Oct 13, 2018; Panama City, FL, USA; Widespread destruction is left behind in the wake of Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Airforce Base near Panama City, FL

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Tyndall AFB lets airmen on base to collect belongings, survey damage

It's not pretty

October 16, 2018 - 3:38 pm

Starting Wednesday, Tyndall Air Force Base will let their service members on base  to gather belongings and get a look at the horrific damage.  Tyndall - located between Mexico Beach and Panama City in the Florica panhandle - took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael last week.  The 11,000 airmen and family members were evacuated the day before, and haven't been back since.

Commanders and recovery workers have had to communicate with their evacuees via Facebook.

The rules to get on base are pretty significant:  entry is limited over the next five days (Wednesday through Sunday) to the housing areas.  Suggestions include bringing water and food, safety gloves, goggles, and hardhats, no kids, no pets, and there's no help:  you need to be self-sufficient to retrieve your belongings.

They call the area "dangerous."

For active duty, retirees, guard and reserve members who live in the surrounding vicinity, the Air Force is offering financial assistance to families affected by the devastating hurricane which left the area in ruins.

Airmen are about to find out:  it's not a pretty sight on the base.

Attacking the clean up and rebuilding is akin to a military mission; the Crisis Action Team is working 2/47.

As they clean up areas on base, this map is being updated:

For service members who have additional questions, call the Total Force Service Center:

  • DSN: 665-0102
  • Commercial: 210-565-0102
  • Toll Free: 1-800-525-0102