion of the Exchange Select brand, available exclusively at Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Exchanges, Veterans Canteen Service locations and Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) BXs and PXs.


We introduced 67 new 'Exchange Select' items in 2006 including value pack diapers and baby wipes, whitening pre-brush oral rinse and smoking cessation gum," said the Eglin AFB BX's General Manager Myra Moore. "The entire portfolio now includes 557 unique items, all priced to deliver substantial savings."

Whether shopping for health and beauty care items, household cleaning and laundry products or even a single-use camera, Exchange Select products offer quality that is equal to or better than equivalent national brands at an average savings of 50 percent.

"Our Quality Assurance team actively ensures the quality of 'Exchange Select' merchandise by visiting suppliers' plants to verify 'Good Manufacturing Practices,' as set by the Food and Drug Administration as well as other governing agencies, are used," said Moore. "In fact, all over-the-counter medicines, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, meet FDA established guidelines, which are the same for 'Exchange Select' and national brand equivalent products."

Name brand quality combined with "private label" pricing continues to attract military shoppers as "Exchange Select" sales have increased 30 percent since the brand was first introduced in the summer of 2002. As a result, the Exchange Services continue to broaden their "private label" assortment through line extensions in existing categories and expansion into new programs.

"Exchange Select" stock assortment additions currently in development include oatmeal based baby toiletries, women's premium triple-blade disposable razors, sugar-free cough drops, plastic applicator tampons and "custom-size-it" paper towels.

A thank you to the Eglin Military official website for this story

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Eglin Airmen selected for promotion - 08/18/2007

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Force officials selected 15,130 of 36,608 eligible senior airmen for promotion to staff sergeant for a selection rate of 41.33 percent, up 5.46 percent from last year.

The complete list of selectees will be posted on AFPC's enlisted promotions Web page no later than 3 p.m. CDT Aug. 15.

"The promotion opportunity for this year is outstanding," said Chief Master Sgt. Rusty Nicholson, the enlisted promotion branch chief at the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base. "This is a great day for the United States Air Force and a significant event for the Air Force's newest group of noncommissioned officers."

The average staff sergeant selectee score for the 07E5 staff sergeant test cycle was 270.71 points, based on the following: -- 131.72 Enlisted Performance Reports -- 55.99 Promotion Fitness Exam -- 54.33 Specialty Knowledge Test -- 2.15 Time in Grade -- 4.72 Time in Service -- 0.85 Decorations

There are 4,894 enlisted Airmen who will have yet to take the Weighted Airmen Promotion System test, primarily due to deployment, Chief Nicholson said. "Upon their return, they will be provided the 60-day study time prior to testing and then automatically be considered via the monthly supplemental process."

Air Armament Center Stacia Zachary

28th Test Squadron Wendy Scheibe

33rd Fighter Wing Eugene Farmer Omar Phillips Elisa Young

33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Bradley Barkley Christopher Blake Charles Bock Steven Bohler Brandon Brock Kyle Bryant William Calban Leuris Castillo Kyle Cramere Delmas Crawford Jeffery Dehaan Billy Gene Drake Kenneth Duby James Flannery Patrick Gervais Robert Hall William Haselden Eric Hilliard James Holness Ronald Jenkins Chester Johnson Craig Kelley Frederick Koval Rudolph Lange Timothy Lawson Ronald Legarde Eric Litton Danny Makowsky Even Martin Thomas Martineau Brian Mathison Nicholas Mays Dennis McKelvey Justin McLane Kevin Mickley Gerald Mitchell Michael Monroe Jesus Pena Regis Peoples Benjamin Picasio Benjamin Proffitt Brian Quinerly Jael Rivera Jeffrey Robbins Daniel Sanders Samuel Sargent Nicholas Schmidt David Shafer Alex Stinebrickner Michael Sweely Brandon Takacs Charles Taylor Randall Vander Woude Joey Vandusen Jonathan Whelan Darryl White

33rd Maintenance Operations Squadron Michael Alwood Leanna Bailon Albert Benitez Nichole Guest Crystal Perez

33rd Maintenance Squadron Nicholas Anziano Edwin Bermudez Tracie Bone Joshua Bosworth Jeremy Bowden Curtis Bracksieck Lacey Brumfield Lisa Caluag Michael Crenshaw Carlos Cruz Nathan Cumberledge Ross Currie Matthew Curtis Daniel Dallas Jessica Deangelis Michael Disori Bradford Doyon Dustin Elizondo Jason Ellison Daniel Fulghum Chad Gamache Robert Gonzales Destiny Harp Erik Harper Benjamin Hollins Robert Kawasaki David Knight Adam Koon Eugene Lofton Christopher Marcum Michael Marr Edwin Matos Joseph McGoldrick James McKay Kelli McLean Weston Miller Sharif Pryce Roderick Randolph Andrew Rauch Antonio Rivera Randy Rowell Peter Saari Patrick Spencer Daniel Swanson Phetsamo Thiravong Bradley Townsend Timothy West Matthew Wray Julian Wynn

33rd Operations Group Ricky Beasley Kaylynn Martin

33rd Operations Support Group Dominick Dellapia Jamie Linwood Lakeishea Williams Laura Yelvington

40th Flight Test Squadron Tamura Godfrey

46th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Heather Acosta Markus Anthny Matthew Cowart Derek Creary Trevor Crittendon Brian Culver Harold Cunningham Shawn Cushman Joshua Devineking Zachary Drahota Jordan Gerlofs Valerie Giampoala Andrew Glidewell David Goldsmith James Hanni Jonathan Harpe Michael Hill Austin Holen Rickurt Jackman Brandon Justics Richard King Michael Langham Bret Lowe Jeremiah McCartney William Merritt Matthew Mingee Thomas Moldenhauer Sidney Moore Wesley Mull William Nelson David Nyman Christine O'Donnell Jonathan Pruitt Matthew Quinn Christopher Riley Jonathan Robinson Bradley Schuster Micheal Scot Reyes Siniff Christopher Stewart Jesse Taska Daniel Thompson Branden Van Matre Rafael Williams

46 Maintenance Operation Squadron Mark Hanna

46th Maintenance Squadron Steven Acevedo Christopher Akin David Alday Nakevin Cain Kylentus Clark Benjamin Dartez Blake Davis David Downing John Flanagan Jeremy Frederick Cameron Hickey Bronson McLain David Meyere Eric Quintana Adam Rohrer Cale Seubert Emmanuel Smith Jeromy Smith Donna Stevens James Stinson Burt Villareal

46th Operations Support Squadron Daisha Bey Raymond Cooper Jamie Hennessey Joshua Lemay Michael Nesladek Tony Schamberger

46th Range Squadron Amanda Seagro

46th Weather Squadron Melit Laurry

58th Fighter Squadron Amanda Fisher Marvin Williams Michelle Ziebell

68th Electronic Warfare Squadron Melanie Nestle Jeremiah Ward

85th Test and Evaluation Squadron Marcus Davis 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron Alexandra Kearney

96th Air Base Wing Arionea Adams Katie Hughes 96th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Kristian Duff Nancy Martinez Amy Rauch

96th Civil Engineer Group Michael Chavarria Sterling Scales

96th Civil Engineer Squadron Kelly Badger Ali Bueshi Roy Campos Adam Cole Philip Cummings Michael Edwards Shaun Gingerella Isaiah Graham Jordan Gren Aaron Jones Abraham Lara Christopher Lewis Adam Meredith Charles Miles Kalvin Moore Errick Schafer Ronin Sullivan Crystal Yaw

96th Communications Group Ryan Dennis Latoria Glover 96th Communications Squadron Julia Barnes Michael Baustert Bobby Buckalew Rospig De La Torre Michael Fleming John Haraguchi Zachary Hill Matthew Holt Brian Lawton Kendrick Lewis Jesse Peterson Jeremy Phillips Kristy Robinson Marcie Teal Jason West

96th Comptroller Squadron Michelle Goodnight Adrian Johnson Christopher Olson Seneca Shelton

96th Dental Squadron Michael Gray Alpheus Green Audrey Hernandez Sara Kelley Robert Penn

96th Ground Combat Training Squadron Jermaine Morrow Jaclyn Privitera

96th Logistics Readiness Squadron Corey Briggs Michael Clark Raul Diazfunes Kivondra Fagg Edwin Jacobo Michael Jarvis Darryl Leytham Christopher Logue Claudio Moreta Jesse Nantkes Troy Newman William Overton Stefanie Rouse Stephen Soloman Shanell Stephens Anthony Tabano Hyrice Tomlin Leonard Wright

96th Medical Operations Squadron Michael Barnette Mozingo Chavez Tammi Fish Nicole Gillig Zachary Higgins Kristi Kendzierski Alexander Kryvenia Alexander Lee Cassandra Murphy Sabrina Richardson

96th Medical Support Squadron Charmaine Garza Juan Gomez Lluvia Gonzalez Michelle Guzman Maria Jimenez Katrina Madden Laura McKeon Brianna Mullarkey Charles Murphy Kary Stringham Brandi Stupak Karen Sweet Heather Vitolla Jolea Zuber


96th Mission Support Squadron Forrest Jones Michael Whitman

96th Security Forces Squadron Cody Braemer Keith Cleare Charles Coles Keith Corcoran Scott Cousins Angela Dotson Mark Geralesrosen Jonathan Hogue Season Kelt Derrick Kohlenberger David Leal Kathleen Lee Michael McDade Daniel Wanhala

96th Services Squadron Travis Giles Stephanie Harris Olrick Johnson Ryan Leveille John Vickery 96th Surgical Operations Squadron Karen Knight Paul Lilya Jaime Martin Leon Miller Amber Wesolowski

728th Air Control Squadron Kenneth Basaldua Caroline Braddock Justin Centola Reginald Cook Denise Diaz John Driver Dawn Dutcher Melanie Engle Timothy French Jason Gleason Steven Greenwood Garrett Hayes Andrew Heinig Brioan Jessee Bradley Johnson Patrick Johnson Brandon Jones Benjamin Koren Andy Lansdowne Evan Lee Jason Levalley Andrew Lewis Dannielle Lewis John Limon Christopher Lovelady Andrew Miller Renaldo Miller William O'Neal Claudia Paisley Shiloh Pogue Jesse Ready Erika Reynolds Joshua Ritchie Joaquin Rodriguez Antonio Santiago Keith St Laurent Demetrius Townsend Angel Vargas Todd Vetter James Wall

728th Test Squadron Robert Burroughs

796th Civil Engineer Squadron Cesar Alvarado Daniel Jones Jesse Knudtson Adrien Lomax Christopher Looney Carlo Mangoba Ben Nichols Paul Perez Matthew Phillips Tomas Sanchez Derrick Seals Robert Strohmeyer Randy Webster Kyle Whisenhunt Mark Williams 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron Alan Cherry Christopher Fairbairn Edward Groves Charles Hamilton Michael Lacy Lane Miller Shawn Riley Gilbert Rubio Michael Smith

9th Special Operations Squadron Michael Brown David Holcombe Joshua Huff Andrew Lewis Kentonis McGee Scott Osteen

16th Electronic Warfare Squadron Jacqueline Barker Lynette Calleiro James Campbell Lowell Edkins Stuart Melton Niicholas Turner Jason Ward

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Back to School Safety - 08/18/2007

Air Armament Center Safety Office

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- As summer vacation concludes here on the Emerald Coast, students across several counties are readying themselves for the start of a new school year.

With all of the excitement this time brings, safety is not the first topic that may be discussed between students and parents. The Air Armament Safety Office encourages parents to speak with their children about safety before school begins. Here is why and some topics to help you along.

Getting to school and back home again

· Find an easy, safe way to walk to school or the bus stop. Ask your parents if there is anything you should watch out for along way. Crosswalks, stop lights, crossing guard, speed zones. · Always walk with a brother, sister, neighbor, or friend - sounds just like a Wingman. · Don't talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or take anything from them.

· Know your phone number and address, even your area code and zip code. If you have trouble remembering them, write them down and keep them in a safe place like a backpack or notebook. Walking and biking to schoolEven if you don't ride to school in a car or a school bus, students must still protect themselves. In walking to and from school without a parent, many young pedestrians face many safety decisions, situations and dangers. Here are a few basic safety tips to follow:

· Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard -- never cross the street against a light, even if you don't see any traffic coming.

· Walk your bike through intersections. · Walk with a buddy. · Wear reflective material if possible...it makes you more visible to street traffic.

· Never walk alone--always travel with a buddy.

· Pay attention to all traffic signals and crossing guards along the way.
Never cross the street against a stop light.

· Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

· Avoid ill-fitting clothing that could get caught in spokes or pedals or restrict movements, and wear reflective colors and material to be more visible to street traffic.

· Walk your bicycle across all intersections. Riding in a car You might have heard before that most traffic crashes occur within a 25-mile radius of home ... that's true, they do.

· Safety belts are the best form of protection passengers have in the event of a crash. They can lower your risk of injury by 45%.

· You are four times more likely to be seriously injured or killed if ejected from the vehicle in a crash.

· Everyone needs to be buckled up properly. That means older kids in seat belts, younger kids in booster seats and little kids in child safety seats.

Riding the bus

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 24 million students nationwide start their school day with a trip on the school bus. Although NHTSA reports that riding on a school bus is nearly eight times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle, an average of 11 school-aged pedestrians are killed by school transportation vehicles each year. In 2006, 26 students were killed and another 9,000 were injured in incidents involving school buses. More often than not, these deaths and injuries didn't occur in a crash, but as the pupils were entering and exiting the bus.

Remember these safety tips:

· Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.

· Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.

· When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.

· Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus. · Stay away from the bus until the driver gives a signal that it's okay to approach.

· Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!

After school If you stay home alone for a few hours after school while your parents are at work, call and check in with them as soon as you get home. Ask your parents what the rules are. Are you allowed to watch TV before you finish your homework?

But these two are simple rules parents should provide their children who are home alone:

· Keep doors shut: Instead of telling kids not to let a stranger in, the real rule needs to be: Keep the door shut and locked at all times. Don't fill your child's head with "don'ts"; simply tell them to keep all doors closed. If someone comes to the door, your child can communicate with this person through the door.

· Set check-in time: Another thing parents should ask their child to do is call and let Mom or Dad know that she is home safe. Set a consistent time for the child to call each day. Give her 10 minutes plus or minus to allow for a slow bus, etc ... then start to worry if she doesn't meet this deadline. Also, find a close neighbor who is usually home around this time. If the parent can't be reached, the child knows to call this person.

Parents, please remember that kids home alone are much more likely to encounter dangers such as fire from burning popcorn or falling down the stairs than being abducted by a stranger. Parents need to consider some of these issues facing their families and deal with them accordingly. Have a safe and productive school year.

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Home to the Air Armament Center - 08/18/2007

Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., serves as the focal point for all Air Force armament. It applies advanced technology, engineering and programming efficiencies across the product life cycle to provide superior combat capability to the warfighter. Eglin's Air Armament Center plans, directs and conducts test and evaluation of armament, navigation, guidance systems, and command and control systems. The 96th Air Base Wing, as the host unit, supports the largest single-base mobility commitment in the Air Force.

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The impact for the surrounding area - 08/18/2007

Anticipated BRAC + Non-BRAC population increase for Eglin:
• About 5,000 military, government civilians, students and contractors with the majority arriving in FY10 and FY11

• 87% enlisted, 12% officers, 1% government civilians, and 200+ contractors Estimated overall population increase for Okaloosa County & the surrounding areas:

• Approximately 12,000 (7,000 Eglin family members & 5,000 government and contractor employees) Total potential construction/repair requirements expenditure (BRAC and non-BRAC):

• Estimated $700M+

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Details on Establishing the Joint Strike Training Complex - 08/18/2007

Three new missions to come to Eglin – projected in FY10 and FY11 -

Establishing the Initial Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Training Complex.
• Relocate 200 pilot and maintenance instructor positions (BRAC move).
• About 2,200 personnel and 248 contractors will be assigned to
• About 120 student pilots and 668 student maintainers will attend the course on a daily basis. this unit (non-BRAC move).
Relocating the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Fort Bragg, N.C.
• Relocate 1,352 active duty positions (BRAC move).
• Army may increase the number to 2,240 active duty members (non-BRAC move). Relocating the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) National Command Region Conventional Armament Research Organization from Fort Belvoir, Va.
• About 36 people (21 government employees; 15 contractors) will be assigned to this organization (BRAC move).

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Warning from the Retiree Activites Office - 08/18/2007

Caution! Another non-affliated site ~ An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) at http://www.vaservices.org/us/ is providing benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans.

This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way. VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Legal Counsel has requested that military installations be made aware of this group and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by VA to provide any services.

In addition, if you have knowledge of any example of VAS acts that violate Chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, please contact your local VA office. Be Aware of myPay Look-a-Like Web Sites ~ DFAS-Denver myPay officials have advised all DoD organizations and members to beware of copycat or look-a-like web sites being developed to make people think they are accessing official sites.

These web sites may use the words "myPay" as part of their web address. Members are advised to use caution against mistakenly providing personal information to copycat, look-a-like, or other web sites that use "myPay" in their web address. While they may be legitimate business concerns, they are not in any way affiliated with DFAS and myPay. The official myPay website is https://mypay.dfas.mil.

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Eglin AFB History - 08/18/2007

Spanning five wars, modern-day Eglin evolved from a distant and honorable past. Currently the Air Armament Center tests and evaluates non-nuclear munitions, electronic combat systems and navigation/guidance systems.

For more than sixty-five years and spanning six wars, Eglin has played a prominent role in airpower history. In 1931, personnel of the Army Air Corps Tactical School (Maxwell Field, Alabama) looking for a site for a bombing and gunnery range, saw the potential of the sparsely populated forested areas surrounding Valparaiso, Florida, and the vast expanse of the adjacent Gulf of Mexico.

A local businessman and airplane buff, James E. Plew, saw the potential of a military payroll to boost the depression-stricken economy in the local area. He leased to the City of Valparaiso 137 acres on which an airport was established in 1933, and in 1934, Plew offered the U.S. government a donation of 1,460 contiguous acres for the bombing and gunnery base. This leasehold became the headquarters for the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base activated on 14 June 1935 under the command of Captain Arnold H. Rich. On 4 August 1937, the base was redesignated Eglin Field in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Frederick I. Eglin, U.S. Air Corps, killed on 1 January 1937 in an aircraft crash.

With the outbreak of war in Europe in 1939 and President Roosevelt's call for an expansion of the Army Air Corps, General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold ordered the establishment of a proving ground for aircraft armament. Eglin was selected for the testing mission, and on 27 June 1940, the U.S. Forestry Service ceded to the War Department the Choctawhatchee National Forest, consisting of some 384,000 acres. In 1941, the Air Corps Proving Ground was activated, and Eglin became the site for gunnery training for Army Air Forces fighter pilots, as well as a major testing center for aircraft, equipment, and tactics. In March 1942, the base served as one of the sites for Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle to prepare his B-25 crews for their raid against Tokyo.

In addition to testing all new aircraft and their serial modifications, the Proving Ground Command, established at Eglin April 1942, found the isolation and immensity of the ranges especially well-suited for special tasks. For example, in 1944, personnel developed the tactics and techniques to destroy German missile installations being built to support V-1 buzz-bomb attacks on England.

By the end of the war, Eglin had made a recognizable contribution to the effectiveness of the American air operations in Europe and the Pacific and continued to maintain a role in the research, development, and testing of air armament. Eglin also became a pioneer in missile development when, in early 1946, the First Experimental Guided Missiles Group was activated to develop the techniques for missile launching and handling; establish training programs; and monitor the development of a drone or pilotless aircraft capability to support the Atomic Energy Commission tests, Operation CROSSROADS, at Eniwetok. On 13 January 1947, the Guided Missiles Group received nationwide publicity by conducting a successful drone flight from Eglin to Washington, D.C., in a simulated bombing mission.

Both as a reaction to the Soviet atomic explosion in 1949 and in recognition that research and development had lagged in the years of lower priority to operational concerns, the Air Force, in early 1950, established the Air Research and Development Command (later Air Force Systems Command). The following year, the Air Research and Development Command established the Air Force Armament Center at Eglin, which, for the first time, brought development and testing together. After the start of the Korean War in 1950, test teams moved to the combat theater for testing in actual combat. They numbered among their accomplishments improved air-to-air tactics and improved techniques for close air support. On 1 December 1957, the Air Force combined the Air Proving Ground Command and the Air Force Armament Center to form the Air Proving Ground Center.

The Center built the highly-instrumented Eglin Gulf Test Range and for the next few years, served as a major missile test center for weapons such as the BOMARC, Matador, GAM-72 "Quail," and GAM-77 "Hound Dog."


As the Southeast Asia conflict increased emphasis on conventional weapons, the responsibilities at Eglin grew. On 1 August 1968, the Air Proving Ground Center was redesignated the Armament Development and Test Center to centralize responsibility for research, development, test and evaluation, and initial acquisition of nonnuclear munitions for the Air Force. On 1 October 1979, the Center was given division status. The Armament Division, redesignated Munitions Systems Division on 15 March 1989, placed into production the precision-guided munitions for the laser, television, and infrared guided bombs; two anti-armor weapon systems; and an improved hard target weapon used in Operation DESERT STORM during the Persian Gulf War. The Division was also responsible for developing the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), an Air Force-led joint project with the U.S. Navy.

In addition to its development and testing mission, Eglin also served as the training site for the Son Tay Raiders in 1970, the group that made the daring attempt to rescue American POWs from a North Vietnamese prison camp. In 1975, the installation served as one of four main U.S. Vietnamese Refugee Processing Centers, where base personnel housed and processed more than 10,000 Southeast Asian refugees at the Auxiliary Field Two "Tent City." Eglin again became an Air Force refugee resettlement center processing over 10,000 Cubans who fled to the U.S. between April and May of 1980.

On 11 July 1990, the Munitions Systems Division was redesignated the Air Force Development Test Center. During the 1990s, the Center supported test and evaluation for the development of nonnuclear Air Force armament including next generation precision-guided weapons; operational training for armament systems; and test and evaluation of command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) aerospace navigation and guidance systems.

On 1 October 1998, as part of the Air Forces' strategic plan to guide the service into the 21st Century, the Air Force Development Test Center became the Air Force Materiel Command's Air Armament Center (AAC). As one of AFMC?s product centers, AAC is responsible for development, acquisition, testing, and fielding all air-delivered weapons. AAC applies advanced technology, engineering, and programming efficiencies across the entire product life cycle to provide superior combat capability. The Center plans, directs, and conducts test and evaluation of U.S. and allied air armament, navigation/guidance systems, and command and control (C2) systems and supports the largest single base mobility commitment in the Air Force.

AAC accomplishes its mission through three components: the Air Force Program Executive Office for Weapons with two systems wings and a systems group, the 46th Test Wing, and the 96th Air Base Wing. Recently the AAC provided our warfighters with the munitions and expeditionary combat support to dominate the enemy in Operations ALLIED FORCE, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM. During this time Deparment of Defense, the Air Force, and AFMC presented the Air Armament Center with awards in acquisition, test, and combat support

FIELD ONE: Named after Maj. Walter J. Wagner, who died in an aircraft crash Oct. 10, 1943. He was a former commanding officer for the 1st Proving Ground at Eglin. Today, the area is northeast of Eglin main and identified on many maps as area C-5.

FIELD TWO: Named for Lt. Col. George E. Pierce, who died in an aircraft crash Oct. 19, 1942. He was a former commanding officer of the 1st Proving Ground Torpedo Squadron (Composite) at Eglin. Today, the area is 10 miles north at the East Gate on Highway 285 and is identified on maps as Site C-3. This field was the site of one of the Vietnamese Resettlement Camps in 1975.

FIELD THREE: Named for 1st Lt. Robert L. Duke, who died in an aircraft crash Dec. 29, 1943. He was assigned as an assistant to the Proving Ground of the Army Air Forces Proving Ground Command at Eglin. It was one of the first auxiliary fields built. Today, the area, which is about 12 miles north of the East Gate on Highway 85, is better known as Duke Field. The 919th Special Operations Wing (AFRES) and the 728th Tactical Control Squadron are there.

FIELD FOUR: Named for 2nd Lt. Garland O. Peel Jr., who died in an air crash Jan. 2, 1942. He was a gunnery school instructor at Eglin. Today, the area is just a few miles off Lewis Turner Boulevard on Eglin Road 326, and is the home for a variety of civil engineering and services mobility training programs.

FIELD FIVE: Named for Capt. Anthony D. Piccolo, who died in an aircraft accident Oct. 6, 1942. Piccolo was the commanding officer of the 386th Single Engine Gunnery Training Squadron at Eglin. Today, the area is due north of Field Four and serves as a microwave station. On most base maps, it is identified as Site C-4.

FIELD SIX: Named for 1st Lt. Andrew Biancur, who died in an aircraft accident Jan.8, 1944. He was a test pilot with the Medium Bombardment Section of the 1st Proving Ground Group at Eglin. Today, the area is the site of the U.S. Army 6th Ranger Training Battalion and referred by them as Camp Rudder. It is 23 miles from Eglin Main and was the home of the Federal Prison at one time. It is identified on most base maps at Tab 6, and located just north of area B-12.

FIELD SEVEN: Named for Col. Robin B. Epler, who died in an aircraft crash Jan. 28, 1944. He was a deputy commander (Technical) of the Army Air Forces Proving Ground at Eglin.

FIELD EIGHT: Named for 2nd Lt. Richard E. Baldsiefen, who died in an aircraft crash March 4, 1942. He was a gunnery school instructor at Eglin. Today, the area is in the southeastern portion of the base in a region called Range 52.

FIELD NINE: Named for 1st Lt. Donald W. Hurlburt, who died in an aircraft crash Oct. 2, 1943. He was a member of a fighter section in the 1st Proving Ground at Eglin. This was the largest of the original gunnery ranges. Today, the area is 24 miles from the West Gate on Highway 98. Of the 10 fields, it is one of the two to originally have hangars built. The Air Force Special Operations Command and the 16th Special Operations Wing are here.

FIELD TEN: Named for Capt. Barclay H. Dillon, who died in an aircraft crash Oct.2,1943. Dillon was a member of a fighter section of the 1st Proving Ground Group at Eglin. Today, the area near Field Ten serves primarily as a landing strip for the Navy's basic flight training programs. The Navy calls the field "Choctaw OLF" (Out Lying Field).

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Some information on Eglin AFB - 08/18/2007

The 70th Anniversary of Eglin was celebrated on June 14, 2005, and the base's rich history carries a fine tradition of excellence both in the Air Force and in partnership with the local communities.

Eglin is the largest air force bases in the world, covering 724 square miles of reservation and 123,000 square miles of water ranges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Eglin employs approximately 11,000 military and approximately 11,000 civilians.

The Air Force celebrated the beginning of its 60th year September 18th and Airmen, past and present, were honored with a dedication of the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia October 14th. The 70th Anniversary of Eglin was celebrated on June 14, 2005, and the base's rich history carries a fine tradition of excellence both in the Air Force and in partnership with the local communities.

Climate: The "Emerald Coast" has almost unbeatable weather. Warm, subtropical conditions are prevalent much of the year; however, short-lived periods of colder weather do occur during the winter months. Sunshine and favorable outdoor weather is common. Thunderstorms are reported approximately 90 days out of each year and average precipitation for the area is close to 60 inches.

Seasonal average temperatures are: Jan - Mar: 60-69 High and 42-51 Low Apr - Jun: 76-88 High and 58-72 Low Jul - Sep: 86-89 High and 70-77 Low Oct - Dec: 63-79 High and 44-69 Low This 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.

If driving, take Interstate 10, If coming from the east, exit on Highway 285 at Mossy Head and go south until you reach Highway 20. Make a right turn and stay on 20 until you reach the East Gate. If coming from the west, exit Interstate 10 on Highway 85 at Crestview. Take 85 south until you reach Highway 20; make a right and proceed until you reach the East Gate.

If you are flying, several commercial carriers land at Okaloosa County Airport which is often listed as Eglin AFB. Upon arrival, there is an information center at the airport with directions to the base.

A thank you to the Eglin AFB website for information provided.
All phone numbers have a 850 area code

Eglin AFB Telephone Assistance 882-1113
DSN information below Aero Club 882-5148
Air Force Armament Museum 882-4062
- Museum's Gift Shop 651-5253
Airman & Family Readiness Center 882-9060
Base Exchange 651-2512
Base Finance 882-5441
Base Theater 882-1066
Billeting 882-8761
Bowling Center 882-3352
Beach Recreation Center 244-5378
Chapel 1 882-2112
Chapel 2 882-4811
Child Development Center 882-3861
Commissary 882-3172
Duke Field Club 883-6491
Eglin Eagle 882-3507
Eglin Civilian Personnel 882-3325
Enlisted Club 678-5127
Family Child Care 882-2994
Golf Course 882-2949
Golf Tee Times 729-FORE (729-3673)
Health & Wellness Center 883-8022, 883-8023, 883-8025
Hospital Appointments 883-8600
Hospital Customer Service 883-8213
Hospital Information 883-8242
Housing Information & Referral 882-4533
Housing-Military Family 882-4533
Job Information Line 882-3966
Law Center 882-4611
Library 882-2460
Lodging 882-8761
Lodging Reservations 882-4534
Military Personnel Flight 882-2742
Officer's Club 651-1010
Outdoor Recreation 882-6581
OWCC (Eglin office) 678-1717
Pass & ID 882-3442
Pet Welfare (pet adoption) 678-5066
Pharmacy (Satellite) Information 883-9323
Public Affairs/Media Relations 882-3931
Recreation Center Retiree Activities
Office 882-5916
Space A Flights 882-4757
Skills Development Center 882-5467
Tickets and Tours 882-5930

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Eglin AFB Dining - 08/18/2007

Dining Facilities: Whatever your dining pleasure, Eglin offers a wide variety of choices from snack bars to gourmet dining. Two modern dining facilities ( the Seabreeze and Oasis) with professionally trained staffs serve authorized service members from a large menu of delicious items prepared in accordance with strict health and nutrition standards. The dining facilities provide a pleasant atmosphere for regular meals, and carryout service is also available. Casual, as well as formal, dining is offered at both the Officer's and NCO Clubs. Also, several snack bars are conveniently located around the base.
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Food Services: The Seabreeze and Oasis Dining Facilities provide nutritious, top-quality meals for authorized service members.
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Officer's Club: The Eglin Officer's Club, located on Choctawhatchee Bay, is a large and very attractive facility providing fine dining and entertainment.
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Enlisted Club: If you're looking for good food, good company, top entertainment, and the opportunity to socialize in a pleasant, relaxed environment, you should definitely join the Eglin Enlisted Club. Located near the East Gate, the club is a beautiful facility providing fine dining, entertainment, and a perfect place to unwind after work.
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The Duke Field Outpost is located on Highway 85 North at Duke Field. The club is open Monday through Friday and on all training and flying weekends. Information provided by Eglin AFB website

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Things to Do Before Coming to Eglin - 08/18/2007

There are a number of things you should do to help make the transition easier:
- Give the post office a forwarding address
- Change addresses with billing agencies
- Send changes of address to magazine publishers
- Notify friends and relatives of your new address
- Obtain credit references from your bank, etc.
- Stop newspaper and all home delivery services
- Settle bills with local utility companies (gas, water, electric, telephone, etc..).

Don't forget to get deposit refunds and a written statement stating your last bill was paid in full - Transfer insurance on cars, home etc... and check to see if personal high-value possessions are covered during the move

- Ask for a copy of or transfer children's records
- Get records from any private doctors or dentists that you and your family have been using
- Notify your clergyman and obtain any necessary documents of birth, baptism, etc. that you may need
- Double-check closets and shelves to be sure that they are empty
- Buy traveler's checks instead of carrying large sums of cash
- Be sure to take any jewelry and valuable documents with you. Don't pack them in your household goods
- Make plans for transporting your pets. Unhappy or nervous pets can make very poor traveling companions. Here are some tips for ensuring your pet's travel on an airline goes unrestricted:
- Veterinarian-issued health certificates are required
- International flights require further documentation. Quarantine requirments may apply
- Pets must travel in an airline-approved carrier large enough for the animal to move unrestricted
- Food and water must be provided
- When accompanied by the owner, the pet is ususally checked in as excess baggage. If small enough, the pet may be allowed to ride in its carrier under the passenger seat
- When unaccompanied, the pet usually passes through airline freight handling systems. The cargo hold is pressurized with climate control to ensure the safety of your pet. Some airlines allow the owner to check on their pet through their 800 number tracking system

* NOTE:Check with your airline to ensure you have made all necessary arrangements for your pets' travel!!

- Let a close friend or relative know the route and schedule you will be traveling, including overnight stops. Use that person as a message center. This information should also be provided to your sponsor.

Remember, there may be income tax advantages with your move, including those incurred after your arrival at Eglin. Examples of these expenses would include travel expenses, meals and lodging while you are occupying temporary quarters and expenses attributable to the sale, purchase, or lease of your residence.

After you have completed your move, consult your organization's legal assistance officer who will assist you in preparing the proper tax forms. If you experience a financial emergency enroute, you can get assistance from the Air Force Aid Society. Stop in at any military installation and request direct assistance if you are at an Air Force base or referral assistance at an Army post or Navy base.

If you are not near a military installation, request Air Force Aid assistance through any American Red Cross office. Once you arrive at Eglin, check in with the Air Force Aid office for information on the "Moving Assistance Program" which provides interest-free loans for rent and security deposits. A thank you to the Eglin AFB website for the information provided.

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Education on Eglin AFB - 08/18/2007

A wide variety of educational and recreational opportunities await youths at Eglin. The professional caretakers and the learning centers combine to create an atmosphere conducive to healthy child development.

Educating Children: Rest assured that better-than-adequate schooling is available for children. A vast network of schools, with bus transportation on and off base, is available in the local area. The Eglin area has pre-school, elementary, middle high school, undergraduate, and graduate education opportunities, as well as private religious and secular schools, schools for gifted children and special training for the mentally handicapped. Oak Hill and Cherokee Elementary Schools are located on Eglin Main in the base housing area, for children in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Other schools are conveniently located within the community. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Child Development Center: Eglin's Child Development Center (CDC), located on Gaffney Road, is available for child care. The center is open Monday through Friday and special opening requests will be considered for weekend functions. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Youth Activities Eglin's Youth Center is one of the largest in the Air Force. The center provides an extensive activity program for youth.

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Eglin AFB lodging - 08/18/2007

Eglin Inns Lodging facility, a consistent lodging award winner, operates two 24-hour reception centers, one located near the Officers Club and the other at the East end of the base near the Bowling Center.

The Inns provide a wide variety of quarters available for use of active and retired military members and DOD civilians. There are 172 VOQ units, 152 VAQ units and 88 one, two, and three-bedroom TLF units. "Space available" customers may make reservations in advance of their arrival by calling the reservation desk.

The Inns provide many creature comforts such as FAX, valet service, express checkout, courtesy calls, and fitness rooms. Rooms are equipped with hair dryers, color TV's with premium cable channels, VCP's, microwave ovens, telephones with datalink capabilities and club coupons and sundry items are stocked in all rooms.

Lodging boasts numerous Gold Key and three Innkeeper Awards and was awarded the Gold Award for Excellence in Training from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Motel Association.

24-hour Reception Centers are located across the street from Vanguard Bank near Eglin's East Gate and near the Officers Club and Eglin's West Gate.

Building 18 Business Office (850) 882-4534/9186 Reservations: 4534/4535 Switchboard: 8761 Front Desk: 5025 Eglin DSN: 872

Building 1101 (850) 882-8761 ext. 1060

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What to do when you get to Eglin AFB - 08/18/2007

At The Gate: Eglin's Security Forces Squadron monitors both the East and West Gates and are always happy to provide directions to newcomers.

Welcome Center: Located in building 11001, near the Officer's Club, is the 24-Hour Welcome Center where all necessary arrangements for accompanied individuals and unaccompanied officers can be made upon initial arrival. Call them at (850) 882-8761 DSN 872-8761. Unaccompanied enlisted members report directly to the White Sands Inn, Building 18. They can be reached at (850) 882-5025 or DSN 872-5025.

In-Processing: All personnel are required to report to their Orderly Room for In-Proccessing.

Family Housing: The Housing Office is located in Building 10800 on Hatchee Road. This office assigns military quarters, prioritized by date of application. There are six military housing areas with multiple floor plans to choose from. The Housing OFfice number is (850) 882-3502 or DSN 872-3502.

Household Goods: The Inbound Household Goods Section is located in Building 613. You should contact them as soon as possible after your arrival to arrange for your shipment. Their phone number is (850) 882-8311 or DSN 872-8311.

Telephones: All Eglin telephone numbers begin with an 88x prefix: 882 is Eglin main; 883 is for the 33rd FW, the Eglin Hospital, and Duke Field; 884 is for Hurlburt Field. From any 88x number, only the last five digits are needed to reach any other 88x number. If you want to establish local telephone phone service, call SPRINT at 1-800-339-1811.

What To Wear: There are no winter/summer uniform restrictions at Eglin unless individual units specify this. Your normal duty uniform should be worn at in-processing. A well-stocked military clothing store is located in Building 19-D. Their duty hours are 0900 to 1700, Monday through Friday; 0900 to 1300 on Saturdays; closed on Sundays and holidays. Their number is (850) 882-3051 or DSN 872-3051.

Military Personnel: The Military Personnel Flight is located in Building 210 and is available to handle all your personnel needs. Duty hours are 0730 to 1630. When visiting the MPF your first stop should be Customer Service. You will then be directed to the proper office for assistance. A thank you to the Eglin AFB website for information provided.

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