The U.S. Air Force will resume operations for nine of the 14 missions at Tyndall AFB within the next one-to-three months, according to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s office.
Three other missions will be temporarily relocated to Eglin AFB, with support from Tyndall. And Nelson will continue to press the Air Force to return the other missions as well, so that Tyndall will be at its pre-Hurricane Michael strength.
Nelson spoke this morning with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, who briefed him on a timeline associated with the rebuilding process.
“Secretary Wilson assured me today that we will rebuild Tyndall,” Nelson said. “Tyndall is critical to our national security and will take a long-term commitment to fully restore the base.”
In the immediate wake of Hurricane Michael, Nelson pressed President Trump, Wilson and USAF General David Goldfein for assurances that Tyndall be rebuilt and return stronger than ever. He has also received assurances from colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee expressing support for rebuilding.
It was on Oct. 14, four days after the storm, that Nelson assessed the demolished base and asked base commanders for their specific needs and recommendations for the rebuilding process.