Pease Snow Removal Team Tackles Winter's Fury

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  • By Master Sgt. Thomas Johnson
  • 157th Air Refueling Wing

The 157th Civil Engineers Squadron’s Snow Removal team here, mobilized 20 personnel to operate 20 trucks to remove the more than one foot of heavy wet snow that fell on the region March 14-15.

 The goal was to remove the snow from the base as soon as possible in order to allow the mission at Pease ANGB to carry on, said Senior Master Sgt. Mark Rix, 157 CES base facility manager.

 While the snow removal team was busy during the storm, CE officials continue to remove snow around the base in the aftermath of the storm.

 "The important thing to remember is that Airmen can help this effort by driving slow, only park in groups of vehicles and stay clear of the equipment clearing the snow," said Master Sgt. Ian Harper, the night shift supervisor (Night time Snow King).

 While most base employees were asked to remain home during Winter Storm Stella, the snow removal team was clearing snow from the ramp area and taxi ways as well as the many roads and sidewalks around the base.

 "It's very hard," said Scott Sneirson, day shift supervisor (Daytime Snow King) heading the removal effort. "It doesn't look hard ... they know which way they're going, and they've got their own language. These guys have been working together for many years."

 Rix explains the removal effort includes clearly defined teams who train for storms like this year-round, many of whom are augmentees.

 "We have people that have regular fulltime jobs at this base, when they get tasked for snow removal they are pulled out of that job," said Rix. "They work a twelve hour shift that takes them away from their families on holidays and special occasions, whenever the snow falls, to ensure the smooth operation of the base."

 The storm is one of many that hit the region this winter.

 Sneirson noted how this storm, with heavy snow and blizzard conditions, made cleanup more difficult.

 The 157th Logistics Readiness Squadron motor pool had Airmen standing by throughout the storm to repair any equipment failures during the removal effort.

 "There's a lot of different people involved, you know it's not just one person out there making everything happen, it takes a whole group of people and all the trucks running to make everything work," said Sneirson.