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Eglin AFB, FL

Eglin AFB, FL 32542  |  Base Operator: DSN: 872-1110,(850) 882-1110

Eglin AFB: Overview

The major tenants of Eglin AFB include the 96th Air Base Wing (96 ABW), the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), the Air Armament Center (AAC), and the 46th Test Wing (46 TW). The 96 ABW is the host wing and is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the installation, which paves the way for the other tenants to complete the overall mission of Eglin AFB. That mission is to ensure that our warfighters are equipped with state-of-the-art air-delivered weaponry. The AAC is responsible for all phases of this mission. The testing phase of the mission is accomplished through the efforts of the 46 TW.

Eglin AFB was originally a municipal airport, but was eventually converted into the U.S. Army Air Corps’ Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base in 1935. The name change to Eglin Field was an effort to honor Lt. Col. Frederick Irving Eglin who was killed during a routine flight. The installation began as a proving ground for the Army Air Corps. Following the establishment of the USAF as a separate service and the name of the base modified to reflect that change, the basic original mission of the installation remained intact.

Eglin AFB: Education

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Eglin AFB: Location

Eglin Air Force Base is located in the northwestern part of Florida in Okaloosa County. Valparaiso and Niceville are the closest cities, being only about 3 miles to the northeast of the base. Fort Walton Beach is 8 miles to the southeast, so it is relatively close as well. Pensacola is 60 miles to the west, and Panama City is 65 miles to the east. Other cities in the are include Destin, Wright, Crestview, Ferry Pass, Brent, Ensley, West Pensacola, Warrington, Myrtle Grove, Bellview, and Lynn Haven.

Eglin AFB: Interesting Facts

  • Eglin was a major training base for the B-25 crews involved in the Doolittle Raid.
  • The B-36 Peacemaker was so massive that only three runways in the world could accommodate the bomber when fully loaded. The runways at Eglin were among the three.
  • The Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) or “Mother of All Bombs” was initially tested at Eglin on March 11, 2003.
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