Two countries are teaming up this week for a special training course at Tyndall Air Force Base. Civil engineers from the Royal Canadian Air Force are joining U.S. Air Force engineers for the Silver Flag training course.
For seven days civil engineers in the training will learn how to set up and maintain a base for a deployment location.
"The mission of the Air Force is to fly aircrafts. That's what the number one mission is. But the behind the scenes work to make that happen, to run an air fields, you need a whole bunch of civil engineers . Both to build it up, to maintain it and to recover it from an attack. There's a huge amount of engineers required behind the scenes for one aircraft to do a mission," says Maj. David Jane, Chief of Contingency Training at Tyndall Air Force Base.
The goal is to put the airmen into a contingency environment. They must know how to produce electricity, for systems like Emergency Airfield Lighting. They must be able to produce clean water, as well as, fire protection and emergency management. For this particular training, the U.S. Air Force is joined by the Royal Canadian Air Force.
"The first week is about bringing the team together to learn about the different equipment," says Capt. Kip Boyechko from the Royal Canadian Air Force. "Then on Thursday, we're going to move into a bare area and practice building a place to live and operate aircraft auto."
With the two neighboring countries training together, they are preparing for joint deployment capabilities. While there are a few cultural differences, students say the engineering knowledge is the same.
"It's all relevant information," says Mcpl Moylan, a civil engineer from the Royal Canadian Air Force. "It's very similar to the training we do in Canada. We call it level two training. Same principle, just a little different equipment."
"The whole culture thing is a little bit different," says Lt. Eric Marks, with the U.S. Air Force. "I like to hear how they handle themselves in camp. It's kind of amazing how their technical knowledge is about the same as ours. They speak the same language as far as engineering their power-pro all that is very similar to ours."
This course will end March 8th.