A port in the storm; the Kriete family’s odyssey from Tyndall AFB to Patrick AFB

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  • By Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams
  • 45th Space Wing Public Affairs

(This story is part one of four of 1st Lt. Adam Kriete, 337th Air Control Squadron student, and his family coming to Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.) 

He thought it would be a Category 2, maybe a Category 3.

Hurricane Michael was a Category 4 hurricane, displacing approximately 11,000 people from Tyndall AFB including the Kriete family.

The Krietes brought three days of clothes and some necessities expecting to be back on base in a few days. Then, the bad news came.

Every home on Tyndall AFB was damaged, and residents would be unable to return permanently for the long term.

With dwindling resources and uncertainty in their future, the Krietes needed Wingmen.

They headed to Patrick AFB on Oct 9, 2018, uncertain of their future.