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  • Environmental restoration summit enhances Air Force partnerships

    The Air Force Central Regional Environmental Restoration Summit, held May 17 and 18 in Dallas, clarified roles and responsibilities as regulators met with AFCEC leadership and discussed Air Force environmental restoration changing policies and procedures.

  • Air Force reaches anniversary milestone at former McClellan base

    The groundwater treatment plant on the former McClellan Air Force Base is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. While cleanup workers won’t be trading their hard hats for party caps, the progress made during the last three decades is plenty of reason to celebrate.  During its tenure as an

  • Hurricane season: Don't be scared, be prepared

    With the hurricane season fast approaching, it is important to prepare ahead of time. Although the season, begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, storms can occur outside of the projected season.

  • AFCEC rail network program hosts certified rail inspection course

    The U.S. Air Force Rail Network is essential transportation for delivering commodities, fuel, coal, aircraft parts, ordinance and support for space programs.To keep things moving, the asset visibility transportation division of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Operations Directorate funded and

  • Air Force Wildland Fire Center responding to Avon Park AFR wildfire

    An Air Force Wildland Fire Center team is leveraging internal assets and interagency partnerships to contain the Echo Springs Wildfire, an 8,000-acre wildfire on the Avon Park Air Force Range in Florida. Avon Park serves as a bombing range and air ground training complex for the military. Currently

  • New program delivers emergency-ready masks to Airmen

    Talk to any Air Force emergency manager and he or she will probably tell you a clean and serviceable M50 mask is the most important piece of equipment Airmen can have in a war-time environment. Now, thanks to a small joint service team in Albany, Georgia, that equipment will have more reliability,

  • USAFA cadet develops potential life-saving material

    U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet First Class Hayley Weir and Dr. Ryan Burke, assistant professor with the USAF Academy's Department of Military & Strategic Studies, visited the Air Force Civil Engineer Center recently to present the results of Weir's capstone project that could greatly benefit the Air

  • AF to conduct follow-on sampling, launch remedial investigation at Wurtsmith

    The Air Force will soon conduct a second round of drinking water sampling and is preparing to launch a focused remedial investigation to determine if chemicals from firefighting foam used at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Michigan, pose a risk to drinking water supplies. Air Force officials

  • Operations directorate holds operations workshop at AFIT

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center Operations Directorate recently held an operations workshop at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to provide a forum for operations flights and shop leadership to discuss operations way ahead.Air Force Deputy Director

  • Travis earns DoD environmental restoration award

    Dedication to using green and sustainable remediation technologies and biological processes that breakdown contaminates in groundwater has earned Travis Air Force Base, California, its first Secretary of Defense Environmental Restoration Award for Installations.

  • Air Force wins three DOD environmental awards

    The Department of Defense has selected an Air Force environmental engineer and two installations for top honors in the 2017 Secretary of Defense environmental awards program.  The awards, announced Friday, recognize outstanding achievements to improve DOD’s environmental performance, according to

  • AFCEC entomologist provides BASH management training

    Wildlife management on Air Force airfields can often mean the difference between mission success or failure.Don Teig, Air Force Civil Engineer Center entomologist and subject matter expert, recently headed west to provide bird aircraft strike hazard, or BASH, management training to attendees of the

  • Civil Engineer employees learn how to build careers

    A two-man team from the Air Force Personnel Center provided some key insight into career development in the world of Air Force Civil Engineering April 6. Members of the 412th Civil Engineer Group packed into the base theater to learn about career management and development during the one-day Civil

  • AFCEC conducts CONEX dorm field testing

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center recently tested expeditionary CONEX, or container express, dorms for progressive collapse at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.CONEX-based relocatable barracks are a common sight at many U.S. and coalition bases worldwide. Cost-effective, readily available and

  • Never off duty: Ramstein Airmen extinguish fire

    On his way to the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center from church on Easter Sunday, Master Sgt. Skipper Valentin Cruzado, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fire emergency services assistant chief of training, and his family were in their car waiting for the light to turn green at an

  • Ecological monitoring no longer needed at Castle

    The Air Force’s environmental restoration efforts at the former Castle Air Force Base, California, took another step toward the finish line recently when regulatory agencies agreed that ecological monitoring is no longer needed. The Air Force was required to conduct ecological monitoring at five

  • Leaders kick off largest energy savings contract in AF history

    Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex leaders and industry officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the start of work on the largest energy savings performance contract in Air Force history.The $243 million facility modernization project with Honeywell is projected to save more than $626 million in

  • ESPC awarded at Wright-Patterson AFB

    The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, or AFICA, awarded an energy saving performance contract, or ESPC, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, March 24.  The $7.7 million project to reduce energy use through energy conservation measures, or ECMs, was awarded to Johnson Controls

  • AFCEC directorate hosts pilot TRIRIGA workshop

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center and IBM collaborated during a workshop recently to assist operations personnel with their continuing implementation of the new TRIRIGA Real Property maintenance software. The software provides an integrated asset management structure for CE.The team from AFCEC

  • AFCEC uses table top exercise to plan future big moves in RADR

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Requirements, Research & Development and Acquisitions Division recently held a table top exercise to evaluate the access, mitigate and repair capabilities of the Rapid Airfield Damage Repair, or RADR, process. RADR is the modernized process of how Airmen

  • Firefighters, medics train to transport trauma patients

    The 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron and the 386th Expeditionary Medical Squadron conducted a motor vehicle accident training exercise March 10, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The two squadrons created the exercise to identify potential shortfalls in the case of a

  • New AFCEC preventive maintenance program manager visits Travis AFB

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center Operations Directorate’s new preventive maintenance program manager hit the road recently to introduce himself to the field.Samuel “Jason” Schmitz recently visited Travis Air Force Base, California, to collaborate with base civil engineers on preventive

  • Marking Change: Michele Cardenas

    The year was 1985. With a job post stating “women applicants only” and “no experience needed.” She knew this was her opportunity for change. The allure of the $3-an-hour increase to her typist wage propelled her to apply. The interviewer asked applicants to lift the tool box and correctly recognize

  • AFIMSC civilian honored for heroism

    Greg Gangnuss, a civilian member of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, was on a voluntary deployment to Afghanistan as a senior environmental advisor for the Ministry of Defense Advisor Program when a helicopter carrying nine coalition members crashed after striking a cable while

  • From expeditionary to enduring: 386th ECES conducts base improvements

    The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing has been at war for nearly 15 years. In that time, its U.S. Air Force Airmen have stood ready in the fight against violent extremism across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The wing has been vital in operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and more throughout

  • EOD keep Airmen, mission safe

    In times of war and crisis some challenges can’t be muscled through or rushed. Certain challenges call for unique knowledge and abilities. The 332nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight exercised its unique abilities during a range detonation Feb. 11.The 332nd

  • AFCEC proactively pursuing environmental stewardship at Fairchild AFB

    The Air Force is taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of mission-related PFOS/PFOA contamination to installation and nearby communities’ drinking water sources by working to eliminate the use of PFOS-containing AFFF, and is also testing groundwater at a variety of locations to determine if

  • Benny the Air Force “Snow Man” assists Hill AFB

    Preston “Benny” Benedyk, the Air Force vehicle and snow control manager from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center Operation’s Directorate at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, recently traveled to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to collaborate and advise on best practices and process improvement for snow

  • AFMC commander's message on civilian hiring freeze

    Our people are key in AFMC’s ability to serve the nation.  With this in mind, I wanted to share what we currently know regarding the recent Presidential Memorandum that implements a federal civilian hiring freeze impacting prospective civilian employees who had not entered on duty as of noon, 22

  • DOD-wide appraisal program goes in to effect April 1 for AF civilians

    The majority of Air Force appropriated civilian employees will transition to a new management and appraisal program April 1.The program, Department of Defense-wide Performance Management and Appraisal Program, or DPMAP, doesn’t include employees excluded under applicable laws.DPMAP is part of the

  • AFCEC conducts pilot test of sustainment management system at Hurlburt Field

    Personnel from the utilities branch of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Operations Directorate and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Engineer Research Laboratory, or CERL, recently conducted the first pilot test of the UTILITIES sustainment management system, or U.SMS, at Hurlburt Field,

  • AFCEC translator, interpreter keeps communication clear

    Communication; it’s something people do every day. However, what is said and what is heard can often be two different things, even when speaking the same language. Add in other languages, and communication can get further muddled.Keeping the conversation clear at the Air Force Civil Engineer

  • Travis environmental restoration program certified green and sustainable

    Saving money, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and implementing green and sustainable remediation to clean up contaminated groundwater sites has earned Travis Air Force Base, California the honor of becoming the first Department of Defense installation to receive greener cleanup certification by

  • AFCEC EOD program manager receives Master Blaster Award

    Surprised, humbled and appreciative are the three words that came to mind when the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Master Sgt. Jonathan “Adam” Quast was notified of his selection as the 2016 Master Blaster Award recipient recently.Quast is AFCEC’s explosive ordnance disposal program manager.“I was

  • AFCEC asset visibility team earns FEMP Award

    Members of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center asset visibility team, or AVT, were recently awarded the 2016 Federal Energy and Water Management Program Award for asset management contributions to the Air Force energy program. The AFCEC AVT actively manages the Air Force-wide implementation of the

  • Largest military solar energy project in Northeast breaks ground on JB MDL

    The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy Miranda A.A. Ballentine and the Adjutant General of New Jersey Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff helped break ground on a 98-acre solar farm here Dec. 20.The 16.5 megawatt solar energy project will be the largest military

  • Largest Air Force ESPC awarded at Tinker Air Logistics Complex

    The Defense Logistics Agency Energy awarded an energy savings performance contract Dec. 13 for the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, or OC-ALC, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The $262 million project, the largest in the Air Force, was awarded to Honeywell International, Inc., to modernize 50

  • December Energy Express released

    In this edition: Air Force switches from LEED to GPC standards; Air Force and Navy face off in SWAPPED, North Carolina ANG FEMP winners; and more here.

  • Accurate cost estimating crucial to credibility, project success

    Recent studies show the Air Force’s civil engineering cost estimate accuracy is declining, directly impacting which projects do or don’t get funding as well as the service’s credibility among its peers.According to a 2014 internal document, more than 40 percent of Air Force military construction

  • AFCEC engineer works to bring clean water to rural Uganda

    Chlorine production through salt water, electrodes and a car battery. It’s a simple technology that one AFCEC engineer hopes will soon have a life-changing impact on a people.Six months ago, April Whitbeck, a program manager at AFCEC’s European Store Front at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, took a

  • AFCEC selects 2016 USAF Design Award Recipients

    Each year, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center holds the Air Force Design Awards to recognize and promote outstanding resource-efficient, visually appealing facility projects.  Awards will be formally presented to the winners Dec. 13 during the AFCEC Design and Construction Symposium in San

  • A Sustainable Future: AF Housing goes Solar

    More than 2,000 privatized homes across multiple Air Force installations will soon generate renewable energy.Rooftop solar panels were recently installed at residential communities on Air Force installations across the United States. Combined, the homes will generate an estimated 7 megawatts of

  • Driving sober for the holidays

    The holiday season is a time of year for family gatherings, office parties, and socializing with friends, but the holiday season is also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to buzzed driving. A driver’s license mixed with a few alcoholic beverages is dangerous. No one intends for

  • EOD celebrating 75th anniversary

    Explosive ordnance disposal was the first joint service school for the U.S. military. The career field also remainsthe only occupation to share distinctive emblems -- the EOD badges -- as the common symbol of the profession. Just like any highly competitive family, each service touts its force as

  • AFCEC teams support Seymour Johnson through Hurricane Matthew response

    Two teams from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center Operations Directorate travelled to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, recently to provide Hurricane Matthew destruction repair and assessment.Seymour Johnson AFB was hit by historic flooding from Hurricane Matthew and urgently

  • Force development manager collaborates with Georgia training facilities

    Senior Master Sgt. Stewart Herringshaw, civil engineer power production force development manager from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Operations Directorate, traveled through Georgia recently to collaborate training efforts and identify training needs for power pro technicians.The manager’s

  • Environmental stewards ensure safe, clean ground water

    Driving around base, Airmen might notice large equipment drilling into the ground and workers wearing personal protective equipment.This work is safe for the environment, personnel and the community, and is part of a base-wide effort to remediate soil and ground water contaminations at locations on

  • 386th EOD destroys unusable ammunition

    The 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight conducted a munitions burn at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 9, 2016.The flight conducted the burn to dispose of unserviceable ammunition, including unexploded ordnance found on or off base, as well as

  • AF continues sampling, launches study at former Michigan base

    The Air Force is conducting further water sampling and launched a technological study at former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Michigan. Both efforts are part of the Air Force-wide response to potential drinking water contamination related to the service’s fire-fighting activities.  Nearly 200 members of

  • Former Onizuka Air Station's new mission - Enhancing education

    Once rumored to be one of the highest-ranking nuclear targets in the country, property that was home to the former Onizuka Air Station is now targeted for a different purpose. The newly opened Foothill College Sunnyvale Center serves as a regional educational center and a workforce resource for

  • Air Force moves forward to build treatment systems

    The Air Force has submitted remedial designs to the Environmental Protection Agency for two large-scale groundwater treatment systems to protect drinking water supply wells on and near the former Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire, from exposure to perfluorooctanesulfonic and perfluorooctanoic

  • AFMC commander emphasizes importance of Veterans Day

    In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill establishing Nov. 11 as Veterans Day. He stated, “I do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Nov. 11 as Veterans Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air and

  • AF employee reflects on life, 70-year career

    Air Force employee is retiring after a lifetime of service to our nation.Service began under Gen. George Patton in Europe during World War II and ends there as an employee of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center.

  • AFCEC Participates in Installation Reuse Forum

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- Military communities across America are looking for ways to strengthen their ties to the military installations in their towns. They have learned that everyone comes out ahead when they work together. For active and closed installations, the issues can

  • Some like it hot: Airmen compete in fire muster

    Teams of Airmen participated in the hotel pack, sled drag, Keiser Sled, dummy drag and hose pull challenges. The obstacles allowed competitors to experience different on-the-job skills firefighters require.

  • AFCEC team evaluates cybersecurity at Malmstrom AFB

    Members of the elite Air Force Civil Engineer Center Industrial Control Systems, or ICS, Mitigation Team traveled to Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, recently to evaluate two of the civil engineer ICS for cybersecurity compliance. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the work of

  • Eglin to privatize all four utility systems

    TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Defense Logistics Agency awarded a utilities privatization contract to Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, or CHELCO, to own, operate and maintain the electrical system infrastructure at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida for 50 years. Having previously privatized

  • October Energy Express

    In this edition: Air Force urges Airmen to 'Protect the Power'during Energy Action Month; Air National Guard’s 133rd AW named Clean EnergyCommunity Award finalist; Meet the new Director of Energy for AFCEC, RobertGill; and more. Read here. 

  • Dover runway reopens after extensive renovation

    The C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17A Globemaster that landed Sept. 23 on Runway 01-19 at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, capped the third portion of a four-phase project almost two years in the making for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center.

  • CEMIRT saves Nellis barrier arresting kit damaged by flood

    On Aug. 22, Nellis Air Force Base received 2 inches of rain in approximately 20 minutes, causing substantial flooding across the Nevada base, impacting four of its barrier arresting kit 12, or BAK-12, barrier pits located adjacent to the runways. The base immediately requested support from the Air

  • AVT assesses Ramstein AB with new methods

    The asset visibility team, or AVT, from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Operations Directorate at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, recently travelled to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to conduct facility condition assessments using its new “Reach and Teach” strategy to train, calibrate and

  • EOD exercise provides unique experience, training

    Military EOD and civilian public safety bomb units put their skills to test in a friendly competition at the inaugural Eastern National Robotics Rodeo and Capability Exercise in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 28 – Sept. 1.

  • CEMIRT performs periodic maintenance of caterpillar generator, other repairs

    Repairing large industrial generators while saving taxpayer dollars is just the beginning of what the Civil Engineer Maintenance Inspection and Repair Team, or CEMIRT, does regularly at installations around the world. A team from the Travis Air Force Base, California, division of the Air Force Civil

  • September Energy Express released

    The September Energy Express is now available. In this issue: The Air Force takes home six FEMP awards, more than 100 Air Force energy experts attend the 2016 Energy Exchange and the AFCEC energy surety expert weighs in on resiliency. Read about these and more here.

  • Recent aircraft arresting system overhaul comes in handy

    A mobile aircraft arresting system, or MAAS, unit that was recently overhauled by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center's Civil Engineer Maintenance Inspection and Repair Team, or CEMIRT, was put to good use in an F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft arresting system capability test recently at Edwards

  • Air Force takes home six FEMP awards

    The Department of Energy recently announced the winners of the 2016 Federal Energy Management Program awards.Of the nine government agencies that won the 15 awards, the Air Force won six across three categories.The Air Force Civil Engineer Center received nomination packages from around the Air

  • EM: Working to ensure Air Force community ready for a disaster

    September is National Preparedness Month and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center's Emergency Management Division is working to make sure the Air Force community is prepared for all emergencies -- natural, man-made or technological. "During National Preparedness Month we hope to reach hundreds of

  • Air Force partnership paves way for future civil engineer technology

    Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it's more commonly known, could shape the future of civil engineering.Dr. Joseph Wander, research chemist at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, is partnering with the Air Force Institute of Technology and U.S. Air Force Academy to show that AM is a viable

  • Air Force employee honored for 70 years of service

    Anthony "Tony" Duno always puts Airmen and their families first.As U.S. Air Forces in Europe's Lead Residual Value Negotiator for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center's European store front at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, he is responsible for the recoupment of more than $1 billion from the return of

  • Partnerships key in new Air Force environmental initiatives

    Sustainable environmental goals require partnerships; one of the new initiatives the Air Force Civil Engineer Center is promoting to accomplish its mission.In a summit held in northern New Mexico, AFCEC's environmental directorate brought state, regional and federal environmental regulators together

  • Joint forces assemble for contingency airfield pavement evaluation course

    Members of the Air Force, Navy and Marines traveled here recently for a two-week course in contingency airfield pavement evaluation.The Air Force Civil Engineer Center's Operations Directorate provides certification training in contingency airfield pavement evaluation for all Department of Defense

  • Zika Virus brings entomologists, health experts together

    Entomologists from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center Operations Directorate at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, recently convened with civil engineering pest managers and medical group public health flight personnel at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to discuss capabilities and coordination efforts

  • Siemens awarded energy saving performance contract at Spangdahlem

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, Alabama, recently released a notice of intent to award, or NOITA, identifying Siemens as the energy services company, or ESCO, chosen to complete an energy savings performance contract at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.The primary scope of the ESPC is

  • July 2016 Energy Express

    In this month's issue of Energy Express, find out more about TRIRIGA coming to an installation near you, meet the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center team and find out more about Interior Lighting Campaign guidance for federal energy and facility managers. Check it out here.

  • Misawa AB energy saving performance contract kicks off

    Base civil engineers at Misawa Air Base, Japan, along with the Defense Logistics Agency, hosted Trane, an energy service company, or ESCO, to perform a preliminary assessment of installation facilities June 20 for an energy savings performance contract.The PA kickoff event allows Trane to identify

  • Airman participates in EOD immersion

    Leaving a career field can be a scary proposition for an Airman who has been performing and learning the ins and outs of their job for the better part of a decade. The new career they choose may or may not be a good fit.Despite that, Staff Sgt. Michael McNally, 355th Maintenance Group scheduler,

  • Researchers use sound to destroy toxic firefighting chemical

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center, in partnership with researchers from the University of Arizona, is exploring an innovative way to dispose of the Air Force's toxic firefighting foam stockpiles -- using only sound waves.The project, funded by the AFCEC Broad Agency Announcement program,

  • AFCEC sends installation planning team to Incirlik Air Base

    Due to its location in the region, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, serves an important role in the Air Force's fight against the Islamic State group ISIS. In the face of an expanding mission, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe reached out to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center's Planning and Integration