While AFSOC does not issue complete lists of the aircraft at this base, it is the home to AC-130 gunships, CV-22, and a variety of non-standard aviation assets. All units on the base are part of the AFSOC command. In addition, the base is home to AFSOC’s Weapons’ School.
Most airmen on the base choose to live in Navarre, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Ester, and Shalimar. The areas of Crestview, Niceville, and Destin are also popular choices although the commute from these areas is longer.
The surrounding area contains miles of beaches including the popular Destin area. Besides the many beach activities, there are several museums, a water park, an outlet mall, and an aquarium in close proximity to the base. Pensacola is less than an hour’s drive away.
There are multiple private schools in the area as well as a good number of public schools. Schools in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa county are some of the best schools in the state. Florida uses an A to F grading system to grade their schools, and all of the schools in these two counties are rated as A schools. In addition, there is a four-year state college near the base.
While Hurlburt has a small clinic, airmen with serious or on-going conditions are usually sent to Eglin AFB. In addition, there are several highly-rated hospitals in the local area that airmen and their families can be assigned to if they need more specialized care.
The Hurlburt Field housing market was deeply affected by the recent housing boom and bust that affected the state of Florida. As a result, the market has only recently started to stabilize. Because of the high number of foreclosures, demand for rental housing has sharply increased. While there is sufficient inventory to make up for this, rental prices have increased in the area in the past several years. It is, however, a good time to purchase a home in the area.
Hurlburt Field is often considered to be one of the best assignments in the Air Force. The area has a lot of retired military, as well as a variety of jobs. While hospitality and tourism is one of the biggest employers in the area, there are also a variety of high-tech companies as well as base contractors located in the area.