HomeNewsArticle Display

Commander provides update brief to Air Force leadership

U.S. Air Force leadership visit Tyndall Air Force Base.

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visit troops Oct. 27, 2018, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Since Hurricane Michael swept the area, multiple major commands have mobilized assets to aid recovery operations at Tyndall AFB to address catastrophic damage sustained by the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Carnes)

U.S. Air Force leadership visit Tyndall Air Force Base.

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein visits troops Oct. 27, 2018, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Since Hurricane Michael swept the area, multiple major commands have mobilized assets to aid recovery operations at Tyndall to address catastrophic damage sustained by the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Carnes)

U.S. Air Force leadership visit Tyndall Air Force Base.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visits troops Oct. 27, 2018, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. After Hurricane Michael swept the area, multiple major commands have mobilized relief assets in an effort to restore operations after the hurricane caused catastrophic damage to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Carnes)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Tyndall Air Force Base Oct. 27, for the second time since Hurricane Michael caused catastrophic damage.

Since Vice President Mike Pence announced plans to rebuild Tyndall AFB earlier this week, the base has been actively strategizing a way forward.

After taking time to recognize Airmen from around the base for their efforts to support the post-storm recovery, Goldfein and Wright received an update brief from Col. Brain Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander.

Laidlaw led with information on Task Force Harp, which is focused on the base's most important asset, its people.

"We are now leaning forward and squadron commanders are looking down their rosters, person by person, trying to figure out what works best for each situation," he said.

The status of Task Force Phoenix came next, which is responsible for infrastructure.

Laidlaw said their job is to save what they can and, from there, build the base that is needed.

To support that mission, 1,200 people have been brought in so far.

"Every single one of these people were sent here for a reason and they have been doing amazing work," said Laidlaw. "We are taking people in as fast as we can feed them and as fast as we can find a place for them to live and every single one of them is doing exactly what we asked them to do."

In addition, he announced the base now has power and they are carefully and systematically turning on various circuits. The sewer is fully operational to include the waste water and treatment plant.

Of the 704 buildings, not including housing, more than 300 have been inspected and at least 37 percent are fixable.

"If you would have asked me two weeks ago how many of our buildings we thought would be operational, I would not have told you 37 percent," Laidlaw said. "That is a good news story."

His said he is in awe of what his team has been accomplishing.

"This has been a proud two weeks to be in the Air Force," said Laidlaw. "As traumatic as this has been for our community, the 1,200 people we have on this base are getting the opportunity to do exactly what we have trained them to do. We have the right people, right here."

Goldfein said he was impressed with the actions taken before the storm to ensure the safety of the Airmen and families there.

"You all saved lives," he said. "In 48 hours you evacuated 11,000 people off the base and 100 miles away and not a single injury. That is a record. I don't think that has happened in the history of this kind of storm."

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @ActingSecAF: Today the ⁦@usairforce⁩ has a historic opportunity to continue our leadership in #space & secure the final frontier for ou…
RT @DOD_Outreach: Feel the calm. 😌 @AFW2 Tech Sgt. Ricardo Rivera practices his freestyle swim techniques for today’s competition at the @…
#WarriorGames2019 Track competition is happening NOW! 🏃‍♂️💨 Head over https://t.co/jiYSkUGhmB to see it LIVE. GO… https://t.co/E2pYScoZSC
RT @WarriorCare: This isn’t your average morning run! Day 2 has started with Track competitions. We’re here at Yuengling Center at the Univ…
Our hearts go out to #TuskegeeAirman Lt. Col. (Ret.) Robert J. Friend and his family. Thank you for decades of serv… https://t.co/CUHadFr0sC
“So far, as a wing, we’ve made all this look easy. But it hasn’t been." - Maj. Michael Slotten, 421st Fighter Squad… https://t.co/7YQnJV9yel
RT @WarriorCare: The weather is hot in Tampa. Perfect for a new 2019 Warrior Games competition: Golf 🏌️‍♀️ First on the greens is Staff Sgt…
.@AF_SMC's summer is booked with four back to back launch missions. Use #SummerOfLaunch19 to track their progress… https://t.co/9LsEMIvsaf
.@TeamEglin shows how "hot pitting" helps fuel the fight in real time. https://t.co/zIQUT2v9vj
RT @ActingSecAF: Being a good leader means caring for Airmen. Hearing how @GenDaveGoldfein has continued to take care of those who answered…
RT @DeptofDefense: “You inspire me!” Captain Marvel herself, @BrieLarson shares words of encouragement to the athletes of the upcoming @Wa
RT @ActingSecAF: Merci beaucoup to our gracious host & close ally France for bringing together countries from around the world to showcase…
RT @HQUSAFEPA: Happening in Paris! A @22ARW #KC46 #Pegasus stands ready at the International #ParisAirShow @salondubourget in Le Bourget, F…
.@341MissileWing #Airmen recently participated in an integrated exercise, displaying the weapons & tactics used dur… https://t.co/6P4XGUVSFR
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Infinitely shareable, fully exportable — this is how these sharp Airmen described AERONet during a live demo at #CONJE
.@AFRL #Airmen help to create a lighter, thinner armor, enabling the #warfighter to fulfill the mission.… https://t.co/RBxlg1RRYP
RT @AFSpace: In order to combat rising threats in the space domain, the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Directorate at HQ, AF…
RT @HQUSAFEPA: #TuesdayThoughts - U.S. Air Force representing at this year's Paris Air Show @salondubourget! NATO allies and partners sit s…