647th CES keeps training site ready

Airmen from the 15th Wing wait to check in during Exercise Tropic Fury at Base X, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam April 6.

Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman

15th Wing Public Affairs

From firefighters to explosive ordnance disposal technicians, the 647th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) are considered specialists in everything they do.

Recently their capabilities were put to the test during Exercise Tropic Fury.

During the five-day exercise the 647th CES was in charge of setting up and maintaining Base X, the 15th Wing’s training site.

The 42-acre site is a blank slate that can be configured to accommodate air base defense, team and individual movement, tent buildup, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training events.

“Set up and tear down of Base X takes about two to three days,” said Master Sgt. Wayne Dingle, 647th CES facilities superintendent. “It took several teams working together to get the site ready for Exercise Tropic Fury.”

During the exercise, structures technicians, electricians, power production and the horizontal shop came together to ensure the safety and security of all the participants.

“The structures team led efforts in constructing 12 shelters for personnel,” Dingle said.

“At the same time, electricians and the power production team ensured all the shelters, plus three additional tents not on the original plan, were safely powered and all the generators powering tent city and ten light carts were operational.

The horizontal shop was also instrumental during the exercise by removing trash and disposing of grey water to allow the kitchen to stay operational for all hot meals.”

Base X has been an asset for the 15th Wing because it allows Airmen to practice skills they may use in an expeditionary environment.

“The separate site allows people to get away from work and focus on improving their skills outside of their comfort zone,” said Master Sgt. Joshua Franklin, 647th CES emergency management flight chief.

“Base X allows the wing to practice its expeditionary skills while still being able to carry out the base’s mission.”

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