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379th ECES mission not impossible

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  • By SSgt Ashley L. Gardner
  • 379th Air Expeditionary Wing/Public Affairs

For the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Engineering Flight, the Airmen never leave a job unaccomplished. Construction projects are always ongoing so engineers either help lay the foundation for an idea, help work through rough patches in the middle or see the project through completion.

The 379th ECES engineering flight design, facilities with energy conservation in mind.

“We utilize Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 1-200-02 High Performance and Sustainable Building Requirements as a guide to ensure we outfit our facilities with the latest technologies and real property installed equipment to control temperatures and lighting settings,” said Capt. Freddie Stephens, 379th ECES engineering flight commander.

The flight develops modernization projects to bring substandard systems up to state-of- the-art standards. Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lighting projects are used across the base. Additionally, trenching projects are used to connect buildings to prime electrical power to reduce fuel consumption for diesel generators. Door replacement projects are happening across the installation to ensure cool air does not constantly escape air-conditioned spaces and 50 facilities are receiving electrical panel replacements to ensure the safe delivery of electricity to the end users.

“When we are building Air Force structures we try to think of ways we can save the Air Force money,” said 1st Lt. Zach Jacques, 379th ECES chief of project management.

The 379th ECES flight executes every major facility construction project on the base. For the majority of the facilities you see on the installation, the engineering flight plays a vital role in its establishment.

“The team also provides project management, contract execution and simplified acquisitions of base engineer requirements in support of a construction portfolio spanning 90 projects,” said Stephens. “The flight validates and facilitates 7,000 base entry applications for service contracts and construction projects.”

With all that the engineering flight does they make sure the structures are completed with the help of all the cycles of the teamwork.