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Tyndall calls on its Dover Wingmen

Three airmen sit on a roof while doing repairs.

Air Force Senior Airman Jake Stauffer, left, Airmen 1st Class Marc Karns, center, and Ikiem Williams repair a damaged rooftop at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 28, 2018.

Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Olando, an electrical power production craftsman supporting the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, uses an oil filter strap wrench to remove filters on a BPU 800 kilowatt high-voltage generator Nov. 30, 2018, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Bases from around the country sent Airmen and assets to aid in clean up and reconstruction after Hurricane Michael ravaged Tyndall Air Force Base. Olando is currently deployed from the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaiah J. Soliz) Maintenance

Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Olando, an electrical power production craftsman supporting the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, uses an oil filter strap wrench to remove filters on a BPU 800 kilowatt high-voltage generator Nov. 30, 2018, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Bases from around the country sent Airmen and assets to aid in clean up and reconstruction after Hurricane Michael ravaged Tyndall Air Force Base. Olando is currently deployed from the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaiah J. Soliz) Maintenance

Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Olando, an electrical power production craftsman currently supporting the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, prepares to change filters on a BPU 800 kilowatt high-voltage generator Nov. 30, 2018, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. In the wake of Hurricane Michael, support and supplies from around the country poured in to assist Tyndall in recovery efforts. Olando is currently deployed from the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaiah J. Soliz)

Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Olando, an electrical power production craftsman currently supporting the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, prepares to change filters on a BPU 800 kilowatt high-voltage generator Nov. 30, 2018, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. In the wake of Hurricane Michael, support and supplies from around the country poured in to assist Tyndall in recovery efforts. Olando is currently deployed from the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaiah J. Soliz)

Task Force Phoenix Airmen repair a damaged rooftop at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 28, 2018. Task Force Phoenix is responsible for large-scale clean up and reconstruction after Hurricane Michael ravaged the 325th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaiah J. Soliz)

Task Force Phoenix Airmen repair a damaged rooftop at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 28, 2018. Task Force Phoenix is responsible for large-scale clean up and reconstruction after Hurricane Michael ravaged the 325th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaiah J. Soliz)

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“The flight line is devastated. Every building has severe damage. Many buildings are a complete loss. Help is on the way,” reads the hurricane report page for Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

“About 99 percent of base housing and other facilities sustained some degree of damage,” said Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, Tyndall AFB.

Hurricane Michael devastated Tyndall AFB this past October, leaving the base calling for assistance from its Wingmen.

Team Dover’s 436th Civil Engineer Squadron hearkened the call and designated eight Airmen for Task Force Phoenix: an eclectic team of engineers gathered from all across the Air Force for the purpose of restoring Tyndall AFB to its former glory.

True to its namesake, Task Force Phoenix is named after the mythological bird with the ability to rise – and even soar – from the ashes of death. Dover’s engineers have now been with the task force for more than a month, maintaining generators, rebuilding roofs and setting up temporary tents for other service members – all in the hopes of reinvigorating Tyndall AFB.

“Tyndall [AFB] needs our Airmen to speed up the process of recovery and use our skills to help run swiftly and smoothly,” said Tech. Sgt. Steven Crump, 436th CES Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force unit deployment manager. “I hope our Airmen can get Tyndall back to the condition those stationed there deserve.” 

In fact, the task force’s goal goes beyond simply rebuilding the base, said 2nd Lt. Kiara Vance, 436th CES program manager and Task Force Phoenix member.

“We are making Tyndall [AFB] the base of the future,” Vance said, noting that the reconstruction efforts would incorporate feedback on how the base could be enhanced.

Truly, Task Force Phoenix’s warriors embody the Wingman concept alluded to in the last lines of The Airmen’s Creed: “I will never leave an Airman behind, I will never falter and I WILL NOT FAIL!