Published March 11, 2008
The Public Affairs Office is tasked with keeping the base, the public and the news media informed about Hurlburt Field. It manages the command information, community relations and media relations programs for the 1st Special Operations Wing. Public affairs now also encompasses the base photo lab, video and graphics.
The most visible products of the command information program are the Hurlburt Web pages and the Commander's Access Channel, a special access channel provided to facilities on base as well as cable subscribers in base housing areas. Public affairs also works closely with the Northwest Florida Daily News and the Bay Beacon for production of the new base papers -- the Hurlburt Warrior and the Hurlburt Patriot.
The community relations program engages citizens along the Emerald Coast -- bridging between military leaders and residents of communities surrounding the base on matters of environmental compliance, noise complaints and requests for information. A primary responsibility is providing tours of the base to civic organizations, potential recruits for the Air Force and reunion groups.
With the nature of the special operations mission, news media interest of the base remains high. Public affairs' responsibilities include arranging interviews with subject matter experts, answering queries, and serving as the official spokespersons for the base.
Public affairs' customer service element is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The public affairs staff can be reached during normal duty hours at 884-7190 or through the 1st SOW Command Post after hours.