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NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD

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Background

NAS Whiting Field is located in Santa Rosa County, in Florida’s northwest coastal area, approximately seven miles north of Milton, FL and 20 miles northeast of Pensacola, FL. The installation is approximately 3,842 acres in size.

NAS Whiting Field, home of Training Air Wing Five (TRAWING FIVE) and was commissioned as the Naval Auxiliary Air Station Whiting Field in July 1943.The field’s mission is to provide primary fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft and advanced helicopter training. NAS Whiting Field presently consists of two airfields (North and South Fields) separated by an industrial area.

NAS Whiting Field is primarily surrounded by agricultural and forested with low density residential properties.Located on an upland area, elevations at NAS Whiting Field range from 150 to 190 feet above sea level. The facility is bounded by low-lying receiving water: Clear Creek to the west and south, and Big Coldwater Creek to the east are both tributaries of the Blackwater River. The Blackwater River discharges to the estuarine waters of Blackwater Bay. Florida Department of Environmental Protection has classified Clear Creek as a Class II Waters for Recreation-Propagation and Management of Fish and Wildlife and is classified as an Outstanding Florida Water. Outstanding Florida Water is considered to be of exceptional recreational and ecological significance.

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