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Tyndall To Get F35 Jets By 2023

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The United States Air Force is committed to sending F-35 jets to Tyndall Air Force Base by 2023. The move could help the storm-damaged base get back on its feet.

Matt Donovan, acting secretary for the US Air Force, announced plans for up to three F-35 squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base. Hurricane Michael tore through the base last October. Since then officials have working on making the best out of what was left standing. Dozens of airmen have been living in tents because most of the housing was destroyed.

But officials hope Donovan’s announcement means Tyndall can move forward with plans to rebuild into a state-of-the-art air force base. Back in June, the Air Force received $1.67 billion in a Disaster Bill. Which will be used to fund the rebuild.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.