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823rd RHS delivers basic needs after Hurricane Michael

RED HORSE

Airmen from the 823rd RED HORSE Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., lay insulation on a hangar roof at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 22, 2018. Support personnel from Tyndall AFB and other bases are working to repair base infrastructure and build bare-bones facilities after Hurricane Michael. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kelly Walker)

RED HORSE

Members of the 823rd RED HORSE Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., operate a dining facility for personnel assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base recovery efforts at Tyndall AFB, Fla., Oct. 19, 2018. Air Combat Command mobilized multiple relief assets to restore operations after the hurricane caused catastrophic damage to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kelly Walker)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- A trip from Hurlburt Field, Florida, to Tyndall Air Force Base, typically takes two hours.

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, it was a four-hour journey for 16 Airmen from the 823rd RED HORSE Squadron. Hindered by destruction and debris, they backtracked through blocked roads with little to no communications or GPS capabilities.

This set the tone for the challenges they encountered upon reaching the storm-torn Tyndall AFB.

“There was no running water, there were no sewer systems,” said Maj. Peter Sabatowski, 823rd RHS on-site officer-in-charge. “There was a bucket in the bathroom with a plastic bag in it.”

The Airmen from the 823rd RHS had officially joined a skeleton crew of first responders including the 820th Base Defense Group from Moody AFB, Georgia, 23rd Civil Engineering Squadron Prime BEEF, from Moody AFB, and a 93 person ride-out team from Tyndall AFB.

“The first night was quiet,” Sabatowski said. “We were trying to get our feet under ourselves and figure out what was going on.”

In the weeks since the storm, the squadron has found its footing and helped to clear debris, assess damage, save facilities, construct a booming tent city, and even provided the first hot meals to nearly 400 Airmen working to restore the base. But the list doesn’t stop there.

“RED HORSE is unique,” Sabatowski said. “We’re the ones that are executing the cradle-to-grave construction, from design to handing the facility over.”

While more Airmen, Soldiers, and Sailors trickle in to tackle the work that lies ahead, the 823d RHS has helped lay the groundwork for a base that can function and improve every day.

“This is more recovery than construction,” Sabatowski said.

Once a battered base of severely damaged buildings, with no power, water, or communications, Tyndall is now a functioning bare-base facility and is well on its way to normal operations.

“They’re proud of what they’ve done out here, and it has definitely been a team effort,” Sabatowski said. “It is not just a single entity that’s working on one thing, it is been a collective effort to get where we’re at right now.”

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