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7th Engineering Squadron (7CES)

Service or Branch: Air Force

Location: Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Abilene, TX

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STEM Fields: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Sciences, Mathematics

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 and operation of both natural and manmade infrastructure. These squadrons ensure installations have the infrastructure to support current and future missions and to maintain compliance with environmental requirements. To complete their mission, engineering squadrons 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 7th Engineer Squadron at Dyess AFB, TX, maintains and repairs 1,224 base facilities, conducts disaster preparedness training for 11,500 personnel (base wide), manages all fire protection and prevention activities, manages base environmental programs (5,335 acres), and handles housing responsibilities for 1,076 accompanied and unaccompanied housing units, both on and off base. The 7th Engineer Squadron is also responsible for maintaining two runways at 2.2M square yards.

Dyess AFB is home to B1 Lancers and C-130J aircraft valued at $12.3B. The base is located on the west side of Abilene, TX, which is approximately 180 miles due west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Abilene has a population of around 136,000 people and was established in the 1880’s. The city’s civic progressiveness and its logistic function as a regional center for distribution, commerce, industry, transportation, and education provide an assortment of lodging, dining, cultural, and shopping opportunities typically found only in much larger cities.