KBRwyle Helps Recovery Efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base After Hurricane Michael

​Hurricane Michael ripped through Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida on Oct. 10. Its winds reached over 150 miles per hour and wailed against the base. The aftermath was catastrophic. According to the U.S. Air Force, the Category 4 storm damaged every building, including all base housing and the elementary school. The hurricane, one of...

​Hurricane Michael ripped through Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida on Oct. 10. Its winds reached over 150 miles per hour and wailed against the base. The aftermath was catastrophic.

Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida remains severely damaged after Hurricane Michael. Air Combat Command has mobilized multiple relief assets in an effort to restore operations after the hurricane caused catastrophic damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz)
Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida remains severely damaged after Hurricane Michael. Air Combat Command has mobilized multiple relief assets in an effort to restore operations after the hurricane caused catastrophic damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz)

According to the U.S. Air Force, the Category 4 storm damaged every building, including all base housing and the elementary school. The hurricane, one of the strongest in U.S. history, completely devastated the flight line and wiped out the marina. All of its structures and docks were gone.

Hours after Hurricane Michael demolished the base, KBRwyle was activated under the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP). KBRwyle personnel arrived on site within 48 hours to assess damage and establish critical life support services.

A Member of the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron begins the cleanup process around their squadron on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida following the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
A Member of the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron begins the cleanup process around their squadron on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida following the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)

Since its arrival, KBRwyle's team has been working around the clock to help the Air Force restore the base. Employees have been tackling a comprehensive spectrum of tasks, such as providing temporary fixes to severely damaged buildings, removing debris, and supplying critical resources for recovery operations. These resources include food, water, ice, emergency power, satellite communications, and internet.

Additionally, KBRwyle is now assisting with airfield management to keep the flight line open for additional supply and relief efforts.

"KBRwyle has been working closely with the Air Force, as well as numerous small and local subcontractors, to get the base up and running as soon as possible. It's been a tremendous demonstration of team work," said Byron Bright, President, KBR Government Services U.S. "We are committed to the recovery efforts at this base."

Master Sgt. Craig Domko, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group first sergeant, sees his Airmen's dormitories for the first time following Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
Master Sgt. Craig Domko, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group first sergeant, sees his Airmen's dormitories for the first time following Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)

In addition to supporting the military at Tyndall, KBRwyle donated $7,500 to the Air Force Aid Society's (AFAS) fund. These funds will benefit displaced Airmen and their families at the base, as well as others impacted by Hurricane Michael in the hardest hit areas of Florida.

The official charity of the U.S. Air Force, AFAS provides emergency financial assistance, educational support and community programs for service members.

"Our thoughts are with those impacted by Hurricane Michael," said Bright. "Just as KBRwyle stands by our service members on the frontlines, we are proud to support them on this road to recovery in the aftermath of the storm."

Hurricane Michael caused significant structural damage to the majority of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida and surrounding areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz)
Hurricane Michael caused significant structural damage to the majority of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida and surrounding areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz)
Source: www.kbr.com