Local

April 12, 2013

‘Prime BEEF’ puts members to test

Members of the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron enter a darkened building to search for classified documents, electronics and a wounded person during the CE Prime Base Expeditionary Emergency Force Challenge on Luke Air Force Base. After locating the items and the injured person, the team radioed headquarters before moving to the next challenge.

For the second time 56th Civil Engineer Squadron members had a day to play in the mud while preparing for deployment.

The Prime Base Expeditionary Emergency Force challenge, or Prime BEEF, is an annual event held at the ability to survive and operate area that puts CE members to the test. From fire and emergency services to power production, the challenge involves every aspect of the civil engineer career field.

“Prime BEEF is a great way to enhance the skills of all CE members, said Tech. Sgt Robert Dwayer, 56th CES Prime BEEF manager. “Because each team contains members of different crafts throughout the squadron, it gave everyone a chance to experience aspects of each other’s job.”

Not only does it help CE understand each other’s job, it also increases members’ leadership capabilities.

“We purposely mixed different craftsman together to form well-rounded teams,” Dwayer said. “However, if a craftsman came to an obstacle that they specialized in they weren’t allowed to compete but instead took the lead to help the team. That led each member to develop leadership and followership qualities.”

The average time for teams to finish was an hour-and-a-half. The teams were separated into two tempo bands with five teams in each band. Tempo band E2 finished first.

“CE is great, one of the best Air Force specialty codes,” said 2nd Lt. Brad Shields, 56th CES commander’s executive. “We work hard but play hard too.”

A 56th CES member climbs a pole during the pole climb obstacle. Three members of the team climbed up the pole to retrieve messages from hanging bags that described the next task.

 

Master Sgt. Nathan Walch, 56th CES Explosive Ordnance Disposal resources NCO-in-charge, leaps a barrier before encountering the first water obstacle. Members crawled under the perimeter fence through a hole filled with water.

 

A CES member almost falls into a pit of water during the Challenge as he walks a beam to finish the obstacle. Despite the difficulty of the challenge, no one fell into the water.

 

Members assist a wingman with a simulated injury during the Prime BEEF Challenge. The teams performed three carries through a pit filled with mud and water – a single-man, two-man and a litter.

 

Prime Base Expeditionary Emergency Force challenge participants perform self-aid buddy care on a simulated victim at the ability to survive and operate area on Luke.

 

1st Lt. Anthony Hylco, 56th CES Programs Flight deputy, runs with his team through water April 4 during the Prime BEEF challenge held at the ATSO area.




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


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo

Chief of staff visits Luke

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, spent time meeting with Airmen and leadership Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Welsh highlighted Airman health, wellness and quality of life activities. He also...
 
 

Mentoring fosters dreams, strengthens us

A few days ago while reading an online commander’s call, I came across an article dated Dec. 31, 2014, stating President Obama proclaimed the month of January 2015 National Mentoring Month. Although this topic is thoroughly discussed in our Air Force today, I felt compelled to write on its importance all the same. In a...
 
 

Have you joined the Air Force yet?

I enlisted into the Air Force in February of 1997. However, I didn’t join the Air Force until March of 1999. No, I’m not talking about the Delayed Enlistment Program. There was no doubt that after high school I would attend college. However, not having applied for any scholarships and realizing that I didn’t have...
 

 
Courtesy photo

Prevention training goes face-to-face

Courtesy photo Maj. Jennifer Tomlinson, Air Education and Training Command Medical Readiness Division deputy chief, serves as facilitator during the AETC Medical Services and Training directorate annual Air Force Suicide Preven...
 
 
Senior Airman
JAMES HENSLEY

Thunderbolt looks to future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron acting commander secretary was an Air Force Honor Guard member prior to crossing over to the dental field. As the commander’s secretary, she plays a piv...
 
 

Tuskegee Airmen commemorated

The Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airman Inc. celebrated the 2nd Annual Tuskegee Airman Commemoration Day with a wreath ceremony Wednesday at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day is the result of legislation signed into law by former Arizona Governor Janice Brewer in 2013 and is the first such law...
 




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=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin