Thursday, February 26, 2015

Air National Guard Civil Engineering Squadron clears way

by Tech. Sgt. Regina Young
116th Air Control Wing Public Affairs

2/24/2015 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A team from the 116th Air Control Wing here was recently ready to support the community by pre-positioned snow and debris removal equipment in preparation for potential inclement weather.

The 116th Civil Engineering Squadron, in coordination with the Joint Operations Center, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, readied their equipment to perform initial route clearance, including removing trees and concrete debris from the roadways.

"The advantage of utilizing us is that we are a force-multiplier to the civilian authorities who may not be able to respond as rapidly as we can," said Senior Master Sgt. James Love, superintendent with the 116th CES.

The civil engineer personnel utilize two all-track multi-purpose, multi-attachment vehicles, chainsaws, hand tools and personal protective gear to get the job done.

"Providing assistance as augmentees strengthens the relationship with state and local authorities while minimizing the impact to the community," said Love.

Through past performance the ANG proven that it has the ability to respond quickly when a homeland emergency arises, delivering critical supplies and personnel. This is made possible through long-term relationships established with first responders in local communities. The ANGs unique state and federal mission makes the ANG a readily accessible resource during an emergency.

The 116th CES demonstrates the ANGs balanced strategy of being the first choice for homeland operations through supporting the Defense Support of Civil Authorities by utilizing dual-use equipment, training and personnel, providing a variety of capabilities to the state's governor. A component of these capabilities includes responses to natural and man-made disasters.

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