Reserve Engineers bring Glenwood back to life
By Maj. Jon Quinlan, 507th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 26, 2019
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.