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Tyndall offers inside look in its laboratories for top Florida leader

Laboratories at Tyndall Air Force develop technology used on bases throughout the country. That's one of the reasons Florida's Chief Resilience Officer came to tour the facilities Tuesday. (WJHG/WECP)
Laboratories at Tyndall Air Force develop technology used on bases throughout the country. That's one of the reasons Florida's Chief Resilience Officer came to tour the facilities Tuesday. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Dec. 10, 2019 at 5:06 PM CST
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What goes in to building a base of the future? The answer can be found in several laboratories on Tyndall Air Force Base.

Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, Florida's Chief Resilience Officer, said, "Resiliency is more than just a disaster relief issue, it's a national security issue. So to really hear about the technology and innovation of what's happening I think is important."

Tuesday, leaders at Tyndall Air Force Base hosted Dr. Nesheiwat.

"She's very interested in what we're doing and in the approaches that we're taking as we look to rebuild the base. So I'm extremely excited to have her here to learn about what we're doing, and to build advocacy for us at the state level," said Brigadier General Patrice Melancon, Executive Director of the Tyndall Program Management Office.

But rebuilding doesn't always require a hammer and nails.

Melancon said, "We talked a little bit about some of 3-D printed materials that are out there, things that will allow us to potentially lower costs of rebuild."

Instead, scientists are hard at work developing solutions used across the country.

Dr. Nesheiwat said these labs produce, "The materials that are necessary to be able to respond in real time, to be creative in those materials and be able to really adapt or prepare... whether it's natural disaster or enemy lines."

Tyndall officials are also hoping the findings here could open the door to future grants.

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