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Reserve Engineers bring Glenwood back to life

Members of the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron work on the final touches of three new Quonset huts at the Glenwood training area here February 26. Reserve Citizen Airmen partnered with the 72nd Air Base Wing to build the huts and repair some damaged facilities at the training area. The new Quonset huts are more permanent, cheaper, and fully equipped with electric, heating and air. The improvements will make readiness training exercises on the site more efficient, according to members of the wing inspection team. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Members of the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron work on the final touches of three new Quonset huts at the Glenwood training area here February 26. Reserve Citizen Airmen partnered with the 72nd Air Base Wing to build the huts and repair some damaged facilities at the training area. The new Quonset huts are more permanent, cheaper, and fully equipped with electric, heating and air. The improvements will make readiness training exercises on the site more efficient, according to members of the wing inspection team. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Tech. Sgt. Lyndon Jones, 507th Civil Engineer Squadron works on the final touches of one of the three new Quonset huts at the Glenwood training area here February 26. Reserve Citizen Airmen partnered with the 72nd Air Base Wing to build the huts and repair some damaged facilities at the training area. The new Quonset huts are more permanent, cheaper, and fully equipped with electric, heating and air. The improvements will make readiness training exercises on the site more efficient, according to members of the wing inspection team. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Tech. Sgt. Lyndon Jones, 507th Civil Engineer Squadron, works on the final touches of one of the three new Quonset huts at the Glenwood training area here February 26. Reserve Citizen Airmen partnered with the 72nd Air Base Wing to build the huts and repair some damaged facilities at the training area. The new Quonset huts are more permanent, cheaper, and fully equipped with electric, heating and air. The improvements will make readiness training exercises on the site more efficient, according to members of the wing inspection team. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Many tents and facilities at the Glenwood training area are damaged as you can see from this photo. In the distance, Tech. Sgt. Lyndon Jones, 507th Civil Engineer Squadron, works on the final touches of one of the three new Quonset huts at the Glenwood training area here February 26. The new facilities are a marked improvement to the weathered tents they are replacing. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Many tents and facilities at the Glenwood training area are damaged as you can see from this photo. In the distance, Tech. Sgt. Lyndon Jones, 507th Civil Engineer Squadron, works on the final touches of one of the three new Quonset huts at the Glenwood training area here February 26. The new facilities are a marked improvement to the weathered tents they are replacing. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

A tent from the Glenwood training area is damaged and weathered here Feb. 26. Members of the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron improved the area by building three new Quonset huts here February 26. The new Quonset huts are more permanent, cheaper, and fully equipped with electric, heating and air. The improvements will make readiness training exercises on the site more efficient, according to members of the wing inspection team. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

A tent from the Glenwood training area is damaged and weathered here Feb. 26. Members of the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron improved the area by building three new Quonset huts here February 26. The new Quonset huts are more permanent, cheaper, and fully equipped with electric, heating and air. The improvements will make readiness training exercises on the site more efficient, according to members of the wing inspection team. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Witte, 507th Civil Engineer Squadron makes final adjustments on one of the three Quonset huts at the Glenwood training area here, Feb. 26. Reserve Citizen Airmen partnered with the 72nd Air Base Wing to build the huts and repair some damaged facilities at the training area. The new Quonset huts are more permanent, cheaper, and fully equipped with electric, heating and air. The improvements will make readiness training exercises on the site more efficient, according to members of the wing inspection team. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Witte, 507th Civil Engineer Squadron makes final adjustments on one of the three Quonset huts at the Glenwood training area here, Feb. 26. Reserve Citizen Airmen partnered with the 72nd Air Base Wing to build the huts and repair some damaged facilities at the training area. The new Quonset huts are more permanent, cheaper, and fully equipped with electric, heating and air. The improvements will make readiness training exercises on the site more efficient, according to members of the wing inspection team. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Tech. Sgt. Lyndon Jones, 507th Civil Engineer Squadron works on the final touches of one of the three new Quonset huts at the Glenwood training area here February 26. Reserve Citizen Airmen partnered with the 72nd Air Base Wing to build the huts and repair some damaged facilities at the training area. The new Quonset huts are more permanent, cheaper, and fully equipped with electric, heating and air. The improvements will make readiness training exercises on the site more efficient, according to members of the wing inspection team. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

Tech. Sgt. Lyndon Jones, 507th Civil Engineer Squadron, works on the final touches of one of the three new Quonset huts at the Glenwood training area here February 26. Reserve Citizen Airmen partnered with the 72nd Air Base Wing to build the huts and repair some damaged facilities at the training area. The new Quonset huts are more permanent, cheaper, and fully equipped with electric, heating and air. The improvements will make readiness training exercises on the site more efficient, according to members of the wing inspection team. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Reserve engineers from the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron partnered with the 72nd Air Base Wing for the last three months to build three quonset huts and repair damaged facilities at the Glenwood training area here.

 

The new quonset huts are sturdier, cheaper, and fully equipped with electric, heating and air. The improvements aim to make readiness training exercises on the site more efficient, according to members of the 72nd ABW inspection team.

 

“If we didn’t have the support of the Reserve, we don’t know how we could have done this,” said Jonny Conover, 72nd ABW Inspector General Inspections office.

 

Many units on Tinker use the Glenwood training area to accomplish expeditionary skills and emergency response training. In the past, Glenwood was used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an incident support base during winter ice storms.

 

“I believe these are the nicest facilities we’ve ever had for training,” said Joe Wade, facilities director, 507th CES. “We are always happy to support the host wing with base improvements.”

 

Reservists from the 507th CES work with the installation regularly to help move the base forward. In the past few years Reserve engineers assisted in construction of the 911 emergency call center, made improvements at Indian Hills Lodging and improved other support facilities on base.

 

Adam Williams, 507th CES site manager said the new facilities should last around 20 years.