HomeNewsArticle Display

PACAF consolidates Silver Flag training to Guam

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Robert Mcintosh, 8th Civil Engineering Squadron pavement and construction journeyman, pushes gravel into a crater using a loader June 23, 2017, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 8th Civil Engineering Squadron participated in airfield damage repair training as part of the final Exercise Silver Flag training held at Kunsan. U.S. Air Forces Pacific will now focus on ensuring Airmen have their three-year Silver Flag currency, prior to arriving on the Korean Peninsula, instead of conducting the training here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Robert Mcintosh, 8th Civil Engineering Squadron pavement and construction journeyman, pushes gravel into a crater using a loader at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 23, 2017. The 8th Civil Engineering Squadron participated in airfield damage repair training as part of the final Exercise Silver Flag training held at Kunsan. Pacific Air Forces will now focus on ensuring Airmen have their 3-year Silver Flag currency, prior to arrival on the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Todd Alter, 554th Red Horse Squadron pavements and equipment contingency training NCO in charge, speaks with members of the 8th Civil Engineering Squadron June 23, 2017, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 8th Civil Engineering Squadron participated in airfield damage repair training as part of the final Exercise Silver Flag training held at Kunsan. U.S. Air Forces Pacific will now focus on ensuring Airmen have their three-year Silver Flag currency, prior to arriving on the Korean Peninsula, instead of conducting the training here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Todd Alter, 554th Red Horse Squadron pavements and equipment contingency training non-commissioned officer in charge, speaks with members of the 8th Civil Engineering Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 23, 2017. The 8th Civil Engineering Squadron participated in airfield damage repair training as part of the final Exercise Silver Flag training held at Kunsan. Pacific Air Forces will now focus on ensuring Airmen have their 3-year Silver Flag currency, prior to arrival on the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

Airmen assigned to the 554th Red Horse Squadron from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, trained members of the 8th Civil Engineering Squadron on airfield damage repair and force bed down June 19-23, as part of Exercise Silver Flag.

During the training, Andersen Airmen educated Kunsan Airmen on airfield damage assessment, minimum operating strip selection, airfield marking, crater repair, expeditionary airfield lighting systems installation and mobile aircraft arresting system installation.

“This will be the final Silver Flag at Kunsan and Osan,” said Chief Master Sgt. Julie Sosa, 554th RHS Silver Flag Exercise Site superintendent. “This means engineers assigned to Korea will have a requirement for them to be current on training through the end of their tour.”

Although this is the final training at Kunsan, Airmen of the 554th RHS ensured those who needed the training were up to speed.

“Civil engineers need to be certified once every three years on the duties this exercise tested,” said Tech. Sgt. Todd Alter, 554th RHS pavements and equipment contingency training NCO in charge. “We are here to give them a recertification week and go through ADR and force bed down training they have been doing already to ensure the job is done right and that everyone has a good understanding of the mission.”

The command and control team concluded the training with Exercise Silver Flag, which required members of the CES to plan an expeditionary air base and bed down an aircraft mission using the planning information learned during the training.

“If an enemy bombs our airfield, we need to actively fix it and get our planes in the air,” said Staff Sgt. James Chenevert, 8th CES pavement and construction supervisor. “We have the ability to defend the base and do what we need to do to take the fight north.”

The planning for the force bed down included base asset familiarization, aircraft parking, fire protection considerations, tent construction, expedient electrical, water and fuel distribution systems and field environmental control which encompass heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

After the training is complete, future civil engineering Airmen will be required to maintain a 36-month Status of Resources and Training System requirement to last through their tour in Korea, which is part of the Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (PRIME BEEF) program. They will complete this requirement through their home station before arriving on the peninsula.

“The training we received is tremendously beneficial,” said Chenevert. “Not one thing was more important than the other because everything we do is important.”