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48th CES makes big changes in small spaces

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  • By Airman 1st Class Olivia Gibson
  • 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The 48th Civil Engineer Squadron innovated the comprehensive confined space program to allow personnel to enter into confined spaces to execute mission essential work without the need to rely on subcontractors.

Members of the 48th CES have worked vigorously to get the master entry plan signed which was completed 23 March 2022, allowing all 48th CES USAF and civilian members to enter confined spaces. Previously all entries were contracted out due to conflicting restrictions and regulations.

“We are now qualifying airmen to perform safe confined space entry under the U.K. standards while also fully complying with Air Force safety and health standards,” said Michael Meyers, 48th CES deputy civil engineer. “It has generated trust and confidence between our teams and we expect it will continue to do so with other teams across the U.K.”

The ability to have CES members conduct these procedures saves money as well as giving the members the expertise and knowledge to keep the system running under a wide range of conditions, such as Force Protection Delta where no subcontractors would be permitted onto the installation.

By making sure the airfield, mission facilities and community support facilities are in place and functioning properly, Liberty Wing engineers ensure that the base maintains its readiness capabilities to carry out the mission.