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Civil Engineers train augmentees for snow duty

Airmen walk in front of barn at night.

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rankin, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, trains an augmentee at the snow barn on Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Nov. 3, 2020. During training, augmentees were instructed on the use of heavy equipment to include dump trucks with plows, farm tractors with kick brooms, backhoes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

Two men talk in car at nighttime.

A 375th Civil Engineer Squadron Airman trains an augmentee at the snow barn on Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Nov. 5, 2020. During training, augmentees were taught equipment and road familiarization to ensure their safety during a snow event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

Man drives a tractor.

An augmentee drives a farm tractor modified with a kick broom on Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Nov. 3, 2020. During a snow event, initial road clearing may take about three hours with around 20 individuals operating snow clearing vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

Man looks out tractor door.

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rankin, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, looks out the door of a tractor during augementee training on Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Nov. 3, 2020. Augmentes were taught tools that have a critical role in maintaining airfields, roads and parking areas around Scott during the winter season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

Two Airmen drive a tractor.

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rankin, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, trains an augmentee at the snow barn on Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Nov. 3, 2020. During training, augmentees were instructed on the use of heavy equipment to include dump trucks with plows, farm tractors with kick brooms, backhoes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Moorehead)

 

Scott Air Force Base, Ill. – For the first time since 2014, the 375th Civil Engineer Squadron is making use of the Wing Augmentee Program to support snow removal efforts this winter. 

Attributing the need to current operations requirements, the 375th CES determined that they would train additional personnel to operate their equipment to ensure readiness during the upcoming snow season.  

Comprised of volunteers from throughout the wing, these agumentees underwent an intensive two-week course consisting of both a classroom portion and practical scenario-based lessons, according to Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rankin, 375th CES heavy equipment operator.

Augmentees were instructed on the use of Kubota’s, dump trucks with plows, farm tractors with kick brooms, backhoes, loaders and airfield Oshkosh kick brooms. These tools play a critical role in maintaining the airfields, roads and parking areas around base.

“The augmentees [are] a vital asset,” said Rankin. “Not only do they help us take care of the flight line; they make it so that our most valuable asset, our people, have a safe way to get to and from work.”

While the efforts of these augmentees and the 375th CES are critical, their efforts are aided greatly by other units, said Master Sgt. Robert Alsup, 375th CES pavements and equipment non-commissioned officer in charge.

In a true team effort, the 375th Logistics and Readiness Squadron, 375th Operations Support Squadron and Mid America Airport personnel all contribute to this effort.

“This wouldn’t be possible without their additional efforts” said Alsup. “They play a big role in getting us ready for the snow season.”

So, with less than 46 days till the start of winter, Team Scott is more than ready to deal with any possible snow events.  As a reminder, instructions for reporting to duty during inclement weather conditions are found at www.scott.af.mil/newcomers/winter-weather.