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Tyndall breaks ground for new childcare center

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Leaders at Tyndall AFB, Florida, host a ground breaking ceremony for the installation's new child development center March 31, 2021. The facility will provide vital support to Airmen and their families at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarah McNair)

CDC groundbreaking ceremony

Six future members of the new Tyndall Air Force Base Child Development Center in Florida gather around with their plastic shovels to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony March 31, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarah McNair)

artist rendering of new child development center

An artist rendering of the new Tyndall AFB child development center. The facility at the Florida base will be built to withstand 165 mph hurricane-force winds and 19 feet storm surge. (Courtesy graphic)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 325th Mission Support Group, AFIMSC's Tyndall Program Management Office and a few special helpers broke ground for a new child development center during a ceremony March 31, 2021, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

With plastic shovels in hand, six military children helped commemorate the significant milestone in the massive Tyndall rebuild effort. The $45 million project is the second groundbreaking — and first full-fledged military construction project to move into the construction phase — as Team Tyndall rebuilds the base into the Installation of the Future from the ground up.

The base broke ground on the first new building, an Air Battle Manager Simulator Facility, in October 2020. 

With resilience a focal point for the Installation of the Future, the new CDC will be built to withstand 165 mph hurricane-force winds and 19 feet of storm surge, said Brig. Gen. Mark Slominski, PMO executive director.

“Child development centers play a fundamental role in the quality of life for our Airmen and families,” Slominski said. “Today’s groundbreaking represents our commitment to build an Installation of the Future that optimizes both mission success and Airmen wellbeing.”

The most prominent mission is to enable Tyndall AFB to provide flexible childcare options for military families. The CDC’s priority aligns with the Air Force’s mission to provide necessary support and dedication to Airmen and their families.    

“Tyndall AFB families are essential to supporting the mission of the USAF and in return, the USAF is working to ensure our families are taken care of first,” said Milea Franklin, MILCON execution south lead for the Tyndall PMO. “The child development center is one of the first major hurricane reconstruction efforts underway at Tyndall that supports not only the current missions but also the F-35 beddown mission expected.”  

Construction for the CDC is expected to be completed in September 2022.