The date was October 7th, 2018. Hurricane Michael was a very powerful and destructive tropical cyclone that became the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous United States since Andrew in 1992.
Tyndall Air Force Base sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. 484 buildings were damaged or destroyed. As the 325th Fighter Wing began to recovery efforts. Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center quickly realized the mammoth effort needed to rebuild the installation. Although the task at hand was a massive undertaking, the might of the USAF would prevail. Although work is still in progress. Massive strides are made day by day. thanks to combined efforts of both far and local communities.
We will rebuild back better. Coined the “Installation of the Future”, this base will be the first of its kind in the Department of Defense. It will meet the needs of our current and future forces by incorporating resilient infrastructure, innovative designs, and novel technology to equip Airmen to execute the mission of today and tomorrow. While the rebuild will still continue for 5-7 years. Tyndall AFB has been selected to host three new squadrons of the F-35A Lightning II.
"Tyndall has remained operationally ready and continues to project unrivaled combat airpower for our nation. The 325th Fighter Wing trains and prepares F-22 Raptor pilots for assignment to combat Air Force units and supports multiple tenant organizations. Our Airmen remain ready for worldwide deployment in support of combat operations. " - Tyndall AFB