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Helping build lives, one house at a time

By | Aug. 17, 2007

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS — A 24-person strong team from Lackland AFB used their professional and personal skills Aug. 11 to help build a home during the Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio Summer Build.

The volunteers, most of who work in the 37th Civil Engineer Squadron, used their talents to complete tasks such as touching up the exterior, priming and painting interior walls and ceilings, and hanging doors.

Volunteers are primarily assigned to work on the home's exterior. However, with the team's expertise, they were allowed to complete some internal work typically completed by contractors, saving Habitat for Humanity money.

"We had a blast," said Charleen Byrd, 37th CES and volunteer. "What a nice thing for civil engineering to do civil engineering in the community."

The 37th CES volunteers plan on participating in a build each quarter. They also issued a challenge other squadrons to find a place for their professional skills outside the gates.

"Going outside the base helps join the Air Force base with the local community ... which will help to bond them to our community here at Lackland," said Ms. Byrd.