SECAF: Tyndall AFB hurricane recovery will take three to five years

By Courtney Albon / November 15, 2018 at 3:30 PM

The Air Force expects it will take three to five years to repair damage to Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, caused by Hurricane Michael.

The storm, which hit the base in early October, caused damage to 95 percent of the base's buildings, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said at a Nov. 15 Defense One Summit. Wilson said the service is currently assessing which buildings to repair and which to destroy and rebuild.

A number of missions will return to the base over the next three months, including the Air Operations Center -- which should be operational by January 2019 -- and the simulator portion of the F-22 schoolhouse. Nearby Eglin Air Force Base, FL, will take Tyndall's F-22 flying training unit. Wilson noted that all F-22s that remained at the base to weather the storm have flown.