...The military activities in the region form a key part of the economy.
There are 10 major bases that combined encompass about 880 square
miles. That figure does not include military activities at non-DoD
facilities, nor does it include the outlying fields and smaller base
    ...The economic impact
    includes military and non-
    military salaries, as well as
    dollars the bases spent for
    contract work, ranging
    from pest control to high-
    tech RDT&E. Many
    veterans of the military
    also chose to retire in the
    region. By and large, the
    coastal counties have
    larger veteran populations
    than the nation as a whole.
...The majority of the military activity in the region is aviation-related,
though not exclusively. At Tyndall the Air Force focuses on air-
dominance, and in Pensacola and Whiting Field the focus is initial air
training. The Army teaches helicopter tactics at Fort Rucker, and at
Keesler pilots are trained to land in urban zones.
...But just as important is the role technical training plays. Keesler is a
leader in electronics training, and Corry Station is the military's primary
center for cryptology. Pensacola is the home of the command that
oversees all Navy training, and a site for many of the schools. The
military schools, when combined with the multiple Embry-Riddle
campuses in the region, provides a constant stream of graduates training
in the aerospace field.

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