355 Civil Engineer Squadron
Published September 20, 2012
355th Civil Engineer Squadron
"Engineers...Lead the Way!"
Mission (Mission Statement):
An integrated team of professionals planning, building, sustaining, and protecting the base and its environment for the Davis-Monthan community while providing combat-ready, deployable forces.
Develop the Air Force's most capable combat engineer team, while developing, building, and sustaining the Davis-Monthan AFB community with a dedicated and mission-focused team of professionals.
Best in Air Force as the 2011 Air Force Outstanding Civil Engineer Unit, The Society of American Military Engineers Curtin Award Small Unit Category. Nearly 400 military and civilian engineers comprise the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, commanded by Lt Col John E. Tryon. The squadron operates out of 21 different facilities across the installation. Their efforts day-in and day-out provide the 355th Fighter Wing and D-M teammates with a top-notch platform from which to train, operate and deploy. CE provides the Desert Lightning Team with "Best in AF" engineer support. Our emphasis is on training, fitness, safety, project execution, and space management/energy savings. 72% of our Airmen score Excellent in PT as compared to a DLT average of 31%.
Our energy management team was recognized as best in AF for 2011. A 14.5 MW photovoltaic array will be operational by the end of CY12 with an annual energy output of 31 million kWh -- enough to power 13,000 homes, and reduce the installation energy costs by over $500K annually.
The CES prides themselves on employing sound asset management principles that enable D-M members to successfully continue the base mission every day while simultaneously ensuring the base has the capacity to meet the needs of tomorrow's Air Force. The CES is responsible for many of the behind-the scenes base functions including maintenance of all facilities, properly functioning utilities, unaccompanied housing and environmental management. They also plan, program, and execute all construction on base to the tune of $50-$80 million annually. The most visible CES members are ready for any emergency at any given time. These include members of Fire and Emergency Services, Readiness and Emergency Management, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
CES also prepares and deploys Combat Ready Engineers who are leading the fight downrange and providing the Air Force with more than 20,000 deployed man-days at more than 30 sites across the globe. D-M's CES is responsible for destroying more than 1,000 IEDs and providing $75 million in construction projects in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.