The Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence, with headquarters at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, is a field operating agency of the Office of the Air Force Civil Engineer. The center provides Air Force leaders with the comprehensive expertise they need to protect, preserve, restore, develop and sustain our nation's environmental and installation resources.

Mission

The Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence is the Air Force's premiere environmental service center, offering commanders a full range of technical and professional services in the areas of environmental restoration, pollution prevention, natural and cultural resources conservation, design and construction management, and comprehensive planning. AFCEE also advances excellence in Air Force installations by formulating and executing sound design and construction management principles.

Personnel

The agency employs 448 personnel, of which 58 are military members. The majority of its personnel have degrees in engineering and the sciences, including such diverse fields as architecture, hydrogeology, wildlife biology and chemistry. AFCEE also relies on contractor employees who provide technical assistance in computer operations and other areas.

Organization

A civilian director, a member of the Senior Executive Service, heads the center. An executive director, an Air Force colonel who also serves as the commander of the center's military personnel, assists the director.

Environmental Restoration manages environmental cleanup activities such as remedial investigations, remedial design, remedial actions and long-term maintenance operations for designated closure and non-closure bases. The directorate also performs technical quality assurance of environmental programs, laboratory quality assurance assessments and document reviews. Additionally, the organization's Technology Transfer Division serves as the center of expertise for deploying new remediation techniques as they emerge from the research and development world.

Environmental Conservation and Planning offers the full spectrum of environmental planning products, services and technical support to Air Force commanders. The directorate provides assistance to Air Force headquarters on issues affecting environmental impact analysis practice and advice. Its areas of expertise include the environmental impact analysis process and several specialties, such as base comprehensive planning. The directorate also gives technical support to natural and cultural resources programs, and is the functional expert for the Air Force civil engineer in Air Installation Compatible Use Zone planning studies. Additionally, the organization provides technical oversight and assistance to the Assessment System for Aircraft Noise program.

Environmental Quality supports installation pollution-prevention and compliance programs worldwide. It also identifies pollution prevention and compliance opportunities; develops and executes strategic initiatives to identify and implement solutions to common Air Force pollution-prevention and compliance problems; and cross-feeds information on successful programs, good ideas and proven technologies from throughout the Air Force and federal government. Additionally, the directorate manages PRO-ACT, the Air Force's environmental information clearing house, whose staff answers questions and cross-feeds data free of charge to Air Force personnel and contractors worldwide.

Design and Construction serves as the functional expert for architecture, interior designs, landscape architecture and computer-aided design and geographical information systems. The directorate is also the Air Force civil engineer center of expertise for design and construction of medical facilities. It also functions as design and construction agent for assigned military family housing projects, and provides facility privatization services, studies and contracting support. In addition, the directorate manages the planning and design assistance team, Air Force design awards, and design and construction agent awards programs.

Financial Management and Mission Support provides management tools and services to the center staff in the areas of resources, information management, computer and communications support, and graphics. The organization also programs, budgets and manages five separate AFCEE funding accounts. The Environmental Contracting Division, which is technically part of the Brooks Air Force Base Human Systems Center, provides dedicated support to AFCEE in the area of environmental contracting.

The Staff Judge Advocate office provides timely legal information, analysis and guidance to center staff and clients. Attorneys with the Human System Center's Environmental Acquisition Law Division, based at AFCEE headquarters, provide a full range of legal services. They focus primarily on legal issues arising from environmental contracting.

The Directorate of Public Affairs' job is to present AFCEE to internal and external audiences through news releases, fact sheets, traveling displays and a quarterly newsmagazine, Center Views.

In addition to the headquarters-based organizations, the center also has three Regional Environmental Offices located in Dallas (Central Region), Atlanta (Eastern Region) and San Francisco (Western Region). These offices are responsible for keeping Air Force commanders advised of all applicable environmental laws and advocate Air Force needs to state and federal regulators. They also serve as regional environmental coordinators with the responsibility of coordinating environmental matters among all Department of Defense components within their regions.

History

Before the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence was formed, there was not one centralized office where Air Force commanders could go for assistance with their installation's environmental programs. The situation changed in 1991, when the center was approved and created as a field operating agency of the Office of the Air Force Civil Engineer.

The new center started out with only a handful of people but rapidly grew. Within a year of opening, the agency had a full service array of environmental cleanup contracts.

The AFCEE did not have a building of its own when it first began operations. Employees worked in different facilities throughout the base or in leased modular buildings. In July 1994, ground was broken for the nearly 73,000 square-foot headquarters building. A year later, a ribbon-cutting ceremony formally inaugurated the center's new home.

POINT OF CONTACT

Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence
Directorate of Public Affairs; 8001 Arnold, Bldg. 642; Brooks Air Force Base, TX 78235-5357
DSN 240-5135
or (210) 536-5135

 

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