Tyndall Rebuild makes ABM history

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  • By Staff Sgt. Stefan Alvarez
  • 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The 337th Air Control Squadron, call sign "The Doghouse" is looking forward to the completion of its new training facility, a 30,000 square foot building equipped with everything the next generation of air battle managers need.

The facility, nicknamed “the BEEF” by the ABM community, is slated to be the first new and potentially last building that will train the Air Force’s ABM students for the foreseeable future. The facility will replace the previous one which is slated to be demolished due to its old age.

“This new building was designed to replace our existing special access program facility,” said Lt. Col. Will Davis, 337th ACS commander.  “Our new building will be a significant upgrade from our current facility that is aging and severely damaged by Hurricane Michael.”

The new ACS facility will have several improvements such as an auditorium, instructor offices, sensitive compartmented information facility and special access program classrooms, simulation bays and ultraviolet filtering for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

“This building will allow ABMs as well as the command and control battle management operations community to expand what and how we teach,” Davis said. “We will be able to accelerate our learning at the same pace of emerging technology and increase the complexity of our training to match Combat Air Force’s expectations.”

The new facility was the first building on the installation to break ground on Oct. 13, 2020, signifying the start of Tyndall’s multibillion dollar facelift. The future members of the ABM community will walk through the halls of this cutting-edge facility and leave as a highly-trained and highly-skilled Airmen that the Air Force needs.

“This building is built for functional growth and missions assurance, from both operational demands and environmental stability standpoint,” said Davis. “The Doghouse is poised to produce the finest ABMs for the next 30 years.”