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President Trump to visit hurricane-damaged Tyndall Air Force Base

By THE (PANAMA CITY, FLA.) NEWS HERALD Published: May 7, 2019

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE (Tribune News Service) — Ahead of his planned campaign stop on Wednesday, President Trump will arrive at Tyndall Air Force Base, where Air Force One will land, a White House official confirmed.

While there, Trump will receive an update on ongoing recovery efforts at the base.

The eye of Hurricane Michael passed directly over Tyndall Air Force Base, leaving the structures devastated and the base's capabilities compromised. Nearly all of the base's 700 structures were damaged.

The United States Air Force has stated that they intend to build back Tyndall into the "base of the future" and bed down three F-35 squadrons, as well as an MQ-9 Reaper wing at the base, but have so far been unable to secure the funding to do so from Congress.

In a recent visit to Washington D.C., Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki and City Manager Mark McQueen spoke to the president's advisor on the National Security Council about the importance of supporting the rebuild of Tyndall Air Force base.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), $913 million in Federal funding has been obligated for Florida for Hurricane Michael recovery, including $434.5 million in rental assistance for 21,000 homeowners and renters, 906 households have received temporary housing in trailers or mobile homes. Currently, $152million has been obligated in FEMA Public Assistance funds.

This will be the first time Trump has toured the area since Oct. 15, when he saw the destruction from the Category 5 hurricane from the air, as well as on the ground in walking through Lynn Haven. Shortly after, Vice President Mike Pence also toured the base.

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