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Renovations underway at Tyndall’s dining facility

Airman prepares food

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Lopez, 325th Force Support Squadron food service journeyman prepares a meal at the Berg-Liles Dining Facility at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 30, 2021. The on-going DFAC remodel project will allow the facility to utilize reusable dishes and flatware and will also provide a new dining area for guests to eat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Tyndall Dining Facility

The 325th Force Support Squadron Berg-Liles Dinning Facility was remodeled at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 30, 2021. The DFAC was remodeled to upgrade utility services better suited for the needs of the facility to include a new, state-of-the-art water system which had to be connected to the installation’s main utility lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Airman prepares food

U.S. Air Force Airman Basic Roseline Kebeng Tchimene, 325th Force Support Squadron food service apprentice packages a meal in a to-go container at the Berg-Liles Dinning Hall facility at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 30, 2021. The DFAC remodel will allow the facility to move away from single-use containers and plastics and return to reusable dishes and flatware. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Tyndall Dining Facility

The 325th Force Support Squadron Berg-Liles Dinning Facility dishwashing room was remodeled at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 30, 2021. The remodel included new ceilings, lights, a new external state-of-the-art water system and new washing equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Airman prepares food

U.S. Air Force Airman Basic Roseline Kebeng Tchimene, 325th Force Support Squadron food service apprentice prepares a meal to-go for Airman 1st Class Shamon Lockhart, 325th FSS food apprentice in the Berg-Liles Dining Facility at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 30, 2021. The remodel will include a second serving line, which will allow guests more options once it reopens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Tyndall Dining Facility

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dtravian Lester, 325th Force Support Squadron food service shift leader inspects construction during a walk-through at the Berg-Liles Dinning Hall facility at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 30, 2021. Portions of the facility were remodeled to include new ceilings, drywall, light fixtures, and a new fire detection and suppression system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Construction work

New utility lines are in place for the 325th Force Support Squadron Berg-Liles Dinning Facility at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 30, 2021. The DFAC was remodeled to upgrade utility services better suited for the needs of the facility to include a new, state-of-the-art water system which had to be connected to the installation’s main utility lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

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Renovations are currently underway at Tyndall’s Berg-Liles Dining Facility to modernize structures and systems.

The $9.8 million renovation project began in May 2020 and includes upgrades to the infrastructure and mechanical aspects of the building.

“The DFAC upgrades were made to sustain a Category 5 hurricane,” said Master Sgt. Cinnamon Calloway Fuller, 325th Force Support Squadron sustainment services flight superintendent. “We also received non-slip floors in the kitchen and storeroom and a fresh coat of paint as well as an upgrade to the fire suppression system, HVAC controls, and lighting.”

The Berg-Liles DFAC sustained significant damage after Hurricane Michael in 2018. It reopened for use in September 2019, after repairs were made, to continue operations in support of Tyndall Airmen. The renovations will bring a chance to modernize the facility.

“The renovation is important because the building is over 30 years old and it was time for a refresh,” said Calloway Fuller. “With Tyndall building up [as the ‘Installation] of the Future’ and an influx of personnel, we need to ensure our facility is capable of the expansion of our menu, capacity and authorized patrons.”

Those authorized to utilize the DFAC include Tyndall’s permanent party active duty personnel, permanent party commanders, TDY personnel and military retirees. Immediate family members of those aforementioned are eligible to dine at the DFAC on designated days as well as officers and Department of Defense civilians on alert status, Reserve and Guard units and foreign military members with prior coordination.

“Our primary mission is to fuel the lethality of the human weapon system and provide dorm residents a well-rounded, nutritional meal option,” said Calloway Fuller. “In the future, patrons can expect a more diverse menu, to include the addition of specialty bars, and a great dining experience.”