Eglin Air Force Base Fort Walton Beach/Valparaiso, FL
Overview: One of the largest air force bases in the world, Eglin is best-known for the development, acquisition, testing and deployment of air-delivered weapons. It has 724 square miles of land range and 130,000 square miles of water test ranges.
Location: Northwest Florida, near Fort Walton Beach, FL
Branch: Air Force
Size: 453,594 acres (724 square miles); 130,000 square miles of water ranges
Plant Replacement Value: $4.12 billion*
Mission: The Air Armament Center is the host unit of Eglin Air Force Base, which has more than 45 associate units. The Air Armament Center is one of three product centers in the Air Force Materiel Command and serves as the focal point for all Air Force armament. It develops, acquires, tests and deploys all air-delivered weapons. The center plans, directs and conducts test and evaluation of U.S. and allied air armament, navigation and guidance systems, command and control systems and supports the largest single base mobility commitment in the Air Force. AAC accomplishes its mission through the 46th Test Wing, 96th Air Base Wing, and the 308th Armament Systems Wing. The 46th Test Wing is the test and evaluation center for Air Force air-delivered weapons, navigation and guidance systems, Command and Control (C2) systems, and Air Force Special Operations Command systems. The Eglin Gulf Test Range provides approximately 130,000 square miles of over water airspace. The land range covers 724 square miles and contains 51 test and training areas, including an approved depleted uranium test range and the only qualified air-to-ground supersonic range east of the Mississippi River. The Armament/C2 Systems Test Environment consists of all the precision instrumentation for data collection, microwave systems for data transfer, and radio and land communication networks to support test and evaluation. The 96th Air Base Wing supports the Air Armament Center and associate units with traditional military services as well as all the services of a small city, to include civil engineering, personnel, logistics, communications, computer, medical, security, and all other host services. Its responsible for material resources, mobility requirements, and meeting the needs of Eglin personnel. The 96th Air Base Wing is comprised of five organizations. The 308th Armament Systems Wing (308 ARSW), is a joint U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy organization responsible for cradle-to-grave management of air dominance weapon system programs. The 308 ARSW is responsible for enhancing worldwide Air Force combat capability, effectiveness, aircrew survivability, and readiness through joint development, procurement, deployment and sustainment. This mission is executed by air combat test and training systems, expeditionary support equipment, munitions handling equipment and armament subsystems, Explosive Ordnance Disposal support equipment, and Electronic Warfare threat simulators.