Hawaii civil engineers deploy to Afghanistan
/ Published August 06, 2009
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)