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1st Engineer Squadron (1CES)

Service or Branch: Air Force

Location: Hurlburt Field, FL

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STEM Fields: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Installation engineering squadrons at Air Force bases encompass a variety of occupational areas including engineering disciplines, architects, realty specialists, housing managers, environmental professionals, financial managers, biologists, firefighters, electricians, carpenters, painters, and more. Their mission is to maintain the base by the planning, acquiring, building, sustaining, managing, operating, and divesting of both natural and manmade infrastructure. These squadrons also manage natural infrastructure assets, such as air, space, land, and water resources, ensuring installations have the natural infrastructure to support current and future missions and to maintain compliance with environmental requirements.

The 1st Engineer Squadron fulfills a variety of missions supporting the entire 1st Special Operations Wing (1st SOW) at Hurlburt Field. Much of the squadron’s work is focused on the construction, maintenance, and protection of all base infrastructure, which includes buildings, roadways, airfield pavements, utility services (such as water, gas, sewage treatment and electricity), and the surrounding environment. They also provide complete services for fire protection, explosive ordnance disposal, disaster preparedness, war readiness support, military family housing, and various other base-wide needs such as custodial cleaning and refuse disposal. Read more at http://www.hurlburt.af.mil/AboutUs/FactSheets/FactSheets/tabid/4934/Article/204605/1st-special-operations-civil-engineer-squadron.aspx.

The total base infrastructure inventory at Hurlburt Field includes 948 facilities containing over 4.8 million square feet; 10,000 lateral feet of runway; 740,350 square yards of various aircraft taxiways and parking ramps; 38 miles of base roadways; 188 miles of various utility service lines; a new state-of-the-art million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant; and 680 military family housing units. This entire infrastructure is located on over 6,600 acres of land, of which 70 percent is considered environmentally sensitive wetlands.

The 1st SOW at Hurlburt Field is one of three Air Force active duty special operations wings and falls under the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The 1st SOW is a pivotal component of AFSOC's ability to provide airpower to conduct special operations missions worldwide. The primary mission of the 1st SOW is to rapidly plan and execute specialized and contingency operations in support of national priorities. The wing's core missions include close air support, precision aerospace firepower, specialized aerospace mobility, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, and agile combat support. The wing employs over 70 aircraft including the AC-130U, MC-130 H/P, CV-22B, U-28A, and PC-12.

Hurlburt Field is located in beautiful Okaloosa County in the Panhandle area of Florida, immediately west of the town of Mary Esther. It is part of the greater Eglin Air Force reservation. The area is known for its "Emerald Coast," which describes the sugar white beaches and emerald-colored water. The local area has much to offer: endless water sports, coastal culture, outdoor activities, championship golf, and superb shopping.