20th CES launches Wild Weasels Work Together
By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ingold, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 25, 2021
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The 20th Civil Engineer Squadron Wild Weasels Work Together contest concluded with the 20th Security Forces, 20th Equipment Maintenance and the 79th Fighter Generation Squadrons taking home first, second and third place respectively.
The WWWT competition aims to improve the appearance of 20th Fighter Wing buildings and grounds, motivate Airmen to take pride in the appearance of their workplace and to educate facility managers to better understand their workplace management system.
“We started this project based off of Col. Sullivan’s Weasel Habitat (Installation Support) Line of Effort,” said 1st Lt. Kevin Stolle, 20th CES requirements and optimizations officer in charge. “We want to help inspire people to take more pride in their facilities and the base as a whole.”
Facility managers from units across the 20th FW submitted building improvement designs to the 20th CES customer service section for approval through the work order system. The units had ten days to execute the approved plan for grading.
“This contest was the catalyst to attacking some issues we’ve seen across the base,” said Tech. Sgt. Shawn Rowe, 20th SFS facility manager. “We listed all the ideas we had for our facilities on base and went to work.”
20th CES engineers perform emergency, scheduled, facility repair and enhancement maintenance. Enhancement work is the lowest priority for the squadron.
The WWWT contest aims to lessen the need for enhancement projects across Shaw. The customer service shop plans to utilize the resources saved for additional projects in the competing squadrons.
“We wanted to emphasize lasting changes to facilities in our scoring,” said Stolle. “Some units went above and beyond by completely redesigning rooms for training or operations. We wanted to see changes to the function of the facility and increase the pride Airmen have for their squadron.”
Facility managers developed the improvement plans in the 20th CES work order system. A secondary objective of the WWWT contest is increasing knowledge in the work order system.
“It was a little daunting putting in all our work order entries for our different buildings,” said Rowe. “We had a lot of work and I am new to being a facility manager. I had some questions at first, but now the system is second nature.”
The WWWT competition is scheduled to be a quarterly event to continue the progress made by the inaugural contest.
“It was eye-opening to see the change in the before and after,” said Rowe. “We had an army of volunteers get days’ worth of improvements done in a short period of time.”