Fifteen civil engineers deployed to the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Ali Base, Iraq, came together for “a little powwow” and presto in about 100 manhours, said MSgt. John Gaskill, noncommissioned officer in charge of the 407th ECES electrical systems shop, the CEs had doubled the workspace for the Ali Base medical clinic. Don’t let the photo fool you; it wasn’t just heavy lifting. The team included CEs in structures, electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and, yes, heavy equipment. Flight surgeon Lt. Col. Anthony Ghim called it “a truly amazing effort.”
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.