Tyndall Air Force Base rebuilding after Hurricane Michael

Published: Jan. 4, 2019 at 5:49 PM CST
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“The base of the future!"

That’s how officials who are spearheading the recovery and rebuilding of Tyndall Air Force Base after Hurricane Michael caused major damage there are describing the future of the northwest Florida installation. A special “Project Management Office” is at the forefront of the ongoing recovery for Tyndall.

Clean-up and rebuilding efforts take place daily on Tyndall Air Force Base after a direct hit from catastrophic Hurricane Michael.

“I was here during the storm as part of the ‘ride-out element’ here and so when we opened the doors after the storm, we were in shock," Brian Stahl; PMO Deputy Director; 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, said. "This place was just devastated and it looked like it was going to take 100 years to bring it back but we have made some huge progress.”

Every building on the installation sustained at least some damage including nearly 200 facilities classified as moderate-to-severe and around 100 categorized as destroyed. So in order to streamline the redevelopment and reconstruction program that’s expected to take four to five years, a hurricane recovery Project Management Office or PMO has been set up to function as a team of teams.

“We’ve had people that have worked hurricane recovery from Andrew to natural disasters at Keesler so we have a lot of experience, a lot of capability in partnership with AFICA, the contracting agency, and in partnering also with like the Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facility’s Engineering Command," Col. Scott Matthews; PMO Director; Air Force Civil Engineer Center, said. "We have a lot of assets at our disposal.”

Established by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center to work closely with Tyndall 325th Fighter Wing leadership, the PMO is picking up where

left off. The mission of the PMO is to repair, reshape, and rebuild Tyndall to support both resuming near term mission operations as well as long-term redevelopment as the model Air Force base of the future.

“This is an opportunity-instead of just rebuilding those in the same place to do the same things-to look at flexible use facilities, to look at smart grids, to look at smart buildings that talk to us and tell us when they need maintenance,” Terry Edwards; Director; Air Force Civil Engineer Center, said.

Officials say the goal of this PMO organization is to be adaptable and agile, open to innovative approaches, and balanced in its focus between near-term priorities and the long-lead items required to achieve future objectives.