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VanDenBroeke assumes command of 910th Civil Engineer Squadron

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Civil Engineering “leads the way,” and now, Maj. Tiffany VanDenBroeke leads the civil engineers. VanDenBroeke assumed command of the 910th Civil Engineer Squadron, Aug. 7, 2021, in hangar 295 at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. Col. Greg Meyer, the commander of the 910th Mission Support Group, officiated the ceremony and transferred the guidon, a customized flag representing the squadron, to VanDenBroeke, symbolizing the official change of command.

Meyer formally recognized VanDenBroeke’s accomplishments as a Reserve Citizen Airman and issued his confidence during the ceremony. 

“To accomplish our mission, the 910th CES is comprised of 11 (Air Force Specialty Codes, or careers), ranging from emergency management to HVAC, and is coupled with a host of educational and training requirements, making it my most diverse squadron,” said Meyer. “It will take a strong leader to organize, train and equip that squadron while maintaining its unity of purpose and morale. We have found that leader in Maj. Tiffany VanDenBroeke. I am confident she will succeed and has a great team of Airmen who will help her along the way.”

VanDenBroeke hails from the 934th Airlift Wing in Minneapolis where she served as the CE operations flight commander. Prior to her experiences there, she served in CE units while stationed at McConnell and Kadena, and as a joint staff engineer at Yakota. She served through several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. As a civilian, VanDenBroeke was a senior facilities engineer for Boston Scientific and was charged with overseeing planning, design, reconfiguration, maintenance and alteration of equipment, machinery and buildings on a 93-acre campus before accepting the position of 910th CES commander.

Addressing her new squadron, VanDenBroeke said, “Engineers lead the way. It’s something that we have always said. I think as we move forward into this next phase of fighting with agile combat deployment, engineers will continue to lead the way. We know what it takes.”

In order to do that, VanDenBroeke intends to start her command with high expectations of her Reserve Citizen Airmen. 

“I’m going to start by setting the bar high, very high,” said VanDenBroeke. “This doesn’t mean ‘accomplish the mission at all costs.’ I want you to continue to have your mental, physical and spiritual health. It’s all very important to you and the mission. But it does mean we are going to have to find creative solutions.” 

It is the 910th CES’s ability to adapt to changing situations that allows it to be the mobile support engineering force that our nation needs. Capable of rapid response in support of world contingency operations, the 910th CES provides support encompassing routine maintenance and repair of facilities and utilities, crash and fire rescue services, beddown of deployment forces, disaster preparedness and emergency war damage repair of air bases. It is comprised of more than 120 individuals populating a diverse mosaic of career fields to include: firefighters, emergency management specialists, pavements and equipment technicians and structures specialists, to name a few.