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Minot AFB team helps with recovery at Texas base

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – A team from the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) is helping with recovery at a Texas air base following cold and snow that impacted infrastructure systems statewide, according to information from Minot Air Force Base.

Lt. Col. David Dammeier, 5th CES commander and WarBull-1, said the squadron, “The WarBulls,” sent four members to Dyess AFB.

“We sent two structure personnel to assist with dry wall and vertical components of the building that were damaged due to the storm. We also sent two water system fuels maintenance personnel to assist with any repairs in pipes that burst due to the cold temperatures,” he said in a statement provided by Minot AFB. “Our motto is ‘WarBulls do more!’ Our team stands ready to help out our sister squadrons whenever, wherever we are needed; after all, we are one team, one fight! In the coming weeks, we will send an additional two heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) personnel to assist with HVAC repairs, as heat is a critical component to both people and our weapon systems.”

Maj. Chris Bahrij, 5th CES Operations flight commander and “Warbull-3,” said the team received a warm welcome when they arrived.

“They are getting deep into doing great work and a lot of work (12-hour days and one day off a week) as they tackle hundreds of pipe breaks across one-third of all facilities on base and then getting after all the water damage,” he said in a statement provided by the base.

He said plumbers are doing damage control in cutting/capping lines for temporary repairs, which won’t even address fire suppressions repairs in this initial round of work. Structures personnel are following behind, cutting out sheetrock and fanning facilities to prevent molding.

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