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The AFMC We Need: PMEL receives flooring repair

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  • By Giancarlo Casem
  • 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

A floor repair project recently wrapped up at the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory on Edwards Air Force Base, California.

The repair project was identified as mission need and was funded by the Air Force Materiel Command’s “AFMC We Need” initiative.

“The old floors had damages; scratches and holes in the material,” said Tech. Sgt. Jacob Dilick, the PMEL facility manager.

Dilick explained that wear and tear on the floor meant that the floor potentially lose compliance with technical specifications required to provide Test, Measurement & Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) tests and calibration.

Some of those technical specifications included specific chemical resistances and nonconductive continuous flooring such as a laminate coat as opposed to floor tiles. The project took a little over a month and saw the PMEL crew relocate temporarily to another location near by.

The flooring project covered an area of approximately 15,500 sq. ft. and cost $590,000.

“A contractor had to add vapor barriers, prepare the floor, and applied three coats of chemical resistant non-conductive epoxy floor coatings, to meet minimum resistance of 1 x 109 ohms, and make the floor aesthetically pleasing,” said Arcadio Garcia, Structures Engineer Technician, 412th Civil Engineer Squadron. “Also, the contract included priming, preparing, and painting all laboratory walls.”

The project overall included extensive coordination between Garcia and his team with multiple contractors. For example, the paint contractor could not start their portion of the project and until the moving contractor finished moving equipment out of the PMEL, Garcia explained.

The finished repair project now means that the PMEL section can continue to provide TMDE tests on equipment which directly impacts the test mission without fail.

Edwards provides care, opportunities for children aged six weeks through high school graduation

Edwards provides care, opportunities for childrenaged six weeks through high school graduation

The Child and Youth Program at Edwards AFB provides care and opportunities for kids ages six weeks old through high school graduation. A brief summary of those services follows:

  •                    The Child Development Center cares for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, with a DOD-wide curriculum. The curriculum is focused on learning through play activities supporting social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Installations across DOD follow the curriculum on the same timeline to allow seamless permanent change-of-station transitions for youth enrolled in care.
  •                    The School Age Center provides before and after-school care and summer camp for children ages 5 to 12. During school breaks, full-day camps are offered. SAC promotes cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, language and physical development through programs that encourage self-confidence, curiosity, self-discipline and resiliency.
  •                    The open recreation program at the Main Youth Center provides a safe space for ages 9 to 12 to attend after school. Programs include Power Hour, STEM, Torch Club, social recreation, youth camps, special events and more.
  •                    The youth sports program provides intro and league opportunities for ages 3 to 12, and promotes inclusiveness, self-discipline, commitment, resiliency and social skills. There are four sports offered annually for ages five to 12: baseball/softball, soccer, flag football and basketball. Smart start programs are available to ages 3 to 5. There are many other sports and camps offered throughout the year.
  •                    The Teen Center is available for ages 13 to 18 during the school year. Programs offered include Military Youth of the Year, Keystone Club, social recreation, STEM activities, college trips, leadership camps and more.
  •                    Youth programs (SAC, open rec and teen) are affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.
  •                    Family Child Care homes – there are currently three FCC homes on the installation. They can provide care for ages two weeks to 12 years. FCC providers are trained by Child and Youth Program training and curriculum specialists and have the flexibility to determine their hours of operation and the ages of youth within their care. The program’s new dedicated manager, Jennifer Stegmann, may be reached at 661-275-7529.

Although CDC enrollment capacity is 317, not all slots are currently filled because of a shortage of childcare workers. School Age Center enrollment capacity is 156. After-school care enrollment is 130. Before-school care enrollment is 75. Summer Camp 2022 was at its capacity and enrollment for Summer Camp 2023 opens April 3.