TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE
The first 2,000 troops reported to Tyndall Field on December 7, 1941, which was opened as a gunnery range. Instructors and students planned for the first aerial gunnery class despite construction being unfinished. On February 23, 1942, the first class of gunnery students was introduced. Several units have been stationed at the base since opening. The 325th Fighter Wing became the installation host in 1991. The wing conducts training for F/A Raptor pilots, air battle managers, air traffic controllers, weapons controllers and crew chiefs.
In 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall just east of the base as a Category 5 hurricane, bringing winds of up to 130 miles per hour. The Air Force estimated the damage to the base at $4.7 billion.
There are more than 20,000 military personnel, DoD civilians, and contractors, assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base.
To learn more about Tyndall Air Force Base, download or view the Base Guide & Directory. You can also download the Tyndall AFB app to learn more about the base.
When you first arrive at the base, your first stop should be the Military Personnel Customer Service Section where you will begin in-processing. The MPF is located on the second floor of Building 661. If you arrive after hours, on a weekend or a holiday, you should notify your sponsor of your arrival and report the following day. The MPS Customer Service Section can be reached at (850) 283-3672.
If you still have not secured a sponsor after arriving at Tyndall, please call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at (850) 283-4204. Tyndall Air Force Base has two gates: the Sabre Gate and the Main Gate. Both gates are open 24 hours a day.
The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is 30 miles northwest of the base and is about a 45-minute drive by car. Tyndall can be reached via I-10, exit highway 231 South to Panama City, then exit left on Transmitter Road to Highway 98, then left on Highway 98 and go 6 miles to Tyndall AFB.
The Baytown Trolley services handle local transit within Panama City, but does not offer service to and from Tyndall AFB.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Florida school, a child must be five years old on or by September 1st of the school year. Check with the local school district for specific requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
Bay District Schools (850) 767-4100
Bay District Schools has implemented “School Choice” in the area, which means that parents may choose the school they would like their child to attend in the area. The base is zoned for Tyndall Elementary, Everitt Middle School and Rutherford High School.
Bay District Schools has on-line registration for military families prior to their arrival to Bay County. Registration information is located under the Bay District School website (www.bay.k12.fl.us). Please call the Tyndall AFB School Liaison Officer at 850-283-4204 to request a password to access the registration form.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Florida Department of Health (850) 245-4444
Helps Floridians live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Florida Department of Children and Families (800) 478-4444
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (850) 617-2000
Humane Society of Bay County, INC. (850) 215-7120
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Airman & Family Readiness Center (850) 283-4204
Base Operator (850) 283-1113
Chaplain (850) 283-2925
Child Development Center (850) 283-4747
Commissary/Shoppette (850) 283-4825
Dental Clinic (850) 283-7574
Education Center (850) 283-4285
Exchange (850) 286-5880
Finance Office (850) 283-4117
Hospital Appointments (850) 283-2778
Housing Office (850) 283-8559
Housing Referral Office (850) 283-8141
ID/CAC Card Processing (850) 283-2242
Legal Office (850) 283-4681
Library (850) 283-4287
Lodging (850) 283-4210
Medical Appointments (850) 283-2778
Military Clothing Sales (850) 286-5500
Pharmacy (Main) (850) 283-7557
Pharmacy (Satellite) (850) 283-7050
Sand Dollar Inn/Billeting (850) 283-4210
School Liaison Office (850) 283-4204
Unaccompanied Housing (850) 283-3197
Veterinary Clinic (850) 283-2434
Visitor’s Reception Center (850) 283-4070
Tyndall Air Force Base housing requests for privatized family homes are managed by Balfour Beatty. There are seven neighborhoods on the base. The 658 units are obtainable by all ranks. Call the Tyndall Housing Management Office at (850) 283-8141 or the Balfour Beatty Housing Office at (850) 286-1700. You can also visit the Tyndall AFB Homes website to join the waitlist.
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Panama City has a humid subtropical climate with long, hot, and muggy summers. The warmest time of the year is late May until early October. The temperature is normally above 83°F during this time. The hottest month is July, with an average high temperature of 90.1°F.
The winters are brief, chilly and cloudy.The coldest time of the year is early December to early March. The average high during this season is 67°F. The winters bring dense fog along the coastline.
The area receives an average of 61.1 inches of rain each year. The wettest months are July and August. Spring and fall are known for severe thunderstorms. Located along the Gulf Coast, the city is prone to tropical cyclones and hurricanes. The Tyndall AFB Weather Station warns the base personnel and residents of significant forecasted weather events.
Tyndall AFB is located southeast of Panama City, which is located in Bay County, Florida. The area offers plenty of nearby restaurants, shopping centers, and family-friendly activities. Panama City, the largest municipality in Bay County, includes two military installations and is situated between Tallahassee and Pensacola. Panama City is a popular spring break destination due to its northern location in Florida and its sugar-like white sandy beaches.
For family fun, check out the Race City Amusement Park. Bumper boats, go kart tracks and a 10,000 foot mega-arcade are just a few of the activities at this fun park. Or, visit the Gulf World Marine Park and swim with the dolphins. Coconut Creek Family Fun Park features an 18-hole mini-golf course and the Gran Maze, which is a giant labyrinth the size of a football field.
The moderate weather is perfect for all kinds of outdoor activities, including boating, swimming, camping, diving, and fishing that can be enjoyed most of the year. Panama City offers 27 miles of beautiful beaches with picnic facilities, restrooms, outdoor showers, pavilions and all kinds of activities for all ages.
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