Hurricane Michael ripped through Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida on Oct. 10. Its winds reached over 150 miles per hour and wailed against the base. The aftermath was catastrophic.
According to the U.S. Air Force, the Category 4 storm damaged every building, including all base housing and the elementary school. The hurricane, one of the strongest in U.S. history, completely devastated the flight line and wiped out the marina. All of its structures and docks were gone.
Hours after Hurricane Michael demolished the base, KBRwyle was activated under the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP). KBRwyle personnel arrived on site within 48 hours to assess damage and establish critical life support services.
Since its arrival, KBRwyle's team has been working around the clock to help the Air Force restore the base. Employees have been tackling a comprehensive spectrum of tasks, such as providing temporary fixes to severely damaged buildings, removing debris, and supplying critical resources for recovery operations. These resources include food, water, ice, emergency power, satellite communications, and internet.
Additionally, KBRwyle is now assisting with airfield management to keep the flight line open for additional supply and relief efforts.
"KBRwyle has been working closely with the Air Force, as well as numerous small and local subcontractors, to get the base up and running as soon as possible. It's been a tremendous demonstration of team work," said Byron Bright, President, KBR Government Services U.S. "We are committed to the recovery efforts at this base."
In addition to supporting the military at Tyndall, KBRwyle donated $7,500 to the Air Force Aid Society's (AFAS) fund. These funds will benefit displaced Airmen and their families at the base, as well as others impacted by Hurricane Michael in the hardest hit areas of Florida.
The official charity of the U.S. Air Force, AFAS provides emergency financial assistance, educational support and community programs for service members.
"Our thoughts are with those impacted by Hurricane Michael," said Bright. "Just as KBRwyle stands by our service members on the frontlines, we are proud to support them on this road to recovery in the aftermath of the storm."