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108th CE Deploys To SWA
Compiled by the 108ARW/PA Office and NJDMAVA/PA
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Sixteen members of the 108th Civil Engineer Squadron pose for a group photo before they deployed to Al Udeid, Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  CE also has members deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

In fact, Tech. Sgt. Brian J. Belk was featured in a photo in the Ali Air Base, Iraq, base newspaper. According to the story, on Sep 16, the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron (ECES) received a call that power to a part of the base had been knocked out.

A team was sent to the scene and discovered that the three main power feeds had been cut by a contractor. “Most contractors would have stopped digging after hitting one 4,180-volt power line since the explosion and sparks are very noticeable and down right scary,” said Lt. Col. Richard Edwards, 407th ECES Commander. “This brave soul continued on until he hit all three lines.”

After the discovery, civil engineers repaired the lines and restored power.
Edwards observed that the dedication of the Active, Guard and Reserve civil engineering Airmen demonstrated how teamwork can get the job done.

Vets Visit Range

Senior Master Sgt. Brian Kilpatrick, 108th Air Refueling Wing chats with a Vineland Veterans Memorial Home resident during the annual barbecue and air show at Detachment 1, Warren Grove Training Range on Sept. 21. The event, which is hosted by the 177th Fighter Wing and 108th, was organized by Range personnel, Senior Master Sgt. Tim Donovan from the 177th and Master Sgt. Steve Sabato from the 108th. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA.

New CSMs Minted

State Command Sgt. Maj. Jerome Jenkins poses with the New Jersey graduates from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas, which was held from June 18-30. Pictured left to right are 1st Sgt. Ronald Fisher, 254th Regiment (Combat Arms), 1st Sgt. John Humphreys, active assignment; State Command Sgt. Maj. Jenkins; Master Sgt. Joseph Tatem, Joint Force Headquarters – New Jersey; Sgt. Maj. Joseph Brennan, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Regional Support Group and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Slowinski, 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery. Photo courtesy Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office.



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