Events

September 27, 2012

When the walls came tumbling down

Ryan Mielke
Senior Marketing Manager, Mainland Air Force portfolio

A 1950s-era home that had weathered Arizona’s extreme heat and monsoons for decades was no match for a 72,000 pound excavator being operated by Col. James Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, Sept. 19. It was a day when the last of 12 homes scheduled for demolition at Soaring Heights came tumbling down.

Soaring Heights leaders and staff, members of the D-M Housing Management Office, and others watched the commander make quick work of cinderblock walls, wood beams and other materials that had comprised a home that housed military families for a generation.

“The day was a total success,” said Jim Switzer, Soaring Heights project director. “We really wanted Colonel Blanchard to be a part of this milestone for us. When Soaring Heights first began operations here, virtually all of the existing homes on base were not new. Since that time, all of our new homes have been built and we are removing some of our older homes from our inventory.”

While most of the older homes at Soaring Heights will eventually be replaced, the 12 homes that were removed were moved far ahead in the construction schedule, as the land on which they sit will be turned over to the Air Force. Meanwhile, the remaining 1950s Capehart-style homes in the Soaring Heights inventory are not scheduled for demolition in the next few years.

“This was a big day for us to have our Air Force partner take part,” said Jacquelin “Kiki” Villanueva, Soaring Heights assistant asset manager. “Colonel Blanchard seemed like a real pro at the controls of the excavator. In only a few seconds he reduced walls to rubble.”

Villanueva is the manager in charge of making sure the demolition of the homes was completed on time and under budget.

“So far, the demolition is going great,” Villanueva added. “We started work earlier this month doing any necessary abatement and preparation of the site. With a couple of short weeks, the homes are now gone.”

Heading up operations of the site was Chris Keeble, a project manager with Lend Lease’s Multi-Site Group, who was impressed by Soaring Heights residents who lived directly across from the site.

“Whenever there are operations like this, there can be inconveniences such as short interruptions in traffic on the street,” Keeble said. “But I can’t say enough about how much we appreciate the residents’ patience and caution around the job site. Residents understood our need for the safety precautions, especially around the site and our workers.”

As Colonel Blanchard rested the bucket of the excavator on the ground, his temporary construction work at the site was done. The homes were gone and the site was being cleared. No safety incidents or accidents occurred and the cleared land is closer to being turned over to the Air Force.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by 2nd Lt. Lacey Roberts)

Arizona Airmen memorialize fallen Iraqi fighter pilot

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing honored the life and memory of Iraqi Air Force Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sideeq Hasan during a memorial service here July 7. Hasan died June 24 after his F-16 Fighting Fa...
 
 

Deployed A-10s take to the skies

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano) An aircraft maintainer assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron inspects the oil levels of an A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft engine during a theater security package deployment to Lask Air Base, Poland, July 13. The U.S. and Polish air forces will conduct training aimed at...
 
 

Airmen leverage TFI concept

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Thirty-eight service members, including individuals from the 944th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal section, participated in a Battlefield Forensics training course here at the end of June. Together, Senior Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD program manager and Joshua Nason, General Dynamics Information Technology ...
 

 

Celebration and education; Equal Opportunity

  In 1948, Ester Blake became the first enlisted female in the U.S. Air Force, pictures were still black and white, and families gathered around radios for the evening news. Since then, the U.S. Air Force has gone through many changes. The Davis-Monthan Equal Opportunity office specializes in making sure that everyone is treated equally...
 
 
DoD

Final rule puts more teeth into Military Lending Act

  WASHINGTON – The Defense Department today closed loopholes to protect U.S. men and women in uniform from predatory lending practices, President Barack Obama said this morning at the 116th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The heightened level of financial and consumer-rights protection against unscrupulous practices, called the final rule of...
 
 

AF continues to work with DOD, OPM on cybersecurity incident

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force maintains its commitment to protect personal information from cyber threats by continuing efforts with the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management to assist those impacted by the recent cyber incident involving federal background investigation data. OPM and an interagency response team, including investigators from the FBI and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>