Team Tyndall leadership recently attended the Passing of the Gavel
to welcome the new Military Affairs Committee Chair for the Bay County Chamber
of Commerce, during a ceremony Jan. 14.
Representatives from Tyndall and the Naval Support
Activity Panama City said goodbye to outgoing MAC Chairman, Alfred McCambry,
and welcomed Bill Fenimore to the position.
"As Tyndall continues to grow, so does the relationship with our surrounding communities and a large part of that is due to the Military Affairs Committee," said Col. David E. Graff, 325th Fighter Wing commander. "Al has really taken the time to get to know our Airmen and our missions here. It is this type of personal interaction that is so critical to the success of our base and our Airmen and their families. Though we’ll miss Al, we look forward to a great year with Bill."
The MAC has been a part of the chamber since 1946 and
is committed to promoting a cooperative working relationship and direct support
to the military installations.
“It will be hard to follow Al McCambry, but I will make every effort to reach the standard that he and all of the other Chairmen have set,” said Fenimore. “I'm very excited about my opportunity to be the Chairman of MAC at this period in time when Tyndall Air Force Base’s mission is expanding with the addition of the new squadron of F-22s and the personnel that will support them.”
Recently, Tyndall reactivated the 95th Fighter Squadron, a combat-coded F-22
Raptor squadron. With the activation of the squadron, more than 1,000 positions
will be relocating to the Bay County community. In addition to members, the
base will receive 24 additional F-22s, five of which arrived Jan. 8. The final
number will result in the largest concentration of the F-22 in the world.
“I hope that I can help educate the Bay County community about what these changes mean to the base and to the community and how the community can help all of the military personnel and their families through these transitions,” added Fenimore. “Tyndall Air Force Base and all of the commands here are vital to our community and our country's wellbeing.”