Record contract awarded for F-35 facilities at Tyndall Air Force Base

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – The largest military construction contract on record in the Air Force database has been awarded to build Tyndall Air Force Base as the base of the future.

On Wednesday, Tyndall officials announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded a $532 million construction contract to Hensel Phelps to deliver 11 projects that will directly support the aircraft’s flight line operations. F-35A Lightning II. The jets are expected to arrive at Tyndall in September 2023. Officials say that, taking into account contingencies and contract oversight, this represents a $604 million investment in rebuilding Tyndall.

We are told that the Air Force Civil Engineering Center’s Natural Disaster Recovery Division is leading the reconstruction. It is part of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center.

Officials say this will support the 325th Fighter Wing and their F-35 Program Integration Office. The flight line facilities will directly support the wing and its new F-35 mission.

“The rebuild gives us the unique opportunity to reinvent how we meet the needs of the F-35,” said Col. Travis Leighton, NDR division chief. “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.”

Officials say all facilities being built will be able to withstand 165mph winds, have finished floor elevations to account for up to seven feet of storm surge, and feature plenty of smart building technology.

While some buildings for the F-35s are under construction, officials said construction of Area 1 will begin later this summer.

“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 325th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Greg Moseley. “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 natural disaster recovery program, is one of many major Air and Space Force infrastructure efforts around the world underway,” said said the brigadier. Gen. Mark Slominski, AFCEC’s Executive Director of Built Infrastructure and Chief Facilities Officer, said. “In partnership with Department of Defense engineering organizations such as the Army Corps of Engineers and Naval Installations Engineering Systems Command, we will have contracted $2 billion in construction over the past few years. last six months only. Our teams embody the motto “Execution Inspires Confidence” as we join many stakeholders synchronizing the design and construction of the infrastructure built to enable the launch of weapon systems from our power projection. »

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