Eglin Air Force Base

Eglin Air Force Base  is a United States Air Force base located approximately 3 miles southwest of Valparaiso, Florida in Okaloosa County.


Eglin AFB is located in Okaloosa County, in northwest Florida, comprising over 640 square miles. Eglin is located 8 miles northwest of Fort Walton Beach, FL; 60 miles east of Pensacola, FL and 65 miles west of Panama City, FL.

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Modern-day Eglin evolved from an honorable past. Eglin began as the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base, established in 1935. On August 4, 1937, the base was redesignated Eglin Field in honor of Lt. Col. Frederick I. Eglin, who died in an aircraft crash. Today, Eglin hosts some 50 associate units representing virtually every major command including our sister services, the U.S. Army Ranger Camp, and the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School. Visit the Eglin homepage for more information.


The major command at Eglin is the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). The Air Armament Center (AAC) is the host unit at Eglin. AAC pulls every phase in the life cycle of air delivered weapons from development through sustainment. The AAC is responsible for conventional and unconventional weapons systems. The major commands on Eglin include AFMC, ACC and the Special Operations Command.

Population Served

  • Active Duty Military: 9,470
  • Civilian Employees: 4,038
  • NAF Employees: 575
  • Contractors: 2,957

Base Transportation

Base transportation on Eglin is provided by either a Base Shuttle bus or Base Taxi.


All incoming personnel should report to the 24 hour Reception Center, Building 11001, 850-882-8761 or DSN 312-872-8761, where you can contact your sponsor or receive further information. The Airman and Family Readiness Center can be contacted at 850-882-9060 or DSN 312-872-9060.

Temporary Quarters

Reservations can be made in advance by contacting Eglin Inns at 850-882-4534 or DSN 312-872-4534. You may also pre-register for housing by calling the Housing Office at 850-882-4533.

Relocation Assistance

Eglin Airman and Family Readiness Center has a well-stocked loan closet for arrivals/departures. Call 850-882-2893 to check on availability of loaner items. If there is no answer please call 850-882-9060. Civilian employees moving to Eglin are encouraged to go to the AFPC PCS web page for the most recent civilian PCS information.

Contact Information

Eglin AFB, FL 32542-5000

Eglin AFB Telephone Assistance: (850) 882-1113
Media Relations: (850) 882-3931
Space A Flights: Call (850) 882-4757
Military Personnel Flight: Call (850) 882-2742