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Hurlburt Field Air Force Base PCS Resource Guide

Welcome to the Hurlburt Field Base resources page, your one-stop destination for information, support, and services for service members, their families, and civilian personnel. Located along the beautiful Emerald Coast region of Northwest Florida in Okaloosa County. Hurlburt Field is a United States Air Force installation renowned for its critical role in supporting special operations missions.

On this page and linked pages, you will find a wealth of information regarding available resources, including housing, healthcare, education, employment opportunities, recreational activities, and community support services. We understand the unique challenges that military life can present, and our goal is to make your time at Hurlburt Field as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Whether you are new to the area or a seasoned veteran, we hope that this Hurlburt Field resources page will serve as a valuable tool in helping you navigate and make the most of the many opportunities available at Hurlburt Field.

This page was created by Air Force veterans and spouses supporting our community!

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Hurlburt Field Base Location & Missions

Hurlburt Field Location & Statistics

Hurlburt Field AFB spans approximately 6,700 acres and is located in Okaloosa County, Florida, near the city of Fort Walton Beach. It is situated along the Gulf of Mexico, offering scenic coastal views of the Florida Panhandle. If you zoom out, Hurlburt Field is located between the more major cities of Pensacola and Destin.

Hurlburt Field Location Map
Map of Hurlburt Field and surrounding location

Hurlburt Field Base Missions

Some of the primary missions and units stationed at Hurlburt Field include:

  • Hurlburt Field’s mission is centered around supporting and executing special operations missions for the United States Air Force. As part of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the base plays a crucial role in providing specialized capabilities and personnel to carry out unconventional warfare, counterterrorism, and special tactics operations.
  • The primary unit at Hurlburt Field is the 1st Special Operations Wing (1 SOW), which consists of various squadrons and groups with distinct roles and responsibilities. These units include special tactics squadrons, aviation squadrons, mission support groups, and more. Each unit contributes to the overall mission readiness and effectiveness of Hurlburt Field.
  • Special tactics units, such as the Special Tactics Squadrons, are responsible for providing expert personnel who conduct precision strikes, personnel recovery, and battlefield medical care. These highly trained operators work in demanding and often austere environments to support special operations forces and ensure mission success.
  • Hurlburt Field is also home of the air commandos and aircrews operating specialized aircraft, including the CV-22 Osprey, AC-130 gunship, MQ-9 Reaper, and others. These aircraft offer unique capabilities for close air support, special operations insertion and extraction, intelligence gathering, and reconnaissance.
  • The mission of Hurlburt Field extends beyond its gates, as its personnel are frequently deployed worldwide to support special operations missions and collaborate with allied forces. The base’s strategic location, combined with its advanced capabilities and skilled personnel, positions Hurlburt Field as a vital asset for national security and the global fight against terrorism.

Overall, Hurlburt Field’s mission is to provide rapid and precise special operations support, ensuring the United States Air Force maintains a decisive advantage in the most challenging and complex operational environments.

Top Things to Know Before Your Hurlburt Field PCS

When PCSing to a new base there are always so many unknowns, no matter the base. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a sense of what to expect to ease the transition? We thought so to, so our team has a list of the Top 6 things to know before PCSing to Eglin! Be sure to check out the Youtube video for a more in-depth explanation of this list!

  • The Base Housing Waitlist is long. The waitlist varies from months to a year plus depending on the housing you qualify for. Once you have hard orders for Eglin get on the housing waitlist asap, even if you are unsure if you want to buy, or rent. This gives you another option incase you change your mind about buying or renting. Check out our Facebook group for monthly updates for the waitlist timeline.
  • The Base Child Development Centers (CDC) Waitlists are long. These time frames can vary from two to twelve months depending on your priority. Single Parent Active Duty Military has first priority, followed by Dual military, followed by Single Military and working parent, and then Single Military and stay at home parent. Make sure you add yourself to the waitlist as soon as you know you are PCSing to Eglin.
  • Off Base Rentals are hard to find. Rentals are just hard to find, especially pet friendly. Plus the rental rates are pretty high. Further away from base the easier it will be to find a rental.
  • Temporary Housing is hard to find. This is even more difficult to find than rentals. Try your best to get TLF on base. You can always try to rent an AirBnB while waiting for a home to open.
  • Drive times and Commutes. Driving time may take longer than you expect. We live where others vacation, so during peak tourist season traffic can be horrendous.
  • The local housing market is unique and competitive. If you look at a map of Hurlburt Field and Eglin AFB, and you look at the surrounding areas you can see there is a large area between Hurlburt Field & Eglin AFB that has no housing. These are test sites and ranges owned by the bases. What does that mean for the housing market? Well it means our market is competitive and homes hold value due to the lack of space to build more homes. That is great for the value of homes, but also make it more challenging when trying to find a home. Make sure you have a realtor who is familiar with our market!

If you have any questions or need help finding a home please reach out to our team. You can reach us here: www.facebook.com/group/panhandlepcs . We would love to answer your questions and assist you with your PCS!

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Hurlburt Lodging

Hurlburt Field Base Lodging

Hurlburt Field lodging can be booked either online or by phone. You make a reservation by phone by calling: (850) 884-7115 or DSN: 579-7115 or to make a reservation online, visit their website at: af.dodlodging.net . Lodging may fill quickly, especially during peak PCS season, so be sure to make a reservation as soon as you can. 

Hurlburt Field DITY Move Weigh Stations

When choosing to do a Personally Procured Move (PPM), previously known as a DITY move, there are several things you need to know about to ensure you are properly reimbursed for your move. One of them being, weigh stations. First of all you will need to know where weigh stations are to get a certified weight ticket. You will need a weight of the empty container/truck and a full weight, once your belongings are packed inside. Try to ensure the fuel level is close to the same amount for both weights so it is most accurate.  Make sure to keep your receipts for the certified weight tickets so you can get reimbursement for those as well. The weight tickets will cost around $10, but some companies may charge more. Make sure to keep all of your receipts and weight tickets, you will turn these in with all of the remaining paperwork needed for your PPM move. (It is always a great idea to make a copy of everything to keep for yourself too!) 

  • Waste Management 108 Hill Ave NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL (850)244-3970
  • Loves Travel Stop 17750 State Highway 285 Dr, DeFuniak Springs,FL 32435 (850) 951-1067
  • Weigh Station Eastbound 101 Florida 10, Pensacola, FL 32534  (850) 941-6028
  • Weigh Station Eastbound 11001 Mobile HWY, Pensacola FL 32526  (850) 941-6050
  • Weigh station westbound 7370 Florida 10, Grand Ridge, Fl 32442 (850) 482-1281
  • Florida Dot scale 1845 Fl-95, Cantonment, Fl 32533
  • Cat Scale 3225 W 9 Mile Rd, Pensacola, FL 32534   (850) 471-9132
Hurlburt Field DITY Move Weigh Stations - Hurlburt Field Resources
Many DITY Move Weigh Stations are conveniently located nearby

Where to Live Near Hurlburt Field Base

Don’t be stressed over deciding where to live when PCSing to Hurlburt Field. We have a list of the top towns,  people prefer to live when stationed at Hurlburt Field. People typically choose to live in three different towns near Hurlburt Field. Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, and Navarre tend to be the top three choices. If you don’t mind a longer commute, you can venture out to Gulf Breeze, Niceville, Crestview, and surrounding areas. 

  • Navarre – Tends to be more family-friendly, less “city”, and closer to the beach, but also a little more expensive. Navarre is a popular choice due to the great school districts and easy access to the beautiful beaches. One con about living in Navarre is that to get to Hurlburt there is only one road, Hwy 98. 
  • Fort Walton Beach – A popular choice for those wanting a home that is more affordable. Fort Walton Beach also has more apartment options and more nightlife options. 
  • Mary Esther – Is the closest to Hurlburt, so it makes for an easy commute.
  • Gulf Breeze – Is a further commute, but has high-rated schools. There is only one way to get to Hurlburt. That is from Hwy 98. 
  • Niceville – Is also a commute, but families like Niceville and choose to live there for the schools. 
  • Crestview – Is a long commute, but you can get more house for your money, which some people prefer. 

If you would like a more in depth explanation of the area, check out this video: https://youtu.be/bFDElJ8MIdg . Also, feel free to reach out to our team so we can help you narrow down your search!

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Hurlburt Field Base Homes for Sale

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Hurlburt Field Base Housing and BAH 

Hurlburt Base Housing by Mayroad

Hurlburt Field’s base housing is managed through a company called Mayroad. Mayroad provides affordable housing to active duty personnel and their families, while also providing a short drive to all the base amenities. The base housing waitlist is long, so it is very important that you get your name on the list as soon as possible. Once you officially have orders you can contact Mayroad and begin the process to be added to the waitlist. Waitlist times can vary from 3-4 months to over a year depending on the type of home you qualify for.

Feel free to join our Facebook community where we update our members on the Housing waitlist monthly.

Updated Eglin Base Housing Waitlists: www.facebook.com/groups/panhandlepcs

Eglin Air Force Base Housing by Mayroad: https://www.themayroad.com/hurlburt-air-force-base-hurlburt-field-fl

Hurlburt Field Base Housing & Amenities
Hurlburt Field Base Housing & Amenities

BAH Rates for Hurlburt Field

Unfortunately, all military members and families would agree that the basic allowance for housing is too low for the cost of living in the area. That’s why the Military Home Team works hard to ensure the financial success of our clients! Here are current BAH Rates for Hurlburt Field:

  • E1 – E4 –  $2340 w/ Dependents | $2013 w/o Dependents
  • E5 –   $2343 w/ Dependents | $2220 w/o Dependents
  • E6 –   $2370 w/ Dependents | $2340 w/o Dependents
  • E7 –   $2553 w/ Dependents | $2361 w/o Dependents
  • E8 –   $2778 w/ Dependents | $2373 w/o Dependents
  • E9 –   $2940 w/ Dependents | $2379 w/o Dependents
  • W-1 – $2373 w/ Dependents | $2358 w/o Dependents
  • W-2 – $2646 w/ Dependents | $2358 w/o Dependents
  • W-3 – $2922 w/ Dependents | $2382 w/o Dependents
  • W-4 – $2952 w/ Dependents | $2394 w/o Dependents
  • W-5 – $2988 w/ Dependents | $2604 w/o Dependents
  • O1E – $2595 w/ Dependents | $2367 w/o Dependents
  • O2E – $2880 w/ Dependents | $2376 w/o Dependents
  • O3E – $2955 w/ Dependents | $2388 w/o Dependents
  • O1 –   $2346 w/ Dependents | $2337 w/o Dependents
  • O2 –   $2367 w/ Dependents | $2364 w/o Dependents
  • O3 –   $2913 w/ Dependents | $2385 w/o Dependents
  • O4 –   $2997 w/ Dependents | $2565 w/o Dependents
  • O5 –   $3048 w/ Dependents | $2697 w/o Dependents
  • O6 –   $3075 w/ Dependents | $2907 w/o Dependents
  • O7+ – $3096 w/ Dependents | $2952 w/o Dependents

Hurlburt Field BAH Calculator

Access the DOD BAH Calculator here (zip code for Hurlburt is 32544): https://www.travel.dod.mil/Allowances/Basic-Allowance-for-Housing/BAH-Rate-Lookup/

Hurlburt Field Phone Numbers

Phone

Here are essential Hurlburt Field Phone Numbers:

  • Housing Office: (850) 884-7505
  • Privatized Base Housing: (850)344-0220
  • Lodging: (850) 884-7115
  • Security Forces: (850) 884-6423
  • Airman & Family Readiness Center: (850) 884-5441
  • Outdoor Recreation: (850) 884-6939
  • Appointment Line: (850) 881-1020
  • Commissary: (850) 884-6939
  • School Liaison: (850) 280-5766
  • Transportation Management Office (TMO): (850) 884-6051

Full Eglin Air Force Base Phone Directory: (Coming Soon)

Hurlburt Field Base Area Schools and School Registration

PCSing is stressful enough, but it can be even more stressful when you move to a new with children. Finding the best school for your child can be overwhelming, but there are resources available to help ease the transition. Santa Rosa & Okaloosa County Schools simplified the registration process, the first step is to create a parent account on the Focus Portal. Once you complete the account, the portal will walk you through what is needed for registration. Please note, you will need a physical address in order to complete the registration process. You also have the opportunity to reach out to the School Liaison Officer on base so they can help guide you through the process! You can reach the Hurlburt Field School Liaison by phone or email, or stop by the office located below. The school liaison can even provide you with information on the Florida Scholarship for active-duty families to private schools. 

School Liaison: 

  • Phone number: (850) 884-6938
  • Address: 117 MCMILLAN ST., BLDG. 90304 

New Student Registration for Okaloosa County: https://www.okaloosaschools.com/page/registration

New Student Registration for Santa Rosa County: https://santarosaschools.org/en-US/how-to-register-new-students-for-school-e8b749f5 

Hurlburt Field Base Child Development Centers & Area Daycares

Hurlburt Field CDC
Hurlburt Field CDC

CDC Waitlists are long, and are based on priority. Single active duty parent has top priority, dual Military families are next with priority, followed by an active duty parent and a working parent, and lastly an active duty parent and a non working parent. If you are wanting your child to have childcare at the CDC, be sure to apply as soon as you know you are PCSing.

Register for Hurlburt Field Childcare atwww.MilitaryChildCare.com 

Additional Resources: www.myhurlburt.com/pages/cdc.html |  www.dafchildandyouth.com/ 

  • Hurlburt Field CDC Main: (850) 884-6664 108 McMillan St., Bldg. 90353 
  • Hurlburt Field CDC East: (850) 881-1260 133 Leilmanis Dr. Bldg. 91168 
  • Hurlburt Field CDC West: (850) 884-5154 26 Weaver St. Bldg. 90306 

(Off base facilities coming soon)

Hurlburt Field Base Medical Group (1st Special Operations Medical Group)

Hurlburt Field’s Medical group, also known as 1st SOMDG, offers a comprehensive range of medical services for military personnel, dependents and retirees. The medical services available include, primary care, pediatrics, specialty care, dental, and mental health services. For more specialty care you may be referred to Eglin Air Force Base’s 96th Medical Group Hospital, or off base for care. 

  • Hurlburt Appointment Line Phone Number: 850-881-1020
  • Hurlburt Pharmacy Phone Number: 850-881-2133, option #2

Hurlburt Field Base Jobs

(Coming Soon)

Things to Do On and Near Hurlburt Field

Beach near Hurlburt Field

One of the top things to do while stationed along the emerald coast is of course go to the white sandy beaches. Being stationed at Hurlburt gives you a large number of beaches to choose from, anywhere from Pensacola Beach to Destin. The beaches are not the only thing offered in the area though. This area is full of history, nature and parks. Checkout the list below of a few things to do near base. 

Little Commando Community Park & Splashpad – Located on Hurlburt Field this park has shade and a playground for both toddlers and older children. Plus there is a splash pad in the same area! 

Hurlburt Field Bowling – Hurlburt Field’s bowling alley features 12 lanes for ultimate fun. Conveniently located near the gym and close to housing on Hurlburt Field. The Bowling alley also has a grill (Spare Time Grill) located inside to grab food and drinks while you enjoy bowling. 

Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park – If you like planes and history this Air Park is something you don’t want to miss. This air park is home to many historic and retired planes. 

The Eglin Beach Park – Although you have access to a number of beaches along the Emerald Coast, the Eglin Beach Park is only accessible to DOD Id card holders (Military personnel, veterans, family members & contractors/civilians & their guests). This beach is located on Okaloosa Island before the Destin Bridge. Check on details and current hours of operation here.

Gator Lakes Golf Course– If you enjoy golfing, Hurlburt Field offers an 18-hole golf course. Be sure to keep an eye out for tournaments! There are also other golf courses located in the local area as well as on Eglin Air Force Base. 

Okaloosa Island Boardwalk – You can find all you need for your beach day at the local shops on the boardwalk. There are also great restaurants to stop in to grab a bite to eat, all while taking in the remarkable views of the Emerald Coast!

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park – Located on Okaloosa Island, the Gulfarium is a chance to not only have fun, but also learn all while making memories! The Gulfarium is a mixture of an aquarium, and also a research center, which opened in 1955. There are several discounts available, so be sure to ask!

The Gulfarium is a great time for all!

Weather at Hurlburt Field Base

The weather near Hurlburt Field is typically more mild year round for the most part. The summers are long here, with a lot of humidity and of course sun. Winters here can be cold and windy, but it is mostly mild. If you are a beachgoer, you will love the weather here like we do! There are plenty of days to soak up the sun! However, be prepared for hurricanes, because hurricane season starts June 1st and doesn’t end until November. It is always great to be prepared and up to date with what is going on. A great site to familiarize yourself with is: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

More Hurlburt Resources

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Work with the Top Military Real Estate Team for your PCS

The Military Home Team is dedicated to helping you find your next home, or sell your current home. Our team is made up of Military veterans, and spouses, so we understand the PCS process because we have all experienced it ourselves. We are focused on serving our military members, and, we are dedicated to making the process as simple as possible.

Our lender partners charge no fees for VA loans, offer competitive rates and offer unrivaled service. Our Title partners also offer steeply discounted title fees for military families. Not only do we help our military clients find their next home, we also help support the local community by running a Facebook group that provides valuable information for military families, feel free to join the group here: www.facebook.com/groups/panhandlepcs .

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