When we were kids, we spent our days
outside, running around, building things. Thankfully no one ever told us we had to
stop, not that we would have if they tried. Of course
now instead of treehouses and bike ramps, we build bases and runways and pretty
much anything else you can think of. When President Truman first signed this Air
Force into existence, we were given the job of building it into the most
dominant air force in the world. Done. For over seventy years we’ve been leading
the way, putting a roof over every Airman’s head and every billion-dollar
bomber. What we build will last for 50 or 100 years, so we have to get it right and
if something does break, you can bet we’re the ones they call to fix it.
In fact, if it’s inside the fence line, it’s our responsibility. If there’s a
fire, we’re there to put it out. If Mother Nature pays us a visit, we clean up after
her and if one of our enemies makes the ill-advised attempt to attack our base,
we make sure they wasted their time. It doesn’t matter when the call comes, we
grab our gear and go to work. The defense of this country doesn’t follow normal
business hours, so neither do we. Give us a day and we’ll turn a barren patch of
land into an operating base in any environment. If an earthquake takes out a
country, we’ll be the first to raise our hands to go in and get it up and running
again. That’s what we do. We’re civil engineers.
We’re red horse and prime beef, firefighters, EOD techs, and emergency
managers. We’re military and civilian. We’re a lot of things but we all took
the same oath. So no matter what uniform we wear, the mission comes first. If
there’s a problem, we figure out how to solve it. A lot of people don’t know our
names but I guarantee you they know when we’ve
been there because at the end of the day, whatever wasn’t working, is. Yeah, we may
run into a lot of challenges out there on the construction site but what you’ll
never hear us say is “we can’t.” If this Air Force can think it, we can build it.
Aim high Airman.