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Special Tactics Airmen open Tyndall AFB airfield for operations

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- Air Force Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron assessed, opened and controlled air traffic at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 11.

The Special Tactics Airmen cleared and established a runway at Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., and received the first aircraft at 7:06 p.m.

Special Tactics Airmen have the ability to assess, open and control major airfields to clandestine dirt strips in any environment, including those that have been impacted by a natural disaster.

Special Tactics Airmen are in control of the airfield and are prepared to support airfield operations until further notice, which will allow support to facilitate humanitarian assistance to Tyndall AFB.

Tyndall AFB received extensive damage in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

For any questions regarding Special Tactics Airmen, contact Jackie Pienkowski at 850-884-3902 or 413-237-4466, or jaclyn.pienkowski@us.af.mil.