452 Engineering Squadron (452CES)
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March Air Reserve Base (ARB), Riverside, CA
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.
March Air Reserve Base (ARB) is located in northwest Riverside County which, along with San Bernardino County, is called the "Inland Empire" region of Southern California. March ARB, as a member of the Air Force Reserve Command is home to the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, the Command’s largest wing with over 4,000 personnel, nine C-17A Globemaster III’s and 14 KC-135R Stratotankers. The Wing consists of the operations group which includes a C-17 "Globemaster III" flying squadron and a KC-135 R "Stratotanker" flying squadron and is responsible for supporting worldwide airlift and air refueling operations and active duty, National Guard, and Reserve tenants from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines as well as Department of Homeland Security personnel.
While March ARB also has an aeromedical evacuation squadron and maintenance group including two aircraft maintenance squadrons, a communications squadron, a mission support squadron, a security forces squadron, two aerial port squadrons, a logistic readiness squadron, and a services squadron, it is the 452 Engineering Squadron that ensures the maintenance and sustainment of March ARB. The 452 Engineering Squadron supports the base’s mission statement to have and support professionals committed to excellence and to the highest state of readiness in support of national objectives at home and abroad. The 452 Engineering Squadron provides efficient and effective service while enhancing the environment, the installation, and its heritage in partnership with the local community.