HomeNewsArticle Display

Hawaii civil engineers deploy to Afghanistan

Master Sgt. Janet Hudson, 624th Regional Support Group Family Support, helps Tech. Sgt. Dedric Brown, 624th Civil Engineer Squadron, with his gear before he leaves the Honolulu (Hawaii) International Airport July 31, 2009. Fifty-four Air Force reservists from the squadron at Hickam Air Force Base were mobilized for six months of duty at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Bates)

Master Sgt. Janet Hudson, 624th Regional Support Group Family Support, helps Tech. Sgt. Dedric Brown, 624th Civil Engineer Squadron, with his gear before he leaves the Honolulu (Hawaii) International Airport July 31, 2009. Fifty-four Air Force reservists from the squadron at Hickam Air Force Base were mobilized for six months of duty at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Bates)

Master Sgt. Robert Tancayo, 624th Civil Engineer Squadron, inspects weapon cases before distributing them to reservists in his squadron July 31, 2009. Fifty-four reservists from the squadron were mobilized for six months and sent to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to support the U.S. Army. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Bates)

Master Sgt. Robert Tancayo, 624th Civil Engineer Squadron, inspects weapon cases before distributing them to reservists in his squadron July 31, 2009. Fifty-four reservists from the squadron were mobilized for six months and sent to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to support the U.S. Army. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mark Bates)

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Ariola, 624th Civil Engineer Squadron, hones his marksmanship skills July 12, 2009, at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Sergeant Ariola and 53 other squadron reservists were mobilized for six months and sent to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to support the U.S. Army. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Daniel Nathaniel)

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Ariola, 624th Civil Engineer Squadron, hones his marksmanship skills July 12, 2009, at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Sergeant Ariola and 53 other squadron reservists were mobilized for six months and sent to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to support the U.S. Army. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Daniel Nathaniel)

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Fifty-four Airmen from the 624th Civil Engineer Squadron here were mobilized in July for six months to support the U.S. Army at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

The Air Force reservists left Honolulu International Airport July 31 to begin their deployment. Theirs was a partial mobilization because only about half of the squadron was activated.

The squadron is part of the 624th Regional Support Group, which has its headquarters at Hickam AFB. The group is the largest Air Force Reserve presence in the Pacific and reports directly to 4th Air Force at March Air Reserve Base, Calif.

The group provides combatant commanders with more than 650 combat-ready Airmen. They specialize in aerial port, aeromedical staging and civil engineering operations for worldwide service.

In addition to the civil engineer squadron, the group has the 624th Aeromedical Staging Squadron and 48th Aerial Port Squadron at Hickam. Other units in the group are the 44th APS and 724th Aeromedical Staging Flight at Andersen AFB, Guam. (Air Force Reserve Command News Service)