Tyndall Air Force Base Commander gives an update on recovery efforts

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Tyndall Air Force Base is continuing to recover from Hurricane Michael.

At the Bay County Chamber of Commerce's First Friday, Commander Colonel Brian Laidlaw gave an update on the base. One hundred and seventy-five million dollars worth of contracts are already underway.

The First Air Force, 53rd Weapons Evaluation and 337th Air Control Squadron are back up and running. The dining facility, pharmacy, and radiology are also reopened. Laidlaw says he's optimistic about the future of the base.

"Obviously, we have gone through a lot, like the rest of the local community has, but with tragedy comes opportunity to rebuild. A lot of the structures that we had on the base have been around for a long time and we now have an opportunity to build a base to be relevant for the next 70-80 years," Laidlaw said.

On January 31st, Tyndall will hold an industry day to connect with businesses and contractors in the county.