The base plans, directs and conducts test and evaluation of U. and allied air armament, navigation and guidance systems, and command and control systems.
The Eglin Gulf Test Range provides approximately 130,000 square miles (340,000 km) of over water airspace.The 96 TW supports other tenant units on the installation with traditional military services as well as all the services of a small city, to include civil engineering, personnel, logistics, communications, computer, medical, security.Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) (IATA: VPS, ICAO: KVPS, FAA LID: VPS) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 3 miles (5 kilometers) southwest of Valparaiso, Florida in Okaloosa County.The host unit at Eglin is the 96th Test Wing (formerly the 96th Air Base Wing).The wing tests every fighter, bomber, unmanned aerial vehicle, and associated weapon system in the Air Force inventory.
The wing reports to the USAF Air Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, a Direct Reporting Unit (DRU) to Headquarters, Air Combat Command (ACC).
The final F-15s assigned to the 33d departed the base in September 2009.
As the first of its kind in the Department of Defense, the joint wing is responsible for F-35 JSF pilot and maintainer training for the Air Force, Marine Corps and the Navy.
It is named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Frederick I.
Eglin (1891–1937), who was killed in a crash of his Northrop A-17 attack aircraft on a flight from Langley to Maxwell Field, Alabama.
The residential portion of the base is a census-designated place; its population was 8,082 at the 2000 census.