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11th CE squadron deploys to Eagle Flag

By C. Todd Lopez

BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, Washington, D.C. (April 19, 2007) -- More than 25 members of the 11th Civil Engineer Squadron deployed Wednesday to Naval Air Engineering Station, Lakehurst, N.J., to participate in the Air Force exercise Eagle Flag.

The nine-day Air Force-level exercise, run by the Air Force's Expeditionary Operations School, is designed to ensure Airmen are prepared to open and establish air bases in austere forward operating environments.

Capt. Tracy Horan, 11th CES, will command the deployed Airmen during the exercise.

"During the exercise, we will provide total civil engineer support for a bare base bed down of approximately 375 personnel specializing in civil engineering, communications, logistics, medical, and services," said Captain Horan. "Additionally we will be putting a plan together for a camp that can support 2,200 personnel."

Captain Horan said the 11th CES will act as the lead civil engineer squadron during the exercise.

"I will be the civil engineer commander for the exercise," she said. "This requires me to oversee all civil engineers participating from six Air Force bases around the country."

During Eagle Flag, Airmen will practice the skills needed to set up and establish an air base, and achieve initial operating capability. The exercise is considered a "final rehearsal" for expeditionary combat support personnel, before actually deploying as part of the Air Expeditionary Force.

Airmen from the 11th CES will return to Bolling Air Force Base April 27, at the conclusion of the exercise.