White House reaffirms commitment to rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - After Hurricane Michael, the future was uncertain for Tyndall Air Force Base, but the White House is continuing to show its support.

Up to three squadrons of F-35s could be housed at Tyndall by 2023. (WJHG/WECP)

Vice President Mike Pence recently tweeted out the administration is still dedicated to rebuilding Tyndall and they would be able to house up to three F-35 squadrons by 2023.

According to Congressman Neal Dunn, the three squadrons would bring more than 70 planes to the base.

Dunn said, "It's a major investment in Tyndall Air Force Base by the Department of Defense. It's an ongoing commitment for many years to come and it's good news to everybody who is regionally located near Tyndall."

Dunn also sent out a statement saying, "Today [Tuesday] President Trump and Vice President Pence reaffirmed their commitment to fully rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base for the 5th generation fighter by 2023. This announcement gives certainty to our airmen at Tyndall and to the Panhandle as we continue to rebuild from Hurricane Michael. It's clear the Air Force and the Trump Administration recognize the importance of investing in Tyndall as we modernize our warfighters. I look forward to continuing to work with the defense community to bring these squadrons in for a landing."

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