Exploiting the power of steam, the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron works alongside Japanese partners to equip and maintain the base's heating system, securing a comfortable environment so base personnel can carry on their missions.
All of Misawa’s 11 steam plants are overseen by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Rada, the 35th CES steam plant operations and heating, ventilation and air conditioning NCO in charge, who ensures the complexes are secured and at safe levels.
“Having heated areas plays a crucial role in the Air Force mission,” Rada said. “Without the steam plants, Misawa personnel wouldn’t be able to execute the F-16 Fighting Falcon mission. The colder it is, the lower someone’s immune system is. Airmen would get sick often, and the job would not get done as quickly as it could.”