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Special Tactics Airmen open Tyndall AFB airfield for operations

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron load water onto a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018.

Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron load water onto a CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018. Special Tactics are prepared to assess, open and control major airfields to provide support during humanitarian operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Pick)

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron unload an all-terrain vehicle from a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018.

Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron unload an all-terrain vehicle from a CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Pick)

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron access Tyndall Air Force Base’s airfield, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018.

Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron access an airfield on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Pick)

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.