Texas Air National Guard civil engineers deploy to Cuba

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     More than 45 members from three Air National Guard units deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during the week of Feb. 10 to provide engineering support for the Expeditionary Legal Complex there. 
     Most of the Guardsmen are from the 136th Airlift Wing, Civil Engineer Squadron (Texas Air National Guard) stationed at the Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. They were joined by members of the 172nd Civil Engineer Squadron (Mississippi Air National Guard) and one Airman from the 149th Civil Engineer Squadron (Texas Air National Guard, San Antonio). 
     The engineers deployed for approximately six months. At Guantanamo, the Air National Guard engineers will be responsible for maintenance and repair of the Expeditionary Legal Complex, which includes a tent city and a number of other facilities needed to conduct military operations.The civil engineers, whose training includes airfield maintenance, battle damage repair and emergency response, will ensure the complex is provided with water, power, environmental control and minor construction. 
     In related news, more than two dozen members of the 136th Airlift Wing deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom Dec. 30 and 31. Those deploying included aircrew, maintenance and support personnel. These Airmen departed for rotations ranging from 30 days to five months.