Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph —
Members of the 502nd Civil Engineer Squadron have been working around the clock in an effort to keep the 12th Flying Training Wing mission operational at the Seguin Auxiliary Air Field in Seguin, Texas.
The construction has focused on alleviating a drainage issue that was causing flooding at the air field.
“We had major flooding problems and any time we had rain, we had a lot of issues with the drainage of the water and that impacted the flying operations,” said Christian De La Rosa, 502nd Civil Engineer Squadron and Joint Base San Antonio deputy base civil engineer. “It was basically shutting down the mission at Seguin. Any time we even had a minor amount of rain, there was an impact.”
Due to the slope of the land, 502nd CES members had to regrade the area to channel water off the runway.
“We worked at any and all times they allowed us to which included evenings, weekends, early mornings and even half days; whatever was available,” said De La Rosa. “At the point that we started it was almost a bathtub, but when we finished it was the concave shape that we needed. Now when it rains the water runs off and no longer pools.”
The Seguin Auxiliary Airfield plays a significant role in the 560th Flying Training Squadrons mission to train instructor pilots who will go on to train the next generation of fighter and bomber pilots.
“As an instructor pilot it’s nice to have the option of using the Seguin Airfield, especially when I have a student that needs to get a lot of landings in,” said Capt. John Skypeck, 560th FTS runway supervisory unit training standardization officer. “Using the Seguin Airfield is more efficient, we typically get 1.7 times more landings in (compared to flying at JBSA-Randolph). Being able to get more patterns in means I can get more training done.”
By utilizing in-house engineering support, the 502nd CES was able to reduce impact on the flying mission and complete a majority of the project at a fraction of the cost.
The construction cost 10 percent of what it would have cost if the work was contracted out, De La Rosa said.
“It’s a great success and it shows the capability that our shops have for construction and earth moving,” said De La Rosa. “We throw challenges at our guys and they overcome them. It’s their mantra and we really appreciate everything that they do.”