HomeNewsArticle Display

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.”

Engage

Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Partnerships are fundamental to executing the mission. Working with and learning from our partner nations @NATO -- togeth…
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: The 2021 #ENJJPT Steering Committee is happening at @SheppardAFB this week! Excited to continue our partnership to deliver…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: This is Capt Eric Johnson. He was critical to the reception, care, feeding and bed down of more than 30,000 vulnerable Af…
Twitter
.@UnderSecAF Gina Ortiz Jones met with @USAFReserve Airmen to discuss the @DeptofDefense COVID-19 vaccination direc… https://t.co/9y28hmcMir
Twitter
Join Department of the Air Force senior leaders for a live, virtual town hall discussing the Racial Disparity Revie… https://t.co/6Z7N6QIuLP
Twitter
The U.S. Special Operations School, in collaboration with @HQUSAFEAFAF hosted the bi-annual European Partnership Fl… https://t.co/egAlljufL3
Twitter
Join Department of the Air Force senior leaders for a virtual town hall discussing the Racial Disparity Review tomo… https://t.co/s4XfTyCwEY
Twitter
RT @HQUSAFEAFAF: Polish Aviation Integration 🇵🇱 The U.S. and #Poland will conduct Agile Combat Employment training during the bilateral av…
Twitter
.@TeamTyndall's 325th Munitions Squadron has a unique capability - it's the only #AirForce Munitions Squadron certi… https://t.co/RMmTapKK3F
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: Today marks the beginning of National #HispanicHeritageMonth! Visit our Spotlight page at https://t.co/Lhe9Hxc454 to lea…
Twitter
Hear why this #Airman chose to get vaccinated. @SecAFOfficial directed the COVID-19 vaccine implementation guideli… https://t.co/TFpjBtHUuq
Twitter
RT @HQUSAFEAFAF: U.S. Air Force and #Slovenian Armed Forces leaders met to discuss bilateral operations and interoperability during a visit…
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: Great visit with Airmen of the @459arw to discuss vaccination. The vaccine is the best tool we have to fight #COVID19. Our…
Twitter
Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, the last of the Doolittle Raiders, was honored and posthumously promoted to the rank… https://t.co/ayQ88HVUQI
Twitter
The 55th Communications Squadron at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, was redesignated as the 55th Cyber Squadron recently. The… https://t.co/8DqPyZc8a6
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: I’m proud of Airmen like SrA DeQuire accelerating change in our #AirForce. Challenge the status quo and continue to be bo…
Twitter
#AirForce senior leaders will host a town hall to discuss Leadership and the Family during #ASC21. The session will… https://t.co/Fsn63QAWtY
Twitter
Lt. Col. John “Karl” Marks, an @USAFReserve pilot, made history as the only pilot to reach 7,000 hours in the A-10C… https://t.co/qY7eKfs6ks
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: Enjoyed meeting with @MDNG Airmen of the 175th Wing. We talked about getting the mission done and getting #vaccinated. We c…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Anytime, Anywhere requires us to be ready at all times. Mandatory vaccination deadlines: Nov 2 – Active Duty personnel…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,375,800
Follow Us