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By Robb Lingley, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 10, 2019
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Civilian families view static equipment outside the snow barn during the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron open house on Peterson Air Force Base, March 29, 2019. The 21st CES displayed their equipment to showcase their capabilities and how they execute their mission on Peterson AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – A 21st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician explains equipment on display to Airmen at the 21st CES open house on Peterson Air Force Base, March 29, 2019. The all-day event allowed EOD personnel to showcase what they do to visiting families and friends. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)
The 21st Civil Engineer Squadron held their second annual open house on Peterson Air Force Base, March 29, 2019. The open house allows friends and families to visit the 21st CES and see what their spouse, mom or dad does daily at work.
“Open house is considered a ‘grazing day’ because all the different work centers bring in different appetizers and barbeque,” said Senior Master Sgt. Aidaliz Lagueux, 21st CES first sergeant. “We love to have barbeque competitions.”
The family-friendly event had a bounce castle in the snow barn provided by the Peterson AFB Fire Department, plus static displays in the parking lot from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, the Fire Department and 21st CES Dirt Boys.
“Lt. Col. Landon Phillips, 21st CES commander, is all about family and this event is an extension of that,” said Lagueux. “Family is important to him and he wants to make sure that all of his Airmen understand the importance of it. This event showcases the culture of family that we have in our organization.”
Lagueux said the 21st CES has about 16 different Air Force Specialty Codes. These cover everything from fire to EOD, structures, engineers and emergency managers.
“The open house allows our Airmen to display some of the equipment that they use in their work centers,” said Lagueux. “It gives families the opportunity to climb on our equipment, spray water from our fire truck, or see some of the equipment that EOD uses.”
The 21st CES tries to schedule the open house whenever there’s a big deployment so spouses can meet other Airmen and their families. They feel it helps them reach out for help if they can put a face to a name.
“We’re a very tight knit family here,” said Lagueux. “We want to make sure that family doesn’t end with the service member. Family extends to our military families as well.”