Acting SecAF visits Installation of the Future

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  • By Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price
  • 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth visited Tyndall Air Force Base May 10 to view the base’s rebuild progress firsthand and meet some of Tyndall’s combat-ready Airmen.

Roth explored the “Installation of the Future'' with an introduction to the 325th Security Forces Squadron’s cutting-edge robotic dogs and a close-up look at the newest technologies Tyndall has to offer including plans for a digital twin virtual mapping program.

”The plans showcased here are fabulous,” said Roth. “Tyndall is leading the types of initiatives that will be the cornerstone for the Department’s use of resilient, technological capabilities going forward.”

Roth witnessed Tyndall’s rebuilding progress during a tour of the installation – viewing demolitions to buildings that were left uninhabitable by Hurricane Michael, such as a section of base housing, and current construction projects like a new child development center and the 337th Air Control Squadron’s new air battle management simulator. Concluding on the flightline, Roth saw Tyndall’s enduring air dominance mission through 71 aircraft currently operating out of Tyndall for Checkered Flag 21-2, one of the Department of Defense’s largest air-to-air exercises.

”There has certainly been a lot of progress,” said Roth. “It’s great to see so many aircraft out on the flightline, and ultimately with three new F-35 squadrons Tyndall will (continue to be) a key part in our air superiority.”

As Tyndall rises to the challenge of projecting unrivaled combat power and modeling the DoD’s first-ever 21st century military installation, Roth expressed that the source of airpower comes from the Airmen. Several of Tyndall’s Airmen were recognized for their outstanding performance and dedication to Tyndall’s mission.

“The Airmen who have been here and have endured the challenges put forward by not only Hurricane Michael but also a COVID-19 pandemic are terrific,” said Roth. “These Airmen have performed under extraordinary circumstances and are to be admired.”