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21 Engineer Squadron (21CES)

Service or Branch: Air Force

Location: Peterson Air Force Base (AFB), Colorado Springs, CO

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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 21st Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base (AFB), CO, operates and maintains all facilities and utility systems for the base and its geographically separated radar sites. The squadron supports the Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment weapon system supporting North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), the Secretary of Defense, the President, and strategic and theater commanders. Read more at http://www.peterson.af.mil/About

Peterson AFB is located on the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, CO. The station is supported and operated by the 21st Space Wing which is the Air Force's only organization providing missile warning and space control to unified commanders and combat forces worldwide. The wing provides missile warning and space control to NORAD and USSTRATCOM through a network of command and control units and ground based sensors operated by geographically separated units around the world. About 4,300 government and contractor personnel detect, track, and catalog more than 23,000 man-made objects in space, from those in near-Earth orbit to objects up to 22,300 miles above the earth's surface.