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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Vaughner, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment operator, drills holes with a skid steer in preparation for a revetment at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 19, 2013. A revetment is a barrier that protects military assets and personnel from harm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Vaughner, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment operator, drills holes with a skid steer in preparation for a revetment at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, March 19, 2013. A revetment is a barrier that protects military assets and personnel from harm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Coleman, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman, cuts building materials at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. The design and construction of the revetment is only hindered by the imagination of the Airmen completing the task.   (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Coleman, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman, cuts building materials at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. The design and construction of the revetment is only hindered by the imagination of the Airmen completing the task. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Coleman, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman, carries plywood at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. Revetment is a barrier protecting military assets and is only limited to the ingenuity of the person doing the construction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Coleman, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman, carries plywood at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. Revetment is a barrier protecting military assets and is only limited to the ingenuity of the person doing the construction. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle McCloskey, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures craftsman, picks up a screw to assemble a revetment at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. Prefabricated revetments are used in normal deployed environments; all that is needed is a dense material, such as soil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle McCloskey, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures craftsman, picks up a screw to assemble a revetment at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. Prefabricated revetments are used in normal deployed environments; all that is needed is a dense material, such as soil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Coleman, Staff Sgt. Kyle McCloskey and Staff Sgt. Chris Carpenter, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures technicians, prepare a revetment wall at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. The 366th Fighter Wing is required to protect military assets in the upcoming Certified Readiness Exercise and this revetment meets that requirement. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Coleman, Staff Sgt. Kyle McCloskey and Staff Sgt. Chris Carpenter, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures technicians, prepare a revetment wall at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. The 366th Fighter Wing is required to protect military assets in the upcoming Certified Readiness Exercise and this revetment meets that requirement. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Coleman, Staff Sgt. Chris Carpenter and Staff Sgt. Kyle McCloskey, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures technicians, put in place a revetment wall at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. Revetments are essential in protecting base assets and personnel down range. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Coleman, Staff Sgt. Chris Carpenter and Staff Sgt. Kyle McCloskey, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures technicians, put in place a revetment wall at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. Revetments are essential in protecting base assets and personnel down range. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Coleman, Staff Sgt. Chris Carpenter and Staff Sgt. Kyle McCloskey, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures technicians, put in place a revetment wall at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. The walls of the revetment need to be located close to the asset without being inaccessible.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan Coleman, Staff Sgt. Chris Carpenter and Staff Sgt. Kyle McCloskey, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron structures technicians, put in place a revetment wall at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 1, 2013. The walls of the revetment need to be located close to the asset without being inaccessible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Clayton Callison, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment craftsman, tells Airman 1st Class David Williams, 366th CES pavement and equipment operator, where to put the next load of gravel at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 4, 2013. Building a revetment give structures, heavy equipment and engineers training opportunities to practice skills to prepare for deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Clayton Callison, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment craftsman, tells Airman 1st Class David Williams, 366th CES pavement and equipment operator, where to put the next load of gravel at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 4, 2013. Building a revetment give structures, heavy equipment and engineers training opportunities to practice skills to prepare for deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class David Williams, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment operator, dumps gravel into a revetment at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 4, 2013. Shelters can arrive ready-to-install or are created, depending on the available materials, threat level and time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class David Williams, 366th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment operator, dumps gravel into a revetment at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 4, 2013. Shelters can arrive ready-to-install or are created, depending on the available materials, threat level and time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

A backhoe fills a revetment at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 4, 2013. The length of time it takes to build depends on the type of revetment being built. Some factors that come into play are location, resources and number of personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)
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A backhoe fills a revetment at a simulated deployed location, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, April 4, 2013. The length of time it takes to build depends on the type of revetment being built. Some factors that come into play are location, resources and number of personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch) (Released)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Airmen from the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron were recently confronted with a problem. They needed to demonstrate their ability to shield a building, piece of equipment or military personnel against enemy attack during an operational readiness exercise.

Training like they fight and exceeding the expectation, 366th CES responded by building a revetment.

"Building a revetment gave my engineers an opportunity to demonstrate their teamwork, skills and ingenuity that Air Force civil engineers are famous for to solve a problem in addition to getting some valuable training," said Lt. Col. Eric Fajardo, 366th CES commander. "I couldn't be prouder of what they've accomplished."

The revetment has an outer shell like a motorcycle helmet to help distribute the impact over a greater surface. The soil is like the mess fabric that lines the helmet absorbing projectiles and protecting the equipment or Airmen. That is what a revetment is -- a way to avoid damage to military assets and personnel.

Unlike prefabricated Hesco barriers, revetments require a skilled engineer to design them. For the exercise, that engineer was 2nd Lt. Yunghee Hong.

Hong had three options; buy a Hesco, which is expensive; fill sand bags, which are cheap, but have no training value and are less sturdy; or design and build a structure out of plywood, boards and dirt. The lieutenant decided to build.

"We built this u-shaped revetment that has an interior and exterior wall, filled with soil in between which will provide better protection for the asset," said Fajardo.

Airmen from the engineers, structures and heavy equipment sections work and communicate together in order to assemble a barricade.

"I believe the squadron is a top-notch unit and I'm pleased with how we worked together to achieve our goals," said Hong.

Just like the motorcycle helmet protecting a riders head from disaster, a revetment protects military assets, allowing equipment and Airmen to get back into the fray.

"We train like we fight," said Fajardo. "It gives structures, heavy equipment and engineers training opportunities only seen down range."

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