by Senior Airman Cody Martin
4/30/2015 - FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Members
of the 188th Civil Engineer Squadron at Ebbing Air National Guard Base
here provided training for milling and asphalt from April 13-24 to a
member of the Ohio Air National Guard's 200th Rapid Engineer Deployable
Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer Squadron, as well as members
of the 188th Wing requiring recertification.
The 188th CES RED HORSE Training Center is the first in the Air National
Guard and provides special capabilities training for RED HORSE
personnel, including recertification, which occurs every three years.
The milling and asphalt training occurred on the airfield damage repair
pad and Senior Master Sgt. Robert Haag II, RHTC senior instructor,
provided critical oversight for the training.
"We are doing the asphalt paving and milling training," Haag said. "We
also do special capabilities training with volumetric mixing, which is
mixing up concrete in a portable concrete batch plant, concrete paving,
crane operations and horizontal drilling."
The milling class instructed civil engineers on the functions of the
machines used as well as hands-on training by physically milling a strip
of asphalt that was laid down. The milling machine can mill a surface
from just skimming it to milling a strip of asphalt six inches deep.
Asphalt training involved different scenarios with various road
conditions featuring overhead power lines, intersections, curbs, gutters
and parking lots. The Airmen are instructed on different ways to lay
the asphalt out and the process of how to roll it.
"This training teaches us to implement good instruction techniques to
the students coming through," Haag said. "For the students, they can
take the knowledge they learned here and pass that knowledge to other
Airman 1st Class Andrew Sneeringer, 200th RHS member, attended the
training provided at the 188th Wing and impressed his instructors.
"Sneeringer was very attentive and did an outstanding job with learning
how the machines operated while also performing excellent hands-on
training with both machines," Haag said. "The knowledge for which he
gained operating the asphalt paver and the milling machine will prove to
be invaluable to him and to his unit on jobs he will be faced with in
The 188th RHTC will be hosting a group of Airmen from the 203rd RHS
during the May unit training assembly and have scheduled multiple
classes later in May and throughout the rest of the fiscal year. The
classes will include volumetric mixing, concrete paving, and further
instruction on asphalt paving and milling.