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  • Air Force’s first Energy Assurance Lease signed at Tyndall AFB

    Under the terms of the agreement, during normal grid operations, power from the microgrid will support GPC’s regular retail customers, including Tyndall AFB. During grid outages, the Air Force will have first right of refusal to backup power for support of three mission-critical facilities via

  • AFCEC announces winners of 2021 Air Force Design Awards 

    The design awards program, in its 46th year, honors the Air Force’s top projects. Since 1976, the program and the Air Force’s private-sector partners have recognized those projects that achieve design excellence related to the natural and built environment.

  • Native Seed Program grows DAF readiness

    The Department of the Air Force Native Seed Program, part of the National Seed Strategy, is a Bureau of Land Management initiative that brings together 12 federal agencies and more than 300 non-federal partners to champion ecological restoration nationwide.

  • AFIMSC helps Afghan civilians start new lives

    Numerous Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center teams have played a key role in Operation Allies Welcome, the evacuation and resettlement of thousands of Afghans and other civilians from Afghanistan.

  • AFICC acquisitions bolster EOD readiness for FY21, beyond

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Readiness Directorate partnered with the Air Force Installation Contracting Center to use more than $41 million for new EOD equipment, such as a new base support robot to clear unexploded ordnance from airfields, during the past year.

  • Domestic abuse, violence victim shares her story

    My husband was an active-duty soldier stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. The first time he failed a drug test and his leadership went to bat for him. Understandably, they didn’t want to leave him behind. He was demoted, put on extra duty for a month and ordered to briefly attend substance abuse

  • AFCEC, USACE partnership essential to delivering Installation of the Future

    Prior to Hurricane Michael’s direct hit to Tyndall Air Force Base, Oct. 10, 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assisted the Air Force Civil Engineer Center with two to four new military construction projects per year at the Florida base, ranging from $1.6 to $17.8 million. After 2018, that

  • AFCEC continues infrastructure construction to support F-35

    From flight lines and hangars to maintenance and training facilities, Air Force Civil Engineer Center is charged with delivering the infrastructure needed to accommodate the Air Force’s latest fighter aircraft, designed for new warfighting capabilities.

  • AFWERX drives innovation through flightline ops challenge

    Innovators and thought leaders from industry, academia and the federal government gathered at the AFWERX Innovation Hub in Las Vegas, Nevada, late last month to review technologies that will be a part of the Revolutionizing Flightline Operations AFWERX Challenge.

  • Air Force BRAC program nears transfer milestones

    Between now and the end of 2022, if all goes according to plan, the Air Force will transfer these parcels of land to local communities and close the chapter on the storied histories of Galena Forward Operating Location, Alaska, and Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois.

  • AFIMSC expands eLearning platform to Total Force

    The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Directorate of Personnel team relaunched the RedVector eLearning platform recently, making it accessible to more Airmen and Guardians to provide broader support for job-mandated training requirements, professional credentialing and licensing.

  • EOD units test new imaging technology

    Local explosive ordnance disposal units received and were trained on a new and upgraded portable imaging X-ray system at Eglin Air Force Base July 22.

  • REPI Challenge yields more than $24M for AF installations

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center helped secure more than $24 million to protect mission readiness and the environment at three installations: White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina; and Tyndall AFB, Florida.

  • San Antonio Innovation Summit open for registration

    The event – a partnership between the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Air Force Security Forces Center, Air Force Services Center, Air Force Personnel Center, Air Education and Training Command, and AFWERX – will bring innovation collaboration

  • USAFA Cadet Summer Program returns to Tyndall AFB

    After a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Summer Program recently returned to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Readiness Laboratory at Tyndall Air Force Base.

  • Air Force makes more rights available for housing tenants

    The Department of Defense issued policy guidance in February 2021 on the implementation and timing of the remaining four provisions of the Tenant Bill of Rights, which expands protection measures for military families living in privatized housing.

  • Air Force “What a Wonderful World” photo contest launches July 1

    The Air Force Photo Contest launched July 1, 2021. The theme for this year’s contest, which runs July 1 – 31, is “What a Wonderful World.” The contest highlights and celebrates the art of photography created by Airmen, Guardians and their families and is open to ages 6 and older in five separate

  • ESPC awarded for Cannon AFB

    The $19,273,847 task order to Ameresco is a collaborative effort between DLA-Energy, Cannon AFB and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center — a primary subordinate unit of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center — to support Cannon’s energy assurance needs.

  • AF GeoBase safely integrates sUAS in AFCEC operations

    The Department of the Air Force is one step closer to safely and more widely integrating small unmanned aircraft systems into civil engineering operations, thanks to the Air Force GeoBase Program’s sUAS office.

  • Tenant feedback drives housing programs improvement

    Department of the Air Force housing program officials are analyzing data from the recently completed 2020 Department of Defense Annual Tenant Satisfaction Survey for trends and ways to improve the enterprise’s privatized and government-owned housing portfolio and tenant experience.

  • Energy efficient B-Huts could save resources, lives

    The 823rd Air Force Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer, known as RED HORSE, and the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eleven Seabees unit, built two B-Huts at the Energy METER Test Site at Tyndall Air Force Base as part of an Air Force Civil Engineer Center

  • AFICC awards large-scale architect and engineering services contract

    The Air Force Installation Contracting Center awarded a suite of architect and engineering services contracts Feb. 19, to support the Air Force’s sustainment, restoration and modernization program. The contracts, awarded by the 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, are part of the $2 billion

  • DoD extends deadline for Tenant Satisfaction Survey 

    The Department of Defense is extending the deadline for Air Force housing residents to complete the annual Tenant Satisfaction Survey to Feb. 5 to ensure residents have an opportunity to voice their opinions.

  • Annual DoD housing survey opens for tenant feedback Dec. 8

    The annual survey provides Air Force housing officials, installation leaders and project owners feedback to shape the evolution of improvements that advance the Air Force housing portfolio that is provided to service members and their families.

  • JB San Antonio-Lackland constructs new training complex

    Construction of the Basic Military Training West Campus at Joint Base San-Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is a multifaceted effort designed to replace decentralized, aged housing and training infrastructure with modern living and educational facilities.

  • AFCEC awarded patent for new runway repair technology

    The formula for the repair solution, developed by members of Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s laboratory at Tyndall Air Force Base, will allow Rapid Airfield Damage Repair, or RADR, teams to quickly repair runways using materials that can be gathered locally, such as sand and clay.

  • AFCEC begins rollout of high-tech EOD robots to installations

    Over the next 16-18 months, AFCEC will deliver 333 high-tech robots to every EOD flight Air Force-wide, said Master Sgt. Justin Frewin, AFCEC EOD equipment program manager. Each active-duty, Guard and Reserve flight will receive 3-5 robots.

  • AFCEC announces 2020 Air Force Design Awards winners

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center recently announced the winners of the 2020 Air Force Design Awards, recognizing seven innovative designs that embody the best in new construction, landscape architecture and facility renovations and additions

  • Air Force partnership helps rare woodpecker thrive

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service highlighted Department of Defense conservation efforts Sept. 25 during a ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia, marking the proposed downlisting of the red cockaded woodpecker from “endangered” to “threatened.”

  • AFCEC certifies evaluators despite COVID-19 restrictions

    Before COVID-19, students would travel to Tyndall Air Force Base for the two-week Contingency Airfield Pavement Evaluation, or CAPE, training course. CAPE training was hosted every other month, with each course accommodating up to 18 students, but COVID-19 brought the course to a stop in early 2020.

  • AFCEC helps Air Force transition to the next generation KC-46A

    The KC-46A, a next-generation aerial refueling aircraft, is designed to boost the air power and mobility operations of the Air Force. The high-capacity aircraft, which displaces the KC-10 Extender and replaces the KC-135 Stratotanker, will aid global missions and improve the ability to respond

  • AFCEC leads hurricane season preparedness

    The Air Force Be Ready awareness campaign, which was launched by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center in July 2011, has been lauded by the Air Force community for its in-depth preparation guides and wide variety of critical information.

  • AFCEC study gives new life to old chemical defense decon kits

    The Air Force Civil Engineer’s Readiness Lab recently determined more than 75,000 expired M295 decontamination kits used in chemical defense ensembles are still effective and can be used, saving the Air Force more than $2.3 million over a four-year period.

  • AFIMSC analytics tool expands, helps leaders prioritize investments

    Developed and launched by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in August 2018, the Installation Health Assessment analytics platform was initially designed to forecast facility and infrastructure funding requirements for Air Force bases. By April

  • EPA recognizes AFCEC-led cleanup success

    The award is part of the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management annual National Notable Achievement Awards, which recognize the most extraordinary environmental accomplishments nationwide.

  • AFICC dashboard to help clean up custodial costs

    The Custodial Services Dashboard directly supports category management, a federal government-wide initiative that drives organizations to strategically manage costs for common goods and services.

  • AFIMSC innovation project receives $3 million award

    The project uses drones and machine learning to revolutionize how the Air Force Civil Engineer Center collects data for its environmental mission. The initiative is powered by a partnership between AFIMSC, Air Force Innovation Hub Network (AFWERX) and Aerial Applications, a small business providing

  • AFIMSC engineer honored with Bronze Star Medal

    Capt. Shane Lockridge received the award for his performance as the director of operations and engineer adviser for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from March 2018 to February 2019.

  • Airfield Pavement Evaluation team ensures mission-ready airfields

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Airfield Pavement Evaluation team set a milestone while supporting not only typical flight operations around the world, but also in response to three natural disasters, including Hurricane Michael, a hurricane that slammed into Tyndall AFB in 2018.

  • Massive funding influx expedites Tyndall AFB rebuild

    Under the June 2019 Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, Operations and Maintenance funding assigned $56 million to sustain regular base operations with an additional $358.4 million allotted for Hurricane Michael recovery.

  • Air Force, USFWS partner to protect natural, cultural resources

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center and USFWS kicked off a joint Conservation Law Enforcement Partnership, or CLEP, this fall, placing six USFWS conservation law enforcement officers, or CLEOs, across five Air Force installations. These officers are responsible for preserving Air Force natural and

  • Connectedness key to defeating the enemy

    For Tyndall Air Force Base, identifying the enemy has taken on a heightened sense of urgency since Hurricane Michael’s landfall on Oct. 10, 2018. The storm not only leveled the base, it also wreaked havoc on the lives of Airmen, civilian employees and family members displaced and impacted. Since

  • Exercise Polar Force tests Agile Combat Employment

    Exercise Polar Force 20-1 allowed Soldiers and Airmen from units across Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, to develop and strengthen the skills required to operate in austere environments and in adverse situations.

  • Environmental restoration summits promote whole-of-government response

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center, which provides environmental remediation support to Air Force headquarters, major commands and installations, reintroduced the annual summits - an eastern, western and central - in 2016. The goal was to strengthen relationships between the Air Force, state and

  • ‘Be Ready’ during hurricane season, always

    “Be ready,” said Robert Genova, the Air Force emergency management operations support section manager with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. “In the past 12 months, we’ve seen that disasters and other emergencies are unpredictable. The best thing Airmen can do

  • Air Force BRAC program reaches innovation milestone

    AFCEC’s Base and Realignment Closure team developed and transferred geospatial data for 39 BRAC installations onto the Air Force GeoBase program and was the first organization to complete the Air Force wide task.

  • Tyndall to host first Industry Day in rebuild effort

    The Air Force will host the first industry day for the Tyndall Air Force Base rebuild at Florida State University, Panama City, Florida, on January 31, 2019, from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. This “state of the installation” presentation will inform the Air Force’s potential partners in industry and elected

  • Air Force begins work on Tyndall AFB rebuild with PMO

    Following Hurricane Michael, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center and its partners established a program management office at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, to lead redevelopment and reconstruction efforts.

  • Combat Support Wing exercise showcases agile lethality

    More than 150 Airmen from seven major commands participated in a combat support wing proof-of-concept exercise Sept. 5 to 19 that tested a small team’s capability to conduct agile downrange operations. The exercise, conducted at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, with forward deployments to Moody Air

  • AF Fire Emergency Services test fire trucks in extreme cold

    Air Force fire service professionals at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, recently spent a week in the coldest weather the country has experienced this year to test the discharge systems of firefighting agents on Air Force fire trucks.

  • AFCEC, OEA reach new milestone in partnership

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center and the Office of Energy Assurance recently attended a historic Energy Savings Performance Contract preliminary assessment kick-off at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

  • AFCEC project hopes to land Airmen in 'hot water'

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center is embracing innovation and a partnership with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in an effort to bring off-the-grid electricity and hot water to Airmen in difficult deployments around the world.

  • Dobbins ARB hosts EOD teams, tests new technology

    Dobbins Air Reserve Base hosted the Eastern National Robot Rodeo Aug. 21-25, 2017, which featured explosive ordnance disposal teams from the Air Force, Navy, Army, Cobb County Police Department and the Royal Air Force.