The Eglin Air Force Base fire department transitioned all of its gas-powered equipment to electric this year. All of Eglin’s firefighting equipment contained on their vehicles is now electric reducing weight, noise, training time and overall carbon foot print. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
A team of Airmen along with two others driving excavators, work together to remove debris from a simulated battle-damaged runway crater 24-inches beneath the surface during a Rapid Airfield Damage Recovery training event July 21, 2021, at the Silver Flag Training Site at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Emily Mifsud)
An industry partner monitors the progress of a robot dog during a demonstration in Indian Head, Maryland, Aug. 2. The demonstration was part of the 2021 Eastern National Robot Rodeo and Capabilities Exercise. The ENRR is an important event for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center when it comes to seeing what’s available and partnering with industry of future technologies to support the explosive ordnance disposal community. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Bomb Technician Association)
Civil engineering Airmen evaluate where to place their assets on a replica of a damaged flightline for a tabletop exercise during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2021 at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., May 22, 2021. Mobility Guardian is the Air Force's largest and longest exercise ensuring readiness to move personnel and equipment in combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kentavist P. Brackin)


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AFCEC's Readiness Directorate, located at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, provides readiness and emergency services support and serves as the source for civil engineer research, development and acquisition to the Air Force civil engineer community. Through technical information, guidance and standardized methodology, the directorate enables civil engineers worldwide to execute their expeditionary combat support and emergency services missions safely, effectively and efficiently. The directorate has five divisions: Explosive Ordnance Disposal; Emergency Management; Fire Emergency Services; Expeditionary Engineering; and Requirements, R&D and Acquisition.

  • An official fact sheet for the directorate is located in our library.

Explosive ordnance disposal

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. Provides subject matter expertise, guidance and EOD program management to meet service and Department of Defense objectives. 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. 

Joint EOD Technology

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.

Emergency Management

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.

Expeditionary Engineering

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, or Prime BEEF, 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. It also oversees the distribution of newly fielded equipment and specialized systems.

Requirements, R&D & Acquisition

The civil engineer requirements, research & development, and acquisition division supports all phases of the civil engineer research, development and acquisition process for the CE enterprise. It plans and executes programs for research, developing and acquiring systems, equipment and technology to fulfill civil engineering needs for in-garrison, expeditionary and contingency installations and air bases. The division also is responsible for the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program, which provides the full spectrum of civil engineer capabilities and logistics support, sustainment and maintenance of deployed forces and can rapidly deliver materials, services and construction for contingencies, disasters and international conflicts.  For more information on the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program, please visit the AFCAP Services page on CE DASH (CAC Enabled Only), HERE.

Fire Emergency Services

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.

For questions related to the AFCEC Readiness Directorate's mission, contact our reach-back center:
Commercial line: 1-850-283-6995
DSN: 312-523-6995

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