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The "Tent City," sprawling temporary housing on the track at Tyndall AFB, Fla., is used to house airmen who are rebuilding the base following Hurricane Michael. Staff photo by Brian Everstine.


Nine Missions Will Soon Return to Tyndall, Future of Base’s F-22s Uncertain

Nine missions will return to Tyndall AFB, Fla., in the near future as the base begins to return to a sense of normalcy following the catastrophic damage of Hurricane Michael. These missions include the 601st Air Operations Center and non-flying portions of F-22 training, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced Friday. All but 500 airmen from Tyndall will return to the Florida Panhandle within about three months, though the 95th Fighter Squadron—the only operational F-22 squadron assigned to the base—will be dispersed to other F-22 bases. Read the full story by Brian Everstine.

For Many, Rebuilding Tyndall is Personal

The airmen tasked with rebuilding Tyndall AFB, Fla., are pulling from the training they received at that base to help their own community. The 823rd RED HORSE Squadron, from Hurlburt Field, Fla., was one of the first to respond after Hurricane Michael destroyed about 95 percent of the base. The 60-mile drive from Hurlburt to Tyndall on Oct. 11 took about five hours. “The base was wrecked, honestly,” said CMSgt. Michael Huckaby, the chief of airfields for the 823rd RED HORSE Squadron. The base was covered with sheet metal, insulation, furniture, and shattered trees. At first the job seemed too big, but the squadron immediately got to work clearing routes and assessing the damage. Read the full story by Brian Everstine, who recently returned from Tyndall.

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CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition Sees Registration Boost

CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition kicked off its 11th season on Friday. Over the weekend, more than 6,000 teams—an increase of nearly 1,000 from the 2017-2018 competition year—will compete online to secure virtual operating systems and simulated Cisco networks with the hopes of qualifying for the National Finals Competition in April 2019. “We are excited to see another strong growth in teams registered for CyberPatriot XI,” said Rachel Zimmerman, CyberPatriot’s Direct of Business Operations. “We’re excited to see that we’re inspiring more youth to pursue cyber education and careers in STEM as it is critical to our nation’s future.” The 6,387 teams registered represent all 50 US states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands; U.S. Department of Defense schools in Europe and the Pacific; Egypt, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Estonia, and Japan; Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hungary, Spain, Guam, and the United Arab Emirates. CyberPatriot saw particularly remarkable growth in registration in its Open division, which includes public and private high school teams and homeschool organizations, while the All Service division includes JROTC programs, Civil Air Patrol, and US Naval Sea Cadets. Additionally, the Middle School division also saw strong growth in registration this year.

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