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20th Engineer Squadron (20CES)

Service or Branch: Air Force

Location: Shaw AFB, SC

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STEM Fields: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

A typical Air Force installation consists of operational facilities (e.g., hangars, flightlines), training facilities, support facilities, housing, and base-wide infrastructure (e.g., utility systems). It also includes natural infrastructure assets, such as air, space, land, and water resources. Installation engineering squadrons maintain the installation by the planning, acquiring, building, sustaining, managing, operating, and divesting of both natural and manmade infrastructure. These squadrons ensure installations have the natural infrastructure to support current and future missions and to maintain compliance with environmental requirements. To complete their mission, 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. The 20th Engineer Squadron maintains and operates a 15,855-acre complex (dual runway, tactical bombing range, and remote recreation area), supporting F-16CJ operations and 9th Air Force Headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base. It administers the resources, environmental, housing, fire protection, explosive ordnance disposal, disaster preparedness, and engineering and operations programs. The base engineer emergency force, known as Prime BEEF, supports aircraft operations during wartime with runway repair, force bed-down capability, facility and utility maintenance support, air base recovery, construction management, crash rescue and fire suppression. Shaw Air Force Base, home of the 20th Engineer Squadron, is located approximately 8 miles west-northwest of downtown Sumter, South Carolina. Shaw is a self-contained town, administered and maintained by the 20th Fighter Wing through the 20th Mission Support Group (MSG). In addition to supporting more than 5,400 military and civilian employees and 11,000 family members, the 20th MSG is also responsible for thousands of acres of land, including the 24-acre outdoor recreation area located 37 miles northwest on Lake Wateree, and the approximately 12,000-acre Poinsett Electronic Combat Range located about 10 miles southwest of the base.