The U.S. Air Force established a new program management office to lead efforts in rebuilding infrastructures damaged by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The service said Wednesday the PMO will assess the damage to installation facilities and infrastructures, determine usability and preserve capabilities of the base.
“The work that lies in front of us is extensive, but the PMO office will ensure the Air Force has a 21st-century installation to carry out the missions of today and the future,” said Col. Scott Matthews, director of Tyndall AFB PMO.
Other missions of the new office include rapid repair and construction of temporary facilities and redevelopment planning to support near-term resumption of mission operations and long-term redevelopment of the base.
PMO Deputy Director Brian Stahl said the office is working with the 325th Fighter Wing to provide resources, expertise and manpower for the rebuilding efforts. The Air Force expects rebuilding Tyndall AFB to take up to five years and cost nearly $3B.
Mike Rits, Air Force Civil Engineer Center resilience subject matter expert, said the PMO could also help the service branch apply “Smart City” designs at Tyndall AFB to provide resilient warfighting capabilities.