COLONEL SERVES AS BASE 'MAYOR'.Byline: Jim Skeen Staff Writer
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. - Col. Wendy Masiello's background is in managing contracts, but at Edwards she is running a community.
As commander of Edwards' 95th Air Base Wing, Masiello is responsible for the operations of the 301,000-acre base, including its housing, personnel, construction and communications.
Because the duties of the commander of the air base wing are quite similar to those of a top city administrator, the officer holding the post is sometimes referred to as the ``mayor'' of Edwards.
``I had the opportunity to take this job and I've loved every minute of it,'' Masiello said.
A top priority for Masiello is ensuring that personnel are trained and properly equipped for deployment overseas. Toward that goal, the base recently added urban warfare Urban warfare is a modern warfare conducted in urban areas such as towns and cities. As a distinction, warfare conducted in population centers before the 20th century is generally considered siege warfare. training, conducted in an old section of base housing earmarked for demolition, to the pre-deployment training.
``We will not let somebody leave unprepared and unprotected,'' Masiello said.
At any given time, roughly 100 members of Edwards personnel are deployed overseas, primarily drawn from the base's security forces personnel. Helping to fill security duties at Edwards is a cadre (company) CADRE - The US software engineering vendor which merged with Bachman Information Systems to form Cayenne Software in July 1996. of about 80 California National Guard The California National Guard is the component of the United States National Guard in the U.S. state of California. It comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. troops.
To aid with processing troops for duty overseas, Edwards officials are looking to relocate the base's deployment center from a small, cramped cramped
1. Uncomfortably small or restricted: cramped living quarters.
2. Difficult to read, especially for being crowded into a small space: cramped handwriting. building to a remodeled portion of a warehouse.
The base is steadily working on improving the quality of life for its personnel and their families, the colonel said.
The base will continue its program of replacing aging housing with new homes. The president's proposed 2005 budget includes $41.2 million to replace 218 housing units at Edwards.
Much of the base's housing was built in the 1950s. The aging homes are becoming increasingly more costly to maintain and they lack central heating and cooling Central heating and cooling
The use of a single heating or cooling plant to serve a group of buildings, facilities, or even a complete community through a system of distribution pipework that feeds each structure or facility. systems.
Additional funding is expected in the next two budgets to help Edwards replace over 600 homes.
Another project aimed at making life easier on base is the construction of the $8.7 million, 49,000-square-foot Consolidated Support Facility, which will allow military personnel to complete their incoming and outgoing processing in one building.
The building, expected to be open this summer, will bring together under one roof offices with several functions that are now scattered Scattered
Used for listed equity securities. Unconcentrated buy or sell interest. around the base, including both the military and civilian personnel offices, the office that handles identification and vehicle passes, and the air base wing command.
``It's an opportunity for us to minimize time away from mission by having only one place to take care of business,'' Masiello said.
The new building is expected to save more than $500,000 a year in maintenance, utility and other costs, officials say.
Another project is the opening later this year of an $18 million, 44,000-square-foot clinic that will replace a tiny 46-year-old hospital that was converted into a clinic.
Other changes at Edwards might appear to be minor to the world outside of the base, but they have a big meaning - the base commissary COMMISSARY. An officer whose principal duties are to supply the army with provisions.
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Last summer, an indoor playground was built inside a portion of the base's former commissary. The playground is being spruced up by volunteers from corporate giant Viacom's Paramount Studios unit.
``They bring Hollywood talent in to do this for us,'' Masiello said. ``It's just phenomenal. It truly is a gift for our people.''
One project Masiello would like to see funded is a new fitness center. The base's fitness center, more than 40 years old, is cramped and is becoming a problem to keep up.
With a new focus on fitness coming down from the Air Force chief of staff, Masiello said she wants Edwards to have a proper fitness center.
``We want people to make it (fitness) a lifestyle and not go over there and think 'OK, how long has that carpet been down?' and 'When will that roof fall in?'''
The base is also getting funding, approximately $250,000, to install a rubberized running track.
Masiello grew up in Lubbock, Texas “Lubbock” redirects here. For other uses, see Lubbock (disambiguation).
Lubbock is the 10th-largest city in the state of Texas. Located in the northwestern part of the state—a region known historically as the Llano Estacado , and joined the Air Force after being named a distinguished graduate of Texas Tech University's ROTC program in 1981. At Texas Tech she earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, and she earned a master's degree master's degree
An academic degree conferred by a college or university upon those who complete at least one year of prescribed study beyond the bachelor's degree.
Noun 1. in logistics management Logistics Management is that part of Supply Chain Management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective, forward, and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet from the Air Force Institute of Technology The Naval Postgraduate School serves a similar purpose for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S. Army does not have a comparable school; Army officers study at the Naval Postgraduate School or AFIT. .
Masiello said as she considered her career options, she wanted to find a job where she could get bored after two or three years at an assignment, then want to move on - and have that be a good thing.
``The Air Force was the perfect bill,'' Masiello said.
In her Air Force career, Masiello has held a wide variety of positions in acquisition and contracting, including space and air armament systems development and acquisition, and contract administration. She has served as the director of contracting at the Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base Eglin Air Force Base is the home of the United States Air Force 96th Air Base Wing of the Air Force Materiel Command, and is also headquarters for more than 45 associate units. , and as the deputy director of plans and programs at the center.
In June, Masiello will leave Edwards for Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where she will become the director of contracting for Aeronautical aer·o·nau·tic also aer·o·nau·ti·cal
Of or relating to aeronautics.
aero·nau Systems Center, the parent unit of Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale.
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(color) Col. Wendy Masiello, commander of Edwards' 95th Air Base Wing, has been in the Air Force for more than 20 years.
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