About 40 civil engineers assigned to a McChord Air Force Base reserve unit left Friday for Iraq.
The members of the 446th Civil Engineer Squadron will perform maintenance – like repairing electrical and plumbing fixtures – on military bases across Iraq. The unit will also train Iraqi counterparts.
The airmen are expected to return in spring 2010.
This is the first mobilization for the unit – which draws airmen from across Washington and beyond – since 2007. The deploying electricians, plumbers, masons and carpenters are rated as masters in their civilian careers, according to a McChord press release.
“This is the best group of senior noncommissioned officers, NCOs, and officers I’ve ever seen,” squadron commander Maj. David Walter said in a release. “It’s not because they are under my command. It’s because they’re pumped up and ready to go.”