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
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