TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida (AFNS) — the United States Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $532 million construction contract on May 10 to Hensel Phelps to deliver 11 projects that directly support flight line operations for the F-35A Lightning II should come to Tyndall Air Force Basein September 2023.
Allowing for contingencies and contract monitoring, this represents a $604 million investment in the #BuildTyndallStrong effort and is the largest military construction contract ever recorded in the Air Force database, which dates from 2008.
the Air Force Civil Engineering Center‘s Natural Disaster Recovery Division, part of the Air Force Mission Support and Installation Center company, is leading the rebuild, partnering with the USACE to support the 325th Fighter Wing and its F-35 Program Integration Office to realize Tyndall AFB’s strategic vision as the facility of the future.
The flight line facilities will directly support the 325th FW and its new F-35 mission, said NDR Division Chief Col. Travis Leighton.
“The rebuild gives us the unique opportunity to reinvent how we meet the needs of the F-35,” Leighton said. “We leverage cutting-edge technology to increase cybersecurity and perimeter defense, improve base security, and equip Airmen to execute the missions of today and tomorrow.”
The NDR Division’s Tyndall Program Management Office oversees more than 40 new military construction projects spanning 12 areas. The flight line facilities are part of Area 1, which includes several hangars, a maintenance complex, a group headquarters, an aircraft parking area, aircraft support equipment storage, a corrosion control facility and an F-35 flight simulator training facility.
This project also incorporates Tyndall’s strong IotF efforts. All facilities will be built to withstand a wind speed of 165 mph, will have finite ground elevations, which represent up to seven feet of future sea level rise, and incorporate many smart building technologies such as occupancy sensors.
The 325th Civil Engineer Squadron at Tyndall has already begun renovations on several buildings to support F-35 operations, but the start of construction on Area 1, which is scheduled for late summer 2022, is a milestone for the F-35 mission set-up activities at the installation. .
“The NDR, AFCEC, AFIMSC, USACE and our 325th team are all pursuing a common goal; to ensure our new F-35A mission has the capabilities required for operational readiness,” said Col. Greg Moseley, 325th FW Commander. “The start of construction of Area 1 is another step towards that goal and will ensure that Tyndall continues to be the home of aerial dominance.”
“The rebuilding of Tyndall, as part of the NDR program, is one of many major global air and space force infrastructure efforts underway,” said Brig. General Mark Slominski, AFCEC’s Executive Director of Built Infrastructure and Chief Equipment Officer. “In partnership with defense department engineering organizations such as the USACE and the Naval Installations Engineering Systems Command, we will have contracted $2 billion in construction in the last six months alone. Our teams embody the motto “Execution Inspires Confidence” as we join many stakeholders synchronizing the design and construction of the infrastructure built to enable weapon systems to launch from our platforms. of power projection. »
AFCEC began installation support for the F-35 in 2013 after the Air Force identified the first facilities to house the next-generation fighter jet. To date, AFCEC has completed the beddown programs at Nellis AFBNevada and AFB HillUtah, and leads several construction projects in Luc AFBArizona; Eielson AFB, Alaska; and RAF LakenheathUK.
The reconstruction team was already exploring opportunities to turn the Tyndall AFB flight line into a high-tech resource in March 2021 when the Air Force announced the Florida facility would host squadrons of F-35s.
“That’s what we’re here for,” Leighton said, “to provide the expertise and support facilities need to recover quickly from natural disasters, to help the Air Force transform 21st century weapon system installations and allow commanders to stay focused on their missions.”
To learn more about Tyndall’s rebuilding effort, visit the Tyndall Program Management Office website.