HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Hurlburt Field will be hosting a Team Hurlburt Open House Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., providing the public with an inside look at the 1st Special Operations Wing and some of the other units located at Hurlburt Field.
Food, fun and entertainment for the entire family will be available as well.
The schedule of events for the day is as follows:
- 10 a.m.: Hurlburt Field Open House begins
- 11-11:15 a.m.: Fort Walton Beach High School JROTC Drill
- Noon-12:45 p.m.: Working dog event (45 mins)
- Noon-4 p.m.: The Emerald Gold Band will be performing on stage
- 1-1:15 p.m.: Fort Walton Beach High School JROTC Drill
- 2-2:15: Col. Jim Slife, commander of 1st Special Operations Wing, Welcome Remarks
- 3-3:15: Pensacola High School JROTC Drill
- 4 p.m.: Event ends
The Open House will feature ground displays of several types of Special Operations aircraft including the AC-130U Spooky Gunship and the CV-22 Osprey, as well as various other types of specialized military equipment from across base. Kid-friendly games and activities will be available for the younger attendees.
Open House traffic should enter the base through the East Gate on Freedom Way off Martin Luther King Blvd and through the gate at the west end of Lovejoy Road. The Main Gate off Highway 98 will ONLY be open to DoD ID Card holders. Additionally, all attendees are subject to search, and the following items will not be allowed through the gates: No drugs, guns, knives, coolers, back packs, pets and large purses.
"For decades, and most recently since September of 2001, our people and assets have been deployed around the globe, defining the Air Commando spirit every step of the way," said Col. Jim Slife, commander of 1st Special Operations Wing. "Although we have wrapped up our involvement in Iraq, we remain engaged in operations around the world and vigilant in the defense of our country's freedom. We are grateful to our local community for all their support and concern as we continue to be engaged globally. Events like this are just one of the ways we are helping ease that strain by providing families an activity that members of all ages can enjoy, while also expressing our appreciation to the local community."