Oct. 26, 2018: A Letter from Col. Brian S. Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing Commander

  • Published
  • 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
As many of you know, Vice President Pence and the Secretary of the Air Force visited the base this week to see where we are in the recovery process. During this visit, they announced that we will rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base.

The process will take time and it may mean changes for some families. We don’t have all the answers, but know that we are all working tirelessly to make sure we keep you informed. What we do know is that assignments have started to drop for some Airmen and their families, and your unit leadership will communicate with those Airmen on how that process will work.

During the Vice President’s visit, I was able to share with his team some of the great work our Airmen have accomplished in the last two weeks. This week, the number of Airmen at Tyndall working to recover our base passed 1,000. Our fellow Airmen have come from all over the country to partner with some of our own who remained behind. I couldn’t’ be more proud of how much this team has accomplished in such a short time.

This past week, we opened our gates again for residents to access their personal property in housing and storage. While not mandatory, this is an opportunity for people to bring insurance adjusters for claims on base and to remove their personal property if they wish to do so. With this, there are many questions. Here are a few answers.
•This is voluntary. Rest assured items left in housing will not be removed unless coordinated with the landlord.
•Balfour Beatty recently announced that they will not charge rent for on base homes in November.
•The government will reimburse members on active duty orders and civilian employees (APF) to do a personally procured move (PPM) with storage.
For more details on the TMO/PPM process, please review our website:

Our engineering team also accomplished a lot in the past week. They assessed close to 80% of the buildings on base for damage, brought back power to some areas of base, removed street debris from over 90% of housing, partnered with the county to bring the wastewater treatment online, and much more.

We will continue researching answers to your questions. They are great questions; keep them coming. We are looking to our future as a base and as a community. I am excited to see where we will be in the coming weeks and months.

As always, each of you and your families are my priority, and you are always my first thought throughout each step of this recovery process. I am thankful for our Air Force family. We’re a resilient clan, and we’ve got this.

We are better than we were yesterday, and tomorrow we will be better than today.

Col Brian S. Laidlaw
325th Fighter Wing Commander"