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Airman 1st Class Mark Macias, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator or ‘Dirt Boy’, sits after working a full day Nov. 5, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. ‘Dirt Boyz’ are known for their unrelenting focus to support the mission, regardless of the dirt, dust, grease, soot, concrete or asphalt they may add to their uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Staff Sgt. Dekota Newsom, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, guides Airman 1st Class Markel Hubbert, 30th CES heavy equipment operator, on how deep to dig a trench Nov. 5, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. In situations down range, trenches may be used for wiring, laying pipe or even as a fighting position. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Airman 1st Class Markel Hubbert, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, uses an excavator to dig a trench Nov. 5, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Digging trenches is an important skill to master as they are used to not only lay pipe but can also be used for fighting positions. (U.S. photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Senior Airman Janiza Rivas-Murphy, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering journeyman, uses an automatic level Nov. 5, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The 30th CES conducted over 96 hours of bivouac, or deployment condition, training to improve readiness from Nov. 4 – 8, 2019. (U.S. photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Senior Airman Amonte Anthony, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, smiles after a day of work Nov. 5, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Airmen assigned to the 30th CES traveled to March ARB to use equipment assigned to the 163rd CES Regional Training Site to get hands-on time with equipment they do not have access to at Vandenberg Air Force Base. As a ‘Dirt Boy’, Amonte completed tasks, such as digging trenches, repairing a simulated air field attack, and operating different heavy equipment in the deployment readiness training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Lt. Col. Jason Aftanas, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, shows Col. Michael Hunsberger, 30th Mission Support Group commander, the Regional Training Site Nov. 5, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Aftanas led Hunsberger on a tour of the Regional Training Site to show the strengths of each 30th CES specialty. (U.S. photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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‘Dirt Boyz’ assigned to the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron pose for a photo Nov. 5, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The 30th CES used March ARB’s Regional Training Site to conduct over 96 hours of deployment condition training to better prepare for what they may experience down range. (U.S. photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Airmen from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron electric shop set out an Expeditionary Airfield Lighting System Nov. 5, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The 30th CES traveled to March ARB to use their Regional Training Site as they had the equipment needed for deployment readiness training. This 96-hour training event was part of the refreshed Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force program, where it is now required for CE Airmen to have similar training every 36 months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Airman 1st Class Markel Hubbert, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, uses an excavator to dig a trench Nov. 5, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Digging trenches is an important skill to master as they are used to not only lay pipe but can also be used for fighting positions. (U.S. photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Master Sgt. Mathew Hotovec, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron lead engineer, talks with Col. Michael Hunsberger, 30th Mission Support Group commander, during a training event Nov. 5, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. As the MSG commander, Hunsberger would be the approving authority for any CE actions taken in a real-world situation, so it was vitally important for him to visit and take part in the training. (U.S. photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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Members of the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron pose for a photo Nov. 5, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The 30th CES used March ARB’s Regional Training Site to conduct over 96 hours of deployment condition training to better prepare for what they may experience down range. (U.S. photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

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The 30th Civil Engineer Squadron conducted over 96 hours of bivouac, or deployment condition, training from Nov. 4 – 8, 2019, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, Calif.

While at March ARB, the 30th CES engineers performed various tasks, such as digging trenches, fixing a simulated bombed airfield, and setting up an aircraft arresting system.

“All of our trades come together so that we can build, restore, and keep airplanes flying from the ground up,” said James Haleski, 30th CES readiness and emergency management flight chief. “The truth is, we came down here because we don’t have the assets and equipment to provide this quality of training and atmosphere for our Airmen at Vandenberg. They get hands-on with all of the specialized equipment they will be using down range that we do not on home station.”

Through the refreshed Prime BEEF (Base Engineer Emergency Force) program, all civil engineers in the Air Force are required to receive 96 hours of training every 36 months. To assist Vandenberg Airmen with this specialized training requirement, the Regional Training Site at March ARB provided Vandenberg engineers the opportunity to get hands-on time with the equipment they would have access to down range.

“Often times when CE units deploy, we go to a location that doesn’t have anything. We have to set up tents, get power and welcome those follow on forces,” said Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Huller, 30th CES operations flight superintendent. “Some of us older engineers have deployed a lot, and we have a lot of experience to teach our Airmen what to expect down range. If we send guys down range who have not had this training, it slows down the entire process. That’s why we are here.”

In order to attend the training at March ARB, the 30th CES Airmen were required to complete all the normal pre-deployment steps such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training and other computer-based trainings. This not only increased their training and readiness, but it also enhanced their ability to execute the mission.

“Readiness has many faces. I always hear ‘I did my CBRN training, my Self-Aid Buddy Care, or my deployment folder is up to date’, but readiness is about our ability to execute our assigned missions no matter where we are,” said Haleski. “Seeing these guys come down here is about watching our seasoned senior non-commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers mentor, mold and train our up and coming Airmen so that when they do get sent down range they get off the plane ready to execute their mission.”