Situated in the Bay County in the Gulf of Mexico, Tyndall Air Force Base is about 19 kilometres from Panama City of Florida and it serves as a base for five military organizations. Its emerald green waters and the sugary white sand make it a very popular tourist hotspot.    

Cost of Living: If compared with the U.S. average, then, the cost of living in Panama City is about 13.65% less than the rest of the nation.    

Automated Telephone Attendant Numbers:  DSN 312-523-1110 or 850-283-1110

Base Population: The base currently has 20,000 people living in it which includes 3672 active duty personnel, while 4551 are their family members. The base has 9257 retired veterans while the civilian strength is 2799.

City/Area Population:  The cumulative strength of the Metro Area of Panama City is 168,852.

Child Development Centers (CDC): Tyndall Air Force Base has one child care center which affords various facilities such as weekly/hourly care, amelioration programs and a summer camp as well. The service is provided to children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years. One can contact the CDC at 850-283-4747. The base also has Family Child Care facilities available which is available to even 2 weeks infants. You can get further details on 850-283-2266.    

Currently, there is no school at the base and the children staying there attend the Bay County School District. It is Florida’s one of the largest school and accommodates around 25,000 students. It provides education from kindergarten to 12th grade and fulfills all curriculum regulations.  

Youth Programs:  To enhance the overall development of the youth, Tyndall Base has its own Tyndall's Youth Center which provides host of recreational and social activities. Proper attention is also given to the cultural and educational development as well. There are number of activities designed for the family members as well. Youth between 6-18 years of ages can enrol for the programs, whereas below 6 years are enlisted to the kindergarten. The center also provides after school services to the residents. One can get more information on 850-283-4366.  

Airman and Family Readiness Center:  You may call 850-283-4204 or may visit Airman and Family Readiness Center for further details.

Employment:  The tourism industry is the hottest sector in the area and provides most of the income. Apart from that, manufacturing sector, trades & services and the commercial fishing industry also add to the economy. The income takes a knock in off season when there is less influx of tourists. The unemployment rate of Panama City is recorded to be 9.7% whereas the average household income goes up to $48,959. Once can contact the Tyndall Airman & Family Readiness Center for job seeking.    

Base Services:

  • The base provides financial services through the Tyndall Federal Credit Union and is also has one Exchange System having 2 shoppettes. One can contact the Exchange services on 850-286-5804.
  • Apart from these, the Force Support Squadron has MWR facilities such as Gym, Fishing, Swimming, Bowling, Library, Art & Crafts and an Auto hobby centre. It also offers a Tennis Court and provides Camping facility as well. There is one Beacon Beach Marina Club as well at the base.

Medical Services:  The medical care is provided by the Tyndall's Military Treatment Facility (MTF). The active duty personnel and their family members can avail the facility. One can register for the appointment by calling on 850-283-2778. For further details, please call 850-283-7583/7715. There are no emergency services at the Base.

Though, the society has two hospitals in addition to the copious OPDs and the Out-Patient surgery clinics. The emergency services are availed by calling 911.    

History

Named as Tyndall Field in the honour of Lt. Frank Benjamin Tyndall, the base was instituted on January 13th, 1941. Primarily used as a gunnery range, the base was dismissed after the World War II. Though, in 1947, it fell under the control of US Air Force, when it became an independent body. During that time, it was rechristened as Tyndall Air Force Base.

Thereafter, it was used as an Air Training Command and was also used for training in the ground operations. In 1956, it was upgraded as a radar station. The base has the distinction as the first base to home the F-22 Raptor aircrafts. Till now, the base has served 11 commands and 22 units, since its establishment.

Units

Currently, the base serves as headquarters of the 325th Fighter Wing along with the First Air Force Squadron and the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. The Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency also operates at the base.

Housing

The Balfour Beatty provides the housing facility for the base personnel. The 658 housing units are managed in seven societies. There are 2/3/4 BHK flats available in the community. One can contact the Tyndall Housing Management Office on 850-283-8141 or may also reach the Balfour Beatty Housing Office by calling 850-286-1700.

 

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