The Air Force is considering transferring some airmen and their families elsewhere while Tyndall AFB is rebuilt, a spokesman said. “We’re going to have to make some serious decisions on which families come back to that base or not,” said Brig. Gen. Edward Thomas, director of public affairs. Meanwhile, the service’s director of civil engineers compared the storm’s devastation to Hurricane Katrina’s impact in 2005 on Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Miss. Keesler, located about 230 miles west of Tyndall, took nearly five years to make a full recovery, reported the Washington Post. “You can imagine what kind of effort lays ahead of us,” said Brig. Gen. John Allen Jr. … Tyndall AFB military and civilian personnel, who remain under a mandated evacuation order, are being allowed to inspect their homes and dorms and retrieve their belongings on a limited basis starting today and ending Sunday. Access will be restricted to housing areas and dorms, according to the message to Team Tyndall. Officials warned that the base and the local area remain dangerous. “We are still cleaning roads, power lines and debris. This has been a major undertaking but we are getting better each day. We continue working a long-term plan of action but we simply aren’t there yet, as we are concentrating on the short-term, day-to-day recovery actions,” they said. … Civilian and military employees of Naval Support Activity Panama City who evacuated due to Hurricane Michael have been directed to report to Naval Air Station Pensacola next Monday. The support activity sustained significant damage during the storm, and the lack of utilities and essential community services, such as schools and hospitals, is expected to prevent most employees from returning for an extended period of time, according to a Navy press release.
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin Bowser