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Military Bases In Florida

Florida has a total of 16 active military bases, with all branches of the armed forces represented. They also have several Coast Guard operating bases.

Here we’ll list all the major military bases in Florida, complete with their location, stationed units, and core missions.

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Air Force Bases in Florida

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Air Force Bases in Florida

Eglin Air Force Base

Location: Valparaiso, FL

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In Use: 1935-Present

Overall Mission: Eglin Air Force Base predates the founding of the Air Force as its own branch of the military.

It started as a bombing and gunnery base and continues much of that mission today.

Eglin is the home station for the Air Armament Center, which is responsible for the acquisition, development, testing, and deployment of all air-based weapons used by the Air Force.

It is also one of three produce centers controlled by the Air Force, and is actually the largest military base in Florida.

Units Stationed:

  • 308th Armament Systems Wing
  • 96th Air Base Wing
  • 7th Special Forces Group
  • 53rd Wing
  • 46th Test Wing
  • 33rd Fighter Wing

Official Site: https://www.eglin.af.mil/

Hurlburt Field Air Force Base

Location: Mary Esther, FL

Hurlburt Field in Florida
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In Use: 1942-Present

Overall Mission: Hurlburt Field AFB branched off from Eglin AFB in the 1940s, and is 11 miles away to the southwest.

Hurlburt’s key mission is training and hosting the Air Force Special Operations units.

They also host the Air Force component for USSOCOM.

Units Stationed:

  • Air Force Special Operations Command
  • 1st Special Operations Wing
  • Air Combat Command’s 50th Command and Control Wing
  • US Air Force Special Operations School

Official Site: https://www.hurlburt.af.mil/

Patrick Air Force Base

Location: Brevard, FL

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In Use: 1940-Present

Overall Mission: Patrick AFB started as a Naval base, but was transferred to the Air Force in 1948.

It is located between Cocoa and Satellite beach.

Patrick AFB provides space launch operations support, including launch teams and infrastructure.

It also supports Eastern Range Operations, overseeing and providing resources for flight operations for the Eastern Range.

Units Stationed:

  • Air Force Eastern Test Range
  • Air Proving Ground Command
  • Air Force Systems Command
  • Air Force Space Command
  • Advance HQ
  • Joint Long Range Proving Ground
  • 2nd Combat Communications Group
  • 2770th Standby Squadron
  • 45th Support Group
  • 45th Space Wing
  • 4802d Guided Missile Squadron
  • 6541st Missile Test Wing
  • 45th Space Wing

Official Site: https://www.patrick.af.mil/

Tyndall Air Force Base

Location: Panama City, FL

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In Use: 1941-Present

Overall Mission: Tyndall AFB is located 12 miles east of Panama City.

It hosts and trains F-22 fighter squadrons, as well as maintenance crews and air traffic controllers.

Units Stationed:

  • 1st Air Force
  • 325th Fighter Wing
  • Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency
  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron
  • 372nd Training Squadron
  • 702nd Computer Systems Squadron and System Support Facility

Official Site: https://www.tyndall.af.mil/

MacDill Air Force Base

Location: Tampa, FL

MacDill Air Force Base
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In Use: 1939-Present

Overall Mission: MacDill AFB is located 7 miles south of Tampa.

It hosts two air wings, as well as branches of USSOCOM and the United States Marine Forces Command Central.

Its current core mission is virtual counter-terrorism operations.

Units Stationed:

  • 6th Air Mobility Wing
  • 927th Air Refueling Wing

Official Site: https://www.macdill.af.mil/

Homestead Air Reserve Base

Location: Miami, FL

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In Use: 1942-Present

Overall Mission: Homestead AFB is located 25 miles south of Miami.

Its core mission is to provide short notice deployment of F-16 fighter squadrons.

It is also a staging area for emergency relief efforts for natural disasters in the southern hemisphere.

Units Stationed:

  • 482nd Fighter Wing
  • 22nd Air Force
  • 10th Air Force
  • 4th Air Force

Official Site: https://www.homestead.afrc.af.mil/

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Army Bases in Florida

Camp Blanding Army Base

Location: Starke, FL

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In Use: 1940-Present

Overall Mission: Camp Blanding is a core training area for the Army and National Guard, as well as Special Forces squadrons.

It also hosts training for weather squadrons.

Units Stationed:

  • 53rd Infantry Brigade
  • 20th Special Forces Group
  • 211th Infantry Regiment
  • 111th Airfield Operations Battalion
  • 202nd RED HORSE Squadron
  • 159th Weather Flight
  • 131st Training Flight
  • 44th Civil Support Team

Official Site: https://fl.ng.mil/commands/Pages/Camp-Blanding-Joint-Training-Center.aspx

Coast Guard Bases in Florida

Air Station Clearwater Coast Guard Base

Location: Clearwater, FL

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In Use: 1934- Present

Overall Mission: Air Station Clearwater oversees the air space and waters all around Florida and in parts of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

They work closely with the DEA and ICE by providing air support with Jayhawk helicopters.

They also perform search and rescue options around Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Units Stationed:

  • 5 Lockheed HC-130H
  • 13 MH-60T Jayhawk
  • Attached crews and support personnel.

Official Site: https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-7/Units/Air-Station-Clearwater/

District 7 Coast Guard Bases

Location: Miami, FL

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In Use: 1876-Present

Overall Mission: District 7 is actually a collection of 28 bases and operating stations throughout Florida, overseen by a central command in Miami.

The various station 7 bases are instrumental in thwarting drug trafficking through the east coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

They also work closely with INS and ICE.

Units Stationed:

  • Various aircraft.
  • Various watercraft.
  • Attached crews and support personnel.

Official Site: https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-7/

Blount Island Command Marine Corps

Location: Jacksonville, FL

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In Use: 1986-Present

Overall Mission: Blount Island Command has a unique, and relatively new objective when it comes to naval operations.

They host a Maritime Prepositioning Force, which loads and deploys ships with either tactical or humanitarian supplies, which then wait at sea for a destination.

This operation, performed by Blount Island Command, decreases response time for various global events.

Units Stationed:

  • Marine Corps Logistics Command

Official Site: https://www.bic.marines.mil/

Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station

Location: Pensacola, FL

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In Use: 1923-Present

Overall Mission: Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station’s main mission is supporting the DOD.

They provide specific training to various types of troops through other branches of the military.

They’re also open to civilians and provide specialized training for civilians.  NAS Pensacola is also considered one of the largest military bases in Florida from a geographical perspective.

Units Stationed:

  • 313th Training Squadron
  • 344th Military Intelligence Battalion
  • Marine Detachment Corry Station Support Battalion
  • Navy Information Operations Command

Official Site: https://www.public.navy.mil/netc/centers/ciwt/iwtccorrystation/Default.aspx

NAS Jacksonville Navy Base

Location: Jacksonville, FL

In Use: 1917-Present

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Overall Mission: NAS Jacksonville is a key hub for US naval operations in the Gulf of Mexico and other areas of the American southeast.

It is also the operating base for the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast.

NAS Jacksonville is also a core training facility for numerous certifications for both pilots and ground crews.

It also hosts the Jacksonville Naval Hospital

Units Stationed:

  • VP-30 Patrol Squadron
  • Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11
  • Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
  • Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region Eight
  • Fleet Logistics Support Wing
  • Maritime Support Wing
  • Naval Region Southeast
  • Coastal Riverine Squadron 10
  • Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
  • Naval Air Reserve / Navy Operational Support Center Jacksonville
  • Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14
  • Navy Oceanographic Anti-Submarine Warfare Detachment (NOAD)
  • Aircraft Carrier Tactical Support Center
  • NEXCOM Southeast District

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nas_jacksonville.html

NAS Key West Navy Base

Location: Key West, FL

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In Use: 1940-Present

Overall Mission: The NAS Key West Navy Base in its current form was built in 1940, but Naval presence and operations in the area date back to 1832.

The base currently serves as a training and support facility for anti-submarine air support.

It also performs monitoring and surveillance of the air and sea around the area, and is rated as one of the best military bases in Florida to serve at.

Units Stationed:

  • 111th Composite Fighter Squadron
  • 106th Strike Fighter Squadron
  • Joint Interagency Task Force South
  • S. Coast Guard Sector Key West
  • Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Key West
  • Atlantic Targets and Marine Operations Detachment Key West

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nas_key_west.html

Naval Station (NS) Mayport Navy Base

Location: Duval, FL

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In Use: 1942-Present

Overall Mission: Mayport Navy Base is the dedicated home port for 22 ships, including a destroyer group, and an LCS squadron.

It has the ability to homeport up to 35 ships in total.

It is a key part of the East Coast’s readiness and deployment facilities.

It also hosts 3 helicopter squadrons.

Units Stationed:

  • Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two
  • Naval Surface Squadron Fourteen
  • Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group
  • USS Philippine Sea
  • USCGC Valiant
  • HSM-40 Airwolves
  • HSM-46 Grandmasters
  • HSM-48 Vipers
  • Crew and support personnel for the above.

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/ns_mayport.html

NAS Pensacola Navy Base

Location: Pensacola, FL

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In Use: 1913-Present

Overall Mission: NAS Pensacola is the current headquarters of NETC, a core training facility for training naval officers.

It is also home to NAVAVSCOLSCOM, which trains aircrews, technicians, and numerous ground crew roles.

It is also home to several Air Force training units that work in collaboration with the Naval Aviation School.

The base also hosts the Pensacola Naval Hospital.

Units Stationed:

  • 479th Flying Training Group (composed of the 451st Flying Training Squadron, 455th Flying Training Squadron, and 479th Operations Support Squadron)

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nas_pensacola.html

NAS Whiting Field Navy Base

Location: Milton, FL

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In Use: 1943-Present

Overall Mission: NAS Whiting Field is one of the Navy’s two pilot training bases.

It also provides support and training for several other branches of the military, including the Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

Units Stationed:

  • Three T-6B Texan II Squadrons: the VT-2 Doerbirds, the VT-3 Red Knights, and the VT-6 Shooters
  • Three TH-57 Sea Ranger Squadrons: the HT-8 Eightballers, the HT-18 Vigilant Eagles, and the HT-28 Hellions

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nas_whiting_field.html

AUTEC Complex Navy Base

Location: West Palm Beach, FL

In Use: 1966-Present

Overall Mission: AUTEC, or the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center, is a research base headquartered in West Palm Beach, but many of its facilities are off the coast in the Bahamas.

It comprises three testing ranges, that test weaponry, stealth/acoustics, and fleet readiness.

Fleet readiness is one of its primary functions and regularly tests submarine officers and crews.

It also hosts several tracking stations for water, deep water, and in-air weapons tracking.

Units Stationed:

  • AUTEC
  • AUTEC Weapons Range
  • EWTS

Official Site: https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Warfare-Centers/NUWC-Newport/What-We-Do/Detachments/AUTEC/

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Naval Air Warfare Center/Naval Support Activity Base

Location: Orlando, FL

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In Use: 1941-Present

Overall Mission: The Naval Air Warfare Center is a research and testing facility, specializing in devices and software used by the US Navy and Marine Corps.

They oversee the development of training systems used by those branches.

Unlike some of the other bases in this article, this particular location is considered the smallest military base in Florida.

Units Stationed:

  • Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division

Official Site: https://www.navair.navy.mil/nawctsd/

NSA Panama City Navy Base

Location: Panama City, FL

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In Use: 1945-Present

Overall Mission: The Naval Support Activity Panama City base is a research and readiness facility.

It hosts the Naval Surface Warfare Center, which is a research and development facility specializing in developing strategic technologies for surface warfare.

It tests and trains Navy divers, and provides training for Recon Marines, Army Engineer divers, and Coast guard divers.

Units Stationed:

  • Naval Surface Warfare Center: Panama City Division
  • Navy Experimental Diving Unit
  • Navy Diving Salvage and Training Center
  • Deployable Joint Command and Control System
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment
  • Coastal Operations Institute
  • Coast Guard Station Panama City

Official Site: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrse/installations/nsa_panama_city.html

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