Eglin AFB is located in Okaloosa County, Florida. For more than 65 years and spanning six wars, Eglin has played a prominent role in airpower history. The air force base was founded in 1935 as the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base. It is named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Frederick I. Eglin, who was killed in a crash of his Northrop A-17 pursuit aircraft on a flight from Langley to Maxwell Field, Alabama. The base is also known for its environmental stewardship. Eglin AFB’s natural resource management makes the area into a wildlife preserve for many endangered species of animals and plants.