A group of volunteers from the Lackland AFB, Texas, civil engineering family assemble a kitchen cabinet in a Habitat for Humanity home in Palo Alto on Aug. 11, 2007. (USAF photo by Robbin Cresswell) (Photo by Robbin Cresswell)
Spending his Saturday to help others, Richard Cardenas paints the ceiling of a bedroom in a Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio house. Mr. Cardenas, who works for the 37th Civil Engineer Squadron at Lackland AFB, Texas, was one of 24 volunteers who worked on the Palo Alto build site. (USAF photo by Robbin Cresswell) (Photo by Robbin Cresswell)
Capt. Randy Byrd trims one-quarter inch off a door frame with a hammer and chisel as he helps build a house for Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio. Captain Byrd is assigned to the 59th Medical Operations Squadron at Lackland AFB, Texas. (USAF photo by Robbin Cresswell) (Photo by Robbin Cresswell)
Staff Sgt. Brendan Wendt, left, and Elias Abdulahad, start the assembly of a kitchen cabinet. Both men work with the 37th Civil Engineer Squadron at Lackland AFB, Texas. This is the second build the civil engineering team has participated in. They dedicated their time and service to the build in honor of the late Dan Williamson, a structural engineer who regularly volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and organized the first CE team of Habitat builders. "Dan passed away a couple days after that build," said Charleen Byrd, 37th Civil Engineer Squadron and Habitat for Humanity volunteer. "It was the last day many folks saw him. ...We had so much fun that we decided to continue (his) tradition. We are going to put a together a team for each of the builds - summer, fall, winter and spring."
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.