9th CES Improves quality of life

Airman 1st Class Sajan Singh (left) and  Paul Durand (right), 9th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance technicians, work installing utility covers on sewer pipes in housing at Beale Air Force Base Calif., Sept. 19, 2012. The Airmen are working to complete final repairs before transferring the buildings to privatized housing contractors.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shawn Nickel/released)

Airman 1st Class Sajan Singh (left) and Paul Durand (right), 9th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance technicians, work installing utility covers on sewer pipes in housing at Beale Air Force Base Calif., Sept. 19, 2012. The Airmen are working to complete final repairs before transferring the buildings to privatized housing contractors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shawn Nickel/released)

Airman 1st Class Steven Brent, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron structural assurance technician, installs a storm chain in housing at Beale Air Force Base Calif., Sept. 19, 2012. 9th CES is working to complete final repairs to the Mountain View neighborhood before transferring the buildings to privatized housing contractors.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shawn Nickel/released)

Airman 1st Class Steven Brent, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron structural assurance technician, installs a storm chain in housing at Beale Air Force Base Calif., Sept. 19, 2012. 9th CES is working to complete final repairs to the Mountain View neighborhood before transferring the buildings to privatized housing contractors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shawn Nickel/released)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 9th Civil Engineer Squadron is improving quality of life for incoming Airmen and their families by identifying and fixing discrepancies in military family housing.

The 9th CES evaluated 66 houses located in the Mountain View area, Aug. 22. Many of the homes had inoperable appliances, deficient lighting, decayed fences and cracked sidewalks making these homes inhabitable.

"Immediately 9th CES Asset Management, Operations, and Programming flights began planning to renovate the houses," said 2nd Lt. Jamela Satterfield, 9th CES operations flight chief of planning.

Balfour Beatty Communities and the 9th CES partnered to identify the work needed and to complete tasks in a timely fashion. The project will cost approximately $254,000.

"We were able to have the first family move in Aug. 24,"  Satterfield said.

Airmen repaired sidewalks, installed appliances, replaced light fixtures, built fences, repaired air conditioning systems, performed pest control and installed door trim and stops, and storm chains.

"The squadron has been working continuously to make the necessary repairs so incoming families have a place to live," said Master Sgt. Todd McFauls, 9th CES NCO in charge of electrical systems.

To date, 9th CES has completeed repaires to more than 40 houses. The rest of the renovations are scheduled to be completed by Sept. 28.

For more information about on-going renovations in the Mountain View, contact 2nd Lt. Scott Kim at 634-9303.