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    Site Selection of the Air Force Civil Engineer Memorial

    Site Selection of the Air Force Civil Engineer Memorial

    Photo By Krisa Cassidy | On 10 Mar 21, 23 Airman Engineers gathered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, to finalize...... read more read more



    Courtesy Story

    Headquarters Air Force, Office of the Director of Civil Engineers

    Submission by Col (ret) Andra Clapsaddle //

    On 10 Mar 21, Brig Gen William H. Kale III, the Air Force Director of Civil Engineers, joined other Airmen Engineers to formally select the location of the new Air Force Civil Engineer Memorial (AFCEM) near the National Museum of the United States Air Force (NMUSAF) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Memorial Committee continues to lead the development of the memorial, which is slated to open by the spring of 2022. Led by Maj Gen (ret) Tim Byers and comprised of retired uniformed and civilian Airmen Engineers, the committee has worked for several years to successfully obtain approval for the memorial from the Air Force, the Air Force Historian, the NMUSAF, and the Director of Civil Engineers. The committee faced a significant challenge in deciding how to visually depict the diverse Civil Engineer mission. The committee ultimately agreed on a uniquely inspirational and informative design developed by Col (ret) Bill Sims. His design aims to honor all Airmen Engineers through a variety of symbols. This includes a map of the world that shows past and present installation locations and a stainless steel model of the winged compass and gear of the Civil Engineer badge. Engraved messages that salute RED HORSE and Prime BEEF also appear on the knee walls of the granite elements lining the sides of the memorial. In the future, the RED HORSE and Prime BEEF Association will manage an annual update of the memorial, the work contract, and the initial endowment funding, which will be provided by the AFCEM Committee. The committee’s dedicated efforts reflect a commitment to honoring the proud heritage and promising future of the Civil Engineer community. With the location finalized, the AFCEM plans may soon become a reality.

    During the site selection in March, Maj Gen Byers stated “We are standing on the future site of the Air Force CE Memorial. With site approval now secured, we look forward to this representative memorial being prominently and permanently displayed in the shadow of the NMUSAF, the world’s largest Military Aviation Museum of the world’s greatest Air and Space Force, in their beautiful outdoor Memorial Park for all to experience and enjoy!”

    Those present at the site selection included Brig Gen William H. Kale III (Air Force Director of Civil Engineers), Maj Gen (ret) Todd I. Stewart (former Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command and current Director and Chancellor of the Air Force Institute of Technology), Colonel (ret) Dr Jared Astin (Dean of the Civil Engineer School at AFIT) and members of the AFIT Civil Engineer School Cadre, CMSgt Jeremy Carlson (AFIT CEM and AFIT instructor), Mr Scott Vincent (Director of the 88 CEG) and members of the 88 CEG EOD flight, CMSgt (sel) Keith Skulimoski (Chief of CE Assignments), Col (ret) Jim Kasmer (AFCEM Committee member), and three representatives from the AFCEM Stewardship Committee: Col (ret) Shawn Moore, Col (ret) Andra Clapsaddle, and CMSgt (ret) Jim Martin.

    The committee will announce additional progress on the memorial, as well as dates and other information pertaining to groundbreaking, construction milestones, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the official AFCEM website.



    Date Taken: 05.14.2021
    Date Posted: 05.14.2021 12:38
    Story ID: 396437
    Location: OH, US

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