Military Assets

Northwest Florida is home to six Air Force and Navy installations. Department of Defense expenditures in the region exceeded $8 billion. Defense activities generated an estimated 182,449 jobs and accounted for over $22 billion of the region’s economy in 2016. Since several of the installations are aviation-focused, Northwest Florida has a growing cluster of aerospace and defense-related enterprises. This includes companies involved in the production of civilian and military aircraft, components, and related equipment, as well as spacecraft and guided missile systems and closely related industries, such as the production of instrumentation and measurement equipment.

Infrastructure Map

Northwest Florida Military Installations

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 Air Armament Center is the focal point for all Air Force armament. The center is responsible for the development, acquisition, testing, and deployment of all air-delivered weapons.

Primary Units Include:

  • 53rd Wing
  • 308th Armament Systems Directorate
  • 46th Test Wing
  • Eglin Gulf Test 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
  • 7th Special Forces Group

Hurlburt Field

Hurlburt Field's 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:

  • Air Force Special Operations Command
  • 1st Special Operations Wing
  • Air Force Special Operations Training Center
  • 505th Command and Control Wing

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

Pensacola Naval Air Station

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)

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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