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446th squadron ‘pumped up and ready to go’

Post by Scott Fontaine on Aug. 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
August 28, 2009 2:54 pm

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.”

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