Where’s the B.E.E.F.?

By Airman 1st Class Dedan Dials

A group of airmen assigned to the 436th Civil Engineering Squadron receive hands-on training by building defensive fighting positions in a mock deployed location during Prime B.E.E.F. Day on 28 November, 2017 at Dover Air Force Base. Prime B.E.E.F. Day is a squadron wide training day focused on maintaining and refreshing all civil engineering airmen on readiness requirements and operational capabilities. (U.S. Video by Airman First Class Dedan D. Dials)

DOVER — Prime B.E.E.F. Day is not a holiday that the Dover Air Force Base sets aside once a year to give praise to delicious cuts of meat; it’s a once-a-month function that the men and women in the Prime B.E.E.F. (Base Emergency Engineer Force) office lead. Over 200 Airmen from the 436th Civil Engineering Squadron, or CES, participated in an all-day readiness exercise that spans many different areas of expertise.

“Our mission is to provide essential training for our members in order to be qualified for both contingency or peacetime requirements and capabilities,” said Master Sgt. Rebecca Jenkins, Prime B.E.E.F manager, 436th CES.

The civil engineering squadron is responsible for maintaining the base in a structural, developmental and p

Airman 1st Class Austin Nelson, 436th Civil Engineering Squadron, Sustainment and Pavements, Pavements and Heavy Equipment Apprentice, gets stick time on a backhoe at Prime Base Emergency Engineer Force, or B.E.E.F., Day on Nov. 28, 2018 at Dover Air Force Base. Prime B.E.E.F. Day is a squadron-wide training day focused on maintaining and refreshing all civil engineering Airmen on readiness requirements and operational capabilities. (U.S. Photo by Airman First Class Dedan D. Dials)

otective sense. It includes organizations such as explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), sustainment-pavements, the fire department and many more. Whether snow is covering the base or the harsh Delaware winds bring down a few trees, CES members are the ones who are there to ensure the base maintains operations.

Like any other Airman, CES troops are tasked to deploy and serve our nation downrange. Prime B.E.E.F. Day makes sure that every CES Airman is capable and ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

“The Prime B.E.E.F Day helps to develop our Airmen by preparing their skill-sets allowing them to get more proficient in their roles. This lets us know that they can perform their job without any problems,” said Tech. Sgt. Casey Reed, Unit Deployment Manager, 436th CES.

Senior Airman Jacob Gerow, 436th Civil Engineering Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Journeyman dons his bomb suit for his part in EOD’s improvised explosive device, IED, exercise during Prime Base Emergency Engineer Force, or B.E.E.F., Day on Nov. 28, 2018 at Dover Air Force Base. Prime B.E.E.F. Day is a squadron-wide training day focused on maintaining and refreshing all civil engineering Airmen on readiness requirements and operational capabilities. (U.S. Photo by Airman First Class Dedan D. Dials)

The Prime B.E.E.F. office tracks deployment requirements and uses this event as a way to maintain a satisfactory level of readiness throughout the squadron. With each Prime B.E.E.F Day, different skills and classes are taught to ensure a targeted approach to the training.

“This month we focused on defensive fighting techniques, individual movement techniques and we provided stick time not just for our Airmen but everyone assigned to CES,” said Jenkins. “Because it’s an important part of training that we never could have gotten if we weren’t afforded events like this.”

Technical Sgt. Casey Reed directs a group of Airmen for the Individual Movement Techniques, or IMT, portion of Prime Base Emergency Engineer Force, or B.E.E.F., Day on Nov. 28, 2018 at Dover Air Force Base. Prime B.E.E.F. Day is a squadron-wide training day focused on maintaining and refreshing all civil engineering Airmen on readiness requirements and operational capabilities. (U.S. Photo by Airman First Class Dedan D. Dials)

The Prime B.E.E.F office has made waves in the Air Force Civil Engineering community with the new innovative Field Training Exercise (FTX). Encompassing the “practice like you play” mentality, FTX puts Airmen’s skills to the test by providing a separate environment to train. After developing this program and showing its results, it has created a model for other bases to follow. The first to follow suit is Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

“Prime B.E.E.F. was initially created in 1964 and since then we have evolved based on the war-time tasks put in front of us,” said Reed. … “Here at Dover AFB we have created the first FTX and benchmarked it in AMC.”

The creation of programs like FTX and the correct use of events like Prime B.E.E.F. Day help to develop an innovative, lethal force in CES and ultimately, the Air Force.

“This event can also be good for the families,” said Jenkins. “Anything you do in the military is going to affect your family. This event allows them some serenity and the ability to feel calm knowing that their loved ones can go out the door, and they won’t have any doubt that they aren’t ready.”

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