633rd Engineering Squadron (633CES)
Service or Branch:
Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE), Hampton, VA
Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
A typical Air Force installation consists of operational facilities (e.g., aircraft hangars, flightlines), training facilities, support facilities, housing, dorms 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.
Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) is located in Hampton, Virginia, near Virginia Beach. The area is predominantly known for its beaches, US Naval presence, and rich historical sites to include Jamestown, Williamsburg, and the Yorktown Battlefield. JBLE is home to five wings and the Air Combat Command (ACC). Founded in 1916 and named after Samuel Pierpont Langley, an aviation pioneer, the base has a proud history. The first mission was flown in 1917. The base has approximately 1,430 privatized housing units, eight dorms with 820 rooms for single Airmen, a 10,000 foot runway, 285 buildings, 3,997 acres, 600 of which are wetlands, and approximately 40 F-22s.
The 633rd Engineer Squadron is home to over 400 personnel of which over 100 are civilians. The 633rd Engineer Squadron employees, in their engineering sections of the squadron, manage contractor-executed construction projects from planning to design through completion for all base facility and infrastructure assets. Other section activities include base and project comprehensive long-term planning and project requirements definition and funding advocacy. Those working in the Squadron operations engineering section perform asset analysis to identify critical assets and develop maintenance schedules that prolong the life of those assets (buildings and infrastructure components such as airfields, roads, and utility systems) while reducing overall maintenance costs.