Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane Oct. 10, with Tyndall Air Force Base directly in its path. While active-duty and National Guard service members were pre-positioned to provide assistance during the storm, within hours after it ended additional Airmen began arriving from across the country to assess the damage, clear the path for first responders, begin repairs to the base and provide humanitarian assistance to the area.
Special tactics Airmen from Air Force Special Operations Command re-opened Tyndall AFB’s airfield within a day after the storm. Special Tactics Teams can assess, open, and control major airfields to clandestine dirt strips in any environment.
921st Contingency Response Squadron security forces, performed an initial security assessment of the base. The contingency response team deployed to assess damage and establish conditions for the re-initiation of airflow, bringing much needed equipment, supplies and personnel for the rebuilding of the base in the aftermath of the storm.