Hurlburt Field

Hurlburt, Eglin declare public health emergencies

Hurlburt, Eglin declare public health emergencies

Hurlburt Field and Eglin officials have elevated the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Level to ‘Charlie’ and have declared a public health emergency for the installations.The elevation to Charlie is part of the ongoing response to COVID-19 concerns.“The COVID-19 situation is very dynamic,” said Col. Mike Conley, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt […]

Hurlburt Field restricts access to essential only

Hurlburt Field restricts access to essential only

1 SOW Public Affairs Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on March 31, 2020, access to Hurlburt Field will be restricted to mission essential personnel only and those individuals residing on, TDY to, or conducting official business on base.  This restriction is consistent with the elevation of the Health Protection Condition Level to Charlie and the Installation […]

Hurlburt Update: Moves to Health Protection Condition Charlie

Hurlburt Update: Moves to Health Protection Condition Charlie

 Hurlburt Field officials have elevated the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Level to Charlie and have declared a public health emergency for the installation.  The elevation to Charlie is part of the ongoing response to COVID-19 concerns. “The COVID-19 situation is very dynamic,” said Col. Mike Conley, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing. “Given the […]

UPDATE: Special Tactics airman identified

UPDATE: Special Tactics airman identified

The Special Tactics airman who died in the fatal swim training incident has been identified. Hurlburt Field’s 24 SOW officials say Airman First Class Keigan Baker, 24, was found unresponsive after he went missing during a surface training swim at Naval Suport Activity Panama City, Thursday. Baker was an Air Force Special Tactics Combat Contoller […]

BREAKING: Special Tactics airman recovered after fatal swim training incident

BREAKING: Special Tactics airman recovered after fatal swim training incident

A press release from Hurlburt Field:  As of approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a Special Tactics Airman was found dead after the member went missing during a surface training swim at Naval Support Activity Panama City, Florida.  The Airman, a Special Tactics combat controller assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida, was taking […]

Hurlburt moves to reduced work schedule

Hurlburt moves to reduced work schedule

In a virtual town hall meeting, 1 SOW Commander, Col. Michael Conley announced that as of noon Friday, the 42 units of Hurlburt Field will transition to a reduced work schedule. The squadron commanders will make the schedule for their airmen that makes the most sense for their duties. “These are unique times,” said Conley. […]

COVID-19 case confirmed on Hurlburt Field

COVID-19 case confirmed on Hurlburt Field

An active duty Hurlburt Field airman tested positive for COVID-19 according to a press release Thursday.  1st Special Operations Wing public affairs issued a press release confirming the case. The member had recently returned from travel to a country that has a Level Three Travel Health Notice, and promptly self-quarantined upon return consistent with Department […]

Department of Defense orders military travel ban

Department of Defense orders military travel ban

A memorandum sent by the deputy secretary of defense March 13 orders all military members and civilian personnel and their families assiged to DoD installations, facilities and surrounding areas in the United States to stop travel while the order is in place beginning March 16. The order is in response to COVID-19, the memo says, […]

Conley named to leadership at Space Force

Conley named to leadership at Space Force

From special ops to space, Brig. Gen. (sel.) Michael Conley has been named vice commander of the Space Operations Command. Conley previously served as commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field. Read the full article in the Feb. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Fallen firefighter, DeMorgan, remembered at Hurlburt

Fallen firefighter, DeMorgan, remembered at Hurlburt

Fallen Spooky airman remembered with Hurlburt memorial By Bridget Donovan 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Hurlburt Field – Hundreds of Air Commandos, family and friends gathered to commemorate a fallen teammate, husband, father, brother, son and friend during a memorial service, Jan. 31, on Hurlburt Field. The service honored the life of U.S. Air […]

Holiday events in and around Navarre

Holiday events in and around Navarre

It’s that time of year once again. The coming weeks will see Navarre light up with holiday cheer and festivities the whole family can enjoy while creating holiday memories to last a lifetime. From our Navarre Press family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Dec. 5 Tree Lighting & Trees for Troops Join NAS […]

Double hit and run ends in car theft arrest

Double hit and run ends in car theft arrest

Drivers were mostly uninjured in a multicar hit and run near Hurlburt Field Nov. 13 according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. Bryan Smith, 33, of Killen, Alabama, is accused of fleeing the scene of an accident in Mary Esther. While driving a Ford F150 west on U.S. Highway 98 near Hurlburt Field, Smith […]

Airman lost

Airman lost

“We will continue our recovery effort as long as circumstances and resources allow to bring our Airman home,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Matt Allen, commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing. The search for a missing special tactics airman lost somewhere over the Gulf of Mexico transitioned to a recovery effort, Air Force representatives […]

Missing special tactics airman identified

Missing special tactics airman identified

UPDATE Nov. 11, 9 a.m.: As the search transitioned to a recovery effort over the weekend, the identify of a missing special tactics airman lost over the Gulf of Mexico during training last week was released by the 24th Special Operations Wing Saturday. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, was a Special Tactics combat […]

Military training in Navarre causes fright near library

Military training in Navarre causes fright near library

A military training event in Navarre near the library on James Harvell Road caused a bit of panic this morning among library workers and visitors. “We received a call about a suspicious person near the Navarre Library,” Rich Aloy, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said. “We did evacuate the library while we were […]

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride carries added meaning to Beckman

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride carries added meaning to Beckman

Navarre resident Steve Beckman was in a bike shop in Pensacola last month when he came across a flyer about the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, which raises money and awareness for prostate cancer and men’s mental health. No big deal on the surface. But here’s where things happen for a reason.   Read the full article […]

Test range generates billions along Gulf coast

Test range generates billions along Gulf coast

This is part two in a series of articles on the impacts of the U.S. Air Force Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range, which consists of 123,000 square miles of overwater training and testing space. Billions of dollars and thousands of people move to the economic heartbeat of the Department of Defense in the Florida […]

Called into service, a military chaplain

Called into service, a military chaplain

His father strode into the room, crisply turned out in his Alabama National Guard uniform and a young boy’s heart stirred with dreams of one day wearing the uniform like his father. But there was another call stirring in this young heart. Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

What is the Gulf Test and Training Range?

What is the Gulf Test and Training Range?

Residents of Navarre affectionately refer to the sounds of air traffic and booms of our military neighbors as “the sound of freedom.” The nightly booms are a sign of a much bigger set of missions going on. Missions that are unique to Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. This is part one in a […]

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested Navarre resident Brandon James Barnes, 34, June 3 for allegedly choking and attempting to sexually assault a woman. Barnes allegedly choked the victim while striking her on the face and body, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office arrest report. He pulled the victim’s hair and pushed her against […]

Off-base bomb training valuable to military

Off-base bomb training valuable to military

A robot maneuvers its way through a hallway in the Pregnancy Resource Center in Navarre last week. It’s objective: obtain the pipe bomb that has been thrown into a room in the center.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

God’s special time

God’s special time

“I don’t know why you guys come here,” a prison inmate told the visitor. His was not an expression of complaint but one of amazement. What would compel a group of men to give of their time every month to visit inmates in a prison facility? You might say, “it was time.”   Read the […]

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Marsha Harp was caught by surprise when she learned she had been named the Air Force Association Chapter #398 Hurlburt Teacher of the Year. A first-grade teacher at West Navarre Primary, she’s been named the elementary teacher of the year and the overall teacher of the year for her efforts in STEM education. Read the […]

Ruck March remembers Special Tactics’ fallen

Ruck March remembers Special Tactics’ fallen

A trio of Air Force Special Tactics operators marched along U.S. Highway 98 through Navarre Monday morning along an 830-mile ruck march route from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas to Hurlburt Field. They marched in honor of Special Tactics members that have been killed in action. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

Duplex rezoning request denied

Duplex rezoning request denied

County commissioners grappled with housing needs and zoning realities Feb. 28, ultimately siding with neighbors who opposed a rezoning request. Brett Ramsey of Ramsey & Walker LLC had asked the commissioners to rezone a lot near Panhandle Trail to allow construction of duplexes. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Noise warning for Hurlburt Field and surrounding area

Noise warning for Hurlburt Field and surrounding area

Residents near Hurlburt Field should expect some noise today. The Special Tactics Training Squadron will detonate 20 pounds of explosives during training on Wednesday, March 6 from 12 – 1 p.m. The training, which will take place on the Hurlburt Explosive Ordnance Device Range, is expected to produce three separate booms that may be heard […]

98 expansion affects dozens of businesses

98 expansion affects dozens of businesses

When plans to expand U.S. Highway 98 to accommodate increased traffic first surfaced, Navarre Beach Flowers owner Sabrina Peet said the potential closure of her business was not on the forefront of her mind. The little shop located just at the edge of state right of way had very little wiggle room if an expansion […]

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

‘National security’ cited in traffic woes outside school

One school has been bringing the logistics of an entire roadway and even a U.S. Air Force base to a halt each day. For commuters going to and from Hurlburt Field, the daily drop-off and pick-up of Florosa Elementary School students means additional traffic woes along U.S. Highway 98 each day. Read the full article […]

UPDATE: Hurlburt Field airman found dead off-base identified

UPDATE: Hurlburt Field airman found dead off-base identified

The Hurlburt Field airman found dead outside the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center the morning of Jan. 28 has been identified as Senior Airman Luis Navajas, 30, a member of the 505th Communications Squadron . Navajas’ death is under investigation. “There is no greater loss than that of a valued Airman and teammate,” said Col. Sean […]