Readiness Directorate

The Readiness Directorate is part of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, a primary subordinate unit of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. Its mission is to provide research & development, readiness and emergency services support and contract augmentation to the Air Force civil engineer community through technical information and standardized methodology, enabling civil engineers worldwide to execute their expeditionary combat support and emergency services missions safely, effectively and efficiently.

The Readiness Directorate, located at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., consists of six divisions: explosive ordnance disposal, fire emergency services, emergency management, expeditionary engineering, joint explosive ordnance technology, and requirements, research and development, and acquisition.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Division
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Division Serves as the Air Force Functional Center of Expertise for EOD and is responsible for organizing, training and equipping 1,900 Total Force EOD Airmen at 84 locations worldwide. It also provides subject matter expertise, guidance and EOD program management to meet service and Department of Defense objectives, and manages demolition munitions for 17 career fields, service support to Joint EOD Very Important Person Protective Support Activity, force development, modernization efforts for a $1 billion portfolio, $300 million, 5-year program for procurement of centrally procured assets, and EOD-specific operational and technical non-directive publications.

Emergency Management Division
The Emergency Management Division manages and oversees the Air Force's Installation Protection and Emergency Management programs enabling Airmen to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. The division includes the Air Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear program subject matter experts, evaluates emergency management personnel, strategic and tactical training, and manages enlisted and civilian career path requirements. The division develops guidance, manages manpower and determines training and equipment needs. The division also works sustainment efforts and provides technical guidance and reach-back support.

Fire Emergency Services Division
The Fire Emergency Services Division establishes technical and administrative policy guidance for fire emergency services operations, fire prevention, and command and control. The division develops training curriculum and designs tactics, techniques and procedures for Air Force firefighters. The division also provides direction and input for manpower, centrally procures firefighting equipment and vehicles, develops training courses, and manages the certification program used by all Department of Defense firefighters and other emergency responders.

Expeditionary Engineering Division
The Expeditionary Engineering Division develops total force posturing and wartime planning guidance, as well as relevant training products to ensure Air Force Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force and RED HORSE personnel possess the capabilities to execute global expeditionary engineering contingency missions. The division serves as the focal point for expeditionary engineering operational and tactical functional issues and concerns, and assists in civil engineering research, development, and acquisition processes. The division also oversees the distribution of newly fielded equipment and specialized systems.

Joint Explosive Ordnance Technology Division
The Joint Explosive Ordnance Technology Division provides Air Force representation within the all-services Department of Defense EOD Technology and Training program. The division develops and approves Joint EOD specialized tools, equipment, procedures and technical data for EOD use. It also ensures a comprehensive library of effective, verified EOD procedures by monitoring weapon systems development and supporting exploitation of explosive ordnance and devices; establishes, defines, and prioritizes capability gaps and requirements for Joint EOD science, technology and research development test and evaluation solutions; maintains liaison with DOD and non-DOD agencies to exchange information on technologies applicable to the development of EOD tools, equipment or procedures; collects field reports on EOD capability and information gaps through notional concepts, publication change requests and requests for information; disseminates EOD operational and safety messages, technical data and intelligence information; and manages fielded Joint EOD equipment to support configuration management and continuous improvement programs.

Requirements, Research, Development and Acquisition Division
The Civil Engineer Capability Requirements, Research, Development and Acquisition Division supports all phases of the Air Force and civil engineer requirements development in accordance with Air Force Policy Directive 10-6, Capability Requirements Development for the civil engineer enterprise. Performs and executes civil engineer innovation, research, development and prototypes. Plans and executes programs for acquiring systems, equipment and technology to fulfill civil engineering needs for in-garrison, expeditionary, and contingency installations or operations. The division is responsible for the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program, which provides the full spectrum of civil engineer capabilities to provide construction, equipment, materials and services.  For more information on the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program, please visit the AFCAP Services page on CE DASH (CAC Enabled Only), HERE.

Current as of August 2023