96th Engineering Group (96CEG)
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Eglin Air Force Base, FL
Installation engineering squadrons at Air Force bases encompass a variety of occupational areas including engineering disciplines, architects, realty specialists, housing managers, environmental professionals, financial managers, biologists, firefighters, electricians, carpenters, painters, and more. Their mission is to maintain the base by the planning, acquiring, building, sustaining, managing, operating, and divesting of both natural and manmade infrastructure. These squadrons also manage natural infrastructure assets, such as air, space, land, and water resources, ensuring installations have the natural infrastructure to support current and future missions and to maintain compliance with environmental requirements.
The 96th Engineer Group at Eglin AFB, FL, provides engineering forces to support global aerospace forces in peace and war. It operates, maintains, and protects the physical plant, infrastructure, facilities and systems, housing, and the environment, and maintains the largest base in the Air Force - 11.6 million square feet of physical plant and 3,256 facilities. The Eglin Gulf Test Range provides approximately 120,000 square miles of overwater airspace, covering the eastern third of the Gulf of Mexico from the Florida panhandle to the Florida Keys. The land range covers 724 square miles and contains 70 specific 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.
Eglin AFB spans Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties in the Panhandle area of Florida. The area is known for its "Emerald Coast," which describes the sugar white beaches and emerald-colored water. The local area has much to offer: endless water sports, coastal culture, outdoor activities, championship golf, and superb shopping.