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Meeting the New Century (2001-2012)

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The Air Force Civil Engineer
Jul 1999-May 2003
Maj. Gen. Earnest O. Robbins II became The Civil Engineer in July 1999 and served until May 2003. He transferred to the position directly from the Civil Engineer position at Headquarters ACC. He oversaw the Air Force civil engineer organization into the first decade of the 21st century. While at ACC, Robbins reviewed the RED HORSE units to determine if those units were “relevant, right-sized, and ready” for deployment. He proposed similar reviews for the entire civil engineer community to ensure that civil engineers continued to support the mission of the Air Force.
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The Air Force Civil Engineer
May 2003-Jun 2006
Maj. Gen. L. Dean Fox served as The Civil Engineer from May 16, 2003 to June 23, 2006. He came to the position from Headquarters AMC, where he was the Director of Civil Engineering, and was the second U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to hold the office. At the time he assumed office, Air Force civil engineers were supporting ONE, OEF, and OIF. He oversaw the largest Air Force budgets in over a decade, administering $1.64 billion in MILCON funding for CONUS projects to cover new mission beddowns, current mission needs, quality-of-life improvements, and environmental compliance.
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The Air Force Civil Engineer
Jun 2006-Jun 2010
Maj. Gen. Del Eulberg became The Civil Engineer, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support, on June 23, 2006 and served until June 5, 2009. Eulberg was also a USAFA graduate and came to the position after serving as Director, Installations and Mission Support at AMC. Under General Eulberg, Air Force civil engineer deployments to SWA continued in support of OEF and OIF; more than 2,900 Air Force civil engineers served on assignments during 2009.
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The Air Force Civil Engineer
Jun 2010-Jun 2013
Maj. Gen. Timothy A. Byers became The Civil Engineer on June 5, 2009 and occupied the office as of October 2012. Byers was previously the Director of Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. General Byers adopted the phrase “Build to Last…Lead the Change” to characterize his philosophy as The Civil Engineer. Byers identified the following challenges to the civil engineering community as he began his service. One was “to capture all the lessons learned, transformation changes, and improvements that we’ve made in Civil Engineering so we build ready engineers, build great leaders, and build sustainable installations.”