721st Engineer Squadron (721CES)
Service or Branch:
Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, CO
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 721st Mission Support Group Engineer Squadron operates and maintains all facilities and utility systems valued at more than $4 billion. The squadron sustains the Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment weapon system supporting North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), the Secretary of Defense, the President, and strategic and theater commanders. Their operation and maintenance of blast, shock, and nuclear, biological, and chemical protection systems as well as 99.999 percent reliable and available critical utilities ensures the survivability and sustainment of the nation's premier underground command and control facility. Read more at http://www.peterson.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/326211/721st-civil-engineer-squadron and https://www.facebook.com/721MSG.
Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is located within Cheyenne Mountain on the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The station is supported and operated by the 21st Space Wing which the Air Force's only organization providing missile warning and space control to unified commanders and combat forces worldwide. The wing provides missile warning and space control to NORAD and USSTRATCOM through a network of command and control units and ground based sensors operated by geographically separated units around the world. About 4,300 government and contractor personnel detect, track, and catalog more than 23,000 man-made objects in space, from those in near-Earth orbit to objects up to 22,300 miles above the earth's surface.