Hanscom civil engineers named AFMC-level winners

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  • By Lauren Russell
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Air Force Materiel Command officials recently announced the 66th Civil Engineering Division here captured four titles in the 2022 Civil Engineering and Fire Department Awards.

Each will now advance to compete at the Air Force-level.

The 66 CED won the Air Force Outstanding Small Civil Engineer Unit Award, as well as the Brigadier General Archie S. Mayes Award. In addition, Hanscom AFB Fire and Emergency Services won the Chief Master Sergeant Ralph E. Sanborn Award for a small department, and Joseph Reynolds III was named the Air Force Outstanding CE Manager of the Year for a civilian supervisor. 

“These Civil Engineers represent the excellence and professionalism our AFMC family delivers on a daily basis,” said Maj. Gen. C. McCauley von Hoffman, AFMC director of Logistics, Civil Engineering, Force Protection and Nuclear Integration, in an email to senior leaders. 

Outstanding Small Civil Engineer Unit Award

Among the many accomplishments listed in the two-page nomination, the Hanscom professionals were responsible for major facility sustainment and modernization projects, including the ongoing efforts to build a state-of-the art lab at MIT Lincoln Laboratory culminating as the most complex design in base history.

Brigadier General Archie S. Mayes Award

This award is presented to the unit that most excelled in providing facility products and services of exceptional quality to base customers.

One example of this service was earlier this year, the 66 CED reprogrammed the 4.6 mega-watt cogeneration plant here during a base-wide power outage to feed power to more than 730 homes on base.

Chief Master Sergeant Ralph E. Sanborn Award

This title is awarded to the fire protection flight that achieves the highest degree of excellence in base mission support and fire protection management.

Throughout the year, the Hanscom Fire Department responded to 358 emergencies across the installation, supporting base infrastructure and mission partners.

The nomination also stated the department conducted more than 200 safety inspections, hosted safety trainings for military and civic organizations throughout New England, and executed innovative efforts to secure two battery-powered rescue saws that operate with zero emissions.

Air Force Outstanding CE Manager of the Year Award (Civilian Supervisor)

This award recognizes the civil engineer manager who provides outstanding supervisory skills.

Joseph Reynolds III, 66 CED dispatch supervisor, oversaw the fire alarm communication center here and reported zero losses to Air Force, Department of Defense, or MIT assets.

In addition to his management of fire reporting procedures for more than 275 emergency responses across 950 facilities, senior civil engineers lauded Reynolds for his collaboration with members of the 66th Security Forces Squadron for the reconfiguration of Base Defense Operations Center emergency radios and communication equipment.

Senior leaders here said Hanscom’s civil engineers were more than deserving for the major command titles.

"This recognition speaks highly of the dedicated civil engineering team we have here at Hanscom," said Tom Schluckebier, Hanscom's base civil engineer. "I'm very proud that our award winners will represent Hanscom Air Force Base and Air Force Materiel Command at the Air Force level."

Hanscom civil engineers were also runners-up for the Brigadier General Michael A. McAuliffe Housing Excellence Award; the Major General Robert C. Thompson Resource Excellence Award; the Major General Clifton D. Wright Award; the Major General Del R. Eulberg Award; Air Force Civilian Emergency Manager of the Year; and the Air Force Outstanding Civilian Manager of the Year.