TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida —
Among the 19 tenant units that call Tyndall Air Force Base home, there is a one-of-a-kind contractor squadron that works to ensure mission success by securing support services to bring about changes to the facilities of air force around the world.
Tyndall’s location is a small cell of the 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron which operates out of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. With a mix of civilian and military personnel that includes four flights, they work diligently to provide contract support to the entire force with global reach.
“This is just an operating location for our original unit at JBSA of about 200 people,” Tech said. sergeant. Cory Terrell 772nd ESS Air Force Contract Augmentation Program flight NCO in charge. “Here at Tyndall, we have about 30 and we handle all kinds of contracts for Air Force-wide projects, which separates us from the traditional contract squadron. Currently, we have approximately $1.7 billion in contracts in the US Central Command area of responsibility, Europe and Asia.
The mission of the 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron can be summarized as supporting operational, counter-insurgency, and humanitarian missions within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, as well as delivering world-class construction and environmental projects, support services to emergency missions worldwide, support in the event of natural disasters, expertise, specialized service.
“We write contracts for just about anything you can imagine,” said Flavio Ely, 772nd ESS Operations Flight Team Leader. “As an example, many civil engineering career fields require specialized training outside of their technical schools. We are reaching out to suppliers and contractors to meet this higher level training need. »
Even in the contract career realm, the 772nd ESS is largely unknown and a mystery to some Airmen in the career realm.
“I volunteered to come here after [Hurricane Michael] and planned to work at the 325th Contracting Squadron,” Terrell said. “I was redirected to ESS and I was like ‘I don’t even know what an ESS is’ and even in the contract world it’s kind of like ‘what do they do ? I had no idea that other bases outside of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, which is like the mothership for contracts, were working on high-level, world-wide projects. ‘Air Force.
The 772nd ESS largely works behind the scenes and puts in place critical contract support, some of these are high profile and some are things we can take for granted.
“If you’ve deployed and been to DFAC before and see someone serving food, that’s one of our contracts at work,” Terrell said. “Last year, when there was a huge refugee crisis because of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, we set up Operation Allies Refuge and Operation Allies Welcome. We had two locations for our contracts and programs which set up the refugee camps with tents, food, clothing, etc. everything they needed until they were relocated.
As a direct reporting unit to the Air Force Installation Contracting Center, they typically work with Tyndall installations such as the Air Force Civil Engineering Center and the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center to support their contracting and procurement needs.
“All the things we do here are unique to Tyndall,” said Staff Sgt. Myisher Perry, 772nd ESS senior enlisted leader. “Even though we are a tenant unit and part of JBSA-Lackland so to speak, they have their own purpose, but our mission is independent of what is happening there. We are a self-contained unit on our own, which is key to supporting the diverse customer base and wide reach we have. »
The 772nd ESS continues to work hard to not only secure Tyndall, but the rest of the Air Force is accelerating the change needed to ensure Airmen and their units have what they need to accomplish the mission.