by Maj. Jon Quinlan
507th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
6/28/2013 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Twenty
nine reservists from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron honed their bare
base skills during a recent deployment to Silver Flag at Tyndall Air
Force Base, Fla.
Civil engineers were tasked with establishing and running a fully
operational base in a contingency environment during the week-long field
Civil engineers are often the first boots on the ground setting up the
initial layers for a contingency base. Silver Flag tests and trains CE
teams in this vital mission and does it away from home station in
austere conditions just like in a real deployment.
This training was established so there in not a gap in training or
knowledge of Airmen when they go down range according to CE Prime Base
Engineer Emergency Force managers.
"CE Airmen assigned to Prime BEEF teams have to attend Silver Flag every
45 months," said Lt. Col. Patricia Pettine, 507th CES commander "We've
all been doing this our whole career and always look forward to the
The mission for the 507th reservists was to join forces with around 130
other active duty, Guard and Reserve engineers and establish a simulated
base for over 1,200 personnel, multiple F-16C's and C-130J aircraft
missions and to do so as quickly as possible.
Set up and maintenance is a huge undertaking and took the entire team
according to Pettine. The engineers first conducted the bed down
planning, force protection security and then started work on the
construction. They established a unit control center and then erected
shelters, established power, electrical, water and wastewater
operations. Then they provided airfield damage assessment teams, crash,
fire and rescue operations, and led convoy operations.
The training is all about preparing the Airmen and establishing an
example of what to expect when deploying. If it's a chemical,
biological, radiological and nuclear event occurring while setting up a
tent or showing Airmen how to react post attack, the training will help
them and could save their life, according to Prime BEEF instructors.
Airman 1st Class Talisa Edmundson, 507th CES was named an outstanding performer in the exercise.