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Squadron competition trains engineers

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  • By Story By Senior Airman Julia Sorber
  • 193rd Special Operations Wing

Airmen from the 211th Engineering Installation Squadron, 193rd Special Operations Wing, participated in a squadron competition at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania June 7-8, 2018.

The squadron was divided into two teams, and each team operated from two separate work sites. The goal of each team was to build a local area network where they could send a file from one work site to another. The first to complete the challenge determined the winner of the competition.

“This is the first time we’ve done a big project like this with the entire squadron,” said Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Eisenhauer, a flight chief with the 211th EIS. “Some of us have been here for a while and have participated in projects similar to this. However, we have new Airmen and this is their first experience with this type of project.”

Eisenhauer stated that, in addition to friendly competition, this project provided Airmen with valuable training.

“It benefits the Airmen because they get hands-on training while also getting to see a project from start to finish, which helps them better understand why their particular skillset is so valuable,” said Eisenhauer.

Capt. James Callahan, a cyber operations officer with the 211th EIS, pointed out that the Airmen were highly motivated to complete their individual tasks, which incorporated many different Air Force careers.

Tech. Sgt. Armel Lovell, a cyber transport supervisor with the 211th EIS, stated that he thought the competition provided good refresher training and that he was eager to get his part of the project completed throughout the competition.

As the competition came to a close, Eisenhauer indicated that the 211th EIS plans to continue incorporating this type of project into their annual training requirements.