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Mission Economic Impact
of the Military

Regional Military Impact

Consisting of 16 counties and multiple installations, the Northwest Florida Region is home to Tyndall Air Force Base, Naval Support Activity Panama City, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Duke Field, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Corry Station and Saufley Field.

Defense related activities in Northwest Florida were responsible for 186,689 jobs and nearly $21.8 billion in gross regional product (GRP), accounting for 28.6% of the region's 2022 total gross product. The vast majority of these economic impacts were generated by direct federal military spending which produced 176,703 jobs and roughly $20.3 billion of GRP, followed by the National Guard and Coast Guard who were responsible for 8,718 jobs and 1,268 jobs, respectively.

The Northwest Florida region provides the largest military economic impact of all eight state regions.

Jobs Generated
by Direct Federal
Military Spending

Military Installations

in GDP from Defense
Related Activities

NSA Panama City

Tyndall Air Force Base

Hurlburt Field

Air Force Special Operations
1st Special Operations Wing
24th Special Operations Wing
492nd Special Operations Wing
505th Comand and Control Wing

Duke Field

919th Special Operations Wing

NAS Whiting Field

Training Air Wing Five

Corry Field

Naval Air Station Pensacola

Eglin Air Force Base

96th Test Wing
Armament Directorate
53rd Wing
33rd Fighter Wing
AFRL Munitions Directorate
350th Spectrum Warfare Wing
20th Space Control Squadron
6th Ranger Training Battalion
Army 7th Special Forces Group
Navy Explosive Ordinance School


9.2 Billion in Economic Impact

Eglin Air Force Base
Encompassing 724 square miles, Eglin Air Force Base is the largest military base in the U.S. and home to the 96th Test Wing and various other units. The 96th Test Wing executes Air Force munitions' developmental test and evaluation, enabling the warfighter to put weapons on target in all battlespace media while also providing support for all other Team Eglin missions as the host wing.

Hurlburt Field
Hurlburt Field accommodates the 1st Special Operations Wing, and is home to Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Headquarters and a number of associate units. The mission at the base is centered around the training and execution of worldwide aviation special operations.

Santa Rosa

1.6 Billion in Economic Impact

Naval Air Station Whiting Field
Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field operates 56% of the Navy's outlying landing fields, and 17% of all U.S. Navy flight hours are flown out of NAS Whiting. The base's mission is to create the military's best-trained "Aviation Warfighter" and support all the armed forces relying on it.

The installation hosts 21 tenant activities, including Training Air Wing FIVE, which produces more than 1,200 pilots a year. NAS Whiting Field is home to the largest air wing in the U.S. Navy and produces 100% of all Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard helicopter pilots.

Top Defense-Related Contract Industries


Aerospace (28%)


Architectural & Engineering (12%)


Computer System Design (5%)


Scientific Research (5%)