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Barksdale civil engineers lend Youngstown helping hands

Tech. Sgt. Russell Kinnard, a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., marks his work at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Fasteners were marked with easily seen paint to signify they had been tightened during the construction of a Pre-Engineered building on base. Kinnard was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown ARS assisting 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Tech. Sgt. Russell Kinnard, a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., marks his work at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Fasteners were marked with easily seen paint to signify they had been tightened during the construction of a Pre-Engineered building on base. Kinnard was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown ARS assisting 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Members of the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., join 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel in the construction of a Pre-Engineered building, at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. A 29-person detail from Barksdale spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 CES build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Members of the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., join 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel in the construction of a Pre-Engineered building, at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. A 29-person detail from Barksdale spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 CES build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Tech. Sgt. Russell Kinnard, a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician, and Airman 1st Class Zachary Chaney, an electrician, tighten fasteners during the construction of a Pre-Engineered building at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. After tightening, the fasteners were marked with easily seen paint to signify they had been tightened. Both Airmen are assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. They were part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown ARS assisting 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Tech. Sgt. Russell Kinnard, a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician, and Airman 1st Class Zachary Chaney, an electrician, tighten fasteners during the construction of a Pre-Engineered building at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. After tightening, the fasteners were marked with easily seen paint to signify they had been tightened. Both Airmen are assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. They were part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown ARS assisting 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Staff Sgt Robert Ataway, a structures craftsman assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., talks with Maj. Allen Spillers, chief of operations, 307 CES, about the next phase of construction of a Pre-Engineered Building at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. They were part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown ARS assisting 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Staff Sgt Robert Ataway, a structures craftsman assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., talks with Maj. Allen Spillers, chief of operations, 307 CES, about the next phase of construction of a Pre-Engineered Building at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. They were part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown ARS assisting 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Senior Airman Bradley Morgan, a knowledge management specialist assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., listens closely to directions from Staff Sgt. Case Klein, who is a heavy equipment operator for the 910th Civil Engineer Squadron at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Morgan was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 CES build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Senior Airman Bradley Morgan, a knowledge management specialist assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., listens closely to directions from Staff Sgt. Case Klein, who is a heavy equipment operator for the 910th Civil Engineer Squadron at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Morgan was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 CES build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Senior Airman Thorton Allen holds a wood frame as Airman 1st Class Brandon Curry secures it with a screw at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. The frame will be used in the construction of defensive fighting positions (DFP) at a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. Allen is a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician, and Curry is an electrician. Both Airmen are assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. They were part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 Civil Engineer Squadron build a training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Senior Airman Thorton Allen holds a wood frame as Airman 1st Class Brandon Curry secures it with a screw at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. The frame will be used in the construction of defensive fighting positions (DFP) at a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. Allen is a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician, and Curry is an electrician. Both Airmen are assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La. They were part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 Civil Engineer Squadron build a training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Senior Airman Trevor Reed, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron, cuts 2x4s during the construction of a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Reed was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown ARS assisting 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel build the training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Senior Airman Trevor Reed, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron, cuts 2x4s during the construction of a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Reed was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown ARS assisting 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel build the training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Master Sgt. Alfred Cain, a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician, holds a support spacer in place as Staff Sgt. Angel Hirschi, a utilities journeyman, secures it to a metal beam at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Both Airmen were from the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron and were part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 Civil Engineer Squadron build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Master Sgt. Alfred Cain, a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician, holds a support spacer in place as Staff Sgt. Angel Hirschi, a utilities journeyman, secures it to a metal beam at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Both Airmen were from the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron and were part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 Civil Engineer Squadron build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Members of the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., join 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel in the construction of a Pre-Engineered building, at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. A 29-person detail from Barksdale spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 CES build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Members of the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., join 910th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel in the construction of a Pre-Engineered building, at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. A 29-person detail from Barksdale spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 CES build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Airman 1st Class Zachary Buhrer, knowledge operations management, 307th Civil Engineer Squadron, transports a bag of cement at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Buhrer was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 Civil Engineer Squadron build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)
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Airman 1st Class Zachary Buhrer, knowledge operations management, 307th Civil Engineer Squadron, transports a bag of cement at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Buhrer was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 Civil Engineer Squadron build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Tech. Sgt. Billy Smith, shop lead for power production at the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., drills holes into a cement structure at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Morgan was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910th Civil Engineer Squadron build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)
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Tech. Sgt. Billy Smith, shop lead for power production at the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., drills holes into a cement structure at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Morgan was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910th Civil Engineer Squadron build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Senior Airman Caleb Williams, a power production engineer assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., mixes cement by hand at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Williams was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 Civil Engineer Squadron build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)
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Senior Airman Caleb Williams, a power production engineer assigned to the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., mixes cement by hand at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Williams was part of a 29-person detail from Barksdale that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 Civil Engineer Squadron build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Chief Master Sgt. Randall Noble, chief of operations for the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron, packs down fresh cement as Senior Airman Caleb Williams, shovels it into a form for a drainage structure at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Both Airmen were part of a 29-person detail from the 307 CES at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 Civil Engineer Squadron build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)
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Chief Master Sgt. Randall Noble, chief of operations for the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron, packs down fresh cement as Senior Airman Caleb Williams, shovels it into a form for a drainage structure at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012. Both Airmen were part of a 29-person detail from the 307 CES at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., that spent two weeks at Youngstown assisting the 910 Civil Engineer Squadron build a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- When Youngstown asked the 307th Civil Engineer Squadron here to lend a hand, the 307th lent 56.

Craftsmen from the 307th CES spent their annual tour at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, assisting their 910th CES counterparts in building a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) training area.

"Two years ago funding came in with a time frame for this project to be completed," said Senior Master Sgt. Karen Satterfield, 910 CES heavy equipment shop superintendent. "We realized we were going to need some help to meet the deadline. So, a message was sent out for assistance."

The 307th CES was one of the units that answered the call.

During their two weeks at Youngstown, 307th civil engineers assisted with facilitated grading and drainage for a troop assembly/training area, surveyed the readiness training site to provide accurate maps of locations of perimeter fencing, towers, defensive fighting positions and tent pads. But the main focus was the construction of a 60- by 120-foot pre-engineered building.
Civil engineer units are required to perform construction projects, bivouacs, and recurring hands-on technical training activities. This new dedicated area will allow us to fulfill engineer and readiness training requirements under realistic austere conditions that are perfect for simulating a deployed environment, said.

The metal building will house classrooms for training.

"We really wanted to get the building done before we left," said Chief Master Sgt. Randall Noble, 307th CES superintendent. "But it's a month long job and we were only there for two weeks."

"The crew has given me everything I've asked for, and they were working on a building none of us had ever seen before," he said. "We wanted to get it done so badly, but time and mother natural never seem to cooperate when you want them to, so we battled the elements for a couple of days and worked hard during the time we had."

"Moral was good and we all became a team quicker than usual," Noble said. "It rained a bit and we worked right through it, but there were no complaints. This has been one of the best working crews I've ever deployed with."

To their credit, the 307th CES Airmen left Youngstown's landscape visibly changed. The skeleton of the PEB was completed, as was some of the medal siding. They also installed drainage systems, poured site pads, graded fields and constructed defensive fighting positions.

"We are so grateful that Barksdale was good enough to stand up and send a team out," said Satterfield. "They were outstanding and put us ahead of the game as far as this building goes."

"The (307 CES) has done nothing but impress everybody here, from the commander on down. This has been good training for these guys," she said. "They're one hard-working bunch, and we would love to have them back."

The training site is scheduled to be completed by the end of September. Another team is scheduled to arrive soon to help finish the construction and concrete work in the building.

"This has been a great experience for our guys and they have many reasons to be proud about their accomplishments over the past two weeks," said Noble. "The 910 CES has been one of the most gracious host we've ever had. They're grateful and we were glad to be there."

"What strikes me so much about this assignment is the fact that our team was mostly Senior Airmen and younger NCOs. They just prove just how great our younger Airmen are," he said. "I'm very proud of what they have accomplished."

"This was an invaluable training experience gained by our folks while helping another unit and meeting fellow Reservists," said Col. Kevin Wolfe, 307th Mission Support Group commander. "Traveling to a distant work site and being part of this kind of project gives our Reservists a better understanding of what can be expected of them when they deploy. Training to deploy is our mission."