Engineers lead the way for Thunder Over Dover

DOVER — With the 2017 Dover Air Force Base Open House fast approaching, much of the base has begun preparing for the event, especially the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron.

Each section has been tasked with different responsibilities in preparing for the Aug. 26-27 open house and getting infrastructure in place, with airmen running cable for aircraft tie-downs, constructing fencing and staging water buffalos for hydration.

“There’s no one spoke on the wheel that’s not important. Everybody’s effort is required to keep this thing going,” said Master Sgt. Charles Patterson, 436th CES operations flight superintendent. “As far as a civil engineer perspective, we do it all.”

The 436th CES also will have fire department, explosive ordnance disposal personnel and emergency managers on standby alongside other base and local first responders. These Airmen will be ready, base leaders said, with their local counterparts, to respond to any emergency during the event.

Senior Airman Curtis Woodward, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical power production specialist, helps tie sandbags in preparation for the Dover Air Force Base Open House, “Thunder Over Dover,” to be held Aug. 26-27. (U.S. Air Force photo/Technical Sgt. Matt Davis)

“We are the United States Air Force, and more than that, we’re civil engineers. We respond accordingly, no matter what the task,” said Patterson. “Our Airmen understand we have a job to do, we have a mission to do. Anytime a task is brought down or asked of them they respond just like any other task and they are always on the spot ready to work.”

These Airmen are just one part of Team Dover that contribute to preparing and executing “Thunder Over Dover.” All of Team Dover is participating in a monumental effort to ensure everyone attending the event has a fun and safe experience.

“I’m excited for the open house. I think it’ll be a great opportunity for a lot of people to come see, not only that, but for my family to come see,” Staff Sgt. Steven Crump, 436th CES electrical systems specialist. “I’ve got two boys and they’re going to be excited to see what we do here. I don’t get them over here very often to see what we do.”

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