Military presence spikes Okaloosa student populations (VIDEO)

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Crestview High School expects to enroll 600 freshmen next school year. Bulldog student population has increased significantly since the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)’s arrival in Okaloosa County.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 02:11 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Some north Okaloosa County schools have reported increased student populations due to military presence.

The 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) brought more than 2,200 personnel to Eglin Air Force Base in 2010. Nearly 3,000 children ages 5 to 18 attend north county schools, Lt. Col. James Brownlee, a public affairs officer with the group, said. Forty-eight percent of the Special Forces’ personnel have made the Hub City their home, particularly due to its affordable housing near base.

Brownlee said the number of military personnel is expected to grow.

"With the coming of our Regional Support Element and other support elements, our increase may be as great as 500 more soldiers, who will most likely all be here by this September," he said.

Crestview High School

VIDEO: See "Related Media" at top left for interviews with some north Okaloosa principals.

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