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Offutt teams with Seabees as flood recovery continues

man watches as crane moves generator.

Three Seabees from Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center Mobile Utilities Support Equipment Division complete the installation and inspection of a generator to provide temporary power to the 595th Command and Control aircraft maintenance facility in early February.

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. --

Three Seabees deployed from Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center Mobile Utilities Support Equipment Division recently completed the installation and inspection of equipment to provide temporary power to the 595th Command and Control aircraft maintenance facility. 

In March 2019, a third of the base and its infrastructure was ruined by a flood. One building had been without power since March until the 55th Civil Engineering Squadron rented a 500-kilowatt generator that could only provide power to critical loads in the building but, costly fuel and maintenance cost raised the alarm for a more viable solution. Daily the generator was costing approximately $850 for a total cost of $102,000. The command requested MUSE equipment not only be able to supply power to the entire facility and save $255,000. 

Offutt Air Force Base host the 55th Wing who provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic attack and nuclear command and control to national leadership and warfighters. The 55th Civil Engineer Squadron provides uninterrupted facilities, utilities, and emergency services across the 55th Wing. 

The installed EXWC MUSE equipment allows the U.S. Strategic Command mission to effectively maintain their equipment and avoid exposing their planes to the harsh Nebraska weather. The maintenance facility will now have powered equipment they have not had in over a year and a safer building to work in.

NAVFAC EXWC is a command of more than 1,300 federal employees, contractors and military personnel who provide specialized facilities engineering, technology solutions and life-cycle management of expeditionary equipment to the Navy, Marine Corps, federal agencies and other Department of Defense supported commands.

MUSE is a team of U.S. Navy Seabees that are experts in providing portable diesel engine-driven generators, substations and switchgear to meet utility shortcomings. The targeted customers for MUSE are U.S. Navy activities and the U.S. Marine Corps, but depending upon the situation, MUSE can provide service to other DOD and non-DOD activities.

For more information on MUSE and its operations, email MUSE_recruiters@navy.mil, or call (805) 982-5323.

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