611th Engineer Squadron (611CES)
Service or Branch: Air Force
Location: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
STEM Fields: 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 611th Engineering Squadron provides engineer service functions at all 40 (active and inactive) sites throughout Alaska. The squadron assures environmental compliance within 59,000 square miles of military operations air space and provides, as a command resource, specialized capability in aircraft hangar door maintenance and repair; asbestos and lead abatement; depot overhaul and certification of emergency power engine-generator sets and aircraft arresting systems; construction of Super K-Span facilities; and crane and hoist repair and certification. The squadron provides facility support to the three operations and maintenance contracts and also manages $61.8 million in facility requirements. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, near Anchorage, Alaska, is home to the 11th Air Force. The 11th plans, conducts, controls, and coordinates air operations in accordance with the tasks assigned by the Commander, Pacific Air Forces, and is the force provider for Alaskan Command, the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Joint Task Force Alaska and unified commanders worldwide. The command operates and maintains a broad network of critical air surveillance, command, control, and communications functions throughout Alaska to protect and defend North American air sovereignty.