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The complete Tyndall Air Force Base guide

Are you ready for sun and fun? If you’re heading to Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, then you’re in for a treat! Tyndall AFB is located southeast of Panama City and is surrounded by water in all directions. The base has been around since 1941, when it was used as a gunnery range. It was named for Florida native Lt. Frank Tyndall, a WWI veteran and Silver Star recipient. Plenty of famous people have cycled through Tyndall, including Hollywood actor Clark Gable.

Read on to find out just what to expect when you call Tyndall AFB home. 

Tyndall Air Force Base Location

Tyndall Air Force Base is located in Bay County, 12 miles east of Panama City, on the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Panhandle.

Airmen at Tyndall Air Force Base
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visit troops Oct. 27, 2018, on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Since Hurricane Michael swept the area, multiple major commands have mobilized assets to aid recovery operations at Tyndall to address catastrophic damage sustained by the base. (US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Carnes)

Directions

Tyndall Air Force Base can be reached by car only from US Highway 98. 

You can get to HWY-98 using the following routes.

Heading in from the north? Take US-231S to HWY-98

Making the trek from the east? Take I-10W to FL-12W, then take FL-20W to FL-22W to HWY-98

Coming from the west? Take I-10E to US-331S to HWY-98

Transportation

Flying to the closest airports: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (34.4 miles) – The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is served by 4 major airlines to and from multiple locations.

Driving: Driving would allow you to visit Panama City and other nearby beaches. Tyndall AFB is along the Gulf of Mexico, so prepare for a long drive!

HC-130J at Tyndall Air Force Base
A U.S. Air Force HC-130J Combat King from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., taxies on the runway at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 10, 2017. The HC-130 was part of Stealth Guardian, an exercise with the goal of integrating 5th-generation and rescue assets for rapid real-world applications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody R. Miller/Released)

Contacts at Tyndall Air Force Base

Airman & Family Readiness Center: (850) 283-4204 

Base Exchange: (850) 286-5826

Base Information: (850) 283-4204

Chaplain: (850) 283-3397

Civilian Personnel Office: 

Command Post: (850) 283-2155

Commissary: (850) 283-4825

Equal Opportunity Office: (850) 283-4319

Housing Office: (850) 283-2737

Inspector General: (850) 283-3242

Legal Assistance: (850) 283-4681

Lodging Reservations: (850) 283-4211

Medical and Dental: (850) 283-2778

Military Personnel Flight Customer Service: (850) 283-2276

Outdoor Recreation: (850) 283-2255

Public Affairs Office: (850) 283-3333

Safety Office: (850) 283-3200

Welcome Center: (850) 283-9927

Special Tactics Airman at Tyndall Air Force Base
A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airman with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron guides Airmen while assessing Tyndall Air Force Base’s airfield, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018. Special Tactics Teams can assess, open, and control major airfields to clandestine dirt strips in any environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Pick)

Mission and Units 

Develop resourceful and resilient Airmen trained to project unrivaled combat airpower on behalf of the United States of America.

Tyndall Air Force Base is home to the 325th Fighter Wing, whose primary mission is to develop resourceful and resilient Airmen trained to project unrivaled combat air power on behalf of the United States of America. Also at Tyndall is the 325th Operations Group, the 325th Maintenance Group, the 325th Medical Group, and the 325th Mission Support Group.

Tyndall AFB has multiple tenant units, including the 1st Air Force (AFNORTH), the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, the 44th Fighter Group, the 823rd RED HORSE/Detachment 1, the Airey NCO Academy, the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, and the 337th Air Control Squadron.

In 2018, Tyndall Air Force Base sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. Construction is underway to rebuild the base and shape it into the Air Force’s first 21st Century “Installation of the Future.” Tyndall is on the road to becoming fully operational and plans to welcome F-35 Lightning II aircraft beginning September 2023.

Engineers at Tyndall Air Force Base
Members of the U.S. Army, 46th “Steel Spike” Engineer Battalion out of Fort Polk, Louisiana, recently deployed to Tyndall Air Force Base as part of Task Force Hammer, a combined task force consisting of both active duty engineers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, for sole purpose of aiding our fellow service members in the recovery of Tyndall following Hurricane Michael.

Tyndall AFB History

Construction began on Tyndall Field in April 1941, and on December 7, 1941, the first of 2,000 troops arrived to begin preparing for the first aerial gunnery class.

In 1991, as the base entered its 50th year, Tyndall underwent reorganization and the 325th Fighter Wing (FW) became the installation host.

Tyndall AFB was selected as the center for training the Air Force’s newest F-22 Raptor and received its first aircraft in 2004. Then in July 2010, the Air Force announced that Tyndall would receive a combat-coded, operational F-22 squadron by Spring 2013, which would be designated the 8th Fighter Squadron.

In 2018, Tyndall AFB was one of many communities in northwest Florida that experienced a devastating hurricane. Recovery has been slow in the region, but the DoD is committed to not giving up.

On Oct. 1, 2012, the 325th Fighter Wing transitioned to Air Combat Command and the Ninth Air Force. The wing remains committed to its goal to “Train and Project Unrivaled Combat Power.”

Robot at Tyndall Air Force Base
A Quad-legged Unmanned Ground Vehicle (Q-UGV) is displayed during an all call at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, April 20, 2021. Tyndall possesses four Q-UGV’s or “Robot dogs”, designed to increase safety on base, as well as traverse difficult and dangerous terrain around the perimeter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Dastas)

Things to Do Around Tyndall AFB

Hotels

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Panama City-Tyndall (5.8 miles)

Comfort Suites Panama City near Tyndall AFB (5.5 miles)

Days Inn by Wyndham Panama City/Callaway (6.7 miles)

Restaurants

Royal Thai Cuisine (2.9 miles) – Thai

Rodeo’s Steak Pit & Seafood (3.8 miles) – Surf’n Turf

Pizzaria Napoli (2.8 miles) – Pizza + Pasta

Activities

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum (19.1 miles) is a museum full of oddities and bizarre random facts, both true and illusions. It’s a great day trip for you and your family!

Coconut Creek Family Fun Park (19 miles) is an amusement park with two mini-golf courses and a huge maze to take on with your family.

ZooWorld Zoological and Botanical Conservatory (18.2 miles) has exotic animals you can spend time with, like a lemur you can pet and alligators you can feed.

Goodie bags at Tyndall Air Force Base
Members of the Tyndall Spouses Club and Tyndall First Sergeants assemble goodie bags during a Cookie Caper event, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Dec. 9, 2019. Hundreds of donated cookies were collected and distributed to Airmen living in the on base dormitories, which were delivered in colorful bags handmade by students at Tyndall Elementary School. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Tyndall Air Force Base Housing

There are several housing options available for service members stationed at Tyndall AFB. These include living on the installation, using privatized housing, or renting on the local economy.

Contact the Military Housing Office as soon as you receive orders to find out about current wait times and what might  be available for you when you PCS. When you in-process at Tyndall Air Force Base, you’ll need to visit the MHO to receive counseling and guidance on obtaining housing. 

Unaccompanied housing is offered for unaccompanied Airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than three years of service. Each airman is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with greater than three years of service and above can live in the local community.

Privatized Tyndall Air Force Base Housing is managed by Balfour Beatty. This private company owns and operates five distinct neighborhoods on and near the base. Some neighborhoods are for enlisted service members only; others are for officers only. When you call a Balfour Beatty residence home, you’ll enjoy open floor plans, fenced-in backyards and other perks!

Preparedness at Tyndall Air Force Base
Florida Sen. Rick Scott speaks to local military leaders at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 15, 2019. Scott discussed the importance of natural disaster preparedness and what military families still need from the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne Larkin)

Schools Near Tyndall Air Force Base 

Bay District Schools are available to milkids who call Tyndall AFB home. There are several schools in this district, including 18 elementary schools, six middle schools, and five high schools. Bay District services nearly 30,000 students annually. Contact the School Liaison Officer on base for more information, including registration requirements. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Tyndall AFB have a beach?

Yes! The Beacon Beach Nature Trail is right on base with a gorgeous walk on a white sand beach. There are also multiple beaches nearby, including Crooked Island Beach, which is just 14 miles away.

What planes fly out of Tyndall AFB?

Tyndall AFB houses F-22 Raptors.

How far is Tyndall AFB from Panama City Beach?

Tyndall AFB is 19.4 miles from Panama City Beach (about 30 minutes).

Can single airmen live off base?

On-base housing is provided for Unaccompanied Airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than three years of service. Unaccompanied Airmen with the rank of E-4 with three years of service or more will move into housing in the local community.

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