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AFPC supports Tyndall recovery

Support personnel from Tyndall and other bases were on location to assist Airmen returning to their homes to assess damage and collect personal belongings.

Representatives from the Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Airmen and Family Readiness Center and the Air Force's Personnel Center assist families affected by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 19, 2018. Support personnel from Tyndall and other bases were on location to support Airmen returning to their homes to assess damage and collect personal belongings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kelly Walker)

AFPC supports Tyndall in wake of Hurricane Michael

Members of the Air Force's Personnel Center assigned to Task Force HARP (Housing, Assignments, Relocation and Posture) provide assistance, Oct. 24, 2018, to Tyndall Airmen and their families displaced by Hurricane Michael. TF HARP currently has 35 dedicated personnel operating out of locations at Tyndall and Eglin Air Force Bases, Florida. Front (L to R): Tech. Sgt. Natosha Smith, Tech. Sgt. Lani Fernandez and Master Sgt. Jessica Winston. Back (L to R): Capt. Nathaniel White, Master Sgt. Darrin Bower, Senior Master Sgt. Venessa Martinez, Ms. Donna Huffman, Tech. Sgt. Jessica Escobar-Ortiz, Lt. Col. Johnny McGonigal and Master Sgt. Jessica Davis. (Courtesy Photo)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- The Air Force’s Personnel Center is supporting Headquarters Air Force, Air Combat Command and the 325th Fighter Wing as they continue the recovery efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

 

“We understand recovery will be a long process for many of our Airmen and their families and our priority is to do everything we can to help,” said AFPC commander Maj. Gen. Andrew Toth. “Tyndall Airmen, uniformed and civilian, have a lot on their plates. We’re an Air Force family and we’ll get through this together.”

 

AFPC continues to work closely with ACC on a three-phased reassignment action plan for military members that can adapt to future decisions about the status of Tyndall mission sets. Phase 1 is currently ongoing as AFPC processes orders diverting some Airmen previously identified as inbound to Tyndall, and orders for those previously identified as outbound from Tyndall.

 

“We must remain agile, innovative and responsive to Tyndall’s needs when we move into Phases 2 and 3 after Headquarters Air Force and ACC make decisions about the future of Tyndall missions,” Toth said. “We’ll support the 325th Fighter Wing commander’s manpower decisions based on those requirements.”

 

“It’s important to understand that we’ll take into account the needs of our Airmen and their families in all phases of the process,” Toth added.

Currently, AFPC has a 16-member team in place at Eglin AFB, Florida, to provide local support for Tyndall Airmen and their families, comprised of military assignment and civilian personnel specialists, Airman and Family Readiness experts, Exceptional Family Member Program professionals, Military Family Life Consultants and School Liaison Officers.

 

“The away team is working closely with 325th Fighter Wing leadership to provide them maximum support and minimal interference with installation recovery,” Toth said. “It’s positioned to respond to Headquarters Air Force mission announcements and begin rapidly processing personnel actions for Airmen after wing leadership’s decision about manpower required to support mission requirements.”

 

AFPC also has a civilian personnel cell at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph prepared and dedicated to handling civilian actions, as needed, based on future decisions by Headquarters Air Force, and is partnering with Air Force Services Activity to facilitate non-appropriated funds personnel actions.

 

“I’m extremely proud of our AFPC team’s actions during this natural disaster,” Toth added. “We’re committed to seeing this through and taking care of our Airmen and their families and supporting Team Tyndall.”

 

Airman and Family Readiness experts have resolved more than 250 needs assessment cases unique to Tyndall AFB and are actively working to resolve more than 350 others. They also coordinated wellness checks for more than 200 families of Airmen deployed and assigned to remote locations.

 

The AFPC team, along with other A&FR specialists at bases surrounding Tyndall, have coordinated more than $6 million in Stabilizing Assistance Grants for Airmen in the evacuation zone through the Air Force Aid Society.

 

“Recovering and rebuilding Tyndall will be a lengthy process and one in which we’ll continue to adapt so we can provide our Airmen and their families the right help at the right time,” Toth said. “That’s our commitment.”