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412th Civil Engineer Group Unit Recognized by the U.S. Air Force for Resource Excellence

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  • By Adam Bowles
  • 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

The Asset Management Branch of the Installation Management Division within the 412th Civil Engineer Group was recently recognized by the U.S. Air Force for winning the Maj. Gen. Robert C. Thompson Resource Excellence Award. This award recognizes the Air Force civil engineer unit that achieved the highest degree of resource excellence by offering outstanding products and services to its customers.

"I am very proud of our Asset Management Branch professionals," said Hugo Via, Chief of the Installation Management Division, 412th CEG. "They have consistently provided superior support to the 412 CEG and the 412th Test Wing. This award validates what I suspected all along -- that they are one of the best in the Air Force."

This annual award honors Major General Robert C. Thompson, who served as the Air Force Director of Engineering and Services from 1975 to 1978 and was instrumental in improving the quality of life for Air Force personnel. The award's purpose is to encourage customer support and satisfaction, high-quality standards and achievement throughout the unit.

"Their success is truly based on the teamwork and collaboration among all 412 CEG personnel and the support we receive from our leaders at the Group and Wing levels," Via said. "Winning an Air Force-level award is not a small feat. It is a significant achievement, and we are very thankful for the recognition."

Winning this award is a true culmination of the day-to-day efforts and hard work performed by the unit to support the 412 CEG mission and overall 412th Test Wing mission while also contributing to improving the quality of life at Edwards AFB.

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.