Hurlburt announces next phase of housing construction, safety measures

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  • By 2nd Lt. Kayshel Trudell
  • 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

Hurlburt Field leadership recently announced entering the next phase of construction with their local housing partner in a memo to base residents. 


This phase includes demolishing the older homes and replacing them with new homes. When demolishing older homes, precautions are taken due to materials used during the era they were constructed. 


From 1948 to 1988, pesticides containing a chemical called chlordane were commonly used to treat for termites in foundations of homes.  Recently compiled reports show these pesticides have remained in some of the soil at Hurlburt from when they were first applied.


The remaining pesticide levels, undisturbed, do not present immediate concerns for our families.  However, because soil disruption will take place during demolition of the older homes, the Air Force and Corvias, in close collaboration with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), developed a soil management plan, following all state and federal regulations, to maximize safety precautions.


 “The 1st Special Operations Wing’s goal is to protect the health and safety of our Airmen and families, and to ensure construction activities do not impact installation and supporting communities’ access to safe soil and water,” said Col. Thomas Palenske, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing. “There is not an immediate threat to families currently living in these houses and we will ensure community members remain informed.” 


The soil remediation process will begin over the next few months and consists of removing soil from the site and treating it through a thermal process that will remove the remaining pesticides.  Following soil remediation, construction will begin in Pine Shadows this summer, then in Soundside Manor.


During the soil remediation process, follow these suggested safety guidelines:

  • Please stay clear of the construction site and direct your family to do the same.

  • In the older homes, out of an abundance of caution, avoid digging up areas in your yard to plant shrubbery, flowers, etc. (Does not apply to new construction housing).

  • As always, vegetable gardens should be accomplished via raised gardening boxes or planting pots.

“We are committed to taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety and health of Airmen and the community,” said Stan Morehead, business director for Corvias Military Living. “That is why we have undergone such thorough testing and analysis measures, including the mapping of all houses within the construction area, to ensure appropriate safety precautions are taken.”

For further questions about housing, please feel free to contact Julie Crowell, 850-344-0221 or