Here's how the Air Force's 'Dirt Boyz' keep bases working and jets soaring

  • LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Continuously working out in the sweltering Arizona heat, pouring concrete and maintaining the flight line, the Airmen assigned to the 56th Civil Engineering Squadron here are nicknamed the "Dirt Boyz" — and for a good reason.
  • For Luke's mission of training the world's greatest fighter pilots and combat-ready airmen, the runways have to be clear for the jets to takeoff and land.
  • "Dirt Boyz" assist in keeping the runways clear of foreign objects.
  • They also continuously monitor for cracks in the runway's concrete, repairing any damage they discover in approximately three hours.

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