146AW supports 554 Red Horse Civil Engineers
By Senior Airman Madeleine Richards, 146AW
/ Published May 04, 2015
ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Members of the 146th Airlift Wing from the Civil Engineering, Force Support and Security Forces Squadrons traveled to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam in support of the 554th Red Horse Civil Engineer Squadron Jan. 25, 2015.
In this multi-squadron partnership, the 146th supported the 554th's construction efforts for a three-week period. Projects included the construction of an indoor firearms range, filling in out-of-service land holes, and surveying land for hazardous material pads.
One part of the team worked to build an indoor firearms training simulator range for Security Forces at Andersen Air Force Base and the other worked to fill and level a no-longer-needed water run-off hole estimated to need 360 thousand tons of dirt. The heavy equipment operators also dug out a hazardous material pad so concrete could be poured in.
The group that worked on the indoor firearms simulator range split off into smaller specialty teams that worked together to accomplish their mission.
The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/ Refrigeration (HVAC) crew made and installed over 20 air ducts in the main building.
"Typically, HVAC in CE don't do duct work, but our guys stepped up, and as you can see they are really bending out some quality work," said Senior Master Sgt. Ruel Gadbury, HVAC supervisor. "These guys are highly motivated and ambitious."
The plumbing crew installed a bathroom and worked on the fire sprinkler system with a back flow preventer in the main building. The team supervisor was proud of their progress.
"We are lucky to have found enough materials to stay busy and make a lot of progress this week," said Master Sgt. Gill Vicente, plumbing team supervisor.
The structures team constructed and installed the metal wall frames alongside the interior of the building, and the electrical team hung the electrical box, ran associated piping inside the structure, and worked on the lighting circuits for the interior and exterior of the site.
Members were proud to be part of this mission and were proud of what they had accomplished.
"We have met and exceeded our expectations for the week as far as what we needed to get done," stated Staff Sgt. Martinez-Soto, supervisor of the Heavy Equipment Operators. "I am very appreciative of what the 554th Red Horse Squadron is letting us do."
"We have covered a lot of ground this past week," said Airman 1st Class Jessica Ochoa. "We hit the ground running, just like we always do."
Much was accomplished during this trip, said Tech. Sgt. Martin Denny, project manager for the assigned mission. The layout for electrical systems was finished, structure walls were set in place, and fire suppression trunk lines were set in. HVAC completed the west side of the building and an updated layout of what else needs to be done was ready for the incoming unit, said Denny.
The team celebrated their accomplishments with a barbeque organized by the leadership as a thank you for their hard work.
"I am humbled that we have a total force effort, active duty, guard, reserve, in the construction project," said Lt. Col. Andrew DeRosa, Commander of the 554th Red Horse Squadron as he addressed 146AW personnel. "To finally walk into that building and see the progress is amazing. My hat's off to you, you have my deepest appreciation."
Upon the 146 AW's departure, the 126th Civil Engineer Squadron from Illinois picked up the project where it was left off.