TYNDALL AFB, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Tyndall Air Force Base officials are breathing a sigh of relief now that Congress has passed a budget bill including money to rebuild the base.
Buildings destroyed by Hurricane Michael. (WJHG/WECP)
When President Trump signs the bill, the Air Force will have the funds to rebuild the base of the future. The new money will be specifically aimed at new construction to replace those facilities that were completely destroyed by Hurricane Michael.
Funds for repairing existing buildings has already been budgeted and those repairs are in progress. Since the damage to the base was so extensive, most of the construction will be done by civilian contractors which is expected to have a positive impact on the local economy.
Brian Stahl, Deputy Director of Program Management added, "There's been a lot of work being done at Tyndall over the last fourteen months, master planning, developing strategies for construction and with the goal of being ready to receive the first F-35s in September of 2023."
The goal of the new construction will be to create the base for the 21st Century and to serve as a model for all future construction of military facilities.
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