Civil Engineer Squadron Builds up Spangdahlem

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Marcelus Grant, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman from Sandhill, Miss., uses a scissor saw to cut masonry block in the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center racquet ball courts at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 3, 2014. Structures Airmen are converting the courts into a new combat fitness area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Marcelus Grant, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman from Sandhill, Miss., uses a scissor saw to cut masonry block in the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center racquet ball courts at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 3, 2014. Structures Airmen are converting the courts into a new combat fitness area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lane Kocian, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman from Luise, Texas, plasters a doorway in an unused building at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 3, 2014. Structures Airmen have been working this project for almost a month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lane Kocian, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman from Luise, Texas, plasters a doorway in an unused building at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 3, 2014. Structures Airmen have been working this project for almost a month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Richard Adamson, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman from Linton, Ind., uses a sledge hammer to create an opening for a doorway in the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center racquet ball courts at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 3, 2014. The project is part of the remodel of the new combat fitness center which is scheduled to be finished between four and six months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Richard Adamson, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman from Linton, Ind., uses a sledge hammer to create an opening for a doorway in the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center racquet ball courts at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 3, 2014. The project is part of the remodel of the new combat fitness center which is scheduled to be finished between four and six months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph Dickerson, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel system maintenance technician from Oklahoma City, Okla., takes a water sample from a tank of wastewater at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 4, 2014. The water treatment facility can process approximately 2,000 cubic meters of wastewater from the base per day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph Dickerson, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel system maintenance technician from Oklahoma City, Okla., takes a water sample from a tank of wastewater at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 4, 2014. The water treatment facility can process approximately 2,000 cubic meters of wastewater from the base per day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph Dickerson, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel system maintenance technician from Oklahoma City, Okla., extracts a portion of a wastewater sample at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 4, 2014. Airmen add a chemical oxygen demand reagent to the extracted sample to cause a chemical reaction that can be analyzed by testing equipment to ensure the proper levels are followed under German law. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph Dickerson, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel system maintenance technician from Oklahoma City, Okla., extracts a portion of a wastewater sample at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 4, 2014. Airmen add a chemical oxygen demand reagent to the extracted sample to cause a chemical reaction that can be analyzed by testing equipment to ensure the proper levels are followed under German law. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

Firefighters from the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services Flight spray down an aircraft simulator fire during an exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 21, 2014. These Airmen exercise different fire emergency situations every day to keep their skills sharp. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

Firefighters from the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services Flight spray down an aircraft simulator fire during an exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 21, 2014. These Airmen exercise different fire emergency situations every day to keep their skills sharp. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Tubbs, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services Flight fire protection apprentice from Brown Deer, Wisc., drags a dummy out of an aircraft simulator during a fire exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 21, 2014. Airman had to first stop the simulated fire on the outside of the aircraft before recovering the passengers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Tubbs, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services Flight fire protection apprentice from Brown Deer, Wisc., drags a dummy out of an aircraft simulator during a fire exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 21, 2014. Airman had to first stop the simulated fire on the outside of the aircraft before recovering the passengers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Tubbs, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services Flight fire protection apprentice from Brown Deer, Wisc., leads a fire line during an in-flight emergency exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 21, 2014. The exercise scenario consisted of a hard landing on the flightline causing the aircraft simulator to catch fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Tubbs, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services Flight fire protection apprentice from Brown Deer, Wisc., leads a fire line during an in-flight emergency exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 21, 2014. The exercise scenario consisted of a hard landing on the flightline causing the aircraft simulator to catch fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Without the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Spangdahlem would not exist the way it does today.

Drivers wouldn't have roads, Airmen wouldn't have offices, and no one would have electricity, plumbing or heat. Repairs would not be made, and new facilities would not be built.

The Civil Engineer Squadron builds Spangdahlem.

"Everything you see -- from the office you work in, the roads you drive on, to lights you turn on and the heat that keeps your office comfortable," said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mario Rainge, 52nd CES Fire Emergency Services flight NCO in charge of fire prevention from Glendale, Ariz. "We touch every aspect of this base, that's all civil engineering. We are everywhere."

The 52nd CES supports the 52nd Fighter Wing, 17 geographically separated units, 246 military family houses and five Department of Defense Dependent School at Spangdahlem and Bitburg annex by providing programming, design and construction, operation and maintenance, disaster preparedness, fire protection and crash rescue, housing, explosive ordnance disposal and environmental support.

"We have a huge mission and we are an all-encompassing squadron," said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Arthur Roy, 52nd CES Operations Flight superintendant from Gorham, N.H. "We are responsible for everything from the flightline to the wastewater treatment facility and everything in between. We've got a piece of everything to support the base mission."

The CES accomplishes its mission by braking down its team of more than 650 people into six flights and 13 specific jobs. The flights include operations, engineering, installation management, fire and emergency services, readiness and emergency management, and explosive ordnance disposal.

They are responsible for 2,800 facilities and $5 Billion of infrastructure that support more than 12,000 personnel. The flight also manages a $56 million annual budget and a $300 million construction program.

While this job may seem challenging, Roy said he has a winning team. In 2013 alone, the 52nd CES earned first place in U.S. Air Forces in Europe's Large CE unit contest and the Air Force's number one readiness and emergency management flight.

"These recognitions are just a testament to the quality of people we have here," Roy added.

While winning awards may feel great, that is not what makes CE such a successful squadron, the chief explained.

"We help people -- if someone has a problem, they are calling us to help them out," he said. "We can have a huge impact on the base, but no one ever thinks of us - until something is wrong. We want to stay behind the scenes, but we enjoy serving."

With CE here to stay, all of the broken items are fixed, the base stays clean and the projects continue to keep Spangdahlem safe and functional.