Tyndall holds first FTAC class since Hurricane Michael

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  • By Airman 1st Class Bailee A. Darbasie
  • 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The 325th Force Support Squadron rotated new Airmen through the First Term Airmen Course for the first time since Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base, from June 17-21.

FTAC was postponed after the hurricane due to a halt on incoming permanent party orders.

“We’re grateful for FTAC to be up and running again,” said Master Sgt. James Rollins, 325th FSS career assistance advisor. “It means we’re getting more Airmen which is what Tyndall really needs now.”

First term Airmen face unprecedented challenges stemming from the damage sustained by the installation. To prepare them, FTAC put a stronger emphasis on resiliency during the week-long course.

“We’ve tailored our resiliency program to touch on the unique challenges this set of Airmen will need to face,” Rollins said. “We try to focus on how to manage and overcome quality of life and financial issues due to living on a destroyed base.”

Rollins said this new rotation of Airmen is important because their strength and determination will set the stage for future Airmen coming to Tyndall.

“These Airmen will be the professionals Tyndall needs to help grow into a better and stronger base,” Rollins said. “We’re happy to provide them with the training and resources needed to transition into the best Airmen they could be for Tyndall.”