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Tyndall Reassigned as Air Combat Command

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The former Air Education and Training Command is now molding their mission with it's new one: to train and project unmatched combat power from the sky.

While the mission is new to some, others remember serving under it years ago at Tyndall.

Monday, Tyndall air force base builds on its long history.

"I think it wonderful to bring them back to air combat command," said Major General Lawrence Wells.  

Major General Wells was a Captain in the Air Force when Tyndall first took the title of Air Combat Command in the 80's.

"This wing is responsible for ensuring that we have air dominance where ever we happen to go," said General Wells. "They've done it in the past and they will do it even better in the future."

Taking on Air Combat Command means more fighters, more pilots, and more exercises to train for war time missions with more deployments.

"That's going to require a lot of practice a lot of training a lot of exercises to make sure that when we are called upon we are ready to go because that's a no fail mission," said the 325th Fighter Wing Commander, Brigadier General John McMullen.

General Mcmullen was an instructor pilot when Tyndall took its role as an air education and training command in 1993.

"I think air combat command holds something special cause that's a force provider and its really the combat air force and that's really why airman, I think, should have joined the military is to defend their country," said McMullen. "And so it's ironic that I'm here both times but I'm very happy to be a part of it both times."

Brigadier General McMullen will be in charge of an additional 800 personnel that will be based at Tyndall. That increase will happen over the next year and a half.  Base leaders believe the added staff will be a positive economic and civic impact in our community.