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Tyndall holds first FTAC class since Hurricane Michael

Staff Sgt. Kristine MacDonald, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, briefs a group of Airmen during the First Term Airmen Course at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, June 21, 2019. MacDonald briefed the Airmen on the importance of appropriate social media use. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bailee A. Darbasie)

First term Airmen are taught the importance of proper social media use during a First Term Airmen briefing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, June 21, 2019. This rotation of Airmen was the first since Hurricane Michael devastated the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bailee A. Darbasie)

The 325th Force Support Squadron held its first First Term Airmen Course since Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, June 21, 2019. FTAC was postponed after the hurricane due to a halt on incoming permanent party orders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bailee A. Darbasie)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

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.”