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787th Engineer Squadron (787CES)

Service or Branch: Air Force

Location: Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst (MDL), NJ

787CES Website

STEM Fields: 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.

As the one of the largest support squadrons, with more than 400 people assigned, the 787th Engineer Squadron supports 13,700 base personnel and 87th Air Base Wing (ABW) missions. The squadron provides operations, engineering, fire protection, environmental, housing, explosive ordnance disposal, and readiness support for a $1.8 billion installation covering 3,660 acres with more than 1,000 facilities, 10 utility systems, and more than 2,800 housing units.

The 787th Engineer Squadron is part of the 87th Mission Support Group (MSG) at Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst. The 87th MSG supports the global mission of the 87th ABW by maintaining an expeditionary force posture at home station. On base, the group prepares the wing to deploy, bed down, and sustain forward operations. At home and in deployed locations, the group provides facilities, services, logistics management, contracting, force protection, fire protection, crisis action planning and response, communications, passenger and cargo movement, and personnel resource management. Read more at http://www.jointbasemdl.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=13957.

Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst is America’s premier joint warfighting base. Located 18 miles southeast of Trenton, New Jersey, the joint base is the second largest employer in the state of New Jersey and has a $6.9 billion impact on the community. It’s estimated that the base employs 65,500 directly and indirectly (approximately 1.7% of all New Jersey jobs). The joint base is a vibrant and diverse community. Active-duty, reserve, and guard service members from the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard ensure total force integration by training, supporting, and sustaining installation and global contingency operations.