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Col. Falzarano's "TDY for a day": CE edition

Staff Sgt. Lawrence Gress, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, left, helps Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, get into a bomb suit Aug. 7, 2019 on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. During a tour of the CES, Falzarano also met the EOD Airmen and participated in a bomb simulation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Staff Sgt. Lawrence Gress, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, left, helps Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, get into a bomb suit Aug. 7, 2019 on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. During a tour of the CES, Falzarano also met the EOD Airmen and participated in a bomb simulation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons, 21st SW command chief, visit the 21st Civil Engineer firefighters Aug. 7, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The group of Airmen took Falzarano and Simmons on a ride along in a crash fire truck and performed a training exercise in which they put out a fire on a mock-up aircraft used for training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons, 21st SW command chief, visit the 21st Civil Engineer firefighters Aug. 7, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The group of Airmen took Falzarano and Simmons on a ride along in a crash fire truck and performed a training exercise in which they put out a fire on a mock-up aircraft used for training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, helps the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and heavy equipment operator Airmen, better known as the “Dirt Boyz,” spread asphalt evenly across a pothole Aug. 7, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Falzarano also learned how to properly seal and compress the patch of asphalt with a roller.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, helps the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and heavy equipment operator Airmen, better known as the “Dirt Boyz,” spread asphalt evenly across a pothole Aug. 7, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Falzarano also learned how to properly seal and compress the patch of asphalt with a roller. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Christopher Hearn, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron primary switching station facility superintendent, left, shows Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, around the station Aug. 7, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Hearn taught Falzarano about how the PSS takes commercial power and distributes it to the whole base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Christopher Hearn, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron primary switching station facility superintendent, left, shows Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, around the station Aug. 7, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Hearn taught Falzarano about how the PSS takes commercial power and distributes it to the whole base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, left, talks with Senior Airman Paul Karasiewicz, a 21st Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter Aug. 7, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Falzarano, as part of a tour of the 21st CES, met the many Airmen in the squadron and learned about what they do everyday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, left, talks with Senior Airman Paul Karasiewicz, a 21st Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter Aug. 7, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Falzarano, as part of a tour of the 21st CES, met the many Airmen in the squadron and learned about what they do everyday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, toured the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Aug. 7, 2019.

While visiting, Falzarano toured multiple sections of the squadron to meet the many CE Airmen and to learn about all of the vital roles they play on the base.

The 21st CES contains five major sections: Fire Emergency Services (CEF), Installation Management (CEI), Engineering (CEN), Operations (CEO) and Readiness and Emergency Management (CEX), all vital for the well-being of the base itself and the people on it.

“The first thing everyone sees is the base itself, and that is all CE,” said Falzarano. “On any given day, if you don’t get the mission done, or if [Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons] and I fail to give you the resources you need, the mission is going to fail.”

During his visit, Falzarano received briefings on the squadron’s mission and capabilities. He met Airmen one-on-one, toured each section of the squadron and was able to participate in multiple activities with the Airmen.

When visiting CEF, Falzarano rode along in a crash fire truck during a training exercise where a mock-up aircraft was set on fire and he watched how the Airmen handled the situation and put the fire out. During the ride along, the unit was called for a real world in-flight emergency at the Colorado Springs Airport. The aircraft landed safely, the emergency was terminated and the training exercise resumed. After the training fire was put out, Falzarano spent some time getting to know some of the Airmen, and ended the tour with a group picture.

Falzarano then met CE’s pavement and heavy equipment operators, better known as “Dirt Boyz,” and helped fix part of a parking lot entrance of Building 3. This included evenly spreading and then forming the asphalt in the pothole, followed by learning how to seal and compress the patch with a roller.

The rest of the tour included visits to the primary switching station to learn about how the base receives power and meeting the explosive ordnance disposal Airmen, which included a bomb demonstration and a pull-up contest between an EOD technician and the wing commander. Falzarano came in a close second!

Lt. Col. Timothy Fryar, 21st CES commander, said he was grateful that Falzarano spent the day with CE, and had never seen a wing commander spend the whole day learning about what they do.

“The diversity of CE is crazy, it contains 13 Air Force Specialty Codes, so for him to be able to spend a full day with us, talk to the Airmen and find out why we are here and why it’s important is so critical,” said Fryar. “He will take this information and have a better understanding and appreciation for what we do every day. That way if we are ever under question, he is there as our defender, and that’s what every squadron needs.”

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