23rd Engineering Squadron (23CES)
Service or Branch: Air Force
Location: Moody Air Force Base, GA
STEM Fields: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical EngineeringA 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 mission of the 23 Engineering Squadron at Moody AFB is to provide contingency-ready engineer forces anywhere, anytime and sustain Moody's mission capability. The squadron trains and deploys combat engineer forces for the 23d Wing to build, sustain, and operate expeditionary air bases worldwide. The squadron programs, designs, constructs, and maintains base infrastructure and facilities. The squadron also provides fire protection and crash rescue, disaster preparedness, explosive ordnance disposal, and are the base environmental stewards. Moody Air Force Base is an active Air Force installation in south-central Georgia, approximately 9 miles northeast of the city of Valdosta. Moody AFB is home to the 23d Wing, with a mission to train, organize, and employ combat-ready aircraft and pararescuemen. Infrastructure at Moody AFB supports the HC-130J, A-10C Thunderbolt II, and the HH-60G. Additionally, Moody AFB hosts two major tenant organizations: 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing, with the 820th Battle Defense Group, and the 81st Fighter Squadron under the command of the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, MS, which trains international students on the A-29 Super Tucano.