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  • AFCEC leads hurricane season preparedness

    With a projected record-setting hurricane season in the making, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Readiness Directorate is once again urging the Air Force community to “be ready” for natural disasters. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30 could include 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes – six of which are likely to be classified as major hurricanes.
  • AFCEC study gives new life to old chemical defense decon kits

    The Air Force Civil Engineer’s Readiness Lab recently determined more than 75,000 expired M295 decontamination kits used in chemical defense ensembles are still effective and can be used, saving the Air Force more than $2.3 million over a four-year period. Each year, the Air Force removes expired kits from field use. In calendar year 2020 alone, 167,000 kits valued at $4.8 million will reach the end of their five-year shelf life. Before the CE Lab study, a large number of expired kits sat unused in stockrooms spread across the globe.
  • Energy project powers Hill AFB resiliency

    The Air Force completed construction of a $42 million project recently that will improve energy efficiency and resiliency at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. AFCEC, in collaboration with the Defense Logistics Agency – Energy (DLA-E), awarded the contract to Energy Systems Group, the energy service company, in April 2018, for upgrades to 258 buildings, totaling six million square feet by incorporating seven energy conservation measure upgrades. The addition of the 3.55-megawatt solar array to an existing 250 kilowatt fixed ground mount system increases the annual energy savings by 5.7 million kilowatt hours.
  • AFCEC spearheads Little Rock AFB runway replacement

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center is leading a $180 million project to replace the 64-year-old runway at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. AFCEC’s Facility Engineering Directorate is teaming with the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center’s Detachment 9, 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron and 19th Civil Engineering Squadron to replace the 12,000-foot-long primary runway, eliminate airfield obstructions and modify the lighting and navigation aid systems.
  • Environmental Assessment gives Tyndall green light to rebuild into ‘Installation of the Future’

    After receiving a devastating hit from Category 5 Hurricane Michael a year and a half ago, Tyndall Air Force Base is now set to purge the last of its significantly damaged facilities and start rebuilding from the ground up. To reach this vital starting point, the 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Program Management Office and Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center collaborated to complete the Tyndall AFB Programmatic Environmental Assessment.
  • AFCAP V increases field assistance

    The Air Force recently awarded an eight-year, $6.4 billion contingency support contract to eight firms. The Air Force Contract Augmentation Program, or AFCAP, is a rapid response contingency contract tool managed and serviced through the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center enterprise. This is the fifth consecutive contingency contract for AFCAP.
  • Pilot study aims to save money, protect environment with fewer oil changes

    A simple change in Air Force oil change procedures may save the Air Force over $1 million per year, while also helping protect the environment. Current regulatory drivers require installations to analyze the oil in small engines, including generators, annually and replace the oil completely at least every two years. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Environmental Quality Technical Support Branch is currently leading a pilot study that evaluates the use of a standardized oil testing service to provide enhanced analytics and, ideally, allow for longer oil use.
  • PMO Engineers thrive with ‘once in a lifetime’ billion-dollar rebuild

    The $4.25 billion rebuild of Tyndall Air Force Base may seem like an overwhelming task to some, but for three Air Force civil engineer captains at the heart of the Program Management Office, the project presents a once in a lifetime opportunity. As project managers for the PMO, and as part of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Capt. Zach Bierhaus, Capt. Kyle Kowalchuk and Capt. Will Page are charged with finding solutions to the many potential issues that could affect the Air Force’s on-going efforts to develop the Florida base as the “Installation of the Future.”
  • Air Force postpones boards due to COVID-19 restrictions

    The Air Force is postponing promotion boards for the CY20B Colonel Biomedical Sciences Corps and Chaplain; CY20C Lieutenant Colonel Chaplain and Nurse Corps; and CY20B Chaplain Central Selection Boards, originally scheduled to convene June 8.
  • Air Force releases guidance on use of cloth face covers

    To the extent practical, without significantly impacting mission, all individuals on Department of the Air Force property, installations and facilities are required to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of physical distance in public areas or work centers.
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