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14th CES; building Columbus AFB one brick at a time

Airmen from the 823rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron, Engineering, Hurlburt Field, Florida, work on the flightline of Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 12, 2016. Airmen from the 823rd REDHORSE work on these sorts of projects to meet training requirements and prepare for deployments, which also benefit stateside Air Force bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Day)

Airmen from the 823rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron, Engineering, Hurlburt Field, Florida, work on the flightline of Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, July 12, 2016. Airmen from the 823rd REDHORSE work on these sorts of projects to meet training requirements and prepare for deployments, which also benefit stateside Air Force bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Day)

Capt. John Kulikowski, Air Force Civil Engineer Center APE Team Branch Chief, from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, inspects a hole on the airfield at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 11, 2017. A void under the T-1A Jayhawk parking ramp was determined to be roughly 50 feet in diameter and almost 4 feet deep, and was a result of water flowing underneath the concrete for many years, eroding the dirt below. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Capt. John Kulikowski, Air Force Civil Engineer Center APE Team Branch Chief, from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, inspects a hole on the airfield at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, Oct. 11, 2017. A void under the T-1A Jayhawk parking ramp was determined to be roughly 50 feet in diameter and almost 4 feet deep, and was a result of water flowing underneath the concrete for many years, eroding the dirt below. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

A family in Magnolia Village on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, waves to a fire truck from the City of Columbus Fire and Rescue Sept. 30, 2017, as part of a parade for Fire Prevention Week. Members of the Columbus AFB Fire Department planned a week full of fire prevention events from Sept. 25-30, and this year’s theme was “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

A family in Magnolia Village on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, waves to a fire truck from the City of Columbus Fire and Rescue Sept. 30, 2017, as part of a parade for Fire Prevention Week. Members of the Columbus AFB Fire Department planned a week full of fire prevention events from Sept. 25-30, and this year’s theme was “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Contractors from J.A. Dawson & Co. prepare to install an awning over a new fitness station on the Fit Trail Dec. 19, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The 14th Force Support Squadron, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron and the 14th Contracting Squadron work hand in hand to provide Columbus AFB service members and families with equipment and opportunities they can use to enhance their quality of life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Contractors from J.A. Dawson & Co. prepare to install an awning over a new fitness station on the Fit Trail Dec. 19, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The 14th Force Support Squadron, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron and the 14th Contracting Squadron work hand in hand to provide Columbus AFB service members and families with equipment and opportunities they can use to enhance their quality of life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

The 14th Civil Engineer Squadron is tasked with planning, constructing and maintaining infrastructure here.

Their mission is to provide sustainable infrastructure, environment, readiness and emergency response keeps Columbus able to Produce Pilots, Advance Airmen and Feed the Fight.

“We are in charge of maintaining the Air Force property on this base as well as adapting what we have available to the future mission, build new to those missions and demolish what is old,” said 1st Lt. Scott Guerin, chief of project execution.

Guerin also said the squadron is in charge of taking care of 171 base facilities as wells as countless linear feet of roads and runways.

The 14th CES is a diverse squadron. There are several different organizations that make up the squadron such as fire protection, emergency management, an engineering flight, installation management and operations.

With new requirements from higher Air Force, the Emergency Management Flight has been busy training Airmen for deployments. The flight went from training about six Airmen a week to 50.

“Our day to day operations have changed from doing second-hand tasks to focusing on getting people prepared to deploy,” said Airman 1st Class Nicholas Walkup, 14th CES emergency management technician.

Guerin feels that it is a rewarding job because you learn so much. He is by trade a structural engineer, however has assisted on architectural, electrical and mechanical products.

“Pilots are masters of their aircraft,” Guerin said. “As an engineer, you have to solve a multitude of problems regardless if it’s in your skill set or not.”

The squadron has also been recently award several times, to include the 2017 Air Force Small Civil Engineer Squadron and several awards from the fire department.