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AUAB power projection: 1st ECEG “Loggies” enable construction across CENTCOM

Staff Sgt. Sterling Benford, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron supply NCO in charge, sweeps the edges of a large container in preparation for transport at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 3, 2019. Benford is responsible for the accountability of 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group assets at deployed locations across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM Theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Staff Sgt. Sterling Benford, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron supply NCO in charge, sweeps the edges of a large container in preparation for transport at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 3, 2019. Benford is responsible for the accountability of 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group assets at deployed locations across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM Theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Tech. Sgt. Alexander Nunez, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron air transportation NCO in charge, cuts wood during the construction of an approach shoring at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 4, 2019. Nunez is responsible for facilitating air transportation for engineering assets needed across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM Theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Tech. Sgt. Alexander Nunez, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron air transportation NCO in charge, cuts wood during the construction of an approach shoring at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 4, 2019. Nunez is responsible for facilitating air transportation for engineering assets needed across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM Theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Tech. Sgt. Alexander Nunez, foreground, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron air transportation NCO in charge, and Tech. Sgt. William Nicholas, background, 557th ERHS air transportation augmentee, construct an approach shoring at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 4, 2019. Nunez and Nicholas are responsible for facilitating air transportation for engineering assets needed across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM Theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Tech. Sgt. Alexander Nunez, foreground, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron air transportation NCO in charge, and Tech. Sgt. William Nicholas, background, 557th ERHS air transportation augmentee, construct an approach shoring at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 4, 2019. Nunez and Nicholas are responsible for facilitating air transportation for engineering assets needed across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM Theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Tech. Sgt. Alexander Nunez, left, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron air transportation NCO in charge, and Tech. Sgt. William Nicholas, right, 557th ERHS air transportation augmentee, construct an approach shoring at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 4, 2019. Nunez and Nicholas are responsible for facilitating air transportation for engineering assets needed across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM Theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Tech. Sgt. Alexander Nunez, left, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron air transportation NCO in charge, and Tech. Sgt. William Nicholas, right, 557th ERHS air transportation augmentee, construct an approach shoring at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 4, 2019. Nunez and Nicholas are responsible for facilitating air transportation for engineering assets needed across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM Theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Staff Sgt. Sterling Benford, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron supply NCO in charge, guides the movement of a large container at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 3, 2019. Benford is responsible for the accountability of 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group assets at deployed locations across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM Theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Staff Sgt. Sterling Benford, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron supply NCO in charge, guides the movement of a large container at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 3, 2019. Benford is responsible for the accountability of 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group assets at deployed locations across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM Theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Staff Sgt. Sterling Benford, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron supply NCO in charge, guides the movement of a large container at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 3, 2019. Benford is responsible for the accountability of 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group assets at deployed locations across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Staff Sgt. Sterling Benford, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron supply NCO in charge, guides the movement of a large container at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 3, 2019. Benford is responsible for the accountability of 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group assets at deployed locations across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Evanah Lafleur, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron logistics planner, verifies inbound passenger information at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 3, 2019. Lafleur is responsible for coordinating the movement of civil engineers and cargo to construction sites at deployed locations across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Evanah Lafleur, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron logistics planner, verifies inbound passenger information at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 3, 2019. Lafleur is responsible for coordinating the movement of civil engineers and cargo to construction sites at deployed locations across U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Logistics Airmen were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM theater during a six-month period. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

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The 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group manages and executes construction missions across U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, and thanks to the group’s logisticians, or “loggies,” equipment and engineers are able to move downrange.

“Loggies” assigned to the group’s 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron, are vital in ensuring mission success at more than ten deployed locations throughout the region.

“The ECEG supports the vertical and horizontal construction at numerous locations throughout CENTCOM. We provide the means of sustained support through vehicle maintenance, supply, air transportation, services and log planning,” said Capt. Corbin Aldridge, 557th ERHS Mission Support flight commander. “Without us, we would have work stoppage throughout the AOR and wouldn’t have the right capability to meet project completion.”

From procuring flights for cargo and passengers to prepping assets for air transport, the logistics support team is essential in the ECEG’s far reaching mission.

“We’re responsible for intra-theater movement,” said Senior Airman Vondeeshia Humphries, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron logistics planner. “We are vital because without us you wouldn’t be able to move around. You wouldn’t know when assets come in or go out.”

“Our job is mission support,” added Tech. Sgt. Alexander Nunez, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron air transportation NCO in charge. “Whatever RED HORSE, PRIME BEEF, or the ECEG need, we support them, period.”

The support these logisticians provide to engineers downrange enable the construction of assets. This includes permanent buildings and taxiways, with in-transit visibility and accountability of people and equipment being a major focus.

“They are so crucial in keeping situational awareness on the status of vehicles, the procurement of them, the gear issue for personnel … you name it,” said Aldridge. “There’s so much responsibility on these young Airmen, it’s amazing.”

Aldridge said “loggies” were vital in the completion of more than 400 construction missions across the CENTCOM Theater during a six-month period.

“There’s no need that can’t be met or fulfilled with the right teamwork, communication and attitude,” said Aldridge. “It’s truly been a great tour with this team. They’re sharp and innovative enough to make it happen.”