If you re-build it, they will come

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  • By Senior Airman Justyn Freeman
  • National Air and Space Intelligence Center Public Affairs
In 2017, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center will celebrate its 100 year anniversary. Some elements of the building have been around since World War II and after so many years, wear and tear has taken its toll and updates are necessary.

Air Force Materiel Command leaders asked the Air Force Civil Engineer Center staff to support NASIC by sending technical subject matter experts to review the center’s building systems.

"This is a monumental event. AFCEC has answered our call and assembled a team of experts to help assess the condition, maintenance practices, and functionality of what most would consider multitude of sophisticated facility and infrastructure systems at NASIC,” said Jim Martin, AFMC’s civil engineer asset manager.

The AFCEC missions include facility investment planning; design and construction; operations support; real property management; readiness; energy support; environmental compliance and restoration; and audit assertions, acquisition and program management. Lt. Col. David Novy, AFCEC deputy director of operations, served as the lead for the assessment team.

“This pioneering effort will help ensure we are providing the most reliable and optimal systems supporting NASIC's global mission,” Martin said. “Colonel Novy and his team hit the ground running and expediently assessed the critical infrastructure that supports the 650K square foot complex and the various mission sets it supports.”

While here, team members provided reach back technical assistance and capitalized on expertise from across the CE Enterprise from AFCEC subject matter experts, recognized base level specialists, and AFIT technical expertise.

“We don’t have the capability in the Air Force to send infrastructure assessment teams out anymore,” Novy said. “So it’s a unique requirement and it’s a unique support for that unique requirement at NASIC to look at the infrastructure that supports the mission. When the request came from AFMC and NASIC for us to provide a validation for the systems that they have to guarantee availability for the mission we put together a team.”

By the end of the visit, the team had assessed the current NASIC building systems, determined where they should be, and identified what tools are available to improve mission reliability.

“Working through the intricacies, they were able to help provide analysis that defines the current ’state of the infrastructure’ and identify opportunities for ensuring mission availability of critical infrastructure systems," Martin said.