DVIDS – News – 386 AEW and coalition partners reopen runway and improve mission capabilities

Military personnel from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kuwait Air Force, and coalition partners gathered on the newly renovated South Runway for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait on October 13, 2022.

This event was the culmination of countless hours of hard work for the coalition partnership to repair the southern runway and aircraft taxiway on Ali Al Salem. This track will enable future mission success for years to come and is symbolic of the fruits of joint teamwork and coalition between the two.

“With a lot of coordination, the construction teams were able to overcome many challenges, including scheduled supply chain disruptions and various force protection considerations to make it a fully functional airfield,” said Lt. Colonel Richard Childers, US Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Expeditionary District Commander. “I would like to thank you for your efforts to bring this project to fruition overcoming these challenges in the context of a global pandemic.

Taking a moment to reflect on those involved in its construction, Col. George Buch Jr., commander of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, spoke of the hard work that went into every element of the project.

“It’s really about gratitude,” Buch said. “A ton of hard work has gone into this. It all comes down to teamwork, because it can’t be done without a great team and partnerships. Whether it’s service partners or coalition partners, it’s a tremendous amount of work to put that in place. I can’t wait to take off and land on this thing.

The coordination and effective teamwork of each team was paramount from day one to making the project happen.

“The Kuwaitis were a big help in paving the track,” said Tech. sergeant. Chance Cunningham, 557th Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron curbs and heavy equipment construction craftsman. “Particularly when they were using the paving equipment, it took a lot of the workload and stress off us, so we were able to focus more on fine-tuning things like working around the light cans on the track for example.”

The benefits of this construction project are almost too numerous to count. Installed aircraft arresting systems give vital combat aircraft and pilots a greater chance of survival in the event of an emergency. The flight line’s paved shoulders act as an important defense against foreign object debris. Installed light cans and painted lines on the flight line increase visibility for pilots and safety of night operations. The hammerheads that have been constructed at the ends of the south runway, essentially aircraft turning points, greatly reduce the time to impose on all aircraft. This all adds up to increased mission capabilities for the 386th AEW and its mission partners.

“Our capacity has increased one hundred percent,” said Second Lieutenant Joshua Werfel, construction management officer for the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. “We now have two runways where planes can land. This impacts every flight mission we have here. This means that we can maintain the current level of operations and exceed this current number. »

The hard work put into this project by Airmen and mission partners, past and present, has established a permanent element of future mission success and built the cornerstone of our enduring presence.

Date taken: 13.10.2022
Date posted: 19.10.2022 05:54
Story ID: 431611

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