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Air Force plans to spend $3 billion to rebuild Florida base

February 1, 2019
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, an airplane hanger at Tyndall Air Force Base is damaged from hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla. Air Force officials say $3 billion has been committed to rebuilding a Florida base heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael. The assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy announced the reconstruction plans for Tyndall Air Force Base on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Air Force officials say they are committed to spending $3 billion during the next five years to rebuild a Florida base heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael.

The assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy announced the Tyndall Air Force Base reconstruction plans Thursday to local officials in Florida’s Panhandle.

The News Herald report s Assistant Secretary John Henderson said the plans will be submitted to Congress this spring.

Bay County officials said the effort likely will create up between 4,000 and 5,000 jobs.

The October hurricane hammered the base, with roofs torn from airplane hangars and cars tossed around.

An apparent tornado last month did even more damage.

Tyndall is home to the nation’s 325th Fighter Wing. More than 3,600 men and women are stationed there.

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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com