2nd CES accelerates change in operational training

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance identification during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of its engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance identification during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of its engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Master Sgt. Perry Link, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron engineering flight superintendent, provides cover for Airman 1st Class Kelly Hollis III, 2nd CES heating, ventilation, and air conditioning journeyman, during an individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance portion of a training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of it’s engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Master Sgt. Perry Link, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron engineering flight superintendent, provides cover for Airman 1st Class Kelly Hollis III, 2nd CES heating, ventilation, and air conditioning journeyman, during an individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance portion of a training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of it’s engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance identification during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise combined various contingency skills the engineers may face in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance identification during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise combined various contingency skills the engineers may face in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance identification during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of its engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance identification during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of its engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance identification during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of its engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance identification during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of its engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance identification during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. By taking a hands-on approach to readiness training, the 2nd CES not only sharpens the wartime skills of it's engineers but also accelerates change in the way the unit prepares for the future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance identification during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. By taking a hands-on approach to readiness training, the 2nd CES not only sharpens the wartime skills of it's engineers but also accelerates change in the way the unit prepares for the future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform land navigation during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of it’s engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform land navigation during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of it’s engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Master Sgt. Donald Manuel Jr., 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, aims his M4 rifle during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20. 2021. The exercise included various units across the 2nd CES and included skills such as land navigation, unidentified explosive ordnance identification and individual movement techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Master Sgt. Donald Manuel Jr., 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, aims his M4 rifle during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20. 2021. The exercise included various units across the 2nd CES and included skills such as land navigation, unidentified explosive ordnance identification and individual movement techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Master Sgt. Perry Link, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron engineering flight superintendent, fires an M4 rifle during an individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance portion of a training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of it’s engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Master Sgt. Perry Link, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron engineering flight superintendent, fires an M4 rifle during an individual movement techniques and unidentified explosive ordnance portion of a training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of it’s engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Master Sgt. Richard McGinnis. 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron commander's support staff superintendent, and Staff Sgt. Roderick R. Pearson Jr., 2nd CES emergency management plans noncommissioned officer in charge, place a tourniquet on a dummy during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise combined various contingency skills the engineers may face in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
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Master Sgt. Richard McGinnis. 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron commander's support staff superintendent, and Staff Sgt. Roderick R. Pearson Jr., 2nd CES emergency management plans noncommissioned officer in charge, place a tourniquet on a dummy during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise combined various contingency skills the engineers may face in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Staff Sgt. Roderick R. Pearson Jr., 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans noncommissioned officer in charge, and Master Sgt. Richard J. McGinnis, 2nd CES commander's support staff superintendent, carry a dummy during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise showcased contingency skills such as: land navigation, self-aid buddy care and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear preparedness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
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Staff Sgt. Roderick R. Pearson Jr., 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management plans noncommissioned officer in charge, and Master Sgt. Richard J. McGinnis, 2nd CES commander's support staff superintendent, carry a dummy during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise showcased contingency skills such as: land navigation, self-aid buddy care and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear preparedness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron transport a simulated casualty during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise showcased contingency skills such as: land navigation, self-aid buddy care and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear preparedness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
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Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron transport a simulated casualty during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise showcased contingency skills such as: land navigation, self-aid buddy care and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear preparedness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron transport a simulated casualty during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise combined various contingency skills the engineers may face in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
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Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron transport a simulated casualty during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise combined various contingency skills the engineers may face in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform "buddy checks'' after donning mission oriented protective posture gear during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise showcased contingency skills such as: land navigation, self-aid buddy care and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear preparedness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
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Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron perform "buddy checks'' after donning mission oriented protective posture gear during a 2nd CES training exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, May 20, 2021. The exercise showcased contingency skills such as: land navigation, self-aid buddy care and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear preparedness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

In the wooded swamp of Barksdale’s east side, Airmen from the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron executed a field training exercise designed to simulate contingency operations in a deployed environment, May 20, 2021.

Training operational skills such as land navigation, weapons assembly and individual movement techniques, the 2nd CES intensified the readiness of its engineers, allowing the unit to better adapt to changes in the national security environment and compete in the dynamic future of warfighting.

“Over the last 20 years, our engineers have primarily deployed in operations against insurgencies and not near peer competitors,” said Lt. Col. Chris Carnduff, 2nd CES commander. “As we look toward the future of near peer competition, what this training is getting us back toward, is base recovery efforts after an attack in a non-permissive environment.”

In order to face the fight of the future, the 2nd CES took to the woods and devised a unit run training exercise, showcasing the wartime skills of Barksdale’s engineers.

“Every third Thursday of the month, we take a break from day-to-day work activities to train on contingency skills and develop our individual Airmen and NCOs to be efficient,” said Master Sgt. James A. Little, 2nd CES readiness and emergency management superintendent. “Today we’ve set aside one of our training days for some friendly competition on all the techniques we’ve been trained in.”

Broken into a five stationed event, the exercise covered: individual movement techniques, self-aid buddy care, land navigation, M4 rifle assembly and disassembly and finally, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear preparedness.

“Each of the different stations is a skill that our engineers are expected to perform and perform efficiently while deployed,” said Capt. John Sambo, 2nd CES readiness and emergency management flight commander. “That’s why each station showcases that proficiency and allows us to train to a higher standard.”

Training to that higher standard can make all of the difference when faced with a real world scenario.

“This training is very valuable to us,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Naughton, 2nd CES liquid fuels maintenance craftsman. “If we go downrange, really, it could be the difference between life or death.”

The training not only sharpens the wartime skills of the engineers but also accelerates change in the way the unit prepares for the future of warfighting.

“Some of the training we’ve seen before,” Carnduff said. “But the environment we’re trying to set our engineers up for is that high-end fight against a near peer competitor. As we move forward, we’re going to continue to make this training more robust in order to make it more realistic for what we may see in that high-end fight.”

While the future of warfare continually evolves, the 2nd CES continues to forge it’s engineers to rise to the occasion.

“We’re starting to train a little differently and this is a step in the road along that way,” Carnduff said. “So, the goal is for us to continue to develop this, make it better and continue to make it something that our Airmen not only benefit from but they enjoy.”