by Airman 1st Class Ramon A. Adelan
9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
4/3/2015 - BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members
of Team Beale and local community leaders gathered for a groundbreaking
ceremony initiating the official start of construction of the 9th Civil
Engineer Squadron Administration and Operations Facility and the 548th
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group Distribution Common
Ground System Facility at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., April 3, 2015.
Each facility will provide approximately 200 personnel the space required to efficiently meet mission objectives.
The 9th CES structure is planned to be a 43,000 square foot facility,
costing $15.9 million and the DCGS facility is planned to be a two-story
85,000 square foot structure, costing $53.7 million.
The new 9th CES facility will replace the building, which was lost on
Jan. 21, 2013, due to a fire. The fire destroyed furnishings, computers
and engineering equipment, which reduced the squadron's mission and
"After the fire, personnel were displaced in multiple geographically
separated facilities and in temporary trailers on the civil engineer
compound," said 2nd Lt. Joshua Glass, 9th CES project programmer. "The
new facility will enhance the 9th CES capabilities to meet mission
The second facility is the DCGS, expanding support to the Distributed
Ground Station-2, located here. These two systems will work in
conjunction to meet the demand for time-critical processing,
exploitation, and dissemination of actionable intelligence data in
support of combat operations, as well as the ability to support
contingencies worldwide and integrate new ISR technologies as they are
The facility will enable operations to be conducted in properly heated,
cooled, and lighted areas that are sufficiently segregated from other
operations' segments to enhance productivity of personnel and mission
DGS-2 has become the largest DGS in the Air Force with more than 1,400
Airmen, civilians, and contractors in five active duty and five guard
and reserve squadrons.
"The DGS-2 accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Beale
population," said Capt. Andrew, 548th ISRG. "The new facility will
improve current DGS-2 missions, enabling our Airmen to provide
world-class ISR data to combatant commanders."
In addition, the event included guest speaker, Chief Master Sgt.
(Retired) John Evalle, Congressman John Garamendi's military and veteran
"The support Team Beale receives from the local community is
tremendous," Evalle said. "The community is what helps keep the Beale
mission going and it's an honor to be a part of the initial recognition
of these two projects. These facilities represent a commitment to
today's mission and the mission long into the future."