Air Force Bases Need $4.9 Billion for Hurricane Repairs

The US Air Force requires $1.2 billion in FY2019 and $3.7 billion in FY2020/FY2021 of supplemental funding to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base and recover Offutt Tyndall Air Force Base.

Without supplemental funding, the US Air Force would have to cut critical facility and readiness requirements, driving Air Force wide operational risks and negatively impacting the recovery of Tyndall and Offutt.

Hurricane Michael was a Category 4 storm. It was the strongest to ever hit the Florida Panhandle and it tore roofing from aircraft hangars and mangled buildings at Tyndall. Tyndall is home to 55 stealth fighters and they could cost $339 million each to repair.

Earlier in March, 2019 Missouri River floodwaters breached flooding the southeastern third of the Offutt Air Froce Base. The water inundated nearly 80 buildings and covered more than a quarter of the runway.

Actions & Impacts Without Supplemental

1) Stop Facility Repairs Air Force-Wide: Defers 61 required facility projects at bases in 18 states across the U.S., impacting airfields and critical base facilities.

2) Stop Tyndall Recovery: Stops all new work on Tyndall as of 1 May; delays the return of full base operations, severely impairs flight operations and forces personnel to continue to work in degraded facilities.

3) Cut Aircraft Repairs: Curtails aircraft repairs starting 15 May, grounds five bomber aircraft as early as Sep 2019, and creates long-term backlog for the E-3 aircraft maintenance.

4) Limit Offutt Recovery: Beginning 1 July, defers all Offutt recovery efforts, with the exception of immediate health and safety needs; delays facilities assessment and mitigation efforts, increasing damage from mold and water.

5) Cut Flying Operations: Cuts 18,000 training flying hours
starting 1 September, slowing our readiness recovery.

SOURCES – US Air Force

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