The Air Force is in need of nearly $5 billion, including $1.2 billion in the current fiscal year, to make necessary repairs to Tyndall and Offutt Air Force Bases, the service has confirmed.
According to an Air Force document cited by Defense One, the Air Force is looking for an immediate $1.2 billion. If the money is not allocated by May 1, cuts to aircraft repairs, flight operations, and general repairs and recovery to the two aforementioned bases would have to be made.
"We desperately need the supplemental funding to recover from the natural disasters that hammered Tyndall and Offutt," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Wednesday, Defense One reported. "There are other decisions we'll have to make if we don't [have supplemental funding] by May or June. These are just the first decisions that we had to make yesterday … 61 projects in 18 states are not going to happen because we have not gotten a disaster supplemental for Tyndall."
Tyndall took a near-direct hit from Hurricane Michael in October and was leveled by the storm. Offutt, one of the bases where President George W. Bush landed the day of the Sept. 11, 2011 terror attacks, recently suffered severe damage because of major flooding of the Missouri River. U.S. Strategic Command, whose responsibilities include defending against and responding to nuclear attacks, is based at Offutt.
In addition to the 2019 request, the Air Force is also asking for $3.7 billion for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 for necessary repairs and rebuilding of the two bases.
The Air Force needs the 2019 funding by May 1 or will have to cease all rebuilding efforts at Tyndall, located on Florida's panhandle.
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