The effort to rebuild hurricane-devastated Tyndall Air Force Base will be daunting and unprecedented.
Virtually all of the Florida base’s roughly 480 buildings sustained at least some damage — and about 300 of them are beyond saving and must be demolished.
When all is said and done, perhaps six or seven years after Hurricane Michael slammed into the base Oct. 10, 2018, the Air Force will likely have spent $4.25 billion to resurrect Tyndall — while still carrying on some of the service’s most crucial missions, such as F-22 training.
To get the job done, the Air Force is going to need some creative ideas, said Brig. Gen. Patrice Melancon, executive director of the Tyndall Program Management Office supervising the reconstruction effort, in a June 27 interview.