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Captain Gourley
Captain John Gourley
Pensacola District Commander

The Pensacola District is comprised of Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.

It is home to the "Cradle of Naval Aviation", Naval Air Station Pensacola. The National Museum of Naval Aviation, an international attraction is located on NAS Pensacola and ranks as one of Florida's most popular. In addition the Navy flight demonstration team "The Blue Angels" call Pensacola home. Complimenting NAS Pensacola is NAS Whiting Field located in neighboring Santa Rosa County. Other military installations also located in the district include Hurlburt Field, Duke Field, with Eglin Air Force Base being the largest land-area Air Force base in the world.

The district's northern area offers an assortment of unspoiled landscape from rich farm land, pine forests, rivers and parks. The southern area of the district is a vacation paradise with miles of famous sugar white beaches along the crystal clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. World class resorts, excellent shopping, dining and plenty of activities for the sports enthusiast are found in the two counties.

The greater Pensacola area is one of the earliest settlements established in the new world briefly inhabited by the Spaniards in 1559 and permanently settled by the Spanish in 1698. In 1719 the French occupied the territory until 1722 when it returned to Spanish control before being passed to the British in 1763. In 1814 the United States captured the territory from the British and returned it to the Spanish. In 1818 the territory was seized from the Spanish and formally entered into the union with the rest of Florida in 1821. Truly a "City of Five Flags", this area of Florida is as diverse a population as any in the United States. From the Gulf of Mexico beaches to the hardwood and pine forests, the Pensacola District has something for everyone.

Whether you are a first-time visitor to our beautiful beaches and historic towns or a "regular", your visit to our area will be one of the best you've taken - and one you will want to repeat!

The Pensacola District personnel are dedicated to "Courtesy, Service and Protection".

 


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