Acting Secretary of Air Force visits Tyndall Air Force Base

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Acting Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable Matthew Donovan, made his first stop in his new position at Tyndall Air Force Base, which is a place he's called home before when he was an F-15 pilot.

Acting Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable Matthew Donovan, made his first stop in his new position at Tyndall Air Force Base. (WJHG/WECP)

Donovan said, "I've spent six years here, over two tours and it was the best time of my life."

The Acting Secretary spoke on how he's cautiously optimistic about getting a federal disaster aid package passed.

"When you see the damage, as we were flying in we flew over Mexico Beach as well. It's just incredible, the amount of damage, said Donovan,"I sure hope people notice and help us get this supplemental passed so we can move on."

After spending more than half a decade at Tyndall, the Acting Secretary wants to make sure it's restored to how it once was.

He said, "There's a lot of good memories here and we'll make sure that the good memories continue for airmen to follow."

Secretary Donovan spoke on not only the economic value of Tyndall but the strategic value as well.

He explained, "The location and being adjacent to one of the best over-water supersonic ranges in the United States and that's the Gulf Training Range."

He also mentioned the importance of the weapons testing and evaluations conducted by Tyndall.

After his press conference, Acting Secretary Donovan took a tour of Tyndall to see the extent of the damage.

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