Military Assets

Six active military installations are spread throughout the region providing a stable economic impact to the local economy in many ways.

From a talent perspective, the active military members and contracted civilians are many times accompanied by spouses and dependents who increase the workforce availability. Additionally, over 3,000 military personnel separate each year at a median age of 40 and enter the civilian workforce. These veterans also provide an influx of highly skilled workers, many with security clearances, into the regional workforce.

Through survey instruments, we know that the vast majority of veterans would like to stay in the area if they are able to find a gainful employment. Further, these individuals have desirable soft skills, such as professionalism, punctuality, leadership and dedication.

Northwest Florida Military Installations

Northwest Florida Military Installations

Military Installations

Active-Duty Military

Annual New Military Retirees

Civilian Employees

Florida has also historically been chosen as home for many veterans separating from bases outside the state.


Veterans represent 12% of the region's workforce— twice the average U.S. rate.


Major Military Installations

Eglin Air Force Base

Eglin Air Force Base, geographically the U.S. Air Force's largest base, is home to Duke Field and a myriad of research and development activities. Eglin's 96th Test Wing is the test and evaluation center for all Air Force air-delivered wapons, navigation systems, and command and control systems.

Primary Units Include:

  • 53rd Wing
  • Eglin Gulf Test & Training Range
  • 20th Space Control Squadron
  • Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate
  • Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center
  • 33rd Fighter Wing, the training wing for the F35 Joint Strike Fighter
  • Army 7th Special Forces Group (A)
  • Army 6th Training Battalion
  • Naval School Explosive Ordinance Disposal

Hurlburt Field

Hurlburt Field, a tenant on Eglin Air Force Base, is headquarters for Air Force Special Operations Command. Their mission is to support the training and execution of special operations such as unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, counter-proliferation, foreign internal defense, information operations, psychological operations, civil affairs and combating terrorism worldwide.

Primary Units Include:

  • 1st Special Operations Wing
  • Air Force Special Operations Training Center
  • 505th Command and Control Wing
  • 24th Special Operations Wing
  • 823d Red Horse Squadron
  • 556th Red Horse Squadron
  • 39th Information Operations Squadron

Naval Support Activity Panama City

Naval Support Activity Panama City hosts many research-related units.

Primary Units Include:

  • Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City
  • Navy Experimental Diving Unit
  • Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center
  • Center for Navy Ordnance Disposal and Diving

Naval Air Station Pensacola

Naval Air Station Pensacola, home of the Blue Angels, is recognized as the premier naval installation in the Department of the Navy. NAS Pensacola is primarily dedicated to the training of Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel in naval aviation.

Primary Units Include:

  • Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory
  • Naval Operational Medicine Institute
  • Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), Saufley Field
  • Training Wing Six
  • Center for Information Dominance (CID), Corry Station
  • USAF 313th Training Squadron (Intelligence and Information Warfare)

Tyndall Air Force Base

Tyndall Air Force Base is headquarters to the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region – First Air Force, which has the sole responsibility for ensuring the air sovereignty and air defense of the continental United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Primary Units Include:

  • 325th Fighter Wing
  • Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency
  • 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron
  • 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group
  • MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft (Coming 2020)

Naval Air Station Whiting Field

Naval Air Station Whiting Field seeks to provide the best services and material support for the training of U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and International student aviators. Over 1,200 personnel complete their essential flight training at NAS Whiting Field annually.

Primary Units Include:

  • Training Air Wing Five
  • Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Detachment (CNATT DET) Milton



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