Civil Engineer Airmen maintain mission readiness

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  • By Senior Airman Cody R. Miller
  • Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Engineering assistants from the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron out of Joint Base Charleston, S.C. and the 20th CES out of Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., took part in an aircraft crash analysis exercise June 5, 2019, at North Auxiliary Airfield, S.C.

The exercise allowed Airmen to enhance their readiness and job knowledge by simulating an on-scene aircraft crash with real world requirements and standards. Participating Airmen also gained experience in interoperability through coordinating with an outside base to complete a shared goal. Both Joint Base Charleston and Shaw AFB Airmen brought their own equipment and utilized them in tandem to complete their assignment.

Air Force engineering assistants had the task of plotting out the positions of all debris pieces using global positioning devices. Engineering assistants specialize in planning and managing construction projects for military installations and ensuring that facilities and structures are able to operate at full capacity. They were also tested on their reactions to real-world problems that could arise during a crash such as equipment failure, austere environments and short notice mission tasks.