55th Engineer Squadron (55CES)
Service or Branch:
Offutt AFB, NE
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 55th Engineer Squadron is comprised of approximately 630 civilian and contractor personnel in an all civilian Directorate. The squadron provides the Air Force Air Combat Command's largest flying wing with engineering, environmental compliance, family housing, facility and infrastructure maintenance, emergency management, and fire protection for four National Airborne Operations Center and 27 RC/WC/OC-135 aircraft. The squadron manages $50 million in support of 10-million square feet of facilities dispersed over 4,027 acres.
Offutt Air Force Base is home of the 55th Wing, the Fightin' Fifty-Fifth, and a variety of tenant units. The vision of the wing is to provide unmatched intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance; electronic attack, command and control capabilities, and precision awareness across the range of military operations. Other missions include global communications and operation of the Presidential and Strategic Command airborne command posts. Offutt’s diverse missions and global responsibilities put it on the cutting edge of the Air Force’s transformation. Each branch of the U.S. military is represented among the approximately 12,000 military and federal employees assigned to the base. Offutt is a beautiful community situated near the Missouri River in the rolling hills of southeastern Nebraska, 10 miles south of downtown Omaha.