December 01, 2018

Can Tyndall Recover?

John A. Tirpak

Six questions in need of answers.


Two days before Hurricane Michael pummeled the Florida panhandle with 150-mph winds, it was still just a tropical storm
. The biggest threat then seemed to be the potential for a storm surge and flooding. 

Then the forecast worsened. The 325th Fighter Wing commander, Col. Brian S. Laidlaw evacuated the base, dispatching most of its aircraft and all but 90 base personnel, who weathered the storm in the base’s most hardened structures. When it was over, even those buildings were damaged, and 95 percent of Tyndall’s 1,300 structures were severely damaged or destroyed.

Now comes the hard part: Deciding what to do next.