Spotlight: U.S. Air Force Bioenvironmental Engineering Specialists

Senior Airmen James Bryant, 90th Medical Group bioenvironmental engineering technician, measures the air flow inside the Medical Clinic Feb. 8, 2018 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Due to the clinic having a high traffic volume of patients with illnesses, it is important that there is proper airflow within the building to ensure there is a continuous flow of fresh air. Photo credit: Abbigayle Wagner

U.S. Air Force Bioenvironmental Engineering (BE) specialists provide operational health risk assessment expertise to enhance a commander’s decision making and health service support capabilities. This is achieved by identifying health hazards, potential risks and appropriate control measure for health situations.

The mission is complicated by the proximity to everything from munitions to radioactive materials, in which these experts utilize their skills to ensure healthful working conditions and that the environment is not adversely affected by Air Force activities.

US Air Force Bioenvironmental Engineering
Airman 1st Class Margarita Clayton, 90th Medical Group Bioenvironmental Engineering technician, tests a sample of water from around base to ensure it meets Air Force Instruction and federal standards Feb. 8, 2018 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Bioenvironmental works in tandem to ensure the installation is in environmental compliance thus minimizing the risk to the mission. Photo credit: Abbigayle Wagner

“The typical responsibilities of bioenvironmental is identifying, analyzing and recommending controls for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear occupational and environmental health threats,” said Airman 1st Class Kimberly Haggard, 90th Medical Group bioenvironmental engineer technician.

One of the busiest programs BE runs is the environmental program which includes water sampling around base.

“Water sampling is conducted routinely,” said Lauren Layne, 90th Medical Group environmental health technician. “We sample the drinking water on base monthly and the missile alert facility water quarterly.”

In addition to water sampling, BE also runs various other programs vital to the health of the Airmen on bases.

Adapted from original article by Abbigayle Wagner, 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs. Edited for context and format by Global Biodefense.

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