Hurlburt Field is a United States Air Force installation and is part of the greater Eglin Air Force Base reservation. It is home to Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the 1st Special Operations Wing (1 SOW), the USAF Special Operations School(USAFSOS) and the Air Combat Command’s (ACC) 505th Command and Control Wing.
Hurlburt Field is located in Okaloosa County on the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Panhandle, 35 miles east of Pensacola (United States). This area is also known as the Emerald Coast and is a major tourist attraction for its breathtaking white beaches and the emerald green waters. The cost of living in this area is high and the wages are relatively low.
Home of the Air Commandos since 1961. Officially designated Eglin Auxiliary Field No. 9, it served as one of the small training fields built on the sprawling Eglin Air Force Range in the 1940s. General Grandison Gardiner, Eglin commander, named it for First Lieutenant Donald Wilson Hurlburt who was killed in an aircraft crash at Eglin Auxiliary Field #9 in 1943. The Eglin Military Reservation, to include the surrounding auxiliary fields, played key roles in the training of special operations rescue forces for operations such as the 1970 Son Tay Raid in Vietnam. When the 1 SOW was renamed the 16 SOW on October 1, 1993, it retained the heritage and honors of the 1 SOW, its predecessor designations, and the 16th Pursuit and Fighter groups. On 16 Nov 06, the 16th SOW reclaimed the number 1 as part of the Wing designation. Now the 1st SOW boast a 29-squadron wing, capable of deploying and sustaining a fight anywhere in the world on a moment notice.
The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), is America’s specialized air power. It provides Air Force Special Operations Forces for worldwide deployment and assignment to regional unified commands throughout the spectrum of conflict. Air Force Special Operations Forces’ core tasks are functionally grouped into four mission areas:
- Forward Presence and Engagement
- Information Operations
- Precision Employment/Strike
- Special Operations Forces Mobility
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Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.
If you still do not receive a sponsor, contact the Hurlburt Field Military Personnel Section (MPS) for assistance, 850-884-5252 or DSN 312-579-5252. If you encounter any difficulties with this process you can always contact the Relocation Assistance Program at 850-884-2949 or DSN 579-2949.
Department of Defense civilians should contact your selecting official or personnel office for a sponsor. If you still do not receive a sponsor, contact the Hurlburt Field Civilian Personnel Office for assistance at 850-884-5212 or DSN 312-579-5212.
On-base lodging is available on a limited basis, so insure you make reservations well in advance by calling 1-888-235-6343.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center has many resources and services to help you make a successful transition to Hurlburt Field. For more detailed information on the services provided please contact us at 850-884-5441 or DSN 312-579-5441.
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A major concern in NW Florida is HURRICANE SEASON, from June to November. Call ahead if you are arriving and a hurricane is predicted to hit this area.