By Scott Prater
The 50th Civil Engineers Squadron took some of the mystery out of their work Nov. 6 when Airmen with the squadron showed off the tools of their trade at the annual Snow Parade outside the Child Development Center.
More than 50 children got the chance to climb into the heavy snow and ice removal equipment as Airmen with the squadron provided a hands-on guided tour.
“The squadron used to conduct an actual parade, but in the last few years we decided to hold a static vehicle display so the kids could jump in and honk the horns,” said 50th CES Operations Flight Chief Maj. Christopher Sipe. “The purpose of the parade is to give folks an idea of how we conduct snow and ice removal, and it allows folks to meet some of the operators and see how the different pieces of equipment fit into the snow and ice removal operations on base.”
Awestruck at the sheer size of some of the vehicles, the kids received an up-close-and-personal look at a farm tractor with kick broom, a front-end loader with push box, a multi-purpose vehicle with snow plow blade, a dump truck with a sanding unit attached to the rear and plow blade attached to the front, a road grader and a backhoe.
The parade was organized and implemented by 50th CES NCOIC Jeffery Brown. Equipment operators Staff Sgt. Jason Hanson, Staff Sgt. Tim Callery, Airman 1st Class Chu Her, Staff Sgt. Brent Rice, Senior Airman Ian Scott, Mr. Don Kantak, Mr. Hippolito Torres, Staff Sgt. Justin Jones and Master Sgt. John Wininger were on hand to provide information and supervise the vehicle tours.
“It certainly sounded like the kids had a good time,” Major Sipe said. “We may need to install horns in everything from now on. I think they liked the backhoe most because the chair turned around and that allowed them to handle twice as many levers and buttons.”