47 Engineering Squadron (47CES)
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Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB), Del Rio, TX
The 47 Engineer Squadron supports the mission of Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB),Texas, by managing the installation’s facility inventory and by the planning, acquiring, building, sustaining, managing, operating, and utilizing natural and manmade infrastructure. To complete the mission, the 47 Engineer Squadron, like other installation engineering squadrons at Air Force bases, encompasses a variety of occupational areas including engineering disciplines, architects, realty specialists, housing managers, environmental professionals, financial managers, biologists, firefighters, electricians, carpenters, painters, and more.
Laughlin AFB is located in southwest Texas in Del Rio, 150 miles east of San Antonio, Texas. The area is predominantly rural and enjoys excellent airspace and flying weather. The base is part of the Air Education Training Command (AETC) and serves as a Student Undergraduate Pilot Training base. The main base covers 5,300 acres and has a population of approximately 4,000 military, dependents, and civilians. The 47 Engineer Squadron is home to 100 personnel of which over 50 are civilians. The Engineering Flight within the squadron manages contractor executed construction projects from planning into design through completion for all base facility and infrastructure assets. The Installation Management flight manages environmental, housing, real property, and asset accountability duties. Other flight activities include base and project comprehensive planning, requirements, programming, and serving as the base energy engineers. Those working in the squadron Operations Engineering Flight perform asset analysis to identify critical assets and develop maintenance schedules that prolong the life of these assets (buildings and infrastructure components such as airfields, roads, and utility systems) while reducing overall maintenance costs.