Eglin Air Force Base

Military
5:15 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Defense Grants Benefit Local Military Bases

Flightline at NAS Pensacola
Credit Photo via Flickr//Jason Mitchell

Fourteen Florida counties will share $2.45 million from the state’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will provide support for community projects at 19 military installations.

Florida’s military and defense sector is responsible for almost 9.5% of the state’s economy. That translates to 758,000 direct and indirect jobs that represent $73 billion in spending.

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Secretary Chuck Hagel
5:12 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Hagel: F-35 Flights To Resume When Safe

Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel checks out an F-35 at the 33rd Fighter Wing.
Credit Department of Defense

Update: 

Secretary Hagel got a chance to sit in the cockpit of an F-35 jet, and in the Air Force hangar of the 33rd, stood before an aircraft with his name painted on the side as he made brief remarks to about 100 military personnel. He called the F-35 a critical part of the future of the nation’s defense.

"This is as big a project, the F-35, that we have at the Department of Defense; we have a lot riding on this aircraft," said Sec. Hagel, who noted that the U.S. military and its eight partner countries have a lot invested in the $400 billion dollar jet.

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Veterans Tribute Tower
5:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Veterans Monument Planned For Fort Walton Beach

Danielle Freeman

The city of Ft. Walton Beach soon will have a permanent place for residents to show their respect and appreciation for veterans in the community. A Veterans Tribute Tower of Northwest Florida will be constructed at the main entrance of Beal Memorial Cemetery. 

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Many Speakers Oppose Air Force Plan
10:58 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Residents Concerned About Military Training in Blackwater River State Forest

Reilly Hoggard speaks at town hall in Milton.
Credit Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

The Air Force hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday night at the Milton Community Center in Santa Rosa County to discuss proposed plans for military training in the Blackwater River State Forest.

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Town Hall to be Held at Milton Community Center
6:05 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Air Force Discusses Proposal For Training in Blackwater River State Forest

The Air Force is hosting two public town hall meetings this week to discuss proposed plans for military training in the Blackwater River and Tate’s Hell State Forests.  The first town hall to be held Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Milton Community Center will focus on the Blackwater River State Forest.

“Well, we want to make sure the public has a good understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish,” says Mike Spaits, Environmental Public Affairs Officer for Eglin Air Force Base.

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