50th Civil Engineer Squadron [50th CES]
The 50th Civil Engineer Squadron is a component of the 50th Support Group, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, CO, and was activated on January 30, 1992.
The squadron maintains $420 million in real property, ensuring uninterrupted power in support of the $11 billion Air Force Satellite Control Network. The squadron provides fire and environmental protection; contingency planning, disaster response; operations and maintenance and support services for vital national navigation, weather, communications and surveillance satellite missions assigned to Schriever AFB and 12 worldwide sites.
The 50th Civil Engineer Squadron was activated as the 50th Installations Squadron on Jan. 1, 1953, and assigned to the 50th Air Base Group. Stationed at Clovis Air Force Base, NM, the squadron, with other units of the 50th Fighter Wing, immediately began preparing for movement to Hahn Air Base, Germany, in response to a Soviet buildup of air combat forces in Eastern Europe. The units of the 50th remained at Clovis for only a few months, departing for Germany in late July 1953.
Upon arriving at Hahn Air Base, the 50th Civil Engineering Squadron took over management of continuing construction activities associated with the beddown of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing. While the French had completed some facilities, the 50th's engineers oversaw construction of the base's control tower, fire station, warehouses, roads, mess halls and dormitories, as well as operations and headquarters facilities.
For the next 38 years, the men and women of the 50th Civil Engineering Squadron supported Hahn Air Base and the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing with necessary facilities, infrastructure maintenance and repair, fire protection and a host of other activities. Additionally, the squadron provided the wing, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and NATO with combat-ready forces needed to perform rapid runway repair and other PRIME Base Engineer Emergency Force services. In its 38-year history at Hahn Air Base, the unit earned seven Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards and participated in countless exercises, evaluations and deployments, including Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Inactivated with the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing September 30, 1991, the 50th Civil Engineering Squadron did not remain inactive for very long. When HQ USAF ordered the activation of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing as the 50th Space Wing, that order also brought back the Wing's support units, including the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron. Headquarters Air Force Space Command activated the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron January 30, 1992. The unit absorbed the mission, personnel and funds of the inactivated 1002nd Civil Engineering Squadron of the 2nd Space Wing.
Prior to the 1002nd Civil Engineering Squadron, its personnel belonged to the Civil Engineering Division of the 1002nd Support Squadron at Shriever AFB. The people of the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron assumed the role of providing the Air Force's newest installation with many of those service they has performed in Germany. In addition, the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron assumed the role of providing the Air Force's newest installation with many of those services they had performed in Germany. In addition, the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron assumed oversight of functions supporting the 50th Space Wing's many geographically separated units and remote operating locations around the world. The unit's personnel continue to support Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force contingency operations worldwide and maintain facilities, infrastructure and fire protection for the 50th Space Wing.
Approximately 93 active duty Air Force members, 50 DoD civilians and 100 civilian contractors are assigned to the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron.
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