by Air Force Maj. Gary Arasin
National Guard Bureau
8/27/2013 - ARLINGTON, Va. (8/22/13) -- Air National Guard civil engineers team up to move radar equipment
By Air Force Maj. Gary Arasin
National Guard Bureau
ARLINGTON, Va. (8/22/13) - Air National Guard civil engineers are
teaming with their communication and network engineer counterparts to
move radar equipment from Antigua Air Station, Antigua to H.E. Holt
Naval Communications Station in Australia.
As part of a joint effort between the United States and Australia to
enhance and expand situational awareness in space, the team will install
the C-band radar that will be a dedicated sensor in the Space
Surveillance Network. The radar provides highly accurate tracking of
objects in space to improve overall space flight safety and situational
Following a 2011 request from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems
Center, the joint team developed a proposal and cost estimate to
renovate an existing building at the future radar site, construct a new
antenna support structure, and conduct setup at the new location.
The project offered the team a chance to show its skills and save the
government about $20 million, said Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Thorenz,
the relocation Engineering Installation lead project manager.
"To reinvent the engineering and installation processes, as well as
civil engineering, into a solid methodical work force, is a challenging
and rewarding effort," said Thorenz, a member of the New York Air Guard.
"Our composite team has been driven by the need of the customer and our
desire to display our vast capabilities within our ANG workforce."
The engineering team sees this as a potential template for future
projects, said Tennessee Air Guard's Lt. Col. Craig Bradford, Air Guard
Civil Engineer project manager.
"In these days of shrinking budgets, a project like this demonstrates to
the DoD how valuable an asset they have in the civil engineering
community," he said.
EI squadrons from New York, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma are providing
experts to this project, while a variety of states will be providing
specialties such as electrical, heating, ventilation and air
conditioning, construction, transportation and medical support.
The first CE team will deploy to Australia in August to begin site
preparation, and the first EI team will deploy to Antigua in January
2014 to being disassembling and packing the radar for shipment to its