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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.




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