56th Engineering Squadron (56CES)
Service or Branch: Air Force
Location: Luke Air Force Base (AFB), Glendale, AZ
STEM Fields: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical EngineeringThe 56th Engineer Squadron--also known as the Dragon slayers--provide technically sound combat engineers to build, sustain, and protect Luke AFB in Glendale, AZ, through engineering and emergency response services. They are organized into six flights consisting of 350 personnel, and support $2B in infrastructure, $4.8B of aircraft, 1,043 facilities, and the 1.7 million acre Barry M. Goldwater Range. The Fire and Emergency Services Flight provides first-class emergency response services for medical, structural, and aircraft to the base populace. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight provides the best trained and equipped technicians to safely accomplish stateside and wartime taskings, maintain 24-hour emergency response capability, neutralize explosive threats to personnel and property, and provide special mission support teams worldwide. The Readiness and Emergency Management Flight prepares and equips the Wing to support peacetime and wartime contingencies. The Installation Management Flight protects the environment, provides quality housing, accounts for Wing real estate, and provides unit cost accounting and information technology services. The Operations Flight maintains and sustains base infrastructure, facilities, and real property assets. The Engineering Flight develops future base plans, programs capital projects, and oversees the design, construction and repair of base assets.